Everything has all gone a bit Durrell in recent months on the Facebook page with downpours and Donkeys, “Looking forward to a little bit of the ‘Durrell’ life” is what ‘S’ said when she volunteered to drop everything and come to the island. The first guest post from ‘S’ a wonderful friend who is house and pet sitting for us on the island of Rhodes. At the same time as making sure everything is ok at home she will send updates for us all on her view of island life.
First Rhodes Diary
Sometimes there’s only one way to get to Rhodes in winter and that’s with a hop, skip and a jump. It took three flights from northern Europe and I landed safely in a strong March gale thanks to the skilled pilots.
There are always events of some kind here and to recover from flying it was time to step out with the local dog walking group, a fantastic bunch of folks who meet regularly over the cooler months. It’s mainly rescued dogs of all shapes and makes and there is nothing more invigorating than walking in sunshine along a beach and meeting up afterwards in a local beach café.
This time of year is always interesting; it’s a kind of hiatus between winter and the return of full spring weather.
I’ve been here just over a week and time seems to slow down here as I try to adjust to birdsong, animal sounds and breathing fresh air after city life.
Walking through the village, trying out my few Greek words in the bakery and the local shop is always fun. However, if you can learn a new Greek word a day it’s worth it.
This week there have been events across the island to commemorate the date when Rhodes became part of Greece after WW2.
In the local village I met up with a local expat who introduced me to some of the locals and included one of my favourite hot drinks: cinnamon tea.
Earlier the local school children had walked in a parade and there was some traditional Greek dancing.
As we move into spring, the weather is often changeable so it’s not unusual to experience heavy showers and sudden gusts of wind. No wonder the Greek word for wind is animos.
The other day there was a covering of reddish dust on every surface as the southerly wind and rain dumped Saharan dust.
As it was International Womens’ Day on March 8th a group of talented ladies organised a splendid lunch at one of the local restaurants to raise money for worthy causes. This is the very positive side of life on a Greek island; the sense of community which is sadly lacking in some places.
So this morning it’s crisp and chilly but the sun has come out and I’m off to walk the dog with the neighbour up the road before eating pitta bread and local honey. Yassas!
‘S’ sent me this at the weekend and it’s only now that I’ve had the time to stop. I’ve missed the Dodecanese day parades, helping to make the wreaths with the ladies in the village. The olive festival in Laerma has been and gone and I do love a good Greek festival. Thanks to ‘A’ for letting me know what’s going on and sending me pictures of her busy life. Most of all I’ve missed walking the dog and spending time with the cats. Spring is moving on already and the passion flowers in the village are in bloom, I’m not sure if ‘S’ knows we have a plant in the garden?
I’ll be updating you soon on my Istanbul adventures you can find the first one here and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from the village too.
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