I swashed my buckles with Mr Sharp who was having fun in Spain during one of the Spanish Civil Wars. Just the first episode so plenty more to go. ITVX has all episodes I think. I eventually fell asleep so took myself to bed with my heated pad to warm up my feet. Trailing the power cable for the pad from the kitchen unit may not be the ideal solution but there’s no 230V power at the front of the van.… Read the rest
Considerable rain fell during the night and the forecast looked a little unreliable so I put off getting up until six when it would be lighter. Being able to see the clouds is always helpful.
It was quite cold but there was no wind making it feel less cold. Progress was vigorous and it was easier as it was lighter.… Read the rest
A clap of thunder before/after the alarm convinced me it wasn’t worth getting out of bed. There wasn’t a lot of demand from the doggy contingent either. The storm rumbled by, the rain fell and Skinny went into his bunker. It was after seven before we were up and getting ready to go for a walk.… Read the rest
I was expecting the possibility of dampness and an excuse to loaf in bed for half the day but things had changed since last I looked. There was some dampness but it was near the end of the walk and not very annoying.
I took the two girls after and performed another, quicker circuit as there were now more clouds some of which were black and threatening.… Read the rest
The forecast mentioned the possibility of rain between five and six but it’s sometimes wrong so I got up anyway and dressed. I’d let the Crazies out who now wanted to come back in. Isabella at least – she’s never satisfied! I finally went out to put on my boots and ready the two girls when I head the light patter of raindrops on the roof above me.… Read the rest
I checked the forecast to discover only a 10% possibility of very little precipitation so up I got. Nevertheless, the sky was very dark and I wondered whether we’d get our walk done in time. There was a strong, southeasterly wind so the sea was pretty excited on the Alonaki side. Progress to Plakaki was more difficult going against the wind and it seemed very dark.… Read the rest
I set the alarm slightly earlier to compensate for the marginally lighter mornings and the time required to ensure Luis continues to be part of the walk. Sasha had been fidgeting so I needed to let her out mindful of her recent explosion.
It was fresher today so my hands felt cold for only about the second time this ‘winter’.… Read the rest
Poor Sasha had been outside for some while after supper when I let her in. I was eating and watching TV so not entirely focused on her needs. She want towards the door and asked to go out however I was too slow to respond so she returned the content of her stomach to an easily-cleanable section of floor – Good Girl!… Read the rest
When the dogs are fed in the evening, Luis, and formerly Fido, were put inside the van with their bowls. This prevented predatory behaviour from Luis to others and the larger dogs towards the smaller ones. He likes to sit on the chair which is next to the table where I serve up the food. This evening, I fed Oskar before feeding Luis and Obi.… Read the rest
I watched the first ever Sweeny starring a very young-looking John Thaw and Dennis Waterman supported by June Brown smoking like a chimney but looking much younger. I thought I’d give ITVX a go to see how well it streamed. I have to be on a VPN (Virtual Private Network) so as to appear to be in UK as the content is territorially limited to UK and the Channel Islands.… Read the rest
I woke to the sound of rain so decided it might be worth going to sleep until the alarm. Then I waited to check the forecast which mentioned a good chance of rain around six. At this point I felt that remaining in bed was a good choice rather than wander around on a dark, windy, wet morning.… Read the rest
The forecast mentioned rain and it was right although there were changes from the night before. We went out regardless and got a little wet. Only light rain fell at first but became harder so I decided to return to base. Skinny and Obi were further ahead and in a world of their own. As soon as we got back, the rain subsided so we went out again to continue our walks.… Read the rest
The moon is getting up later and reduced to a crescent. Tomorrow will be the last we’ll see of it in the morning for this cycle. It seemed quite dark as a result and there were few clouds except a couple pestering the moon.
I waited for Luis to ensure he kept up and, having engaged him, he managed to arrive on time for biscuits at Plakaki.… Read the rest
I woke up to find myself feeling a lot better then the day before. I was soon out of bed leading the assault on The Promontory. The moon is getting lower each day and the sky was clear with a reasonable collection of stars. Someone has fixed the street lights along the beach road but I’m sure they will fail again the next time it rains hard.… Read the rest
I went to bed early as I was feeling a little rough. I managed to get up around six and take the dogs for a reasonable walk around the Promontory to Plakaki and back but then called it a day as I was running out of steam.
I summoned up the energy to get the DDs going then collapsed into my chair with some ginger, honey and lemon tea.… Read the rest
A large German Shepherd was waiting outside the field gate almost patiently. There was only one little woof to give her away. The others charged out as she wandered in so the eight of us went on a great walk.
