All in the Detail


I took this photo on my last trip to Bali. I was relaxing in the heat of the day on the terrace in front of my room, listening to the sounds of nature around me and taking in the serenity of the ricefields. With all the water and lush vegetation there were many insects and dragonflies flitting between frangipanis, bougainvillea and waterlilies.


Often when I hear conversations about travel I wonder at what the person has experienced and seen. They ‘do’ countries in quick succession, often staying in five star hotels and ‘seeing’ the country in a couple of days before heading on to the next. They ‘do’ long road trips with the destination more important than smelling the roses or seeing the detail along the way. Perhaps it’s just two different ways of seeing the world, and there is so so much to see.

I love to travel and absorb the surroundings and culture. I think most of my best travel experiences have been when I’ve had no money and have stayed in homestays or basic accommodation or better still when I have been volunteering to help out in a community.

Of course I wouldn’t turn down a nice little five star boutique hotel every now and then though!

Bald to Beautiful


I first became interested in henna when I lived in Zanzibar. Weddings and other celebrations involved lavish henna application to hands, arms, legs and feet. 

Henna has been used for centuries as a part of many cultural traditions and thus the symbolism within the art is varied. It has become an important part of the expression of culture and has daily and ceremonial use. Henna has traditionally been regarded as having blessings and was applied for luck as well as joy. It has also more recently become a form of body art and way of expressing body image.

My daughter as a young teenager found she had a natural gift for henna art, which also gave her an income. Recently a friend undergoing chemotherapy asked my daughter to do a henna crown. The results were stunning…

My friend said it allowed her to go out of the house without self-consciously covering her head – she felt ‘dressed’.