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Monday, 25 August 2014

Arachnophobes, look away now...



...The Yuccas are blooming now, the ones in our garden are getting very tall ...


...searching for the best bloom to photograph I found Arachne busily weaving her web.


The weather site is absolutely right today...

It's still a tad warm as the thermometer on our terrace will verify...


Someone stick a fork in me......I'm done !


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Tales from another island...



Last week I read about a visitor to Skiathos...


...Skiathian wrote a very amusing article on his blog...

... then yesterday I saw this on Skopelosnews...




...now I quite agree that  standing behind an aircraft that is taking off is a very silly thing to do...

...and a dangerous thing to do...

...but...

....it does kinda look like fun...

...and...

...I can see why people are tempted to try it...

...wouldn't you?


My sincere thanks to Skiathian , Skopelosnews and Dimitris for this.



I somehow never imagined....


...of course I'd heard of the White Rose of Athens...

...but I didn't realise how well roses grow out here in Greece.


...these from our neighbours garden, even in the extreme heat, are doing very well.

...white roses evidently signify purity and  innocence...

...red roses are for passion and love...

...Well, ....you never can tell, ....can you?


Friday, 22 August 2014

There was I... waiting at the church...



...waiting at the church...


...waiting at the church...


If you arrange to meet someone at the church in Greece it does help if you are specific...

...these three in Angeria are all  within 50 meters of each other.





Thursday, 21 August 2014

When the wind blows...


...It has been hot...

...very hot...

...but thank goodness for the Meltemi which cools us down...

...it started to blow a few days ago...

...

...Our Greek friends always tell us "This is not the Meltemi"...

..."The Meltemi only blows during the day" or...

..."It's the wrong time of year for the Meltemi" or

..." The Meltemi only blows from this direction" or "that direction"

...it always seems that the Meltemi wind is slightly different from the wind which is actually blowing!

...

Whatever...

The wind has been blowing and further north Skiathian reports that they even had rain a few days ago...

...so it has cooled down...

...just a tad.

Yesterday the Meltemi had turned to a pleasant breeze...

... making the laden trees shake their olive braided tresses....


...after last years disastrous crop it looks like there will be a bumper harvest this Autumn!





Wednesday, 20 August 2014

On foot...



... where there is Ying...

...somewhere there is bound to be some Yang around...

...The little blue scooter broke down and we waited at the bakery to have it collected.....


 ...Akis comes to say  hello and we chat, then Nikos joins us...

...we talk of work , universities and growing potatoes...

...Yiorgos the baker, who is always smiling, comes to the bakery window and passes the time of day...

...he has been working all night but still smiles.

...We talk to his wife, Theodora, and to Maria who makes us some coffee...

...it is a social event.

Once scooter and I have been transported to the mechanics in town I have to walk to meet my lift home...

...I see Markos outside his shop (The best Television shop in Paros) ...

...he shakes my hand , greets me with "Yiasou", and we chat. ...

...a little further along the road I see Tassos at the pet shop and there is the same friendly greeting from him...

...and waiting at the car park I saw these...



...I have no idea what they are but there's a whole hedge of them.

...All things that would not have happened...

...if the little blue scooter hadn't broken down...



The motor's running...but the wheels aren't turning!


The little Blue scooter has had a complete breakdown ...

...He just stopped going...

...right in the middle of nowhere!

...We think he must be exhausted...

...in all this heat...

...and all this traffic.

...Oh dear!

... He has been taken for a rest-cure...

... and Mr Nikos thinks he will make a full recovery in a few days.



Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Exodus....



I don't think...

...you won't be able to get a ferry ticket to Piraeus for a few days...

...not for all the tea in China...

...Leaving in droves after the holiday and celebrations...

...the Athenians head homewards...


...Paros should be a few inches higher in the water by the end of the week.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

The weekend...


It's all been happening here...

....beach volleyball no less...


...which was very well attended...


 ...and a reminder...

A friend reminded us this morning (Thank you Janet,) that this next weekend is the village festival  "Routes in Marpissa". We went  a couple of years ago, it is well worth going if you get the chance.


Friday, 15 August 2014

Today...


