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T R A V E L

BALI, INDONESIA

During Christmas and New Year 2015/16, Sage and I traveled to Bali for the first time. We were very fortunate to have great, creative friends who live there. For Sage, it was a life-changing experience. After mastering the intricacies of scooter riding, we spent our mornings at a beautiful, people-free beach and put the bike to the test, nailing it hard out on a dirt motor cross track. Another fabulous day, I took Sage to the ceramics studio where we made bowls on an old clay wheel.

I loved the smells of Bali, the gentle people, the freedom, the abundance of arts and crafts and, of course, the heat.

I have an abiding fascination with elephants. I spent a year researching them and based a major exhibition on the crazy things humans have done to elephants throughout history. A dream of mine was to spend time with elephants, touch them, feel their souls and their sadness.

In Bali, I took Sage to Ubud where the elephants live in the forest. We had the opportunity to spend time with an elephant called Lady Gaga and wash her down. It was an experience I will never forget. Then a juxtaposed visit to Bali Zoo where I ended up wiping away the tears from an elephant that lived a very different life to Gaga. It is a very profound moment when you look into the eyes of an unhappy elephant!

DENARAU, FIJI

In Easter 2016, just after the catastrophic cyclone, we stayed in a resort in Denarau, Fiji. We were frustrated to see such wastage of food that, where simple systems in place, could easily have been taken to the villagers that needed it. But instead, the leftover food from all the resorts is thrown away.

On a trip to Southern Sea Island (one of the smallest in the area), I was excited about seeing the extraordinary colours of the coral I'd last experienced 30 years ago. I was saddened to find that the environment of the reef was so degraded that the coral is now the colour of mud with only the odd bit of growth and rejuvenation.

On a positive note, the people of Fiji are so great with children, so gentle, polite, and funny.Their hospitality is simply unbeatable.