It’s nearly tick and flea time again. Now that spring is here the animals need to be treated every 3 weeks and with Apollo needing another box of antibiotics I headed to the pharmacy in Kalathos. It’s not cheap having pets here, the cats have Frontline Combo, the dog needs one that also protects against sand flies and Leishmania and then there was 6 days of antibiotics and not much change from €50.
I’d brought Apollo with me and we headed down to the beach at Kalathos for his morning run. I say run, but I walk or stumble in the sand and throw the ball for him. He does seem to enjoy it, though for some strange reason will never fetch the ball more than three times. The third time he heads straight back to the car and circles it waiting for you come back and and let him in!
There was a thunder storm over Haraki and the sea was the most amazing colour. As the rain reached us Apollo went for the third ball and straight back to the car! It was time to get back and get the washing in. Luckily the storm missed us and the washing dried.
Then I started creating the signs for the storage boxes in the utility room. I picked up a woodburning iron at Lydl around Christmas and decided that would be the best way forward. A friend had some left over mdf sheeting. D cut out the pieces and I set to work with some sandpaper and the iron. Not bad for a first go and more than ok for the utility room. That also covered yesterday’s prompt for ‘art’.
Tsiknopempti ‘burnt Thursday’
Yesterday was Tsiknopempti known as ‘burnt’ Thursday. A day when everyone goes out and BBQ’s lots of meat. In every village around here there were community get togethers with music, dancing and lots of meat being cooked. Linked to the period of carnival in Greece and Orthodox lent, where it’s the last day to eat meat.
We spent a great afternoon and evening catching up with friends, with live music a plate of meat and a few drinks. Good live music was in short supply in the Middle East and is one of the things I missed about home at one point. Where ever I lived in the UK there would always be a local band playing in a pub.
There are a couple of expat and local bands that play in the bars at this end of the island. But if you want a selection of live music you’ll need to head up to Rhodes town.
Today started out warm and sunny, though now the clouds have come over and cold wind has picked up. We might be in for some rain again overnight. My day began with guitar lesson. We have a very talented friend who teaches a group of us once a week. We are all a little older than your average pupil, very amateur and loving learning together.
Back home and we needed to head to the hardware store in Archangelos to get something better for cutting tiles. It’s difficult working out how to do things like this when it’s in another language. There’s no big DIY store with helpful staff, instruction leaflets and every gadget you need. The right cutting tool obtained and some metal paint for my wind chime we then decided to take a drive down to Stegna beach.
It’s never too busy down there. This time of year there’s one place open for drinks and snacks. People are busy getting everywhere ready for the season. We had Apollo with us and the beach to ourselves. The colour was amazing again today.
I later found out she was kind of right. The Shamal northwesterly winds do indeed herald the end of the one season and start of the next. Maybe the winds we’re currently having are a similar indication?
I hope you’ve had a good day where ever you are in the world?