Tuesday, 30 December 2014

How was your Christmas ...

Ours was great - just too much fun ...

The laptop has not been much fun though, it's been in for repairs. So now they are completed, we are back online - for now at least.

Christmas eve was about food, 'eat drink and be merry' Spending Christmas with friends, following their traditions.  Lovely fresh fish from my early morning trip to the fish market the previous day. Where I bumped into a great friend of the blog, JH on just about the busiest day of his year ...

JH with a fruit of the sea ...
Friends in Skiathos - This is a 'codfish' (Hake) ...
Well I did not quite bump into him, I had been planning it ever since we had to change our plans, the week before. SWMBO having been in Volos, has been lost deep in thought, Did we stay at home, and rebook the ticket, rather than loose them? When would be able to use them again ?

SWMBO decided, let's enjoy Christmas. Her friend Joanna, had said 'please come' ! So decision made off we went. Must admit it was a hectic few days, SWMBO in Volos, at the hospital, me at home, packing, and junior having been unwell too ...

I had brought JH something to enjoy over Christmas, and he was surprised to see me, just after 6am. It was great to see his office, I really enjoyed wandering around, seeing the fish from all over the world. So many people buying fish and shellfish for their Christmas meals. He said it had been crazy since 3am ...


I returned to base, and watched the sunrise from the top deck of a London bus. Rather different from Taxiacharis, Where the sun should be rising south of Skopelos at the moment.

We had a great Christmas eve meal. It consisted of 12 courses rather like a meze. It included some lovely fish, and shellfish from my early morning trip ...


Quite an amazing Christmas day we had. We went with our friends to their church with them, at lunchtime. When we left, we were introduced to many people, Then invited to have Christmas lunch, with Joanna's future brother in law, and his family.

Amazing hospitality, a delicious meal, and a great fish dish, followed by lovely cakes.


Then later we went back home, only to do it all again - Our hosts had guests on the way ...



Boxing day, and as Malcolm the famous 'educator' asked - What do non pugilists do on this,day? I replied 'get sloshed in front of the TV, watching the racing' ...

He asked my opinion, as usual it was hopeless. The horse I picked was the one he liked. Poor Malcolm, his choice was doomed. It went from second to fourth in the final furlong - at least it did not fall over...

Later we headed out into the gathering storm to the west end, to see the lights, rather windswept, and very wet we enjoyed our evening out. Junior upset we did not have any of the snow, that they had elsewhere. However we did meet someone else ...


SWMBO & Junior are having a great time. Junior has some new friends, and SWMBO has relaxed, Medical problems behind her for a few days at least.

Me I am catching up with friends and workmates, more about that later.
Eat drink and be merry, yes I know what that is, all about now ...

Back home in Skiathos, it's snowing. I should have placed the bet with William hill ...

The island is waking up to a white dusting this morning. More on the way over the next few days. Nikos Pascalis is reporting a temperature of -5 at Xanemos ...

Hope everyone is keeping warm, back on the rock ...

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