Welcome to the neighborhood, Nasoso Nadi Fiji
We made it.
Our life in Fiji started with 14 days hotel quarantine, which, considering we have two young boys was actually quite bearable.
The hotel where we stayed was very comfortable (food was very average if it wasn't curry night!) but that warm Fijian hospitality was still evident even in the unusual circumstances. So after 8 boxes of Legos, countless care packages of fresh fruits from Aunty Dawn, 2 not very enjoyable nose swabs, about 120 hours of screen time and only having to tie George up once or twice, we were free to move to our new rental home.
We have been very lucky to secure and amazing home with pool and large fenced compound for the boys to play, we know this is not the normal here so we are very grateful to call this place our home.
This week has been reconnecting with family, sorting bank accounts, sim cards, trying and failing to find a plug for the kitchen sink and unpacking and organizing our new home. (Has anyone seen the cord for Garys' beloved TV or the kids PLUNKET books...?)
We also spent a lot of last week visiting schools for our boys to attend. We had been very keen to send them to a local school but on visiting found all the local schools in our area were full. With most schools having 45 plus children to one teacher in a class they were not taking new students. Instead, we have enrolled the boys in a small private school here in Nadi where we had a wonderful introduction by way of celebrating Holi with the school community.
Best news of the week : we have officially registered Island Style Peanut Butter (FIJI) as a business. We do need to have a business stamp made, even though you don't need one and it is not a requirement ... you still need one, so just best to have a business stamp made!
Also in the pipeline is a potential production facility, importing of our very own peanut butter mill, jar filler and labeler. As well as a possible partnership with the most deliciously amazing local chocolate producers.
Have a special, blessed Easter with your loved ones.
The Peanut Butter Pickerings.