It’s Sunday today. I’ve been to work early, picked up four new guests from the airport and settled them in at Pinetrees. It’s a magical day – warm and sunny and there’s hardly any wind at all. The whole island shimmers. My job is very, very easy on days like this.
There are heaps of things I need to do and sometimes it’s easier to do them at home where it’s quiet. There are minutes of a staff meeting to write up and distribute (it should have been done on Wednesday), insurance invoices to check before payment and I was also hoping to look at a draft grant agreement for a friend who is on the Lord Howe Island Preschool committee. I keep trying to read it at 10:00pm after work and, needless to say, I’m getting nowhere.
I was doing OK until Ed appeared at the door. “Have you seen Blinky today?” he asked. Blinky is the surf beach at Lord Howe and it’s the most beautiful place. There is a steep dune, white sand and the water is clear and warm and the most incredible turquoise colour. I love to swim out behind the surfers. With goggles on, you can see huge schools of fish. It’s like swimming in an aquarium.
So I went for a swim and my list of jobs is still just as long as it was this morning.