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

Jan
05

Keeping score

Posted by Dani Rourke – Monday, January 05, 2015

Dad has been naughty!

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

Feb
06

First day of school on Lord Howe Island

Posted by Dani Rourke – Thursday, February 06, 2014

Elsie's first day of schoolElsie 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

Jul
21

Lord Howe in July

Posted by Dani Rourke – Sunday, July 21, 2013

Winter on Lord Howe Island

It can get cold at Lord Howe, honestly it can. On winter nights when we light the log fire at Pinetrees it gets down to 18 degrees or so. And some days, when I’m waiting at the airport to meet the plane in my shorts, it can feel quite chilly. Like everyone else, Lord Howe Islanders talk about the weather a lot. We say “beautiful day today” or “isn’t it freezing?”… although I once made the mistake of saying “isn’t it freezing?” to Ana, who’s originally from Estonia, and she said “no”. Not surprising, really.  …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

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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?

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