Back to a more normal life.

What an unexpectedly busy August it’s turned out to be! I started selling by the beach in Almyrida right after Emma, Ash and the kids left Crete, and because it is still so quiet in Almyrida – especially for August, I decided two days a week was enough. Yet those two days have proved to be really profitable. I have sold a total of 29 Seashell Mosaic Paintings this August and I am more than happy with sales, given these unprecedented world circumstances.

Typically Greek and popular with tourists - Seashell Mosaic Painting 20 x 30cms

Typically Greek and popular with tourists – Seashell Mosaic Painting – 20 x 30cms

I didn’t realize how much I’d missed this part of my life. It’s been quite wonderful to meet and chat with the few tourists who have been lucky enough to get away for a holiday. So I am thrilled to be back doing what I love and earning some money again!

A favourite this August - Seahorse in Seashell Mosaic Painting - 13 x 18cms

A favourite this August – Seahorse in Seashell Mosaic Painting – 13 x 18cms

Sadly, Charlie and I are no longer an ‘item’. We realized that we are not right for each other but agreed that we’d both had a great time during the 6 months we were together. It goes without saying that we will remain good friends. As a direct consequence, my workouts with Charlie have come to an end. Now that I am working again, I don’t have the time or the inclination to work out in this heat! However I do understand the importance of keeping fit and I fully intend resuming my regular training, but only after the end of September and in whatever shape that may take.

Greek Donkeys - sold this August 30 x 40cms

Greek Donkeys – sold this August – 30 x 40cms

Socially, live music gigs have been few and far between and anyway, we are not allowed to dance! So I haven’t been out much in the evenings, apart from a sleepover at the mansion in the mountains, where Lisa and Debbie live. It was like staying at an exclusive hotel, with each bedroom having its own en-suite. This large two-storey villa is just full of fascinating things and has an amazing story attached to it – if only I could tell it! Anyway, the three of us had a proper girlie night in and such a good laugh!

September is going to be just as busy while I continue selling by the beach and I have more visitors arriving this month! Quite suddenly I have resumed my normal life during this last part of the summer and it just feels so right.
I am well excited that my brother, Mark is coming to stay with me on the 11th for 9 days. He was last on Crete in 2014, with his two children, Honey and Ted. This time he is coming on his own and really looking forward to his first holiday without kids in 21 years! He is going to have a brilliant time here!

Consistently sells well - the Baby Turtles Seashell Mosaic Painting with sand, 10 x 30cms

Consistently sells well – the Baby Turtles Seashell Mosaic Painting with sand, 10 x 30cms

Then two days after Mark leaves, Zoe, Rich and baby Grandson Arthur arrive! I can’t wait to spend some quality time with little Arty, who was only 3 months old when I saw him last Christmas but is now aged one and walking!
So as usual, I am feeling very lucky and happy. Also the fact that Crete has so few Covid cases compared to the rest of Europe, has meant that tourists are coming here because it’s safer (far less populated) and has no quarantine restrictions on their return. A few of the tourists who purchased my Artworks, had in fact previously booked holidays elsewhere in the world – only to have them cancelled. Not wanting to miss out on their cherished and well-deserved holidays, the tourists are coming instead to Crete!

The Year 2020 is Sure to be a Good One!

I came back home to Crete for New Year, after having had a wonderful Christmas in the UK with all my family. I returned on the 28th December to dreadful weather, having missed all the best of it whilst I was in the UK. The thunderstorms in Plaka were so severe that most of us didn’t have internet for days and power cuts were frequent. My car battery had died and it appears that there are some electric issues too, which I am still trying to sort out. I am thankful for my good friends Atremis and Rob, who both went out of their way to help me.. right up until New Year’s Eve! Continue reading

Celebrating 10 Wonderful Years on Crete!

Yes, I cannot believe that I have lived on this wonderful Island of Crete for ten years! Those ten years have seen me living out my dreams because I have always wanted to live like this… by the sea and so close to nature and all her awesome glory. The lifestyle I’ve enjoyed has been so perfect for me and is everything I could have hoped for and more! How far removed it is from the life I led in the UK because here I have lived a simple, busy but contented, peaceful and happy life from the moment I stepped onto Cretan soil. Continue reading

Fond Farewell to 2016

The stunning view from my balcony

Back at home on Crete – the stunning view from my balcony!

Happy New Year!
I’m sitting on my fabulous balcony, stroking Clio who is sitting in my lap (a story for another time!) I am spellbound as I stare at the sheer magnitude and majestic splendour of Crete’s White snowy Mountains. It is late afternoon and the sun is about to go down on what has surely been an idyllic winter’s day on Crete. I am so completely at peace in my world right now and am amazed to realise that my life appears to have been a long series of struggles, until I moved to Crete. From the moment I stepped onto Cretan soil, I knew I had found my sanctuary… and all my past wounds began to fully heal. I have been reflecting on the two wonderful weeks I’ve just had in the UK during Christmas and New Year and I cannot begin to tell you how happy it makes me feel! And so it is almost with a tinge of sadness that I bid a fond farewell to 2016. Continue reading

So Excited About Christmas!

Doesn’t time just fly?! Now I haven’t left enough time to write up this last post, for what has been an incredible and wonderful year for me.
It started off with my house move to what is undoubtedly my ‘dream’ home. Then my daughter Emma and now son-in-law Ash, got married right here on Crete and what a huge and wonderful family wedding that was! And let’s not forget the joy I’ve experienced being a ‘Yaya” to gorgeous grandson Ralph! Continue reading