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Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have two granddaughters too...

Monday, 3 March 2014

A Local Heroine......

 In the near-by village of Kritsa, there are several beautiful sculptures depicting the short life of a young girl in the 19th century. Her name was Rodanthe, the daughter of the chief priest of the village.
One morning, aged 17, she was singing whilst working at her loom, the door was open.
 The local Aga was passing through the village with his men and fell in love with the beauty of her singing.
He vowed to marry her.
That night he sent his henchmen back to the village, her mother was murdered and Rodanthe was kidnapped..
She was taken to the Aga's house in Houmeriako where the wedding preparations were quickly arranged.
Later when alone in the house with him, Rodanthe tricks him into discarding his weapons and clothes and wait for her in the marital bed..
She snatches his sword and stabs him to death, then dresses in his clothes and fled to the mountains.

Desperate, finding herself in the tiny church in the hamlet of Zenia, Rodanthe cuts off her hair and dedicates
it to the Virgin Mary.
Dressed as a man, she joins the Cretan rebels, who called her (him) The Beardless Manolis.
(He) proved to be the fiercest fighter in the group.
January 1823, there was a 2 day battle on the outskirts of Kritsa where the Cretan fighters were trying to hold back a much larger Turkish army.
Rodanthe fought bravely, she found and killed the Turk who had slaughtered her mother. But was gravely wounded and taken to the doctor in Kritsa.
By coincidence, her father, had also been wounded and was being treated by the same doctor.
When the doctor came to cut away her shirt, the truth was discovered and Rodanthe managed, with her dying breath to explain to her father what had happened and that she was still 'pure'.
Both her and her father died of their wounds and were honoured by the folk of Kritsa.
There are many plaques and statues in and around Kritsa in memory of this brave girl.
Descendants of her family are planning a book and converting the family house into a museum.
The first sculpture of this post are of no paticular girl, they portray how young girls of Rodanthe's time would have spent their time.
A friend of ours, Nigel Ratcliffe  is the sculptor and kindly gave me permission to use these images. He also carved the engraving of the dying Rodanthe and her father,

Monday, 21 October 2013

Spinning, Plying.....FO. WIP, and, umm, Something Else....


It's been a bit warm to spin with my drop spindle over the last few months..but that doesn't mean I've forgotten about it.
I'd just like to show you my progress.
Above, is my first completed attempt...hmm....

Above, is the next attempt that was completed, you can see I'm having trouble with my plying....
(anybody got suggestions of where I'm going wrong?)

Above is my very latest attempt...I admit, I'm much happier with this.

The latest attempts of spinning are much neater and consistant, I'll have to wait and see what it looks like when plyed etc..
I've read books, watched videos and practiced and I'm hoping if anybody has any suggestions about plying please leave me a comment.
How do you ply?

Right, on to some knittery
below, is a completed scarf.
The pattern is here
The stitch was easy and, I think is very effective. It produced a lovely dense, woven feel.
The yarn was bought back from New Zealand by my son a couple of years ago....it has 75% Merino,15% Alpaca and 10% Possum and feels incredibly warm. The maker is Karamea.

Now.....
my work in progress...
the wonderful Viajante....
I'm just about to start my third (and last)100gram ball of Regia Lace.
It's so long and very difficult to photograph.
I'm enjoying this easy knit and am looking forward to wearing it soon (hopefully!!)

And lastly....
Brock
my cardigan...
don't ask...
Hope you've enjoyed this catch-up
Have you any words of wisdom about drop spindle spinning?
Or plying?
Have you got any projects tucked away that you can't face??
Tell me, tell me!!
Take care
I’m linking up with Sarah’s Spinning Show & Tell.



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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Postcards.......

August,
a trip
to visit
my lovely son in London
and those pesky girls in Surrey
 My son is relocating to York soon
 so this was my last walk around the area where
he and his wife have lived.


 Then, on to Surrey

 This summer Lirys has learnt
about the cycle of seeds to food, she has thoroughly enjoyed
these lessons and it's a joy to watch her  taking such pride
in the garden she has made with her mummy.
It was difficult getting the beans, peas and carrots
into the kitchen and on the plates...they were often munched  way before then.





 On the morning of the day that I left,
I sat in the park, discussing the meaning of life
over a strawberry (the very very best!!) ice cream,
while I marvelled over the green-ness and the huge trees
with the most beautiful and bright little girl  x
 Have you sent or received any postcards recently?
Are you going on holiday soon, or where have you been?
Do you miss grandchildren??

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Summer Night.....Festival Season...

