Sunday, 30 April 2023
Friday, 28 April 2023
Tuesday, 25 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Saturday, 15 April 2023
Holy Saturday and it's all 'go'
The offal and lettuce soup, mageritsa, is cooking and K is making kokretsi, chunks of liver, spleen, heart, kidneys and the like on a long spit.
Tomorrow the clan gathers. We won't be spit roasting a lamb, or goat, this year. He's lighting the wood oven outside and the lamb will be roasted in a baking dish with potatoes.
Friday, 14 April 2023
Thursday, 13 April 2023
We had to go down to the bank very early today. An actual 'inside' visit to talk to someone. She fixed the problem in 2 minutes. We had already spent 2 days trying to fix it over the phone. This new tech is sometimes head spinning. We needed real people who just don't explain but sort it all out and send you off home with all the details on a piece of paper.
When we came out we were serenaded by a saxophonist playing from the back of his catamaran and the girls from the boat next door dancing salsa to the music.
Monday, 10 April 2023
This weekend was the 'catholic' easter (as they say here). One more week till the Greek easter. The weather is warm and sunny with a few showers. Summer is coming fast. The painting and refurbishing of tavernas and cafes has come to an end and most of them are up and running.
There are a few foreign tourists around and this week, Holy Week for the Greeks, there will be flood of visitors from Athens and other parts of the country all coming to participate in the traditional Greek island Easter celebrations.
Those visitors with summer houses are thinking about their own painting and clean-up over their holidays. This week walls and steps will be white washed, gardens weeded and replanted, grills and BBQs sanded down and spruced up so they're ready for the Easter Sunday (April 16th) spit roasting of the sacrificial lamb and it's innards.
Even our own neighbourhood out in the backcountry is starting to come to life. The absentee owners of the three empty houses around us have appeared and will be looking for labourers to strim their driveways, thigh high in winter growth.
We also are in the getting-ready-for-easter mode. K has booked our Albanian lad for Monday to put up the shade netting over one balcony and pull the last weeds. He himself is sanding down the long spits for the grill and checking that the machines that turn the spit are greased and ready for action.
Friday, 7 April 2023
Photos of rainbows over the island yesterday after a few hours of short sharp showers with intervals of sunshine.
Instagram and Facebook filled up with photos taken by locals.
The colours were extraordinarily bright and sharp.
Here are some taken by daughters and granddaughter.
Tuesday, 4 April 2023
It was an interesting morning at a local cafe, sitting outside with a view of the strait. There were only three tables occupied on this winter mid-week day, plus a man varnishing the chairs. The owners sit outside too and are always good for a gossip. It all made for a rich array of news for everyone to chew on. Just what the doctor ordered for K. He was getting cabin fever.
Saturday, 1 April 2023
.Every year around this time we have a young lad to come and clean up the back yard. This year the weeds were waist high and the clover was lush. We've had Albanian lads, a greek, a Bulgarian, our next door neighbour who actually raked the earth afterwards and this year it was a pleasant young Pakistani. He did a better job than most though he didn't rake the dirt. That was going a bit too far. I don't mind a bit of roughness. This is the back garden, K's territory and there are still piles of junk along the edges. Anyway, this lad weeded under the fruit trees, actually pulling out the weeds by the roots. Job well done.