I can’t believe how quickly the time is passing and that it’s only 8 more days before I return to the UK for 3 weeks of Christmas and New Year. I can’t wait! I can’t wait to see my lovely girls again and I feel so lucky to be part of such a large and happy family because when we all get together it’s just one big party!
Since the big Fayre at Almyrida I have been busy, as always, working on my seashell mosaics. Magic radio has been playing all the classic Christmas songs as well as all the new ones, while I have been working, really getting me into the Christmas spirit.
But on Friday I took a break and enjoyed a wonderful day of beachcombing on the beautiful sands of Elafonisi with Lisa and her Uncle Ron, who offered to drive us all down there. Elafonisi is situated at the far south-western tip of Crete and it took us two and a half hours to get there.
All the edges of the coastline are tinged pink from the trillions of broken shells that line the shore and beyond. Out of season it is has the most beautifully unspoilt beaches on Crete and is a great place for acquiring the really tiny shells that I use in so many of my artworks. I lose all track of time when I start picking and wish I had taken a snapshot of Ron and Lisa who did very well in finding so many of the shells I needed. Lisa did take a picture of me though, as you can see! After we had spent a few hours of collecting we headed for a taverna for a late but hearty lunch before the drive home. Believe me; you can certainly work up an appetite when you’ve been beachcombing. We were lucky with the weather too as it was glorious with clear blue skies and no wind. It was another lovely, lovely day.
Generally though, it’s now getting colder here on Crete and the temperature has dropped quite a lot. A few days ago I was amazed to see so much snow already on the mountains. That first glimpse of snow on those huge mountains is always breathtaking to behold!
Yesterday Patrick very kindly treated Lisa and myself to a lovely Sunday Lunch at our local, Vangeli’s. This time we had salmon and prawns cooked by our friend Doug, and very tasty it was too! Afterwards I followed Lisa back to see her new place, which was well overdue. I really must make more time for these occasions but always get so immersed in my artworks and then time just flies……