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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

WOYWW #318

So here it is, the after holiday edition! We had a fabulous 10 days in Crete, coming home just as the cash crisis started kicking in. This was the view from our balcony- glorious.

We hired a quad bike, and had a few days exploring the island.

 One thing I did struggle with was the heat- and walking any distance. Spent most of my time gasping for air like a fish out of water.

A great many cocktails were harmed in the enjoying of this holiday!This particular bar was especially ace- cocktails were buy one, get one free.

My poor neglected desk only contains some stuff that arrived whilst we were away. Nice to come home to some goodies.

A few Tim Holtz stencils, and one from Paper Artsy (thank you for the enabling, Helen, lol).
 I thought I might try my hand at some art journalling in the near future, so these seemed like a good start. I've also been acquiring some Tim Holtz Distress Stains, and I already have a drawer full of assorted Acrylic paints.

 Visible Image released some new stamps the day we were going away, so I ordered these before we left.  Beloved Hubby is a big Zombie fan!

 Got these number stamps really cheap on E-bay.

The colouring book was from the Works, and I got some Black Gesso, and some multi-medium online.

So thats the desk- I'm still waiting now for an appointment to see the specialist at the QE. He will definitely be the one doing the surgery, apparently, because it's attached to my tailbone, its major, major surgery. Trust me eh? Never do anything by halves! It also means Sid will end up being permanent- not my perfect solution, but better than the alternative. I've updated my cancer page, with a full explanation of why, if anyone wants to full info. So, you can leave now and check out more desks around the world, courtesy of our lovely leader, Julia, at The Stamping Ground. I will leave you with a few more holiday pics, if you have the time to spare. :).

It's a pint mug of Coke, honestly!

Warning: Man eating Octopus.

Man enjoying the sunshine.

This was the view coming down a mountain road- a bit hairy on a quad bike, with no guard rails around the hairpin bends.

Just look at the size of the flower spike on that Aloe!

                                                       A hungry Hubby waiting for his dinner.

This was the view from the restaurant we were sat in.


Peg Robinson said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation. But really, what was in that coke? lol Sorry to hear about the surgery stuff. Never pleasant. Love all the new goodies. Hope you get to use them all soon. Peg R

Lynda Beazley said...

Hi Shaz
Glad you had a wonderful holiday. We love Greece and have been a few times now. I am very tempted by your new stencils. They will be great for your journalling. Sorry to hear about the surgery, you can rage about it in your journal if you want to.
Lynda B No 8

Helen said...

It's my very great pleasure.... hope you get to enjoy using it soon. Also hope the date for the surgery comes through soon, you know what they say, the sooner it's done, the sooner you can start recovering.. The holiday looks and sounded brilliant. xx Helen 2, xx

Virginia said...

Looks like you are having a fabulous time! Love the zombie stamps you've bought too!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Fab pics from your holiday...that aloe flower spike is amazing!! I didn't realise they grew as big as that!
Lovely bit of new stash to come home to as well....you'll have fun playing with those :-)
Take care, lovely and I'll call you next week after we've come back from holiday/seeing my dad.
Hugs, LLJ 9 xxx

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Shaz, I'm as so pleased you had a wonderful holiday, with lots of positives learnt. So know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go for the next surgery...in the meantime...plenty of new pieces to play with I see, have fun Hugs RobynO#11

Neet said...

Tried to keep up with you as much as I could through FB but good to see some piccies on here.
I am sure all that sunshine and the cocktails (you must be pickled by now) have set you up in readiness for your op.
Thoughts, prayers and heaps of love are with you as you prepare and go for your surgery. Hope you have someone ready to keep us up to date with how you go on once it is all happening.

Lots of Love, Neet 18 xx

Barb said...

It looks as if you had a great holiday. That was some way to travel around - what great fun. I enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos. How nice to come home to new stash. Have a lovely day. Barb #16 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Marvellous - everywhere you look theres a view and everywhere there's a fabulous sky, so glad you had such a good escape. Loved following the cocktail choices on FB! Wasnt able to get commenting on the puny broadband last week, but loved you pics of Download. Apart from the mud. But its all a gamble here, huh!
I hope you don't have to wait to much longer, I'm pretty sure the mental stability is always shaken by the waiting. That of course depends entirely on whether you have any mental stability.

My name is Cindy said...

Sounds like you two had fun (and a LOT of cocktails!). Things are getting tough out there though. And that Helen really is an enabler.... HAppy WOYWW Cindy #24

Twiglet said...

Best of luck with that op. I hope that surgeon works his magic and puts it right for you. PS I love Crete too. x jo

jan spencer said...

Lovely Holiday pics, and how lovely to come home to new goodies.
Those Aloe spikes do grow huge but I think they die afterwards!
So sorry to hear you have to have surgery. Jan x no 31

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

DearShaz thanks so much for popping over already and so glad you posted today, looked a few days back but must have been too early.
So glad you had a really enjoyable holiday away a apart fro the heat, it can be enervating can't it?? And good you eat the credit crises too, think it will be hard for them.
Those stencils look really great, and pray for your sake that you get a date ASAP for the surgery, and also pray for wisdom and understanding, beyond measure for the surgeon and all who are caring for you dear Shaz. I actually found it hard to work out where your updates are on your cancer page. Wasn't on computer thoguh. Maybe that's it,
Happy WOYWW, thanks for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x #5

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Christine said...

