Saturday, 8 April 2017
Spring/easter Clean up
The weeks before Easter are a time to clean up the inside of the house and spruce up yards and whitewash walls. Housewives beat the carpets, wash heavy winter blankets, clean windows and get rid of scary cobwebs. I am not a good greek housewife.
No time for housework during Holy Week. Tuesday is baking Easter koulourakia day, Thursday is dyeing-red-egg day. On Good Friday it is not 'done' to do housework. It is a day of mourning. Monday and Wednesday are days for visiting god children and giving easter presents and making tsoureki, the sweet easter bread.
Elli doing a spot of whitewashing last year. She will be whitewashing the walls around their home down on Poros tomorrow.
Messy whitewashing. The walls gleam as they dry and what is spilled on the flag stones comes off after a quick wash and rub with a broom
Meanwhile, someone else was varnishing the wood round and under the roof
We employed a young Albanian lad to come and pull out all the weeds in the back garden and dig the big vegetable plot. It was hard work digging. The ground was dry despite our almost daily April showers.
What a difference a day makes. The back yard is finally free of weeds and most of the rubbish
This is some of the metal, wood and treasures removed from the back yard. There is more but now 'just around the edges'.
A final sweep of our back yard sitting-area. There is still a pile of old metal pipes on the left side but the worst has been removed...forever