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
03

Christmas at Lord Howe

Posted by Pinetrees Lodge – Friday, January 03, 2014

Christmas on Lord Howe Island
 
Just before Christmas, one of our guests who was checking out said that he was disappointed that there wasn’t much Christmas spirit on Lord Howe. We were all a bit shocked. The Lord Howe Islanders love Christmas; we sing, we eat and drink too much and we wonder who will play Santa. But, like pretty much everything on Lord Howe, Christmas is kind of non-commercial. In fact it’s so low-key that one of our housekeepers went to the shop to buy some Christmas chocolates or candy canes to leave in the guests’ rooms on Christmas morning and failed to find anything suitable.  …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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