Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup
Serendipity struck again today. We were working in the garden earlier, lugging gravel from the greenhouse down to the path in the garden. As you can imagine it was hard work as well as being tedious. Eventually we tired of it and decided to break for lunch. That was when we spotted the nettles. The plants were young and not touched by the frosts we endured recently. We quickly gathered a bag full of the tips of the plants (wearing gloves of course), where the leaves are more tender, and headed f...
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Drawing The Line – Gill Tomlinson

Paintings with chair
Last Wednesday evening we visited an exhibition in Koroni of the work of a local artist, Gill Tomlinson. This is the second exhibition we have attended of Gill's work, and this, in her own words, describes what the exhibition was about: Gill explained that she has worked on her artistic technique for some time and confessed to fretting about finding a style of her own. Then, taking the time to review her body of work, she realised that she had indeed discovered her unique style without ev...
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Friendships

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Recently Pauline and I were invited to a barbecue, hosted by Memo, the son of a villa owner near Chrani. Pauline had, in her capacity as the Sunvil Rep here, been able to help Memo sort out an internet problem for the series of villas, and the invite to the bbq was a way of expressing thanks for her help. There was some confusion at first, as the venue had changed, but eventually we arrived after a 'phone call located the party. There we were introduced to "the crew", as Memo put it. They wer...
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Have you got crabs?

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We've seen some surprising wildlife from time to time here at our home. Once, from our balcony, we witnessed a badger smash its way through the bamboo, going somewhere in a hurry. Another time a fox took a breather in our window 'box', falling asleep for a couple of hours.   I spotted this curious creature when I fed the cats recently. He'd managed to climb into the porch, presumably lured by the aroma of the cat food. He slowly made his way down to the ground, and I then helped h...
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Mini Ella

Mini Ella
This short video was an experiment in tilt-shift, the technique used to make the subject appear small or cartoon-like. It's not turned out as I would have wished, but it has given me ideas as to how to tackle Koroni harbour when I eventually get round to it. My camera is a Canon EOS 600D DSLR, mounted on a very sturdy tripod. The speeding-up effect is actually created within the camera itself using some nifty free software called Magic Lantern. Although there is a setting on the software ...
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Wicking Beds

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In March this year we came across an interesting project on the internet, and decided to give it a go ourselves. It's called a Wicking Bed, a method of growing plants using a minimum amount of water, ideal in a climate such as ours here in Greece. One other major advantage is that the number of times you need to water your plants is greatly reduced. Bonus! Essentially, a Wicking Bed is a raised bed with its own reservoir of water. The water is drawn up to the plants by capillary action, s...
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Tilt-shift is easier than you might think…

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Have you ever seen photographs or videos that make the subject appear to be miniaturised, and wonder how they achieved the effect? Well, the process is called tilt-shift, and it's very simple to do both in photography and in video. Here is a photograph of Finikounda that I took recently. It has undergone the process of tilt-shift, and I think the result looks great. What the software does is increase the saturation, and blurs the picture apart from a narrow section in the middle.  ...
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The Quiz Mistress Returns

Quiz Mistress
Last night we held our very first quiz night in summer. Usually we have our annual festive quiz just before Christmas, and it's been successful for the last few years. Normally the invite is to MaM members only, but this quiz was slightly different. Recently Pauline took the position of holiday representative for the south Peloponnese with Sunvil holidays, and so a general invite was issued to her guests as well as MaM members. Of course, the ever-persuasive Yiannis from Mary's Bar in Chr...
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Bungee Jumping Glasgow Style!

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This is my fearless daughter Eve and her equally fearless boyfriend Brian,  chucking themselves out of a crane, at the mercy of a length of elasticated line attached to their ankles. It takes a lot of courage to do this, so bravo you two!
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Yiannis
I came across an interesting forum post the other day which got me thinking. It posed this scenario, and what you would do if it actually happened. You discover that you have won a prize, and the prize is that each day 86,400 Euros is deposited into your bank account. You can spend the money in any way you want. However, what remains in your bank account at the end of each day disappears, and you start the next day with another 86,400 Euros. There are a couple of rules, of course. You cannot sim...
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