The Rainbow Hunters:  A trip around the world – seven countries to find seven colours for the charity War Child.

IMG_8761 On October 3rd 2014 my two boys (Dow and Orly) and I set off on a trip around the world.  Over a period of six months we will be travelling to seven different countries to find seven different colours, raising money for the charity War Child as we go.

In India we will travel to saffron fields that lie in the mountains of Kashmir, join the harvesters in a sea of blue crocuses which hide the yellow stamen that produces the most expensive spice in the world.

In China we will trek to temples to find the most prized china that the Ming emperors were buried with, prized because it was glazed with celedon green.

In New Zealand we will find the lavender fields and the purple sea snails that weep the colour violet.

In Australia we will venture deep into the interior to find Aboriginal settlements and the ancient cave paintings of red ochre that date back to the earliest of mankind’s paintings.

In Chile we will seek out the Lapis Lazuli mines, that lie high in the Andes at 4000m, and find the rock that can be made into the blue pigment that has painted a thousand skies.

In South Carolina we will find the Indigo fields, journey to the plantations that carry the legacy of the American slave trade. In Italy we will discover the secret recipe that is cremona, the orange varnish that has coloured the violins of Stradavari.

If you would like to donate please go to Just Giving or text RABO77 and the amount you would like to give to 70070.

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About lindsayhawdon

Lindsay Hawdon is a writer of travel, adventure and fiction. She began travelling at the age of eighteen. After leaving school, she spent three years roaming around Europe, Africa and India, hitching rides and sleeping under canvass. Her travel column, An Englishwoman Abroad, began in The Sunday Telegraph in 2000 and ran for seven years. Throughout that time she travelled to every continent, ventured across every terrain, experienced every climate, writing stories about her experiences and the people she encountered along the way. She has since travelled to over sixty countries and writes regularly for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Australian and The L.A Times. Her most recent column for The Sunday Times featured a fourteen month long trip around the Far East and Australia, accompanied by her two young children. Her debut novel, Jakob’s Colours, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2015 and will be coming out in the US with Quercus in Jan 2016. She lives in Bath with her family. You can follow her on Twitter @lindsayhawdon
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8 Responses to The Rainbow Hunters:  A trip around the world – seven countries to find seven colours for the charity War Child.

  1. sarah says:

    We will be following you all the way – hope you find all the colours and more, lovely family xx

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  2. Dyan says:

    Saw this on Twitter. As a mother of 3 I am in awe of you and so envious of your boys on behalf of my own. Also – this would have made the most amazing documentary TV. Safe travels.

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  3. Karin Van den Bergh says:

    Hi Lindsay, I’ve been following you through Gemma’s posts on facebook. Didn’t know there was a blog..(saw one) I need to catch up 🙂
    This is truly an amazing journey and I do hope you find all the colours and raise enough money and awareness for your project. Safe travels!

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  4. Hi Lindsay,
    I’m completely overawed by the journey you’ve undertaken. Wish I knew about this trip earlier. I live in Kochi, Kerala, and I would have met you when you were here. Never mind, we might still meet again in some corner of the world. Wishing you a safe and fulfilling trip.Merry Xmas 🙂

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  5. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It would have been so nice to have met up with you on our travels. Like you say, perhaps another time. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. Will have a look at your blog, whch looks lovely. Best Wishes, Lindsay

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