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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Summer Shots

No, not those sort of shots.  Photos.  Of a Poros summer



The trata, fishing boat, has just laid a long line, illegally, in our little bay and has to sit around for a few hours before bringing it in.


Now and again the Port Police come down for an inspection but rarely when these boats are laying nets or lines inside the bay





Alfa is making the best beer this year according to local 'experts'.  Well brewed and well rested, if that's the right terminology.  A lager with 5% alcohol with a Greek name, brewed in Athens, light gold colour and rich foam.  I have been reading the advert as you can see. 



The most popular Greek iced coffee.  A simple frappe (should have an accent over the 'e' but I can't find it on the keyboard), made with instant nescafe and lots of iced water, sugar and milk if you want it




A pot of basil in the trunk of a tree on the beach, looks like it is planted in a Sol beer cooler



How I pass my time at the beach.  I have been ploughing through that Bruce Chatwin biography for months.  Finally finished it yesterday.  Certainly a weird guy.  An extraordinary life.  The bio goes into some graphic detail of his gay lifestyle, a little more than I really wanted to know



The manager of the beach bar down below us after the Full Moon party.  I'm surprised he let me take his photo.  The party went on till 6.30am and we were down there at 10am for coffee and a swim with the grandkids.  Looks like he must have been doing a massive clean-up in time for re-opening, no time to sleep or shave.


Great party apparently.  Pieces of broken glass we picked up from around our table



Cocoa-cola has a summer competition, 90 free holidays up for grabs. I enter the code from every can of this stuff I drink (which isn't much) but no luck yet. 



Not famous but obviously rich.  He parked his big Mercedes illegally opposite the cafeteria and sat down with his, not one, but two 'girl friends', to enjoy a coffee by the sea.  We watched with interest when the police came along and made him move the car, which he did immediately and very good naturedly.  One law for all this time.





What most sunbathers do between swims.  Phone or ipod




On a blustery day you can literally sunbathe in the sea (because the beach is so narrow)


Or try some windsurfing


15th August on the island of Tinos.  Those saying 'thank you' for the intervention of the Virgin Mary or asking for her blessing literally crawl from the harbor to the church



Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για tinos 15th august crawLING TO CHURCH


I have turned on the TV for a marathon 5 hour coverage of the service, parade of the icon and blessings taking place today on the island of Tinos.  It's always interesting to see the pomp and ceremony.

Every so often this coverage is cut to show the wildfires raging north of Athens.  Yesterday the wind was blowing our way and the horizon was white with smoke, the smell of burning in the air.



21 comments:

  1. Sea,sun and beer, you have every thing.

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    1. Too much sun but must not complain! It is a good life

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  2. You live an amazing life LA. The Alfa beer sounds good. I drank a brilliant Czech beer in Bratislava called Bernard. It was only a Euro a pint. How much is the Alfa beer?

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    1. There are quite a few decent greek beers this year. One which Ill mention sometime is from the volcanic island of santorini and is filtered through volcanic rock or some such thing.
      A six pack of Alfa is around 4.50 euros

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  3. I read the Bruce Chatwin autobiography (may not be the same as your one because you describe it as a biography) and at the end of it I regret to say I did not like him. In fact I wish I had never read it!

    The crawling to the church thing I have seen on the television. It looks amazing. When I was at school we used to go to a Catholic shrine on Ascension Day and many used to walk the holy mile bare foot; that was nothing compared to the crawling.

    The Full Moon partying was good for business.

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    1. This was a biography, over 300 pages. I have been reading it off and on for months and was glad to get to the end of the bloody thing. I didn't like him by the end either and I wish the book had been one third the size. It gives graphic details of his gay sex life amongst other things. Really more than I neede to know. He used everyone from the Patagonians to his wife. How she stood by him I do not know. Finished and hopefully forgotten.
      That beach bar makes damn good money during the few months it is open, and they give receipts with just about everything. They know how to entertain the young beach crowd.

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    2. Indeed, re. Chatwin, and the betrayal of people of which he seemed proud made me dislike him and never want to read another word he had written.

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  4. Another piece of your life, thanks again for sharing! It is familiar and odd at the same time to see a Greek Coke can. -Jenn

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    1. Mmm coke in greek! I suppose they have it in chinese and russian and ethiopian and.......

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  6. Looks like the perfect spot to spend your days, sea views and sunshine :)
    The beach bar is a hopping joint, I bet the owner loves all the customers.
    Thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. The beach bar usually has a cool breeze and lots of action. Good place to spend a few hours with a camera and a book

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  7. Yes we have been getting reports of the fires too. They look so bad. But we hear no loss of life. So that's good
    The sun looks lovely. We are still so cold Enjoy the sunshine xx

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    1. A cool breeze the last few days so has been enjoyable. Not good when it fans fires though.

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  8. Are you trying to make us all jealous? You have succeeded.

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    1. The good side of summer! Wish I didn't have to cook or clean in this heat.

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  9. Oooooooooooh another photo of MY deckchair!. Have the spring one in a clipframe in my bedroom. May need to acquire this one too!. Get it enlarged in Boots n frame it too!.If that's ok.😀

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  10. Ye gods and little fishes as you say!.
    Photo of rich man and his girlfriends brings back memories...
    A long time ago sitting in a taverna in Poros opposite super yachts/boats.
    4 of us reall scruffy shorts t shirts sweaty drinking barrelling wine, had the view of a super oat in front of us, 2 model type ladies all in white with sun parasols being served hand and foot.
    Well we were entertained about how rich and famous live, commenting daddy must be rich or a sugar daddy for about an hour. Middle aged guy asked to join us and laughed with us drinking our wine Well after a while he said was his boat and he had not had such a laugh for a long time!. Ground could have swallowed us up!.
    He invited us on board for champagne and nibbles, what a fab afternoon!. He sent the models shopping!.
    He was Russian ,perfect English.

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    1. Russians are the rich of Europe. You should have gone shopping with the models, open ended credit card!

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  11. No would have not swapped the experience!.from barrel wine to expensive champagne and caviar on tiny crackers!.on a billion pound plus super yacht!.
    The old guy to us was so down to earth.

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  12. Firstly the beer cooler is the best! ;)

    I could do with a frappe right now, no milk. although I did try a sip with condensed milk in once. not too bad

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