NYE Arrival

I let dogs out at some point during the night and then Isabella around five. I checked the weather and then got up so we were out of the gate at five-thirty.

Yet another vehicle had appeared in the car park but we passed by quickly and disappeared into the darkness, over the rocks and up to Plakaki.… Read the rest

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NYE-1

There was a northerly breeze so the morning was fresher than of late. The Dutchman had joined the Germans and the BB in the car park. Other vehicles were ranged along the road. It was dark yet starry and we have a little way to go before the moon returns.

We made good time to Plakaki because I kept the dogs moving and together.… Read the rest

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Maria Visits

Amazingly, we were going out of the gate just after five-thirty. I wasn’t wearing a coat and didn’t need one even though it was slightly breezy walking over the rocks. I kept an eye on the dogs as we walked to Plakaki, especially Obi who seems to be behaving himself. Shortly after, the various parked motorhomes and vans loomed out of the darkness on the road back to the car park.… Read the rest

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RIP Marie-Christine

It was so mild I didn’t even do up my coat as we walked around. Two vans were in the car park and three more scattered along the beach road. It seems to be getting busy along here. A little strange for the time of year but it’s been so mild living in a van isn’t too hard at present.… Read the rest

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Anke Returns

I went to bed quite early as I was falling asleep after watching Miss Marple solve a particularly complex series of murders. I woke up early and remained awake which for me is quite unusual. Lack of a snooze during the day I suspect. For some reason, I didn’t hear the alarm so it was nearly five twenty-five when I got up

Our first walk was longer than usual as I had to keep waiting to gather up dogs.… Read the rest

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Batteries moved

Cadfael and his crew were after the bones of a Welsh saint which the Welsh were not up for parting with. A double-murder to keep the monk busy. All good clean fun! Even more fun from Spooks although not quite so far-fetched as others although, technically, they’re well ahead of the pack.

The street lights along the beach track are still not working which I think it great as they are unnecessary, polluting and hopelessly inefficient.… Read the rest

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Damp Start

We made a quick exit just after 05:30 under a dark and cloudy sky. The various doggy lights were rushing around as is always the case when they first emerge into the vastness of the beach and The Promontory. The BB is still in the car park however, nearby there was another van amongst the trees which line the beach road.… Read the rest

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Krimbo

I’d amused myself with the Battle of the River Plate which I’ve seen countless times but is included with BritBox film collection. Nothing like a good naval battle which was quite numerous at some points!

I almost set off without a coat but was glad I did as the wind was a lot fresher at the end of the Promontory but it was less so as we walked up Alonaki to Plakaki.… Read the rest

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Christmas Eve

There was a doggy event during the night sparked off by another dog near to the compound. I wandered out to see if there was anything there but didn’t hang around as it was cool.

No problem getting out of bed and out of the gate as it was mild but dark with a good selection of stars.… Read the rest

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Arrivals/Returns

No awakenings so just the alarm to start the day followed by doggy activity. We managed to get out of the gate at a reasonable time to a mild by murky morning. I’d not looked at the forecast so wondered if it might rain the sky was so dark. No sign of the moon and very few stars.… Read the rest

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Shortest Day

I amused myself with the film of Swallows and Amazons which I discovered on BritBox a while ago and decided to save for later. I don’t recall the story being quite how it was portrayed in the film but then it’s been a while since I read the book. It was a good way to pass the evening followed by a further episode from Brave New World and some Nebula where I fell asleep…

It was still windy when I got up the first time to let Fido and Sasha out, then again when it was the turn of Skinny and Sasha on replay.… Read the rest

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Only Ten Years

It was with some difficulty I prised myself from my pit as the wind continued outside. It had been blowing hard much of the afternoon and all night. So keen was I to get up I feel back asleep for a couple of minutes until the dogs started to move about.

At least is was not very cold and there was no rain as we walked across the field towards the beach road.… Read the rest

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Windy!

I was nearing the end of my salad when I received a call from an Austrian gentleman calling from the gate. He only wished to spend the night as he’d booked into an apartment for the next couple of weeks. Only up the road but he wanted to stay over to be ready in the morning.… Read the rest

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Too Busy for a Sunday

Other than the Belgian Boudoir, two other cars were parked in the beach car park. Cars here at this time of year at that hour of the morning can only be there for nefarious purposes. I could also see detritus from another car which had been parked on the beach. At least they used condoms but a pity they found it necessary to chuck their rubbish out of the windows!… Read the rest

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Tap Fixed!

