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Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands

This time last week were sailing on a charter boat in the Whitsunday Islands.  It was the first time we had been sailing since we sold our own boat in the Caribbean to move back to Australia in 2011.  Since that time a lot has changed.  Our 7 year old daughter who grew up on the boat in the Caribbean with us is now 15.  We have also had 2 more children, since leaving the Caribbean, and they had never been on a sailboat before.... so it was quite an adventure for them all.  Here is a photo of us all as we were about to set off on our own. We had such an incredible trip.  The first 6 days were spectacular weather,...

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Tiny little line...

Each year when I go into production with the new collection, we work with a small Indian family manufacturer.  This is a 4th generation family company, that was started by the Great Grandfather back in 1970 (before I was born).  Here is a family photo taken at a recent family wedding. I work with the great grandson, Sanskar.  This young man is in his late 20's and is so organized and so good at reading what I want.... when I tell him how talented he is at deciphering my scribbles, he tells me he doesn't know why..... he just grew up hearing about fabrics, fashion & production at the dinner table.  Recently he sent me this photo of his sister's wedding.... look...

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Hurricane UPDATE : How can we help

If you are thinking of reaching out to help the people of the Bahamas, please ensure you give to reputable organisations. Cash is always a useful option.... but if you prefer to do actual items here are some tips.... Please be aware that the landfill of the islands will already be very overwhelmed with the hurricane damaged rubbish, so please do not send your old unwanted stuff.... JUNK is not needed. These are the sorts of things that the hurricane survivors need, that might be overlooked... 1. Hair ties 2. Combs and hair brushes 3. Toothbrushes & toothpaste.  Soap. 4. Toilet paper 5. Razors for both men & women 6. Vitamins 7. Belts 8. Cleaning supplies, such as washing detergent, disinfectant, brooms, mops, paper towels 9. Mosquito...

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My visit to the Opera....

I was born an hour south of Sydney, and I have been on a whole lot of weird and wonderful adventures around the world.... but up until last weekend I had never been to the Sydney Opera House. My daughter's dance school organized a dance trip to Sydney and we went to see West Side Story at the Opera House. WOW, what a night to remember.... and I don't know what happened to my little boat baby, but all of a sudden she is wearing heels and trying to be taller than me. There we are on the dinghy in Bequia together one minute..... and in the blink of an eye.... this.... It was a special weekend away, but one...

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Exploring the Caribbean

During our 10 years in the Caribbean, we spent a lot of time living and working in St.Maarten.  We did various jobs there, and always worked hard saving up the next lot of money to go sailing again.  For a year and a half I worked as Marketing Manager for St.Maarten's 12 Metre Regatta.  This is a tour company that had 5 famous America's Cup yachts, and would take tourists out racing.  They had the original Stars n Stripes boat that Dennis Conner had won the America's Cup with, as well as a couple of famous Canadian boats.  They would stage actual races around stunning Great Bay.  Here I am aboard Canada's True North IV. After we had our baby...

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