Coming here to the North of Kefalonia it always felt like I was coming home, arriving at the airport, the warm moist air enveloping me as I take the first step from the air conditioned cabin. The familiar face of Makis greeting me and taking my case to the taxi, the breathtaking views as we climb north driving ever higher. I have been coming twice a year now for 6 years, a long time for me but for others I have met here this is nothing, Some people have been coming to Kefalonia for 16-20 years or more. The farmhouse always held me, its wild gardens, olive groves, views across the ionian seas to Ithica, the wildlife, the chickens and goats, this was a sanctuary away from the deadlines and constant pressure that hounded me when back in the uk. Now that the pressure is off I wondered if returning to Kefalonia this time would feel different as I am no longer fleeing the pressure of trying to spin all the plates in the air, run a home, a business, staff, family issues and so on. Its doubly hard when there is nobody to share this burden with me. Designing interiors, mixing colours and textures, choosing original artworks, designing my own furniture pieces it gave me the best feeling in the world and I was in my element, but the procurement and installation , working along side architects, and building contractors and the male dominated construction industry who wouldnt know good design if it bit on the bum, all this side of designing took away that feeling completely. Even though I won awards and various accolades it just wasnt enough to keep me fighting the design battles anymore.
So her I am and pleased to say that the feelings, even though the first two weeks have been in the coldest ever apparently, haven’t changed a bit, I still love the island, well the norther part anyway, south more built up and busier. Guess the one thing that has changed is the longing to live here. For one ,I do not like the fierce summer heat, so July and August would be a definite no no for me and two, I have found the uk version of northern Kefalonia, its wildness, rugged cliffs and coves, forest and quiet windy roads where I feel drawn to make my permanent home. Still visiting Evreti, Kefalonia for 2-3 months each year I can have the best of both worlds, and still continue to travel and explore the uk and of course spend time manifesting creative objects into the world.
Of course with the advancing years, 70 last January, there is that little conumdrum of how much should I be spending? how long will my money have to last, how long will I be walking in this world? Something one never considers when younger, there is always decades to enjoy, thing to try out and if mistakes are made, plenty of time to put it right. Now though decisions seem more important to make as not time left to rectify anything. Do I say to myself another 15 years, divide it up and spend the said sum each year? Do I buy a house with an income, (holiday rental cottages} and run it as a small business? Guess I am lucky that my business was successful and have these kind of issues to contend with. I am not having the live on a uk state pension, the lowest in the whole of Europe! Actually there was no luck, I gave my all to my company, blood sweat and tears to make it successful! All I know is that this is whole new chapter in my life, one where for once I have the total freedom to choose, a real adventure awaits and I am very excited to watch each day unfolds and just where this path will take me
A few pics of the past weeks