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In 2001, my husband Alan and I bought a small house in the back streets of Kritsa, a hillside village in the east of Crete. Our breath-taking view looks out across cluttered rooftops, a huge church, olive groves, and the distant sea, all framed by the Thripti Mountains.
Of course, at that time, our thoughts went no further than a few weeks holiday per year, with a vague hope that ‘one day’ we might spend more time in Crete. We never imagined just how life changing our decision would be.
Shortly after this, my job became redundant so I decided to use short-term Human Resources (HR) contracts to fund long breaks in the sun. This extra time in Crete provided opportunity to explore the countryside, legends, and customs to gain inspiration for creative writing. As a regular contributor to Crete related forums, I finally decided time was right to tackle a novel.
Luckily for me, this coincided with the opportunity to watch a fellow Kritsa resident, the English sculptor Nigel Ratcliffe, work on his beautiful stone monument dedicated to ‘Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa. Along with her rebel comrades, Kritsotopoula fought against Ottoman oppression in 1823. This carving became my ‘muse’ as I researched and wrote my first novel.
In 2014, we took another life enhancing decision, and I gave up contracting to allow us to split life between both countries. Although it is lovely to spend time with family and friends in the UK, it is while we are in Kritsa that we enjoy a real sense of community.
Let me know if you have questions about buying property in Crete, life as an ex pat, visiting and exploring the east of the island. I even know where to buy Marmite!
I hope this site will allow me to share my love of Crete, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Ooo, I almost forgot, I should introduce you to my brave girl, just click on the book cover below: