Seal Of Approval

A group of young Greeks arrived at the camping yesterday afternoon and just happened to be caught in the motion video of the reception camera before I turned it off. The reporting not the recording. They are staying in some tents conveniently planted in a row in the central part of the camping opposite the customer kitchens.… Read the rest

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New pumps – Service!

It was hot again last night but I managed to watch the final episode of To The Manor Born. I’d forgotten how it ended but it was a foregone conclusion.

Isabella had the fidgets early in the morning which detracted from my slumbers. I sat outside before bedtime to dry off after a shower and fell asleep.… Read the rest

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Cooler result

The night was warm but better than others of recent days. The dogs had ideas of getting up at 04:25 but I wasn’t up for it opting for a more leisurely approach after my active day.

There had been some loud music from Alonaki Beach during the night. I recall there being a similar event last year with revellers still abroad at walk time.… Read the rest

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Piccadilly Circus

The consensus was that 04:30 was the new alarm time which got us out good and early. There were no maggots immediately visible on Alonaki but a few cars scattered around the beach car park alerted me to the possibility of FreeLoaders. It was very warm and airless so pace was slow for me and for the dogs.… Read the rest

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Swimming Pool

For some extraordinary reason, the maggots occupying the sun beds on Alonaki Beach were not enamoured by an early morning visit from Skinny and Isabella. The idea of either of them sniffing around in the darkness might be off-putting to some. I summoned both and marched off towards the end of the Promontory.

Some cars adorned the beach car park so I was on the lookout for FreeLoaders which we found in due course.… Read the rest

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Not so hot or humid

I was too hot in the night despite a pathetic fan heater on cold to keep me cool(er). I gave up my pit and relocated to a chair outside on the decking where is was a lot less hot than inside. Part of the problem was that the van had not been adapted to summertime weather.… Read the rest

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Hottest Day of the Year II

A gag was required for Luis as he seemed incapable of keeping quiet. I think I can say “Shut up, Luis!” from any stage of sleep.

I wore a T-shirt even though it was 21C as we left the camping. I’m not sure why…

The sky was a little murky again, there were no FreeLoaders only Kostas collecting salt when we returned for the second round of the Promontory.… Read the rest

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Not Hot but Humid

The radio woke me at around 02:30 so I turned it off. I don’t listen to the radio in my sleep but it is useful to drown out distant pussy disagreements which can then lead to doggy,[Luis] accompaniment.

It was another hazy morning with limited eastern illumination. I could make out the entire lack of cars in the beach car park which was confirmed by the departure of The Snorer from the distal end of the Promontory.… Read the rest

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Hottest Day of the Year

Luis decided to accompany Fido and Oskar out at bedtime. I was pretty sure what would transpire but Fido and Oskar came in as required. I made a half-hearted attempt to get Luis to come in; it was hot and most of the punters had left anyway. As expected, he wanted to come in around 02:00 so I let him in although Charlie and Isabella remainder outside with Obi until morning.… Read the rest

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Summer Solstice

Welcome to the Summer Solstice 2021. For Eastern Europe, the Solstice was at 06:32, in the UK, 04:32. I didn’t feel the earth move but I did remark the time.

One of my close neighbours has a cough which must drive the other inmates in his tent crackers. I snore loudly and sometimes talk in my sleep so I’m certain the neighbours, who were allocated the rental rent, were very comfortable.… Read the rest

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The Snorer

We followed the same routine as yesterday as it was quicker and gave less opportunity for the dogs to make noise. No sooner were they ready to go than we were out the gate to cross the field.

I was expecting to find more cars in the beach car park and I wasn’t disappointed. I was more focussed on the dogs in case there were lots of bodies scattered around.… Read the rest

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World Albatross Day

The morning was warm but I dragged on my thin fleece with my t-shirt to save mucking around. In deference to the proximity of the neighbours, I put collars on Obi, Isabella and Charlie, who were outside, then took the remaining collars inside. It’s much quicker that way as they cannot suddenly disappear other than to the driver’s footwell.… Read the rest

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The hordes arrive

Out early again as I was awake at 04:30. Nothing at all to do with Obi and Isabella prancing around on the decking outside, shaking the place down. If I was a betting man, I’d put Isabella as the instigator of the early morning ballet session. They stopped prancing after a little while but I saw no value in lounging in my pit unnecessarily.… Read the rest

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Peace at last!

It was just after 04:30 when I arose from my pit as I just happened to be awake so thought I might steal a march on the day. We were off on our walk in good time to view a cloudless sky to the east with the sun’s rays starting to make an impact.

The single light to the right of the others is the lighthouse which marks the small island just outside Paleochora port.
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We seem to have bolted out of the gate quite early this morning probably because I managed to get the dogs into their collars more quickly.

