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Photo Challenge- Hunt

The feral cats of Greece hunt for their food in the restaurants.

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Pictures taken on the island of Thasos September 2016.

And because you can’t have too many cat photos, here’s four more.

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Cute hey?

Next week’s prompt is socks!

Happy Snapping!

 

Postcard from Greece- Thassos

Thassos is reputedly the Greek island from Homers Odyssey on which the Sirens lived,luring Odysseus into staying for many a year when he should have been going home. It’s our favourite Greek island, and we have been ten times now. We are not alone, we chatted to some people on the ferry leaving the island and this had been there 13th visit.

I have divided the pics across two posts. Enjoy!

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Watching the sunset over the harbour.

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Fishing boats in the morning.

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Greek salad, iced coffee perhaps?

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Olive wood

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I love the pink!

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Cockerels everywhere.

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Sunset reflection.

Would this have lured you back do you think?

 

15 for 2015- September

How the seasons pass- Autumn already, but with a bit of luck we shall continue to enjoy an Indian Summer. We had a lovely weeks holiday in Greece, and I have been in catch up mode ever since. The cooking apples and runner beans are stacking up nicely in the freezer.

Time for an update on my 15 for 2015 goals.

15 minutes walking 4 times a week. Even though my left sole hurts like billyo, I have managed to do this still.

14 bags to a charity shop-one more went this month, total is now 9. Getting there slowly.

13 animal photos- achieved already but I have four lovely ones to add in this month. How about this little moggy- Greek of course. After “doors” surely cats are the best photographs to come from Greece. I know I mention Greece a lot, but my mother in law was Greek, so I feel I have to do my bit to help that country. And if it means going on about Greece well I shall.

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12 meetings with friends- total remains at 8

11 new savoury recipes- I made a stuffed aubergine dish , frankly it was horrible, total now stands at 10

10 handwritten letters- 2 written this month, total is 7

9 handmade cards- achieved already

8 sewing/embroidery projects. I made a little dog I will be posting about tomorrow and also these covered coathangers. Total projects completed  is now 5.

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7 New yarns- 2 tried and I don’t think there will be time for more this year

6 trips to museums etc- achieved already

Time for another animal picture, don’t you love this cow?

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5 projects for charity-3 completed

4 new walks-it might have been in Greece, but walking like a mountain goat is definitely going in this total- the walk to Ali Pasha’s castle

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3 craft workshops-still at a big fat ZERO

2 new cities visited. Yes! turns out Ioannina is a university CITY, and with Salisbury that makes the two.

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And while I am on the subject of Greece, how about these goats?

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1 railway journey- achieved already

0 impulse purchases, I am keeping out of charity shops, so total number of failures stays at three

And here is my final animal picture, which has got to be my favourite one this year.

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How are you doing with any goals you have set yourself this year?Do leave a link to a post you may have made on the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by Greece

Digital photography frees me ( cost wise) to take as many pictures as I like. I can let the weird side of me out ( Mr E’s charming description of me and my photos). So here is another selection of the Greece that inspires me.

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This was taken in Ali Pasha’s castle, I love the way that the opening leads to an opening which leads to…

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Inside the tunnel on the motorway, note no cars, but I love the way that light vanishes into the distance.

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Got to love graffiti.

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Love the three shop windows. I mean look at the button display.

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And that’s how to display trimmings

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The glass on here is a bit reflective But I love this shop interior.

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Finally a walk we did by the river I where the path just makes you want to go forward.

Hope you enjoyed this selection. Love to know what inspires you? Doors seem to have been a common love from the post of alternative Greece I wrote.

 

 

A walk to Ali Pasha’s castle

“It will be a nice easy stroll , we can park the car in the car park and it’s just a few yards up the hill, perfect for our last day!” Mr E proposed to me.

Humph!

Satnav led us to the nearest village to the castle. It towered above us on the hill top, the footpath said 1.3km.

“How hard can that be?”

