Sunday, 19 February 2017

8/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



An inset day prior to this half term found us at a pottery painting place. Sofia Faith has really come on in her focus for this. I'd love to say she was responsible for the perfect eyes and mouth but I'd be lying. The lady that owns the shop did that for her, but the rest... great job Fia!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

7/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



Esme Grace begins to sew a love heart. But who will she give it to on Tuesday?!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

6/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



Esme is in love with dophins. That said, I've never seen her draw them freehand before. Good effort girlie!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Life As It Is - This week in Jan 2017 - Sickness & swimming pools

Life As It Is is - well now, that's a thought. How is it? Frankly better that it was. I'm getting over ocular shingles. That's shingles in the eye for anyone that wondered. Triggered by a chest infection and a very high temp prior to that. All of January, Queenie's Cough has played havoc with my lungs, and to think this was supposed to be my year for good health...

Dry January is officially over and thanks to the aforementioned state of me, I did quite well. Only one real night of boozing, and that was civilised. I could conclude that I'm no better for cutting out alcohol, although an underlying and potentially reocurring peptic ulcer would no doubt disagree. Jesus I'm ageing. You know in Spring I'm going to emerge a thoroughbred? My cunning plan is to drink an Apple Cider Vinegar antidote heh heh. It is what I'm currently sucking up (through a straw though, for as well as viruses, it eats enamel).


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday, 22 January 2017

4/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



This week I've seen a shift in Fia's artwork - much more confident - defined as big and bold.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

GREECE is the word

Halkidiki’s best-kept secret


Unlike its neighbouring peninsulars, far from a commercialised holiday destination, Athos, the third leg of Halkidiki, is home to very few hotels. And Eagles Palace is the only five-star in the area…

Landing in Thessaloniki, the onward journey took me by surprise. I had expected a dry landscape, not lush green hills dotted with bright flora and fauna. It’s a picturesque yet dramatic (I arrived to leaden skies) ninety minute ride to the five-star ‘Small Luxury Hotel of the World’ Eagles Palace Hotel & Spa, situated just outside the coastal village of Ouranopolis. 

Next morning, the every which way horizon dawned blue and I looked out to the private pool and the perfectly painted Aegean sea - with an espresso to help me drink it in. And wake up - I've never slept so well anywhere.