Bali I hear you ask? Bali? Haven't you already been away this year? Didn't you just get back?
Well yes - but normally, as we are one of those half Australian/half British couples who live a bit of split life, we travel as a family. And normally travel for us involves car seats, and three small people, and camping. Well, not this time!
I have this very clever friend who happened to have a significant birthday not long ago. Way back when, on a sunny afternoon in February, she cleverly suggested her birthday trip to six of us lucky ducks. Then only four short hours after having the idea, she had managed to call us and suggest it, get everyone's agreement, and purchase tickets in the time window given for the flight sale. This is no small feat when you consider that between us we have 17 children! The idea was so crazy, that without her suggesting and arranging it, I don't think the rest of us would have ever proposed such an audacious plan (so big love to you my friend for making it possible xx). She is a total genius.
It was a week like nothing I've experienced since having kids. We didn't really do anything - except read a book or two, have a swim, do some yoga, eat raw chocolate and drink a few caipirinhas. And laugh. The happiest of days that none of us will forget for a long time.
And Bali - well we all totally fell in love. I'd never been there before and really didn't know what to expect. It was beautiful! I can't wait to go back.
Anyway let's talk Threads Of Life. They are an amazing fair trade textiles shop that I went to visit on a day trip to Ubud. In their own words....
Our trip to Threads of Life involved leaping out of our taxi at 6.50pm (they shut at 7) and running as as fast as our sore-as-hell-due-to-lots-of-yoga-muscles would carry us. We had been stuck in hideous Ubud traffic, which was at a total standstill, and yet so determined were we to get there that Jenn and I sprinted (ha!) the last few blocks. They were closing the door as we arrived and we shamelessly begged. Begged and pleaded to be let it as we could see the goodness held within.
And I'm so glad we were so shameless. This place is magic. The most beautiful textiles with information on each piece of fabric about it's origin and creation. I've included a few photos but much of their work is available direct from their website. Supporting them is supporting communities of women and traditional handcraft. What could be better. They also have a beautiful instagram feed if you are looking for some inspiration.
Any other Bali hot tips around textiles for those considering going?