Tregoning

14 October 2017 | Apia Marina, `Upolu Island, Samoa
07 October 2017 | Apia Marina, `Upolu Island, Samoa
02 October 2017 | Anchored in Apia Harbour, `Upolu Island, Samoa
29 September 2017 | Off Falehau Village, Niuatoputapu Island, Tonga
26 September 2017 | Off Falehau Village, Niuatoputapu Island, Niua Group, Tonga
20 September 2017 | Neiafu mooring, Vava’u Group, Tonga
18 September 2017 | Vaka’eitu anchorage, Vava’u Group, Tonga
17 September 2017 | Mooring by The Ark Gallery, Tapana Island, Vava’u Group, Tonga
14 September 2017 | Anchorage west of Kenutu Island, Vava'u Group, Tonga
10 September 2017 | Port Maurelle anchorage, Kapa Island, Vava’u Group, Tonga
08 September 2017 | Mooring in Neiafu, Vava’u Island, Vava’u Group, Tonga
04 September 2017 | Off Koulo Village near the airport, Lifuka Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
31 August 2017 | Pangai Village, Lifuka Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
26 August 2017 | Southern beach, Uoleva Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
24 August 2017 | Between Uonukuhahake and Uonukuhihifo Islands, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
22 August 2017 | Tatafa Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
21 August 2017 | Limu Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
21 August 2017 | Limu Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
20 August 2017 | Southern beach, Uoleva Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga
19 August 2017 | Northern beach, Uoleva Island, Ha’apai Group, Tonga

Family news from New Zealand

14 October 2017 | Apia Marina, `Upolu Island, Samoa
Photo: Frank and Alison on Mount Victoria in Wellington in November 2015
On the afternoon of Sunday, October 9th, I received an email from New Zealand to inform me that my Uncle Francis, or Frank as he was known by his extensive New Zealand side of the family, had died over the weekend. He was found by a local cousin in his Wellington apartment, having apparently died very quickly of a heart-attack. Although his health had been compromised by fluid in the lungs for several years, he had not been particularly ill lately so his sudden death was quite unexpected.

We were contacted from Wellington by Nikki, the daughter of Frank's cousin Helen and Tony whose company we had enjoyed in Auckland. Nikki kindly told us that Frank had been in good spirits having recently bought a new car that he loved and having had his two syndicate-horses winning races recently. So while he will be greatly missed, especially by Helen and Tony, there seemed to be a consensus that he died without suffering and in a generally happy state-of-mind.

Randall and I consider ourselves so lucky to have been able to see Frank several times while we were in New Zealand. He was keen to educate us about his passion and his native country. Thus, I am indebted to him for almost all of my current knowledge of horse-racing plus a good deal about a certain perspective of New Zealand's history and politics.

Our most recent meeting was in April when we were staying in Westhaven Marina in Auckland, and despite not feeling very well, he came to see us with Helen and Tony and treated us all to lunch. We had greatly looked forward to seeing him on our return to New Zealand. Although, sadly, this is no longer possible, we will visit Helen and Tony in Auckland and we plan to visit Wellington to meet Nikki and her family now that these unexpected circumstances have linked us.

If we had been in New Zealand, Randall and I would have unhesitatingly attended his funeral on Friday morning but it was not such an easy option from Samoa. Instead, we thought about Frank and his family at the time of the service and that evening, while on Tregoning, we toasted his memory with a glass of port. He will be missed on both sides of the world.

Below is an extract of some of the thoughts about Frank that I wrote and sent to Helen and Nikki this week:


...It is interesting how society's expectations have changed about the relationships between extended family members. For our grandchildren's generation, it is almost considered cruel to keep half-siblings apart. Regardless of the awkwardness for their parents and the possibly strained relations between offspring and their estranged father or mother, there seems to be an expectation that half-brothers and half-sisters should be able to know each other and meet over the holidays or other family-oriented occasions.

This was not the case for Frank's generation. Despite spending time in Britain during his youth, it was never considered seemly that Frank should meet his half-brother and my father, Paddy Fox. In retrospect it seems such a shame that they were deprived of satisfying their natural curiosity about each other or getting to know one of their closest living blood-relatives until they were well into middle-age.

