Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Kalo Mina - twisters ...

October came in with a bang as mini whirlwinds hit the island last night ...

One minute it was all peace and quiet, (that's if you do not count the lady singer nearby, who sounds like a very bad appendicitis) then the shutters were thrown back hard against the windows.

The old ladies out in the street, grabbed their chairs, and ran as best they could for cover. It was a case of all hands on deck to secure everything. The wind storm sending everything flying in the street. Shutters closed, laundry indoors, and the sound of the howling wind outside.

I had a beer, a cool FIX,  and lowered my own shutters for the night ...

Or so I thought ...

The rain woke me,  unforecast on Poseidon weather. but a storm front had pushed over the mainland. The small boats from the old harbour had prepared earlier for a southerly gale, and had taken shelter behind the  harbour wall.

The storm hit us from Pelion, to the west. The wind last night and twisters, it's advance party. The thunder and lightning itself quite impressive, even from behind shuttered windows at 2am until around 4 am.

It was still damp and cool around 7am, with angry clouds, as I returned to the house with winter fuel supplies

True to form, despite advancing blue skies, the remaining tourists stormed the buses this morning, and headed into town. It's turned into a scorcher of a day. However now at 14:00 the breeze has reappeared, there are a few distant clouds to the south west.

The forecast is for the weather to backtrack, and the next few days to be stormy again.

The rest of the morning spent chasing ghekos, and listening to a hen pheasant screeching in the long grass ...

Evening update: 18:29pm

Aerobic exercise completed for the day. Two bags of firewood carried back to base camp, another packed ready to go. Thank the (insert religious preference here) for IKEA bags.

Came face to face with a beautiful male pheasant, as I relocated a huge Olive branch in the direction of my chainsaw department. It was scared out of its life, however I had no gun, just a very large piece of olive wood, around the size of a Kastro cannon.

Enjoying fading sunlight, as the sun sets over Pelion. Clouds starting to build, some ominous signs amongst them ...

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