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Spring Events Report

 

Well folks,

We had such glorious hot weather that we replaced the walks with swims. Really refreshing! Beaches to ourselves and some skinny dipping! Our Easter meal at taverna ‘Limanaki’ was a great success with kid roasted in the oven the traditional Sikia way with rice soaking up the meat juices, mingling with various herbs. There were nine of us sitting in the sun on the beach. The horse race took place on May 7th, as predicted the Tuesday after Easter. Although it was windy, it was a clear sunny day and there was a good turn out of horses and spectators. And no broken bones this year. I do wish they’s wear helmets, but Sikia doesn’t get its nickname Texas for nothing! So I post you a few photos of the riders and good to see there were a few more girls this year.

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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.

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Silver touch and green fingers!

Hi there Folks, Meet Yianni and Marie-Andree. They live on the outskirts of our village and have a shop in Sarti. Check out their website to see what they are up to: (yian.gr) where you can see a gallery of their silver workshop products, pictures of the area and a gallery of wildflowers from Halkidiki.

Andrea at work in Sarti

Andrea at work in Sarti

In addition, take a glance at their garden below. We have an idea. In October I shall be organizing another ‘events week’ including Yianni and Andree. They will be offering to use their homegrown vegetables in cookery lessons of personal recipes. Also, if you visit during the summer, it might be possible to put a small cookery group together, with fresh veg, organically grown. Let us know what you think.

 

And guess what, I made 4 kilos of apricot chutney from Yianni and Andree’s fruit today to add to my shelf of homemade preserves.

I also have Neranga orange marmalade, lemon marmalade, apple chutney, peach chutney and some local honey from my friend Thanassi. You’ll hear more about him another time.

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Events week 18-22nd April 2012

Hi Folks,

We ran a trial events programme 18-22nd April of driftwood art, walking and cooking.

Davina came over from England to take part, Gaby was here for Easter and offered driftwood art facilities, advice and encouragement. I ran a circular walk up to a ruined monastery outcrop where we collected mushrooms and had a picnic. Connie offered cookery lessons and provided us with three wonderful evening meals. Michaela, who has a summer place nearby joined us for all events. The weather improved from rainy to bright sunny days. I’d like to post some photos so you can see what we were up to and hope you might get in touch to join us next time.

All the best,

Pat

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