That opportunity finally came about thirty years ago when Frank made his first around-the-world tour and paid my parents a visit in Hagley, in the Midlands of England. My brothers, Michael and Andrew, and I were summoned home from work or college for this momentous event and we were encouraged to dress in our best for the rare treat of dinner at a hotel restaurant. While it was fascinating to meet our Kiwi half-relation at last, I am sure that we and Frank, or Francis as we had always known of him, felt a little as though we were attending a job interview in the formal hotel setting.

Once we returned home, however, the rest of us shuffled-off to our beds leaving the half-brothers to talk in earnest over a bottle of whisky. By the next morning, we were all greatly relieved to find that with discussions about the trickier bits of family history out of the way, Frank and Paddy had bonded in the closest way that half-brothers with their particular temperaments could.

For there were definitely some strong similarities in their personalities as intelligent, thoughtful, responsible, independent people with a dry wit and not above a bit of light-hearted teasing of the younger generation. However, it has only been in the years since Paddy's death in 2001, that the physical similarities between the half-brothers have become so obvious to me. Being lucky enough to spend a little time with Frank over the last couple of years, I have often found myself startled by recognizing in him my late-father's long face, deep forehead, unruly hair, wild eyebrows, and penetrating gaze. But even more often, it was hearing their identical laugh and similar voices (other than the obvious antipodean differences in accents) that would give me that warm feeling of familiarity that far exceeded the actual time that I was able to spend with Frank...

(I would love to have posted a photograph of Frank with my Dad from Frank's second trip to the UK in 1995 but unfortunately all of those hard-copy photographs are stored in boxes in the US and are not easily accessed from Samoa.)

I am gradually back-filling blog posts from our final week in Tonga and our first two weeks in Samoa. Currently, new posts from 29th Sept and 2nd Oct are available.

Update from Samoa

07 October 2017 | Apia Marina, `Upolu Island, Samoa
Photo: Smiling Samoan dancers as part of the cultural display at the Visitor Information Center in Apia
After an uninspiring passage of 52 hours of motor-sailing from Niuatoputapu to Samoa, we arrived in Apia Harbour on the north side of `Upolu Island on the afternoon of October 1st. We are very glad that we made the trip when we did, however, because weather conditions only became less favorable afterwards.

Having moved a couple of degrees closer to the equator and with summer approaching, it is not surprising that it is very hot and humid here. What is surprising, is how un-acclimated we felt when we first arrived, but we are now getting the hang of tropical living (sweating) again.

Other than a slightly annoying surge that sometimes stirs Tregoning rather rigorously in her slip, we are very happy to be in the Apia Marina and our first week in Samoa has been most enjoyable. The locals are friendly, helpful, and proud of their heritage; the markets and supermarkets are well-stocked; we can easily walk around Apia or take cheap taxis; we have already enjoyed excellent cultural displays at the Visitor Information Center, snorkeling at Palolo Deep Marine Reserve (literally around the corner from the marina), and admired the huge house owned by Robert Louis Stevenson and hiked up to his tomb (while bird-watching).

Over the next couple of weeks, we plan to drive around each of the two main islands, `Upolu and Savai`i, and visit a selection of notable sites. We look forward to spending a few nights off Tregoning (for the first time in eight months) and learning about life in Samoa outside the big city.

More details and photos to follow...

Is Apia first cousin to Hilo, Hawai'i?

02 October 2017 | Anchored in Apia Harbour, `Upolu Island, Samoa
Photo: The striking Catholic cathedral dominates part of the shoreline in Apia Harbour
To be fair, David on Gulf Harbour Radio had suggested that it might be a few days before an ideal weather-window arose for the passage from Niuatoputapu to Samoa. Thus, we knew that despite the optimistic wind forecast on our GRIB files, there was a chance that our trip might not be the easy motor-east-then-sail-north-passage that we had hoped.

In the end, optimism lost and David won that battle of predictions and we motor-sailed all 210 nm. The first night, as we ploughed east in light winds and swells of up to 3 m (10 feet) from several directions, we had to dodge or tolerate several squalls with gusty winds and rain. Luckily, although we heard distant rumbles of thunder, the only lightning we saw was cloud-to-cloud flashes on the horizon.

The following day and night, the wind had picked-up nicely but instead of being from the southeast, with which we could have sailed north, it was distinctly east to east-northeast. Rather than add another day of tacking to the three-day passage, we continued motor-sailing because we knew that the winds were only going to get stronger and more northerly the next day.

