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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...

Sunday, 31 January 2010

A Dilapidated Post

On Friday I went on a very long and strenuous walk/ramble with some friends. It took us 5 and 1/2 hours. Yesterday I was rather....tired!!
But it was well worth it and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the weather was fantastic and the company was excellant... Our husbands complained that we were too slow and if we stopped talking for a while we could walk a little faster, but of course that didn't stop us!!
I digress...
We ended up at a hamlet Geoff and I visited last year, Adrianos. It's virtually desolate, I think there's only a handful of old folk living there but some people return during the summer and the olive-picking season.
We stopped here for our picnic lunch and spent a little while peering into the windows and doors of desolate houses so this post is mainly photographs. I think they speak for themselves.....
Above is a bread oven in a delapidated house.

Just right for renovation...
Above is the outside kitchen of an old lady who has died and the whole place has just been left as if she's popped to the shops.
Below, is Joan telling me about when she used to walk past and the old lady would be sitting there, so pleased to have someone to talk to for a few minutes...

Above, another room, left just as it was when the occupant was alive.

I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I do...It's such an insight into a Crete that very few people see.
I shall post the photographs of the walk/climb/ramble during the next week.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

A Trip To Knossos.....

You may or may not remember, last November we had a visit from both my daughter Bethan and my son, Gareth.
After Bethan had returned to Saudi, Geoff, Gareth and I had a trip to Knossos on the outskirts of Iraklion.
Knossos is one of the archeoligical wonders of the world as, until the start of the last century, it was thought to have existed only in mythology but the Homeric tales of King Minos, his wife Pasiphae, the Labyrinth and the Minotaur all came to life as Arthur Evans, in the early 1900's slowly uncovered this massive site.
There was habitation there for over 8 thousand years. The first palace, built 4 thousand years ago, was destroyed and then rebuilt on an even grander scale.At the height of this second period,the palace consisted of more than a thousand rooms on 5 floors. A whole town existed around it and it controlled an empire covering the whole Mediterranean linking the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.
The Minoans were the first great civilisation of the Mediterranean Basin, they were extremely artistic and peaceable prefering to cooperate and trade rather than use military might. They traded near and far using the produce of Crete- olive oil, wine, timber, grain and imported gold, silver and gems which were used to create the wonderful artefacts that have been unearthed.
To put it in perspective, Tutankhamun, ruled Egypt, as this great palace was in decline.
Below, are some small examples of the frescoes found during excavation. The originals are to be seen in Iraklion Archeological Museum.
Contention has always dogged this site regarding Arthur Evans's reconstruction of parts of this palace. (see below)
The detractors claim that nobody knows what the palace originally looked like and of course, this sort of reconstruction would not be permitted nowadays.
In Arthur Evans's defence,many of the walls were timber-framed and as excavation proceeded these walls collapsed due to the rotten wood, therefore if nothing had been done, there would be even less to look at today. He claimed he was 'preserving' rather than rebuilding.

The above photo is a reconstructed area, if it had not been rebuilt we would never have any idea of what may have been there. Personally, I don't mind it!!
We were very lucky to be able to go out of season and the site was nearly empty of tourists but I can imagine at the height of summer it might be rather different with thousands of people there every day.
It has a lovely open air cafe and a good museum shop.
I also noticed some shady picnic areas which would be much-needed in the summer.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Hmmm!! What do you think??

Can you hear the knitting needles clicking away??
I started with a Debbie Bliss pattern from her book,Simply Baby, with some gorgeous Debbie Bliss cotton yarn.
Even though Bethan says Matt has large feet, I'm not sure the baby will ever have feet big enough for these.. It could well have started school and be wearing them as socks..
So, I tried another pattern, these cute Mary Jane's look more like 0-3 months, don't you think??
I'm rather pleased with them, I know it will be June/July and it's rather hot in Saudi...
but, but, but!! Ok, shall I start knitting items that are for an older baby? For when they go to live in the UK??
But, but I like knitting tiny things...any suggestions??

What do you think of this then?
I knitted this from the home spun, hand dyed alpaca I was sent from A Bag of Olives
It's really lovely and soft and fits around my neck, brilliant idea! I can wear it with jumpers and cardies, just what I need here when I don't need a huge scarf..neat!!
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Monday, 4 January 2010

Welcome the Dixie Chicks!!!

Just a quick post to introduce you to the newest members of our little family.
They are the Dixie Chicks....I'm not naming them individually for obvious reasons!
We've had them a couple of months now, they were scrawny little things when we bought them, hardly a feather between them!!
Now look at them, fat, shiny feathers and a sparkle in their eyes.
Geoff sits and talks to them and, of course, he says they understand every cluck and coo.
So, I ask you, why are they not laying?????
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