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Something new – Inked in Colour

Well, Barefoot Inked readers… life has changed in an amazing, grand and somewhat transformative way. I’m a mother. A very proud mother at that, to a beautiful five week old awe-inspiring child who has my full undivided attention day and night and it is exhausting, glorious, amazing and emotional every minute of every day. Along … Continue reading

it takes a village – a virtual village?

With motherhood literally moments away, I’ve been lost in thought – a privilege I am enjoying while it lasts. Days have been spent gazing down over my big belly, feeling the wriggles and squirms of my child and wondering – what sort of parent will I be? We are not your conventional couple my husband … Continue reading

bittersweet goodbyes

It feels almost overtly symbolic that tonight of all nights the sky has opened and rain falls heavily on our dry village. It’s the fourth night of torrential downpours in the past two weeks and it states with almost absolute certainty that the end of the dry season has come. For the fisherman it’s the … Continue reading

go on, live a little – I dare you…

Because doing good feels good too. Hedonists have been considered historically as being self-absorbed egotists who seek pleasure regardless of the pain it might cause others.  But this is not the sort of attitude that wins friends and influences people.  And life is much more fun with friends. So, I propose a different kind of … Continue reading

One village… two worlds.

Batukaras is a pretty spectacular place, there is no doubting that. It is a place where dark chocolate sand meets the sapphire sea. Every traveller I have spoken to who has stumbled into this village seems to have been enchanted by its beauty and hypnotised by its laid back attitude and general air of ambivalence… … Continue reading

a “bump” in the road…

It has been too long since I last wrote words here for you all to read. And I have a whole world of excuses and stories and experiences that could have filled hundreds of blogs over the past silent months on these pages out here in internet land. Instead of going back in time and … Continue reading

Planes, trains and automobiles…

I’ve been on more than a few flights in my life. Hundreds, maybe even thousands. And there are some simple things that everyone (and I really do mean everyone) should remember before boarding that plane (in fact they are good tips for cars and trains too). Whether it be for work or play, having a … Continue reading

A rock-and-roll wedding…

I just got engaged. Sort of. I mean sort of because things don’t work the same here. We are however planning a wedding for this coming summer in Australia. There is no ring, there was no down-on-the-knee proposal… but I’m over the moon regardless. This is a different world and somehow this cross-culture relationship is … Continue reading

Hot off the press!

As of today the Lonely Planet Blogsherpa group, of which I am a very proud member, launched their very first photo ebook. Barefoot Inked is one of 40 featured bloggers who are involved in the program and I am very excited to be involved in this wonderful project. Lots of hard work went into this … Continue reading

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…

It was a normal sunny afternoon in Batukaras, and we were finding a little solace from the heat by lying on the cool tiled floor of our little village house. ‘Thuck, thuck, thuck…’ The noise stopped, so I ignored it, closed my eyes again… but… ‘Thuck, thuck, thuck…’ There it goes again. We got up … Continue reading