Living on Lord Howe Island

Feb
19

Discovery Day climb to Goat House

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Thursday, February 19, 2015

Family outing to Goat House

Nits! Probably the worst four letter word in our house. An early call advising of an outbreak of nits among the local school kids meant a sudden readjustment of Discovery Day.  …Read More

Feb
13

When your child insults an adult

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, February 13, 2015

Cheeky children

Help! We need some advice on etiquette. Parents, teachers, social scientists, psychologists – anyone! What do you do when you child insults an adult? And not just curious comments that weren't intended to be heard – “why is that man so enormous?”, “why does this taxi smell?”, “why is that boy wearing a dress?” – but proper eyeball to eyeball insults. …Read More

Feb
11

The kids are leaving again

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A plane load of kids departs Lord Howe Island

Contributed by Lena Thompson There’s nothing that brings more tears to my eyes on Lord Howe than the noise made by the revving engines of the QantasLink Dash 8, as it’s about to make it’s quick escape down our short runway.  …Read More

Feb
09

Is Pinetrees haunted?

Posted by Dani Rourke – Monday, February 09, 2015

Look out for some of our ancestors on Lord Howe Island

Whenever something spooky happens at Pinetrees we blame it on Captain Tom. Thomas Nichols, my great-great-grandfather, was the master of a whaling ship, Aladdin, from Hobart. In the one photo I’ve seen of him, he has a hairstyle and beard just like Ned Kelly’s.  …Read More

Feb
08

A dog's day on Lord Howe Island

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Sunday, February 08, 2015

Eddy the dog on Lord Howe IslandContributed by Lena Thompson The local people on Lord Howe Island live an idyllic lifestyle, and so do the local dogs. It must arguably be one of the best homes a pet could have. Meet Eddy, he’s a three-year-old red and tan kelpie with the luck of living in paradise. …Read More

Feb
04

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. …Read More

Feb
02

The Little Waterfall

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Monday, February 02, 2015

The Little Waterfall on Lord Howe Island

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

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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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