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Walking, Photos and Things

Walking, Photos and Things

Starting the week with some photos Neil took when out on his walks with Clare in recent weeks. They’ve been exploring behind Nimborio, over the other side of Nimborio bay, and over the other side of the island at Toli, a bay that’s popular in the summer for its taverna and beach.

Nimborio

Nimborio

When we first walked to Toli in 1998, there was nothing apart from a ruined stone hut. We’d walked across from the village, following a map, I think, or our noses, and came back via the old riverbed into the back of Nimborio. No path, just a lot of rocks to be wary of and a few snakes. My boots fell apart just after we’d climbed back out of Toli and started off for Nimborio. I had to walk the rest of the way in sandals which, luckily, I had with me for when I went swimming.

Toli

Toli

Last Friday, I wandered down to Yialos because I’d had a text from ACS to tell me I had a delivery. I needed to check the post office too. Still waiting for a Christmas present for godson #2 and an Aurora glow in the dark model kit (Phantom of the Opera) for me. The last I heard, it was in Miami, but I checked the tracking, and it was sent on its way from there on 22nd, so it could currently be anywhere. The Christmas present is also ‘in transit’ and has been for about three weeks now. Waiting for me at ACS though, was a box of model paints I’d order from a supplier Jenine found for me in Greece, and they only took about 10 days to get here. I also picked up a stand for my laptop, so its screen is now at the right height and angle on my desk, and there was also a copy of ‘Banyak & Fecks’ which I must sign and send off to a competition winner in the USA.

Neil January_34

You might remember me saying the other day that we had a power cut a few seconds after I’d just got out of the shower. Lucky it wasn’t five minutes earlier. Well, after walking back up the Kali Strata, I leapt into the shower as it was water day, and had just got out when the doorbell rang. Again, lucky, it wasn’t five minutes earlier. It was Yiannis (Rainbow) with a delivery of cakes he had brought us because it had been his name day. We had a quick chat across the threshold, and it was good to catch up.

Neil January_27

The rest of the weekend was spent working on the new story, which is taking shape gradually. The weather has been warm, though cloudy, the sea has been extraordinarily flat, and the temperature up to 17 degrees. Of course, everything else is quiet, apart from the biker boys passing now and then. Oh, and the vet has made a visit under the SNiP programme to neuter several stray cats, which is good news.