Jul 20, 2010
|This morning we all had showers, then headed into One Arm Point - about 10 mins away. After registering at the office we went to the school where things were spruced up, but not massively different. It was great to see that the photos I had left had survived. Jacqui introduced us to the Principal and teachers and was really cute, saying "This is my teacher." We went to my old classroom, which was much the same. The grounds were looking good. I met up with Rodney and later his wife Cheryl. They have six kids, ranging in ages from 18 to 8. I also met one of their daughters and saw their eldest Jake who was 1 when I was here.
Also saw Estelle at the school, and had a bit of a chat.
Still would like to see Terry (who was a ranger but is now has applied to go on the mines), Cathy (who works in the ranger office), Vivien (who's a cultural advisor at the school,) and Stanley (who does tours).
Then we checked out the store - which is heaps bigger than the old one.
At 11am we went to the hatchery. There they grow Trochus shells till they are big enough to resettle on the reefs so they can be collected by the Bardi people, to the limit allowed each year. It is a great idea and has been a very sustainable success. They also had other fish, anemones (for the trochus), turtles etc. Joel was invited to feed a barramundi - and it scared the BeJesus out of all of us as it quickly sucked it from his hands - Josh could NOT be convinced to give it a go.
We went to Round Rock (low tide) and Middle Beach (where we had lunch) and Jologo Beach. Then we had a game of basketball before going down near the hatchery to fish. We had a successful outing, in that the boys were able to pull in about 7 fish. We kept 4 little bluebone, which provided a tasty and proud side dish to our dinner.
Back around the fire that evening Peter and Alma joined us for a reminisce and a good talk.
I've felt really warmly welcomed and I look forward to more adventures here. Joel said today "We're really lucky to be in OAP "and that coming to One Arm is "one of the best experiences we've had - probably next after Uluru" - which in his books is a very big compliment.
JOEL: "Today we went into one arm. At one arm we went to the school. At the school mum sar jackee. Mum Looked at the photos.
Last but not Leest fishing we cort four fish. I was amazed how fast you can get them. I was sad because fish are Natcher."
JD: "Here is a list of things I did today:
1. School- we went to One Arm Point Remote School and saw Jacqui Hunter and Estelle Xavier. Jacqui was at administration office and Estelle was a teacher’s aid. We also saw Peter who was the school gardener.
2. Hatchery- at 11:00am we went to the hatchery. It was full of all kinds of sea animals. Here are a few:
It would go on for the next 10 lines.
It was a great experience.
3.Round Rock- we went to Round Rock and looked around us.
4.Bball-after Round Rock we had a little game of basketball. I won 16-4.
5.Fishing- we went fishing and caught 7 fish but kept 4. I was amazed at how many we caught. Got to go.