February 26, 2018

The forecast said the rain would stop today by 10am. It did. A strong wind blew it away. I called in to say hello as I went past the archives to exchange emails with Eleni. She said she'll contact me if she finds anything. 

Then I set off for Mandraki Bay. 

It's east of...

February 25, 2018

I am lying in bed listening to the church bells ringing as they have for centuries. 

When I rose early to make a cup of coffee I seemed to have twice as many bones in my left ankle as I did yesterday morning. Where is Angelika when you need her? 

The walk up to...

February 24, 2018

This was the weather when I opened the shutters this morning. Luckily it's fined up to a blue blue day.

Did I tell you I texted Iliana a few days ago to ask where I'd find the apartment manual? I haven't been sure where to take my rubbish - instructions and how-to's, do...

February 23, 2018

After yesterday's walk I hobbled to the kitchen to make my morning coffee like an old crone! Nothing permanent that another good ten kilometre walk on uneven rocks won't fix.

It's a dripolator machine and I've never had one. My first cup on the first day was so str...

February 22, 2018

I love the way the seagulls wheel above the harbour in circles, round and round.

Yesterday when it was raining they landed and stayed put.

I discovered the significance of the double-headed eagle - no prizes for guessing the clue was the church setting. Apparently i...

February 21, 2018

Thankfully the weather held this morning for my visit to the archives and my tour with Maria. This afternoon it rained properly with the occasional a clap of thunder. Not quite the tropical storm, but Hydra's gentle version of it! Every now and then, just to show there...

February 20, 2018

Each night I close the shutters to keep in the warmth. Each morning I open them, never knowing what the day's weather might be! Today I was greeted by cold and grey. Low foggy cloud hid the tops of the mountains behind the town, draining colour from the landscape. I wa...

February 19, 2018

The temperature today has been 4º-9ºC. Sounds cold doesn't it? It's actually been fairly pleasant with not much wind.

My 2am snack last night - how healthy is that???  Might make up for the florentines I've been buying at the Tsangaris almond shop. Of course I didn't ea...

February 18, 2018

This is dawn from my window this morning. I keep forgetting that there are pigeons sleeping on the terracotta roof next door. They couldn't give a toss about the fine wire fringing along all the ledges. I don't know who gets the bigger fright when I throw the windows o...

February 17, 2018

I adore this place! It's been such a glorious day - at one stage I wasn't wearing a jumper! Isn't the water beautiful? I've spent most of today writing, with the exception of a couple of outings...

I came to Ydra not only to find out more about the characters in my...

February 16, 2018

You know those winds that blow straight through you even though your jacket is zipped up? The ones that make you look down to check that you really did put your scarf on and wonder why you left your beanie at home?  We had one today. 

Not all day though. This morning it...

February 15, 2018

I woke at 3.30am and opened the bedroom shutters to the sound of rain. Yesterday's wind had dropped and cold air rushed into the room. The pigeons I'd woken on the next door roof flapped their wings in protest then settled down again.

I worked on the computer till dawn.


February 14, 2018

Two hours by 'slow' ferry from Athens today, yet I'm now a world away. 

My taxi driver to the port of Piraeus was called Euazzelis - pronounced ev-aye-yellos. When I exclaimed over the bitter orange trees again, he said 'you will try not to eat them.' He's right. I will...

February 13, 2018

From Brisbane to Dubai we flew in darkness, backwards in time, with dawn hot on our heels. As the plane landed at 7am, the first rays of daylight caught up with us, touching the sky with pink.

It was an interesting flight, with another happy co-incidence.

Researching an...

February 8, 2018

Little Cove Noosa 

Yah-sas buddies! That's phonetic Greek for hello formally to one person or to a group, or yassoo informally for one person. I think. I've downloaded a podcast of Greek words called Greek Survival Phrases, and an app called Nemo. I've been listening to...

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