2017 – My Year in Digital Travel Postcards

2017 – My Year in Digital Travel Postcards

A review of my 2017 in digital postcards. I had a year of travel which took me across southern India down to the tip of India, to Bali in  Indonesia, then back and forth to  Australia.

A journey to find a new home and to experience and see the wonders of life and living in a rich and beautiful planet. What did I learn along the way? What’s next? Read on…

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After a year of exploring and discovering new places and practising just being! Finally finding my way into creating Mala Mantra Maker – coming to you in 2018. Here’s 2018 being a wonderful year!

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Mala Making in India
Travelling in India January 2017 – Chennai, Pondicherry, Malapalapuram, Kanakamuri, Varkala, Kottayam, Kochi. Finding inspiration to make my own Mala’s – under Mala Mantra Maker
My 2017 year in Digital Travel Photography
Discovering my new home in Bali, Indonesia. Exploring the rich culture of Ubud and the island of Bali.
northern beaches the elements
Enjoying swimming in the sea.  Spending my birthday month of May in Sydney on the Northern Beaches. Thanks to Annie I spent time in Newport Beach, working on designing a new life with Screw Work, Let’s Play the course with John Williams. Celebrating my birthday and rebirth into my new life.
A year in digital Travel postcards
Starting a new life in Bali, Indonesia.
TANAH LOT BALI
Exploring the rich culture Bali has to offer and my new home
Sound Healing at the Pyramids of chi
Discovering my one of my favourite places in Bali, The Pyramids of Chi. Connecting with the Gong and attending several Gong workshops. A big thank you to Peter and Lynn a wonderful caring couple who run the Pyramids and to the Gong workshops with Sanj Hall and Drow.
ALASARI PLANTATION
Exploring the wonderful Alassari Plantation in Bali, the most tranquil place to be. Being touched by the kindness and wonderful hospitality of Craig and Valerie Glenister. Thank you!
What you want in life
Exploring a new life in Bali, Indonesia.
Marsh the dog 14.8.2017 RIP
Losing our beloved Marsh, who we all loved very much. He was the kindest, most gentle, loving dog I have ever met. Who inspired me to love dogs and not to afraid of them. They only want love. Much love and you will always be remembered. xx
Blue Mountains postcard
Exploring the beautiful landscape of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia
NARABEEN Dog Sitting
Getting to spend more time on the Northern Beaches and caring for Milo a beautiful dog. Enjoying dog sitting and walking a dog again! The best Christmas gift I could receive this year. Thank you, Georgia and Matt!
NATURE IN NORTHERN BEACHES
Having time to explore the beautiful nature of the Northern Beaches region of Australia. Such inspiration and joy to see so much rich and colourful nature. I love those trees so much!
A year in Digital Travel Postcards
To top my year off spending time at Beautiful Palms, in Palm Beach thanks to Bobbie. A cottage with amazing views over Palm Beach and Barrenjoey Headland. A person couldn’t ask for a better view of the beautiful Northern Beaches, Sydney. It’s heaven!
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Dog Sitting in Narrabeen Sydney

Dog sitting in Narrabeen

Dog sitting in Narrabeen, Sydney is one way of getting a dog for Christmas. This is my first official dog sitting experience in Australia.  I am so excited and I have already taken Milo the dog I am sitting for a walk. Not only will I get some great exercise, I get to live on the Northern Beaches for even longer!

As you may have gathered I love the Northern Beaches and I would love to live here for a few months here and there every year! I am lucky enough to be able to get a 3-month visa and stay in this beautiful part of the world. Thank you, universe!

There are lots of things to do in Narrabeen, due to having the lagoon and the sea, it’s perfect for SUP – (that’s Stand Up Paddling), kayaking, walks, cycling, surfing (of course) and swimming in the rock pool.   Due to the walking the dog, I haven’t managed to get over to it yet! It’s a very chilled out place to live with plenty of cafe’s and restaurants nearby.

One thing I really love about dog walking is that I tend to notice all the different trees and I just have a few moments to snap a tree, plant or flower along the way!

Here’s some I found on my dog walking trips.

Postcard Explore nature in the Northern Beaches
Explore nature in the Northern Beaches

Milo was such fun to care for, she was no bother and besides a morning tease when trying to put on her collar, she was a dream to look after.

In the New Year I have a new dog assignment and this time it’s in Manly. I little dog this time called Pepper. I can’t wait for that either… dogs bring so much love into your life.  I met Pepper at Christmas and she is a very different type of dog to Milo – she is quite snappy and moody apparently,  we will see!

Happy New Year to everyone. Here’s to creating an amazing 2018!

Peace, love and harmony to all xx

Other blog posts read more It’s all about dogs and Digital Postcards from Travels with Alice

For house-sitting in Australia I used www.trustedhousesitters.com

PALM BEACH travel with Alice
Looking to stay in Palm Beach, Beautiful Palms is a lovely 3 bedroom cottage with stunning views of Palm Beach book through Airbnb.com

 

 

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Mala Mantra Maker

 Mala Mantra MakerMala Mantra Maker

Introducing Mala Mantra Maker: Mala’s are spiritual beads strung on a thread of cotton or string, 108 beads all together. Historically the 108 beads represent the 108 names for god. One large bead called the Guru bead meets the bottom with a tassel. 

There are many reinterpretations of the beads. I see the thread as the life-force holding our mind, body and soul together and the beads representing the hopes and dreams of our lives; whilst we live out our life on the physical plane.

Making Mala Beads In India

When I was in India early this year (now last year as it was January 2017) I visited Auroville, in Tamil Nadu near Pondicherry and I attended a workshop to make my own Mala beads. We were given a piece of A4 paper and after a meditation, we painted or drew on our paper – writing messages – having the freedom to express whatever we wanted onto it. I loved it. I put in all my hopes and dreams of 2017 and looking back now I can see a lot of it has come true for me!

Mala making india beads

 

After making the painting we then drew lines across it and cut it all up into strips and with glue and cocktail sticks we slowly curled them into beads. Later we strung them together to make a bracelet or necklace – depending on the time it took to make the beads during that class.

My bracelet held all the energy and wishes I had to create a new life in 2017 and to find myself somewhere new to live in the world, at the time when I had absolutely no idea what life would bring – a blank canvas.

Mala Making in India

I have carried this bracelet on my journey and worn it from time to time. I still carry the extra strips to make up a Mala necklace – when I get some spare time which has always been an intention but never quite materialised. Last month I found it again and started wearing it and felt really happy to be wearing it and remembering my wishes for 2017 – then I suddenly lost it and when I found it, it had gone through the washing machine – all washed up.  It’s funny as now I am starting to make Mala’s myself and to share the powerful energy of wearing a Mala and repeating Mantras.

I was lucky 2017 brought me to a place where I felt at home in Bali and I lived there for 8 months last year. It was there I had the inspiration to share my love of Mala’s and the together with the power of mantra, to create my range of mala’s and I have called it Mala Mantra Maker.

Mala Mantra Maker created in Bali

My first range I made in Bali. I wanted to inspire people to connect with mantra through my mala making, not only to inspire women but men too. As once you know the power of using mantra in your life you will feel your own intrinsic harmony with your life. I use semi-precious stones that hold an uplifting energy and the power lies in the wearing of them.

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Welcome to: http://www.malamantramaker.com – the website is coming soon!

I am also making them in pairs so you can buy one for yourself and give one to your loved one as a special soul gift 💝

The range will be available from March 2018, if you are interested in finding out more join my mailing list and you will be notified when the range is complete.

To find out more and join the mailing list  and we will let you know when the site is ready, join here: 

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http://www.malamantramaker.com

Read other blogs post in Bali,  Australia, find out about Love your Work or view my digital travel postcards.

Mala Mantra Maker

 

 

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Inspiration in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

BLUE MOUNTAINS

Inspiration in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Wow – it’s been a long since I have been to the Blue Mountains, in NSW and I wasn’t disappointed with my weekend break in Katoomba.

It rained the first day and as I was only fitted out with summer clothes so I retreated to the lovely cafes along the main street and visited a variety of small art galleries. The Bear Gallery was my favourite – definitely worth a walk further down the road to the larger Gallery space, in a white washboard house. They consistently show the work of 40 artists from around and connected to the Blue Mountains who live there or have lived there.

My favourites were the work of David Millbank – large abstract landscapes,  in particular this one which is a card. James Blackwell   – intricately cut and repetitive patterns and an amazing Glass blower Kayo Yokohama .

Blue Mountains postcard
Postcard from the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre I had the pleasure of seeing an exhibition of some early etchings but he British Artist David Hockney at the City Art Gallery. Alongside a permanent exhibition of the Blue Mountains range.

Some of the sights and experience of hanging out in the Blue Mountains for a weekend. I enjoyed the cafes, restaurants and art galleries in the area; not forgetting the amazing landscape of the unique Blue Mountains. The amazing cloud formations and amazing amount of trees and just being in nature. I enjoyed an afternoon at Blackheath pottering around the shops and taking photographs of the streets and nature.

For more images of the Blue Mountains visit my Instagram account.  www.instagram.com/travelwith_alice

There are lots of nice cafe’s to choose from on the main street.  I really liked this little quiet Korean restaurant called Sanwiye
172 Katoomba St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
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Enjoy Sydney and the landscape and nature of beautiful Australia

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Native Flower of Australia
Native Flower of Australia
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