Month: January 2022

  • Beautiful Day

    There was a lot to do and I knew it would be a nice day so we were actually up and out of the gate by 05:30, only fifteen minutes after we got up! For a wonderful change, the sky was clear, Venus was rising and there were plenty of stars to look at. The…

  • Showery Sunday

    Even the green bits are now red but Gavdos is stil yellow. Rain fell in the night and early morning. The score for Saturday was 13.6mm, about what was forecast. The alarm sounded at 05:15 but there appeared to be no doggy activity so I waited to see if any would materialise. There was none…

  • Lazy Moon

    Fido needed a wee just before two but he was very quick so I was back in bed and asleep again before I knew it. The next stop was the alarm clock and the Early Walk. Mindful of the weather I felt it a good idea to get on with things which turned out to…

  • Rock!

    I was in bed by nine-thirty and asleep not long after – clean sheets and all! There was no wind first thing and it wasn’t that cold as I put my gloves on only on the walk up to the river. The moon has only a few days to go but still makes its contribution…

  • Rock Fall

    Fido decided it was warm enough to go for a wee around three however he came back pretty promptly. It was warmer this morning when we went on our walk as there was only a slight breeze and that was at the end of the Promontory. Isabella had her flashing beacon on but Skinny needed…

  • The Rug Departs (for now)

    A wonderful silence indicated the wind had disappeared overnight which was a huge bonus. I let the dogs out onto the decking area where The Rug was waiting. It wasn’t warm out there but she didn’t seem to care much. I got dressed quickly then harnessed the dogs with Isabella trying out her new locator…

  • Cold, Wet and Windy!

    The rain started at 22:00 and continued on and off all night. It was still going at 08:00 but at that time I decided I didn’t want to stay in bed any longer or I might take root! The dogs went outside for a quick wee and I’d hoped to get out for a walk…

  • Disappointment

    I watched the 2019 rendition of Midway where there was plenty of action at Pearl Harbour, The Coral Sea and finally Midway. The film was long at over 2 hours but there was little chance of falling asleep. The night was chilly so I resorted to duvet plus two blankets so was warm enough in…

  • RIP Dead Sheep

    A mass exodus at 04:45 set the day in motion as Isabella wanted to go outside and seemed to take most of the others with her. I went back to bed as I could see absolutely no need to be rushing around first thing on a cold, potentially wet, Sunday morning. Soon after, they came…

  • Two’s Company

    Russian Roulette with the weather again. In hindsight, we should have gone much earlier as it was drier. The First Walk was curtailed due to approaching clouds and large raindrops falling. As luck would have it, no sooner had we returned to the van the rain stopped falling. The dogs were in and I’d made…

  • Take Two

    The evening was not particularly comfortable on the tooth front but I managed to eat without too much trouble. I was glad to get to bed and wasn’t long going to sleep. My slumbers were interrupted only by the sound of rain at some point during the darkness. The forecast proved incorrect as it wasn’t…

  • Dental Delights

    With no wind and a clear sky we bounded out of the gate for the Early Walk which was just a little later than usual. Venus was rising in the east and there was just the tiniest beginnings of dawn peeking up over the horizon. I almost managed to steer the dogs way from the…

  • Another Great Early Morning

    Gavdos is now yellow and most of the remainder of Greece is at Level 5. Gavdos is the yellow bit Another beautiful morning with abundant moonlight and almost no wind. It wasn’t too warm so we kept a good pace over the rocks and then down to the river which is still too wide to…

  • Best Lasid Plans

    Ha! The sound of raindrops on the metal roof as the alarm sounded so back to sleep I went. It wasn’t until much later that the rain stopped and I got up to start organising the dogs. Everything was going well until it rained again but it didn’t last long so we were out of…

  • Wonderful Morning

    It was a whole lot easier getting out of bed this morning. I even felt too warm during the night. There was only a slight breeze but a full moon so keeping track of the dogs was quite easy. The sky was clear so there were hordes of stars and the occasional planet too if…

