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Yesterday I went for a walk through the Botanical Gardens in Sydney. At the harbours edge I was lucky enough to meet Emma who asked me to take her photo. Emma has such lovely face and beautiful smile and  I would like to thank her so much for sharing it with me. Emma gave me her email address but unfortunately the email bounced back so if anyone recognises Emma please let me know. Through the lens of my camera I can capture intimate moments which give me great joy. This to me was a lovely, lovely moment in time, thank you Emma.

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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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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 BAY Rushcutters Bay, Boxing Day departure for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Sydney to Hobart yacht race Matthew watches on.

 

 

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.

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Finally I am sitting down to say thank you M&C Saatchi. Just before Christmas my friend Tom McFarlane suggested I come into the agency and bring my book, My Greek Island Home to sell in their fab canteen. Tom said it was the perfect Christmas gift. He spoke to the lovely Victoria Uriarte and asked her to come up with something tasty for lunch, with a Greek twist. I set myself up in the corner like a proper saleswoman and enjoyed meeting and chatting to various agency folk that came through the door. It was a lovely thing to do everyone was so friendly, a great atmosphere. The food was just yummie, Victoria really went to town. Slow roasted stuffed leg of lamb, chicken poached in red wine with olives, spanakopita, roasted chat potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, Greek salad, tzatziki, green beans with almond’s, figs baked in fig leaves with ricotta and honey, honey soaked vanilla cake with sesame seeds and poached peaches with crushed pistachios and honeyed yoghurt. As you can see from the photos there were smiles all around. What a great place to work, if I worked there I’d never go home. Thank you Tom and Victoria and thank you to all those who purchased a copy of My Greek Island Home, I hope you all enjoyed it!

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IMG_0417A I feel very lucky to have met the beautiful Carla Coulson and her husband Francesco in Australia. Carla, Francesco, Matthew and I had a picnic on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. It was a beautiful sunny Sydney summer afternoon and we enjoyed our time with them, it was so lovely and relaxed. Carla http://carlacoulson.com is a wonderful photographer and I have really enjoyed her books Italian Joy and Paris Tango http://carlacoulson.com/shop Her photography is feminine and her story, brave and inspiring. Chasing a dream is the title of Carla’s latest book. http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9781921382307/chasing-dream The title sums up Carla’s story perfectly. Carla gave up the security of her well paid job in Sydney and took a leap of faith into the unknown. She bought herself a camera and headed for Italy and back to school to learn photography. For the past ten years Carla has lived in Europe and has found something she is passionate about, well two things really, photography and Francesco. I think there is a lot to be said for chasing your dreams. We all have dreams and I think we owe it to ourselves to go after them. I understand that such huge leap is not for everyone but I truly believe in finding something that you feel passionate about and going for it. Get the book and be inspired! Thank you Carla for being inspiring and thank you to both you and Francesco for a lovely afternoon and we hope to see you in either Paris or Lesvos soon.

On the morning of my departure from Sydney an email notification hits the spot. Where do you come from? A post by Carla Coulson, http://carlacoulson.com it stops me in my tracks. Food for thought on a very long, 30 hour trip door to door from my native Australia to my home on the Greek Island of Lesvos. This trip has been the longest time I have spent to date in Australia since my departure in 1983. Although it has been more than hectic, it has been a fabulous trip. The launch of my latest book, My Greek Island Home http://www.penguin.com.au/lantern/life-style/books/my-greek-island-home has been a wonderful experience and introduced me to lots of new creative friends, Carla has been one of them. Old friends do not be worried, you are all so special and all very creative too and I enjoy our time together enormously. Spending time with my family when I’m in Sydney also means a lot to me. On my latest visit my Dad gave me an A5 envelope containing some of his father’s documents to read. These are some of Dad’s treasures and I felt very privileged to have them handed over to me. My Grandfather, John Joseph Lloyd started an apprenticeship in 1921 on Cockatoo Island. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatoo_Island My Dad, Mum, Matthew and I took a ferry ride across Sydney harbour to Cockatoo Island as Dad was keen to show me where my Grandfathers working life began. This was something we had discussed doing on several occasions. It was such a beautiful summers day, the perfect day for such a trip. Cockatoo Island is a fascinating place and walking around the grounds and seeing all the old buildings reminded us of such a different life and time. It was a great thing to do with Dad as he told me the stories he remembered being told of his father’s time there, we guessed which of the buildings he may have worked in. My Grandfather John or Jack as he was called married my Grandmother Mary in 1926, they were both 20 years of age. My grandfather left Cockatoo to go to the war in November 1940. He served for 1,118 days, 744 of these were spent outside Australia. When he arrived back to his family his thick black hair had turned completely white and he was missing his left arm. He was refused his job back at Cockatoo Island and he took legal action. The case went to court and my Grandfather won, however he didn’t go back on principal. Sadly my Grandfather died just 8 months before I was born, he was 50. My Grandmother always told me how much he would have loved me and I believed her. Walking around the Island with my Dad made me wonder about the hopes and dreams of a young boy starting his life as an apprentice and wishing I had had him physically in my life. So Carla’s question, where do you come from reminded me of the trip I took with my Dad only a week, to the day before. Thank you Carla for that thought provoking question. Below some photos of our trip to Cockatoo.

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photo-49 The first day of 2013 was perfect! A swim in the pacific followed by a casual dinner with friends. Hope all of you have  fabulous 2013! Matthew took these photos of me enjoying what I love best, a beautiful Sydney beach.

I LOVE CHOCOLATE! Walking down William street in Sydney is not terribly inspiring generally, however there is a high point, Kakawa, www.kakawachocolates.com.au Kawaka is a wonderful chocolate shop where chocolate is made on the premises. When I’m in Sydney I can not resist stopping by and purchasing something delicious from their selection. The only problem is what to choose. For me the rocky road cannot be beaten, it’s infused with passionfruit and melts in the mouth. There are so many edible jewels to choose from but worth returning again and again to try them all. On my next trip I have promised myself  ice cream!

Our local bookshop here in Sydney is Potts Point bookshop, it’s a fantastic! www.pottspointbookshop.com.au  I am not just saying that because my book is in the window either. It really has a fab selection of  beautiful books. Anna and her team make all those browsers welcome. It’s the Kings Cross Festival this week, www.kingscrossfestival.com from 21st to 25th of November. I will be in the bookshop on Thursday night 22nd from 6.30pm with my new book My Greek Island Home so please come and say hello. I can sign a copy for you too.

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