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The chiming of the church bells was the first sound I heard this morning, the next was Papa, our village priest singing at the top of his voice, it must be Sunday. There are many churches and chapels here on the Greek Island of Lesvos and I love visiting them. They are full to the brim with icons,and all things shiny. I find them a visual treat and a peaceful place to meditate and contemplate. Two of my favourite places are in Petra. Panagia Glyofilousa, Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss, is the crowning glory on the top of a 40 meter high rock. It’s a steep climb up the 114  steps that are carved into the rock but worth the effort. The basilica was originally built in 1609 and is considered one of the most important places of worship on the island. Agios Nikolaos is a tiny church below the rock and near to the square. It is a single-aisled basilica with a stone floor and there are three layers of frescos on the walls. It is such a special place and you rarely see another soul inside. blog churches4 Frescos from Agios Nikolaos copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches3 Chairs sit in front of the fresco at Agios Nikolaos copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches2 Candles lay waiting to be lit at Panagia Glyofilousa. Flowers at Agios Nikolaos copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches I love the placement of the icons and the bold colour and pattern of the black cover copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches7 Details from Panagia Glyofilousa. I especially like the tin money chest copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches8 Candles at Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches6 Insence burners Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches5 Ceiling details Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD

blog churches9 I love the wooden doors and they way they are secured at Panagia Glyofilousa copyright CLAIRE LLOYD






FISH BAR BRISBANE 5 Last week in Brisbane I stopped by George’s Seafoods in Brisbane’s West End. What a great fishmongers for the locals. George is Greek so we had a lot to chat about! I had seen his shop on a previous visit to the West End when I spoke about my book My Greek Island Home  at The Avid Reader book shop  Avid is almost directly opposite George in Boundary street. Whilst I was chatting to George on of his uncles dropped in for something  fresh and yummie!

My friend Domenica More Gordon, sums up the Scottish summer perfectly.

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My friend Domenica More Gordon has created a whole dog world from her studio in Scotland. It is a charming world that one could so easily be lost in for days. The characters Domenica creates both through dry felting or drawing are humorous and loveable, they are appealing to all ages and touch the hearts of all who set eyes on them. Domenica’s first book Archie published by Bloomsbury has hit the stands and proving to be a big favourite, books two and three are in the pipeline. Go to Domenica’s website and see for yourself .

Creativity is within all of us. Therefore it’s important to find time and allow ourselves to create. There is no end to what we can achieve. We owe it to ourselves to nurture our creativity. This is a drawing I did. Matthew tidied it up and turned into a repeat pattern for me, thank you Matthew. Copyright Claire Lloyd

Sydney is wet. I woke this morning and had to remind myself rain is just as important as sunshine. When it finally does stop raining we will be surrounded by  colour again.What I want to know is where do all those birds go when it’s wet! I miss the squawking cockatoos and the chirping minor birds. I love waking to them. I’m sure they will be back soon! Today I am sharing a drawing of Matthews. I wake up to his many emails filled with photos and drawings from his day in Greece. It’s lovely to find these waiting for me first thing in the morning.

I love the way Matthew documents his days. This is a drawing he sent me today probably some English bloke on a train or bus.

I LOVE drawing with my finger on the ipad. Here is one of my first drawings.


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