What a wonderful place for a holiday! I love Crete but PJ is not too keen.
Stay strong, my friend we are with you in spirit.

Bishpsmate #34

Nannie4 said...

Thanks for sharing those fabulous photos! I love that I get to see the wonderful places that deskers get to. Greece does look absolutely beautiful. The HH and I drove through the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. the roads are switch-back and so I know what you mean about hairpin turns!! Great new stash for you, too. I look forward to snooping at your art journaling. ;) I must say that I'm having fun with it. Off to check out your cancer page update. Happy WOYWW, and do have fun with your new playthings.
Nann4 # 35

Annie said...

Hi Shaz. I've enjoyed seeing your holiday pics on Facebook and am glad now that you are all recharged in readiness for the next big challenge you have to face. I really hope all goes well at the hospital and they get your surgery done asap. Stay positive and give your body time to recover well....we will all be rooting for you along the way and sending you lots of positive vibes that your surgeon works his miracle.
Big hugs,
Annie x # 19

Elizabeth said...

Hi Shaz, love all your holiday shots both here and on Facebook ... it's been fun keeping up with your exploits on a quad bike. If I ever go to Crete, I'll be sure to persuade the EM to hire one too :) And how nice to come back to some crafty goodies - love the look of those stencils. Caught up with your cancer diary too. I can identify with the need to always be within shouting distance of a toilet - it's a different condition but the effect is the same!!! Hope your appointment comes through soon and that you are whipped in for surgery 'toot sweet' ... the sooner it's over the better :) Hugs, Elizabeth x #36

Kristiina Majuri said...

Love your holidaypictures, glad you had a good time!
Happy woyww :)
Kristiina #21

Anne said...

Oooohhhh looks like a wonderful holiday - well deserved as well. Glad you had a lovely time. Sorry to hear about the surgery. Will keep you in my prayers. Anne x

Kelly said...

Lovely vacation. So happy you guys had some time to explore a bit. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers! Creative Blessings! Kelly #41

Ali H said...

Hi Shaz so glad you had a brilliant holiday & tried to pump cash back into the Greek economy via the innovative cocktail method - I think the European Minsters should adopt this as official EU policy !! I have that Paperartsy stencil& love it! Every best wish for your op, will remember you in my prayers - do let us know how you get on as I'll be thinking about you! Ali #12

Diane Baker-Williams said...

So glad you enjoyed your getaway! Lovely pics, especially the drinks! Man eating octopus gave me a chuckle. The zombie stamps look fun! Thank you for stopping by earlier. Diane #39

Lisca Meijer said...

Looks like you had a fab holiday in Crete! Thanks for posting the photos.
Hmm it's hot too here. We go out on the scooter and it's like driving into a hot hair dryer, takes your breath away!
Isn't it nice to come home to some nice mail and goodies! Great stamps. And those numbers are going to be very useful. I'm always looking for large numbers and often end up printing them from the computer and fussy cutting...
Have a great week,(Hopefully.... I haven't had the chance to catch up on the cancer diary)
Thanks for stopping at mine already,

StampinCarol said...

Enjoyed seeing your vacation photos! I know I'll never go to Crete so is fun seeing it through your eyes. I've ate octopus but was not impressed. Fun stamps an stencils! Hope you have a great rest of the week!
Carol N #38

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

So glad to see you had a great holiday. Love those TH numbers :-)

Fiona #46

Shoshi said...

Oh Shaz, I am so glad you had such a great time in Crete! You both look very relaxed in the sun, enjoying your cocktails and such! You so deserve a nice break before you embark on the major surgery you are facing. I'll hop over and read your cancer page update in a mo. Thanks for your lovely comment and how well you understand what this is like!!! The idea, though, of it taking a YEAR to recover from the effects of the chemo is not something I relish at all - I had no idea it could take that long! It's a major onslought on the system, isn't it. Feeling slightly better this a.m. (so far... - it can change in a minute, as you know!) so I'm going to try and do a few jobs today but will probably run out of energy again before I can do anything creative!

Hang in there - we'll all get through this, won't we, and thank goodness for our lovely hubbies who support us through it all so well!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #42

sandra de said...

Looks like you had an absolutely beautiful holiday and well deserved. Gorgeous stencils and I think you are going to love art journalling and the results will be amazing. All the best with the next specialist appointment.
sandra de @32

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Ho ho ho, is every husband a zombie fan?!? Mine most certainly is! Love those numbers too. Thanks for your lovely comments on my busy book blog :-)

Ohhh Snap said...

I'm so glad you had a fabulous vacation! I haven't been to create since 1967ish (I was a mere tween so it's all a bit blurry). What a fun bar that serves sparklers with beverages and banana boats! Lovely goodies. If it's Zombies you are after, check out Zombie Casanova (from Stampers Anonymous). It's a personal favorite. Keeping you in my thoughts #48

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Hi Shaz, I think I'm your latest follower, although I've been reading your blog for a long while now as I love your cards and artwork. . I'm fairly new to the whole blogging thing but Im loving every minute of it. Your holiday pics are fabulous and I'm really pleased that you were ae to take some time away before your surgery. I wish you all the very best for the time ahead and a speedy recovery. X