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Welcome to the Tuk-Tuk Anouk Blog! Check in with us for news, updates, inspirations and ideas, as well as many many photos!

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Amber, Anouk, Sheila & Casper

By Sheila and/or Amber, Sep 4 2016 01:00PM

Auntie Marble & Auntie Raisin


Auntie Marble had a face

That looked like porcelain

The smoothest thing you’ve ever seen

Not a crack upon that skin


SPFs! The way to go

She mumbled, frozen faced,

And a little nip and tuck as well!

They just trim off all the waste!


Avoid the great outdoors as well!

Its only cause you crumpling!

Creams will keep you fresh and young!

And surgery is quite something!


And when you travel, pack your bag

With all the concoctions you require

Pumping filled and youth infused

You can’t wear out or tire!


But Auntie Raisin had a face

That looked like a web of lines

Of cracks and divets running wild

And it suited her just fine


This one, she said, pointing to her mouth

I laughed until I cried

This one here on my forehead

Is from my first joyride


This one grew on horseback

Squinting at the sun

The line is a little deep right there

But oh my! It was fun!


And these softly mottled hands you see

The spots and marks right here?

Those are from the sailing boat

I lived on for a year


My cheeks are cracked from all the rain

Traveling through the wild

And this one here's a salty tear

from an old love I exiled


A windswept ride in a balloon

Left this wrinkle you see right here

And a whispered poem from a true love

Left this mark upon my ear


A deep sea adventure caused my nose

To redden at the tip

And these were made from my first ever

Midnight skinny dip


A wrestle with an alligator

Left this little scar

And following that I got this burn

From a scuffle in a bar


A train ride through the Himalayas

Caused an extra pucker

A hug from an octopus

Left this ring from his sucker


The wrinkles on my chin are from

Shouting race track cheers!

The grey hairs made from worry and love

For all my nears and dears


When you pack your bags make sure to bring

Your sense of love and wonder

Bring your heart, your spirit, your boots,

To dance in rain and thunder!


And relish in your own grand life

And cherish your own glory!

No matter how old or young you are

Your face it tells a story

By Sheila and/or Amber, Sep 2 2016 11:30PM

We recieved some lovely photos and notes from happy little customers and responses to Ambers radio show and stories!

Have a wonderful weekend!


This beautiful little one in a Luke Shirt in Japan
This beautiful little one in a Luke Shirt in Japan
Baby India in a Luke Shirt and Adam Trousers!
Baby India in a Luke Shirt and Adam Trousers!
A splendid note from Jennifree
A splendid note from Jennifree
As long as we are keeping people out of pool halls the world is at peace
As long as we are keeping people out of pool halls the world is at peace
Spotted! Have a great weekend!
Spotted! Have a great weekend!

By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 31 2016 12:04AM

If you feel so inclined, Amber is on the radio at 9pm at WVVY radio station, 96.3, tomorrow, Wednesday August 31st!

Just after Black Cube Magic Circle.

She went on to talk about her new books but ended up talking mostly about her rather small gypsy ancestors and keg hunts.

Its her first radio interview so be nice...

By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 26 2016 02:27AM

While Sheila has always dreamed of being a private investigator, Amber has had two: to be a farmer, or to be an alchemists assistant.


Alchemy in the Middle Ages was a mixture of science, philosophy and mysticism, what a perfect combination for life.


At the heart of medieval alchemy was the idea that all matter was composed of four elements: earth, air, fire and water. With the right combination of elements, it was theorized, any substance on earth might be formed. This included precious metals as well as elixirs to cure disease and prolong life. Alchemists believed that the "transmutation" of one substance into another was possible.


Medieval alchemy was just as much art as science, and practitioners preserved their secrets with an obfuscating system of symbols and mysterious names for the materials they studied.


If anyone knows any excellent alchemists please do get in touch, we have an apprentice to send to you.


By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 18 2016 09:00AM

A man recorded crickets singing and then slowed down the track.

What he discovered sounds like an angelic human choir.

This is so incredible:

Crickets singing


We have decided to play this in the garden this evening and see what happens.

By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 17 2016 08:25PM

Amber wrote a little poem for Anouk about stars and the world this week.

Let us know what you think!



The little lost Star


I opened up my window

To let in the night air

but a little star fell slowly in

And landed in my chair


A shooting star I was! He said,

lamenting to the ceiling

I used to love it up there so!

But now I’ve lost the feeling!


The things Ive seen throughout my life

He sadly said to me

Empires built, and cities found

Explorers out to sea


Intrepid pirates and armadas

Treaties and peaceful scenes!

Adventurers in unseen charters

The worlds first submarine


Your ancestors used to worship us!

And dance by our starlight

Guided their boats around the world

We kept them safe at night


And before you people came around!

Oh what a world lay beneath

With hairy wooly mammoths!

Dinosaurs lined with teeth!


