|The village is very well laid out. Individual |
homes looked like small compounds with
several structures in their yard area.
|Our guide took us to the traditional building|
where ceremonies and village meetings are
held. It is built out of timber, bamboo and
leaves all lashed together. The floor is sand.
|Traditional building materials are used with a few|
more modern corrugated metal structures mixed in.
|An primary class in session.|
The village has a nursery school, Kindy and Primary schools for the children. The older ones go by boat to the mainland of Epi to the high school we had seen the day before. The kids on Lamen Island do not board on Epi as it is a short ride across. It appears that they travel with the men going to the gardens.
We did not want to interrupt the Primary class meeting outside by the shore so we just observed them from a distance. That, of course, was enough to distract them from their lesson!
|The Kindy class of students. They sang Twinkle, Twinkle|
Little Star in Bislama.
|Along with Joyce and John on S/V Starblazer, we met the |
Peace Corp Volunteer who is teaching English to children.
We were very impressed with the lumber the men had cut from trees with a chair saw! The wood was like an 8-10 foot 2 x 4 board and straight. Amazing skill to do that!
|This reef is relatively healthy. The Chief has banned reef|
fishing for the time being so the fish can restock themselves.
|There is a Presbyterian Church on the island. There |
had been Presbyterian missionaries on the island
for years. Now there is a pastor who serves
the two churches in the village.
I did see a Parrot fish, a lot of sea cucumbers (ick!) and sea snake tracks in the sand. I was glad not ot see the snake itself! Two of the highlights were some electric blue and neon yellow fish. Since I don't have a fish identification book, I don't know what they were, but they were very pretty. There were also some very large fish in a school just hovering around.
The coral seemed very healthy here and we saw types we had not seen before. With the roughness of the waves, I did not want to swim across the coral. Having been cut by coral back in French Polynesia, I remember how the flies attack the sore and how long - as in weeks- it took to heal. We have net too many cruisers with infections from various sources. Sea water and open wounds are not a good combination. You would think the saline solution of the ocean would be good for washing out a cut, but it is filled with little critters you don't want!
|Here is the biggest fish of all!|
|I didn't like Sea Cucumber when I was in China. I like it|
even less now. They are ugly and just seem to sit on the
bottom. You can see the trail its minimal movement leaves.
|I had not seen this type of coral before now.|
|Not sure what this is. Another type of Sea Cucumber? |
I don't really want to know!