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Mezze is widely served in the Greek and Middle eastern world. An assortment of little dishes and tasters which accompany a nice ouzo or a glass of wine. So when you read mezze moments you will have tasty snippets of life as I live it, India for four years and now Brisbane Australia, all served up with some Greek fervour and passion.
Monday, 18 September 2017
We left India in 2013. So imagine my surprise when unusually for me, I looked into the blog and saw that I had loads of comments mainly in 2017 ! Well, I am not a very controversial writer and I suspect that most of my readership likes a quickie (pardon the pun) on FB and wont bother with anything else, let alone write a comment. But for a brief moment my heart fluttered and I reprimanded myself for not being more diligent and checking with each blog entry to see who could possibly be commenting on my blog!
Well haha - there was surprise, mild amusement, but mostly disgust when on closer inspection I came across these, many, many of these, in slightly different wording, the best of Hindglish and from everywhere on the vast Indian sub continent you can imagine, from the busy Bazaars of Chandni Chowk in Delhi to Chandigarh. From Jaipur to Mumbai and my word there is so much on offer here. Shame on each and everyone of them, all written by men of course, exploiting young and probably destitute girls. Well it took me ages to get rid of them all but now I am can safely say I am Escort Free.
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017
As the Economist put it are we the new GERIACTIVES, The SUNSETTERS or NIGHTCAPPERS ? How about the NYPPIES- not yet past it ! Or the more expressive OWLS- older working less, still earning. There are more descriptive terms, which is an indication of the heightened interest in finding the right description for this new group of luvs. One family called them the HOPSKIS : Healthy Old People Spending Kids Inheritance. Another group remembers calling them WOOPIES Well off older people, or JOLLIES Jolly old ladies with lots of loot which I love. Finally the rather deadpan INDY-
I am not dead yet.
Reaching that magical 60 is almost the stuff of dreams - my dreams from which I havent quite woken up from of being 16 and on a long beach in Famagusta or 21 and graduating from University and pursuing law until that day when my father's departure released me into another world. A world which was a little uncertain and wholly unfamiliar and one which to this day remains full of surprise and wonder. Wonder at where I have lived and what I have survived, wonder at the three wonderful sons who have made it to adulthood in spite of the tribulations, vaccinations, linguistic challenges and strange foods. Finally perhaps but by no means least a lasting respect for a companion whose work and principles and a perpetual quest for knowledge are what persuaded me to follow him to the end of earth, guessing, learning and evolving. Today 31 years married and a mere 42 since we met. More to come in this geriactive state.
So dear friends which is the term which you identify with and why ?
So dear friends which is the term which you identify with and why ?
Friday, 1 September 2017
The Samariá Gorge has been a National Park in Crete since 1962 - a major tourist attraction of the island – and a World Biosphere Reserve. We travelled by bus from Chania to a height of 1,250 m at the northern entrance.The cool winds swirl around the pine trees at the top and a little shiver goes through you. We entered the National Park with lots of other eager hikers and started making our way down on the broad stone steps. You need to keep your eyes on the ground because the stones are uneven and very slippery from use so it is easy to slip over or sprain an ankle. We saw a hiker do exactly that but she was rescued and placed on a horse or mule ambulance to take her out of the park. It would be a long ride so ... eyes on the ground for the most part but then stop and look up to this-
Not sure those logs will be long lasting but there were parts of gorge where clearly walkers had enjoyed the thought of leaving their mark playfully on the wood and with the rocks.
We walked down many steps, slipped on stones and fumbled our way over loose ones. The hike was through the pine trees, plane trees and tall cypresses. In parts it has shaded rest places. After some four hours of walking we were finally right in the depth of the gorge walking along the river bed which burbled with crystal clear water. We crossed bridges and walked along dry river beds, looked at the geological formations and saw the pressures on the earth's shape right in front of our very eyes.
We marvelled at the trees that came out of bare rock and compressed layers which formed their solid seas.
The most animated of all were the expressive goats that scrambled fearlessly on the precipices or lay sleeping during siesta time. The gorge was 13kms long and at the end of it was the village of Agia Roumeli which appeared completely isolated on the edge of the most beautiful bay. The water deep and soulful and very cooling and the scenery passionate. The sand black as the goat and burning hot.
Monday, 28 August 2017
We took the boat out to Balos Bay with thousands of other tourists. We had looked for something a little more contained but our number was large enough not to allow this so we scrambled on, literally in the nick of time, onto the Gramvousa ferry and we fought for our place in the shade next to tourists with sunburn, girls with skimpy bikinis and families with playful toddlers. Not the most serene of surroundings but actually once we got going with the wind in our hair and the gentle rolling of the boat it did not matter. We turned the furthermost point of Crete and headed to Balos Bay this idyllic green bay with soft sands and shallow waters and the strange thing is that the crowds just dissipated and looked like ants in the distance. W could claim our own little picnic spot to play and splash about and take in the beauty of the surroundings.
The day was complete when we headed back and stopped at the Venetian Castle on the island of Gramvousa. Built between 1579 and 1584 this amazing fortification protected the island against the Ottomans and ensured Venetian trade routes. It is built on a promontory overlooking the sea and is almost fully intact to this day. We climbed with more crowds only to find ourselves once more enjoying a walk in relative peace. The views over the bay were stunning, the waters were ink blue and the edges trimmed with the turquoise green of emeralds.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
The island of Crete is the birthplace of Theodorakis, Mouskouri and Kazantakis, giants in music and literature of the Greek world. The diminutive - akis- seems to be the norm on the island but there is nothing little or small about these people who are proud and strong as they showed time and time again, perhaps most recently in defending the Allied Forces in the Second World War. They showed support particularly for all the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who will forever owe them a debt of gratitude for hiding them and ferrying them away from the Germans sometimes at the cost of their own lives. They are hospitable and friendly and somehow have stuck to their traditions and their earth better than most of us. They are the fruit and vegetable basket for Greece, their cheeses and wines are wonderful and their countryside is breathtakingly rugged and unspoilt.
We have driven through gorges, walked through others, visited monasteries where we spent some time looking at the interesting architecture and a little more time choosing some of the monastery's wine and honey and swam in water that was so clear and translucent you felt your body was enveloped in cool goodness. There was no one around - we had the place to ourselves - I guess not everyone would want to do the steep gorge walk down there. But what a reward for those who do !
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
35 minutes from where I live is my closest beach - one that rivals many others on this great continent. I have a photo of the beach but today I am not going to show you that. My posting is all about how a casual walk on the promenade led me to Redcliffe Point where we gravitated towards some fishermen fishing over these rocks. They were so amazing in colour I took a few photos.
Look at the colours of the rocks, the oyster shells that are embedded in them and then look at the little mangrove plant that is shooting up from the rock itself and finally look at the layer of what appears to be a type of grass growing on the rocks. Solidly spectacular wouldn't you say. So I went on a quest of Google to find out what type of rock this was but failed. Rang up Redcliffe Tourist Information who put me in touch with Moreton Bay Authority and I left a description of the place and my question. A lovely man just rang me to inform me that this is laterite - a naturally occurring rock which has a lot of iron and aluminium oxide in it and the stones weather and oxidise to produce the variety of colours. They are common in tropical and sub tropical climate and are often found where the climate may be humid. Apparently India has a lot of Laterite and makes bricks from it - which I can now recall.