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My sister just sent through some scans from last August when we were on the Tuscan coast, St Tropez and Biarritz.

  All photographs by Olivia Kaplan.

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My dear friend Isa is travelling around the world making videos as she goes. Here is a little one she very kindly made about me:

 

Be sure to check out her other videos here, her travel and design site JOIN WITH SEAMS here and her label here.

Surfing, rock-climbing and plenty of padrón peppers while in Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz back in July.

  All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

I recently changed my Instagram handle from @thesecretgardenblog to @sophia_kaplan

Still the same photographs of gardens and flowers, but I wanted it to reflect my new branding and website.

Some recent posts…

All images by Sophia Kaplan.

After Gili Air and Ubud we headed up into the mountains at Sideman where we stumbled upon the most amazing Patal Kikian. We were the only people staying and had a huge private balcony looking straight onto the volcano where we wiled away our days reading on the day bed and exploring the volcano by scooter. The grounds were so lush as with everything here. All the sun and water makes for an incredibly green and healthy landscape. After Sideman we headed to Nusa Lembongan to snorkel and chill by beach. A perfect little holiday.

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I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in Bali and Lombok. It was a incredibly beautiful holiday and a perfect balance of island and mountain life. First up Gili Air and Ubud.

We started on on one the quieter Gilis – Air, swimming, doing yoga and enjoying lots of fresh papaya juice. From there we went to Ubud for a couple of nights where we stayed in the botanical jungle that is Ketut’s Place and visited some of the nearby rice paddies and water temples.

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Sambo and I were in Hvar, Croatia not so long ago for the beautiful wedding of Michelle & Dan. We so enjoyed the hospitality of the lovely couple along with their family and friends, big thanks for having us.

While there we also managed a bit of adventuring, exploring the little islands by boat as well as taking a cute convertible (of course) to go further inland. The island was bursting with life, thyme growing wild under our feet, pomegranates and figs picked freely from the side of the street, flowering fennel towering above us, the sweet scent of rosemary filling the air and gnarled old olive trees scattered everywhere. Picking wild things straight from the land makes for a perfect summer.

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

It’s been a big couple of weeks since I arrived back in Australia. Ten hours after I touched down I was flying again up to Port Douglas for the wedding of the lovely Lucy and Nick and a long weekend away with my family. Hanging with my gorgeous baby nephew and soaking up the tropical sun completely evaporated any possible post Paris sadness. Now I’m back to work with Jardine, ChrisThe Glue Society, my own flower jobs, and another project I’ll tell you more about later for a crazy busy rest of year. Perhaps it’s a little corny but Paris always leaves me feeling energised and inspired for what’s yet to come.

So to Paris. I booked my ticket a week before I flew and left my visit a surprise from my sister. When she saw me at our regular Sunday cafe spot there was a lot of love and jumping around and a smile that lasted on both our faces for my entire trip. Over the couple of weeks I was there friends trickled home from their August holidays and it was such a pleasure to catch up with each and every one of them. Special mention goes to my French Family: Angele, Robinson, Pierre, Francois, Pauline, Emile, Flo, and friends Etienne, Charlotte, Monsieur Floch, Marietta, Artus, Jade, and Rebecca along with the visiting Aussies Luke, Mike, Kitty, Jamie and Monty. And of course my actual sister Olive. Love you, miss you loads already.

Here are some pics from my first day in Paris, wandering from the Marché d’Aligre through the marais, Place des Vosges and then a friend’s rooftop bar, le Perchoir. More photos to come of a few French gardens, a wedding in Croatia, and a quick pit stop in London.

 

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

My best friend Janey is over in Europe and has been sending me jealousy inducing photographs of her travels. I asked her to write a little something for the blog, so here is a guest post about her week in a beautiful Swedish summer house.

A Midsommer Night’s Dream by Jane Crowley

Set in the Swedish provence of Småland, home to dense forest, over 5000 glinting lakes, the highest number of moose in the country and of course Pippi Longstocking, a fairytale scene is set for midsummer. A red house nesting in the middle of the forest surrounded by blanketed fields of wildflowers, and a river not far. It’s June and the days are long, light and bright.

The preparations for summer solstice, the longest day of the year, begin early. With 50 of us on the farm (Germans, Swedes, Australians and Brits), we bake bread every day, retrieve water from the well, bathe in the river, decorate the house with local wildflowers, cut the grass, hang up the hammocks, set the trampoline, swat the flies, perfect the bon fireplace, paint signs, build the outdoor kitchen and prepare the wild boar for the spit roast.

There is a secret garden, a homemade sauna, a confession booth, a hunting tower, a magically decorated dual compost toilet-house, and a whisky library room. After creating flower crowns, and dancing around the maypole like frogs, all 50 of us sit at one long table in the garden decorated with candles, wildflowers and jugs of cocktails, to feast on Swedish herring, salmon and the wild boar that has been roasting for ten hours.

Later, by the fire, a glittery rave begins; in the library, more are belowing to Johnny Cash records; in the dining room, a serious game of poker continues in one corner while facepainting is happening in the other; and the rest are frollicking in the fields like fireflies. Sunlight all night long, a midsummer nights dream in a Swedish fairytale.

Thank you again and again to the wondrous hosts Sixten and Sara, and Sixten’s family who have owned the property for over thirty years.

I just had a couple of rolls developed from last summer. Take me back to all of it.

More pics from summer travels here: The Alps, LondonOsaka, ItalyParis, New York, Corsica & Monaco.

 Photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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