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Caribbean SNOW

My daughter was born in Australia but as soon as she got her passport at 2 months of age we left and by the time she was 4 months of age we had moved to the Caribbean, back to our boat.  Here she is learning to walk on the uneven deck. Her first 7 years were a somewhat unique beginning.  We lived on our boat, and we house-sat for "land friends".  We sailed around the islands for some of it, and we lived the 9-5 life in St.Maarten for some of it.  Here is a photo of her in the car seat in the dinghy.  During our years in St.Maarten I ran a chain of 16 gift shops by day,...

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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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Save Turtles & WIN a sarong

As you know we are island people who love the sea and all the creatures in it.Since we designed our TURTLE LOVE sarong, we decided to donate some proceeds to SEE Turtles which has the cutest little campaign to save a Billion Baby Turtles.  Click through to their site here. Back in April we did a blog post about the turtlesand how we came to want to help.  Click here to read it.This week we have also been running a GIVEAWAY of our TURTLE LOVE sarong to help the baby turtles some more. So today 5th August they are going to be running a last chance giveaway here on their Facebook page. The giveaway hasn't even gone live yet - we...

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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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FREE download - how to wear a sarong

There are so many uses for one simple rectangular piece of pure cotton. Wear your sarong as a scarf, a halter dress, a strapless dress, a long skirt, a mini skirt, a kimono cardi, a shorts suit.   Follow our pinterest board for new ideas and how-to instructions.  Aside from just wearing your sarong, take it on vacation with you and hang it overhead for shade, swaddle the baby, use it as a substitute towel on the beach (they dry fast), use it to keep your hair off your face.... and then you can use it as a decorative table runner when you get back home.   Click HERE for our FREE download of 3 simple ways to tie a sarong.

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