- Crete, Greece
- 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 three granddaughters too...
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
My quilting friend Chris arrived back from England with loads of goodies on Friday. We met up on our usual Tuesday meeting today.
Just look, magazines, books, threads, fabric, patterns, rooibos tea and rooting powder.
It felt like Christmas, she also told me about her experience at a quilting group she visited and all the many shops she HAD to visit. Well done Chris, I know it was a bind, not!!
We washed and divided, took out the nasty ones and any little animals and insects.
Then, came the stage you may want to turn away from.......... I was apprehensive. I washed my feet then went for it. Judith and I stepped into the trailer while the men poured the grapes in.We slipped and slid about, squashing away
It took hours and hours and we ended up sloshing around in the dark.
The chaps were at the other end filtering and pouring the "juice" into a huge barrel and believe it or not, we managed to gather 35 litres!! This is left for 40 days then bottled... I know, I'm not holding my breath either. words like vinegar and yuk come to mind. No, we haven't added anything to it.
The "must" and all that goes with it has been emptied into 2 bins, covered in water and in 8 weeks, we will be distilling it to make Raki. There will be several licenced stills around at that time. They have a licence to run for between 12 and 36 hours.
I looked this morning, there's alot of bubbling going on!
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Here we have the infamous 'cafenio', the stronghold of men, this is where they sort the world out, play tavla (similar to backgammon) have their hair cut and drink raki or coffee. God help any woman who tried to set foot in there! True even now, in some areas.
Isn't this lovely? just a small example of some of the weaving. such wonderful colours.
Yes, I know it's a mess, but that's how it is........
This photograph is of a room that has been set out to look like a typical Cretan kitchen/ living area. You still find these fire places in many of the houses here. All the cooking was done over the fire.
The lace work above the fire place is very typical too.
In front is a raki table and chairs. Raki being the spirit made from the grape must. Reputed to fix anything, drink it, rub it on!!
Here's another example of the crochet/lace work that is produced and adorned round the house, even now.
A school room, Nearly lost my leg in here, so, no closer!
The loom and other pieces of basic equipment regarding weaving, spinning and wool making.
The very sad thing is these looms are left, abandoned, in many houses. In fact,we had one in the house we bought but when we were given the keys the previous owners had dismantled it and thrown it away. You see many of the pieces now as frames for mirrors or just ornaments.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Now, look at these, walnuts!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be keeping an eye on these. Anyone know how to pickle them??
Now, don't look if you're squeamish, in these rusty old barrels is what people will be drinking soon, it's this years village wine!!!!!!!!!!
Honest, on the whole it will be great,well, drinkable!!!