Today, as I look out of my window, and watch the rain and the sleet, it is hard to believe that only 10 days ago, I was taking photographs of flowers and blue skies.
Α week ago, John and I went to Θόλος beach and there was not a ripple to be seen on the sea.
We also had a trip to Αγίος Νίκολαος. We wanted to have a look at the new piece of the road (sad people that we are) between Αγιος Νίκολαος and Ίστρον. It will take about 5 minutes off the trip to Ηράκλειο airport, saving us a very twisty part, so clearly it is very important in our lives!!!
looking for haggis. It is really the only essential food that we can’t get in our local supermarket and so we bought four of them. As we were out and about we went back along the new road and had a walk at the beach at Ίστρον beach. Again the sun was shining and the water so calm.
It all added to the ambience!
In the morning John looked up and saw no chimney and then found the offending piece of metal a couple of metres away.
Fortunately we had decided to go for a meal with friends in a local taverna that evening so did not need the fire then but there was urgency in the situation as the following week’s weather forecast was dire!
John worked out what he needed, bought the necessary bits that had fallen off, cleared out soot from the remaining piece,
John and I have plans for a new pergola to give us some shade in the summer on our terrace. Θάσος, the man who welded our railing and made our gate, came to agree what needed to be done but before he made the measurements, he gave us 3 bottles.
The green one is fresh olive oil, still warm from the processing plant. It won’t be ready immediately but will be delicious. Then there is some red wine and in front, some lemon raki, made by his wife. I ‘tested’ the latter immediately and found it completely delicious. Peple are very kind here.
On Sunday, I went to an Ιεράπετρα Tennis and Athletics Club celebration. It is called Η κοπή της πίτας, the cutting of the New Year’s cake. The cutting of the Βασιλόπιτα symbolises good fortune for the coming year and is done by many organisations as a gesture of good will. It was a lovely occasion, held in the Astron Hotel, Ιεράπετρα . The large room was full when I arrived, with young people, their parents and other adults.My friend, Γρηγόριος, found me a seat. Three priests carried out the ceremony and cut the cake which was delicious.
There is a hidden coin in it but it certainly was not in my piece! I spoke to the two peoplesitting on either side of me who turned out to be brother and sister. They were charming and my Greek stood up to the challenge, although after I discovered the brother was in fact the deputy mayor of and he had better English than my Greek, I did lapse into the easy option!
John and I went to a meeting of our Greek class on Monday and discovered that the classes are starting up next week. It was nice to see everyone again and I am looking forward to the new term.
And then the rain started on Monday evening and it’s still raining today. Yesterday, John and I ventured out and went to our four favourite spots for sea watching. We could see from our house that it was wild at Θόλος beach.
The island of Ψείρα, which we can see from our house, has such a great shape and looks fantastic when the sun peeps out on parts of it, especially with the sea having different colours from the storm.
Then we went to Παχειά Άμμος, admired the rough sea