Home Again

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I came in at about eight this morning to the office with the firm intention to leave before ten. It’s now 13:30. It’s amazing how going to the office cuts into one’s valuable leisure time. There ought to be a law. No, wait. We have too many rules already. Let’s just wing it.

This morning I was greeted home by a familiar sight:

A ship on Astrolabe Bay - departing MadangA ship out in Astrolabe Bay. She appears to be departing Madang. I hope not to have to do that for a while.

Another welcoming sight was a giant floral cluster just blooming on one of my Fishtail Palms:

Flowering cluster on one of my Fishtail Palms
I have written several times about Fishtail Palms. They fascinate me. You can review here, here, here, and here. You may be thinking, “Big deal.” Remember, however, that what you are looking at is a cluster of flowers nearly three metres long! That’s a lot of flowers!

At this stage of the development of the fruit, thousands of bees gather around to collect nectar and pollen. You can see many in this close up shot:

Bees feeding on the flowers of the Fishtail PalmNear the top of the image (click to enlarge) you can see one be flying past.

Did you ever notice that when you have been away too long, that it’s the simplest images, smells, textures and sounds that deliver that magical comfort of being home again.

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5 Responses to “Home Again”

  1. Tris Says:

    Glad you’re safely back in Madang. Funny, after following your travels and seeing you finally make it back to PNG I feel almost a sense of relief, like I’ve been missing the place without your window to share it through. Look forward to seeing you get underwater again- I’m sure the fish have missed their most faithful admirer.

  2. Eunice Messersmith Says:

    Hi Hon,

    I hope you look at your comments soon. The plane in Cairns has been delayed. There is a mouse on the plane. I don’t know when I will be leaving Cairns. When I get to POM I will try and call. keep checking with Airlines PNG and Air Niugini to see if I will be into Madang today.

    Love you

  3. MadDog Says:

    I hope you get back today. I’m getting desperate. I’ll try checking, but I’m not sure how to go about it.

    Good luck, babe.

  4. MadDog Says:

    Well, that is a very nice sentiment that you express and it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. I got myself a new Canon G10 and factory housing that I’m itching to try. Faded Glory’s front rail got smashed by a falling coconut tree, but otherwise she’s in fine shape. You can bet your tushie that she’ll be out on the water on Saturday.

    Stay cool, man

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