Monthly Archives: July 2012

Waiter from Bali holding Moutere organic olive oil from New Zealand.

The Good Oil on Bali | Murray Lloyd Photography

“Please bring organic olive oil and flour if possible…”

Having booked numerous accommodation suppliers over the years, I was impressed by this unique approach from Swasti Eco Cottages in Bali. After leaving Common Sense Organics with the Bali bound bottle of Moutere Grove Organic olive oil I looked forward to handing it over to the Swasti kitchen once we got to Ubud.

Arriving at Swasti we quickly made a tour of the organic garden. The range of produce included turmeric, mulberries, egg plants, tomatoes and some Avatar lookalike goats.

Entrance to Swasti Eco Cottages in Ubud, Bali

Organic tumeric at Swasti Eco Cottages in Ubud, Bali

Organic Anglo-Nubian dairy goat at Swasti Eco Cottages in Bali

After a couple of days exploring the wonderful Ubud surrounds I finally got to photograph Pa Putra (one of the Swasti kitchen staff) holding the Moutere Grove oil in the dining room. In return for the organic oil we received two free desserts.

Pa Putra from Swasti Eco Cottages holding Moutere organic olive oil from New Zealand

Other highlights were the squirrels darting around the treetops, the frangipani flowers draped around our room, frogs croaking through the night, very friendly staff and the abundance of fresh produce on which we dined.

Interior of Rama Room at Swasti Eco Cottage
Interior of Rama Room at Swasti Eco Cottage

Breakfast at Swasti Eco Cottages in Ubud,Bali

However it will have to be the next visit for the 3 in 1 chocolate massage, black rice icecream or a special drink of organic raw cacao, banana and cashew milk.

Special drinks blackboard at Swasti Eco Cottages in Ubud, Bali

Although it was left behind the Moutere Grove Organic olive oil will feel right at home.

Waiter pouring wine at Ambeli Restaurant in Wellington

Restaurant Food Photography | Murray Lloyd Photography

Shaebodine Moleta pouring wine at Ambeli Restaurant in Wellington

Ambeli Restaurant rated highly in the restaurant scene  in Wellington ( it has now closed) and I was hoping to translate this standard into a photograph for the Entertainment Book.

Wanting the mirror reflection in the image, Shaebodine Moleta (Ambeli’s owner) showed no hesitation when asked to ‘adjust’ the table’s height to achieve this. I was impressed. The image was meant to show just the couple enjoying themselves but this photo (the test exposure) ended up with Moleta perfectly placed pouring wine. I love being able to capture a documentary image from what was meant to be a posed setting.