Land ahoy, me
'earties!! Next stop on Malekula: Tomman Island, just off the south
super-bubbly Banesta, back from New Zealand to visit her family, persuades Rach
to taste their sweet cacao
Tomman Island seemed to
sprout ripe, juicy fruit from every tree - just look at all those
grapefruit! Shake the branch with the long pole...
Banesta and the girls
were determined we were going to be well stocked.
Eating the best lap-lap
we've tasted yet back in the village
Chats with Chief
Longlel, who has moved his family to another part of the island to try and
retain a more kastom way of life.
Chief Longlel's most
prize possession of all - the huge boar he is nurturing, with the hope
that his tusks will grow in the coveted complete circle (growing
back through his jaw in the process). He's so fat on all the coconuts
he is fed in his enlosed pen, that it is all he can do to stand up to munch
his next meal.
Off again, with more
fruit than we know what to do with!
At the Maskeleyne
Islands off the south east of Malekula, Chesnel takes us to look at the giant
clam sanctuary the community have set up
There's one! In
fact there were hundreds...
and the detail of
the patterns in the flesh, in every different colour, is astounding.
A few days later...
Silly cocktails in Luganville, Vanuatu's second biggest town - we've been
engaged for a year!