Saturday 11th – Friday 17th January 2020
Still based in Kalyves, essentially riding out a spot of some bad weather and sorting out some medical issues.
One walk took us from a new-to-us hill village – Kalamitsi Alexandrou and out through olive and orange groves, with lovely views of the White Mountains. The destination was the Holy Monastery of Agios Georgios at Karydi.
The monastery on the horizon.
The entrance … EUR2, wasn’t sure where to leave the money so just left in inside.
All this complex for just one resident monk. And I heard his deep vibrating snores echo around. He appeared later and got the chap who had been sat on the terrace to drive him somewhere.
The 12 arch oil factory 1860 within the monastery complex. Large scale olive production started in 1829 and provided a many local families with employment.
Our picnic on the terrace outside … notice the lady with her feet up … she’d been washing up whilst the monk slept … division of the sexes here.
A coffee back at the village cafe and Corrie made herself at home.
Lars, our Swedish resident friend led us on another walk, part of which we’d done before … we parked up behind Almyrida and walked around Douliana and Tsivaras … mostly mixed leaf woods, more oranges and olivestwo cave churches.
Lars assured us that there are no poisonous snakes in Crete. J explained how St Patrick had banished all snakes from Ireland.
Some of our route was old Minoan roads … these huge and smooth slabs have stood the test of time.
Inside one fo the cave churches. We’ve been astounded at the honesty and trust here in Crete. One of the churches had money left on a shelf …
Armed with gloves and plastic bags, we did our bit … a lot of plastic gets washed up after storms. This was a Greek and Ex-pat combined exercise.
CO2 are soooo starved, that they have to wear muzzles at Kalives … people dump cooked bones and there has been some talk of poison being put down. So much as CO2 both attempt to remove the muzzles, they stay on for their own good. The orange ‘kerchief is part of Brian’s over sized duvet that was cut down … should get a pic of all 2 dogs sporting their orange (sorry, Brian, TANGERINE) fashion wear!
The official photo of most of the litter pickers … I am there … about a third in from the left, at the back, between two incredibly tall men.
Medical Matters for the High Maintenance Man!
Let’s talk hearing loss … J had a test about 18 months ago and was told he was borderline for hearing aids. However, I now often have to repeat myself 3 times … and usually what I say, ain’t worth repeating even once. The handsome Dr Manos in Kalives, booked a hearing test in Chania. Moderate loss in both ears at high frequency … no wonder he can’t hear me!! We went straight around the corner to a hearing aid specialist. The lovely Vera had stuck green wax in his ears to get the shape last week and we went on Monday to collect the hearing aids. Time is NOT money in Crete. We were there over and hour and a half, checking the programme and no echo … I had to ring James from the street with passing cars for a test. We left with the hearing aids, having left no deposit, or print of our credit card … all Vera had was a phone number! Take them away and come back in a few days to see how you get on. Her English is better than our Greek but not good, so people from surrounding shops were drafted in for translations.
We returned on Thursday and another hour to go through warranty and make some adjustments. Oh, and to finally pay! James actually hearing what I say now…. RESULT. And his phone is blue toothed so he can select programmes, volume and …. play his music through them … even phone calls go straight to them (sadly I only now hear half the conversation!!!).
A wobbly tooth was inspected by Gorgeous George … locals name for him, although I concur. It will fall out on its own … a conversation about implants. I went to pay … he refused to take any money!
Taken on Trust
As well as the trust with us walking out with the hearing aids, having not left any means for the shop to trace us should we have absconded, I had a similar experience. My phone battery was ‘unhealthy’, so I took it into a large shop in Chania and left it with them for a couple of hours. Picked it up and got out some money … no, you take this paper and pay up stairs. I had the phone in one hand and the paper in the other, passed the door to the street … I could so easily have walked out. You’ll be pleased to know I am one of those folk who tells restaurants if they’ve forgotten to add an item to the bill, so I did pay … all of EUR28.
An earring had a stone come loose … took it into the key cutting / cobbler place next to our morning coffee cafe to be glued … no charge …