Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

We treated today, the first day of 2007, like a seaside holiday, that just happened to be on Thursday Island. We walked to the jetty and enjoyed the clear turquoise water, watching the boats and the fish, looked back at the island as if we were looking at it for the first time. We noticed the bright flashed of pink and red flowers in the trees against the bright green of the island and the deep blue of the sky, and all was beautiful.

The rest of the day was spent with water, too - the paddling pool back on our balcony and the sea as the tide went out. High tide now comes up to the road, removing the beaches almost entirely.

Last night we had a barbecue by the beach for New Year's Eve, and several of the other doctors and their families came along. It was early, though, and we never came close to being awake when the New Year arrived. Earlier in the day, Nathan, Jess, Innes, Ziggy and Felix left to go back home. We'd had an impromptu meal on the shared lawn outside our houses the night before. We all cooked up the food we were trying to get rid of, and shared a feast - stir fry, roast vegies and fresh-caught fish. The strangest part of the evening was seeing a huge cruise ship park at the jetty and then sail out of the bay into the sunset. Apparently, our on call doctor had been contacted by the ship's doctor as they had someone ill on board. The patient had a look at the hospital to see whether they wanted to get off and be looked after here, and decided the hospital wasn't good enough, and got back on the boat! If the story is true....

The day before Imogen went out on Maryanne's boat (she's one of the hospital administrators, and very friendly) with Nathan and the boys. She was gone all day (about half a day more than we were expecting) but caught a fish, snorkelled, met up accidentally with the Arnold-Notts, who were camping on another island and came back exhausted but very happy. She's really looking forward to getting home now though. She's missing her friends.

We leave the day after tomorrow, so we are in the midst of packing now. And what will happen to the blog? Well, I've enjoyed writing it, and some of you have been kind enough to let me know you enjoy reading it, so I might continue it. So the title is not misleading, I'd probably update it every week, on a Thursday, of course.

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