Every home needs some quirky, happy pieces, right?
In an attempt to live with less, we’ve tried to cut back on display items and try to make each piece on show have meaning. I try not to collect things as we go about our travels, besides fab pictures and videos. Sometimes, however, I come across something that I just fall in love with and have to have.
The Meditating Frog from Paradise Road in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is one such item:
My friend Riaan, from Urban Eye, has great taste, especially for those special pieces. When he suggested a quick shopping trip to Paradise Road shop when we were in Colombo I went along. I wasn’t disappointed! The shop is filled with modern and artisan takes on Sri Lankan crafts. A couple of items caught my eye, but I loved the Meditating Frog. Made of concrete it wasn’t really practical to buy, so I talked myself out of buying it. It was going to be complicated to get home as we didn’t have much space in our luggage and would easily get damaged in our soft luggage. I felt sad, but justified my decision to leave it behind based on my aim for more minimalistic living.
As we travelled Sri Lanka in the following weeks, I thought of the frog a couple of times. Then after a fabulous adventure at Yala with Ayu in the Wild, we had a very relaxing stay at the Back of Beyond lodge in Tangalle.
It was a place to breathe and enjoy some quite time, some family time. They had a range of books, a couple of local activities and some amazing food.
Angelina discovered one of my favourite books, the Faraway Tree, on the shelf and devoured it:
The boys loved the swimming pool and our stroll to the beach, while visiting a lady weaving palm leaves into house roofing on the way.
On the beach we saw the most amazing sunset that evening: it started as just another sunset. However, before the sun dipped completely below the horizon it’s rays bounced off the clouds above us and gave the most spectacular light. It was divine!
We chatted away happily with Charmintha, the proprietor of Ayu in the Wild, as we walked back to our lodge. (You know when you bump into kind and gentle people on the same wave length as you and you could and do spend hours upon hours talking? That!)
But, back to where the story started: the Meditating Frog.
As we stepped into our lodge there, on the shelf, was a Meditating Frog smirking happily among the books. It greeted us with the silent grin when we arrived, kept me company as I caught up with some work in the night as the rest of the family slept and then send us on our way with a zen feeling when we left these quiet backwaters. Closing the door of our lodge for the last time to get into the car taking us on our next adventure, I said to Dadonthebrink, that I just had to have a Meditating Frog! He smiled and didn’t object…a good thing, because he’s usually the sensible one talking me out of whim purchases. However, the Meditating Frog had become more than a whim by then, it’s become a reminder of our fabulous, adventure-filled, yet relaxing family trip to Sri Lanka.
On our last day in Sri Lanka we were staying in Colombo. The rest of the family went sightseeing and I tuk-tuked back to Paradise Road to buy the Frog.
He was heavy and well-wrapped in my daypack by the time we met up Galle Face Beach to fly kites with the locals.
He made it home almost in tact- injuring his thumb only and now sits on the windowsill among my orchids. Each time I look at the Meditating Frog a zen feeling rolls over me and I remember the warm, beautiful country of Sri Lanka and all the friends we made there. I remember the other reincarnation sitting in Tangalle, the books, the calm, I remember the Buddhist temple we visited with our Sri Lankan friend, Thanuja, and more…