First Day of School

We didn’t have much of a summer break, but after taking a couple of weeks off, school is back in session in the Osborn house! This year we have a second grader, a first grader and a preschooler!  I decided that even though we aren’t going back to school in the traditional sense that I could…

A Challenge

As I walked down a path today, I stopped when a couple of ladies asked me a question. I sat down to see what language nuggets I could pick up from them. The lady pictured above talked to me as if I was fluent in Menyan. She did so–before smoking–with a mouth full of spit…

Mount W

This is Mount W from our porch: This is our porch from the W: Today I hiked the mountain with Wes and his boys along with Reuben, our guide. The peak is about 3000 feet above us which isn’t so bad. The slope is so bad. At times it was more like crawling up a ladder…

Cairns Zoo

Today we went to the Cairns Zoo. Like Sydney and unlike America, they have more of an open-cage policy allowing visitors to walk amongst the animals. In the aviary, the kids got to pet the kookaburras. The cassowaries are dangerous enough to necessitate a barrier.       The kangaroo pen is wide open. A…

Mall Shopping

We are on holiday in Australia. That’s what they say here–not vacation. Yesterday we spent most of the day at the mall, which was an incredible experience after eighteen months in PNG. Here are just a few pics from it. They have shopping carts for the whole mall–a pretty great idea which almost makes up…

Thankful

Today I returned to the pines where we milled the lumber for our house. Most of the logs and branches we left on the ground have been claimed for firewood or smaller building projects. Our four-foot wood chip pile has been reduced to a few inches to fill chicken coops. The stumps have been burned,…