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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 !