Morning stillness at Lily Lane

lily lane morning

Yesterday morning I woke at about 6am and found I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I decided to get up, make a cuppa and come back to bed with my book. I am reading Schapelle Corby’s “My Story” at the moment, a friend of mine lent me three books on Bali quite some time back and I thought I would take this time to catch up on some reading, so brought a whole bunch of books away with me.

Anyhoo….I am not a morning person, as much as I would love to be, it has just never come naturally to me to bounce out of bed. On the very rare occasion I rise early I really enjoy it and love the morning and the fact I seem to get so much more out of my day. Usually however I take a long time to wake, drink at least two cups of tea and then eventually drag myself out reluctantly. In fact I usually work from my bed for a while most mornings, and I do most of my writing in bed either morning or evening.

When I got up to make a cuppa yesterday, while waiting for the kettle to boil, I took a minute to take in my surroundings. Of course I already know how beautiful it is here, it wasn’t that, but the stillness and the sounds of the world waking from slumber were so beautiful, and I found myself unable to return to the bedroom. The sounds of gorgeous singing birds, insects and roosters crowing were mingled with sweeping and the sounds of gentle morning movement.

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The view from one of the day beds in the lounge room where I sat

I grabbed my book and my Leonie Dawson planner and planted myself on the day bed and sat in the stillness, for almost two hours before everyone else began stirring. It was so blissful. I took a short video which I will link to below and no photos or videos can ever do this place justice, but I wanted to capture it somehow.

I have really loved staying here at Lily Lane Villas. Jillian, Made and Wayan have created a beautiful welcoming piece of paradise here in Penestanan. Everything is created and tended to with such love, devotion and attention, with respect and reverence for the environment and especially the local community. I could easily cocoon myself here forever.

We have only two nights more here and it will be with great reluctance that I pack my bag to leave, but one thing I know for sure, I will be back.


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2 thoughts on “Morning stillness at Lily Lane

  1. Loved reading this Rae-Anne. I would also enjoy reading Schapelle Corby’s story. If you are not wanting to carry it back to mainland would be very interested in taking it of your hands… I exchange all my books through Ganeesha Books in Ubud and Sanur. I have a client I will be seeing while there. She lives in Seminyak /Canghu area… Have fun and keep writing ❤


    • Thank you so much. I would normally be more than happy to pass it on, but it belongs to a friend, so I am afraid I can’t on this occasion. I will keep having fun and writing for sure! ❤


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