Month: July 2018

  • Goodbye July!

    I’ve been shopping again! This time I’ve bought a kitchen unit to put on my deck so that I can use my new electric cooking pot outside and I can stow all my stuff underneath. At present, it all gets cluttered on the shelf under my computer. It gets very dirty there and looks extremely…

  • It rained – but only a few drops

    Day 3 and the balls are still going down well. It was breezy so I hoped it would keep the mosquitoes at bay but it was also very warm and close so they were not going to be put off. It’s amazing what they will do to get your blood! Fido and Luis are suitably…

  • The bar and restaurant website

    As well as the Grammeno Camping Google website, I have also been working on one for the bar and restaurant as an entity of its own. In fact, I think it was me who put the bar and restaurant onto the Google Map and search website in the first place. To avoid bogus businesses, Google…

  • Blood Moon!

    It was almost a Full moon as we trekked across the car park in the direction of the Promontory. Higher in the sky than yesterday so provided more useful light. Unfortunately, the clouds got in the way from time-to-time but it didn’t last long. Fido galloped up and down in pursuit of his ball and…

  • I forgot the meat!

    The dogs have just received their Wednesday meat one day late. I forgot to get it out of the fridge yesterday so it was frozen to the inside of the can. I decided to postpone rather than chisel. They will be confused all week thinking today is really Wednesday when in reality it’s Thursday (I think).……

  • The aftermath

    The death toll for the fires around Rafina and Mati is officially some 75 although this is likely to rise as rescue workers search through burned-out buildings and cars. There was an early start to the day with a jolly jaunt to Souda Airport which is to the northeast of Chania. We left at 03:00…

  • Fires on the mainland and Crete

    Ursula’s sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s house in Rafina, close to Athens, has become a victim of the wildfires ravaging the mainland and also Crete. She received pictures from Vangelis as Tina, Tony’s sister, is returning from Tinos. I understand that the upper floor of their beautiful house has been destroyed and along with it possibly many…

  • Hot or what!

    The above temperature graph for today makes interesting reading. You can see that the temperature has not dropped below 31.8℃ since midnight. As I gazed through the fog of my half-open eyes, I could make out the temperature displayed on the clock at the foot of my bed which read 34℃. As we trundled across…

  • I was wrong (Ursula will be glad to hear this)

    Contrary to my expectations, there were no FreeLoaders on the Promontory this morning, requiring only Princess and the inevitable Obi to be detained. It was surprisingly warm but also surprisingly cool in some places. Kostas was collecting salt but left fairly soon after we arrived. We played ball for half-an-hour before wandering over the rocks…

  • The deal is done!

    Yannis Petrakis tells me that the contract has been signed for the new road between Paleochora and Kountoura. The road passes in front of the camping and will be wider than the present one to accommodate a pedestrian/cycle path as well as increasing the carriageway size I presume. There will be lighting and it is…

  • No invaders today!

    Other than a few FreeLoaders on the Promontory there were no invaders to my inner sanctum. Only a quick visit from Mikhalis who was dying to see what the others have been doing all this time. I feel sure he will have something to say whenever the opportunity arises however he contented himself with a…

  • Close enough for now

    The job is 98% complete with only a few odds and ends to deal with. I will have a better idea after some rain and some high winds. Fortunately, wind is far more prevalent at this time of year than rain! They went off with most of the tools and cleared away most of the…

  • And finally…

    …we almost have the completed project! The Dynamic Duo were with me until 15:00 having decided that Georgia’s restrictions for working only until 13:00 could be ignored as they are so close to the finishing line. I suspect the urgency of requiring payment may also have something to do with it! There was a message…

  • All fall down!

    I got up to Oskar at 00:55 and misstepped as I walked out of the van door. Antonis had been welding the previous day so I’d pushed the PVC sheet from on the decking, into the gap between van and decking. This sheet stops the wind from blowing up under the van into the awning…

  • Happy Bastille Day!

    It’s been a fairly lazy day as I have been performance testing the new fabric for the chair I bought in 2015. It did quite well but finally collapsed a couple of weeks ago. The chairs are quite expensive however it’s possible to replace the fabric to bring the chair back to an as-new condition.…

  • Mad Max – eat your heart out!

    Mad Max would, I’m sure, be happy to see the progress to the new external roof as it is in keeping with the style of vehicle and dwelling portrayed in the 1970s film. As good as his word, Antonis arrived with his equipment soon to be joined by the guy who was helping him yesterday.…

  • Softly, softly…

    No rude awakening from Luis this morning. Perhaps he’s got the message? Yes, and Pigs will fly! Even though I went to bed early last night, I still woke up on the alarm. I didn’t spring out of bed, that’s for sure! The mosquitoes were very pleased to see me this morning, both Kostas and…

  • Thank you Luis!

    Luis shattered my blissful slumbers with some wailing around 03:30! I didn’t get to bed until after midnight following an evening of taking down the awning and tent. I was not pleased that Luis decided to wake me up so even took the trouble to get from my bed to tell him so in words…

  • Very busy Monday

    I didn’t post this blog last night because I was very busy all day and taking the awning down all the evening. The first visitor of the day was Antonis to tell me that he’d be coming on Tuesday morning with someone else and that the awning needed to be taken down before he could…

  • Burial party aborted

    The plan was to get out on Saturday evening to dig the hole for Boris’ burial at sunrise on Sunday morning. When could be more fitting? The first flaw in the plan was that, due to the departure of the North Poles, space became available north of the compound. Some fairly active people decided to…

  • RIP Boris – July 2004 – 7 July 2018

    BORIS July 2004 – 7 July 2018 (14 years)   This morning, Sascha took me to the vet in Chania to find that Boris had died in the night. Antonis helped me take him in yesterday and he was treated with a nebuliser and other medications to help his breathing. Unfortunately, he did not respond…

  • Boris to the vet

    I decided early on that I would contact Antonis to take Boris and me to the vet. Boris declined another evening walk and was quite stressed when I checked him out at bedtime. I decided to get him out of his house but as he was having difficulty standing: this was no easy task. He was…

  • A restless night

    I could hear cackling and laughing as I wandered to the loo at 04:45. I’d forgotten to put my Apple Watch on charge so stuffed it in the charger for fifteen minutes whilst I marshalled the dogs. Boris was nowhere to be seen. Probably worn out by all that driving I did yesterday. We wandered…

  • Sascha, Steffi and Marie arrive

    It was a longer day than I’d expected. Sascha, Steffi and Marie together with Zora the dog, arrived at Souda (Chania) airport. The last time Sascha and Zora travelled via Souda, their flight was delayed by one day so they spent their time in a hotel waiting for the next day’s flight. This time was…

  • 33℃ My foot!

    It’s been a bit warm today. In fact, the hottest day of the year so far. Last year, it got this warm at the end of June. This year, just for a change, the end of June was like winter and we were wearing our fleeces and rolling down the sides to the awning tent!…

  • Work resumes

    Antonis was heading towards Grammeno as I cycled towards Paleochora. He stopped and we had a quick chat about the job. He needed to go to his workshop to pick up his tools which gave me time to continue on to Petrakis to get some fruit and get back to the camping. The ride was…

  • Surprise, surprise!

    There were no FreeLoaders on the Promontory this morning! Last week, I think I counted at least six vehicles in the Grammeno Beach carpark alone. It was a relief as I was able to exercise the dogs properly which is good for both them and for me. Back at the camping, I took Boris for…