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Sunday Drawings: Chai Latte

  Chai Latte continues to be gorgeous, so much so that I kept getting the urge to draw her, even though I know perfectly well that I can’t draw. The first one turned out very much better than I expected. No-one’s going to put my efforts in a gallery any time soon, but it was fun.     I just finished 6 days of tour guiding, so I had another…

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Sunday photos: it’s raining

It’s raining. And to be fair, it’s supposed to rain at this time of year and the island will be all the better for it. You don’t get a beautiful green island without rain. It did complicate my morning’s tour guiding a bit though. I missed out almost all the bit on the heliport because there was no point people standing in the rain so I could say, “The Issac…

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Sunday photos: travelling home

On my last full day I went to an abandoned village – sorry, I’ve forgotten the name. People moved away to be nearer the road where there was electricity and mains water. it was all very atmospheric, but what really caught my eye were the wild cyclamens and the old bridge. As expected, I was sad to leave on Friday morning. The trip started off well enough – 8 am…

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#AmWriting

The third draft of my novel is going well. The Crooked House is a great place to write. I tried various spots: the little dining table, the bedroom and the terrace. Now I’ve settled on a writing desk in the lounge with the office chair. It’s comfy and well lit and near the kettle. Behind me, out of the photo, there’s a TV with DVDs etc., but I haven’t watched…

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Sunday photos: Koskina

I’m in Greece, in a village called Koskina on the island of Euboea. It’s not a touristy zone and I’m not doing much tourism. I’m mostly holed up with a bunch of imaginary friends at The Crooked House working on my whodunnit Murder by Moonlight, and I’m loving it. It’s comfortable and peaceful and the surrounding countryside is lovely. I’m also loving being reunited with my suitcase. I planned it…

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Sunday photos: thermophile forest

There isn’t much Canarian thermophile forest left, because most of it has been cleared for farmland centuries ago. I visited a patch in Breña Baja with friends and I couldn’t wait to come back with my good camera. On Friday there were birds singing, but it was very quiet tonight. I found myself looking closer and closer at little details. Then smaller details, like this prickly pear skeleton And then…

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