A Beautiful Day in Bali

There’s not much to report since my last post. Working on my Seashell Mosaic Collages is always a given, because whenever there isn’t anything else that takes priority – I am busy creating! This is also the time of year that I do my seashell sourcing and place orders with my regular suppliers. But I wanted to write this final post of 2018 before I return to the UK on Saturday morning.

Seashell Mosaic Collage - Girls on Swings - 18 x 24cms

Seashell Mosaic Collage – Girls on Swings – 18 x 24cms

In the last few weeks I have been out and about socially and had some fun nights at local gigs in Almyrida and Vangeli’s in Plaka. I have also enjoyed my Spa treatments – courtesy of my good friends here on Crete, who gifted me these wonderful treats at my Birthday party! I’ve been shopping in Chania and made the odd brief scan of Kalyves beach after storm Penelope! Easy to do at the drop of a hat as it’s only a ten minute drive from home. But the best day out – by far – was a couple of days ago, when Debbie, Kim and I went to Bali for the day.

I had been wanting to arrange another day of beachcombing for many weeks. It’s been at least a month since Debbie and I went to Falasarna. But the weather has been miserable, with lots of rain almost every day. In fact it was really difficult to find a day that wasn’t forecast to rain. However, I struck lucky when I chose Tuesday because it was sunny, warm and calm – just perfect beachcombing weather!

One of the four beaches at Beautiful Bali

One of the four beaches at Beautiful Bali

I was driving – another chance to enjoy my new car – and after picking Debbie up from Vamos and Kim from Kalyves, we headed off to Bali. When we got to the first main Beach, I was surprised to find that the taverna opposite, which is usually always open – was shut! The whole area was utterly deserted! The drive had taken about an hour and a half and so we all fancied coffee and juice, especially after a quick inspection of the beach proved disappointing because of the lack of Seashells. This was because the sea was rougher than I had ever seen it there, the waves taking up nearly the whole depth of the beach. The seashells were all in the waves!

Kim and I wander along the second beach in Beautiful Bali.

Kim and I wander along the second beach in Beautiful Bali.

However my usual optimism kicked in and I told Debbie and Kim that there were still 3 other beaches to explore! Neither has been to Bali because Debbie doesn’t have a car and Kim only recently arrived on Crete in August.
So off to the next beach we went and this was also completely deserted, with no open taverna or cafe in sight! Thankfully, there were more shells, stones and general beach debris along the shoreline of this beach. After about an hour here we really were looking forward to refreshments and so I took Debbie and Kim to the beach at the port, where I had often had coffee during winter beachcombing. But when we got down there, everywhere was shut up and apart from the odd schoolboy or fisherman, there wasn’t anybody around! I suddenly realized that I had not been to Bali for a few years and how much it seemed changed and so quiet. I can only assume that over the last few years, the strict austerity measures and lack of tourist spending power may have contributed to this. Or is it just that this pretty little resort of Bali has become only a summer place now?

The tiny Port in Bali, where we all sat and enjoyed our picnic!

The tiny Port in Bali, where we all sat and enjoyed our picnic!

Where we all live – in the Apokoronou area of Crete, there is quite a large spread-out expat community and this keeps all the shops and tavernas open all year instead of just for the summer.
We came to Bali to beachcomb and so this didn’t bother us and in fact, was a bonus! The sun was shining, it was pleasantly warm and we found a great spot at the edge of this beach by the port, to enjoy our picnic. We ended up having such a laugh! It was delightful to have, what seemed to us all – the whole of beautiful Bali to ourselves! When I pointed out the final beach to Debbie, she was raring to go even though we had many steep steps to climb up and down, in order to reach it.  But this was also no problem for us as we all enjoy the exercise.  It’s exhilarating!

Debbie and I exploring the second beach at Beautiful Bali

Debbie and I exploring the second beach at Beautiful Bali

When we stepped off the last one onto the sand, we all agreed that it was the best beach out of all four! We also found some really good stuff there, including some rocks I had never seen before – unusual very flat rocks with what looked like gold and silver streaks in them – absolutely gorgeous! When covered in varnish, they will reveal all their magnificent colours.. as they do when they are in the water. Kim collected bagfuls of these and other interesting rocks and stones too. It was a wonderful beach and we stayed there for quite a while before heading back – arms full of beach treasures – for Kalyves and a long-awaited coffee at Apicorno!

