The Beautiful Colours of Santorini

One of the things my husband and I loved when we went to Santorini was how lovely the island is in terms of the scenery – the sea looks amazing, there’s beautiful flowers like bougainvillea everywhere, and there’s plenty of white-washed architecture everywhere. However, I’ve noticed that most people assume that Santorini is just blue and white buildings with a beautiful sea – and that’s it. To be fair, if you Google the island, that’s all you’ll find – that iconic blue-and-white spot which is actually the island’s capital city overlooking a rich blue sea.

Unfortunately, this is just a tiny side of the island – literally. A lot of tourists and honeymooners come to Santorini for the blue and white scene, as well as the famous sunset part in Oia, which is a popular (but very expensive!) part of the island. While the area does look as beautiful as it does in the the pictures, it’s easy to be fooled by the images. My husband and I signed up for the sunset tour on one of the days that we were on the island, and could not believe how busy it gets – there’s literally about a thousand people all packed against the walls to see the sunset. It’s a lovely vibe, but very crowded, so not exactly romantic! Similarly the blue and white part of the city is a very popular place for people to pose, but the pictures are worth it, if you don’t mind queuing for the spot.

I thought I’d show the other side of Santorini, which is grassy, hilly and mountainous, and surrounded by beautiful flowers and blue water. Below are pictures I took from our holiday – if you notice, there’s not a single blue-and-white picture presents!

White flowers against white

I’ve been noticing the flowers which are budding, the sky getting lighter in the evenings and the brisk air getting warmer by the afternoons these days, which means spring is on it’s way, along with (hopefully!) warm weather, colourful gardens and lots of grass in my garden which will all need cutting.

So here’s some blossoms to start the week with, symbolic for new beginnings, fresh colours and a promise for the rest of the season : )

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Glueguns & Craftiness: Mint Paper and Split Pins

We had a family do this weekend, so I took the opportunity to revert to my childhood primary school classes to making windmills for decoration (minus the PVA glue all over my fingers and hair). I’ll post more pictures soon, but here’s what I’ve been doing lately. I’ve not been able to post for a few days because my internet is going haywire, but don’t worry, I’ve been writing (and snapping pictures!) away so I’ll be able to bombard you soon!

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Surreal Spring Blossoms

One of the things I like about my job is that even though it involves a lot of travelling around during the day, I see a lot of things around London which catch my eye, and which I wouldn’t normally see. And because it’s during the day, I get to enjoy the summery weather occasionally ( when I’m not behind the desk!)

These are some beautiful blossoms I saw yesterday while I was out, which I thought looked quite surreal and bright, partly because of their translucence and also they almost looked like paintings against such a blue sky. Although I love the bright colours of flowers which unfurl and grow in the summer, I also love the tree’s blossoms at the beginning of spring too, and it’s nice to see pink-and-white fluffy clouds floating in trees right now.

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A Goat…on some crates.

I saw this a while back being displayed at Spitalsfield (it’s recently been taken down since though, perhaps it’s being penned in with other artistic goats) – a sculpture of a goat on top of a few crates.

Apparently this piece, I Goat by artist Kenny Hunter, was the winner of this competition which beat out several other artistic pieces to be displayed in Spitalfield, to signify the area’s rich history, relationship with immigrants and to reflect the struggles and conflicts they have had to endure.

But in other ways, it’s also just a cute little goat staring out on top of a few boxes.

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A Daisy in Three Stages

I like this idea of splitting a single picture into three (or more), to give it an interesting effect – like this one, which lets us focus on different parts of the same flower. While this is only a quick effect which was created on my mobile, I like the idea of mixing two or three images together in one photograph – a bit like a collage perhaps. I’m wondering how else I can play around with this, with various colours and themes – although for now, I’ll probably keep it simple and see what works!

Presenting…a daisy in three stages : )

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