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Living with dogs is a new thing for me. I had never had a dog until now, and I have gone from one extreme to another. As a child I begged my mother for a dog but she dug her heels in saying she had enough of us to look after without a dog. I now understand she was completely right and admire her for sticking to her guns especially even when I did my up most to sway her. Matthew and I have found ourselves taking care of many waifs and stray cats and dogs, that have made their way to our doorstep. We both find it curious the way we have become so fond of these furry friendsWe help them as much as we can but it’s very difficult as there are so many. As I write this we feed about sixteen cats, one of which has just has two of the sweetest kittens and six dogs, three of which need new homes. We only have a small garden so exercising the dogs is important. I usually do one long walk in the morning and Matthew another four around the village throughout the day. A couple of the cats like to join in the walks and our village friends are amused when they see the parade.

I dedicated a chapter in my book My Greek Island Home’ its called ‘Nature Nurture’. I write about some of the characters that have passed through our lives. One of my Greek friends, Vasillia has 25 rescue dogs in her care. She once told me that it was important to harden my heart otherwise it would be broken. It often is. We do our best and over the years have re-homed many four legged friends, especially dogs. A couple are now living happily in America, the others in the UK and Europe. We get help where we can and have been lucky to have very generous friends.

London florist Nikki Tibbles absolutely loves dogs and she has helped us with some of the financing and re homing of our four legged friends. We like have make contact with the potential new owners to get an idea if they are compatable with the dog. We have made some new friends along the way and also kept up with most of the dogs beautiful new lives. It’s hard work and expensive. There are the vet bills for injections, chipping and neutering together with the transportation costs, it all adds up. Matthew does the lion’s share of transportation dealing with the flights and the paper work which seems to change daily can be extremely time consuming and challenging.It’s always hard to say goodbye when they go off to their new lives, I sob but I know it’s for the best. When we see the lives these beautiful dogs are living now its so, so worth it.

Matthew has designed a t shirt to raise awareness and money for the dogs and cats we rescue, care for and re home. If you would like to be part of raising the awareness and helping the dogs and cats the ‘want me’ t shirt can be purchased on line www.usmarstudio.bigcartel.com And don’t forget to take a selfie in the t shirt and post it wherever you can. The t shirts will aslo be on sale at my London book launch on Wednesday night.

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UNTITLED (Holiday) This is the time of year when we all think about a holiday. It’s almost Christmas and if you live in the southern hemisphere it’s almost summer. I am now on holidays hooray!  I have left behind the winter months of My Greek Island Home and all my furry friends to enjoy my other life, my Australian life. This is the time of year I spend with family, and friends in the summer sunshine. The sun is not shining at the moment but it is still a beautiful place to be. I am writing this with my computer perched on my lap looking out across Sydney harbour and through the heads. Although it’s grey there is still activity on the water, sailing boats, ferries and ocean liners float across the horizon in front of me. I have chosen this painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder to accompany this post. It’s a beautiful painting small like a gem and touches me. I love it because it reminds me of holidays, it reminds me of the past and it intrigues me. I hope you love it too.

If you happen to be on the island of LESVOS this Tuesday, I am having a presentation at BRASSARIE BAZZAR of my book MY GREEK ISLAND HOME. Please come and join me for a drink and a chat.

Another dog who needs a GREAT home. Meet Bruto he is a big dog, 25 kilos and he is 5 years old. He is very social and loves people. Bruto is good with other dogs, he is a gentle giant and a natural born leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I renovated this appartment in Notting Hill several years ago. Matthew and I absolutely love it and lived in it very happily for a few years before moving to Greece. When I first set eyes on it, it was in a terrible state but to me the location, light, enormous rooms and the history could not be ignored. It was a great challenge and I love a challenge. All the windows were replaced, reproduced exactly as the originals but this time with double glazing. The floor separating it from the downstairs neighbours was heavily sound proofed and new electrics and plumbing were installed. I played around with the layout and added an extra room on top with two sets of double doors opening out onto a roof terrace. From the terrace there are views over West London and beyond. It is a truly beautiful place to live. From My Greek Island Home I look at these pictures from  and wish I could live in two places at once but being an Aussie girl I am drawn to open spaces, vast skies and a huge amount of sunshine. So for the moment Lesvos it is.  The fab paintings on the walls are by Matthew Usmar Lauder and the photos of the appartment were taken by Natalie Priem. The flat is now available for rental through Domas Nova. Claire Lloyd homes.

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A pop up exhibition of  recent work by artist, Matthew Usmar Lauder , brings together his diverse stlyes and eclectic interests. From Thursday May 16th May until Monday May 20 at ‘Show Off, 13 Harbour Street Whitstable. Come and take a look. PROFESSIOAL ARTIST 2003– Selected Solo Exhibitions, 2009 Fable, Newlyn Art Gallery 2008. Fable, Fred [London} Ltd. 2007 Fred [London] Ltd, London, Fred [London] Ltd, Leipzig. 2003 Mobile Home Gallery. Selected Group Exhibitions, 2008 John Moores 25, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Import/Export, Painting From The USA And UK, Fred [London] Ltd, Leipzig. 2007 Traditional But New, Binz And Kramer Gallery, Cologne. 2003 Portrait Award Show, National Gallery, London. Summer Show, RA, London 2000 Art And Architecture, BA Headquarters, London. Selected Collectors Museum Of Contemporary Art, Israel British Government Collection, King Hussein Of Jordan.

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I love this painting by Matthew Usmar Lauder.

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We took a trip to Skala Eressos today and it was like a ghost town. It seems a lifetime ago since we were sitting along here in the last rays of the summer sun sipping cocktails. The effects of the winter have been harsh, but there is still beauty to be found.

A beautiful painting of the Aegean, close to our village house by Matthew Usmar Lauder. matthewusmarlauder.com

Documenting the beauty of the island of Lesvos through the lens of my camera has been my project for the last few years, so it’s great to see Lesvos documented in a different medium through the eyes of Matthew Usmar Lauder. Matthew’s captured the island in autumn light beautifully with broad brush strokes. The landscape paintings he has just completed are wonderful. Here is just one of his stunning paintings.matthewusmarlauder.com

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