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Living the island dream..... a Southern Caribbean success story!

30 years ago an adventurous British man, Russ Fielden was sailing in Baja California, Mexico and met his Mexican born future wife, Magdalena.  They worked together for many years for the Moorings Charter boat company, and opened up many new Moorings operations in the Caribbean and the South Pacific.  Already their life sounds glamorous doesn't it !  Eventually they married and had 2 adorable little girls, both of who are now in their 20's. Once they had children they decided it was time for a bit more stability, so they started to look for a business to buy in the Caribbean.  The 2 islands they decided were "right" for them to move to, were either Tortola in the British Virgin...

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How I designed the 2017 collection

A lot of you have been emailing me lately to sayhow much you are enjoying my stories.... thank you!  I love hearing from you.Would you be interested in a 5 minute peek "behind the scenes" as I explainhow I go about the design process for each collection?Click here to watch this video. I would love to share some of my island knowledge with you, how to pack for your island vacation, how to wear a sarong, the advantages of wearing cotton.... are just some of my ideas.  What are yours?

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Hurricane GO AWAY

When we first sailed to the Caribbean we nobly decided that we would always keep ourselves and our humble vessel out of the hurricane zone.  Well that lasted one hurricane season, and after that we endured many many years of stressful hurricane seasons up north in the firing line.... all because well, we had to earn a living.  During our 10 years in the Caribbean we were actually VERY lucky, only going through 3 hurricanes, (and not on the scale of Hurricane Matthew) but we also tried to minimize our risk by hauling our boat, and even living onboard in the boat yard the first time.  Here is a photo of me hanging laundry in the rubble of the boat yard....

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I'd rather sit out a storm in a house than on the boat

Here in Australia we have had the longest hottest summer since I moved home from the Caribbean and winter just never seemed to arrive. Even May was still quite warm, but now June has arrived with a bang.  All of last week there were flood warnings for the upcoming weekend while during the week the sun shone down. This photo shows the calm before the storm. On our property here in a lush valley we have no town water, we have only tanks to collect and store the water for our household, not unlike a boat actually!  With flood warnings in place I was shimmying around the roof of our cottage cleaning out the gutters to make sure there could...

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