This October has been one of the best I remember. The weather so perfect you can sit in the sun and soak up the vitamin D and after two good downpours the island is turning green again. There are pink carpets of Cyclamen everywhere but particularly at the lighthouse where I walked yesterday. There is definately a painting of that to do. The air is heavy with the scent of the mauve Erica and the yellow Kousounaki, as we ride around the island. The beaches have regained their pure beauty without the beds and umbrellas. We had a lovely picnic at Zogheria, with soon to depart friends and the sea was still so warm for a good swim. The sausages tasted great afterwards.
Earlier we had a visit on the lovely small ship Nerida, the first boat to bring tourists to Spetses and I am sure many of you who have been coming for enough years will remember her. She appeared in the film 'The Boy and the Dolphin'. She has now been made into a floating museum and beautifully restored. We were all able to go on board and look around.
My garden is a treat at the moment. The roses are into their second bloom, but best of all the aptly named Morning Glory Heavenly Blue is climbing through everything and looks stunning against the wonderful Greek sky. I have been busy planting bulbs and seeds for the spring and already the Nasturtiums are up and the Freesias showing. Lots to look forward too especially when things are difficult.
The lovely little blue church of Aghios Demetrios celebrated its name day and was well attended and the weather was a treat as it was this year for Oxi day with all the school children marching through the town to the Posedonion Square. It is not one of my favourite events. I personally feel we should be looking forward and not hanging on to wartime events. Having said that I do understand how important it is to the Greeks especially now with all the awful demands being made by the "Troika". It is a pity they can not say"Oxi" to them.
One of the greatest pleasures of the month for me was my brother's first visit to the island after twenty four years. He loved it and so I am sure he will be back. On a sadder note I lost my dear sister in law, Sophia, who was such a lovely lady. She taught me to bake all the Greek sweets and escorted me to church when we got married so she has a very special place in my heart. Mike Lawsen also sadly died this month. A great character many of you will have got to know and also have listened to his band. I knew him and Frankie many years before they came to Spetses and it was such a surprise to find them here when I first came.
Next month we will be very much alone. We will have time for fishing. I must finish my commissioned paintings and start preparing for Christmas. Tomorrow we will have our end of season lunch with our Dutch and Derbyshire friends before they leave. Good fish, lots of Retsina and maybe a song or two.
Greek Easter Sunday 16 April
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