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At the moment we are the only MAF family here, fortunately not the only white people.

Our current house, the bigger MAF house at the same island.

The house is an improvement in all areas. A lot more space, a bigger yard and the feeling of home instead of a unit.


Blessed with a lot of space

Lately we've worked hard to make it a home. Underneath the house is a little office where local Yolŋu come to book flights or to pay. A lot of MAF families have lived in this house before us and that gives the house character.

our long, long hallway

René has fixed quite a few things such as leaky toilets and together we have started a veggie patch and planted a number of other plants to make the garden worthwhile. Noah loves to play around the house and to help us when we are outside. 

Slowly the build-up to the wet weather starts again, which means that it is getting very hot during the day. The last few months were pretty comfortable temperature-wise and we could spend a lot of time outside. The sandflies disappeared as well. Now it is getting hotter and they have returned. 

In the past few weeks, we have had the opportunity to go out in a little boat a few times. Our only opportunity to get off the island except for with the airplane. The surroundings at the rivers are beautiful and while we are mindful of the crocodiles we are trying to catch some fish as well. So far little luck, but with the barramundi season approaching we will keep trying.

another way to catch barramundi!

The contacts with the Yolŋu people are slowly developing. Already for a few months, there is mensbusiness (ceremonies for boys becoming 13 years of age, and being initiated) happening which keeps  most Yolŋu occupied. We notice that this causes less flights back and forth between the homelands. Because René is now the only pilot here he has enough to keep his hands busy. He enjoys managing the base by himself. He is also managing a nearby base at the moment, where a temporary pilot is stationed.

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