Erdogan, Turkish President is visiting Greece tomorrow. He will be staying 4 hours. Enough to get in a few meetings, have a Greek lunch and hopefully leave without any incidents. He will be travelling with 3 planes and 3 limos, all reinforced with 14cms of steel, protection against chemical attacks and heaven knows what else.
Greece and Turkey are talking.
I had to go and give some blood early this morning for a thyroid test. I've already had the results. All normal.
The lab was beautifully decorated for Xmas. It was a delight to enter. There were garlands, wreaths, lights, Santa's and baubles all through the rooms. It was bright and cheery
The cafes, offices and shops all have Xmas decor
Poros is starting to look very merry
I made a few jars of pickled onions
And the first Xmas cakes which I have given away.
I call them Xmas cakes but they're really only boiled fruit cake with a few extra spices and a couple of shots of whisky poured over them
Our Xmas crackers arrived, from Athens.
The Chinese giants Shein and Temu had 6 crackers for 22 euros. They didn't look anything special.
So I looked at the Greek giant, the chain called Jumbo. They've really got on the Xmas wagon.
1 packet of 4 crackers for 4 euros. Perfect. I bought 3 packets and a packet of festive paper napkins with gnomes on them. All for much less than 22 euros.
Last weekend we celebrated 5 Sagitarrean birthdays, including mine.
71 and counting.
An absent Grandson turned 22.
2x17 year olds and a 50-something.
It was a good day.
The girls polished off some Prosecco and a bottle of excellent Marlborough (NZ) sauvignon blanc.
The boys drank the wine recently received from the family vineyards near Corinth.
Stuffed chicken roll and potatoes, with gravy, down our end of the table. Boiled lamb, tzatziki and fried innards down the other end.
Today, 6th December, is St Niks day. Name day for Niks and Nikoletas. He's Patron Saint of the Greek Navy so there was a church service and parade of his icon round the Navy Base. We should have gone too but went to the blood lab instead and then had early morning coffee on the waterfront.