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Archive for April, 2013


The wall with the eleven windows

Hi folks,

The back of the house has just had a face life. A major job as it’s three floors high with eleven windows. A few years ago, a friend Jane and I removed old ceramic drainpipes attached to the back by passing a rope through them and attaching the end of the rope to window bars and a bed leg so that when I released them they wouldn’t collapse into the neighbours yard or cause any other damage. Since that time the rendering deteriorated to the point where patches of plaster were falling off in chunks aided by minor local earth tremours. Finally, I found some lads, worth their weight in gold, to tackle the job. They uncovered a mason’s corner stone, dating the house at 1889, very close to a nasty fracture half way up the house. This fracture had to be strapped with three metal strips and bolted to stop the corner falling away any further. Window alcoves had to be straightened up a bit too as settlement had left several a bit wonky. And I also took the opportunity to replace a rotten window and frame. The details around the windows we copied and reproduced and finished off with a good couple of coats of whitewash. I’m so proud of what they have done and the neighbours love their fresh new vista.


April + May

 Sunday 28th April, May Day picnic and Easter Sunday 5th May + driftwood art

Dear Walkers and friends,

I am proposing the following Spring programme from Sikia, Halkidiki – which by the way is bursting with flowers.


On Sunday 28th April, I propose a walk through the forest of Platanitsi river valley, where after a short distance we find the old flour mill. We continue making a circular walk through the forest, duration about 3 ½ hours. If the weather is good, after the walk, we can walk into the camping area down to the beach and take a dip in the turquoise crystal water -So bring your cozzie and towel!As usual no special gear is needed, light walking boots or strong shoes or trainers will be ok.  We suggest you bring a small bottle of water and a snack to consume at our mid walk stop to keep you going to the finish. A spare pair of shoes to change into at the finish is essential as it keeps any mud or sand out of the taverna and cars.

After the walk, as always, we shall adjourn to a carefully selected top quality, low cost taverna, probably Agiris on the sea front in Sarti, for a late lunch, but this is of course optional.

Please let me know you are coming,



Directions, meeting and time:

Platanitsi is on the peninsular of Sithonia, Halkidiki, about 2 hrs drive from Thess, down the east side with spectacular views of Mt.Athos. At Platanitsi there is a large camping site with parking by the gates and this is where we can meet. I suggest 12.30 to allow people time for the drive. There will also be some local people.

Sikia is about 2 ½ hrs drive from Thessaloniki, an inland village 3 km from the coast. (see map in web site) My house is in the old part of town near the church. Other accommodation is available and prices vary according to demand and sharing.

On May Day we usually arrange a short walk near Sikia with a picnic bbQ in the hills. Sometimes we have games. This year May Day is a Wednesday and falls in the Easter week. If you would like to join in please get in touch and on this occasion you would have to contribute something to the picnic. The meeting place will be at my house, in the village of Sikia, where accommodation is available if you would like to stay (before or after) for any of the other events I am proposing.

On Easter Sunday, 5th May, I propose the Metochi walk in the hills above Sikia which has views of Mt.Athos and Toroni with a picnic stop at an old Metochi ruin. This walk is between 3 ½ – 4 hours, a circular route. Again I suggest a start time of 12.30 for those coming directly from Thessaloniki. Meet at my house or the slaughter house on the old Toroni road (if you know it). We will probably adjourn to a taverna called Limonaki at the beach.

Driftwood art –

Please look at the website to see what we have done in the past. I will arrange a driftwood art programme for anyone interested in combining with walk days. Driftwood Art days can be: 29th, 30th,April, 2nd , 4th, 6th, May. The art workshop with take place at a friend’s property in the fields. We already have quite a supply of driftwood, but we can take a walk along the beach to replenish supplies. Anyone wishing to make a mirror frame should bring a piece of mirror with them. I ask a small contribution (10 euro) for glue and use of other equipment.

Sikia horse race-

This event usually takes place in the morning, the first Tuesday after Easter. Horses race along the Sikia main beach, then traditional dancing and music are organised with food. It is to celebrate the liberation of Greeks from the prohibition of riding horses during the Turkish occupation and is usually around St.George’s Day. However, as this year Greek Easter is late, I will have to confirm this date. I assume it to be 7th May.

Accommodation during any of the above events can be at my house or other traditional village houses nearby.

I hope to see some of you at the above events and if not please pass this on to possible interested friends.

Many thanks,




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