James took off for a 2 day road-trip of personal discovery on his beloved motorbike, so the girls and I maxed out on some of the amazing craft workshops offered in Ubud.
First up was jewellery making. We picked a design (a piece to copy), and then dove in, Bella stencilling and cutting a sheet of pure silver, and Millie drilling holes in the disc that was prepared for her by our teacher.
It was all pretty intricate, and to be honest we had a fair bit of help, especially when it came to wielding the blow torch!
Here is some work in progress: Bella’s feather takes shape, and my tear drop slowly expands in a series of concentric wire bands that are molten together then bashed flat.
A moment to count some of the blessings we experience daily in Bali:
The incredible wildlife that we share our lives (intimately often!) with every day:
The bamboo hut at the bottom of our garden where we take yoga classes with atmospheric sounds and smells of the jungle enveloping us.
Our second creative effort of involved a bigger set of mallets, and chisels.
Emily and I both bashed our thumbs before we got the hang of it, and there was some minor finger chiseling, but ultimately no permanent damage done!
I worked hard at a cheesy gift for my beloved James:
Bella makes steady progress:
While Daddy was away we girls tended to bundle in together in the master bedroom, and we may have possibly indulged in a few breakfasts in bed…..
But we were VERY happy when Daddy came home (in one piece!).