Rain and more rain


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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe 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!!!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlooking 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were a bit peckish by now so stopped off for lunch at one of our favourite taverna’s in Παχειά Άμμος. The lunch had all the essentials – beer, tsaziki and a Greek salad.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASomeone had clearly been busier than us this morning with a trailer full of bags of olives.


It all added to the ambience!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut then the wind blew that evening and we felt snug with our new, nicely fitting doors, windows and shutters. We did not hear the clatter which there must have been when the chimney fell off.

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,


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand shortly we had a fire.


John and I have plans for a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnew 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.1926839_889053347813373_6404951698977075065_nMy friend, Γρηγόριος, found me a seat. Three priests carried out the ceremony and cut the cake which was delicious.

10897788_889053527813355_9134720038903260287_nThere 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!

10959598_889054497813258_4741094516556812215_nWe discussed amongst other things the impressive English of the new Greek finance minister, Γιάννης Βαρουφάκης!

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then went to have a look at the small harbour, which was extremely calm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the small channel which keeps the rollers from the boats.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen we went to a viewpoint, high on the main road to Σιτεία  and looked again at Ψείρα.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd finally, it was on to Μοχλός. The small island opposite always has tremendous currents round it

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the coast line was wild,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the sky got blacker,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the waves higher.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANature is a powerful phenomenon even in the island of paradise.



5 thoughts on “Rain and more rain

  1. Mairi Marlborough

    Great photos and impressed with the Greek names but have no idea how they would sound in English!


    1. Veronica Willins

      Super photos as always Sheila but these are special as they show both sides of the weather patterns and the suttle difference and gradual deterioration of same!! Very impressive!! Also impressed with the Greek words contained therein- you’re practically a “native” now!!
      John did a great job on the chimney- I like the hands-on approach, nothing deters him!!
      The tennis venue was also very impressive and you were surrounded by delicious cakes. You;ll have to play a bit to work those off!! Liked the idea of the 3 priests, seems to be fashionable in tennis these days!! None named William!!? We;re busy here with AGM etc. Should be a good season with the new Ball Machine(still to try). Hope you have a good one too!!


  2. kritsayvonne

    Thank you for sharing. We only have one week left before we return to the UK for 7 weeks so your blog will be essential reading to keep my Crete levels topped up. X



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