Month: April 2023

  • HW 2

    The Moroccan picture on the van We got up a little earlier only because I woke up before the alarm and wanted to get ahead of the day. The dogs were quiet as the door was closed so the additional warmth encouraged them to sleep on. The Dog Van was in the same location as…

  • HW 1

    Fidgeting dogs woke us up and Luis had to be pacified with his collar during the night as there was a dog barking locally. We were out of the gate just after five. The Dog van was parked next to the facility for persons with mobility instability so it was not long before the aforementioned…

  • Holiday Weekend

    I let Skinny and Obi out at 04:30 so didn’t bother going back to sleep. I was up shortly after so we got off to a good start. I thought it might be warm but the wind put paid to that. Our walk was uneventful as Luis and his tree were friends and the others…

  • A Long Day

    For some reason, Sasha was getting her knickers in a twist early in the morning. I let her out and then in and then out again where she continued making a fuss. I ignored her as it was soon time to get up. It was another light morning with some darker clouds over the mountains.…

  • Dining Out

    Luis joined me on the end of his lead once more with a very determined attempt at making me let him go by trying so see how slowly he could walk. He forgets that I know how quickly he can move when he feels like it. He waited with his tree as I took the…

  • No Records Today

    I went to bed early as I was tired. I’d been watching an interesting programme from the BBC archives about the construction of the northern section of the Victoria Line from Victoria to Walthamstow Central. Another interesting one was hosted by John Betjeman of a journey up the Edgeware Road looking at change over the…

  • One Year On

    2023 – becoming nearly as big as Isabella and she’s only 15 months! All that running about with Isabella takes its toll 24 April – Easter Sunday 2022 Sasha and Fido April 2022 More rodent activity meant an earlier wake-up than expected so we got up anyway as I wanted to go to Paleochora before…

  • Hottest Day of the Year!

    I’d prepared some food for myself and waited until it was unlikely there would be other arrivals. I was just preparing my meal when someone arrived at reception. I put the pans back into the pot and dealt with the arrivals. I sat down with my meal and then there was an alert from the…

  • A Soggy Start

    No Photoshop was involved in the creation of this image(Taken yesterday morning) It rained a lot of the night, not hard but a gentle, useful rain which soaks into the ground rather than runs in torrents into the sea. At around six, I opened the van door for the dogs to go outside. Some of…

  • Spring?

    After some detailed examination of the weather forecast, I extracted myself from my bed and started the get dressed. The forecast was a little more optimistic than previously although I was keen to get out to stay ahead of the situation. We were a little later out of the gate but made up with a…

  • Bang!

    I was in Brighton last night with Grace who was solving multiple murders associated with organ harvesting from undocumented refugees. I didn’t think such things happened in Brighton, certainly not in Hove (actually). Luis was racing around at 04:30 so not much sleeping took place after than. At least he eventually shut up when asked.…

  • Happy Birthday to Me!

    Lewis and Hathaway kept me busy and entertained as I’d completely forgotten the plot of the episode or the denouement. Lewis rescues Hathaway from a fire deliberately started by the perpetrator. All very exciting and knicker-gripping. Not long after, I retired to bed. The morning started still and reasonably warm however I removed most of…

  • In No Particular Order

    A lady called from reception to tell me she’d been here for twenty-four hours. She tried to call me twice yesterday evening when she arrived but my phone wasn’t working so she set up her tent amongst the trees near the beach. She even showed me on her phone that she’d tried unsuccessfully to contact…

  • Easter Monday II

    There was little left of Sunday by the time I’d done everything that required my attention so I gazed at the box for a little while before going to bed. Seeing as the mornings get lighter each day, I advanced my alarm to 04:55 for Monday morning. It was warm and the sky relatively clear…

  • Easter Sunday II

    FidgetBottom decided that 04:25 would be a good time to go for a wee and then disappeared around the back. I’d decided to leave her out but then got up and let her back in when I heard her rooting around outside. By then, I was wide awake so might just as well have got…

  • They both went out around four but came back very quickly so I was back to sleep almost instantly. That said, I seemed to be a little slowing getting up so it was later by the time we were out and walking. The torch battery was full unlike yesterday when it went flat right from…

  • Van Goes

    There was a phone call just before ten from a Greek mobile number. I’d just fallen asleep so, in my befuddled state, assumed it might be a punter at reception so answered. I didn’t understand what the woman was talking about even though she spoke good English so fobbed her off and went back to…

  • RIP Gregory

    The van with the barking dog had moved a little further up the track towards Plakaki so there was a little less barking. Unfortunately, Skinny went to investigate as soon as he left the field with an obvious result. Otherwise the walk was what is now becoming the usual but extended walk to Plakaki and…

  • Lewis and Hathaway kept me entertained as they solved another Oxford-based multiple murder. This is not the first time I’ve viewed the series but the more I see, I realise what a brilliant counterpoint Hathaway is to Lewis. The ghost of Morse was very real in this particular episode. Checking the weather forecast revealed an…

  • Easter Monday 1

    All of the dogs were inside although Sasha and Obi chose to remain outside until bedtime. The night was reasonably peaceful with some fidgeting from within. We were out before five-thirty: the van parked on the track was in the same place, the sky was clear and it was warmer. Luis disappeared early on but…

  • Easter Sunday 1

    I sprang into action and we were out of the gate and walking across the field towards the beach where a small van and a couple of cars were parked. I suspect the cars were there for an assignation and the van was freeloading. The dogs went to investigate causing the resident van dog to…

  • Fika

    I needed a coat and hat today as there was a slight northerly wind which was quite cool. The sky was totally overcast shutting out the moon and any chance of first light or dawn so it appeared very dark. Luis went AWOL early on and I didn’t want to hold up the others waiting…

  • Goodbye Maciej

    There was some gentle barking around 02:10 so I went outside to investigate as I knew Sasha was inside. She followed me out so together, we let Iera in. She settled down under the awning and slept silently until morning. Sasha came back in with me. The alarm was a little earlier as I’m trying…

  • New Tax Year

    I took my coat in case it was a little chilly but left it on the field fence. Yesterday evening, whilst looking for my torch, I remembered my coat had been left hanging over the branch of a Tamarisk tree and was still there. I walked across the field in the moonlight to find the…

  • Washing Season

    The morning was chillier than I’d imagined. I started off with a coat but left it on a tree branch when we went on the second walk to Plakaki. I was even more daring when it came to riding into Paleochora as I had no coat at all. The wind is still from the southwest…

  • Late Start

    As predicted, there was more rain in the night which continued until it was light. It was late by the time we went onto the Promontory. The sky was very cloudy and I could see approaching rain. We managed a complete circuit then there was a brief shower which drove us back to the van.…

  • Erica told me they’d landed in Athens and their flight was on time. They arrived at Grammeno later in the evening to start their almost one month stay. The morning was positively warm as I was out with no coat and not even a hat! We went on the extended walk which included some input…

  • FreeLoaders

    Sasha was outside so no need to get up to let her out. I was awake around four and some were up for going out then. We were walking across the beach car park and were greeted by a man with a torch. It transpired they’d been celebrating some important event as there were still…

  • April Fool

    We went on another extended walk with everyone and managed to actually return with everyone. Furthermore, everyone was mostly walking together although Luis and Oskar had periods of absence. Luis mostly because he likes to investigate and is closer to the ground than the others so progress can be slow. Oskar gets distracted and sometimes…