Monday 13 November 2017

In the Eye of a Storm

Zeus threw at us everything thing on hand up there on Mount Olympus.   Forked lightning flashed across the sky,  terrible ear splitting thunder bolts crashed around us. Violent sheets of rain swept across the balcony, smashing into the lemon trees and destroying the newly planted lettuces.

Our storms are getting named now .  This one is Evridiki or in english, Eurydice.  She has already flooded Corfu (Kerkyra) and killed an english tourist.

Half an hour later the storm had passed over and the sun came out again.

Ηalf an hour was enough for some of us to wish they had been elsewhere.  Stuck down on Poros town.   Unable to return home.   Having to make the most of this sudden incarceration with a glass of tsipouro and a plate of fried innards.

Some find comfort in offal, others make a warming pot of soup with hot chili peppers to warm the cockles of their heart

Yiourvalakia  -   meat balls full of rice and parsley in a tangy egg and lemon sauce

A greek lemon squeezer.  Cut the lemon in half, stick in your fork , twist and squeeze.  This is the way to get every last drop of juice.

The Athens Classic Marathon

The Marathon was won by three Kenyan runners, the first coming in at 2 hours 12 minutes and 17 seconds.   The first female runner  was from Ethiopia, followed by two Kenyans.  

The first greeks came in  8th, 9th and 10th.  After the Kenyans received their medals,  the greeks were then awarded as Panhellenic (Greek National) Champions.  The 3rd place winner was so exhausted he had to hauled on to the winners stand and then promptly threw up, as shown live on our TV screens.


Poros had its heroes too.  Vasilis  arrived at the stadium after 3 1/2 hours.  His training runs take him up Mount Olypmus when Zeus (known here as Dias) is in one of his better moods.

Bravo Vasilis
 - και εις ανωτερα  
-  that's the way to go 

6 men and one woman from Poros took part in the Marathon.  Bravo to them all.


  1. I’m sorry about the damage to your gardens. But not very sorry you had to suffer in town and have a nice meal and some tsiporo lol
    Zeus is a moody old man. Even on the day we were at the original Olympic stadiaum it was a beautiful clear day but he was still throwing down his lightening bolts. From a clear sky!

    1. Actually I had a look at the lettuces this morning and they seem to have perked. Maybe they're not all washed out.
      I love the idea of Zeus and his thunderbolts!

  2. What a nice way to find comfort in the middle of a storm.

    1. My husband's mind always go to wine or raki and his favourite fried snack on a rainy day!

  3. I guess you know it's serious when they give storms names. Just cold and miserable here!

    1. The sun is out today but rain and storms forecast for all the country all week. Something different. I like the change