Living on Lord Howe Island

Jun
15

Plane spotting

Posted by Dani Rourke – Saturday, June 15, 2013

A big plane on Lord Howe IslandThere are a lot of plane nerds at Lord Howe. The airstrip is short and if the weather is looking a bit tricky and the landing might be an “interesting” one, there can sometimes be a hundred people lined up along the airstrip to see the QantasLink plane land. (Yes, I know, it might also have something to do with the fact that there isn’t much entertainment here on a winter afternoon).  …Read More

Jun
01

A mysterious mass migration

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Saturday, June 01, 2013

Lord Howe Island is part of Australia, indeed New South Wales, but we’re a bit different. While we have no dream of self-government or semi-autonomy (is that how you describe Norfolk Island?), we do have a healthy disrespect for mainland authority. So often, when mainland regulations are applied to Lord Howe, they just don’t work. This list of examples is endless, and includes bans on buying local meat and milk, bag limits for recreational fishing and state-wide fire bans which are enforced on Lord Howe even during periods of cool, rainy weather. …Read More

May
25

Sharks, stingrays and clown fish... in Sydney

Posted by Dani Rourke – Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Sydney Aquarium

Our holiday got off to a pretty slow start. Luckily for you, I didn’t take any photos of the numerous trips to the dentist, doctor and hairdresser which are always a boring but necessary part of our family trips to Sydney. We also spend a lot of our time in Sydney at the supermarket and the local 50 metre pool – again, not very photogenic, but if you have kids, you’ll understand. …Read More

May
06

Could you live without the internet?

Posted by Dani Rourke – Monday, May 06, 2013

 Imagine seeing this every day!

I love the internet – how did we ever live without it? No piece of information is too unimportant or too obscure to find. I spend hours on YouTube and reading blogs. Yes, you guessed it, mummy blogs. And it’s pretty amazing to be able to order books, clothes, vacuum cleaner bags or even a taxi or a holiday without leaving my desk. I wouldn’t describe myself as addicted to the internet – our internet speed at Lord Howe is a bit slow for that and I’ve never invented a virtual life for myself or done anything with Twitter or Instagram – but I’m amazed and thankful that we have it and I wouldn’t want to live without it. …Read More

Apr
25

ANZAC Day on Lord Howe Island

Posted by Dani Rourke – Thursday, April 25, 2013

ANZAC Day on Lord Howe Island

I’ve always loved the ANZAC Day service at Lord Howe. It’s held every year at 11:00am at the cenotaph on Lagoon Road, just outside the Gower Wilson Memorial Hospital. Lagoon Road is closed off for an hour or so and there’s someone on “point duty” making sure that no one accidentally rides their bike through the service. The crowd starts to gather around 10:45 and almost everyone attends. There are a few seats for the oldies, a microphone and a PA system and an organ on the back of a truck. Sprigs of rosemary are handed around and people mill around on the road and chat until the march begins.  …Read More

Apr
19

Lord Howe Royalty

Posted by Dani Rourke – Friday, April 19, 2013

Arriving on Lord Howe in the old days

Arriving on Lord Howe Island by ship in 1937

I thought you might like to see some old photos sent to me by one of our guests, Murray Higgins. Murray visited Pinetrees recently with his wife, Dianne, son and daughter-in-law Neal and Brooke, and grandchildren Ella and Luke. The Higgins family have a long history of Lord Howe holidays: Murray and Dianne spent their honeymoon at Pinetrees in 1968 and Murray’s parents, Doris and Reginald, also honeymooned at Pinetrees in 1937. The whole family are scheming a return visit for Dianne’s 70th birthday in a few years’ time.  …Read More

Apr
13

Good enough parenting

Posted by Dani Rourke – Saturday, April 13, 2013

The MV Island Trader on Lord Howe Island

I thought you might like to see a photo of MV Island Trader, our fortnightly supply ship. The ship brings everything we need from groceries to new water tanks, fuel and building supplies. The ship was an especially welcome sight this morning, because I have run out of an essential parenting item: frozen spaghetti bolognese. I called the Top Shop (our local butcher) a week or so ago and was told that there wouldn’t be any more mince until the next ship. Crisis!  …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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