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One of the ways we’ve made Bushy Summers so special, is the cosy bathroom. We think that this will tempt you to stay a day or two longer.

Every detail in this room, from the brass taps and wall sconces to the pressed aluminium walls, bath towels and toiletries were chosen with love. You can completely relax in the bath tub and watch the tree tops slowly sway backwards and forwards against the sky. Such a beautiful way to relax and let your imagination wander.

Here’s how we made the Bushy Summers bathroom!

We created an entrance from the original bathroom into the shed which was attached to the shack. The shed gave us enough space to create a new bathroom. Trevor a local builder gave us a hand.

Of course, there’s views of the bay!

We insulated the room and then covered the walls and ceiling with marine ply before completely waterproofing it! Matthew being the main man.

From the minute we set eyes on those doors we wanted them @mrwolf_shop. They had to be extended at the bottom to fit the doorway. Matthew using his expertise from years of theatre experience matched them brilliantly!

They add a touch of the exotic and a splash of colour reminiscent of Greece!

Look at this beautiful old cast-iron bath! We also loved the original tin used on the ceiling of the kitchen and wanted to replicate that look in other areas of the shack. Matthew clad the whole bathroom, walls and ceiling in sheets of pressed aluminium.

He then painted the silver aluminium white to maximise the light in the room and for the fixtures we mixed garden tap components. We found the brass wall sconces in Burnie and the tin sink in the shed which we had recoated.

Relax and unwind…

… and enjoy the peace and quiet at Bushy Summers!

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Photography Claire Lloyd

It’s amazing the hidden gems you can find on your doorstep.

Don’t you just love it when you find somewhere really special?
Especially if it’s a place that serves delicious food. I love, love, love food, what can I say.

Caravan by the Sea, a family owned taverna, is one of those special places in Lesvos. At the first sign of spring I want to jump in the car and head straight there.

This divine little taverna is situated on the water’s edge in Avlaki near Petra, on the North Western side of Lesvos Island.

Only the freshest of ingredients are used in the kitchen and most of them are from their own surrounding garden.

Filio is the chef and you can taste her love of cooking in every delicious mouthful. Everything she cooks is amazing.

Stelios is the super-duper host who looks after every guest beautifully. While both Filio’s and Stelios’s mums lend a helping hand with the preparation you can sometimes find them manning the BBQ.

Caravan is secluded, which adds to its charm and with its proximity to the water all you hear is the gentle lapping of the Aegean Sea.

Visit Caravan at dusk, when the sun sets over the island and casts a beautiful golden glow to the water. It is picture perfect.

And what’s my favourite dish? Well that’s a very difficult question. I love everything! I must say though the Roka Salata and Yia Yia’s Dolmadakia are pretty amazing as are the fresh sardines and the Sfougato Pie. But I always want to eat everything on the menu!

Sadly, the season is coming to an end and I may only get one or two more meals in before Caravan closes for the winter.

My tastebuds will be waiting in anticipation for next spring.

Caravan by the Sea photographed by Claire Lloyd

Last Saturday my beautiful niece, Jessica Lloyd married the man of her dreams. For me it is hard to believe Jess is even old enough to contemplate marriage, but old enough she is and the years since I first held her in my arms have passed far too quickly. Jess and I have always had a strong bond, perhaps it’s because she was the first of my nieces and nephews to arrive or maybe it’s quite simply because we share the same star sign, Virgo. Whatever the reason I love her dearly. From a young age I would take her off on little adventures and she would come for sleepovers when I was home from abroad. I used to phone her to ask if there were crocodiles under her bed, this always made her screech with laughter. Jess has always been determined, independent, caring and fun with a great sense of humor. She was a lovely little girl and now she is a beautiful woman. I captured a few intimate moments before she took my brothers arm and walked across a paddock to stand before the man who will take her on the next big adventure in her life. She looked so beautiful and I was so proud. The man of Jessica’s dreams will be revealed in the next post. Enjoy!

