Living on Lord Howe Island


One of those days

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Lord Howe Island

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.

Coming back to Lord Howe and living here with your parent again, after three consecutive years of living out of home, can REALLY be testing. Especially when the house is about the size of my Coogee apartment and includes an extra person and a baby! In Sydney if I’d had one of those days I’d remove myself from the situation and stay with some friends in Curl Curl or Avalon for the weekend and soothe my soul. However, Lord Howe really doesn’t allow for that luxury of getting away for the weekend – and sometimes (like today) it’s driving me a bit insane.

Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely cherish the closeness of the community here and am so glad that I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of something so special, but sometimes it’s all a bit too much for me. Maybe it’s just the full moon and everyone is a little rattled and flustered. Or maybe it’s got to do with the fact that my father and his fiancé are getting married this weekend on the island and organisation, like most island weddings, is minimal.

All exciting events aside, when I’m having one of those days I always know where to go on Lord Howe that allows me to completely take my mind off, and sweat out all of my frustration. That place for me is Kim’s Lookout. If you’ve never bothered doing the hike, I’d really recommend it because in my opinion it’s the best view of the island that includes the two mountains. If you’re not a seasoned hiker, it’s definitely doable but it’s a quick heart starter. However if you’re quite athletic, it’s a really great run up and back when the track is dry. Prior to my ITB injury that I’m currently working through, I often ran up and back whenever I had some excess energy or anger that needed to be worked off. It is the perfect length and ascent for a quick run, only taking me about seven minutes at the quickest pace I managed to achieve.

It’s also a great fitness walk for kids, which I learnt in the September school holidays last year with my little sisters. Prior to the holidays, their mother had asked me one day that I “get them in training” for their big Europe trip she had planned from October 2014 to January 2015, as they would be doing copious amounts of walking. I took them up Kim’s first, and the youngest was seriously sweating bullets!

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HELP! I have 2 children, 25 staff and up to 75 guests. I was a lawyer for 10 years, but 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? When I'm not writing, my lovely staff do it for me - they see more of the island than I do.

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