Wednesday, 21 January 2009

A Smashing New Year

Oh dear, whatever is the matter with my hubby and I? At the beginning of the week I broke a wine glass, then he broke one. Yesterday he broke another and yes you have guessed it, I broke one this evening. They always seem to have something in, spilling the contents all over as they shatter.
Looks like I will be on the look out for some new ones. Hope this run of bad luck will soon go away.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

My Mug of the Day



Everyone is showing photos of there cups and mugs, well this is mine. I bought this mug as a jokey present for my dad and he kept it in his china cabinet. Sadly my dad passed away in 2000 when he was 79. I got my mug back and have been using it all the time.

I drink only tea with milk no sugar.







Did the earth move for you this morning???

Well, did the earth move for you this morning? Well it sure did for us. At presisely 8.13 am we had an earthquake, which measured 5.3 on the richter scale. The quake was in the Aegean Sea northeast of Crete, and about 211 miles from Athens. Luckily there where no reports of damage or injuries. Its quite scary when your lying in bed asleep and the room starts shaking.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Winter?




Yesterday I told you that it is winter!

Well today I took my camera on Lucky's morning walk

Geramiuns






Holly Hocks making an early appearance
















Lemons just ripening















Bougainvilleas putting on a good show















Hibiscus

You can just make out the red flowers













This village in the distance is where our house that we are renovating is.





















Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Greek Epiphany


The 6th January brings an end to Christmas, so it's time to take down all our decorations and store them safely till next year.

Here in Greece they celebrate with the blessing of the water. The priest blesses a large crucifix and hurls it into the water, then young men dive into the cold water to retrieve it. They throw the cross into the water three times.The first person to retrieve it gets gift and good luck for the rest of the year. Orthodox belief says it's the day that Jesus was baptised. There may be other references to the Three wise men too.

Hope you enjoy this little video that I took of the proceedings. As you can see its a beautiful day, only to be followed by a thunder storm, but what the heck it is winter after all.

video

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Its 2009. So what are we going to do this year?

Happy New Year to all.
Sorry I have not been about much, but I have had my eldest son, his wife and 2 children here for Christmas and New Year. The weather has not been good to them, we have had rain and more rain and it has been cold. However yesterday the sun shone in a cloudless sky and it was very much welcomed. Nevertheless we have had a lovely time.

The house is now quiet as they left for their home in Germany aboard their camper van today.
I wish them a save journey home.

I never made any New Year resolutions, but today I have been thinking about trying to lose a bit of weight. I can feel my clothes getting a bit tight,why do we have to over-indulge at this time of year?
Then the next resolution will be to get busy up at the house we are renovating so that we can move in really soon. Then I can get back to some handicrafts, saw some lovely wool the other day and I resisted the temptation to buy it. Don't know how long I can keep it up though!

Its nearly time to take down the decorations for another year, but doesn't the place look really bare when you do.

My Cretan Life