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Friday, 17 April 2020

Good Orthodox Friday

The strictest day of fasting in the Orthodox calendar.
K peels endless small, boiled shrimp.  He eats a handful at lunchtime with boiled potatoes, tomatoes, olives and a slice of bread.



Even olive oil is off the menu today and this is one day that he drinks no alcohol.

A very quiet day.  We are well away from the big churches in town so we did not hear the slow toll of the bells all day long, in mourning for Christ.  There was no candlelight parade through town this evening, no church service in the central square.

We  went out today in the car for the first time in a month.  We dumped a car load of garden rubbish and then did a quick tour of town, with ID cards and permit papers on hand.  There were people out and about, especially up where we live and groups walking along the harbour road.  All getting their daily exercise?  There were no police checks.

From tomorrow at 9pm till Easter Monday at 9pm all fines are doubled for non essential travel to discourage groups of easter revellers. 


Tomorrow is Saturday of Easter.  There will be no gatherings to receive the holy light at midnight and we will eat our tripe soup alone.  And so begins a very quiet Orthodox easter weekend

19 comments:

  1. Eventually, this will be just a memory. Meanwhile, you do what you have to do.

    And of course, you hope your country has loads of Chinese tourists come later this summer, to help your Tourist Industry.

    I don't have any issue with the Chinese people. It's the Totalitarian Government, that allowed this COVID-19, to become loose on the world. Not the people. It's never the people.

    Stay safe
    💛🌼💛🌼💛

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    1. It's a pleasurable memory for me, the first peaceful Easter in 45 odd years

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  2. For over a month now I haven't passed the 100 yards allowed here. I seem to have gotten used to it.

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    1. Yes you do get used to staying home.
      It was a bit of a disappointment going down to town. Nothing to see. Just nice to get rid of the rubbish

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  3. Wishing you a happier Easter for next year xxx

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    1. Thank you so much....cross fingers, touch wood and spit on me three times!!

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  4. oh I am a huge seafood fan I would be eating the shrimp too.

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    1. I made a proper potato salad with it, mayo and all. Very nice when someone else has done all the work

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  5. Hopefully next year will be a better one
    May your all stay well
    Kali anastasie xx

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    1. Pst don't tell anyone but I am going to enjoy this peaceful few days. Boy is it different from last year

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  6. Surely, you're not still on Easter; it's almost Christmas here!

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    1. Christmas, whoa, wait on, we've got a trillion other celebrations before that!

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  7. I spoke to a friend the other day who said she was getting so used to staying home, she didn't think she would go out again even when we are allowed to. Enjoy your very quiet Easter :) xx

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    1. I could easily live like this too. Even now the doorbell rings too much but at least they don't come in so my house can be in any old shape.
      And thanks, I will enjoy it. Us and the birds and cats

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  8. My SIL has done an Easter Day celebration for 48 years without missing a year. Over the years the numbers she has catered for have grown and grown. She said it was bliss, her first ever quiet Easter. I expect she will be back to it next year though but in the meantime she has enjoyed the one quiet Easter in her life.

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  9. Boy oh boy. She has courage . The universe is looking out for her. She damn well needs a rest

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    1. I only noticed your reply to Wisp with your 45 years you're up there with her and SIL doesn't have all the other festivals you have. Mind you she said last year after all the preparation she barely ate any herself, she didn't feel like it!

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    2. Yeh, I'm usually exhausted by then. A glass of wine and a cigarette is more what I want.
      At least everyone usually helps cleans up the immediate mess.

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