This is a thank you to you.

Writing a blog is often a very lonely business. I’m sat at my dining room table, sometimes with a cat or dog for company. My husband helps when he’s here with photos, ideas and advice, but most of the time I’m alone.

Like many writers, I’m not always sure that my writing is any good I just have a passion for it and hope for the best. Next month we will have been living on the island for 4 years and it amazes me constantly that people do really read and enjoy the blog.

Blogging brings with it an interaction with our audience that previous generations of writers never had, one that’s often instantaneous with social media likes and comments on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I don’t have a huge following but I do have a loyal one, many of you have stuck with me since the beginning.

Many of you like us are also expats or have moved around a lot yourselves. Facebook became our tool for keeping in touch early on. It’s been a great place to meet people through the blog page. We’ve made some good friends and even been brought over tea bags. It’s always great to see your pictures of where you are in the world and what’s going on.

This week the Facebook page is going to reach 3000 followers. I’m astounded and very thankful to each and every one of you that has stuck with the journey we’ve been making. As a small token, I’m going to be sending something a little Greek to one of you wherever you live in the world.

Sponsored by Agapitos of Jewels and Jewels in Pefkos on Rhodes. You can enter from anywhere in the world. Participants need to be followers of the Facebook page, like the giveaway post and comment with where you are in the world. The lucky winner will be drawn at random and announced on Facebook. The competition closes at Midnight EEST Sunday 28th May good luck and thank you all.

(officially I need to inform you of this: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.)

Agapitos has kindly donated the prize of a Greek eye Pandora charm.

The blue eye, sometimes called the lucky or evil eye can be found all over Greece. It is said to protect the wearer and you will see them being worn, placed in and around homes and even hanging from the rear view mirror of cars around Greece.

In Greek, the eye is called the Μάτιασμα (Matiasma) meaning evil eye and is often shortened to ‘Μάτι’ meaning eye. The symbol itself is also called the mati or eye.
The idea is that intentionally, or not, with feelings of envy or jealousy, a look can bring you bad luck, ill health or some type of misfortune to someone you are looking at who then gets the evil eye.

In many parts of the Aegean, it’s also believed that pale eyes of either green and especially blue are more likely to do this, therefore, the protection is in the form of a blue eye.

The eye can also be found in many other places in the world, we’ve seen it in Turkey, around the Middle East and North Africa. Does the ‘evil’ eye exist where you are?

Thank you to you all. Where would you like to read about on the blog? Is there something equivalent to the eye where you are? If your found this post useful and interesting please comment and share. Thank you

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