Life Solomon Islands

The Holiest of Holies

August 27, 2017

There is a hole in my fence.

A human-sized hole.

While Nid was taking pictures of the hole with my leg hanging through it to show Instagram, it occurred to us that our life in Honiara is full of interesting and exciting holes.

So many holes, we were impassioned to write about them.

Dan and Nid’s Top Five holes

#1 – Coconut Eye Holes

Coconuts are an essential nutrient in order for us to function in the Sollies and ‘finding the eyes’ are a daily ritual for us.

My favourite thing in the morning used to be throwing them off the deck aiming at whatever looked like needed to be hit, but I stopped that when I realised we had a gardener that picked them up πŸ™

#2 – The Pot-holes of Honiara

The bane of every driver (and pedestrian) here in the Solomon Islands. Sometimes I wonder if there is more pothole to road in the Solomon Islands. Every once in a while there are some attempts made by the council to fix them but because they “fillem up wit sugar,” one hearty downpour and they are back – bigger, nastier, and more vengeful than ever.

#3 – The Composting Hole

This is the hole I dug six weeks ago. I know it doesn’t look like much of a hole but that’s because it has to deal with the three buckets of scraps I give it every week.

Since being here, our food waste has doubled and our household waste has halved. Probably because we eat a lot more fruit and vege, produce doesn’t come packaged or it is wrapped in leaves, and we don’t have access to the packaged goods and nice things we used to buy in New Zealand (I miss nice things).

Who would’ve thunk our daily ecofootprint would decrease moving to a developing country.

#4 – The Holes in the Floor

Another item on the never-ending list of things we pester the landlord about are all the red X’s taped on our floorboards.

One could be forgiven for thinking these are targets. They are not. They are reminders to tread lightly because these are holes in the making.

#5 –Β And, the Holiest of Holies, the Hole in our Fence

About a month ago, our flatmate’s backpack got stolen from our deck and it probably has something to do with this hole. Since the finding of the hole, it means I sit anxiously at my bedroom window watching my washing dry because I’m scared someone will nick my bedsheets.

In the Solomon Islands, anyone that is well to do will invest in fencing and barbing their property. Part of it has stemmed from the violence of the 1998-2003 tensions and now everyone wants a fence.

And those, dear readers, are Dan and Nid’s selected top 5.

Just because we’ve only listed five, remember this is merely the narrowed down list of a much longer list.

There are so many more holes that the Solomon’s has to offer.


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