A milestone year. I turned 70. Oldest grandson 21 and two grandkids turned 16. The 16s are excited about now being able to get a license for a motorbike/scooter. They both already ride their parents’ bikes. It's just the paper work they need.
Just about everyone here has some sort of 'motor' bike. Electric ones are very popular because you don’t need a license or insurance. The damn things are silent and can be dangerous. You really need to look both ways before crossing the street.
It has been a quiet year for us, except for September and October when we had loads of visitors from Downunder. They can finally travel freely.
The summer season, from May to the end of October, was a busy one. Roads were clogged with cars, our local beach full of annoying ‘foreign’ bods. There were times, mid August, that we preferred to stay at home to keep away from the crowds.
September and October, when the hordes had left, nephews and nieces appeared, some for only a few days, others for weeks. We had a fabulous time with them all meeting up for coffee down on the harbour or an evening meal in one of Kosta’s favourite tavernas. Oh those wonderful accents.
My younger brother and wife stayed for 3 weeks. We gathered for g& t’s and a couple of BBQs. They hired a quad bike and tootled up to our place to drink coffee and catch up on those 3 lost years. A perfect chance for K to feed them more octopus and greek delicacies. They never left with empty stomachs. That would have been a crime in his books. He extended them 'greek hospitality' as only he can.
Of course we had all-the-family gatherings at our place too. K would have been very disappointed if he hadn’t been able to feed them all. There was octopus, greek salad and tzatziki on every one of our menus plus the usual ton of meat or fish. And local wine and ouzo.The weather stayed fine and even at the end of October the younger visitors were still swimming.
The dreaded virus is still around. Mostly forgotten. We all caught it, except K. We have all been vaccinated and everyone had an easy time of it. Slight flu symptoms, a headache and that was it.
It's economic crisis time again. Did that already in 2012 . It really does make for a quiet life. I love it. Kostas hates it. He misses his daily meetings with friends, chewing the fat and drinking raki. He’d be happier down in Poros where he could walk around to his favourite watering holes and socially interact with more people.
I can happily spend days up here, 6 kilometres from the harbour, hardly seeing anyone. Though I must admit I did enjoy a coffee down on the waterfront in the summer, people watching and listening to the men gossiping. Whoever says women gossip hasn't spent much time in male company.
I still write my blog, woffling on, but not as often as I used to. I find I'm writing the same thing year after year.
The summer vegetable garden was a disaster. I planted some tomatoes. We ate 5 cherry tomatoes. It got too hot and everything was burnt brown. I kept the mint, thyme, oregano and the roses alive. Now I've planted a few lettuces and some rocket. They're growing, at the moment. I'm not a gardener. I have had successes in the past but my heart is not in it anymore.
More weight off this year. Still some more to go. At least I seem to have found some sort of balance . I walk most days, now up to 3-4 kilometers. Almost 3 years ago I started off with intermittent fasting Lost a lot of kilos. Got bored. Became a vegetarian. Lost more kilos the next year. Got tired of lettuce and chickpeas. Now I’ve done a 180o turn. I’m eating carnivore - meat, fish, cheese, eggs, lots of butter and a bit of salad or vegetables. Still losing . Blood results, blood pressure perfect. More energy. I hope I don't get bored with this regime too soon. I rather enjoy being able to eat scrambled eggs for breakfast every day and cheeseburgers for lunch, without the bun. Nothing with flour or sugar allowed. No fruit. But I do have a glass of wine now and again.
Erdogan, the Turkish PM is still making threats and says he will invade the greek islands one dark night. And his latest hate speech, threatening to target Athens with his missiles. He’s drumming up support for himself by attacking Greece, hoping 'his people' will forget the country is almost bankrupt. Turkey has elections sometime soon.
Then there's the other face I prefer not to see on TV or news apps. I hear the voices of Putin and Erdogan so often I recognize them without having to see faces. The Kiev Ukrainians were like the Athenian Greeks, civilians living western lives with their big international chain stores, nice cars, cosy apartments, children expecting to grow up to be doctors, lawyers, artists, muscians or such. Then suddenly their lives were torn apart, cities bombed, villages razed, millions became refugees. It makes me shudder. I hope it never happens to us or our children or grandchildren.
After being on the cataract waiting list for 18 months we revisited the doctor. Gave him 200 euros under the table and my op was immediately scheduled. Like Immediately! He strode over to the calendar and said 'is the 16th ok for you? You'll be first for the day'. Actually I was the last . One eye down. One more to go in a couple of months.
And another year bites the dust.
Linda, please don't stop writing your blog. It is one of those I most look forward to reading when it pops up in my blog feed.ReplyDelete
Hope 2023 is a good year for you x
Thanks JC. It just seems a lot of the same old wonderful life and you've got to realise there's a lot more I could say, but probably wontDelete
Ps thanks for the good wordsDelete
Congratulations on your 70th birthday! Great summary of 2022!ReplyDelete
There must have been more in 2022 but thats what I remember most. And 70, a serious number!!Delete
A good round up of the year in a nutshell. I look forward to more of the same. It keeps me going to read your blog. XReplyDelete
Happy to hear you'll keep on reading Rachel. ThanksDelete
Sound alike a positive year. Gardening is getting harder these days because the weather has been so bi polar. At least we try.ReplyDelete
Glad you were able to get your eyes done. It’s very annoying that you have to “grease the palm”. But needs must.
My family live on the Island of Samos. And everyday I pray they’re safe. They are so very close to the mainland of turkey. They only have to throw stuff and it would hit them
Dam those megalomaniacs.
Yes Samos is one of those islands too close for comfort. Greeks and Turks on the coasts seem to get on quite well and visit both ways. Politicians however are another storyDelete
Summer in Poros sounds like here; although I suspect here is far worse. This is why we head South to our little old cottage in the middle of French nowhere, and wait for the Brighton holidaymakers to go home.ReplyDelete
p.s. When I visited KOs in the 80's we were warned about Turkish fighter jets, but not to worry too much. They certainly made their presence known!
Those Turkish jets are continuing their flyovers, daily it seems. Now the Turkish coastguard seems to be provoking local fishermen. Wish they'd all stay at homeDelete
That sounds like a good year to look back on. It was a great summary to read. Friends sent 'bikini on beach' pics from Greece yesterday; just as we headed into the heaviest frost we have had all winter. In places it looked like snow on the ground!ReplyDelete
It's still warm . My greek family is still swimming too. I bundle up in jackets hats and scarvesDelete
Electric cars are silent and therefore dangerous like electric scooters are. I always read your posts.ReplyDelete
Your food makes me hungry every time especially the octopus. Here we have to watch out for cyclists as they are very quiet and fast. We've had alot of tourists but luckily they are polite, it makes a nice change.ReplyDelete
Happy 70th birthday. I'm 67 this year, crazy to think we are that age but that's life. I enjoy your blog so keep writing. Well done on slowly losing weight too, that seems to have escaped me (the ability to lose weight).ReplyDelete
Well done in weight loss and finding what works for you. I am slightly older than you but we are of an age when weighing less really helps us keep going.ReplyDelete