Although this use of fuel was a bit disappointing, we were very happy when we spied the east end of ´Upolu Island, one of the two main island of Samoa. There are four smaller islands off the east end of ´Upolu and these steeply sided, lushly vegetated crescents are unmistakably the remnants of volcanic craters that have been worn down on one side.



The northeast coast of ´Upolu Island with cloud-topped mountains and steep valleys

Moving west along the north coast of ´Upolu, we were immediately reminded of the Hawaiian island of Kauai´i. Dark green vegetation covered the steep slopes of the mountains that initially fringed the island, and then receded inland as we moved further west and could see villages and the coastal road clinging to the flat, narrow shoreline.



Approaching Apia Harbour which is overlooked by Mount Vaea (475 m or 1,560 feet)

Arriving in Apia Harbour, the bay look just like Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai´i, with the backdrop of forested mountains, rainclouds and rainbows, a black volcanic-rock seawall (for tsunami and cyclone storm-surge protection) and dark-sand beaches. Several large buildings line the harbor including government offices, the white Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows, and the most ornate and striking Catholic cathedral.



Inside the Catholic cathedral with ornately painted walls and intricate woodwork on the ceiling

Because it was Sunday afternoon, the Port Control Officer advised us on the VHF radio to anchor for the night and move to the marina to check-in the next day. Luckily for us, there were only a couple of other anchored vessels, the bay is fairly large (0.5 nm diameter), and the bottom is flat with good anchor-holding in sand. Looking at the harbor on a road-map, it looks very open to the north so I had wondered about the anchorage being rather exposed to waves, but reefs line either side of the entrance. This narrows the channel enough that not much of the easterly swell was entering the harbor, so we were grateful for a calm night at anchor while enjoying the sights and sounds of the city around us.

A cruiser’s week in Niuatoputapu

29 September 2017 | Off Falehau Village, Niuatoputapu Island, Tonga
Photo: Without saddle or stirrups, an elderly man carries the day’s crop home on horseback on Niuatoputapu Island
This is a summary of our week in Niuatoputapu to give you a sense of our cruising life.

Wednesday (20th September): Leave Neiafu at 5:30 pm

Thursday: Mostly downwind sailing on just jib.

Friday: mostly sunny and breezy

Motor last five hours to arrive with the sun high in the sky and approach pass into Niuatoputapu lagoon at 11 am.
Carefully follow GPS waypoints provided by a cruising-guide into the lagoon entrance-channel, noting that our electronic-chart is about 0.5 nm off to the east.
Anchor near three other boats, protected by reef to the north and west and by the island, with its central ridge 146 m (479 feet) high, to the east and south.
Rush to inflate dinghy, mount outboard, and load folded bicycles.
Zip to shore, assemble bicycles, ride 4 km from Falehau to Hihifo to discover that the cruising-guide's map is well out-of-date and the office that we seek to check-in before the weekend is almost half-way back to Falehau.



Randall on the island's main road between Falehau and Hihifo

Check-in by simply handing over paper from Neiafu Customs.
Briefly meet cruisers from two of the other boats.
Take long naps.



Government offices on Niuatoputapu: (R to L) Police station, Bank, Customs and Immigration office

Saturday: mostly sunny and breezy

Visit other cruising boats to ask about best snorkeling sites - SV Rouser is just leaving for Fiji but we invite the crews of SVs Florence and Levana for sundowners.
Take dinghy out through main pass and drift west along the edge of the fringing reef for 90 minutes as the water temperature of 80°F or 27°C is pretty comfortable. Interesting topography and fish, including three species new to us: oriental sweetlips, smalltooth jobfish, and fourline wrasse.
Tidy-up the boat and prepare some appetizers.
Enjoy the company of Amy and Matt (Florence), Jenny and Sasha (Levana) for the evening, exchanging their enthusiastic information about Samoa for our observations on the rest of Tonga and New Zealand.

Sunday: overcast with some dark clouds and stiff breeze

Join the other cruisers at the wharf and walk to the nearby small Wesleyan Church where we enjoy rousing singing with beautiful harmonies from the congregation of about 50 adults and 20 children. Everything is in Tongan so the long prayers, readings, and sermon are a mystery but we do get the gist of the roll-call and announcement of the size of the donation that is subsequently made (usually carried up front by the children). Everyone is dressed in their best (including us) and afterwards we are greeted by the minister before everyone quickly disperses. Randall harbors a slight disappointment at not being invited to a Sunday feast...