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I love peaking into other people’s homes. I don’t mind if they are old or new, occupied or abandoned. When I lived in London I always found it a pleasure to explore the local area by foot, especially on summer evenings. I delighted in the glimpses I got through open curtains and shutters into peoples lives. I have to admit to getting huge enjoyment from viewing property with estate agents. I  also had lots of fab, opportunities to see beautiful homes when I worked for The World of Interiors magazine, a real treat.  For me the best properties are the most neglected ones. I long to mend them and make them simple and beautiful. This I have done with many properties in London, Sydney and more recently in Greece. You can check some of them out here. Besides taking photos, making light, simple, serene spaces is my passion. Here on the Greek island of Lesvos there are many beautiful houses in need of love attention and I can’t help but want each and every one of them and if I could I would have them all but, I must be realistic. Recently I took a trip with some gorgeous Turkish friends to a nearby village where we checked out some houses. The local barber who I had met a few years ago when photographing for my book My Greek Island Home, see here, kindly showed us around one house. Below are a few details that grabbed me. Enjoy!

IMG_3605 The local barber. I’m loving the combination of  geometrical shapes and checks      

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IMG_3608 A simple bedroom. The houses here all have little shelves usually displaying an icon or three     

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IMG_3654 Striped cotton fabric is stretched over a window for privacy     

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IMG_3615 I just LOVE the way this fabric has it’s own natural flow and looks so etherial back lit

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IMG_3620 Everything here sits in it’s place untouched for I wonder how long

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IMG_3617 A simple detail 

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IMG_3655 Signs of life highlighted by back lighting

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IMG_3636 My favourite detail, delicate fabric lit from behind and tied with a colour co-ordinated ribbon

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IMG_3633 The green of the window and the duvet work with the soft colour of the hanging curtain

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Usually the images I post of  My Greek Island Home (check out my book) are in colour but Greek village life is just as beautiful in black and white. Enjoy my wandering around the village.

IMG_8650_1a Delicious handmade mazipan flowers by the woman in the village co-operative

IMG_3401a A villager eturnig at dusk along the track laden with hay

IMG_5953a A handfull of newly picked fresh wild asparagus

IMG_2325a Panayiota and Stratos  sitting happily together in their kafenio

IMG_0803a Fresh bread being made in the local bakery

IMG_1247a Wash day

_MG_7786a A quite moment for the late Charalambos

20091011_RALITSA LAN`D_4528a A plate of  grapes just picked from a neighbours vine

_MG_4355a Preparation for the olive picking

_MG_1688a Crocheting lace, the village women are always busy

_MG_5671a Bagging up the olives

_MG_4209a Home baking means hands on work

_MG_8180a Watching the world go by

_MG_1705_1a Things turn up in the most unlikely places

DSC00124a The original kitchen in our house

Vasso's mums handa Freshly picked vine leaves which will be used for making dolmades

 

 

 

I photographed a little peak of Matthew and my life here on the island of Lesvos for You Magazine a couple of months ago and here it is. Thank you  Clare Nolan for loving our lifestyle and Fiona McCarthy for  your kind words. Greece is the word 1

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What a great article on our village life in the August issue of  UK House & Garden  magazine. Beautifully written by Ros Byam Shaw and fabulous photos taken by Paul Massey. Thanks for coming to My Greek Island Home and sharing some of  our favourite things. My Greek Island Home published in the UK by Clearview Books.

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My niece, Hannah came to visit on My Greek Island Home recently. The summer afternoon light was perfect in my bedroom and I could not resist using her as my muse. Thank you Hannah I hope you enjoyed My Greek Island Home.

 

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My beautiful god-daughter and muse, Grace Bagot.

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When we bought our village house it was filled with somebody else’s life. It was really strange to open the door and feel we were entering a very personal space that was not ours. It felt like someone had just gone out shopping or to visit a friend and had never come back. I suppose that is what happened. The house had belonged to the village priest, Papa, and his wife. After Papa’s death his wife continued to live in it until she passed away. We were extremely privileged to be privy to their lives.

Our village has many abandoned houses. When I am lucky enough to peek inside I find it fascinating. Last summer our village friend George called me into the house of one of his relatives. This house is relatively close to ours and locked up behind big blue gates, completely out of sight. George knows we love the history of the village and its people and also knows I love houses. He invited us in. The house was fab and I asked George if he would mind me taking some photographs of my goddaughter Grace who was staying with us. He didn’t mind at all and here are the results, enjoy!

Isabel La Howe – Conant, “He who loves an old house never loves in vain.”

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