Friday, December 7, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018
Holy Trinity is more or less finished....still assessing the shadowed sides of the church I need courage to go darker. Tomorrow. I think a purply grey will work.
We pass the abandoned house below on our daily walks. At the end of summer the datura climbs all over the front of the house winding its way to this shuttered window. In each side the oleander rambles on the aging, used to be white-washed walls. The blue shutters are a wonderful chalk blue....created by the sun and age. A challenge to mix paint to match.
I have had a very productive day even managed to wash the shower curtains. We will not have too many more of these sunny 20 degree days which are perfect for drying laundry. When we get back to our apartment I must tell the dryer I really missed it’s service.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
I have been lazy since we returned to Havari and now two blog postings in a row 😄. I am working on a painting this week intermittently. We have workmen in and out doing some remedial work, first on the front door, making it stronger so no-one can kick it in, an issue here. I inspected it before lunch, Fort Knox now. Many people would rather steal than work. Our hall windows had big gaps on the sliders so we had many guest spiders and other critters wanting to share our space, today we will be insect-proofed, apparently stops on the tracks of the window was not installed originally, it is now blocked. One of our living room windows has a leaking seal so that needs to be replaced or fixed. We want to update our balcony railings, currently iron with paint and many spots of rust appearing. Remember my rant about painting the Damn thing a few years ago, I swore never again!!!! We are pricing a stainless steel one to replace it, no maintenance...I will just have to dust it lol!
Our Kitamura furnace was installed last week....it's wonderful....warmth on cool mornings! We are waiting for the oil tank to be filled, the heating oil hasn't arrived in the area yet. Nick and I cleaned the garage this week and moved the brother in laws JUNK back into his side of the garage. Our side is pristine and the car is being serviced and washed today.
We have enough room for our nephew to park behind us when we are not here. The least we can do, as in the past he has always been generous sharing his cars. He has had a miserable last few weeks, having had a kidney removed and then his back went out. Knowing back pain well, I feel for him. We have been chauffering him to various appointments until he is cleared for driving. He is looking a little more cheerful the last couple of days.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
We had three tours recommended by our cousins; Lindos castle, the old town at Rhodos Town and the Butterfly Valley. All available by bus.....the Butterfly Valley was a tour bus, the two others the local bus which is very cheap.
Lindos castle a crusader fortification on top of a hill with a wonderful temple inside on the high point. The view from the battlements to the village below spectacular. Lesley leaning out through a crenallation..... to get that great shot.
The third tour was the old town which we had briefly gone through the Sunday we arrived. We decided a day wandering around the beach, the town , lunching then resting was a better option.
The Butterfly Valley tour runs from 9 until 1 pm. We chose the last seasonal tour on the day we were departing, Friday. Once the bus dropped us at the parking area we were free to hike up the valley and spot butterflies. The feature attraction is the arrow shaped moth with orange under wings. The ticket taker advised as we were heading in that they had mostly migrated the day before. Not a problem it was a great hike up the valley to the monastery and we saw at least 4 other species of butterflies after all it was the end of September. The gnarly tree is an olive a very, very old olive tree 200 to 300 years we guessed. At the top of the mountain a new taste sensation. A couple of ladies were selling iced mountain tea with honey and lemon, delicious but expensive at 4 euro a cup.
Back at Nianthi apartments, we changed, grabbed our bag, then a local bus to the airport and hour later we found our car at Athens airport after a brief search. It was dusky as we headed onto a blustery highway. Not too much traffic and we had dinner along the way. Lovely island, lovely people we would recommend Rhodes as a great destination.