Thursday, 5 April 2018
A mixed sort of day. Traditionally it is for dyeing red eggs and doing the last of the cleaning. On our way down to pick up some of the grandchildren and a couple of their friends we stopped off at the supermarket. On this busy day when most of the island was in the store shopping I chose to trip on the curb and fall flat on my back. Hell. Took some strong men to haul me back up again. It is the second time I've done this but at least this time I didn't hit my head or even strain anything. Just hurt pride godammit. News spreads fast on a small island so I got a few phone calls over the next hour. Yes, I'm in one piece.
Gonna have to work on that 'picking myself up' bit.
Sorted out the kids and got them to do a bit of work. Here are the two boys planting the flowers and vegetables I bought yesterday. They did a great job
Planting the pansies
I left the girls to it. Told them to read the instructions which they did
I boiled all the eggs last night so they needed to be placed in the pot of dye and then taken out and polished with olive oil.
After all that hard work we fed them a Lenten meal of macaroni (spaghetti) with prawns in tomato sauce and more of that green fizzy concoction which they only get a Nana's house
60 glossy red eggs. That wasn't enough so I just dyed another 20.
The cookies we baked on Wednesday have all been given away so I'll need to bake another batch on Saturday.
Tomorrow is Good Friday. No cleaning, baking, dyeing or whitewashing. The shops don't open until after 10am when Christ will be taken off the cross and placed on his flower bedecked bier in each of the four main churches, plus the church of Agios Mantheos where those following the old church calendar meet to pray. The Old Calendarists follow the Julian calendar which is 13 days behind the Gregrorian.
My day ended on a high note. K went off to church to listen to the long evening service. Tonight is the reading of the Twelve Gospels after which the women stay behind and decorate Christ's bier with garlands of flowers. I dyed the last of the eggs and sat down in my comfy armchair to relax and watch Episode 1 of Season 3 of the Durrells and their life on Corfu. Entertaining and English! Perfect ending.