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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.