Thursday, 5 April 2012

Back in the old routine ...

Pre dawn, the chill is in the air, and its quite dark ...

Just changing the clocks one hour does make a difference, however the skies are heavy and when daylight broke very grey. The hills were shrouded in cloud and the sea rather misty. No sunrise over Skopelos this morning, I feel somewhat robbed of the experience.

The spring at Taxiacharis was a torrent, Never have I filled the bottles, as quickly as I did today.

Water bursting from the spring ...

I popped in to see my friend - however the entrance to his property was fortified and secured. He has been under the weather, I assumed he was having a well deserved lay in. However, later he said it was to keep the sheep out.

I suggested he was keeping me away from his coffee pot - which we shared on many mornings over the last year ...

Back down in the indigo light, scaring away the huge crows that seem to sit in the road most mornings. Its a wonder that they do not get a free lift, like this pheasant did in this mornings DM story ...

One way to catch a lift - a story with a happy ending ...

Visiting one of the small bakeries, early in the morning, the aroma of freshly baked bread was intoxicating. Warm sesame loaf and Koulourakia laid out before me.

As junior say's N'Yum N'Yum ...


A “kouloura” (koo-LOU-rah) in Greek is a round twist. Often on sale as bread, The name for these traditional butter cookies comes from their round twisted shape. You will also see Koulourakia as small braids or in the shape of the letter “S.”

Koulourakia are delicious dunked in coffee or milk and are the traditional Easter cookie.

Another traditional easter bread is the raisin bread, however they are usually flat and rather biscuit like. This morning the ones on sale were puffy and light. I bought one, and it had the texture of a tea cake, and was delicious ...

One thing that is not very traditional is the weather as these photos show, from my morning walk back along the Paralia. 

Can you feel the chill ?

Cafes ready for Pasca ...

But every once in a while on the dawn patrol you see something new, a fishing boat heading out across a grey, mirror like sea towards Tsougria

Or Nikos from the bakery recycling his water bottles, after using the water, to make the bread, that is baking in the oven at the Tries Hieraches church square bakery. 


Well done Nikos - Many could learn from you ...

Walking back, I took care to avoid treading on the snails, that were at this early hour making their way across the path - looking for tasty green leaves, at first light.

As I have said on here many times of late, that last ton of wood was a great investment.

On a cool evening. last night the street was perfumed with woodsmoke, as many of my neighbours are still keeping warm behind shuttered windows. April and as it is still cool, at the current rate I will use it all up ...

2 comments:

  1. Nice early morning photos.
    It looks very still, calm and serene.
    Not quite the same as between June and August!

    Got to ask though: Where is Taxiacharis?

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  2. Hi Pete, Calm serene, and this afternoon - rather damp :)
    Taxiacharis is the small church, before the Evangelistra monastery. You must take a look,a glass of the water, and take in the view when you are next ...

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