Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Life

45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Three years ago, my life changed completely, in a hurried instant that was a long time coming. Three years ago, I was sitting on Perissa beach, lying next to my snoring soon-to-be ex husband after a very dramatic and traumatic ferry ride that dumped us on Santorini at 4am, with no way into our accommodation. Three years ago, I was grateful he was sleeping, so I could enjoy that sunrise without walking on eggshells, without having to assuage his ever present anger. Three years ago, while watching the street dogs play, street dogs I was as yet unaware I would come to know by name, I scraped together a moment of personal bliss in what was otherwise increasing chaos.

Little did I know, three hours later, I would never see him again. And my new life started. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sea Meets Shore

20mm diameter - Mosaic gold, pebbles from Perissa Beach, in sterling silver
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One of the byproducts of the eruption I was mentioning yesterday is some pretty unique geology, especially compared to neighboring islands. Greece drums up thoughts of white sandy beaches and blue seas. But in Santorini, the sand is black, thanks to the volcano, much to the dismay of the soles of my feet on a hot summer day. But I've spent so much time there in the last few years that white sand now seems astonishing when I see it!
Hard to believe this is 2.5 years ago already!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Caldera Calm

28mm by 18mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I often get asked why I keep going back to Greece, and in particular Santorini. There is truly something healing about the place. When there, I try as often as I can to get out onto my friend's boat. Often the trip is to an neighbouring island like Ios or Anafi, but I think my favourite trip is a simple trip around the caldera, the sunken, water filled basin of the volcano that was created when the volcano erupted around 1650BCE. Devestating as it must have been to the people living on the island at the time, today it makes for damn stunning scenery. 

Including this view from the restaurant toilet where we stop for lunch on a caldera boat trip:
Yes, this really is a view from a toilet.