Our first view of the pine tree forests.
These are just two shots of the pine forests, they seem to
go on forever, we did ask the locals about the forests and all they said was
the wood rotted in one year, not good for fencing, homes etc. You can see
from the map that most of the island is just plantations, farmland and
desert, we did wonder as we travelled around where the cows and horses
got their water, but they seem to be in good condition so they must bring water
in their trucks to the animals
grazing along the roads. This island does have
water so they have a very big advantage over the other islands.
Once again, lots of horses, we still don’t know what
they are used for.
We never saw them riding them.
Below is a unique fence decorated with goat heads?
Goats are at a premium so they are sacrificed and eaten daily as they are in
I think everyone should have a skull fence.
The Pineapple Lady
This is the airport, where everyone is welcome…
We really needed to go to the bathroom so we travelled down
the dirt road to the airport because we knew there would be
bathrooms…this is the year of the drought, bathrooms closed. Get
out the Kleenex.
This young lady is drilling holes in the beads to make
jewelry. We are always struck by the beauty of the Marquesans, they are
very friendly and helpful, even though our grade three French is confusing to
them. The Polynesians are very content with their
lives…simple. We see this over and over, the most positive view we
have of the Pacific Islands is that the children are very content with the toys
they have in front of them…the ocean, palm trees to climb, bikes that are
too big for them without pedals, crabs to taunt, and chatting up the yachties
that visit their islands and atolls. They don’t whine and cry
unless hurt, we have not seen a tantrum, hissy fit nor anything that we see back
home. The kids are very happy with what they don’t have and take
advantage of their surroundings to ensure they have a really good day.
There are very few toys – no computers as no wifi. When the
children are not in school, they are fishing, playing just being kids but very
different from kids in North America. They are able to entertain
themselves and also play out doors all day.