Sunday, February 04, 2007

Home from Greece


Well we got back safe and sound from our week holiday in Greece. I of course packed all the wrong clothes but had plenty of books to make up for it. We stayed in small town called Rio which is outside Patra. It was a very quiet vacation with lots of walks and eating...DH and I love Greek food and we were not disappointed! We did trek up to Olympia - the site of the first Olympics - and wondered through the archeological site. It is really impressive. I'm glad we were there off-season. It was warm but not hot so I was able to get around better. The sun is so strong there even with the sunscreen (SPF 30) I came home with a sunburned face!

The second photo is from up by a town called the Ksilo castro (wooden castle) that was a few miles up the coast from us. The water changed color every day but was always beautiful. I made a lot of sketches in my journal. In a way it was good to be away from all my "stuff" for awhile. It made me concentrate on design over just how to use something that I had at hand. A very different process.

I didn't bring brain-food books this time. I finished "The Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafron. The writing is beautiful though it took me a couple of chapters to get into the story. I would strongly reccomend it. On the other hand I also finished "Atlantis," by David Gibbins. I usually really like novels like this but unfortunately I couldn't wait to finish this one and move on to something else. I even considered not finishing it - somthing I never do with a novel.

I also re-read "Screenplay" by Syd Field and outlined a concept that I had been playing with writing as a novel. I think my background as a news producer makes it much easier for me to do in screenplay format (ie. I think in pictures) So I am going to make a schedule and for the next 8 weeks try and get myself to finish this in the new format. Between 10 and 1200 each morning (except for Wednesday when I meet with the quilters!) I will be chained to my computer and write at least 5 pages.

8 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

Love the photos! Can't wait to see more.

Dawn said...

OH these are beautiful pictures! Makes me want to be somewhere warm and by the ocean!

Darcie said...

It looks divine, Sio!

Glad you're home safe...and have a journal full of inspiration.

anne bebbington said...

Your holiday destination looks idyllic - glad you enjoyed your break - the writing sounds exciting

Karen said...

You look so merry in the first photo, and the second photo is so beautiful I really can't believe it. Can you post more?

Fiona said...

Greece looks delightful - better than here (though it's actually quite nice at the moment - sun shining etc.)

Clare said...

Your photos are great. Makes me feel that summer isn't that far away (now where did I put the sun glasses?).

dogquilter said...

looks like you had a wonderful time in Greece! lovely pictures.