The sun shone Saturday and I was full of good intent. You know a little bit of gardening, some blog visiting, a little bit of Greek I had even told myself that I would walk into town and take some photos of the stupid tourists, Thanks Angie for that idea. It all seemed to be going so spiffingly......just as I was about to leave the computer for the rest of my day I saw that a stack of emails I had sent had errors and hadn't been sent. Now it's a good thing to mention here that I do have a leaning in the direction of OCD so there was no way I was going to get up and walk away without trying to sort it, and so after a couple of hours I was no closer......then my blog wouldn't load saying there was an issue with the database. I was now worrying that I had messed something up...no mail...no site. The reasonable guy in my head knew it was the server and that they would sort it...the unreasonable guy thought it was me...I had caused this so only I could sort it. Then the whole of my site went down, then I couldn't log in to my server....hell I was ready to admit to killing Kennedy and Princess Diana! I was sending emails to people that couldn't help me...and did a lot of staring at the screen. I had no time to do anything...no gardening, no walk to town hell it was 6pm and I hadn't even bathed! Then in an instance it was back like nothing had happened...just like a bad dream...just like the bad dream that it was!
So to Sunday......internet fine, blog fine.....said a few hello's...no sun so thought gardening would be good. April was the driest on record and May has been a bitch! Rain, rain, rain. The garden is going mental and we go to Crete again in 2 weeks...big smile...so thought I would cut the hedges.....I have always been happy with my petrol hedge cutters...added mobility, none of the restrictions of electric ones and god knows I have cut through more cables than I care to remember.....but today they worked against me. I was out there hours and ready for any excuse to stop...and so the rain came. Now with electric ones you have the perfect reason but no I have the bloody petrol ones...no fear of death by electrocution for me...oh no! I just kept on in the rain. Now I'm frightened to go to bed as I know I will ache in the morning..I'll have to go down the stairs on my ass and walk backwards all day.
It was a good weekend.
Today's photo is from the trip to Crete in March. taken in the strangest of places. In a beautiful location on the coast but far enough away from airports to be an inconvenience. I get the feeling from the architecture there and the lack of anything going on that at some stage in it's past they thought it might be the 'new resort' but it obviously never happened. So there are empty concrete shells everywhere....perfect for me, disastrous for the local economy. The other thing against the place is the orientation of the beach...the sea comes in from the north unobstructed and so the waves are bigger making it unattractive for bathing and all the rubbish gets washed up....they blame all of that on the Egyptians or any other nation, I guess you have to blame it on someone! So here is an aerial shot of Pachia Ammos (Παχεία Άμμος). This place is pretty much in the centre of the photo. It also brings back HAPPY memories as I was stung by the police here a few years ago for overtaking on double white lines...the fine hurt but the police officer did it with a smile. I'll leave the tale of the day I got breathalysed for another day!
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