Month: October 2013

  • Mountain walk

    Yesterday we were out on the mountains all day so the dogs are catching up on their sleep today. It was very pleasant, as I think I mentioned on the phone last night. Still a little warm for Dave as he is not configured for doing much when it’s warm other than snore. Peace has…

  • Season’s End

    It looks as though the tourist season is very much coming to its end. The last ‘guests’ left the camping yesterday either heading for home or for other parts of the island. In the afternoon we enjoyed an extended lunch attended by the camping personnel and Alex and I, ‘resident guests’ all 6 of us including Adi’s…

  • Cretan Front – demanding afternoon

    We have just emerged from one of those mediterranean lunches which seem to go on forever. Alex and I had already eaten a salad with Cretan olives, Cretan Feta, Cretan tomatoes etc and then we were invited back to eat something with Marco and some of the other people who work on the camping. There…

  • It’s windy today!

    The wind got up in the night and so did Boris. He had an urgent appointment at about 04:00. Not that it mattered as I wanted to turn off my laptop which had been downloading Peaky Blinders from the BBC iPlayer Downloads site. I also have the first of Series 3 of Inspector Montalbano. Unfortunately,…

  • Everything is going swimmingly

    Everything is going swimmingly here in sunny Crete. I’m quite busy doing stuff for people in England as well as doing my own research and personal edification. The view from my office is without parallel and is so realistic that the sea actually moves up and down and people appear to walk along the beach…

  • All quiet on the Cretan Front

    It’s getting colder now that October is drawing to a close. Not so much during the day but at either end of it. This morning it was 16C outside and 17C inside. The daytime temperature is still around 24C, the sky is blue and there is plenty of sun. After the habitual dog walk in…

  • Another beautiful sunset

    Today I woke up with a cold. Not a bad cold, so far, but I think it came from my former Austrian neighbour who arrived at the camping with one and developed it during his stay. It’s easier having a cold when it’s sunny and warm. I played with my computers this morning and read…

  • Another demanding afternoon

    Another demanding afternoon on the beach, at least for Boris. He decided that going into the sea to retrieve the ball was the task of the day so we have spent most of the afternoon with me throwing it in followed by him bringing it out. It was the camping guy who first started this…

  • All happening in Lewes

    It seems to be all happening in Lewes this morning. We have just had lunch – another Alex masterpiece. Alex has now gone off to play on the beach. I suspect he will go over to the promontory and fall asleep in the sun. When he goes to bed early tonight, he will complain that…

  • Today is again lovely

    Today is again lovely and started off with the usual walk over the rocks on the nearby promontory. The sun was about to rise and the full moon, 180 degrees behind, was just setting in a violet sky – very attractive. Yesterday was busy as there were still problems with Inter Sport’s Internet connection despite…

  • We are having weather today

    Fortunately the dog food has gone down well as they have both just gulped it down and at €20 for 20kg it’s the same price as I was paying in UK. I forgot to mention that I have revised my van and pitch electrical installation today. I have an electricity meter to record the amount…

  • It is extremely windy although the promised storm for last night was a real flop. There was a little rain, it was a bit windy and there was a bit of lightening but hardly anything to write home about.   Today I have been helping Inter Sport with their on-going Internet problem and their provider seems…

  • Rain

    I see you are having some rain today. We are also expecting some together with a little wind. It will probably start late evening then go into the night. A possibility of some thunder too, which will be a lot of fun for Boris. Boris has taken to going swimming in the mornings as we…

  • It’s warm today

    It’s still warm despite my predictions that a change of wind would bring cooler weather. I had all the windows of the van open last night as it was so warm. It was very pleasant as i could hear he waves, see the sea and listen to the cicada singing. Today I did some washing…

  • Greek (Cretan) Bread

    We are having Thursday today as yesterday was Wednesday. There are fewer people on the camping now since my German neighbours have just left to go back to Germany then work on Monday. I have a couple of younger Dutch neighbours across the road but they don’t have a lot to say and look as though…

  • Is this bread Greek if it is made in Greece?

    My Dutch neighbours, with the large new camper, have gone off.  They are probably fed up being next to the mad English guy with the dogs. I’m not certain that this camping is suitable for people of their calibre. The sun is shining and it’s 28C. Boris is lazily gazing at the beach from his…

  • Shopping trip

    We, as in Dave, Boris, Alex and I, have been shopping in the nearby supermarket. I need to enquire about dog food as well. I suspect there may be some complaints if we run out.  We have olives, apples and lots of tomatoes. Now I have an electricity meter too as well as some Dutch…

  • Young Montalbano

    I have just fished watching the 1st episode of Young Montalbano. I enjoyed it having downloaded it from YouTube where someone had kindly posted it. You also get to meet Young Catarella too! It’s been a lovely day of which I have spent most of it on the beach. The dogs are both exhausted by…

  • Swallows II (gulp)

    The swallows appear to have continued their journey to North Africa as they can no longer be seen on or around the beach. I took Dave and Boris out first thing as usual then had a shower. I did some washing with the help of Boris. A quick chat to the German neighbours who remembered…

  • Swallows

    Today Grammeno has been invaded by swallows. They have come here on their way to North Africa. They have been amusing me all afternoon as they fly, very low, between the trees on the beach. Sometimes they all land and sit in the depressions in the sand. They are not very large when you see…

  • What news?

    I’m fine. It is sunny but rather. Dave is snoring in the sun and so is Boris I was thinking about a cup of coffee and wondering if my friend Alex is going to appear soon. The annoying dog somewhere in the distance is not barking and probably asleep. No real news as such as…

  • Message for mother

    I don’t need another table but now I have two: one for inside, the other for outside. The outside one was already here and is a very large cable reel laying on its side. The cloth was attached to it by drawing pins. I cleaned it yesterday. See photo attached I have seen all of…

  • Why doesn’t Crete have leopards?

    Interestingly I encountered a pride/flock/gaggle of leopards whilst out walking earlier. They were quite tame although a little frightened of the dogs. I have seen Emily’s photos and communicated with her too. She says it’s cooler in UK than in Madagascar. There were some lovely pictures and they appear to have had a wonderful time. Crete…

  • So there you have it

    Fortunately leopards are now mostly extinct on Crete so we may all sleep soundly in our beds. It is still nice and warm although we had a few spots of rain. Some new Swiss arrivals yesterday are also in a camper towing a trailer complete with dirt bikes and small children – they don’t tow the…