Thursday, 21 October 2021
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Sunday, 17 October 2021
Tomatoes and peppers
Looking back to summer. That's not long ago. A week?
The rains finally started and so winter-autumn? began. Autumn I'd say. It's still not cold and until the rain set in the beach bars were open and holiday makers were swimming.
Over the last few days the earth has finally had a really good drenching. Olive and lemon trees have perked up and that lush green clover has appeared seemingly overnight.
Before all these changes we had the grandkids here for an overnighter. The next morning they made pancakes and nutella, heaps of toast and marmite and then took over the preparation for lunch.
Hollowing out tomatoes wasn't the best part of it but cleaning the green peppers was ok
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Saturday, 9 October 2021
Revenge of a vicious piranha. Or maybe it was a savage shark. Only they weren't sharks or piranhas, just a band of tiddlers. And they were out for flesh and blood.
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
.Our holiday is over now. We are home and back into the daily routine. The clothes have all been washed and some of them have even been ironed. It's almost time for changeover, summer to winter. Almost. The weather is still warm though I've put a duvet on the bed. Nights are chilly.
So here are a few last photos from our holiday.
Monday, 4 October 2021
Our english neighbour brought an unexpected gift
Monday, 27 September 2021
All quiet on the Western Front.
No news of marauding Turks, wildfires, nuclear subs, border walls, viruses or yet another wife killing, 10 so far this year.
The cafeteria doesn't open till 9 so no use getting up early. Capuccino and cheese pies to look forward to.
Yes, we are on holiday. My traditional Greek man, and me, are getting some r &r so he doesn't add another wife to those statistics.
We are back at the Naval resort. One week of absolute relaxation. The restaurant has a good variety of cheap food. The rooms have been cleaned and disinfected. No housework, though I did sweep the sand off the floor yesterday.
The beach has umbrellas and sun-beds and pedaloes and canoes for the very active. WiFi is a bit spotty but I have a collection of books and magazines.
The weekend was busy. The beach filled up with active personal, families in tow. Now it's just the hardy, the retired and the retiring. This is the last week before it closes for the winter. It's quiet. Almost too quiet for traditional Greek men who seek discourse and dispute.
The sea water is cold until you can make that first dunk. Then its glorious.
The only sounds are from the groups of Greek ladies bobbing in the sea whose shrill voices carry a very long way over the water.
Saturday, 18 September 2021
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
The Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross
In the Greek Orthodox church this is one of the big feast days. But not in the way of eating. It's a day of strict fasting, like Good Friday. No oil and absolutely no, meat, fish, eggs or dairy. Too bad if it's your name day. You'll be celebrating with grilled octopus and squid and sharing out almond cakes and dark chocolate with nuts. But, there's no limit on the ouzo, wine and raki.
We ate liver and onions.
K, although a very traditional greek, is exempted from these rules and regulations for health reasons.
My sister in law went to the little church at the end of the harbour with a bunch of basil and brought back Holy water to sprinkle round the house. Everyone takes basil to church on this day. It's a holy plant because when Empress Helena discovered the true cross there was a basil plant growing there.
In older days and even now the good greek housewife will place her blessed bunch of holy basil in a basin of water, leave it to soak for a few days and make sourdough starter from the liquid. Don't bother if you're a young woman and it's your time of the month. It won't work, so they say.
Schools opened on the 13th. All my younger grandchildren have to do covid tests twice a week until they are vaccinated and wear masks during lessons. They are allowed to take them off during breaks and gym out in the yard.
They are all down on the list to be vaccinated and hopefully that will happen this week. At least they won't then need to do those twice weekly tests.
Friday, 10 September 2021
Wednesday, 8 September 2021
Another view of Teacher's Island, Daskalio. There are other islands with similar names all over Greece. They were the out of the way venues for secret schools during the hundreds of years of Turkish occupation when it was illegal to teach the Greek language or history.
Friday, 3 September 2021
Angela, the rains are a coming! The ants are out in force. They are scooping up any crumb they can find and the tiny little red ones are getting very aggressive. Their bite stings and there's a fierce slapping of arm or leg. Rain has been forecast for northern Greece from tomorrow and it may rain here on Sunday. The ants say there will definitely be rain.
Up further North in the city of Katerini a warehouse of oregano was destroyed by fire. 40 tons of oregano. I wonder if you can get high on oregano fumes. I find it difficult to get my mind around 40 tons of the stuff. Oregano is light weight. How big was the warehouse.
Our national tennis hero Stephanos Tsitsipas has blackened his reputation lately. In the early stages of the Covid crisis he was the leading man in the ad campaign, wear your mask , keep your distance and stay home. Now he has publicly said that he hasn't been vaccinated and won't unless he's forced to. He says he's young and fit and eats healthily and won't catch it. You'd think he would just keep his mouth shut but he and his father kept the story going for days . Being young and healthy isn't going to keep him safe if someone with the virus coughs in his face. It didn't help at all when Greece is trying its best to get everyone vaccinated.
Now he's in the news again for taking long toilet breaks during international tennis matches. One opponent, on camera accused him of taking his phone with him and consulting his Papa who is his coach. The camera swung around to where his Papa was sitting and there he was texting on his phone. He lost the match by the way.
Playing against Andy Murray in New York he took a 9 minute break. He later took another long loo break, halted the game to change rackets and then had a medical time-out. These major players are not amused. It breaks their rythym, which is probably what he wants. He was booed at the US Open after another break playing Adrian Mannarino.
Foreign firefighters who helped put out Greece's wild fires this summer have been given vouchers to return and enjoy a holiday in Greece. There were hundreds of firemen fighting the fires , from 11 EU countries and 12 non -EU. Last week we watched on the news as a convoy of Romanian firetrucks left for home. They got cheered all along the way.
And last but never least there have been 6 cases of the new variant of Covid 19 reported in Greece. MU, first appeared in Colombia back in January and has now been found in 39 countries.
Thursday, 2 September 2021
Looks like we have internet . It was a bit patchy yesterday but good enough let us do all the online work that had to be finished. We paid the phone bill as well, now they have finally got us functioning again.
When at a fish taverna, order fish