Friday, June 23, 2017

A swim and Princess Peach

Earlier this week we invited Heather, Chris & Augie
to enjoy some time in the rooftop pool with noodles and a beach ball.

The wind was cool but the pool was heated to around 80 degrees.

We are house sitting for my sister in Surrey for three days.
One of our pleasures is spending time with "Princess Peach".
She is a very friendly and loving cat.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Damned APP!

I just looked back over the posts that were made on my iPad while in apologies to anyone who was following. The APP that I used imported photos in the wrong size and placed them randomly instead of following my directions. It is not possible to edit the placement of the photos now. There will definitely be a learning curve ahead of our next travels!

Lots of time for reading on grey June days.

The rainbow colours of PRIDE!
(When the sun peeks through the clouds)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Granville Island Market

Visiting the market always awakens our senses!

And then there is a walkabout to inhale the views around the island...

...and add some love to our day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

this morning's walk

This morning's walk took me part way around the Stanley Park seawall.

Friday, June 9, 2017

In Vancouver

We are in Vancouver and recovering from jetlag.


This morning, at 7:00am, we walked down to Denman Street for coffee at our favourite spot.
It isn't quite summer today but yesterday's rain refreshed the plants and the air.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Another sunrise

We set sail from the island with another sunrise this morning at 6:00am.


The ferry was loaded...with finesse!

The sun is starting to brighten the sky behind Chora.


John trying to stay awake with a hot tea.

Farewell dinner

We enjoyed a delicious farewell dinner last night prepared by Theo and Georgia. Yummmmhhhh!


Georgia's creations!

It was a smaller group of good friends.
Penelope, Yorgos and Myrto joined us later.


Love the graininess of this photo!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Preparing to leave

Preparing to leave.


Goodbye to a gaggle of our special girls!


Waiting for someone's return!

Sunset at Xylokeratidi.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunset glow

The glow of sunset on one of Chora's churches.


An Adrian farewell

We waved farewell to our son this morning
 as he boarded the ferry back to Piraeus
 and his long journey home.
Yesterday he finally had a dip in the sea at Agia Anna.


It was very special to have him with us for five nights.

Last night we visited the campground in Katapola to watch another rehearsal of The Cherry Orchard. Adrian had the opportunity to observe an outdoor Greek production and see many people he has met in their theatre roles. Now we will return to a slow rhythm for our final six days on the island.

Monday, May 29, 2017

John's birthday celebration

Last night we experienced such an outpouring of love for John on his big 80th!
Around 40 people arrived to shower him with hugs, kisses, wishes and gifts.


Milena arrived in her ballet/ princess outfit
and helped John to examine each gift.
She made him a scented candle.

Kalliroi, who brought delicious mashed potatoes, was gorgeous in turquoise.
She gave John a hand written compilation of poems from her favourite poets.


Theodosia and Myrto provided glamour to the evening!


Mansi, who brought homemade daal, joined Dagmar and Elena for dinner.


Adrian was surrounded by beautiful women all night!

John also received calls from Manuela & Wilma in Sweden, 
Rahel in Switzerland and Maja in Sarajevo during the evening celebrations.
Maja thrilled us by singing a beautiful song to him.

Michael Anne brought in her famous carrot cake while everyone sang Happy Birthday
in Greek and in English before John recited an emotional poem and thanked everyone!

Theo took over as DJ and played an eclectic mix of dance music.
What a wonderful evening!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

29,222 sunrises!

Up this morning at 5:15am to watch John's 29,222th sunrise.


Clouds threatened to hide the sun but finally she appeared!
Happy 80th birthday!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday of the surprise visit


Morning coffee competition

Visiting Langada before the three hour jet lag nap.


Creative use of tin cans.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The secret arrival

I managed, with great difficulty, to keep the secret!


Under supposed directions from Mata to pick up a delivery of peanuts for the bar, 
we drove down to Katapola and waited for the Express Scopelitis to arrive with the peanuts.

To John's utter amazement...Adrian walked off the boat and toward us!
What a wonderful gift for John's 80th birthday.

We celebrated his arrival with drinks at Jazzmin and dinner at Parvas.
Not sure what time he will finally wake up this morning after such a long journey!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shadows and princesses

Life goes on around us...
...shifting energy levels 
with each departure and arrival.


Today we shared a falafel lunch on the upper terrace of Tre Porto.


The cushions and shadows were fascinating.


And then the princesses arrived to record a piece of their theatre production.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Christo's creations

Colourful displays outside Christo's shop.


He dedicates his winter months to creating hand painted objects
to market in his shop during the tourist season.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friends leave and painting furniture

The ferries started running again at midnight last night
and we said goodbye to good friends who prepared to leave the island.


Mancie gives Maja a farewell hug as Maja leaves for her return trip to Sarajevo.


Myrto and Ellie help to paint the furniture for Bayoko's re-opening!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Birthday, Outdoor theatre and Lukas

We celebrated another birthday on Wednesday...
...Milena, the daughter of our friends, had her 9th birthday!


Waiting for the birthday cake!

In the evening we attended a dress rehearsal for the open air theatre production of "The Cherry Orchard".


The Sleaze - Thodoros showing his seedy side!

John, Elena and Junior waiting for the theatrics!


Mata lecturing the maid on how to behave!


And, this morning we spent time with Lukas again.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daddy and falling apart

Junior and Theo are two young men who have decided to adopt us as parents.
It is a constant battle between these two to get their adoptive "Daddy"s attention!

This one is still on the road...
...held together with chewing gum and rubber bands!...
...and pieces of fabric!