A Scare: The Highs and the Lows

This series of posts follows Fi and her family as they plan a 6 month family getaway to Uluwatu, Bali. If you want to know more or catch up on previous entries, visit the first post in the series here: Family Tropical Adventure in Bali.

Guest post by Fiona from Destination Bali

This week has been a week of highs and lows.

Some Lows

We paid for our accommodation and had it confirmed (a high), and then there was a huge payment taken out of our account (it’s absolutely amazing that we had anything in it actually!) followed by a fraud warning from the bank. It was a a big stress but it all was sorted after a very long 48hours

On other lows: our computer completely packed it in, and I thought we lost all of our files.  Fortunately, later it was retrieved by a fabulous person  who saved us. Hmm, I hope that doesn’t happen in Bali.

There has been lots of talk about our pets and where they will be housed while we are gone.

  • 6 chooks (the girls): all sorted
  • Charlie Sparkle the rabbit: sorted
  • Chilli the cat: may be a little tricky. Our lovely neighbour will happily look after him as she does when we go camping.

* A question: Do you think it’s irresponsible to leave our cat Chilli (a very independent cat) in the care of someone who loves him very much? This means he can stay in his own home  but as our neighbour is 90, I am a little wary of long term plans…


There has also been a health scare for us that we are not quite though yet.  This does make plans seem a little shaky…

On the Highs

Three fantastic blogs were sent my way. They are inspiring families who have had adventures of their own. Here they are:

Foxs Lane: This blog follows a mum, her farmer and her 3 kids on an amazingly colourful and creative tip around Australia in the most stunning caravan!

Foxs Lane Blog

Oh Happy Day: Mum of 2 spending a year in Paris. How fabulous! But I’m pretty sure surfing was not on the must list (like it was on ours).

Oh Happy Day Blog

Design Moms: A designer and mum of 6 who is spending a year abroad in France.

Design Mom Blog

All of these blogs have creative mums at the helm and I find this really, really exciting.

I’m focusing on thinking about the sun we will enjoy in Bali, and how I won’t have to buy jeans for everyone for next Winter at the sales because we won’t be having one! As I said: the highs and lows.

Always end on a high note…


Read the other posts in this series (in order):

1. Family Tropical Adventure in Bali

2. A Walk: 6 Months on a Tropical Island

3. A Tree: The Journey Begins

4. A Place: The How and The Why

5. A Scare: The Hights and the Lows

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. Mrs Green says

    Was the payment related to the accommodation? Was there something done wrong?
    Interested to know if it was just a scare or if there was more to it.

  2. says

    I personally don’t know that much about cats but I think it would be fine to leave him with your neighbour. I would just have someone to phone her to check everything is okay, maybe once a week. I hope the health issue gets sorted out soon. x

  3. says

    I think leaving the kitty with someone it knows and that will give him love is fine. I do believe that setting up a backup plan in the event that anything should happen is wise. Such a thing happened to a friend of mine when she left for a long term stay in the D.R.
    Things worked out in the end though.

  4. Labelle says

    I think leaving the cat with someone it knows and that will give him love is totally fine. I do believe a backup plan in the event that anything should happen is wise. Such a thing happened to a friend of mine when she left for a long term stay in the D.R.

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