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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Love them or hate them ... ?


Whatever your opinion on a certain brand of rubber shoes ...

...they are very useful on the beach...

...they'll keep your feet warm in the winter (especially on cold tiled floors!) ...

...and are easily washable...

...and best of all...

...if you happen to break one of the plastic rivets ...

...and you contact the company website, they'll send you some free replacement ones !


...Not a lot of people know that!


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lazy Sunday...


A whole day on the beach at Paros poros yesterday...

Watching the blue star, packed to the gunwales with incoming visitors, heading to the port...


... the little boat ferry day-trippers back and forth to Antiparos...


and people keeping cool in the old traditional way...


There are two wods for swimming in greek...

κολύμπι  (kollibi)  swimming...

μπάνιο (banio) bathing ...


This is definitely "Going for banio", a daily social event ... up to your neck in the water, chatting with friends and neighbours... a hat is an optional but advisable accessory.

Unfortunately we didn't have one of these to get us home as this couple did ...


... the rotavator and cart will  is still a traditional  mode of transport here.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Sifinos...


...one our way home form town we stopped at Aghia Anna to look at the view'...


...in the distance you can just see Sifnos, the island of Potters...


...it was, until recently, the summer home to our friends at Hellas Blog...

...but now they are gone so we have no one to wave to ...





Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer is a coming in ....



....the beaches in Alyki are getting busier ...


... and I'm pleased to see that the tide has brought plenty of sand back to Piso Alyki...


...so much more pleasant for bathing...


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Acting the goat ? ...



After the heat of the day it  is nice to take an evening stroll or "volta" as they call it here...

...to meet neighbours doing the same...

...to take the air and pass a few pleasantries...

...We took some vegetable leftovers from the kitchen with us...



... to give our friends along the road a few treats...


Monday, 14 July 2014

Flora...


This is Flora, 



... she's a funny little cat...

...she loves to bring us little surprises...

...this was todays...


...thank you Flora!


Sunday, 13 July 2014

At last ! ...


...we have a replacement ATM being installed in the village...



...it will help holidaymakers during the summer...

...even if the locals will still have to go into town to draw out their cash during the winter months...

...there were evidently two machines on the truck that delivered this one...

.. so I will have to go and investigate where they have put the other one...

....Drios perhaps?

...If you see it before I do, please let me know....



Saturday, 12 July 2014

Hey ! ... Moon !


...actually we used to call it the "Hay Moon" in July...

... back in my youth...

...many,

...many,

...many years ago...

... last night , however, I am told it was a "Super Moon"...


... it looked pretty good to me...



Friday, 11 July 2014

A mellow evening...


The south wind has brought humidity and the sun set in a soft haze across the bay.


...from the little taverna where we sat and ate our supper with friends we watched a fisherman and his wife patiently bait the hooks for tomorrow's catch...


...whilst the mackerel caught yesterday, hang drying in the remnants of the sunshine...


.... ready to make a tasty meal.



Thursday, 10 July 2014

Summer madness...


...it is beginning...

...queues are getting longer at Chaos corner...


... soon there will be a policeman directing traffic...

...and now...

...we have some nice new white lines...

...perhaps they may deter the overtakers...


...on second thoughts...

...probably not!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A "Soso" evening...


...we spent another lovely evening at η ΣΩΣΩ with some special friends...


...we arrived early...

...there was a row of tables waiting...



...all reserved (of course)...



...a delicious meal...

...wonderful service...

...and delightful company...

...who could ask for more?



...thank you Petros, thank you Kalypso...

...and thank you to our "Mountain Folk" friends.



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Cultural Festival at Alyki "Γεώργιος Κονιτόπουλος"


There is a festival each year in Alyki...


...which celebrates the musician, the late Giorgos Konitopolos...


...with some wonderful music, singing, musical folklore and dance...


...last weekend we were fortunate to attend two of the three evenings...



(Thank you to the friends who allowed me to use their photos)


Friday, 4 July 2014

Bye bye ...


Our woolly neighbours have been taken..


..to pastures new !


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Αντάμα - (Together) ...


For months there has been a lot of work going on in the old supermarket opposite the bus stop...

... now all has been revealed....


...it is called Αντάμα... 

... it has a large decked seating area right on the beach...


... and we stopped to have lunch there... 

...it was very good .


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Cool for cats...




...Not!..

When it gets to thirty degrees and over...



...a black fur coat is definitely not an advantage...



... so there's nothing to do...


...but loll around...


... and sleep.