Inspiration: Camila Carlow



A few weeks ago I received a very sweet comment from a reader who couldn’t quite get their head around what my blog was all about. “Broad” was mentioned. And yes, it is I suppose. It has evolved since I started it, but not much I don’t think. It’s still tied in to camping. Like a balloon to a log. But that doesn’t mean I still can’t wave about a bit!!! So while everything is linked back to the great things and experiences that can be found and had around a campfire, it’s also things that take my fancy, that inspire future adventures in the outdoors. Anyway, I couldn’t resist including a post on these stunning, delicate sculptures made of wild plants, wines, berries and moss. They’re exactly what took my fancy when I saw them and are probably guaranteed to cause even more confusion ….. oops.



Created by Guatemalan-born, Bristol-based artist Camila Carlow, they form a collection called ‘eye heart and spleen’. All together the work is designed to encourage a little contemplation of the miraculous work taking place inside our bodies. Each piece sweetly revealing each living organism as a fragile, exquisite form. Each worth appreciation.



I just think they’re so beautiful. And this made me think about the kinds of things we could all create when we’re outside, say, on future camping trips. A project to do with or without the kids. Imagine spending a few hours doing nothing more than noticing the little, tiny things all around us and using them to create sculptures about whatever tickles our fancy…..



Now that’s a cool way to spend a good day exploring what’s around a campfire, don’t you think?

Inspiration: Port-A-Bach


A ‘bach’, pronounced ‘batch’, is Kiwi for holiday house. They’re low-key, usually near the beach or a river or something, and they’re all about kicking back and chilling out in happy, simple style. Atelierworkshop, a cool, Wellington-based design firm run by cool architects Cecile Bonnifait and William Giesen whose aim is to “reconnect people with a physical reality, a territory, its history and a cultural context”.

With that in mind, they came up with this fabulous prototype for a portable bach made from up-cycled containers. It is simply brilliant. It’s not in production, but they will work on bespoke container building solutions, so just imagine the possibilities. This one was made in China and shipped to NZ, so really the same could work wherever you are in the world.


These are designed to sleep two adults and two kids and to be environmentally clean (they have designed prototypes for solar and wind-power options). Find a great block of land and you can see the minimal impact these little beauties will have on it without you needing to make a permanent property commitment. You could even lease a block of land and drop one of these on it and you’re away!


When you close it up, it’s all fully enclosed in the secure metal container. Plenty of storage, a bathroom and shower and a composting loo. The interior fabric screening system means you can create rooms within the large open living space. The exterior canvas screen system allows you to shelter the deck area for comfortable indoor/outdoor flow and living and 6 concrete footings are used to form a stable, non-invasive ‘foundation’ which means you can put your bach on lots of different ground conditions. What’s not to love?


I’d like to order one now please! Visit here for more. And have a look at their houses too, they’re gorgeous.