The initial view from the beach was far better than the previous day as the rain managed to clear the atmosphere of dust and pollution, what little there is around here.… Read the rest

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More Rain

I might not have been paying attention when I put the Doggy Rice on to cook. I was distracted by my potatoes so stupidly put the lid on the DR without putting any water in the pan. The potatoes went on top without a lid and happily cooked in the steam as expected. It was only when I removed the lid to the rice when I took it out of the pot that I realised what I’d done.… Read the rest

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In Flagrante Delicto

I didn’t need to worry so much if the dogs made a noise early in the morning now that Erica and Janne are no longer here. There is no one nearby and I think all of the accommodation is empty too. Not that they should made noise first thing as we have the summer to go where there are bound to be people much closer.… Read the rest

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My evening viewing included a NetFlix film called Extraction concerning the rescue of the son of an Indian drug baron who was in jail, from the clutches of his main competitor who was assisted with the resources of the state at his disposal. It was all good fun with plenty of action scenes and even a reasonably coherent story.… Read the rest

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It was a nearly sensible time this morning as I ignored the dogs until 04:40 when I got up and let them out before getting dressed.

It was still light enough to see even though we were out a little earlier. The dogs seemed to disappear but then suddenly were with me at the entrance to the Promontory.… Read the rest

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Turtle Eggs

Skinny, Fido and Isabella were clamouring to go out this morning at 04:15. I’m beginning to think I may as well just get up earlier and cut out the middleman. I let them out but then returned to bed as I wasn’t ready to get up. Fido returned and wanted to be let in but I suggested he might stay outside.… Read the rest

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Big holes

Skinny was off his food last night so Oskar was eager to muscle in creating a slight disturbance to the Force at teatime. I picked up Skinny’s bowl and put it out of Oskar’s reach. Skinny finished off his food this morning as he seemed quite recovered. He however woke me at 04:10 so mindful of his delicate constitution I jumped out of bed to open the gate and stood there for a while waiting for him to come back in.… Read the rest

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Dining out

I should have listened to Ursula and made sure Fido went out at bedtime. He needed to go out around 03:00 so I found myself standing patiently awaiting his return which was accelerated by my request to hurry.

The dogs left the gate like greyhounds from a trap. I caught up with Luis halfway across the field and Obi at the top of the beach.… Read the rest

It Rained!

I didn’t see the pretty BMW SUV parked in the beach car park so it was only the sound of Oskar barking in the distance that alerted me to the possible presence of alien bodies. I quickly sent a message to Oskar requesting him to desist which he was kind enough to do. Indeed, he appeared moments later as perhaps the lure of a couple of doggy biscuits had got the better of him.… Read the rest

The cicadas are back

The dawn was a little cloudier than recently.

The moon has only a few more days left of this cycle

There was no one around today except for the guy who comes in his truck every morning around 06:10 to take a photo of the sunrise. He draws up at the top of the beach, we walk by and we exchange greetings.… Read the rest

D-Day + 77

There were a couple of cars in the beach car park so it wasn’t long before Charlie discovered some bods sleeping on the beach. I had to remotely turn off his bark mode. Later on during the second sweep, we came upon a small tent in one of the favourite spots. Obi spotted it before me but we passed it by almost unnoticed.… Read the rest

Great excitement

The last couple of nights have been cooler so I’ve resorted to using a thin blanket having previously only had a sheet over me. The weather forecast predicts slightly lower temperatures from Wednesday onwards.

It was just before 05:15 as we were walking across the field out onto the beach. The moon is nearing the end of its cycle so there’s little light from there.… Read the rest

Friday already

Our Early Walk was good fun as it was not too cool but not hot either. It didn’t stop Luis from puffing away as he trundled his way from the rocks to Plakaki and back. He moves in his own time so arrives often after the others. Seeing as his legs are so much shorter than everyone else’s he does quite well.… Read the rest

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Kostas was arriving as we were leaving the Promontory. I heard a few excited barks from Obi and Skinny as they greeted/chased after the 4×4. The two of them came back quickly enough when I called and we carried on down towards Plakaki.

The sea was very calm as there was little wind although it was not hot.… Read the rest

Winter’s over

I ended up leaving my fleece on a tree branch and nearly forgetting to pick it up on the way back. For a change, nearly every dog was present at nearly every biscuit distribution point although I was keeping an eye on Oskar. He likes to wander off down towards the camping if I don’t change his course for him.… Read the rest

Καλό Μήνα!

The eastern sky was clear so the morning was bright and light.

Those little clouds above the mountains hung around for a while

I had to gather the dogs up as, at one point, I found myself walking alone which is always a little disconcerting. Eventually, Obi, Luis and Fido appeared beside me and I called the other dogs to me.… Read the rest