Friday, 20 January 2012

Early bird ...

Regular readers will know that I am up and about early ...

Today was no different, however i am struggling to get back into the swing of things. Despite being blessed with glorious sunshine - it freezing cold, especially at night. Friends in the know on the island - the lucky ones with pools are waking to frozen landscapes, frost and a blanket of ice over the pool. One Greek friend advised me up in the hills it was -5 when he awoke, and surveyed the dawn.

There is not a piece of wood to be had anywhere on the island - it seems clean of anything that is possible to recycle as firewood. Apparently the forestry police are on the island, after the illegal loggers at Mandraki. I hear numerous reports of Olive trees that were, but are no more ...

Someone reported they sawed up a tree stump, then someone made off with their hard work ! There are many stories like this - Some i would love to share but its best not spoken here.

Saddest for me was to see a little old lady, feeding her 'soupa' with just fragmnents of orange boxes - thats all she has to keep warm. I cannot find even an old pallet, to saw up to relieve her burden and help keep her warm ...

I am down to the last few bags of kindling, from the mountain store, if the cold continues then i will have to buy some - disaster ! Will the woodpile last the winter - I wonder, its looking rather doubtful. Yet each evening when the 'soupa' (Mighty woodburner) is lit, a glow encompasses the room and of course us inside.

Warm weather is said to be on the way - Monday they say - Lets hope so ...

This morning at Asteras they had some lovely Romano peppers - just €2.94 a kilo - They cost around a £1 each in a well known UK supermarket. Bell peppers those ones that seem always to come, wrapped in plastic from Holland were an eye watering €5.24 a kilo.

One kilo of the Romanos (9 large ones) one can of chopped tomatoes, an onion, some herbs from the freezer, some olive oil and a litre of stock - We now have a very tasty Red Pepper soup, at least for the next two days ...

Half a kilo of mince has this afternoon, been made into a bolognaise, its still bubbling away on the cooker. Tonight we will have it, perhaps with large potatoes, baked in the mighty woodburner - Who says us men cannot multitask - This will be followed by a delicious Dutch apple cake, a delightful gift from friends here on the island ...

Until then I am off to watch the sunset with Junior ...

Later ...

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