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My Greek island life: sunshine, flowers & festivals

After the storms of last week, this one has been wall to wall sunshine. A little chilly at times with a cold north wind but beautiful. It’s been a good week to get out and get things done, around the house in the garden and in general.

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Celebrating Women Travel Bloggers

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the women in our world and also remember that for so many every day life is struggle just because they are women.

The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange share the hashtag and see what’s going on where you live.

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My Greek island life Clean Monday and March sunshine

This week was end of February and beginning of March, the end of winter and start of Lent. It’s a time of year for spring cleaning, gardening and painting. The island starts to wake up from winter and everyone gets ready for the tourist season ahead.

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Out & About

Patmos reveals a travel blogger

If you’ve been following us on social media you’ll know that recently we headed off to discover the island of Patmos. The blog has been a member of Travel Bloggers of Greece for 2 years now and this was our first FAM trip with the organisation.

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Experience the Jungle Tour of Rhodes

If your looking for something a little different to do away from the beach then the Jungle Tour of Rhodes could be for you. Escape for the day and let Nikos Papas your guide take you to a very different side of the island.

I joined The English Speaking Association of Rhodes on a trip into the jungle near Archangelos. A fun day out that is suitable for all ages, but it’s a not a trip for everyone. You’ll need a sense of humour, a sense of adventure

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Greek Easter on Rhodes an expat perspective

If you find yourself in Greece during Easter expect something a little different. There’s very little chocolate in the shops and hardly any bunnies at all.

Easter here is a serious religious event with a week of events all centred around the church.

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Tried & Tested

Beetroot garlic dip recipe

Beetroot – παντζάρι – is a wonderfully versatile vegetable and found in lots of Greek recipes. Originally only the greens were eaten the small root was used for medical purposes in ancient Greece. Later the larger bulb developed and the beet as we know it today. I was first introduced to it by a friend from eastern Europe who would always have some as a side dish or pickled.

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Blue cheese, chive & walnut scone recipe

Scones and muffins are something we love for breakfast and are great to have as a snack on the go on a busy morning. As summer comes to an end I’ve been watching the Great British Bake off and it’s time to start baking at home again.

There was some gorgonzola on offer at half price in the supermarket the other day so I couldn’t resist finding a way to add that flavour into a scone. Looking at what was in the cupboard and the herb pots I came up with blue cheese, chive and walnut.

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Goats cheese and chive frittata recipe

Goats cheese has a soft subtle flavour and it’s good for you too. Lower in cholesterol than cows milk cheese yet still full of calcium and vitamins. This recipe is great to share for breakfast, or as a light lunch or supper with a salad.

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 Had a wonderful afternoon out with friends, Greek meze Sunday lunch in #Platanos followed by coffee, ouzo and ice cream in #Embona , a great way to escape the heat and the tourists at this time of year. Even picked myself up a new evil eye bracelet. Can you have too many of these? #mygreekislandlife #hamza #evileye #evileyebracelet #greecestagram #rhodes #sundayvibes #meze #escapethecrowds  We are back in the world of electricity. Impi seems extremely happy about it! Some time without it was good, it reminds you of what is really important in life. I'm going to spend a little less time sat at the computer getting easily distracted, instead I'll do be writing and stuff and then switch off. So now I've caught up on emails and messages it's guitar group following by the beach and lunch with friends. We were lucky on this island last night, today is a day to enjoy life.... how will you enjoy life today? #mygreekislandlife #greekcats #whitecat #greecestagram #electricity #enjoylife #summeringreece2017
 Looking for something different to do on a Greek holiday? And something that's free? Experience the Medieval Festival in Lindos on Father's Day every year... more info on the blog link in bio #mygreekislandlife #festival #medieval #lindos #greecstagram #greecestagram #greece #free #holiday #travel #travelblogger @travelbloggersgreece @lindos.rhodes.greece  Sometimes island life still surprises, today and for the next few days we have no electric. There'll be a lot less social media from me, but it's a chance to get things done around here. This afternoon I've harvested the lavender. Wish you could smell it. The hand fan has been in use and thankfully my organised husband got me a solar charger a while ago, we've got a gas BBQ, a gas camping stove, a gas camping light, lots of candles and torches. If I stand at just the right angle, in the right spot of the garden, I can pick up some mobile signal and hopefully 4G. It will be good to catch up on some reading and practice the guitar... what would you miss most if there was no electricity? #mygreekislandlife @aukeyofficial #greecestagram #lavender #challengesaccepted #gettingonwithit #expatlife #noelectricity
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A travel & lifestyle blog with a focus on expat life. Written and photographed by Amanda Settle.