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Monday, 13 February 2017

Winter-scape

February on a Greek island.  Wet and cold but with signs of spring.  


The almond trees are in full blossom


There are clumps of spring flowers in the fields



The rosemary bush is in full purple-flower




Selling honey at the Friday market.  The wind is blowing in off the sea and the mountains opposite.  Not many buyers today.



A few more stalls than the Monday market.  There were five altogether.  Lots of citrus fruit and greens but not much else.  



Down at the Happy Chairs cafe there really is no choice but to sit outside.  There are three tables inside, each surrounded by a haze of cigarette smoke.  Out in the open-air each cafe is surrounded by plastic 'curtains' and here the two gas heaters have been going since early morning.  

13 comments:

  1. That looks like my sort of life only in Greece instead of Norfolk. I just lit the fire and put the tea on and poured a glass of wine. If I could turn it all upside down I would be in Greece, sitting outside that cafe with my woolly hat and feeling quite content with whatever it is they are drinking and going home with a jar of honey. We don't have many signs of Spring here but I know other parts of England do. I am happy with whatever we get here. Thanks for the post, I enjoyed it and the pictures.

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  2. I'm sure you'd fit in just fine here especially with your woolly hat. It's blowing a gale right now as it is in your place too I heard. A lot of people were sitting outside drinking wine, very noisily. I stayed home and lit the fire like you and enjoyed a wine and a good book. I'm reading Dervla Murphy's book about her, and your, train journey across Russia. What a woman and what a history. Not many women alone would have made the journey as you did. You've an adventurous spirit

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  3. Almond trees here also in full bloom,like Rachel i thought that there are a lot of things similar here.And like you i think that Rachel is a brave woman:)

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    1. Our lives are indeed so similar. Weather is more extreme, wherever we live, people celebrate, sing and love and dance and eat and drink. Traditions differ, people are the same.
      Israel and Greece have a lot in common, the Irish people have a joyful love of life, the old Dutch life was so much like Greece here some years ago and more and more

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  4. I re=read the book when I got home.

    It is very cold here tonight.

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  5. I like how you chronicle and capture every day life and the changing seasons on your Greek Island. I could do with some of that honey.

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    1. Runny honey and you can taste the different areas the hive were located, in the pine forest, on a thyme filled hillside or in the orange groves

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  6. Just googled weather for Poros 14 and sunny on Wednesday.
    So would boil inside happy chairs cafe with heating😀.
    Will be the mad one in a t shirt sitting on the harbour wall feet dangling over the edge, with a carry out glass of wine, feeding the fish bread and looking across to Galata's.

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    1. I was going to disagree. It was 9o and freezing but woke up to sun and indeed a prediction of 14o. If the wind dies down we will be drinking coffee in the sun.
      LOL it always make me smile the way tourists come out wearing t-shirts while the Greeks are bundled up in jackets and scarves.

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  7. I think everyone has now had enough of Winter. Roll on Spring!

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    1. Indeed. Even I who enjoys the winter has had enough.

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  8. How I love those little glimpses of Spring. I am really looking forward to watching your year unfold. Here the sky is blue and the sun is shining, but we are still knee deep in mud. Even my Wellingtons are getting tired of it all.

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    1. I'm looking forward to spring but July and august I prefer to forget for the moment.
      Glad we don't have mud. Nasty dirty stuff lol

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