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Eating out in the Caribbean

Eating out in the Caribbean can be an experience not unlike eating out in the US, but only if you stick to the hotel or cruise ship buffet bar.  For me the highlight of eating out in the Caribbean is more about the setting, the view,  and the smiles. Imagine sitting on the beach, with an umbrella overhead, your toes in the sand and the occasional wave washing over your feet and cooling your ankles.  The kids are playing happily in the water nearby, leaving you and your partner the peace to actually hold a conversation.  As a mother of 3 young children, peace features strongly on my wish list. You watch the sun set over the sea, as you sip...

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Arrival in the Caribbean...

The first thing that struck me on arrival on my first Caribbean island was the smell.  The sweet smell of fresh earth after a rain, the fragrance of the tree's in full bloom, wood smoke, and OH MY GOD.... a bakery! I could smell fresh bread breaking. We were making landfall in Tobago, after a journey of 55 gruelling days at sea.  I was finally arriving in the tropical heaven I had been dreaming of for 2 years. After securing our little sailboat to the customs dock, we made our way on wobbly legs to the immigration office, where we cleared in to PARADISE.  We were granted a 3 month stay, who would have guessed this would turn into a 10...

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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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Long haul

I live in a small town, 1 hour flight north of Sydney, Australia.  I have travelled to USA three times in the last 3 months to show the new collection and catch up with island friends at 3 different shows.  Each time I arrange a schedule for my husband, mum and mother-in-law to fill in my role with our 3 children (3, 5 and 12) for their various weekly activities. The journey to Florida takes between 24 to 30 hours by the time you add up flying time and airport waiting time.  It's crazy.  Here is a photo of my flight over Sydney Harbour.  WOW, always stunning, even on a grey day. Once in Florida I am at work.... no time for jet...

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