...the weather is from the south...


...there's not a breath of wind and the humidity has been very high...

...πολύ υγρασία [polly igrassia] as they say out here...

...it's going to be a hot and sticky day methinks...

...We could go to the beach...

Piso Alyki beach, mid-day , 14-08-14

... but it's bank holiday weekend  I hope we can find a little space somewhere!


Χρόνια πολλά! ...



...We have telephoned  Maria... and Maria... and Maria...and Maria...

...(there are a lot of Marias here)...

...to wish them many years on their name day...

It is also the name day of Panagiotis and Panagiota so Χρόνια πολλά! to them as well...

... and Χρόνια πολλά! also to Kristalia who also shares this day...

...and not forgetting Tamara who, although it's not her name day, is 16 today so Χρόνια πολλά!  too...

Yes, it that day again, 15th august, the BIG festival day...

...everyone will be heading to town this evening join the celebrations and watch the fireworks...

We hope you all have a lovely time!



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Hide and seek ...?




...was it Hide and seek we used to play?

..."You're getting warmer!"..." You're burning hot!"...

...well, the only thing to seek here at the moment is a bit of shade...

... perhaps with the luxury of a breath of a breeze...

...but yesterday evening found a group of us enjoying the night air and some wonderful food...

...on a rooftop terrace in the heart of the lovely village of Marpissa.


...For slaving over a hot stove in this weather,

...our hostess last evening deserve to be put on the honours list!


..and then a nice cool ride home in the moonlight...


Monday, 11 August 2014

My best friend...



...I'd like you to meet my best friend...

...I think he's neat...

...and really cool !







Thursday, 7 August 2014

Down Memory (Shipping) Lane...



...Our nomadic traveling friends spotted this old friend whilst visiting  the Azores...


...the sighting of the Express Santorini  has brought back fond memories of journey from Piraeus to Paros to many...

...but in former lives this old ferry and I were great friends too...

...but she was known as The Chartres in those days...


...and we both looked a lot different back then!



My thanks to Alan and Linda for the picture of the Express Santorini.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

ΚΤΕΛ (Κοινά Ταμεία Εισπράξεων Λεωφορείων) = Public Bus Company



In the summer ΚΤΕΛ increase the bus services for the village...

...now we can go to town at  2.40 in the morning (should we want to)...



... in winter the last bus is 4.30 in the afternoon !

... not the route you want? ... the full Paros ΚΤΕΛ timetable can be seen HERE



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A sandy shore...


Our little beach changes every year...

...with plenty of north winds the sand is washed into the bay leaving a lovely sandy shore...

... whereas the south winds seem to drag it away and can leave us with a very pebbly beach.


... this year the sand has made it very popular.



Sunday, 3 August 2014

Agia Irini...


... it's not a place we go to often ...



...but yesterday we met friends at the taverna at the beautiful little beach at Agia Irini.

.Out  friends said they serve the best octopus on the island there...

...he wasn't wrong!






Saturday, 2 August 2014

A weather update...


Yesterday it was hot again...

...but ...



...there were a few little clouds in the sky...

...Skiathian thought there may be some storms on their way  but today, down here on Paros, it is clear again...


...and the forecast now predicts another long hot week with hardly a breath of wind.





A little bit of Greek philosophy ...



Our friend Dimitri has a wonderful way of looking at things...

...this was a conversation with him last evening:

Me : How is your father Dimitri?

D : Oh, like all of us, he is getting older.

Me : ..and you mother?

D : Oh, she is getting older too.

Me : I suppose one day she'll want to retire ... who will do the cooking for you in the cafe then?

D : Now that will be a problem, we shall have to see.

Me : Well, they do say that when one door closes another opens...

D : Yes... but for that to happen you have to have they key.



Friday, 1 August 2014

Καλό Μήνα!...


or "White Rabbits!" as our ex-neighbour from Sifnos would say.

It's fig season here...

We've eaten most from our own small tree but thankfully we've been given plenty more...



I don't know where the expression "...couldn't give a fig" comes from

...out here they can

 ...and do!

...

...

 "Pinch, punch, first of the month!" ... and no returns!