Inside the modest temporary church (a new one is being constructed nearby)

In the afternoon we take our dinghies to Hakautuutuu Island (in the northwest corner of the bay). Over-washed by the 2009 tsunami, the trees have regrown and there is a small sand beach on the lee side but otherwise the island is surrounded by an extensive rubble of dead coral.



Seen from Niuatoputapu, Hakautuutuu Island is framed by the volcanic cone of Tafahi Island, 5 nm to the north


Monday: raining much of the day with stiff breeze

Stay onboard Tregoning all day.
Organize my fish-species spreadsheet and underwater photos. Make pita bread.



When visiting Hakautuutuu Island, dark clouds gathered over our dinghies and Niuatoputapu


Tuesday: mostly sunny and light breeze

Take bicycles to shore and explore an inland road which takes us past the construction-site of the new hospital that is being built at a higher elevation than the existing health clinic in Falehau.



Randall cycles on an inland road through part of Falehau Village

In Hihifo, we ask at the Tonga Communications Company why we cannot get the internet on our cellphone despite having paid for 2 GB of data in Vava'u. When told there is NO DATA SERVICE in Niuatoputapu, we complain that the Vava'u office did not tell us this, after various long phone calls our data plan is cancelled and our money credited to make phone calls...a few people in the US get unexpected calls from us.



Randall peers into the freshwater spring

Cycle past the King's relatively modest residence to a freshwater spring. Alison accidentally drops her sunglasses in the spring but luckily she has brought her swimsuit so she takes a refreshing dip to rescue them. No-one else is around to be shocked by her typical-American, one-piece bathing suit (immodest by Tonga standards) but as we leave we meet a women, with her young son and a small, new puppy on their way to enjoy the spring.



Heading to the spring for a dip with tiny, sleepy puppy in her left hand

Cycle out to the airport, which is used just once a week, on the southwest side of the island. Admiring the grass runway and rustic "departure lounge" under a tree, we see a white-tailed tropicbird and Pacific pigeon, and are very surprised to see a barn owl in flight.



Randall rests in the rustic "departure lounge" at the airport terminal

Completing the circumnavigation of the island, we ride along the bumpy dirt road on the south side of the central ridge noticing the small plots of taro, bananas, manioc, papaya, and pandanus scattered throughout the coconut trees.



Banana plants under the coconut palms on the southern loop-road


Wednesday: rain, clouds, and some strong gusts all day

After a disturbed night with some strong wind gusts of at least 27 knots, we stay onboard Tregoning all day.
SVs Levana and Florence head south to Vava'u leaving us alone in the anchorage.
I update my bird species spreadsheet, organize more underwater photos, and write a blog update to post via single-sideband radio (since we have no internet).
Late in the afternoon, although the anchor is holding well, we feel uncomfortable about how close we will be to the shoreline reef when the wind backs to the north, so we move to the center of the otherwise empty anchorage.
With wind gusts reaching at least 31 knots later that night, we are very relieved that we moved.

Thursday: windy but sunny intervals although thunder rumbles in the distance at night

Ride bicycles to Customs and Immigration Office to get our exit papers and have our passports stamped in anticipation of leaving Tonga the next day.



Alison with the Customs and Immigration Officer for Niuatoputapu

On the way back to Falehau, we ride the inland road which takes us through the parts of the village that were resettled further uphill after the 2009 tsunami.



Niuatoputapu has many signs for tsunami evacuation routes to safe locations at higher elevations. It was probably a coincidence that this sign was in front of an elevated building



A typical thatched "shed" in a Niuatoputapu village

After wondering what the thatched "sheds" were for in the villages, we notice ladies inside one and are invited inside. These cool, shady buildings are workshops for weaving mats from dried pandanus leaves. The mats, which often have quite elaborate designs, are made for floor-coverings, to wear on formal occasions, and for export and sale.



Women weaving a large pandanus mat in the thatched workshop

Return to Tregoning, stow bikes, secure outboard, and raise the dinghy. I make lentil lasagna and oatmeal-raisin bars for our two-night passage to Samoa.


