Category Archives: travelling the world within and without

Whitsundays – a piece of paradise

At the end of July, I went on a 2-day sailing and diving-trip to the Whitsundays, 74 Island Wonders located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on the tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Me and my family boarded the Catamaran “Wings II” in piqturesque Airlie Beach, excited to float on the turquoise water with  Whitsunday Sailing Adventure.

 

Wings II had an amazing crew that took us around the islands, stopping at great diving and snorkel spots. It was surreal to sail through the epic landscape, and on top of that, see the world beneath us as well. Since 70% of the world is covered in waterm there’s quite a lot to see down there.

I  hadn’t been scuba diving since January last year (when I got my Open Water certificate in Bali) so I was eager to get into the water! We had a great instructor, Jake, very easygoing, calm, passionate and professional so I could feel safe and sound with all the eqipment again.

To get to dive and snorkel at The Great Barrier Reef has been a dream since early school days. I remember reading about UNESCO’s natural wonders of the world: The Great Barrier Reef is one of them – the world’s largest reef system! It’s so big it can be seen from outer space!

The diving was epic and I could feel my whole being smiling – it’s so wonderful to cruise through the water, listen to the breath, watching the beauty harnessed in the underwaterworld: MAGICAL!

 

 

 

More than 1,500 fish species live on the reef, and one of them is our little friend Nemo, also known as the clownfish.

 

The underwater photos  are taken by Jake, the amazing dive master at Wings.

The second day we sailed to the wellknown Whitehaven Beach. All I can say is: Postcard view! Such amazing clear turquoise water and the finest and whitest sand I’ve ever seen. WELCOME TO P A R A D I S E

 

 

 

 

As always when I experience wonders of nature like this – something happens inside. Weird and odd… I just freak out of happiness, blown away by the energy, yet struck by the peace it brings my soul. The whole register of contradictions flows through as I’m breathtaken. I’m crying, smiling, singing, running around FEELING the space with every cell of my body. Whether I’m snowboarding from the top of a mountain through epic backcountry-landscape, or sitting on the whitest beach in the world… it’s bliss. My heart smiles and my soul is at rest when I’m surrounded by grande nature…

the seashells were so fragile and intricate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The reason why the sand is so white, is because the grains have rested here for millennia. As tides turned and seasons changed the elements stripped impurities from the grains until there was only brilliant white silica left…


The 2 days with Wings II were a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, thanks to the amazing captain, the dive master, the chef, the beautiful weather and the 21 other adventurers on board. I’m so grateful for this trip. Thank you Mom and J for making it happen sooner than never.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you ever take the opportunity to travel to Australia, make sure to visit the Whitsundays. It’ll be a beautiful memory for lifetimes.

 

love and light

Seaturtle

rehearsal times

The recordings of the upcoming album is slowly but surely unfolding in its divine timing!

Can’t wait to share the tracks with you all!

In the meantime I thought I’d share a little something from a rehearsal we had the other day. It’s simply me, Elle and Stu giving “I love you” a go outside the court house in Byron Bay, refreshing our memories before the actual recording in the studio.

Here’s a little taste:

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcqsv3mSX8s&feature=g-upl[/youtube]

 

Enjoy

love and light

/seaturtle

“I Dissans Tid”

 Some things in life are difficult to believe unless we’ve got visible proof.

It makes it hard to grasp something when we can’t see it,  feel it, or touch it.

Nevertheless  – at night the stars become visible to our eyes, even though we can’t see them during the day.

For those of you that have followed my blog over the last year, know that it’s been a huge transition for me.

Little did I know back in 2002, when the first seeds were planted for this journey, that it was gonna take a whole decade to fully manifest the transition in me. Looking in the rearview mirror, I think “not knowing” that time-frame was for the best – cause I might have bailed and chosen the easy way out.

This shift, of getting to know who I am and balancing the “reasoning” and “intuition” in this wolrd, has been a trial-and-error-experience. Crossing the line, being in balance, trust the soul’s path, dealing with sickness and injuries, let love in, overcome tresholds, refining and defining who I am as I pave the path in my life… it’s been a beautiful and rough period that have moulded me and prepared me for the shift this year, 2012…

This last weekend was very emotional and odd in so many ways. Beautiful signs here and there showing me that I’m connected to my self, yet new obstacles popping up to delay the journey’s destination and not moving too fast forward. New “tests” making my life a roller-coaster of love-fear coming and going.

