Over two months since the last blog. And it’s not as if nothing has been happening. Far from it: a week’s visit from an artist from Queensland, Chris Postle, who gave free lessons to guests and locals, some great diving weather, a couple of local conferences, and the fabulous visit of the Melbourne Star of the Sea Stacella Choir in December.
This was a school group from Melbourne who came out as an end-of-year special treat. They spent a week in singing workshops with Rachel Hore and visiting local villages to sing with them – and of course swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and entrancing us all with their vitality, humour, enthusiasm and charm. On their final evening they gave a concert attended by 60 people from the local community – the biggest turnout we’ve ever had. And it was a spine tingling event as they sang from their repertoire of both newly learned songs and their old favourites.
Chris Postle came to us in November, bringing paints and paintbrushes and his tremendous enthusiasm. He gave lessons every morning: a couple of days it was to a group of local kids, other days to adults. I even tried my hand at it myself and produced a very creditable beach scene – although it was with quite a bit of help from Chris!
Then it was a busy run-up to Christmas with two big conferences using the Daku space. Cyclone Evan passed through and we boarded up the windows, but thankfully it did very little damage to Savusavu, reserving its fury for the eastern islands and Nadi.
After the hurricane the weather was beautiful, as is so often the way. A young Canadian visitor, Kurtis Hubert, came to use our yoga space and pontoon to give free swimming lessons to locals – not really how to swim, but how to teach other people to swim. His group of 12 kids splashed and studied happily every morning for 4 days. And then it was Christmas Day and our annual visit from Father Christmas.
And now it’s 2013.