The last three and a half months have just flown by, and with the management and staff back everyone is busy getting the resort up and ready for the first guests next week. Under the watchful eye of the Austrian chef the kitchen has been scrubbed from top to bottom and the pantry shelves restocked with all manner of goodies, and with the laundry reclaimed by the housekeeper, stacks of towels and bedlinens are being aired in the sunshine and refolded.
And with all this activity comes an air of excitement as Reef Resort slowly regains its focus.
Needless to say, Jas and I aren’t quite so upbeat! Being here alone has been a fabulous experience. Never lonely, the tranquillity of the place – not to mention the utter beauty of waving palm trees and deserted beaches of virginal white sand – have been a balm to the soul. But we were never really alone. Sione and his son were here for a couple of hours each mornings and with the main island only a five-minute boat ride away it was so easy to pop into town.
But the time has come for our journey to continue. So it’s back to New Zealand to look after some more lovely properties for the next six months or so, before heading off to Europe in early 2017. With a growing list of places to go and things to see, not to mention friends and family to catch up with, our original estimate of being away three to four months now looks as if it might be woefully short! But that’s the wonderful thing about travelling at a certain age. The whole world is waiting for us, and we have the time, energy and resource to go for it! And in a big way! One couple we know are shipping their Harley Davidson over to the States to tour along with other enthusiasts. Another set off for the Med to act as crew on a yacht, while two other friends have, at different times, both ventured on a fabulously luxurious train to visit some of India’s greatest historical and tourist sites.
All I can say is, life’s good!