With tears in my eyes, I found a poem that My Mom sent me about 6 months ago – “I Dissans tid/In Dissan’s time” (Dissan is my nickname…). She wrote it when my everyday was a true struggle and I didn’t wanna live anymore. This poem means the world to me, it brings me comfort and it reminds me that the feeling of trust deep down within, exists even in the darkest of times. And even if I can’t see an outcome of things, or a result – if I trust that inner seed of love and passion, over time I’ll experience the coal becoming a diamond, or watching the caterpillar blossoming into a beautiful butterfly…

The poem was written in Swedish, but I’ll do a translation in english below…

I Dissans tid

Som ett smycke

av renaste guld

är ditt liv

i detta nu

 

Berlocken

ditt livs besmyckning

dess form

dess ädelstenar

slipas

putsas

för att en dag

pryda

DIG

 

Kram

Mamma

In Dissan’s Time

As a jewelry

of purest gold

is your life

in this moment

The charm

your life’s embellishment

its shape

its precious gems

sublimed

polished

to one day

adorn

YOU

Hug

Mum

 —

We’re all diamonds, amazingly and uniqely faceted…

Love and Light

/Seaturtle

 

 

 

 

 

BecomeYourDream-Catcher

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been collecting stones, branches, seashells, sticks and cones… The comfort it brings to have a little piece of nature in my room, pocket, around my neck, or on my finger, is fascinating and magical. The way nature erodes, molds, shapes and colors with sand, wind and water, creates amazing energy. That movement of change, that life force, that journey is tangible and unique in each piece. I love that raw pureness!!

The last couple of months I’ve come across some beautiful things along the beaches of Byron Bay and at the Crystal Catle. Some amazing driftwood have become new creations for my room, as well as my own version of chimes/dreamcatcher…there’s more to come…

I always find it interesting to observe the whole process of what a creation looks like in my head, versus the complete piece of art. I’ve had the “BecomeYourDream-Catcher” in my head and been feeling it for the last 2 months…slowly bulding it up as I’ve come across each piece. I’m stoked to finally present my: 

BecomeYourDream-Catcher

Love and light

/ Seaturtle

Buffalo Girl Teresa “Terry” Cronin

 The last couple of months I’ve been honored to work alongside Terry Cronin, the owner and designer of Buffalo Girl.

I met her on a sunday night at The Italian here in Byron, when my friend Ida introduced us over Espresso Martinis. We clicked immediately and I pretty much started working on the spot editing pictures, planning for the Buffalo Girl-future LOL!

The next day, I joined Terry in her studio and started to cut, stamp, dye and carve leather and suede for bags, belts, cuffs and other amazing adornments. Two months down the road as her assistant, I’m still stunned every day by this Raw, Rad, Mother-Nature-force, Intuitive and Skilled Pioneer that Terry is. Let me introduce this treasure: miss Buffalo Girl herself a.k.a Terry Cronin!

To me, Terry is an Ocean-Soul. By Ocean-Soul I mean a person that has so many layers, so many talents, so much of everything, that you just never hit the bottom of the soul…a person that constantly surprise and inspire with every breath. An Ocean-Soul has strong intuition and wisdom from ancient times, which shines through every step of the way. An Ocean-Soul is a skilled shapeshifter, capable of adapting into anything or any situation required. An Ocean-Soul just IS, a queen and a pioneer with every action. Terry is all that and more!

Getting to know this fierce woman behind Buffalo Girl, is a rock ‘n roll pleasure!

Terry is a cool “Kiwi”-chic that rides horses and dirtbikes, surfs and skates, and back in the early 90’s she was a professional snowboarder as well, representing New Zealand. Raaad!!!

Being around her everyday, I definitely feel her connection with nature and her NZ-lifeforce. Her curly hair, wild and radiant personality, outshines everything! Not to mention her laughter, that rings right into the heart!

Looking at, touching and wearing her handcrafted pieces, is a unique experience! Her passion for life as well as the love of transforming dreams into amazing things, is present in each Buffalo Girl adornment. I love that she lives everything that she is and that Buffalo Girl really is a whole lifestyle. Everything is an extension and an expression of her forest heart, ocean eyes, other worlds, ancient lifetimes, the ups and downs in life and of the intuitive self…

It’s amazing to witness how people connect with her pieces. The wonderful crystals and feathers in her creations gives extra magic, but I believe it’s her instictive feel that makes Buffalo Girl stand out from everything else out there. The raw, unique, healing, sexy and natural energy the adornments radiate, makes people fall in love, head over heels!! People wanna be close to that magical energy – it makes them feel beautiful!

I’m thrilled to get to spend every day in Terry’s studio, watching and learning as we put each piece together. One bag can take a week to make from scratch – cutting, edging, stamping, carving, dying, sealing, lacing etc. – it all needs to be done with love and focus to get the best results… I love that everything is old-school-hand-made and made to last forever. It’s not duplicable, each adornment is a one off and totally unique!

The other day we met a woman who wore a Buffalo Girl-handbag that she got from her husband 8 years ago. It looked amazing!!! She’d only had it re-laced by Terry a year ago, to keep it tiptop – love it!

Check out all the amazing creations on the Buffalo Girl webpage, where you also find the details on how to place your unique order:

Buffalo Girl

On the blog, you can follow our adventures:

blog Buffalo Girl

For our latest updates, follow us on instagram – either on “buffalogirllife” or “desireerosborg”.

love and light to y’all

/ Seaturtle