The last couple of weeks of October have disappeared in a blur of sunny days out exploring the island and meeting up with friends. Chilling out at home with my husband, walking the dog and preparing for winter.

The house and garden all needs a really good tidy after the heat and dust of a long hot summer. We had the first rains of winter on Monday and as the month changed on Tuesday so did the weather. A cold wind swept through and blew any last thoughts of summer away.

Now it’s time to get the logs burner ready, check the chimney and order in the logs. Set up the flood defences, get out the rugs and blankets. Put away the summer clothes and find the wellington boots and waterproof coats.

Life really is completely different when the summer tourist season ends. As the last charter flight to Europe left the island all the tourist shops, tavernas and hotels closed up. Wire was hastily erected to keep out the goats, lamps and air-conditioning units covered in plastic to protect them from the weather.

Finally BBQ’s and end of season parties were held, now as you drive through  Pefkos, Lindos and Faliraki they are like ghost towns. A few people hanging on to do some urgent maintenance, but most won’t return now until the spring.

The island will now be a paradise for those who are lucky enough to stay. The beaches empty of people, umbrellas, sun beds and kantinas are quiet and beautiful. Yesterday we went for a picnic on Agathi, there were 4 small family groups enjoying the uninterrupted sunshine and a few were brave enough to go for a swim.

sun through Mythos

enjoying an end of season party thanks to our friends at Eleni

picnic sausage roll on the beach

homemade British sausage rolls, an Omani blanket and a Greek beach

Looking for inspiration online for something else this morning I found a poem about November by Clyde Watson though it didn’t quite fit with Greek island life so I’ve changed it a bit, I hope he doesn’t mind.

november poem for island life

As the days are now shorter and cooler I’ll be back in the kitchen cooking more and blogging more about the food I make. There should also be more time to share more of our travels from this year around Greece and I’ll keep you informed on life over winter on the island.

With the olive harvest due to start farmers will be hoping for a bit more rain this month. If you’re in Rhodes on the 6th there’s the annual Rhodes for life charity run/walk around the moat of the medieval city. It’s a great day out for the family with thousands taking part it seems to get bigger each year. We’ll be there with Apollo who has his t-shirt ready.

Rhodes for life t-shirt 2016

This year’s t-shirt

This week I’ve been making christmas jam for the GCWS Rhodes fundraiser on the 28th and there’s still beetroot & ginger chutney and chilli jam to be made. Today I’ve made a white chocolate cheesecake for a Guy Fawkes party tomorrow, next I’ll be making Sylvia’s carrot salad and there’s some liver pate that didn’t quite come out right and needs rescuing!


Christmas Jam

Christmas Jam recipe coming soon

For those of us here over winter there’s a few tavernas that remain open all year. With real local food there’s nothing better.  After all the cooking of recent days we’re heading out tonight to a local place. I’m looking forward to fresh fish, accompanied with good wine and great friends at Molos near Lardos.

Tomorrow is my birthday, another year older yet somehow I never seem to get the wiser bit. Does it every come?

What does November have in store for you this year? If you enjoyed this post and found it useful please comment and share. Thank you

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