Bali, the lure of the rice paddies

Monday, 2 March 2015

Did I tell you about the rice paddies in Bali? I don’t think I did. We spent the majority of our time in Ubud, a small artistic town tucked away in the mountains and most importantly, far from the maddening crowds of Kuta and Seminyak. However, I should point out that nothing in Bali is laid back - the streets are constantly bustling, from dawn until late into the night. Shops never seem to close, people never seem to sleep and buzzing scooters are a constant drone of white noise. That is until you find a rice paddy. Then finally the welcome hush and you can think again. We meandered through the rice paddies for hours on end, marvelling at the lush green lands, realising that we were seeing rice being farmed for the very first time (much to the bemusement of our Balinese guide). In all the time we were there, we saw no tractors or farming equipment. It’s all farmed completely by hand.

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And last but not least, while lounging by the pool, this little guy landed on our towel. While I ran off waving my arms and screaming like a crazy fool, Jord snapped pictures. How incredible are his colours? We also saw a golden ant. I never even knew such a thing existed.

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The Chelsea Boot

Friday, 27 February 2015

A decidedly wintry post for someone who has donned open-toe sandals and short sleeves since about September last year. But I guess it’s time I start thinking about warmer footwear (considering I all but cleared out my wardrobe in a de-cluttering frenzy). I’m on the lookout for a decent pair of leather Chelsea boots to serve as one of my winter footwear staples. Here’s my inspiration…

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Wishful Thinking - Chelsea Boots

Wishful Thinking - Chelsea Boots

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As Far As The Eye Can See

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Would you believe me if I told you it’s been nearly a year and a half since we made the Great Move to Aus? Time has quite literally flown for me. Occasionally Jordan and I will recount the madness of the days leading up to the move and looking back on it, it feels like someone else’s life altogether. Do you have moments like that? Last night as I sat on the sofa and surveyed our much loved new apartment, it felt so very much like home. Warm, cozy, inviting (if I don’t say so myself) and filled with new bits and pieces that have new meanings and joy. And as much as I am striving for that minimalist touch, I can’t resist the urge to clutter and collect. I’m learning what can be displayed and what can be packed away for a rainy day. This eclectic California home encompasses everything I love about organised clutter – it served as a reminder that having lots of stuff, need not be a bad thing after all.

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Not Quite The Outback, But Close

Monday, 23 February 2015

City living in Sydney is nowhere near as cramped as our lives in London but move a few kms out of the edges of the suburbs and everything grows in size. Houses begin to sprawl, roads begin to widen and the cars get mightier and meaner-looking. It feels more vast, more Australian. You begin to grasp how very big this country really is. Little sleepy villages dot the landscape, filled with preserved buildings, fascinating history and seriously laid back locals.

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The Absolute Perfect

Friday, 20 February 2015

Sydney has had a week of humid temperatures and persistent sunshine.The beach bag is packed and waits at the door and the fridge is always stocked with icy cold beer (note: this is not specific to summer). It’s still very much a summer affair round these parts. So there is still time for me to find, purchase and enjoy a summer kimono. My eye caught one on honeypielivingetc and I have to say, as far as summer kimonos go, it’s flawless.

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Wishful Thinking - The Perfect Kimono

Wishful Thinking - The Perfect Kimono

Wishful Thinking - The Perfect Kimono

Wishful Thinking - The Perfect Kimono

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