Wild Horses Won’t Stop me from Spending Christmas with my Family!

Having been in lockdown ever since my last post, there is very little to talk about and so this is just a short post before I leave for the UK for Christmas. It is only 3 days till I go yet I still have not had confirmation of an alternative flight I accepted after yet another was cancelled 2 weeks ago. I knew that because of this pandemic, trying to get to the UK for Christmas was never going to be easy. I expected cancelled flights but wild horses aren’t going to stop me from trying! Unfortunately, because it wasn’t a straightforward trip, I booked through Lastminute.com and frankly they have been horrendous! Without going into all the gory details, it looks like I may have to wait until the day before I fly for their confirmation that I am even going! However, in my ever positive frame of mind – I believe I will be on those flights as planned and I refuse to let Lastminute.com stress me out.

Personal exercise walks on Kalyves beach.

Personal exercise walks on Kalyves beach.

During lockdown I have been getting out in the wonderful Cretan fresh air for ‘personal exercise’, taking my power walks and also going for long walks on Kalyves beach with Lisa and Debbie. We’ve been collecting firewood for Lisa’s Zomba because the beaches are full of branches and tree trunks, amongst a myriad of other debris. This all washed up on the shores after the bad weather we had a couple of weeks ago. Whenever I am there I can’t help thinking how lucky we are to have a choice of beautiful beaches to walk on. A couple of weeks ago Debbie and I went to Georgioupoli beach, which is probably a little out of our locality but we thought worth the risk. It’s only a 15 minute drive and we took a picnic lunch so we could make a day of it. This beach is so vast that it would take us all day to walk it!  All our local beach walks have been lovely and it didn’t seem to matter that we weren’t allowed to travel further afield.

Seashell Mosaic Collage Painting - 18 x 24cms

Seashell Mosaic Collage Painting – 18 x 24cms

Seashell Mosaic Collage Painting - 18 x 24cms

Seashell Mosaic Collage Painting – 18 x 24cms

On the work front I managed to complete a couple of new Seashell Mosaic designs. In all the years I have been creating these mosaics, I never got around to making one of cats even though they are everywhere here on Crete! I didn’t think they would work in seashell mosaic because of the fur. But most cats have short hair and because I already produce successful mosaics of donkeys – I thought it might just work with cats too! I’ve also added beach pebbles for the wall and steps because I simply don’t have suitable seashells and anyway, the stone wall and steps may as well be made of pebbles. I will be adding these new designs to my Etsy shop in the New Year.

So that’s about it for this post. From Tuesday I will be ensconced with my family in the UK… looking forward to having the best Christmas we can in these worrying and unprecedented times.

UK’s Quarantine List Didn’t Spoil Holidays with my Family

Despite the UK adding Crete to their quarantine list – it didn’t stop my brother, Mark from enjoying his Cretan holiday with me. He works in the film industry, which like everything else has been greatly compromised and anyway, Mark has been working from home on his book and so the quarantine restrictions on his return to the UK weren’t an issue for him. Continue reading

Missing Almyrida’s Tourists

I realize that I haven’t posted for many weeks, but then there hasn’t really been much to write about.  For the first time in 11 years I have not been selling my unique Seashell Mosaic Paintings & Collages by the beach in Almyrida. I have dearly missed seeing the tourists that visit Almyrida every year and meeting all the new visitors that arrive from all over the world. I have missed that wonderful holiday atmosphere that is so normally prevalent in Almyrida during the summer months from May to October. I have missed all the buzz and the fun that comes with my beach selling season. Continue reading