The sky was clear and the moon bright. It’s past its prime and heading rapidly towards the eastern horizon to meet the rising sun.… Read the rest
I checked the weather to discover there was a large, green blob almost upon us. I let Isabella and Sasha out with Skinny then retired to bed again. It rained on schedule but nothing like as much as forecast. I eventually got up around half-eight which is extremely late for me!
I made tea whilst the dogs paddled around outside hoping for a walk.… Read the rest
The forecast promised fine weather so I emerged from my pit and we were off on our diurnal travels. The sky was clear and the moon was bright. Luis kept up, following a little encouragement, so we were soon over the rocks and walking up to Plakaki. Isabella managed to get into one of the gardens and steal a bone from their dog.… Read the rest
I spent more time asleep yesterday evening than awake. I gave up and went to bed not expecting to have a very comfortable night. I think I woke up about an hour earlier then usual and the alarm was the next thing.
I readied the dogs and changed Luis’ batteries. He now has Fido’s collar and light which came on for a little while and then gave up the ghost.… Read the rest
Heavy rain during the night disturbed my gentle slumbers. At getting up time, I consulted Weather Underground to discover that more rain was imminent during the forthcoming hour. Consequently, having let Skinny and Sasha out for a quick pee, I retired back to my boudoir. It did indeed rain so we finally left for our walk around six-thirty when dawn was just breaking.… Read the rest
Iera was waiting [almost] patiently under the awning. She declined the offer to come inside yesterday evening. Seemingly, she only likes to come in when it’s hot as it’s often cooler inside the van.
Rain started to fall on the metal roof as I was putting on my boots which didn’t bode well for a dry walk.… Read the rest
A large dog was waiting outside the gate but she just joined in and was accepted as if she were always part of the pack.
Cloud cover prevented the moon from shining continuously as there was more cloud than empty sky. Some of the clouds looked quite dense as well as very dark. The forecast predicted the more serious rain would fall around midday so we carried on regardless.… Read the rest
The sky was clear so the moon light made it easy to get around. Only in shadowy locations did I resort to my torch. Luis objected to being left with his tree however he’d stopped objecting by the time we got back. He managed to find his way back to the camping and even went inside until I invited him to come out with the Two Crazies.… Read the rest
I fell asleep before reaching the end of Poirot and woke up in the following episode. I wondered why I was having difficult with the characters and story. Once I’d worked this out, I returned to the previous episode to find out who dunnit.
It was a little after five-thirty as we left the gate with Luis on the lead once we’d crossed the field.… Read the rest
Around three, Sasha decided I’d been asleep too long so clattered around until I eventually let her out. I asked her to be quick as I stood in the doorway and she was quick to return, fortunately. She still had ants in her pants so I was getting out of bed before the alarm even sounded.… Read the rest
I was awake and out of bed before the alarm so I could get the dogs walked and ahead of the day. Luis met his tree then came out with the girls for a more energetic walk where he could be off the lead.
I went into Paleochora passing EKO which was open as was the bakery.… Read the rest
I set my alarm a little earlier so as to get some beans in before the DDs needed to be cooked. We left about the same time for our walk with Luis on the lead once more. He was left tied to his personal tree whilst we walked the rest. I picked him up and brought him out with the girls where he kept up well.… Read the rest
Cadfael helped to solve a complicated murder and then Wycliffe almost too.
Around two, there was an explosion as I was unable to wake up in time to release Luis to explode outside. He’d annoyed everyone by throwing up and then eating it again. Very tidy of him. Growling at any other dog interested in stealing his puke was too annoying.… Read the rest
I watched Bosch and then the final episode of The Wire which nicely wrapped up the series. I finished off the evening with a short documentary or two.
Only two vans in the beach car park and one along the beach road. It was exactly 05:30 as we left so most of the dogs managed to return to the van just before seven.… Read the rest
In Which We Serve was the highlight of my evening’s entertainment. Noel Coward is still talking very quickly with clipped words; his wife too!
We met Andreas on the second walk. The first was uneventful as Luis found himself tied to a tree when we went to Plakaki. He got his money’s worth as I took him with the girls where we also found Oskar who’d been unavoidably detained.… Read the rest
I could see that things would get difficult by the number of incidental bangs during the evening, despite the TV volume being quite high. Fido is not a fan of bangs and goes into meltdown each time. Skinny gets edgy when Fido goes into meltdown causing general disquiet. I had the volume turned up in an attempt to mask the bangs, which mostly worked.… Read the rest