Friday: Showers and winds swing around from north to west, south and east

Make final preparations to leave Tonga.
Exit lagoon pass with good light around noon.
Empty holding-tank when well away from the islands then make freshwater while running the engine.
Plan to motor-sail east while winds are light so that we can turn north and sail the following day when winds are forecast to strengthen from the southeast...at least, that is what we hope will happen...

Our closing thoughts on Tonga

We really enjoyed our 15-week stay in Tonga. The only things that I can remember that we missed were: seeing the King in Tongatapu and a trip to 'Eua Island; visiting Nomuka and Nomuka Iki Islands and snorkeling in the pass north of Foa in the Ha'apai Group; snorkeling into Mariner's Cave in Vava'u; and making an expedition 100 km west of Niuatoputapu to the island of Niuafo'ou to see the rare Tongan megapode birds which lay their eggs to incubate in volcanically warmed soil. That is a pretty short list and the amazing number of other cool things that we did get to see and do in Tonga vastly outweigh these omissions.

We loved the friendly, easy-going, ready-to-laugh people and admired their relatively independent history. Although occasionally frustrating, their apparent nonchalance about tourism has kept the islands relatively free of internationally owned luxury resorts and high-pressure hustling for tours, taxis, and "good deals" of souvenirs.

The nation may have struggles ahead: as it tries to blend more democracy with its monarchy; in seeking to sustain an economy that is so dependent on remittances and international aid; as it balances waste disposal (especially imported plastics) and marine harvesting with the protection of natural resource; and with the population movements that are forced by global climate change and rising sea-levels. However, most people seem to be very proud of their country and of their Polynesian heritage so we hope that this South Pacific nation will long be able to hold a comfortable and sustainable position in the world's economy, politics, and environment.

Update from Niuatoputapu

26 September 2017 | Off Falehau Village, Niuatoputapu Island, Niua Group, Tonga
Photo: The island of Niuatoputapu seen from the northern anchorage with Falehau Village to the left
All is well with us after a reasonable passage that took 42 hours, including some slow sailing and motoring, from Neiafu to Niuatoputapu (which means very sacred coconut and is pronounced new-ya-topu-tapu). On arrival, we joined three other boats in the well-protected lagoon on the north side of Niuatoputapu but we are now alone as the others have left for Fiji and Vava'u.

The island is just over 3 nm long (2 nm at its widest) and has an attractive ridge that is 146 m (479 feet) high. We have cycled all around the island but none of the cruisers that we met had been able to find any trails or people willing to guide us up the ridge and it is too steep and overgrown to attempt on our own. Five nm to our north is the steep-sided, 656-m high (2,152 feet), perfect cone of the extinct volcano that constitutes the island of Tafahi, but this peak is even less accessible.

We have snorkeled outside Niuatoputapu's northern fringing reef, where the water is much clearer than in the lagoon and where the topography of canyons through the coral is dramatic and interesting. Although much of the underlying coral is dead, these structures are covered with plenty of living corals and fish. One of us (me) has also swum briefly in the freshwater spring near the King's residence at the west end of the island. It was quite uncanny how seeing the limestone-rimmed, blue-tinted pool of refreshing clear water instantly reminded me of the many freshwater springs in north-central Florida.

Both underwater and on land, scars are evident of the terrible 2009 tsunami caused by an earthquake in Samoa (just 170 nm away). Much of the shallow coral within the lagoon and around the small island of Hakautuutuu (within the lagoon and which we explored by dinghy) is dead and regrowth there appears to be slow. Dead trees on the northeastern headland were probably killed by the saltwater intrusion, and most of the vegetation on Hakautuutuu is regrowth as the island was mostly swept away.

Many of the houses in the three small villages of Niuatoputapu (all along the north shore) are of the prefabricated type familiar to us from the hurricane recovery projects in the Ha'apai Islands, because many homes were washed away by the tsunami, which killed nine people on the island. Signs pointing towards the higher central part of the island and indicating the tsunami evacuation route are prominent and a small new hospital is under construction on a road that is at a significantly higher elevation than the existing health clinic.

