Contributed by Lena Thompson We all know it, when you’re having one of those days or even weeks that seem to unhinge the process of positivity that you had thought you’d put yourself on the path to. Things just keep stuffing up, such as an annoying mis-communication between your family and yourself that ends up with you being criticized as a result. Just great isn’t it? I’m sure you can all empathise. …Read More
Contributed by Lena Thompson The days leading up to Christmas on the island were pearlers. Christmas Day was even better. I’d been hanging with some new and old friends over this period and was feeling so blessed with the weather situation, as Lord Howe Island can often be quite unpredictable. This time last year on the island, there was no rain for a few months, my showers got shorter and shorter and I wasn’t too happy after a day of activities paired with a monitored shower. …Read More
A few years ago, one of our waiters resigned and left Lord Howe to do a super yacht course. The course was marketed to young hospitality professionals who wanted to work in the glamorous super yacht industry. It was based in Cairns, and anyone who completed the internationally recognised 6-week course was pretty much guaranteed a job on a super yacht and a fascinating career spent in places like Monte Carlo, the Caribbean and the Dalmatian Coast. Apparently, lots of super yacht owners employ graduates of the course to be location scouts and try out fancy restaurants, 6 star hotels, dive sites and shopping districts for them, because they’re too busy to do their own research. …Read More
Every year I have to make a hard decision. Some may say they would know the answer automatically, but doesn’t it become difficult when you have to decide which side of the family you'll spend Christmas with? Annually my options are: A) spend it with my Mum and her family on our family farm on the New South Wales Mid North Coast, or B) spend it with my Dad and his family on Lord Howe Island. …Read More
We love TripAdvisor and we love hotel and restaurant reviews ‘by the people for the people’. It’s great - people sharing their thoughts from recent experience and offering constructive advice on how to improve the food, service or accommodation, and all of this without inducements or bias. You beauty! Better still, the reviewers remain anonymous and the business gets a chance to respond to the review – all according to strict guidelines and etiquette. Surely this sounds better, and more interactive, than the local Lonely Planet Guide? …Read More
Have you ever noticed how often your kids copy you? It can be disconcerting, embarrassing or downright humiliating at times. Before we had kids of our own, I remember our friends’ little boy putting his red balloon in the naughty corner in the kitchen and making it stay there for quite a long time, shouting at it if it moved. When he was a bit bigger, the same little boy said to Luke with a sigh: “I’ve been playing all day. I just want to sit down by myself and put my feet up for five minutes”. Of course, it sounded just like his mum after a long day at work. We looked at her straight away and it must have been an accusatory sort of look. She blushed and quickly changed the subject and sent her little boy off to wash his hands and have some afternoon tea. …Read More
Elsie started school this week at the Lord Howe Island Central School. I still can’t quite believe it!
Elsie went to a Transition class at the school for half a day each Wednesday last year, so she knows the school and the kids well and there were no tears at the school gate. We were also lucky to have a quick visit from the ever-reliable Nanna and Pa who came all the way from Sydney to help with last minute preparations for the big day. Nanna is a school teacher, and she quickly produced her own permanent marker and labelled all of Elsie’s uniforms and other school things in perfect black teacher-writing. She also has extensive knowledge of kindergarten etiquette. Nanna was the one who bought the bottle green undies to go under the school uniform. She thinks of everything. …Read More
About Dani Rourke
HELP! I have 2 children, 25 staff and up to 85 guests. I was a lawyer for 10 years, but recently escaped. My husband and I moved from Sydney to beautiful Lord Howe Island to run Pinetrees Lodge, which has been in my family for 6 generations. I'm writing about family business, island life and the whole work/family disaster. Did someone say balance?