If your name is Evi, Evita, Vivian, Voula, Paraskevi, Veti,     Congratulations!!( κρόνια πολά )
Here on Crete it was your name-day yesterday, big celebrations in your year, bigger than your birthday!!
We have a church for the saint of Pareskevi (Παρασκεβή) in our village,
so last night was our festival night.
Normally, the village is a sleepy little place, most of the inhabitants are asleep by early evening.
Not last night...no...
the old school playground was filled to the brim with tables and chairs, hundreds of them!!
Of course things don't kick off until 21.00 to 22.00
We all enjoyed a wonderful meal, loads of μεζέδες (starters) and 
then 'pork from the oven,'  'chicken in wine', 
vegetarian bean dishes....
wine, beer, water...
A popular tipple at these occasions is a bottle of whiskey...costing 50 euros a bottle..
The music played on and the ladies got up and started 
dancing, wonderful to watch!! 
Give them a while and these chaps will be strutting their stuff..
While some just prefer to 'people watch'
These girls make it look so easy but as the tempo hots up they become whirling dervish..
The band played on, typical Cretan music played on 
a lyra
and an 'askomandoura'.....a type of bagpipe, made from the skin of a goat or sheep..

The evening was good, enjoyed with friends.
We walked home after one o'clock, as Geoff was working this morning
As we walked up the hill, we were passing groups of more people going down to start their festivities...
I woke at 0400 and the band was still in full flow..
and I suspect there was still dancing ............


Today (27th July) is 
Pantelis
Panteleimonas
name-day

Have you ever been to a Greek Night? have you tried Greek dancing?
Please, tell me what you thought about them..















Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Scenic Route Home.

 Hello there,
                                                I have a choice when driving home from work.

My village is perched on the side of a mountainside.

  I can take the National HighRoad or take the old road and take a leisurely drive and admire the countryside.
   Many people don't realise how mountainous Crete is.

  


Guess what....???
I'm going to try and get blogging again, just thought I'd test the water with a few photos..
Tell me what you think.
I've just got to try and work out how I can blog about my crafts and our life here on Crete.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

A Disappointing Free Bus Trip...


Last Friday we set off for a very rare day out together in the height of summer.
As Geoff works for the Safari Club Crete  he works most days throughout the summer months.

We went to Heraklion as our daughter-in-law-to-be
Heather, had won 2 free tickets on an open topped Big Red Bus.
As Heather works for a similar company in the centre of London
and we had thoroughly enjoyed that trip, we were looking forward to this trip around the city of Heraklion

The trip didn't start off too well, we were told there was a 10 minute delay due to the amount of traffic,
the bus finally arrived 25 minutes later....
We were all handed free, single use earphones as we got on and also could buy a sun hat..which could have been handy if you'd forgotten your own as the temperature was 36 degrees.
First crackly recorded message..'On your right is the Natural History Museum'..silence..
The bus then veared around a mini roundabout and into smaller streets...
'On your right is 'Jesus Gate'...silence.... 

Then,  within 10 minutes we were turning around at Knossos...
Hmm, not quite what I'd expected..
The posters we'd seen around displayed times of 60 to 80 minute trips...
Ours took approximately 40 minutes..
The recorded 'sight seeing sound system' was virtually non-existant and very hard to hear through the crackles.
The young ticket collector could have used her  time better by making the area safer, picking up the piles of disgarded ear-phones from the floor and stairs.....instead of rubbing her armpits with a roll-on deodorant......

Do you think Geoff was trying to block my complaints out??
Looking at the map later, we noticed that at least half of the
tour had been cut out..
All in all very disappointing.
I certainly would not recommend paying 20 euros per adult.
A family of 4 = 50 euros...

We ended the day by eating at one of our favourite fish tavernas, Ligo Krasi, Ligo Thalassa,
sorry, we'd eaten most of the delicious seafood platter before I remembered to take a photo.

ps. I've just spoken to Heather and she is offering a discount on anyone booking tickets on The Original London Sightseeing Tour
 (online or by phone)
Just remember to use the code ' RELATIONS' when booking



and while I'm at it..
I've another code to offer.....
My daughter Bethan, loves
Frugi clothing.
It's a Cornish company making and selling good quality organic clothing
for babies, children, mums to be and breast feeding mums.
To celebrate Bethan becoming a crusader for Frugi
they are offering 10 per cent discount off  (except sales goods) all orders
if you use the code BETHAN' when ordering in the UK.

Now, just feast your eyes on these little beauties
my bouganvillia

my wonderfully perfumed hoya

and...the delightful stephanosis, having issued the most gorgeous perfume all night is closing it's petals....
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