Tuesday, 22 April 2014


We live just a stone throw away from the church so Easter has been hectic.....and sweet.
We've had the church bells ringing at all hours of the day (and night) and ongoing all night karaoke. (Not quite sure how that fits in with Easter but there you go).

 Most days the children venture down to the beach side for some fun and play in the sand.
 It is so refreshing to see these kids running around playing with whatever they find on the shoreline 
keeping themselves busy in an imaginary world
- and not a single playstation in sight.

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.
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


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?