The catamaran, called the Flying Cat, leaves the harbour
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Another greek classic. Most visitors know all about mousaka and my nieces make it when they return home downunder. It's a very heavy, rich dish. Made with summer vegetables, aubergines and zucchini and I add potatoes as well.
Saturday, 26 June 2021
Pastitsio. Another greek classic.
A sort of Greek lasagne, macaroni pie. The family love this, well most of them.
I made a great big dish of it at my youngest grandaughter's request.
Friday, 25 June 2021
Last Friday I bought a few kilos of cheap apricots from the farmers market. 1euro a kilo for 'jam' apricots, 2 euros for the good eating ones.
Apricots ripen quickly and we ate a lot of the jam apricots but I did manage to turn some into jam and fill up 2 and a half jars. Apricots and strawberries make jam full of flavour.
Thursday, 24 June 2021
I'm buying a seagull at the end of the month as a wee gift for me and my garden menagerie.
Non annoying and non pooping seagull
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
I've recently been given my second Astra Zeneca shot. The vaccine is a bit controversial . It's only being given to under 40s now. It started off being administered only to the under 60's, then it was safe for the over 60's too and now that's changed again.. Those waiting for a second jab can have the pfizer vaccine if they so desire though the consequences of mixing the two are not known yet. But, hey ho, we're all guinea pigs anyway, whichever we get.
No side effects, no flu, no sore arm, no headache. Will I be dead in 10 years. Possibly but probably not from the covid vaccine. Did it change my DNA ? Who cares. I could be dead in 10 years anyway.
Has the vaccine made me magnetic? I 'm not yet attracting knives and forks or sticking to the car door.
Have I been injected with a microchip along with the vaccine. It would have to have been tinier than microscopic! If someone is tracking me they're going to have a lot of fun trotting after me from the kitchen to the garden and back again.
There's more but its tiring to even think about it. Temperatures have risen. We are in the middle of a heat wave. Viruses don't like heat and neither do I. I'm wilting and suffering in many other ways.
It was all a bit of a hassle. Now if we leave the island we have to have proof that we are fully vaccinated to get back again or produce a very recent negative test. K went and arranged with those in charge so I could get back home after my second shot without papers and tests. Now I've downloaded an official looking paper saying I'm fully covered,with dates and social security numbers, and my age. K and I had these papers turned into plastic covered ID cards. So now we have more official documents to carry about.
In my bag I have my vaccine paper, my official ID with photo and fingerprints, a Navy ID and an E1 which is a paper from the tax office to say I'm a permanent resident of Poros.
They've got us all hog tied and we are expected to be happy about the whole situation. We are free we say. Yeh.
We're still wearing masks outside the home but the cases of covid in Greece are so low that it looks like we'll be free of them, at least outside in open spaces, by the end of the week.
Friday, 18 June 2021
Monday, 14 June 2021
A summer Saturday evening. Time for a perantzada, a promenade along the waterfront ending up at a cafe or taverna beside the waves. People watching. Us watching the passing parade and them watching us.
Poros seems full again . Most I would say were greeks, from the cities and countryside nearby. Not so many foreigners yet and those that are here seem to be from the yachts. The flotillas are returning. A group of small yachts that travel together for 5 days, a week, going from island to island under the eagle eye of an experienced captain. They go in groups to the tavernas recommended by the company and then on to the cafes or bars or a party on one of the yachts.
The harbourside road is closed from one end of the waterfront to the other on Saturday night, from 8pm to 1am. Curfew has been extended to 1.30am so everyone is supposed to scuttle home or at least be off the streets by then.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Friday, 4 June 2021
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
Chimney pot tops and corners. After google-searching I found that chimney toppers are called cowls. You can have a directional wind cowl, an updraft cowl, a capping cowl or a clamping cowl. There are probably even more. I have been observing these cowls in the neighbourhood recently. On our house we have two sorts. One homemade and stationary and the other two are stainless steel and seem to be for anti-downdraft purposes.