Not wanting to sound soppy …. Both James and I are struck with how kind and helpful people are generally, but this last week has particularly humbled us.
1397: New Year’s Eve Festivities
Tuesday 31st December 2019
Walked on Sandy beach and then coffee and pastries. We left the street parking outside what may have been a council building; lots of folk going in and out, but sideways places at us – so with thanks to Paleochora…..
In convoy back to Kalives to load with water and then up to friend of a friend parking (again!). Act of Kindness No. 1: parking for us arranged by Julia. Self showered and off to Eleanore’s eatery at Drapanos. Act of Kindness No. 2: Thank you to June, Karl and Lars for inviting us. Conversation flowed, and the wine flowed faster! A little Greek dancing to the live band, but not much room for a dance floor as the place was rammed with diners. A testament to how relaxed andchilled the Greeks are … the kitchen couldn’t cope with the numbers … 90 covers for a small family restaurant, and hot food was still coming out at 1.00a.m. Important to the Greeks is that it is freshly cooked. A lot of tourists complain that starters arrive often with the main course and that it is not piping hot. It comes out of the kitchen when it is ready and most plates are for sharing.
We left at 2:00 am – the party was still in full swing – including 10 police officers and wives – drink driving??? “Chonia palla” to all – Happy New Year (sort of) – in Greek!!!
The sun out again for our walk on Sandy Beach …
… there was a cold wind so no-one was taking advantage of this being the nudist area.
At Eleanore’s … actually trying to capture the family with fine identical moustaches behind us!
1398: Enforced Easy Day
Wednesday 1st January 2020
Slow start and slow day. Can’s think why!!! Back down the hill to Kalives.
Dogs just got walked along the beach … more snow on them there hills.
1399: Doctor and Soup Making
Thursday 2nd January
Weather was really grim. Visited the good doctor to arrange hearing test for moi – pardon? Pm – coffee / wine with Ann and K making batch soup amounted to our sole activity! A continuing good start to 2020 – shall K ask me to marry her – again – leap year – I would leap at the answer…
1400: Chania Activity
Friday 3rd January
After two days of inertia and lack of activity. A trip to Chania for laundry and late lunch at an amazing restaurant – “Tamam” – which in Arabic means ‘excellent’ – how apposite?
N.B. I know laundry is usually undertaken in the twin tub, but the inclemency of the weather and not wishing to turn Jez into a 5 day long Chinese steam laundry, meant a paid for self service facility was required.
K met Ann for coffee and received post that had arrived at Ann’s Act of Kindness No. 3: this is the second time Ann has acted as post receiver for us … Valarian for Oscar. Not vallium … but similar!! The hope is that it will calm his anxiety and over excitement … fingers crossed.
Tamam Restaurant, recommence by about 3 people. In old town Chania, so prices a little higher but excellent quality. A plate of mixed starters, then from the left … J’s veal, pork and cheese pie, Brian’s beef and aubergine puree, and K’s seabass with fennel sauce. All really yummy.
1401: A Lars Led Walk
Saturday 4th January
Blazing sunshine and warm – what a change…….Lars was tour guide for our river walk from Kalyves – as Brian was unwell, we took Zoa – who seemed to adopt me … Longest walk (11km) I have done for a year? Wonderful views of the snowy hills and then a glimpse of the sea. Through lots of orange groves … a man slowed his car and thrust his arm out of the window proffering a bag of oranges. We do like the Greeks. Not only did Lars guide the walk, he had baked a Swedish apple pie which we had with coffee. And we left with a chunky slab, a Swedish cheesecake and some lingonberry jam. Act of Kindness No. 4: Lars!
Act of Kindness No. 5: One of our recent friends from New Years Eve (Karl) arrived with a smokeless Bbq – he and K had been discussing kitchen gadgets at New Year – how kind is that – amazing! We just need some fuel and decent weather to test it!
The snow is definitely a little heavier, but so pretty with the sun on it.
A real contrast with the snow and the shirt sleeves only temperature amongst the olive groves.
Oscar and Zoa had a few stand offs and stick pinching moments … very entertaining!
Can’t wait to give this a go … batteries power an underneath fan so it is ready to cook in 5-10 mins and uses much less charcoal.
1402-1404: Wet and Windy
Sunday 5th January
Another day for battening down the hatches….supper with Lars at Icarus…. the menu was a bit limited and white wine ran out so red was a good substitute! Michelle showed a mug she bought Michaelis – the inscription was “I can’t keep calm … I’m a Greek man!”
As the wind speeds increased, we moved Jez – We’re getting good at this – “CluneVanRemovals”???
Monday 6th January
K had developed a cold – so a bit of a duvet day for her – poor lamb – not even a ‘girlyflu’… I manfully stepped up the plate and plated (nice pun, J) a sort of meal……’great balls of fire’ – well, great balls of meat with a sweet potato and a few leaves of cabbage. I’m now awaiting the call from ‘DastardlyChef’…….. Act of Kindness No. 6: Brian kept us topped up with coffees and chocolate!
Tuesday 7th January
“Revicanusenlome” (anagram) moved Jez back to our beach wild camping place. K and Brian had a wet and windy walk with dogs around the head at Plaka. Supper with Brian … K’s take on a Greek classic … pork with celery.
Juicing session with the oranges … Act of Kindness No. 7: Lars had hunted us out to deliver them.
Massive swell and crashing waves off Plaka.
1405: What was that? Pardon!
Wednesday 8th January
Early start – 0700hrs – blimey! Blood test results for moi – all positive…..off to Chania – pronounced “hhanya”! Brian came – we laundrified at ‘Easywash’ – coffee’d across the road where I was persuaded to eat most of our cakes – no great problem – Cretan cakes are scrummy.
Then – to a hearing specialist – for my ‘earring test. The ‘eerie’ result was what we expected – 2 massive ear trumpets to stick in my channels! Who remembers ‘HMV’ – ‘His Masters Voice’ – visualise the poor dog…. well, perhaps a little smaller. We won’t mention the Euroresult…….
Splendid lunch again at Tamam – noshtimmo…. Back next Monday for fitting of trumpets and more Tamam foodies – life is a breeze – if you can ‘ear it. Oh dear, this ‘ere lobe theme may run and run…..
‘ere we go … not Shrek wax but being measured for the hearing aids.
Tamam: chickpea soup, rice and chicken and bacon rolls … yummy.
The Venetian Harbour in Chania has suffered with the strong winds … marble paving slabs ripped up …
… Sand and rubbish thrown up quite a long way into restaurants …
And this is relatively calm now.
Dog walk round the back of Kalives … we are parked up towards the far end.