It was a wonderful adventurous day out with stunning scenery wherever we went! Add this to amazing company.. and we all have so much in common! Debbie, Kim and I all share a passion for this wonderful life we have access to here on Crete!

Bali Beach Crete

The best beach by far! Leaving our mark in the sand, Debbie looks the part in our Bali adventure!

Now that Christmas is not too far away, I am so looking forward to going back to the UK and being with all my family again. Christmas this year is at Emma and Ash’s home on the RAF base down south. Rich is driving Zoe and me down there on the Friday and we will all stay until Boxing Day. I can’t wait to see Ralph and Neve! I’m also looking forward to seeing Mum and staying with Karen and Mike, where I will be sure to see everyone else and also catch up with all my friends in the UK.

August Beach Sales Have Been Really Good This Year!

It has been over six weeks since I last wrote and that is because I have been so busy coping with my hectic work schedule.  That month I spent in the UK meant I had lost a month in terms of production.  I was not as fully stocked with my Seashell Mosaic Collages for the summer season as I would normally have been. So August has been mega busy while I’ve been trying to keep up with the designs that are selling well. Continue reading

Almyrida has that Holiday Atmosphere Again!

It’s Easter Sunday and I’ve been busy getting the spare room ready for Zoe and Donnas’ visit in a couple of days. The weather has been glorious again and so later this afternoon, I couldn’t resist a couple of hours working mosaic on my amazing balcony! Now I am enjoying the peace and tranquillity and the early evening sun, whilst I lounge comfortably on the balcony sofa. Continue reading

Happily Enjoying my Creative Splurges!

white mountains

The amazing view from my balcony – you can see why I love working here!

I’ve been working on my balcony this afternoon. Recently we’ve had some odd days in between rain and cloud that have been so warm and sunny – that it was just plain daft not to work outside! A few weeks back we had so much snow and it wasn’t just confined to the mountains but crept into our villages as well! I got stuck in the snow and ice several times on my way to the dentist in Vamos. A journey that normally takes around 10 to 15 minutes took me over 45 minutes and was so treacherous that I was holding my breath for most of the way! In 8 winters of living here on Crete I have never seen so much snow! Continue reading

Life is full of Surprises!

Here we are nearing the end of August and it’s looking like being the worst August for sales that I’ve ever had! How can I have survived so well during seven long years of world recession, only to be thwarted by Britain’s sudden and dramatic exit from the EU! Naturally I have only assumed this outcome from all the facts I have accumulated over the years. The British are definitely my biggest customers, followed closely by the Scandinavians, Americans and Europeans. Continue reading

Selling my Unique Seashell Mosaics & Collages in Almyrida

After Emma and Ash’s wonderful wedding on 2nd June – already over a month ago, life has resumed its normal pattern and I have been back in full swing with the selling of my unique seashell mosaics and collages.  Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am to be found sitting and working at the edge of the beach in Almyrida with my displays and work table. Continue reading

Emma and Ash’s Wonderful Wedding on Crete!

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks that I shall cherish for always.  I have been happier than I ever could have imagined and it’s all because of Emma and Ash’s wonderful wedding! Prepare yourselves for an epic posting!

For me it started just over two weeks before the wedding when Emma, Ash and my gorgeous Grandson, Ralph arrived in Crete on Tuesday 17th May. From that moment on we were all in ‘wedding mode’… although I was in ‘Ralph mode’ for quite a lot of the time! Well what did you expect? After all, I am his doting Yaya – the Greek word for Gran or Nana. In all, I had over three weeks of blissful time, playing with and helping to look after Ralph. Continue reading

My Best Exhibition Ever!

Oh how the time flies by when you are enjoying life! Shortly after Emma and Ash’s return to the UK I received the surprising but wonderful news that I am to become a Nana in November! Emma is going to have a baby! They hadn’t planned for it, having only just set a rough date for their wedding next year, but they are nonetheless thrilled to bits and I can hardly contain my own excitement! So it looks like I’ll be paying an early visit back to the UK this year – to see and be with my first grandchild! Continue reading

Happily Planning for a Big Family Wedding in Crete!

There’s been so much I’ve wanted to write about – but no time in which to do it! My life is always so full anyway but right now it’s all about family. I have exciting news to impart which you will already have gathered from my heading of this post and I shall go into more detail about it later… Continue reading