The second week in March brought rain to the island and lots of it. The last two winters here have been very dry and in the summer we saw some villages run out of spring water. This week we finally got a decent amount of rain but I think we’ll need a lot more to cope with all the swimming pools and showers over the tourist season.
It’s taken time but my life on the island does finally have some semblance of a routine, though it changes with the season and our life in separate countries. I don’t know what it would be like with children at home and the continual change in routine, but I know it messes with our heads sometimes! My husbands’ work has changed, he’ll only be home for 3 weeks but away for 6 at a time from now on. With the downturn in the oil industry there’s been huge cutbacks and no-one wants to lose profit, so my engineer and his friends have to work longer hours and be home a lot less.
Monday now means Tai Chi, when the weather is good, on the beach in Lardos followed by callentics. I am on a drive to lose weight and get fit for 50. Yes that year is now getting much closer! I either heard or read somewhere that there’s a level of fitness and flexibility that if you don’t reach it by 50 you no longer will?
With that milestone in mind I’m back on low carb, have done a detox and read The Blood Sugar Diet. Low carb worked for me before and I know it will again. I also know that having fallen off the eating healthy wagon recently this needs to be a lot more than a diet. It needs to be a complete change of lifestyle for ever.
There’s a long way to go and luckily I’ve got some time before the 50 deadline. At the end of last week I’d lost a total of 20.5lbs and rewarded myself with a new yoga mat. Next up to get back into the habit of doing yoga every morning.
By Tuesday we knew they were forecasting storms and localised flooding for the week ahead. It was time to get out walking with the dog while we still had the chance, depending on the weather we could be stuck for a few days.
Spring flowers had started to pop up everywhere, the beginning of the week saw these yellow ones appear. With a bit more rain and sunshine the fields would be full of them.
During the winter many of the cats are lucky to be cared for by feeding programmes in the villages. Down on Glystra beach there are a couple of cats that a number of people have taken to helping. Tuesday I gave them a feed to help see them through the weather. Apollo has become used to them now and them him, we walked on the beach while they devoured the food I’d brought.
Next I drove across to Lindos and we had a walk around the St Paul’s area, the clouds were building up as the storm was getting closer.
You need to be prepared here for storms it was time to get home and make sure everything was tied down. Time to get the gas lamp and camping burner out. Check the candles, bring some wood in and lock up the shutters. Make sure we’ve got essentials like bottled water and have a cuppa.
That night we had several hours without electric and it’s not unusual for the water to go off during a storm. There’s the risk of power surges too and it’s cheaper to unplug than replace.
We had flooding in the village our first year here and our cellar flooded. The pump was in place and my husband had put sand bags around the back of the property this year. All that was left was to keep our fingers crossed.
Early Wednesday morning when the power did come back on I managed to get a blog post out for International Women’s Day. It was really great to work with other writers and if you’re thinking of going into travel blogging there’s lots of advice from some brilliant women, celebrating women travel writers.
Wednesday morning was also callenetics and a very wet stormy day with heavy clouds. It was a good afternoon to get stuff done inside the house and walk the dog between the showers.
Rainbows were my inspiration for this painting on Thursday with more rain and the occasional break in the clouds. The nights were full of thunder and each morning between 5 and 6am the noise of the storm would wake me. Either with clash of lightening and clap of thunder or rain pelting down on the red roof tiles. I’ve never heard thunder as loud as it is here and can completely understand why in many cultures people have felt the need to have a separate ‘God of Thunder’!
Since moving here I’ve had time to do lots of things I’d always wanted to do but never had time for before. Teaching is not a career if you want to have any form of hobby. Friday was my day for guitar when I join a small group of expat men at a friends’ house in Gennadi and we attempted to make sounds that didn’t sound too much like cats fighting.
On the way home I decided to take the longer route along the coast to see what the weather was doing and how the building work was coming along. There’s 3 huge new all inclusive hotels being built down that end of the island. I’ll not get into what I think about them now that’s definitely going to need a separate article.
Nature though was amazing, I could look down the island from Kiotari and see the storm fronts moving up from the south. Taking a few pictures and making it home again just as the heavens opened.
Saturday started out wet again but the clouds cleared a little, there was a bicycle race taking part on the island that I wanted to try and video so I decided to head up to Laerma and take Apollo with me. I wasn’t very sure when the bikes would be going through that area but guessed it would be around 1.30.
After a walk around the village I stopped for a coffee and found out the bikes had already been through. After another short shower the rain eased so I took Apollo down to the reservoir. It’s a great place to walk, though Apollo was more interested in swimming and there’s was good selection of birds on the water. The level of the water was still very low.
If you’re on the island and want to explore the reservoir there’s a road that runs all around it. Be aware that there are no facilities and at times mud and stones can be been washed across by the rain as was the case on Saturday.
It was still cloudy so I’ll need to go back and get a good picture of it one day, for now you’ll just have to believe me it’s a beautiful spot.
After our walk/swim I headed back towards Lardos. A short way down the road the police pulled us over and after a long wait I did finally get to see the bike race. You often seen the bicycle club on the island out at weekends but this was something else. You can find out more about the International Tour of Rhodes on their website.
Sunday will bring a friends birthday and hopefully an end to this storm system, though I do hope we get a bit more rain on the island before swimming pool season arrives.