Saturday, 26 December 2009

Our Christmas


Just about to sit down at the table.

We really ate too much yesterday. I think we nearly always do. I phoned family and friends to wish them a Happy Christmas and we sat in front of our roaring fire and watched TV.

But today we worked it off.



Yes we were olive picking. It was such a lovely day, really sunny and hot.


Nice juicy olives


A working donkey


I found these lovely little flowers blooming away to themselves.

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The olives all picked and loaded onto the pick-up.

What did you do on Boxing day?

Friday, 18 December 2009

Music Night.

Last Monday we when to a Music Night as I was celebrating my birthday. There where a few people getting up to entertain us, but we also had instruments too. Tambourines, maracas, and loads more.







We all had a good time.


A very enjoyable night.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Merry Christmas everyone


I hope all my readers have a great time over the Christmas season.

Will you be making any resolutions for the New Year?

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Cooking the Greek way

This is a traditional oven here on the Island of Crete. It is a dome shape inside and they light a fire with wood in there. When the oven is red hot they let the fire die down and they then put in the food for cooking.
To cook bread they clean out all the ashes but for meat they put the pans onto the hot ash. They then put on the door to keep the heat in and the food cooks.
And this is the finished product. Potatoes, meat, tomatoes, olive oil, tomatoe paste, oregano, salt, lemon juice and water. Eaten outside in the olive groves. Beautiful!!!
This is a 70 yr old Cretan lady testing the meal. She gave it the seal of approval.

Monday, 7 December 2009

What a Whopper.


When we were out shopping this morning we came across these pomegranates. I have never seen such large fruits. The top right-hand one weighed in at 1.03kg. Wow!!!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Olive Picking


Well its olive picking time again. Ian was helping some Greek friends to pick their olives last week. It is quite hard work, even with the machines.


This is a typical site in the olive groves right now. The nets are placed on the ground to catch all the olives as they are knocked off the branches. This picture shows them having a break to drink a little Raki.

When they were all working I took myself a little walk and left them to it.


These are two ruined windmills




This one has had a little bit of renovation.


A view over the olive groves.


The weather has been a bit changeable this week, the sun comes out and it’s quite hot, then it clouds over and the rain comes and when it rains it rains very heavy. Your drenched in no time. I know this very well, as the last two days when taking Lucky on her morning walk I have been caught about half way around and got absolutely soaked.

How is the weather treating you in your neck of the woods?

Friday, 4 December 2009

Last Weeks Walk.


Last week we took a lovely walk along the cliffs at Malia.

The weather was hot. To be quite honest we have had really good weather this November.


We found this rock sticking out of the ground with all these sea shells embedded in it.


I wonder how many thousands of years ago that this happened? This is quite high up from the sea level now, so what was going on all that time ago?

The weather changed here on Wednesday 2nd December. We had lashings of rain, the water running down the streets like rivers, and the wind!!!

We  get really freaky type winds up here. Like mini hurricanes and things get tossed all about. Not too much damage though this time.

Then on Thursday out came the sun again. I am hoping we have some good weather at Christmas to, as my middle son is coming over for the festivities. Really looking forward to that.

What are you doing over the Christmas period?

My Cretan Life