May 16, 2020

Inception to Publication – what it takes to make a blog post. Notes on process.

Working on Social distancing – A visit to Moscow, it nagged at me, the time it takes me to make a post. The post itself began on Friday, 10 April. The post was published Friday 8 May. Part o...

May 9, 2020

This is a one of two portraits done by my friend Konstantin Zubrilan in whose studio I spent many wonderful salon like afternoons and evenings. It reminds me, I was once a person who had her portrait painted. The second portrait is in the hands of an old friend in the...

View of lake Lugano, at our first Qi gong group.

Just before Lugano went on lockdown four soul sisters came together to do a session of Qi gong and have a walk. We did this in one of their spectacular gardens. The sun was shining, and we enjoyed, complete with giggles a...

May 1, 2020

My beautiful, magical carnations which give me joy a hundred times a day.

It is the end of April as I write this and in Lugano we have been on lockdown since 17 March. Various parts of the world are observing varying degrees of lockdown for varied time periods. Just a f...

On one of their royal pillows, Bunny & Bearli pose on the terrace with their homemade masks, compliments of Poppy.

Creativity in lockdown is a particular delight.
 

When one evening Claudio said in his super sexy accent, “Bunny & Bearli need masks”, my ears perked up.

He...

April 13, 2020

 Click the image of me in Rome giving out hugs or this caption to see the video - and send it to someone who you want to hug/needs a hug today.

Remember when it was a thing to stand in the street and give FREE hugs?
I am told that YouTube videos went viral of people fro...

If you are wondering where Vladivostok is, go to Japan and take a left. For an image of the entire Russia Far East see the bottom of this post.

For me personally, Vladivostok is the epicentre of my universe. It is where I began my life abroad and from where the core fri...

Our happy family at Mysore Palace.

Two months in India? What did you do?
This is the reaction most people have when we speak about our most recent adventure.

Indeed what did we do? We be’d is the short answer.

We took the precious chance to disconnect in order to reconnec...

Magical Portugal, the second book in the Bunny Chronicles, comes with a special new feature – a video for you to read along with! Together with Bunny & Bearli, Nicole reads the book here for you to join along with your copy. Click here or the image above to listen now.

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In January Claudio and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. An impossible feat to have imagined in either of our lives. We both swore to ourselves long ago that we would never marry. Our 10 years of marriage have somehow been a struggle to accept ourselves and each o...

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Dreaming of Sicily - Mom's lemon bars
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Bunny's only dessert: Maggie's gluten-free chocolate orange cake
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Old New Year Russian Style
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Food Speaks for IWCL: using food to express gratitude
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Charlies Flourless Birthday Cake
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