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The Hero’s Journey – from Kuran to Kukma
September 7, 2016
I was thrilled to get the news that Kharad rug weaver Tesji Dhana Marwada had, at long last, received a National Award for his work. Recognition of this kind has

Four Warps plus Four Colours equals variations on a theme
June 28, 2016
I have not touched a loom since my early days at primary school when we sat at our desks with a small table loom and wove ourselves a woollen scarf.

Travels Through Time
June 13, 2016
I love walking on ancient ground, touching the earth that others have trodden throughout the millennia and breathing air that may have been recycled by another traveler in another time.

Reflections on a Tour to Remember – Zoe’s Story
February 26, 2016
It is the eve of departure for another tour to India and I have almost lost count - I think it is up to 16. The few days before departure

Lock, Stock and Barrel
February 5, 2016
I could of course be referring to the 'wild west' component of the Beyond Santa Fe Tour this July. I am not. Instead I am drawing your attention to my

Mabel’s Place
October 22, 2015
There is a wonderful house in Taos – inviting, warm and haunted by the most desirable ‘ghosts.’ Mabel Dodge Luhan House, as it is now known, was established in 1922

Searching for the Taos HUMMMM!
September 26, 2015
The town of Taos, a small laid back arty community in north-central New Mexico, has been home to many famous residents including arts patroness Mabel Dodge Luhan and her Pueblo

Travels with DH Lawrence and Friends
March 4, 2015
When DH Lawrence accepted an invitation to stay with Mabel Luhan Dodge in Taos, New Mexico, he set in motion a chain of events that gave rise to one of

Pressure Rising
July 21, 2012
Mumbai sizzled on the edge of monsoon. The sea wall along the waterfront a solid line of the young and old, men, women and children sitting, watching, waiting and catching

Jigsaws, Juggling and Journeys
November 2, 2011
Long before India appeared on my horizon I lived for a time in a small rural town perched on a plateau and overlooking mist filled valleys where mythical creatures lurked