Answer “Blooming hard”- the footpath was loose stones, gravel roots, undergrowth and remorselessly UP

To add insult to injury when we got to the top, there was the carpark and what is more one of those tourists trains had just come up from a stop near our apartment.

So was it worth it? Yes. The views were magnificent.

Ali Pasha, sounds a nice benign sort of chap. He wasn’t. An Albanian who lived 1740- 1822, began life as a brigand and end up a tyrant of the Ottoman Empire. More info on him here. Lord Byron apparently met him and he appears in the poem Childe Harold , and more on that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childe_Harold’s_Pilgrimage

However he did build a jolly good castle , here come the pics

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The entrance and scene of much huffing and puffing from yours truly. Believe me the footpath was brutal, my left heel has still not  recovered, it hurts a lot and I get occasional stabbing pains a fortnight later.

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Lovely views.

Inside is just as good.

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There are passages inside that take you down long corridors with views out.

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We came down by the road slightly further than that path, but easier underfoot.

Have a look at the incline

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Can you see the castle at the top?

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There it is a bit bigger.

Anyway much better pictures here

Love to know of any walks you have done recently, were they nice and gentle or a bit tough? This has got to be the hardest one we have done this year, and probably one of the shortest.

 

 

 

Greek Holiday 2015

We arrived home last Thursday but I am only just starting to come back to reality! My feet are still sore, as we managed to do so much in a short time. Trying to select a few pictures to share has been impossible! So I have given up on that. This first bunch are your more usual holiday pictures. Mr E takes such good pictures that I tend to go a bit off the wall with my camera. Those are the pictures which reveal more about me than our destination. I’ll post those later… Here is the short version of the travel log!

We went to Parga which is on the West coast of mainland Greece, opposite Corfu and down a bit. We weren’t certain quite what to expect in September. The temperature was in the 30s, quite hot enough for me, the tourists were mostly Scandinavian, Dutch and German and of the more older gentler age group, a bit like me and Mr E.

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So that is Parga and up on the hill is a Venetian fortress, where we went on Friday.

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Mr E checking out the view .

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The next day we ventured inland to visit the river reputed to be the River Styx for which one pays the Ferryman to cross when you die. The source of the river is apparently melted glacier water from deep underground, certainly it felt cold enough to be true.

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More coffee and checking the view was needed before we ventured to Necromantia where the ancient Greeks could be reunited temporarily with their  departed Lost ones ( Some skulduggery was apparently involved with by the priests). More info here

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The next being Sunday we rested, well – swam, read and napped at our apartment.

Then on with the adventures

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We have Rick Stein to thank for our visit here to Nikopolis, a deserted Greek/Roman/Christian city . It was truly fascinating with some lovely mosaics and the found objects were all in the local Air Conditioned museum, more on that later.

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The next day which I think was probably Tuesday( tiredness makes it a blurry in my mind) we went to Ioannina ,  a lovely lakeside/ university city. With you’ve guessed it More ruins to view, this time Byzantium .

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Best of all was the lake

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oh and lunch!

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Feta cheese pie and tomato salad.

And as for the quiet gentle walk on Wednesday, more on that one later!!!

Guess where my photo challenge picture for tomorrow was shot?

 

Santorini- the volcanic isle

If you have ever been to Greece you can’t have avoided seeing a postcard or picture of Santorini. It has to be the most attractive of all the Greek islands. Formed by a volcano and built on what remains of the island, overlooking the crater, it is simply gorgeous, just no other word. I’d always wanted to go there but having seen Mark- the vibes photos Santorini just had to go on my Bucket List. And oh was it worthy of a place on my Bucket List. My pics don’t do it justice so please look at Mark’s to see Santorini in all it’s glory.

Here are just a few of mine..

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I have more.. they will appear over the next few weeks in all sorts of guises! Have you ever been there? Love to know if you have and what you thought. Which of my pics do you like.. I loved taking them and showing them.

Please leave a comment- they are the best bits truly!

 

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