I had a busy evening visiting Shetland with Jimmy and Cornwall with Wycliffe. The Wycliffe episode was about an incident on a trawler where a man died and the trawler sank. A subplot was the EC regulations about fishing quotas and throwing back fish which had been caught but were already dead when the quota had been reached.… Read the rest

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Scandinavians Everywhere

I was about to prepare myself to eat my supper when I received a call from reception announcing the arrival of a Norwegian couple. It was after dark so their tour of the camping was quick as I was hungry. I was pleased I hadn’t started eating at that point. They are parked by the restaurant kitchen and plan to take over their neighbour’s place when they leave on Sunday.… Read the rest

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Crossing Possible

The sky was a lot clearer than the day before so plenty of moonlight for most of the walk. The river was much quieter and shallower than yesterday and some kind soul had bunged some larger rocks to act as stepping stones so I was able to cross with dry feet. Even Luis managed to cross without a trip to Libya!… Read the rest

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Early Morning Rain

My slumbers were again disturbed by the sound of rain. This time it was around 02:00 and I stayed awake a little longer for some reason. The quantity was the same as the previous time but the cumulative results were more dramatic. No thunder was involved.

It had stopped by getting up time so we walked out over a field which had gained a few puddles crossing a more flooded road towards a car park with significant puddle and the Belgian Boudoir near the beach.… Read the rest

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Lovely Rita

I woke briefly to the sound of rain but ignored it. Only once I walked out onto the beach road did I see how much fell which amounted to nearly 13mm. Walking up the beach to Plakaki, I noticed a deep channel created by one of the ‘rivers’ that take away the water thrown off by the greenhouses.… Read the rest

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Wave watching

The forecast promised no rain so I felt keener to get out of bed. It was cloudy but the moon managed to shine through to spread a little light. I could see well enough by 06:30.

It was interesting crossing the causeway as the sea periodically produced a large wave which crashed over the rocks. We stood watching the waves for quite a while before committing to crossing but managed with no loss of life or wet feet.… Read the rest

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Slightly Moist

Cadfael entertained me for the majority of the evening with some help from Martin Shaw and the remainder of the CI5 gang in The Professionals.

Having studied the forecast, I cast caution to the wind and took the dogs for their walk as usual. It was dark and very cloudy so it was not possible to keep a weather eye on the clouds.… Read the rest

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Sleeves Up!

It was quite warm as there was no wind so I had my sleeves rolled up for much of the time. The sky was cloudy which was a shame as the moon is high and gives a good amount of light when it’s clear.

The Belgian was in his mobile boudoir oblivious of our passage although well investigated by the dogs.… Read the rest

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Untitled

Dr Who was escaping from cavemen with his ‘tribe’ as I’ve started from the first episode of Dr Who. All these years later, it seems extremely dated but I recall hiding behind the sofa during the scary bits but then I had a too vivid imagination back then. I used to lie awake convinced there was someone coming towards my room until I worked out it was just the hot pipes under the floorboards as the central heating came on and off.… Read the rest

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Untitled

13.2mm precipitation fell during yesterday evening. I understand, Johannes, the Finnish guy, went for a night swim after the rain. They commented on the dramatic lightening out to sea.

There were large puddles on the road as we crossed from the field with a couple of significant lakes in the beach car park. There was not a single vehicle to be seen.… Read the rest

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Thundery

Full moon is upon us once more however it hung around only a little while as it was early to bed. The dogs ended up at the right places and managed to return to the camping together.

The girls appeared to enjoy their walk which included a mad chase at the end. Isabella had a piece of wood and Sasha ran after her in ever-decreasing circles.… Read the rest

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Finding Antonis

I was awake before the alarm however the dogs were starting to fidget. It will be in our interest to get out promptly tomorrow as there is the possibility of rain.

Our walks were a little later as I actually remembered to put the chickpeas in to cook before the DDs which I would be preparing later.… Read the rest

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Washing Day

A lone Pole in a motorhome arrived in the evening but I quickly dispatched him to a temporary location promising to find a more desirable parking place the next morning.

The alarm went off at 05:15; we were out around 05:30 so as not to spend the whole time in darkness. The full moon is soon to be with us which will make life brighter first thing.… Read the rest

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Sunday lie-in

There was some fidgeting but the alarm sounded at 05:15 intentionally somewhat later than usual. There are no pressing engagements on a Sunday so it seemed worthwhile to walk later when it’s a little lighter.

The sky was clear and very starry and the dawn very attractive as I walked towards Azzuro and Plakaki. I sort of arrived without even knowing as I was miles away in another dimension.… Read the rest

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Feeling Lazy

The alarm sounded but I didn’t really have the inclination to get up and walk dogs right away. I set a timer or two and finally got up around 05:15. It was nice not to have to be in darkness for the entirety of the the first walk and the beginning of the second.

I wasn’t wearing a coat but the temperature felt fine and I had my sleeves rolled up for some of the time.… Read the rest

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Flood

Four humans and three dogs attended the burial of Georgia’s dog. Toni made short work of digging the grave despite the wet sand and my assistance. The grave should be deep enough to deter potential visitors. So far Siiri has had no unwelcome admirers.

I took Isabella and Sasha for a brisk walk of the Promontory under gentle moonlight.… Read the rest

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Burial Party II

It was just before one but Fido was determined to go out and had already been out at bedtime. I make sure of it. I decided he could stay out for the remainder of the night so installed his collar as I know he gets vocal if he doesn’t get his own way. Sasha decided to accompany him so he had her and Obi to keep him company.… Read the rest

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