Saturday, 31 January 2015

Play time

I am far, far removed from my little work-space in the tropics and inspiration has been hard to come by.

 I got sent these precious paua shells from New Zealand and just looking at them got my creative juices flowing again, so I made bracelets out of them.
In the Maori language paua is the name given to the abalone species. The paua is only found in the coastal waters of New Zealand. No two paua shells are the same. It is believed that all abalone (including the paua) strengthens the body as well as the heart. The shell represents the beauty of life and brings intuition, sensitivity and harmony to relationships. According to the Maori's the shell brings good luck, prosperity and peace to the wearer. 
I believe that too! 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


I have had long hair for as long as I can remember.

I feel the time has come for a change and I am eagerly searching the internet for good haircuts and my eyes fell on this one below. 

The main question is do I dare to take the chop? 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park

The Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park is located near Zhangye in China's northwestern Gansu province. It is knows for it's colourful rock formations which are smooth, sharp and several hundreds meter tall. They are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years! 

Can you imagine having a wander through this colourful landscape?
All images are from ImagineChina.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Take a good look

 Simon Hennessey is a Birmingham, UK artist who paints realistic images.
Yup, that is right, these are paintings!  
 I've tried to track the artist down but his homepage is down so these images are all off interest.
Pretty amazing paintings though eh?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

A sauna with a view

Uh-oh, it is getting colder, -again.
How 'bout a sauna with a view?

This stunning sauna was designed by a Canadian architectural firm called Partisans.
You should check out their web-site for more interesting designs.

Probably the prettiest sauna I ever laid eyes upon.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Tested and impressed

1. La Mer -the cleansing lotion:
When I am in our second home in the tropics I hardly ever use make up. No point really, by the end of the day it would have all melted away. However, I do surf a lot, swim, do all sorts of outdoors activities and use a lot of zinc and sunblocks. Last year on our way to Indonesia I shopped this beauty of a cleanser in the airport in Hong Kong. It has lasted me nearly a year. Great for removing anything that clog up your pores and back here in London where I can actually wear make up, it is doing a wonderful job. The cleanser seem to actually give my skin moisture and lock it in instead of stripping all the moisture off my face, like so many other cleansing products I have used.
I know one thing for sure: When this beauty does eventually run out I will be buying a new one. Expensive? Yes but when you think of the mileage you get out of it, the result you get with it,  it is worth every penny.

2. Chanel -Les Beiges
Coming from the tropics and spending winter here in London just really takes it toll on my skin. It goes dry, pale, I have all sorts of uneven skin colour due to years of being in the sun. The Chanel Les Beiges is a very, very good moisturiser with a bit of colour. I am it love with it. It makes my skin glow, my colour is even and even though I wake up looking like a ghost after I put this beauty on my skin illuminates health. Added confidence and feel good in a tube. 

3. By Terry -Terrybly growth booster mascara
So, I think I must have tried almost every mascara under the sun.
I had the YSL mascara faux sils and Dior's Diorshow mascara as semi favourites before I came across By Terry's Terrybly mascara. It stays on. Doesn't flake, doesn't make me into a panda by the end of the day and with my LaMer cleanser it comes off so easily. The wand is great, one coat will give you good volume and great black lashes, two coats will make your eyelashes thick and long, I have people come up to me and ask where I have my eyelash extensions done. I say By Terry. I have been using this one for the last three years. I think I finally found the mascara that is right for me. 

4. A. Vogel - Echinaforce
Now, this really really works.
I have been using a few drops every day for a year and where I would normally be sick in bed with the flu this past year I have only come close once, that was in Norway over Christmas where I stupidly forgot this little bottle.
My husband, who is hardly ever sick got the flu so bad before Christmas and I was thinking it is only a matter of hours before I get it too, as normally I get anything that goes. Anything but with the extra help of the Echinaforce I've stayed clear. Love it. 

It should be noted no one paid me to give any of the above reviews.
These products are all tested and tried by me and these are products that I would warmly recommend anyone wanting to try something new. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Sheila Wolk

For years I have been admiring the "fantasy art" of an artist called Sheila Wolk.
 So much so that today I thought I would share some of my favourite art pieces of hers.
 If you like what you see and want to know more about this gifted lady, click here for an in-depht interview with her. 
 Sheila Wolk's website.

Sheila Wolk granted permission for the above four images to appear in my

Weird looking fruit that tastes so good

Such a funny looking fruit, with a "hairy" outer. However, once you crack the shell what's inside is utterly divine. It is quite sweet and will satisfy any sugar craving. 

This is actually my favourite fruit of all time.
I did not discover this beauty until I first came to Bali in 1995.
It tastes like a mixture between blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, orange, it is like a party for your taste buds. Whenever I am back in Bali I always make sure to stock up on these little wonders. 

This is the one fruit we get on my secret sport X in Indonesia instead of lime's. It is like a kafir lime. Sour but packs a lot of taste. Great to use in curries and cakes.