Carmen Darwin

Stepping off the train in Rapallo (and feeling a little bedraggled) we were met by Carmen Darwin looking casually elegant in a black pant suit. I immediatley knew that her Revel in the Riviera tour was going to be something special! Bold, stylish, determined, and with an eye for detail. Her favourite quote is "You […] Read More

the reset button

  At this time of year the online white noise becomes almost unbearable, 'set goals' - 'choose your word for the year' - buy buy buy - competing, selling stuff, networking, it's all so 'driven' and I am giving myself permission to opt out, to press the 'Reset Button' as one of my favorites online  […] Read More

When I out of the blue mentioned to Sam that I wanted to go to Australia and see my Mum he blurted out ‘Oh are you going back to work out how to divorce me?’ …. you could say that we’ve been having some relationship problems! Rather than loving the simple life we’re creating together […] Read More

A Taste of the Good Life

the good life

A Good Life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how lucky you are!   Oh the Good Life Having lived now in our beautiful Valley for three years I have started to take the Good Life for granted. Most of our fruit and […] Read More

off on a tangent

I've been off on a tangent, and finding my way back to being here with you has been difficult. Everytime I sit down to write a post it feels like I've been away too long, how will I catch up, what will I share, yet like an old friend here you are. Thank you for […] Read More

Being so far away from family as Christmas approaches is always hard, this is our third since leaving Australia and I'm feeling the Christmas Blues. I miss my mum, our traditions, family weddings, newborns, my girlfriends, and although mum and I Skype almost daily it's just not the same. I'd love to get home for Christmas. Another year […] Read More

lessons from the orto

" Grow your Life from the Heart "    Lessons from the Orto Do you grow your own vegetables? Up until we started growing our own food I never actually realized the lessons from the orto would make a difference. That the food would taste was so superior to any I had ever eaten. Having […] Read More

A Year of Leo – #1

portrait in paris

When did  I learn to eat my feelings, to swallow them whole before they flew from my mouth or flashed from my eyes. We have had a tiny visitor, she is two and has no trouble expressing exactly how she feels from moment to moment. I on the other hand have long since learned it's […] Read More

simple life

Creating a less complicated life has funnily enough become quite complicated (at least in my head). Ahhh the Simple Life, I have been steering clear of my blog recently, a little hiatus to gather my thoughts and refocus. A multitude of voices each with an opinion different to my own, do this, write that, less […] Read More

hospital by helicopter

  Those moments in our bedroom waiting for the ambulance as Carina struggled to breathe, tried to write 'I love you' and repeated over and over 'I don't want to die, I love you, I don't want to die, get Daddy, tell Daddy I love him' slurred like she was drunk, not knowing we were […] Read More