We were a little surprised by how many cars and horses there are on such a small island but, just as described in our guidebooks, the locals (population about 1400) are very friendly and helpful. Fuel for purchase (we did not see the town's generator) appears to arrive and be stored in 50- gallon (200 litre) drums but there are some solar-powered streetlights. There is just one small store (run by Chinese) and the supply-ship only visits once a month. Flights supposedly arrive from Vava'u once a week but, despite this infrequency, mowing the wide, grass runway looks like a fulltime job for someone.

Many people appear to lead fairly simple lives growing food, fishing, weaving pandanus leaves into mats, hats, fans, etc., and attending church. Six of us cruisers attended the church nearest the wharf on Sunday morning and, as expected, the harmonized singing of the nearly 50 adults and 20 children was impressive. It was all in Tongan with a long sermon and extended praying so we soon sympathized with the restless children. However, although there was an almost continuous coming and going of children, they were unfailingly quiet throughout the 70-minute service.

We currently await suitable winds on Friday so that we can aim north-northeast to Samoa. Actually, we are expecting light winds and accept that we may have to motor for a while to begin with to get as far east as we can, before the southeast to easterly winds reappear on which we can sail north. We really like Niuatoputapu and we are glad that we stopped here for a few days. It is a pity not to be able to enjoy the panoramic views from the central ridge and we were disappointed to find that there is no data from the local TCC cellphone company (despite having bought a SIM card in Vava'u for the express purpose of getting internet access here). But we anticipate being back in the bustle of city and internet life again when we get to Apia in Samoa, so taking a week's break in a beautiful, comfortable anchorage is a very pleasant way to end our delightful tour of Tonga.

Heading north to Niuatoputapu

20 September 2017 | Neiafu mooring, Vava’u Group, Tonga
Photo: The ornate Catholic church in Neiafu
We are back in Neiafu: to get provisions, get rid of rubbish, get cash, have laundry done, get propane, get a TCC SIM card for the phone that should work in Niuatoputapu (as Digicel does not), collect our inter-island exit papers from Customs, and, if there is any to be found in town, top-up with diesel and gasoline (the fuel-ship arrived this morning).

After Bill kindly drove by our house in Gainesville, he let us know that it looks good from the road. He could not see the pool at the back but, again, that there is no news from the property managers seems to be a good thing. We feel so sorry for all of the people in the Caribbean who are having to deal with the double-punch as Hurricane Maria spins across many of the same islands that Irma ravaged.

Last night we meet with Peggy who is with the US Peace Corps. We had dropped off some bags of books from New Zealand for the small library that she had started in the school where she was teaching English on the west side of Vava'u Island. She is a dynamic young woman who gave us a fascinating account of her two-year stay in Tonga and her experience with the Peace Corps. She has strong opinions about how the residents of many Pacific Islands need to be helped to transition from passive foreign-aid-dependency to a more self-sustaining use of foreign assistance.

We quizzed her about what cruisers could most usefully bring with them to the islands other than books and school supplies. Her response of condoms and reusable (not disposable) feminine products was in interesting perspective (provided they can be given to someone who can distribute them appropriately) and we wondered how these suggestions would be received by some of the old salts sailing these waters. Peggy is about to start her third year with the Peace Corps but is moving to work with the Vava'u Environmental Protection Agency on public education about invasive species (dear to our hearts), among other issues. We wish her well.

We plan to leave Vava'u this afternoon (Wednesday) and sail for two nights and one day to get to Niuatoputapu on Friday. Weather permitting, we will stay there for a just a few days and then continue north to Samoa. Niuatoputapu has a population of around 1,000 and the supply-boats only visit once a month, so there will not be much in the way of provisions there. We hope to have internet access there but if we do not we will be sure to be back online once we reach Apia in Samoa...or so we hope!
Vessel Name: Tregoning
Vessel Make/Model: Morgan Classic 41
Hailing Port: Gainesville, FL
Crew: Alison and Randall
About: We cast-off from Fernandina Beach in north Florida on 1st June 2008 and we have been cruising on Tregoning ever since. Before buying Tregoning, both of us had been sailing on smaller boats for many years and had worked around boats and water throughout our careers.
Extra: “Tregoning” (rhymes with “belonging”) and is a Cornish word (meaning “homestead of Cohnan” or “farm by the ash trees”) and was Alison's mother’s middle name. Cornwall is in southwest England and is where Alison grew-up.
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