It’s been a while since my last post and that’s because I’ve been totally absorbed in my art, continuing with my creative splurge while I can. I have loved and enjoyed every single minute of it! All of my new designs can be purchased from my Etsy shop – the link for which is just above on the menu bar.
But I am still frantically sourcing the wonderfully coloured Coquina seashells that are the majority of the shells I have been using in my new designs. They are so difficult to get hold of because you can’t buy them anywhere. They originate mainly from parts of the USA and I am always on the lookout for someone who can collect these Coquina which are so precious to me. Of course if I don’t have enough of these shells, then I can’t make any more designs! Consequently, the artworks I do manage to create become so much more valuable. So if anybody reading this can help me in my ‘Quest for Coquina’ – I would be indebted to you!
Luckily for me there are some wonderful beaches here on Crete, where other beautiful seashells can be found and so I have made several beachcombing trips over the last month or so. Falasarna is especially wonderful for shell collecting. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive from my house and I revisited the stunning beaches there just recently.
The weather was fab – not a cloud in the sky and 23 degrees. But the best thing was that the seashells were there. The oceans do not always give up their treasures, as I have found over the years. Sometimes the seashells are there but many times they are not. It was, as always, a great day out with a picnic on the beach – which we had all to ourselves! This is another factor which has to be considered and so I only do my beachcombing out of season and before the tourists start arriving.
The time flies by as it always does and now I must start to prepare for the coming beach-selling season. I suddenly remembered that I have to buy a new table. My last one got taken from the place at the edge of the beach where I had been leaving it between selling days. Luckily it happened right at the end of the season, in October and I reckon it was some kids that took it for playing on the water with. I had been taking the legs home with me so it was useless as a table without them!
Zoe arrives with her friend Donna on the 18th April and will spend a week with me. During that time we will be busy sourcing wedding venues! Yes, my other daughter Zoe and her partner, Rich are planning their wedding here on Crete for May 2018. It will be a completely different type of wedding to the one Emma and Ash had last May – but that’s all I’m telling! How lucky am I that both my daughters wanted to celebrate their marriages right here on Crete?!
I will be flying back to the UK with Zoe and Donna and then hopping on another plane to Spain! My sisters, Karen and Leonie and I are all going to spend a week with our lovely Mum. This trip is specifically to celebrate her recent 80th Birthday and we are all really looking forward to spending quality time together again. As has become usual since my move to Crete 8 years ago – there’s always so much to look forward to!