Wednesday, 28 April 2010

What a Lovely Sky

The other evening when we were watering the garden we had this lovely sight






Nothing beats a glorious sunset unless its a fantastic sunrise.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

The Sun is Shining and the Garden is Growing.

Well,  in the middle of March  we set about getting our newly acquired garden ready for planting. I took before and after pictures as it was rotorvated and planted, but alas when I got home I found that I had forgotten to put in the card so no pictures. (SILLY ME)

Anyway here it is now


We have potatoes, tomatoes, courgette, onions, okra, peas, beans, aubergines, cucumber and beans.


At home in our little garden above the house we have lettuce, a few tomatoes, peppers, a couple of courgette and yesterday I planted some spring onions, radish and some carrot. The carrots I have planted have small round roots not long tapering ones as the garden is very stony and they would just fork.


I also have some lettuce seeds growing in pots. I only take a pinch of seed and only get about 6 or seven plants at a time, then a few weeks later I do the same again so we don’t get gluts all at once.

Oh! and I have some strawberries in pots and they are flowering away to themselves. So it will be strawberries and cream soon folks.


Well it looks like another shorts and strappy top day today. Must go and enjoy the sun with a nice cool drink.


Monday, 19 April 2010

Volcanic Ash Cloud.

We went to a talk last week on the subject of Santorin's earthquake. It was very interesting and we where told about all the volcanic ash and pumice that was spewed out into the atmosphere, and here we are now with a cloud of volcanic ash crippling Europe.

We have my niece and partner here on holiday and they where supposed to fly back home on Friday 16th April. They both should have started work again today after the Easter holidays. No such luck!

So there are a lot of holiday makers stranded here. Now they are talking about shipping them home as the airports remain closed.

This is a terrible start to the holiday season here as last year was bad also. We need the tourists for our jobs to be safe. No tourists, no jobs, no money.


never mind we are still having a good time going out eating drinking and been merry.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010



I have family here for a weeks holiday and we have been going here and there for the last few days.

On Tuesday we went to Iraklion for the day and believe me when I say we walked our feet off.  As you can see it was a lovely sunny day.


We walked the streets and inspected loads of shops.


Saw some nice architecture.



And some not so well preserved.

All in all we had a good day. Bought a few goodies and returned home a little bit weary but happy.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Our Easter Sunday

After Lucky’s ordeal with the loud bangs from all the fireworks Saturday night. She was shaking like a leaf literally. We decided to go out on Sunday for the afternoon and take a picnic.


We went to Driros just across the mountains from us. This is an archaeology site. See here.
We had a wander around and found someone had been digging a pit.
It was very quiet. Just what the doctor ordered.
There has been some activity there. Don’t know what they where looking for.
Some very structural plants. Rather smelly ones too.
We spent a few pleasant hours there and Lucky enjoyed it too.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Walking with Lucky.


Still plenty of oranges around. I am quite surprised that there are so many what with the winds we had the yesterday.


There are loads of flowers starting to bloom.


The spring in our village. People come and fill their water bottles from here.


A big big cactus. It’s a prickly pear.


The olive trees have been pruned and this will be next years firewood.



These last 2 photos are down in Neapoli. This wisteria is just massive. it is so pretty sprawling through the trees and running riot and I mean riot in the whole garden.

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