Friday, 29 January 2021
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Don't any of you dare laugh, or else.
Those white dots are snow flakes.
A dark orange (Saharan sand) cloud hovered over us and for 5 minutes we had snow flurries.
Squeals of excitement. And it was over. The stuff melted immediately so those 17 flakes were all I managed to photo.
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
A humungus octopus.
Monday, 25 January 2021
Monday's we have a very small farmers market at the other end of town.
Saturday, 23 January 2021
Outdoor exercise is permitted, swimming in the sea, walking the dog and when you have tennis courts next door, as my daughter does, you can play a game or two. Mostly people around here walk, in pairs, in groups, on the road, along the coast and up the hills.
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
The sun came out, the wind died down. A marvellous day for walking beside the sea. I put on my mask, sent my SMS no. 6 for permission, made sure I had pockets for ID card and phone, put on jacket and gloves and off I went. Such a palaver.
Monday, 18 January 2021
Ooh baby it's cold out there.
There is snow falling all around us, so it seems, but up where we live it's just plain icy. I went out this morning to throw out yesterday's ashes, fill up the wood box and give my wild marmelade cat some biscuits but that's all.
I quickly put together dough for a loaf of bread and got some fasolatha, traditional bean soup, out of the freezer. The rest of the day has been spent toasting bits of bread and cheese in the oven of the wood fire, changing channels and sipping red wine.
And this is a photo taken from the house by the sea . A slightly different view from the blue skies of last week
Saturday, 16 January 2021
I didn't walk outside today. The icy storm from the north named Leandros, Leander to you, reached us in the early hours of the morning .
I lit the wood fire at 10am. The house was cold and damp. Now it's warm and cosy.
We have stacks of wood around the room and are all ready to hunker down for a few days. It's snowing in the northern suburbs of Athens.
I made chicken soup and we had a few glasses of red wine. It's television and crochet time.
Thursday, 14 January 2021
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Fortunately these last few days have been warm and bright. We have been out for doctors appointments and filling out of papers. Today I was in short sleeves with just a light jacket so I didn't have to roll up my sleeves for a vaccination. We both got a pneumococcal shot at the local chemist. 6 weeks ago we got an ordinary flu shot and it looks as though sometime in May we may get a covid shot. Covid vaccine is now being given to over 85 year old. There were a couple of over 85s in the pharmarcy when we arrived and they were rightly displeased to find out the island doesn't have any vaccine and probably won't for a while. If they want to get vaccinated they must go to one of the hsopitals in Athens or Piraeus.
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Some photos from today's walk in the fresh air.
Sunday, 10 January 2021
In these strange days when you're more or less confined to home it really helps to have something interesting, creative, to pass the time. I thought I would be able to read more books, watch more TV programmes of my choice but it rarely turns out that way. I have a hundred things to do everyday and there still isn't enough time to to do it all. I still have to cook and clear the ashes and get rid of a few cobwebs. Clothes still have to be washed, but not necessarily ironed, beds changed and carpets vaccumed.
However, that's morning stuff. Afternoons, after the essential siesta, there is more time for me. Thanks to my daughters I have begun a regular walking programme. The festive season was too much fun and food and I seem to now carry a few extra kilos. Those have got to go and I need to get fit. My summer exercise is swimming but I twisted my ankle and sank down into that couch and rarely rose from its depths even when the ankle was healed.
We have a treadmill which has the evil eye. The xmas tree was set up on top of it this year through lack of space. We took it down on New Years eve. Before twelfth night. It seems that is unlucky. Ye, right. But when we turned the treadmill on it came to a grinding halt. So I have been pushed outside to get exercise. Dragged and pushed, not quite screaming. What better place to walk. We live in the wop-wops. Fresh air and no-one else to encroach on our space. The thing about walking is that when you've walked half an hour or so then you have to turn round and walk back again the way you came. Boring. Which is why I liked the treadmill. But with encouragement I am overcoming that. So many ways to go, so many different turns to make. I'm getting to enjoy it. Or I will.
One of my many hobbies is crochet. And knitting. But crochet is faster and all you need is a hook, a bit of yarn and imagination. If you make a mistake it is so easy to pull it out and continue on. Unlike knitting
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
1st January St Basil
It's good old Saint Basil who brings presents to the greek children and on New Years day, not on Christmas Day.
My kids got their presents from St Nick on Christmas day and they have continued that tradition with their children. Both generations naturally thought they should get presents on both days. No way that was going to happen.
6 th January there is another big celebration, public holiday, that of the Blessing of the Waters. This year churches are open but only a few at a time are allowed inside.
Only half of the ceremony takes place inside the church. After the main service a procession of priests and important island people proceed down to the waterfront where a big woooden cross, attached to a long line, is thrown into the harbour 3 times. The third time the cross goes into the water a bunch of hardy locals dive in to retrieve it. The one who holds the cross aloft is specially blessed and receives some reward from the church.
This year none of that was supposed to happen but in some places the cross was thrown into the sea or a river and various church officials plus those faithful ones who dove into the waters to be first to reach the cross have all received hefty fines.
We would have brought back bottles of blessed water from the church which K would have sprinkled over us both and all around the house.
The whole island plus a few hundred visitors usually go down to the harbour, all dressed up in Sunday best, to witness all this. Instead today we stayed home and K watched one of the services on TV.
It's a day for gathering with friends and family. drinking ouzo and seafood mezes and enjoying the pomp and ceremony. Usually.
Monday, 4 January 2021
New Year's come and New Year's gone and life goes on as ever.
We're having a week of stricter lock down so schools can open next Monday. Sometimes it rains. Some days the sun shines.
We spent New Years Eve on our own and somehow I managed to stay awake till midnight. Don't know how, don't know why. There was nothing of interest on television and we counted the minutes and I yawned. No fireworks, no neighbourhood celebrations.