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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!

Tempted yet? Come see for yourself!

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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

Over the last year or so we’ve embarked on another project, renovating an old miner’s shack on Lettes Bay in Tasmania into a luxurious waterfront retreat – all because of a ceramic bowl.

Zsolt Faludi is a ceramicist who lives and works in Tasmania, and I was keen to interview him, so Matthew and I travelled to the Wild West Coast, where art wasn’t the only thing we fell head over heels for.

Standing on the shores of beautiful Lettes Bay, I turned to Matthew and asked, “what do we have to do to have a place around here?” Turns out, not too much, as Matthew managed to find a bloke with a cabin to sell, and it wasn’t long before we had a new project on our hands. And now, it’s time to share it with you.

Welcome to, Bushy Summers! (Book here!)


Photo by Glenn Mason

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the process of how we restored this bayside hideaway into a nurturing space. Relax, unwind and enjoy as we show you around!

We did much of the work ourselves, guided by a brilliant local builder, and now friend, Trevor, who helped us rebuild and restore this cosy cabin.

When we bought the shack it was cream with blue trims around the windows. The door was blue too.

We had to strengthen the foundations which meant some serious digging, followed by months of stripping back the internals, insulating walls, cladding with wood and aluminium sheeting, and totally rewiring and plumbing too.

This shed was the original outside dunny. It was full of bits and pieces, some gems like the old enamelled sink which was re-coated and integrated into our bathroom.

Another great find from the shed … very useful indeed!

Whilst Matthew climbed up and down ladders for months on end, the spring became summer, fern fronds slowly unfolded and the pretty pink blossom was replaced by new season apples.

We decided on the colour midnight sky for the exterior.

Matthew cut out a handmade stencil and painted our shack number, 61, on it.

The outside of the shack has come together beautifully! We’re incredibly proud of it, and can’t wait to share it with you!

Love, Claire x

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Photography Claire Lloyd


These views await you!

 

Wow! Here we all are in a rather surreal situation.
Where are you?
Are you where you expected to be? I know I’m not.
At this time of the year I would normally be back in Lesvos, My Greek Island Home, watching blossom decorate the branches of fruit trees and spring flowers carpet the fields.
But I’m not, I’m on the other side of the world in Sydney, while my partner, Matthew is at our home in Greece.
Life can change in an instant and it has!

This is my small terrace in Lesvos with rescue dog, Trixie. From here I have views across the village rooftops and out to the Aegean Sea. Photo by Carla Coulson

The question is, where is home?
I often think about this and even more so over the last few weeks.
For me home is somewhere I feel safe and secure, a place where I can relax, create and be myself.
Is home just one place?
For me the answer is no. I love creating spaces that nurture me, these spaces are in different places and all these places feel like HOME. I am very happy going from one to the other enjoying their individuality, taking joy from each of them.
Everyone, however, is different, thankfully, and for some people that would not feel like HOME at all.
It is really important to make yourself feel nurtured, particularly while everything is so unsettling.
Take a look at your home does it nurture you? Are you surrounded by what you love?
Is it a place where you can create and does it make you feel safe?
Your home is you so treat yourself well, wherever you find yourself look for peace within, enjoy some solitude, connect with friends, take things slowly and keep a sense of humour.
Here are some photos of where I normally am at this time of year ENJOY X


A little peak into our sitting room. Matthew found this old door at the tip and we couldn’t resist white washing it and bringing it inside. To us its a piece of art. Photo Claire Lloyd

Laying the table is always a pleasure. There are beautiful flowers in our garden and I pick these regularly. There is always the village garden too. When what I’m looking for isn’t at hand in our little garden there is something to be picked from around the village. Photo Claire Lloyd


I just love looking out from our table, across the village. You can certainly get a great view of the comings and goings in the village. Paintings are a big part of our home. This beauty is by Matthew Usmar Lauder Photo Claire Lloyd


We decided to use turquoise on the shutters and doors when we renovated the house. This was one of colour that the origional owners used in their home. It is a lovely reminder of the original home. It is also a colour that pings in the Greek sunshine. Making it a happy colour. Photo Claire Lloyd

I LOVE a project and this year has started with a big bang! The bang of hammers and crow bars. We now own a little part of Tasmania. Little is exactly what it is, a small miners holiday shack thrown up on crown land in the most basic but charming way.

