Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Busy,busy,busy

Well, I really have to put my nose to the grindstone and start working on some new creations. I have a very busy weekend coming up.
Saturday is the annual Lorien  Christmas Market at the Lorien Novalis School for Rudolph Steiner Education at Dural. This is a lovely location only 10 minutes from home - I'm really looking forward to it. This market has great guiding principles:
http://lorienmarkets.wordpress.com/

Then on Sunday it's the annual Mona Vale Christmas Fair. This a huge market and it supports some very worthy causes:
http://www.pittwaterlife.com.au/current_d.html


I hope the weather is good - the prediction is for 21C and fine, but there may be a few late showers on Sunday.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Virtual Craft Fair

Lori Anderson had the brilliant idea of hosting a Virtual Craft Fair on her blog. The fair runs for 7 days fron 26th November. You should go for a look at the wonderful creations of the participants. There are giveaways and links to their online stores for lots of Christmas gift shopping.

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Bali - Island of the Gods Part 2

As some of you know I have had an horrific time over the past 3 years with a family breakup and my mother's sadness and recent death. Bali was a break I badly needed and my wonderful husband made it happen for us.

Not only did we have a great time in this tropical paradise but also came home with a couple of treasures including a 1 metre statue by one of Bali's great master craftsmen - a fabulous wood carver from Mas village and owner of the Ngurah Gallery there. He has had two exhibitions in Australia and is due for a third soon.




The birds in the head dress of the small goddess symbolise good luck and that good luck was working for us on our return flight. We left Denpasar airport early (1am) yesterday morning in the midst of a tropical storm and experienced a lot of turbulence soon after take off. After some very bumpy flying there was a loud bang on our side of the aircraft - the plane had been struck by lightning!! Luckily there was no damage and all the instrumentation was still working.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Island of the Gods

We are just back from a short but wonderful holiday in Bali. The Samaya, Ubud, was absolute luxury and so beautiful. This is the view of rice terraces from Scene restaurant where we breakfasted each morning.

And here is a view of our villa with private plunge pool.

It was a very real culture shock to see how much Bali has changed since I made two long visits approximately 30 years ago. However, despite the development, the people are just as wonderful and two streets back from the main tourist drag in Ubud you are in another world - traditional, quiet and serene. I was delighted to find two of the small guesthouses I stayed in all that time ago still exist - Puri Muwa on Jalan Monkey Forest in Ubud and Lila Graha in Bedugul. And Canderi's homestay and cafe is still going strong. The Balinese are very resilient and are taking these dramatic changes in their stride.
We spent the entire holiday in Ubud with day trips to some of the most beautiful and important sites on the island. More photos to come as we download them.

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