Sunday, 6 April 2014

Dust Dust Dust ...

It gets everywhere, especially after a dry winter ...

If you every wondered why the ladies of Skiathos, are so expert with mop and broom, then try living here for a year. You will become an expert at the art. Woe betide anyone leaving footprints on freshly mopped floors. get too close and a street broom may clip your ankles as you pass.

Last week we had the first Sahara dust plume, as it made its way north, and swept across Europe. Then another dusting of the sahara from the skies, yesterday mixed with pollen. The mornings are 'Infinity Grey' due to the dust and sunshine later.

One neighbour must have used hundreds of litres of water, just to rinse here balcony yesterday. The water stream went street to street, for a few hundred metres before finding a friendly culvert. Meanwhile ladies looked aghast from doorways, at the 'offending' dirty water being washed over their patch. Out came the brooms and they sweep it downhill, and on its way onto a neighbours patch ...

Skiathos is a good place to sneeze right now. Many people have throat and chest colds, as the weather keeps changing from warm to cool. The breeze from the north is cool, sometimes from the south as well, as there is still snow still on the top of Mount Dirphy's on Evia.

All the outsides of the house, the shutters, nooks and crannies have to be swept regularly, and cleaned of the dust. Cobwebs removed, Shutter vanes cleaned, and any suspicious furry nests removed. Well they did but yesterday someone pinched my brush.

The seasonal workers have started to arrive, some of them stay in bedsit accommodation nearby. As usual things have started to vanish, from the step and pots. I went indoors, answered the phone, came out and it had gone. That was quick work, Looks like its time to start locking the doors again, as the 'xenos' appear ...

The spiders have all come to life, spinning dust covered webs, to catch unsuspecting flies by day, and venturing mosquitos by night. No sign of the ants yet, they emerge when it warms up a bit more. Overhead its now a permanent chorus of screeching swallows, as they swoop over the rooftops. As yet none flying down the street, at zero feet, but it cannot be long, before they take the low level option ...

Now the bougainvillea has gone, some overnight guests of the balcony, may have to find a new home. We do not know who, or what species they were. But we knew they had been there, by their calling card ...

Will the small gheko appear from under the stairs, again this year - I wonder ...

Off up the hill for water this morning. The hills looked grey surrounded by misty skies. Poppies and Spanish broom in flower, along the road, with the purple flowering Judas trees. Good to see 'Mrs Socks' busying herself about her garden centre.

At the spring, I passed the time of day with an Austrian gentleman, talking about the lack of rain, and snow, and winter in Vienna. However the cloudbase had dropped, and we had disappeared into a chill fog. The water pressure from the spring has increased, since last time, and the water was emerging cooler than the air, for a change ...

I never saw Skopelos until we left the cloudbase, just above Kalivia. The departing flying cat was leaving its wake like a vapour trail on a grey sea. The skies were blue above, the hilltops shrouded in cotton wool behind, and even now, the once blue skies are shrouded in grey and full with Sahara dust ...

In the bakery, I was told off, as I had not been in yesterday, My 6:30 visits were now not going unnoticed. I was offered a discount on a hair product. We both being the same age, could colour our hair together. A third joined in so we could split the cost three ways.

Cheaper still, I said. Its overdue for a cut, I would then use less product - a bargain! When the lions mane is trimmed this month, It will not matter at all - It will have been nearly six months since the last cut. I had better hang on another week,  its still nippy in the breeze ...

2 comments:

  1. I love this post. I sat for ten minutes before a busy day at work just reflecting this morning. Realised I am a tad dim after I had pondered for a while about Will the gheko

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    1. His name is Gordon, but you can call him Will ;) ...

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