The little shack

A little boat I have my eye on

Serenity

Last year we went to Strahan and stayed at the most beautifully styled cottage in Lettes Bay called The Capitan’s Rest. Sarah Andrews a modern pioneer, has created this hideaway which I have enjoyed following on Instagram for well over a year.

Matthew hard at work

Destroying the bathroom

A new window goes in

On our arrival we discovered the previous guests had locked the key inside the house.
Whilst waiting for another one I wandered around taking in the beautiful surroundings of the bay leaving Matthew chattering with a local.
Matthews chat turned out to be very fruitful indeed as the local revealed that a small cottage nearby could potentially be his.
One thing led to another and before we knew it, it was.
You could say it was chance or luck or you could just say it was meant to be.

Can’t wait to continue

So now the real fun begins. Plans are afoot, and walls have been removed. We are doing what we love best of all breathing new life and love into this little shack. It will take time as our time in Australia draws to a close, but we are excited to be coming back and picking up where we left off.
Another nurturing space to create and another beautiful spot to share.
I hope you enjoy a few snaps of our work
Love Claire x

Imagine yourself staying in an authentic village on a Greek island, surrounded by the beauty of nature and swimming in the blue Aegean. Then add to that the JOY of tapping into your creative self………………… is this sounding inviting? YOU are INVITED!

The Aegean Sea, Lesvos photographed by Claire Lloyd

One of the things that we are rarely told in life, is that we are creators. We may hear that we are creative but rarely that we are creators and our lives are a form of art and the best way to create them is with joy and passion.

Most of us pass our lives not understanding what our true life’s desires are how to ignite that joy and passion within us.

You are invited  you to slow down and switch off, do a stock-take on how far you have actually come and then to set sail in your new direction and consciously create the next part of your life through the glorious vehicle of art and awakening your six senses.

In this special retreat on the island of Lesvos, four friends want to give you the greatest gift we can give you, that is to connect you to your passion. We want to inspire and guide you to find what brings you JOY, connect you to your passion and the desire’s in your heart and to show you that everybody is creative (including you)

Artist Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs in the Lesvos landscape with his trusty assistants, Styx and Trixie  photographed by Claire Lloyd

Our wish is that you will be inspired, refreshed and revived and go home with JOY in your heart for how good the next part of your life can be, a journal full of notes, an art book full of beauty, and unique travel memories to last a lifetime.You will know and believe you are creative, had the chance to sit front row in the lives of others, now a new tribe of creative souls and that you have the ability to create the life you desire.

Me photographed by Carla Coulson Delicious velvet cushions from our home photographed by Claire Lloyd

As long-time residents of Lesvos Matthew and I offer an invitation to share our lives in a beautiful authentic Greek village where community is paramount.  We are opening our home, our hearts, the places welove and our creativity to give you a true insight into the reality of living creatively in every sense.

Together with Carla Coulson and her hubby, Francesco Cataldi the four of us combine our expertise as artists, photographers, creators of beautiful spaces, naturopath and life coach to help you uncover your deep desires, embrace them and how your passion and creativity can drive the next part of your life. The goal is JOY!

Our home where we love to entertain  photographed by Claire Lloyd

We invite you to slow down and switch off, do a stock-take on how far you have actually come and then to set sail in your new direction and consciously create the next part of your life through the glorious vehicle of art and awakening your six senses.

Each day will be a mix of focus sessions to inspire and motivate you, art lessons, healthy delicious local food, yoga or swimming, walks, boat trips and long table lunches in our favourite tavernas and at our home. There will be breathing and grounding techniques to assist you to access your intuition and downtime to reflect on our discussions, about your path, practice your new found love of drawing and art. The evenings will be spent together around a table reflecting on the day, enjoying local food and the thing the Greeks do so well, Kephi (enjoying life in the moment). Oh, and did we mention there will be Greek dancing!

Our island world  photographed by Claire Lloyd  Francesco Cataldi  giving it his all photographed by Carla Coulson

Yoga will be taught by an experienced yoga practitioner Marjaana Makela, who studied under Angela farmer, art lessons will be led by Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs and other focus sessions will be shared between Carla Coulson, and Francesco Cataldi and me.

