IMG_8181-1 The village church

IMG_8218-21 Our village priest

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IMG_8195-12 The epitaphios

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I can’t believe how quickly time has passed, it really doesn’t seem like a year since my last Easter post. We had another beautiful Easter service in our village last night and were extremely lucky with the weather. We have been having torrential rain and electrical storms here on Lesvos the last couple of days. The procession around the village  was really lovely and makes me feel privileged to be part of this village. Happy Easter and love to you all.

BINGO & FABRIC 2These animals sure know how to choose their owners. Bingo one of our rescue cats always finds a way to get inside.  He fits perfectly into the our white house and I think he knows that. He’s a very special boy.

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At this time of year the village is quiet. Our village friends tend to stay indoors. It’s not at all surprising as the weather the last few days has been extremely wet. I felt the need to go back into my archives to remind myself of village life in June. Here are some of my friends. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally after three months away I am back on My Greek Island Home. The weather here is extraordinary, piercing blue skies, warm sunshine and blossom decorating all the fruit and nut trees as far as the eye can see. I have been in my hometown of Sydney and my work town London and enjoyed everything about both of them but there is nothing better than returning to the place that touches my soul, the Greek island of Lesvos. The last three months have flown by and have been filled with family, friends, sunshine, fires and rain. I have been a little slack with my posts to say the least so forgive me for that. Hopefully I will get myself back on track and share with you the things that make my heart sing. In April my beautiful book, My Greek Island Home, is to be launched in the UK by my publishers Clearview Books. There will be more info on that later. I have a new instagram account, mygreekislandhome where you can find images by the day or sometimes by the hour of my life here on this fab Greek island. We continue to rescue and re-home dogs and Matthew with the assistance of Nikki Tibbles in London re-homed five before he left. Three dogs went the UK and two to Chicago. Since his return he has taken in a tiny puppy that had been dumped in the village, cowering, cold and staving.  Whilst in Sydney I came across this great old-fashioned milk bar in the suburb of Summer Hill. My niece, Hannah and I went clutching our cameras; there were so many photo opportunities. We met with the owner a wonderful Greek man who has lived in Australia most of his adult life. I had the opportunity to speak with him using my limited Greek, he seemed happy enough, allowing me to butcher his mother tongue. Below are some of the images I took on the day.

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Sweet juicy mango’s fell from the trees.

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Away from the fires we were surrounded by beauty on Stradbroke Island. The beach at the bottom of the garden, stretched for miles. The pure white sand was littered sun-bleached driftwood and the ocean was clear and inviting. The girls, Lil and Eadie enjoyed the crystal water at the end of the day and ran in and out of it squealing with excitement. Thanks girls for allowing me into your beautiful world.

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Amity Point copyright Claire Lloyd

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Eadie copyright Claire Lloyd

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Lil copyright Claire Lloyd

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Driftwood copyright Claire Lloyd

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Water baby Lil copyright Claire Lloyd

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Bare Trees copyright Claire Lloyd

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Crystal water copyright Claire Lloyd

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Bleached copyright Claire Lloyd

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Happy sisters copyright Claire Lloyd

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 Water and sand copyright Claire Lloyd

 

 

 

 

I LOVE the way Eadie looks. So simple, such beauty.

Eadie photographed by Claire Lloyd

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Happy 2014 to everyone! We had a great start to the year watching the amazing Sydney fireworks from my besties place at Lavender Bay! The skies were lit up by the creative genius of Reg Mombassa, some of the best fireworks Sydney has ever seen. Following the theme of fire we set off on our annual trip to Stradbroke Island. While some people were fleeing the island we headed straight into an inferno. The fires had started by lightening from and electrical storm. Our friends assured us all was safe at their Amity Point beach house. There may not have been power but there was plenty of fresh fish and prawns, delicious wine and some not so cold beers waiting for us. How could not say no? The ferry across to the island was full to the brim, not of the usual holidaymakers but of fire trucks and firemen. Most of these men were volunteers. Brave men and worthy of more praise than they are given. On reaching the island there were men returning to the mainland looking exhausted from long hours fighting fires, back burning and keeping people safe. Over the three days we were there the fires worsened and there was one night I admit to being scared. The winds were constantly changing and were unpredictable, rain was what was needed but it didn’t come.It was not until we were at Brisbane airport that the rain came, closing the airport for several hours. Violent electrical storms, torrential rain and lightning. Nature can be harsh.

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Stradbroke Island on fire copyright  claire lloyd

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A rural fire fighter copyright claire lloyd

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Bark of a gum tree copyright claire lloyd

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Tree stump copyright claire lloyd

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 Smoke changes the colour of the sky, unnerving copyright claire lloyd

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A view through the gum trees copyright claire lloyd

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Thwarted by storms at Brisbane airport copyright claire lloyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather here in Sydney has been all over the place. The thing I am enjoying about it though are the big dramatic skies that are changing constantly. Yesterday was Boxing Day and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. We are lucky enough to live nearby and every Christmas we walk down to Rushcutters Bay to watch the boats start out on their long and exciting voyages. This year looks to be a tough one and I am in orr of these brave sailors with their skills and determination they tackle some of the most treacherous waters in the world. Good luck to all. I wish I had the guts to travel with you. Stay safe.

RUSHCUTTERS BAYRushcutters Bay, Boxing Day departure for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Sydney to Hobart yacht raceMatthew watches on.

 

 

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas with friends and family. Love Cx

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