Still a life in words and pictures…

Hiatus OVER


Looks like the green light in my personal recharge monitor is finally showing again. Awesome.


8 months since I left Tokyo. I think I can say they have been the weirdest 8 months of my life.

Culture shock. Lifestyle shock. Health shock. Woah.


And to be frank, I haven’t been handling it real well. Things have been quite bleak though I was determined to keep up a brave, positive face to family and the alter-universe at facebook. Naturally, I haven’t wanted to blog at all. But that’s all changing. I guess all this healthy living is finally paying off and I can feel the fire in my belly coming back.


Part of the reboot includes the import of 6 years worth of blog posts from (and the now completely unfamiliar and unusable Movable Type software) into the nice and friendly new home at and a very cool wordpress format using the fabulous themes at Graph Paper Press. I plan to start blogging a couple of times a week again, get the personal creative juices flowing again.


I haven’t been doing much photography for myself since I started doing newspaper and real estate photography – but I think that’ll start charging.


Despite having my gorgeous family here (as you can see in this entry’s photo’s), I haven’t met too many like-minded folk here and as I no longer drink (!!!) it’s been doubly hard to get out amongst it. Just call me Hermit. Anyway, plans are afoot for a move to Melbourne early next year – or sooner if I can save the cash.


In the meantime, I shall continue to LOVE the beach and the jungles and the simple, peaceful and oh-so-healthy life I am leading.



It’s nice to be blogging again.

Oh, and the comments should be working on this blog so feel free to say hi.

15 Responses to “Hiatus OVER”

  1. kat says:

    Such a beautiful family. I can’t believe how big Evie looks. It will be awesome having you in Melbs!!! Can’t wait!

  2. Martine says:

    Thanks Kat – it’s PERFECT that you are the first one to comment at the new location. And yeah, I can’t wait for Melbs either!

  3. Sigsy says:

    Welcome back! Good to see you – I am counting down the days until we come to Aus, so don’t go to Melbs just yet.

  4. Kowhai says:

    Hi Martine,

    I really love your new WordPress look, I was thinking to myself ‘is it WordPress’? You are already back to inspiring me, no doubt our journeys may have had some crossover. I don’t know you well but I do think I can relate to the shock thing somewhat and I just want to send you warmth and encouragement.

  5. Deanne says:

    Great to be reading you again! Looking forward to more. Love your writing, love your pics even more! Thinking about ya and sending hugs! xx

  6. caroline says:

    Good to see that you’re back, Martine. I found you years ago, via Kat, I think (via knitblogs). You’ve been an inspiration in so many ways. and congratulations on sobriety…

  7. Martine says:

    Sigsy, can’t wait to have your here!

    Kowhai, wordpress is soo much more intuitive that movable type and the Graph Paper Press themes are so easy to install and cool looking. I love that widgets are easy to install, and that you can get widgets for almost anything. Thanks for the kind words.

    Deanne, thanks babe!

    Caroline, thank you, thank you, thank you. Sobriety is hard.

  8. Nicole Foote says:

    nice to see you back. Loving the photo’s.
    If you feel like catching up in Melbourne – feel free to holler.

  9. Martine says:

    Thanks Nic and Marco.

    Nic, I’ll let you know when I make it to Melbs. It’d be great to hang out. Did I ever send you the pics from Kyoto?

  10. j-ster says:

    Woohoo, you’re back! It looks very sleek in here. And I believe I will be seeing you soon too, here in Adelaide for the wedding… sounds like some fun times coming up!

  11. Martine says:

    Yes, J-ster, I’l be seeing you in Jan and am so excited about that. :)

  12. It’s great to see you back Martine – I’ve missed your gorgeous photos and words! Love the new look as well. I’m glad to read the transition is getting better, must be hard. Welcome back xoxox

  13. Kim says:

    I found your blog a few years ago while searching for info on an old friend Emma Dyson. I have been following your blog ever since. I am an Aussie living in Japan for the last 6 yrs. Sober 2 yrs. Hope to see some more posts soon. Your photos and writing always makes my week much more interesting.

  14. Martine says:

    Hi KImbo, thanks for dropping by. Social networking has temporarily killed my blog, but don’t worry, I have no intention of abandoning it – and I will resume writing again but for the next 2 months I am tied up with a festival here and am super busy. When I start planning the move to Melbourne I suspect I’ll wanna write again.

    6 years, 2 sober. Nice work.

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