It’s not about going faster, achieving things that no longer count, it’s about going slower, really hearing the words of a conversation or birdsong, feeling what your gut is truly saying, tasting food like it’s the first time you have ever eaten and being revived and refreshed by a dip in the Aegean’s transparent waters. It’s about putting pen to paper or trying your first painting and learning to cut through the noise to find out what you really want.

A little peek inside our guesthouse photography Claire Lloyd and Carla Coulson

Claire Lloyd creator of nurturing spaces and photographer, artist Matthew Usmar Walkswithdogs, Naturopath Francesco Cataldi and photographer and life coach Carla Coulson, all know about changing their lives to continue to go after what is in their hearts. It’s their connection to joy, creativity and their true life’s desires that continue to drive and create the lives they wish for.

Carla Coulson looking beautiful in white

5 DAILY FOCUS SESSIONS:

CREATIVITYYou are born a creator! Creativity is not an exclusive club, you don’t need a badge or to be born into a special family. Creativity opens your heart to new experiences, people, relationships and self-esteem. It connects you to a passionate part of your soul with a feeling akin to love. All of us are creative souls and when we allow our creativity we get access to a part of ourselves that we have kept locked away. We encourage, inspire and challenge you to live a creative life and show you how and what is holding you back from living a more creative life.

YOUR LIFE’S DESIRES – Uncover and fine tune the desires in your heart and make them a big YES. We take stock of where you are in life, challenge you to think bigger and remember your dreams. We show you how to connect your desires to passion so that it will drive the next chapter of your life.

CONSCIOUS LIVINGWe let you in on the secret that allows us to continually go after our dreams and make them our reality. It’s our thoughts and beliefs that hold us back from our dreams and we show you how you can transform them and start heading in the direction of your true desires. We show you how we tap into our intuition to make better life decisions and how to direct our energy.

WELLBEING – Our bodies are the temples that house our souls!!! When you connect your mind, body and spirit you embrace true well-being. Saying yes to a bigger life full of desires means embracing your health. When you nurture your well-being you empower your soul, confidence, and self-belief.  We touch on diet, exercise, breath, the nervous system, and the importance of self-care all with joy and a new way of looking at it. 

JOY – Imagine if you could get more of what you want in life by having more fun and joy! Hard work will get you so far but joy, beauty and pleasure will fast-track it. Joy is a state of being. When you feel joy, you are present, physically and emotionally.  When you tap into joy you are at one with yourself and source energy. We show you how to embrace, beauty, pleasure in your daily life to being you more joy.

 

There is always something delicious to eat photography Claire Lloyd and photograph of me by Carla Coulson

We are Longing to share our Lesvos and our JOY with you

BIG LOVE ClaireXX

For more information and to book go to Carla’s site HERE 

 

 

 

 

Hello 2018! A little late I know. There have been a few hurdles along the way but here I am jumping into the new year with enthusiasm.

photo of me by Matthew Usmar Lauder

One of my favourite place in the world is the Greek Island of Lesvos. The beauty of the island and the generosity of its people inspire me. You may already be familiar with my book, ‘My Greek Island Home’, some of you will have read about my love for the island.

I’m so excited to announce I am embarking on a new book which will feature this beautiful island home of mine once again. I am diving into this new project with every bit of my creative energy and will be sharing the results with you in 2019. I know it sounds like a long way off but time will fly.

Recently I spent a few divine days with friends on Stradbroke Island. There is nothing like chasing the summer by travelling from one island to another, I think I am an island girl at heart.

Here are some photos I took whilst I was on Stradbroke.  Thank you beautiful Edie and Lil for allowing me to capture you once again.

Let your creativity lead you into 2018 and jump for joy!

Beautiful long beaches

Edie

pondering pelicans

Lil

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My beautiful god-daughter and muse, Grace Bagot.

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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Smoke from Stradbroke Island copyright claire lloyd

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Stradbroke Island on fire copyright  claire lloyd

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Fire trucks head for Stradbroke Island  copyright claire lloyd

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Billowing smoke from Stradbroke copyright claire lloyd

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The ferry to Stradbroke filled with fire trucks  copyright claire lloyd

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A rural fire fighter copyright claire lloyd

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Ready to go copyright claire lloyd

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 Our brave men 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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 Shadows copyright claire lloyd

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A view through the gum trees copyright claire lloyd

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Silhouette copyright claire lloyd

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 Fun playing Tarzan copyright claire lloyd

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Thwarted by storms at Brisbane airport copyright claire lloyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

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