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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

"Oh island in the sun"...


We're missing that sunshine...

...but it's good to catch up with old friends

      

...The decorations at Athens airport are very clever, aren't they?



Thursday, 18 December 2014

Deck the halls...




Sometimes people ask us...

"What is Christmas like...

... in a little fishing village....

... on a small Greek island...

... in the middle of the Aegean?"

...

We usually just tell them "Oh it's very quiet"...

...but actually...

...it's beautiful.

A Nativity Scene is assembled near the quay...


... and around the village the trees and lamp posts are decorated with lights...


...as are a few small boats ...


...and one or two windmills...

...and the Delphini gift shop transforms itself into Liberty of Aliky.


It's Magic here at Christmas time...

...but Shhh..., don't tell everyone...

...its a secret !

Καλά Χριστούγεννα ! - Happy Christmas !


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

La vie en rose ....




 It was  fabulous morning for a drive...

...and during our trip  we passed only one other car...


...Its always a pleasure to visit Marpissa...
... we can always be sure our friend there can be found "In the pink"...


...and she does bake exceedingly good mince pies !


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Little acts of kindness...



...when the holiday visitors go home...

...the island cats rely on local people to feed them...


...any scraps are welcome...



Friday, 12 December 2014

The road less travelled ...?


The little dirt road...

... around the the car park...

...has acquired a layer of gravel...


...whatever next...?

...Tarmacadam...?


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The morning after...


After gale force winds and torrential rain during the night...

...The morning was calm...

... the wind had stopped...

...the rain had stopped...

... and then...

...the electricity stopped!

   BUT! ...

...we are prepared!


Sunday, 7 December 2014

"Be prepared"



It's a wet...

...very wet...

...grey and gloomy day...

...punctuated with some lightning and thunder...

....which has been crashing around since yesterday evening...

...Then, just for good measure, we get the occasional power cut....


...we were prepared!


Friday, 5 December 2014

Anything you can do...


... someone else can do better!


 There are many ways to pick  olives...

...by hand...

... or with olive combs...



...and I've seen people cut a small branch and beat the trees to make the olives fall...

...Some people who have a lot of trees use electric combs which, although very effective, are heavy and you're guaranteed some aching shoulders by the end of a days picking...



...But a friend sent us this...

...which I thought was quite a good idea...


...but if you're really picking on an industrial level then there is always this!...




Thursday, 4 December 2014

Do ever get the feeling...


... that you're being watched ?...



...someone was waiting and hoping for a few tidbits while we had our lunch at Manoli's...

...(she wasn't disappointed)...

...it's a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon and catch up with friends...


...and when the sun goes down ... it' time for home again.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A very Greek day....



We had a visit from a neighbour this morning...

...evidently the Halva Flapjacks we sent over were very popular and now the recipe is required...

... eventually we came up with this...


...and we're hoping that it has the same meaning as this...


....we talked through the directions and with a combination of Greeklish and a lot of gesticulation...

... I think the results should turn out to be the same as the earlier sample...

...but if you can improve on this translation please let us know!



Monday, 1 December 2014

It still takes my breath away ...



...this was the view as we came down the hill into Alyki this afternoon ...

... I still have to pinch myself sometimes...


... aren't we lucky !


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Καλημέρα ! ...



Early to bed, ...Early to rise, ...

There was a beautiful sunrise this morning...


Yesterday there was a strong north wind and it felt quite cold

... we'd ordered some more wood from Kambos...

...(a really lovely couple have taken over the shop there)...


... they are olive wood logs which burn really well...

...and stacking them in the dry helped keep us warm too...


...It was too windy to pick olives...

...the nets would be difficult to maneuver and keep in place...

...so Mathaios used the time to plow the potato field...


... we stayed home, lit the wood burner early and kept warm !




Monday, 24 November 2014

Friday, 21 November 2014

A couple of Parian sunsets for you...



The evening skies are truly beautiful at this time of year...



... aren't we lucky!




"The devil finds work for idle hands"...



...well, he'd have his work cut out around here at the moment !










 ...All around the island there is the sound of the electric beaters, as the trees are being combed of the olives...






















...and  the olive press is running 24 hours a day
now...









...picking all day and then during the night the olives are taken to be pressed...









...thankfully there are always refreshments available for the workers !...













Monday, 10 November 2014

After the rain has gone...



Well, the storm did come eventually... 

...loud and violent, but it only lasted for about an hour on Saturday evening...

...then on Sunday all was calm again and we went and spent the afternoon with Maria and Mathaios...


...Once again we experienced their typical Greek hospitality and lunch was delicious! 


By this morning the last of the clouds had disappeared and it it felt like summer again up on our terrace...



...At Aqua Marine it was certainly warm enough to eat outside when we met friends for lunch ...


...and we weren't the only ones there enjoying the sunshine...


...Καλό χειμονα !




Friday, 7 November 2014

So far, so good ...


The powers that be have forecast storms and rain today...


...although I notice the 100% chance had been downgraded to 90% now.


But right now,  although it is blustery,  the sun is still shining...


...so far... !


I took this picture of a neighbour's white bougainvillea the other day...

...I'm not sure it will look quite to lovely after the storm.



Thursday, 6 November 2014

A message from Skiathos




Today I am sharing a fellow Bloggers post :



They are trying to raise funds for Kamila's medical expenses:





Sunday, 2 November 2014

"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow"...




...and our olive trees haven't done too badly either..


 ...considering what they looked like when we planted them eight years ago...


...and although we only had olives on four trees this year, we managed to pick 70 kilos...


...and after sorting and cleaning...


...and grinding...


...and pressing...


...eventually...


...turned into 15 liters of  beautiful oil.