Giant sharks and sea turtles

Churned up the oceans wide!

Volcanos dotted here and there

And lava, red hot, inside!


I watched the mudskippers leave the pond

And slowly change and grow,

I watched the land crack and change shape

And the rivers ebb and flow!


Ive seen the jungles come to life

The mushrooms grow and spore

Ive heard the whales singing their songs

Along the ocean floor


And now Ive come! the stars are tired!

No one cares here anymore!

We burn up there without a care!

Its becoming quite a chore!


Fifteen billion years!

Thats how long I’ve been around!

You people are new on the scene

But you’re tearing up the ground!



We don’t want your pity or your tears

But please heed our wise old words!

Please look outside and really see

The beauty of the birds


The whispering trees, the bubbling brook,

The slyly grinning crocs,

The march of ants, the spiders web,

The age old touch of rocks


The mighty mountains and little hills,

the rolling valleys deep

You’ve made it all the way to here

And natures yours to keep


Please don’t cover up the skies

With this nasty smokey fog

Don’t cover up the earth with trash

Don’t fill the air with smog


Please plant a tree, don’t tear one down

And walk with head held high

To see the beauty of the earth

And the stars shine in the sky


Take pride in the oceans clean

The pulsing life of wild,

The futures in your hands old friend,

So save it for your child.

By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 14 2016 10:14PM

We did a beautiful trunk show yesterday, in the sunshine of Marthas Vineyard, with a left handed henna artist and a left handed face painter, and Amber, who is also.... left handed.


Its a trait in her family, all the second daughters turn out to be left handed.

And it was national left handed day!


Only 10% of the world is left handed, and it was considered a sign of witchcraft or devil deailing in the past.

A few interesting thigs too:


right handers hair grows clockwise on their head, while left handers have no hair growth pattern.


Left handers are also considered to have better divergent thinking, and are better in fights (strong left hook!).


So lets celebrate... here is a few of our favourite left handers!


Leonardo Da Vinci (and Rapheal and Michelangelo)
Leonardo Da Vinci (and Rapheal and Michelangelo)
Edoardo Mangiarotti (converted to left hand by his father!)
Edoardo Mangiarotti (converted to left hand by his father!)
Amitabh Bachchan - the don of indian films
Amitabh Bachchan - the don of indian films
Herschel Bernardi
Herschel Bernardi
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
Rex Harrison (here as the wonderful Doctor Dolittle)
Rex Harrison (here as the wonderful Doctor Dolittle)
David Byrne
David Byrne
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll
John Wesley Hardin
John Wesley Hardin
Auguste Piccard (a wonderful man)
Auguste Piccard (a wonderful man)
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
David Bowie
David Bowie
M C Escher
M C Escher

By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 9 2016 08:38PM

Anouk's wonderful godmother Marieanne Oudejans, the magical, mysterious and mesmerizing designer and creator, has her birthday today!


Marieanne and Amber met in the gardens of Narain Niwas Palace when Amber followed Aedo the border collie (the only border collie in Rajasthan, and maybe India....) through the trees to his owner. They have been family ever since. Marieanne has been to secret weddings in the desert, campsites in camel fairs, boat rides in Greece, ferry trips in New York, and always been the most wonderful friend and godmother anyone could ask for.


She is responsible for pretty much transforming Jaipur, not only for Amber and Anouk, but for everyone!

She created and designed the wildly successful Bar Palladio Jaipur, which graced the cover of World of Interiors just in time for her birthday, redesigned the beautiful Gem Palace, and has a few more amazing properties coming next month, next year AND next decade around the world!


We love you Marieanne, the happiest of birthdays to you.

Amber and Anouk x

By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 7 2016 11:19PM

A Mr. Daniel Manus Pinkwater wrote a book called Blue Moose in 1975. Somehow, forty one years later, a copy ended up being given to Amber. It is such a wonderful, wonderful story that we decided to share it. Anouk loves it, Bevan loves it, Luke loves it, Adam loves it, Sheila loves it, Casper loves it, Amber loves it, even dear old grumpy Franco loves it.

You can hear the author himself reading it here:

Listen to blue moose

You can also see his website here

pinkwater.com

There is also a pretty marvelous page where you can download sounds for your computer from the author himself:

Sound effects


By Sheila and/or Amber, Aug 6 2016 03:34PM

Tomorrow is national Friendship today, which is an absurd thing in itself, but to honour absurdity Happy Friendship Day to you and yours!


Sheila and Amber have been friends for nine years now; they have travelled to twelve countries, danced for twelve hours straight, seen each other through two births, two marriages, innumerable loves and countless heartbreaks, five hospital visits, teeth removal, tattoo applications, late night adventures, early morning departures, safaris, camping, living off pennies in stables and running homeless mansions!


Characters and stories have come and gone but what remains is the greatest of friendships.


Happy Friendship Day to my dearest friend,


Amber x

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