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February 2014

Here we go!

 

2014 started rather badly for us. We had both been ill with a nasty virus and chest infection all over Christmas and New year. It was such a disappointment as we had our Dutch friends coming and all sorts of goodies from England had to be dumped. We both struggled for days trying to eat something, but returning to our beds exhausted.

 

Luckily the weather in early January was glorious (the Halcyon days) and once we felt better we had some lovely rides round the island and up to the top. Warm enough to picnic near Profitis Elias and Zogheria which is so green now with carpets of Anemones. Between these sunny days we have had a lot of rain and the lemons in the garden this year are the size of grapefruits. I took a big bag to England and friends were amazed at their size and aroma.

I have been in England for ten days with more hospital visits, catching up with friends and enjoying a change of scene but will be glad to get back to our lovely island and the sunshine!

 

I have some commissioned paintings to do on my return, so am looking forward to painting a beautiful garden there. It has been a very quiet winter so far, once friends had left, but good for my work and time for some great beach combing after some high seas. Lots of projects to create with my finds.

 

The earthquakes in Kefalonia have touched us so much. Those poor people who have lost their homes and are living on ferry boats. With the still ongoing bad financial situation you wonder how they will be helped.

 

The Almond blossom is coming into bloom now and is such a lovely sight set against the bluest of skies, so even though things are quiet there is so much to look at and enjoy from now on.

The next thing to look forward to is Apokrias (carnival time) and clean Monday is a very enjoyable occasion that we host at home with lovely "clean " food such as prawns, octopus and taramasalata and a special bread. If the weather is good we will have it outside on the terrace with good friends.

 

My garden, as ever, has been a great joy and solace when feeling unwell and we have had roses blooming till now. I will prune them when back and take cuttings which strike so well here. The spring bulls I planted in December up are and starting to bloom and Gardenias and Daturas too. I look after several pots for friends who are away for the winter so I get to see them at their best. I am
hoping there is not the usual bad weather when I travel on Wednesday and the hydrofoil is running.

 

So until next month enjoy your time wherever you are.

 

Rosalind

 

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