  • Blowy and Chilly

    I really didn’t want to get up! The wind was blowing, it was dark and my bed was warm. I managed to postpone the evil moment until around 05:45 but eventually gave in to drag myself out of bed. As usual, once underway, it was much less arduous than I expected although cold and windy…

  • Level Five

    Other than Gavdos and a few other small islands, most of Greece is at level 5, the highest infection level. Now the play is to see which is increasing or decreasing. Obi and Charlie spent the night outside on the decking with The Rug as they felt it was warmer than of late, personally, I…

  • Rude Awakening

    Having invited The Rug to go home last night I retired to my boudoir somewhat later than usual having got up somewhat later too. At 03:55 there was a woof at the compound gate which I recognised so I replied with a polite request to desist with the woofing business and await my arrival. You…

  • Crowned

    The wind was blowing and there was light rain on the roof so I really had no desire to get up. It was after 06:30 when I eventually surfaced so it was starting to get light as we set off on our walk. The dead goat/sheep on the beach is still a distraction so I…

  • That Crazy Weather

    No excuse for loafing so I was out of bed and dressing so that we could get a decent walk underway. The field was awash with puddles but that was mostly from the day before as the ground is sodden due to so much rain. The waves were less lively than the day before as…

  • Generally Wet and Miserable

    Having checked the weather forecast to reveal that some 12mm rain was due to fall between 06:00 and 08:00, I felt that discretion might be the better part of valour and fell back asleep having released Skinny from the van. The others seemed content to remain in the warmth and comfort of the inside. Only…

  • Wet and Cold

    I didn’t get to the end of my sleep-time meditation. I suppose that’s a good thing… There was rain in the night but it conveniently stopped so that we could have dry, uninterrupted walks. The river across the beach was as wide, if not wider than I’ve seen it before so even Isabella found herself…

  • The early forecast promised rain however it wasn’t raining at 05:00 so I took a chance that we’d get a bit of a walk before the predicted rain arrived. The sky was mostly clear as I could see stars. However, we didn’t hang about so kept a good pace down to the end of the…

  • Enhanced Security

    I my haste to get inside the previous morning, the gate to the field was left open as well as that which leads from the main compound into the SDC. I went out on my bike for an hour and spent quite a bit of time in the camping. None of the dogs used the…

  • Plakaki And Beyond!

    Fido was fidgeting around so I assumed he wanted to go out. I got out of bed to discover that his problem was that there was no more seating space and he wasn’t up for sleeping on the floor. There wasn’t too long to go before wake up time anyway so it didn’t much matter.…

  • Three Kings

    The wind changed pushing the sea from the south and east as we trotted up to the end of the Promontory. The rocks were still navigable and we crossed the causeway with dry feet. If only Oskar wouldn’t stop halfway across to see if a wave is coming! Plakaki is still inaccessible due to the…

  • SIM Trials

    I was soon asleep after my early start and short night before. So sleepy that I woke up and then fell back asleep until 05:25! I’m not sure the extra time did my any good as I found it quite difficult to get going. Nevertheless, we did our best to make up time and no…

  • 01/01/2022 Bug

    The night was very short due to the latest Exchange Server bug which has caused plenty of annoyance to Exchange Admins since the New Year. Fortunately, someone was good enough to write a useful post about how to get around the bug. I’d carried out most of the usual checks without success and the Inter…

  • All Washed Out

    Not much green to be seen except on a few of the islands I steeled myself for a more rapid exit from my pit as I needed to go to the laundry to set the machine off so that my washing would be done before the first load scheduled for 07:30. I discovered someone had…

  • Anniversary II

    It was another fine morning but a trifle windy, a chilly northerly wind which made progress towards Plakaki slow on the outbound but a breeze on the way back. Dawn’s first light was creeping up from the horizon just after 06:20 but the moon was not to be seen. We were back before seven so…

  • Καλή Χρόνια

    There was little excuse for loafing in bed this morning other than loss of sleep as the result of Fido barking at the New Year fireworks. We were out the gate just after 06:30 to a much lighter sky with loads of stars. The moon was still in bed and little use when it eventually…