Hemmed in

The main harbour of Hydra must be the most action packed watery enclave in Greece. From the very first rays of sunlight to the threes and fours of an already exhausted am this little hub positively thrums. We arrived on a cloud of optimism one mediocre Wednesday at 10.30 and…

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Harbour life

Sitting on the bow, decks splattered brown with Saharan rain. I am watching a fishing village roll through Saturday hours like children in long grass. The quay is idly slung with scruffy day boats, scuffed but usefully awaiting a steady grandfather or his cocky son. Larger, though no smarter vessels occupy…

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Marmalade days

Orthodox Easter was one week later than in UK and I joined Simon and Kezzie on Rope Sole just as the temperatures started to creep up and preparations to celebrate began. These Greeks consider us northerners rather reckless as we cast off our clothing at the merest hint of sunshine,…

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Waiting for the wind

Early morning Kezzie walks always yield a bounty of local knowledge and usually a few flowers too. Today we woke to an early chill which slid rapidly earthwards as the sun triumphed from Australia onto yet another Aegean blue canvas. A perfect remedy after a little night time fretting and…

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Behind the Scenes

I’ve been a bit slack on posts this summer but there have been instances and encounters on my mind so this is a broad sweep of recent days. The back streets are always worth investigating, Kezzie and I enjoy a good sniff ‘n stroll and of course Poros comes high…

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Treasures

The Greek islands have long been treasure boxes of talent and one of the joys of spending generous dollops of time here is the hunt and discovery of the artisans and entrepreneurs who quietly develop and display it Since the economic crisis in Greece we have seen the closure of…

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Away Days

This has been a crazy summer of sailing, travels home and to The States and now back again. For the sake of continuity and the record I am including a few highlights and pics of the month I was away from Greece. I spent ten days staying with lovely hospitable…

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Getting it right

From time to time we all get stuck to the quay. The reasons vary from; equipment failure, waiting for parts or other things to arrive by erratic post, courier or ferry, strong winds, which would make for beastly sailing, rendezvous guest arrangements, or just plain contentment with the place. Right…

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Wedding Weekend

Friday was our wedding anniversary, the eve of Harry and Meghan’s wedding and the run up to Pentecost in UK …though we shall have to wait another week for this celebration in Orthodox Greece. We set off early for the market but found our lovely farmer friend sitting on the…

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Water ways

Water and washing and a month goes by. There is a consistently loyal and courteous water man on this busy mainland quay. Lets call him Dimitri. Each morning and evening he patiently approaches visitors and explains the method of collecting water from newly fitted pipes. Never have we seen him…

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