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  • Personal

    A Four Day Visit

    My mum’s brother came to visit us last week, all the way from ‘down south’ in New South Wales. It was a pretty special occasion, him never having had the opportunity…

  • Personal

    8 Things You Might Not Know About Me

    Seeing as Maps and Mandalas recently rebranded and there could be a few new readers in the mix, I thought I would start with some re-introductions. My name is Oceana, and…

  • Personal

    An Argument For Consistency

    Lately, I’ve been thinking about consistency. The sameness, the familiarity, the predictability, of life. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of monotony, but there’s certainly an argument to be…

  • maps and mandalas

    So, This Is My New Blog

    It’s been a crazy few weeks in my brain since I decided to close down Barefoot Beach Blonde and start up Maps and Mandalas. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Just…

  • Three Year Anniversary

    Three Years Down The Line

    Three years ago yesterday, on a pretty average day at the end of January I woke up on Great Keppel Island, a tropical island off the coast of Queensland where I…

  • Personal

    The Garden Boat

    To be quite honest, I’m not 100% sure about where the boat came from. I heard a story, although I’m not sure it’s true, that it was a throwaway, something that…

  • Personal

    A Note About Four-Legged Friends

    I’m not sure I’d ever go so far as to call myself a ‘dog person’, although I’m definitely dating one (a dog person that is). At the most I think I was merely…

  • Personal Photography

    And I’ll Walk Behind

    Let me start by making the confession that no photographer really wants to make: I am terrible at organising my photographs. Sometimes, I’ll take hundreds of beautiful photographs and never look…