It's only lunchtime and already there is so much to show you all. I shot a few more pictures of the grounds at Kaibu this morning before we flew back to Suva, where we will spend the next few days.
Turquoise has long been one of my favourite colours: and it's hard to ignore from the air here. Just after we took off, Rob asked me to photograph the passage: the gap in the reef through which boats and their barge reach the island. All of their building supplies, large equipment and supplies arrive through this one small gap, which must be navigated at high tide.
Here are the other highlights of the morning - all the way from a single lotus flower to an aerial view of a whole island.
And of course, I can't let a day go past without talking about food... starting first with dinner last night. I put yesterday's blog up before dinner, and my chef-travelling-companion Colin reminded me this morning there were some ingredients used last night that definitely rated a mention. So without further ado, and with apologies in case it makes you all weep...
First up, we had a beautiful white fleshed fish called Amber Jack or Rainbow Runner. Finely cut into sashimi it was a beautiful dish, served with daikon grown on the island and the usual soy and wasabi. Second up was painted lobster - made into dumplings and served in a seafood broth.
The final fishy star of the show was another firm white fish called Bedford (apparently named because it's nose resembles the front of a Bedford truck!) Roasted, it was served with a mash made from gorgeous local orange kumala (sweet potato) with a hint of fresh ginger added to bring out its flavour.
We each had a slice of our banana and coconut custard pie for dessert and washed the whole lot down with some champagne. I can't imagine why but the golf cart seemed to be groaning a bit as it carried us all back to our rooms for the night...
Back in Suva, the rain that didn't fall in the summer is finally here (just like home) so there have been no photos this afternoon. There have however been beautiful tender roti and about eight different vegetarian curries at a local food hall for lunch. Great spices and flavours - a total contrast in environment to out on the island, but just as delicious in its own way.
Tomorrow we are set to dive into the busyness of Suva, so the look and feel of the photos are about to change dramatically. Stay tuned.