A time to experience trepidation: Its that split second moment when the rainwater, passes over the ankle and into your boot. That was my experience on leaving the house. It was raining so hard, you could not see the approaching Proteus ferry as it arrived from Skopelos.
I have visited the two most un-Christmas like establishments in Greece, this morning. They are our two island supermarkets, almost lacking in seasonal fare. In fact as chilly an offering, as that within their freezer cabinets.
I bumped into another ex-pat local heading for distant shores shortly. With my trench foot, now reaching a dampness around knee level. I was severely tempted to ask if he had room in his case for me.
These last few days, I have felt like going ashore. Yes to the mainland, and perhaps even somewhere else.
Lorenzo from Lo & La restaurant posted some lovely photos of the markets, and some very nice looking food, on his FB page. Seems he is back in Milan for 'Buon Natale' ...
I know where I would rather be right now, and enjoying a Parmigiana risotto, or an Ossobuco, with a nice glass of Barolo - Would be right up there at the top of the list ...
When in Greece do like the Greeks. At Christmas leave the islands and go to the mainland. At Pasca leave the mainland and go to the islands. Sounds strange to all you Skiathos lovers, but the exodus has begun in earnest. Both ex-pat and locals, are heading away suitcases loaded.
The next one from distant shores, to say 'ah but it is Skiathos' will have their IP address immediately bared from the blog :)
Those that remain here do make the effort, here is an example of a lovely hand made door wreath.
The kitchen here is busy with the preparation of a test batch of muffins, for tomorrows Christmas plays at the school. In fact if the aroma is anything to go by its a good bake. My T&A has been posted on the fridge door. It mentions charging the camera, but strangely not loading the memory chip - (Resulting in a brisk walk home on OXI day, to fetch the missing chip)
It should be a great evening - so much effort has gone into the preparation by everyone concerned.
I leave you with this thought in your mind. Rainwater flowing down the street, in a torrent. Heavy raindrops on the roof, An ever decreasing woodpile, and for those who view the webcam - yes it is a great big muddy stain, that you can see in the harbour ...
Mmm - Banana muffins - 8/10 ...
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