Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Surf, Eat, Sleep, -repeat

 Kind of sums of my first two weeks here.
I am so out of shape it is not even funny.
My body aches in places I had forgotten existed. 
I am really lucky to have a dear friend down here who pushes me to go through the pain barrier and keeps me motivated to push on. Plus we have endless hours of fun out there in the surf together, conquering our fears. Makes me feel so alive!

I even have time to dream up new designs for my necklaces. 
How I have missed this place!

Avocado Smoothie

We're about 3 weeks in being on our island now.
The worst hunger pains are slowly going away.
Although I still long for a proper ice cream.
However, a good Avocado smoothie is almost as good.
(Who would've thought).

1 - 2 fully ripe avocados.
Ice cubes.
Raw cacao.
Water.
Mix it all together, the mixture is supposed to be pretty thick.
If you want put a good dollop of chocolate sauce on top.
+Almost guilt free+

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Beach

 Still here.
Still pretty.
...and at high tide not a single soul in sight!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Reunited!

With these ones!
I love them, little Princess and Menace and it is so so great to finally be reunited with them.
Every year it kills me a little more when I have to leave these lovely flurry creatures. I never planned to have cats but their mum, just seemed to adopt us, and these two beauties were born underneath our bed, 2 years ago. I spend a fortune on cat food, make sure that there are people around who can feed them when we are not around and every year I worry that they will not be there when we get back. As far as veterinary goes I cannot get hold of any here so it is hard, so hard but I cherish every single day I get to spend with these beauties!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Long haul flights

So it is that time of year again, when we finally check out of London and check back into our more relaxed, laid back island life.
 Now I've gone through the whole winter without even a hint of a cold/flu this year, so what happens?
The minute I step off our long haul plane and put my feet on Bali ground I can feel my throat tingling. I ended up with a horrible head-cold, fever, non-stop coughing and a complete loss of smell. So not good timing!!! 
My body is struggling to get used to the heat, my skin is so white I swear it glows in the dark and I reckon I am about 10 kg's heavier than when I left this lovely place in November. I blame it on winter!

As per our usual schedule the first couple of days here are spent running around like headless chickens trying to organise food to bring down to our Paradise, cat-food for our little cats, paints, tools, surfboards, tide-charts, the list goes on and on and on....we don't travel light.
We air freighted our cargo off yesterday and today was spent in total bliss, frolicking in the sun, relaxing by the Ku De Ta's sunbeds and taking a well earned breather. Tomorrow we are flying out of here and back to our Paradise island. 
I cannot wait!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring in bloom

If you, like me, live in London: Wow! These last couple of days been absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.
The weather has been sunny and nice, warm and the blooms are out! 
One of my favourite early blooms is the Magnolia.
Basically the magnolia flower is associated with beauty, perseverance, nobility, dignity, sweetness and love for nature. What's not to love?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sea Turtle

 I recently had my birthday and one of the many beautiful gifts that I received was this adoption of a Sea Turtle. Yesterday I received this completely unexpected turtle teddy in the post with a description of the sea turtles from the WWF.  
(I love turtles and back on the island I've paid the locals to release the turtles after they caught them in their nets but more than often I am too late and I come across dead turtles which is heartbreaking and trying to educate the locals about the threats of extinction of the turtle just makes them laugh).
The turtles have travelled the seas for over 100 million years, they have outlived almost all the prehistoric animals with which they once shared the planet. Marine turtles survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and are still present in the world's oceans today but six out of the seven species of marine turtles are listed as endangered, at risk from many factors, all of them caused by us: The Humans.

My two cousins, Catharina and Rebecca and obviously thought long and hard about what exactly they could give me, even though I specifically told them all I wanted was their company on the night. (I don't get to see them that often). And yes it was a wig party hence the dodgy hair. 
Know anyone who's birthday is coming up and feel inspired here is WWF's web site.