Happy new neighbourhood


Happy New Year Friends. Wishing you all a year filled with personal growth and a few adventures.

We have recently moved to our new home in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, to a fun little neighbourhood called Kindu, situated on the lagoon edge surrounded by small islands. Jake’s project for the new 5 months is to fix the water to the local hospital. I have many projects, some being learn the local Roviana language and collect stories with my camera.

Happy adventuring friends.

January 2, 2014 - 6:54 am

Tam - Arls… these are SUCH sweet pics! The one pic reminded me of the Swiss family Robinson. How awesome is that little island! Oh my goodness… so jealous, wish we could join you!!

January 2, 2014 - 7:04 am

Ruth - Beautiful, Arls! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you both.

February 14, 2014 - 6:40 am

Niniu Oligao - Arlene, the happiness shown in the faces of the smiling people in your photographs can steal the show!

wave riders








Maniate. Makira Province. Solomon Islands

I love the creativity and make-do attitude of the Islanders. My favorite example of this is the Sago Palm surf boards that they wedge together with sticks and shape with bush knives. These fin-less a rather splintery boards give hours of fun to the local grommies, many of who can maneuver their logs with style. The canoes are carved with knives and chainsaws from ‘canoe’ tree’s and are the main source of transport for most people in the Solomons – plus they provide a great core workout while trying to balance the things, if ever you feel the need for alternative exercise.


December 12, 2013 - 7:36 am

Sarah - Beautiful Arlsie xx









I have tried to blog this post four times, but with the limited internet and failed software updates its taken it time. Part of the joys of the simple life that is the Solomon life :).

I am currently back in Australia for a months of wedding and portrait sessions, berries and fast internet. There is not too much of our western culture that I miss while in the Solomons, I enjoy the challenge of the simple life and living without things I’ve often considered ‘needs’. Saying that I have thoroughly enjoyed having berries on my breakfast and warm showers before bed.

——-Tora is a special village on the weather coast of Makira just around the point from Star Harbour. It is the home village of our ‘solomon family’. The hospitality of the locals always amazes me, we have been welcomed into and stayed a night or five, in so many homes since living in the islands. Many homes consist of one or two rooms, the walls and roof made of sago palm leaves. I always feel humbled that the hospitality of locals is not dependent on their house size or their wealth but that they will generously share what they have, making space of an extra tired head or hungry belly. To me such a great lesson on community and hospitality.