Sunday 30 August 2020
Thursday 27 August 2020
On our way down the steep hill to the bay below we pass this small church dedicated to Agia (female saint) Paraskevi. She specialises in the healing of the eyes. Her fiesta is midsummer, 26th July. The celebration attracts crowds, though not as many as in days of yore when families would sleep out under the trees so they could attend the evening and the early morning service. It was a night and day of religion and revelling.
Wednesday 26 August 2020
Our partial lockdown has ended. However, bars, tavernas, cafeterias and the like must close at midnight, no more than 4 at a taverna/ cafe table but we no longer wear masks in the car and in public places.
I went out shopping for the first time in weeks. Poros might not have its usual August crowds but there were people about, drinking coffee, buying bread and beer, docking their yachts, coming to a screeching halt in the middle of the road to talk to friends and filling the sun chairs at the beaches. It was a hot and summery day, just a little quieter than normal in midsummer
Saturday 22 August 2020
Thursday 20 August 2020
Tuesday 18 August 2020
15th August is the biggest holiday of the Greek year and even with the virus, anyone who could, returned to their village for this huge religious celebration. The islands are a popular place to visit in August because so many of them have churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary and their fiestas, used to, go on for days and nights.
On the island of Kefalonia, over on the Italian side of Greece there is a little church where harmless snakes suddenly appear just before the Feast of the Dormition.
Saturday 15 August 2020
Friday 14 August 2020
Thursday 13 August 2020
Monday 10 August 2020
We have become the lepers of the Saronic Gulf. 30 positive cases of covid-19 and another 130 people awaiting the results of their tests. 400 cars left on Saturday filled with holiday makers.The Mayor of the next door island, Aegina, announced he doesn't want ships that stop at Poros docking on his island.
We had all the TV cameras down here interviewing the natives and asking if tourists were going to cut their stay short. Of course they all said yes. We will probably be front page news again once the test results come out though very bad flooding on the island of Evia and turkish leader Erdogan's latest antics did kick us into 3rd place yesterday.
Last week we had a hawk circling our house, and the immediate area, for days on end. A beautiful bird, lovely to watch but he screeched non-stop. I can't see his screeching would be the ideal thing to do when hunting small creatures hiding in long grass unless he was trying to flush them out. I have heard that hawks bring bad news. I'm inclined to believe it.
Two days ago there were strange grey clouds behind the hills, billowing ominously up from the horizon. Cars began coming up from the beach below and 2 fire engines screamed past on the upper road, sirens blaring. It looked like smoke. No, said K who is never wrong. He rang our local councillor . Of course it wasn't smoke. He was right. But obviously many thought it was a fire at the back of the island. It was soon very clear it was fog which slowly came over from the back of the hills and crept down into the valley.
False alarm there.
Our little cul de sac has filled to more than its capacity, by my measurement! Our foreign neighbours have arrived, the house below us has been rented out, the navy officer at the end of the road has deserted ship to spend his leave here. Across the valley we have the woman who shrieks (instead of talking) with her brood at the family summer vacation house and the inheritors of the old house on the hillside are also here, for the long term it seems. I wonder if they are under house 'arrest' after a covid test. I used to be asked how I could live up in the hills with so few neighbours, out in the wilds. Ha, come and see us now.
I have to remind myself each time I back out that we have traffic. It is no longer my private road.
The corona-virus it seems was spread after a corona-pool-party. A rave up attended by the younger generation. I'm glad my tall grandson was away on the island of Paros. I hope he isn't going to any wild pool parties down there. Paros too has a couple of corona cases as do many of the islands. From zero daily cases at the end of June we went up yesterday to 250. Mostly the virus has been spread through wedding and baptism parties. Poros is not the only area in partial lockdown. A lawsuit has been taken out against 'parties unknown' who are responsible for the spread of the virus on the island.
We had rain. Two days of short showers and one nice long thunderstorm yesterday which watered the trees and revived the garden. It got rid of the hawk as well. It is still nice and cool today.
Most unusual for August and much appreciated. The sun is out today and the cicadas are in full chorus but there is a north wind bringing us relief. No unbearable heat or humidity.
I have been handsewing masks. I have cramp in my thumb and a hole in my finger. K wanted a couple which were longer than the commercial ones.
And again, I need a haircut.
On the news now. 40 more corona virus cases on Poros
Saturday 8 August 2020
Around town on the day before lockdown. We all knew it was coming so I masked up and dashed town into town, did essential business and dashed back again. These are the photos I took on that day