Wednesday, 18 October 2017

18th October 2017 - and Last day in Paradise

Thought for the day:"Skiing is probably the most expensive way to fall down a mountain."

Well that week has gone quickly. Seems only last week that we arrived. But I am sure that the tightness in my trousers represents the shrinking power of the sun out here in Crete and nothing at all related to the amount of food I have managed to stuff into my mouth over the last week or the copious amounts of beer, wine , raki.

I obviously haven't really been drinking as my bottle of scotch (Lidl's best from last trip) is still practically full and will be going back into the cupboard for next time - along with the new guitar, the lilo, the pump, the spare food and all the other things that stay here when we are away. 

Once again a sunny morning, and we seem to have acclimatized to the two hour difference on this occasion - which was probably helped by the first night where I found myself strangely going to bed about 9pm and sleeping for over 12 hours...

But otherwise I would not really be expecting to be writing my blog at 8am having already had my two cups of tea. The laptop is still not very good for working photos so I shall just post some raw pictures again and get back to learning the Royal Order of Scotland - Provincial Junior Warden - ritual..  First World Problems as they say :)

Two of my Girls

and a third

Traditional Cretan Rooms in the mountains with Traditional Food 

We thought it was a canon - turns out to be two grinding wheels for Olive Oil

 Road Trip....

Cheers - or rather Yammas!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

17th October 2017 - And Donkeys ....

Thought for the day:" My email password has been hacked. That's the third time I've had to rename the cat. "

So - coming up to the last day in Crete - gosh that has gone quickly ....
So here are some pictures form teh Donkey Sanctuary...

Cheers ...

Monday, 16 October 2017

16th October 2017 - Not really Locked out

Thought for the day:"The older I get, the earlier it gets late"

Another day in Crete ...  this may be a little more embarrassing - I may have just taken my phone out of my pocket when I was in the Friends Restaurant which is in Dories - which is not very near to home at all but rather in the mountains .. and may have not remembered to pick it up as we left the restaurant...  BUT... I may have also had the key to the hotel room / apartment in the same pocket - I cannot be sure - but since I now know that the phone is in Dories and I cannot find a key - it is reasonable to suspect a connection...

Which did not help being back at the hotel and not being able to get in to the room!

This is not the sort of hotel that has staff overnight - Georgio is a lovely man - well in his later years and suffering with his health one may suspect. He is an artist and is responsible for many of the paintings around the various rooms a that make up Hotel Eliza - but not a man to be on site at 11pm ...  A bit of a problem...

Luckily - wife has brought her trusty hand held torch and as we have been here before we manage to find the store room for the handy person who looks after all the cleaning and refurbishing the rooms and a sneaky look around finds the master keys and we gain access......

Of course, good old Georgio has provided some extra Raki on the balcony so any delay would have been mitigated - as it is now ....
A trip to the mountains tomorrow I think for my phone - but in the meantime - I shall enjoy the Raki

Yammas !

Sunday, 15 October 2017

15th October 2017 - A few pictures - nothing else

Thought for the day:"Plan ahead - It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."

Very late as I sit here - so I will share a couple of pictures...

Raki is good ... Cheers !

Saturday, 14 October 2017

14th October 2017 - Down from the mountains

Thought for the day:" Can you make a water-bed more bouncy by using spring water?"

Well, where do you start ... I am sitting on the veranda of our little "hotel" apartment at Hotel Eliza...
We started the days in the mountains enjoying "real" Cretan hospitality - in a "traditional" Cretan home  - and it was a really good experience...

A day traveling into the mountains of Crete - and no - I did not know that they were that high .. I do not know the actual heights - I will probably follow this up sometime in the future - but for the moment let me say that they were high!

It was not helped by me hearing the "Oh just come as you are" section of what should we wear - and missed the "but bring a jumper or fleece as it will be a lot colder " ...   My Bad !!  So in Crocs short sleeved shirt and shorts - oh well ... it was less uncomfortable to be cold in the mountains than it was to be too hot when we were last here !!

But - finally made our way back to home here and sat with Granddaughter as she hyper activated her way to bed after a long time sitting in the car - and being delightful for almost all the time ... and sauntered down to Patriko - a restaurant that we have visited a number of times in the past..

It was only this time that we read the the menu which mentions how the name originated...   The Restaurant lays claim to being the oldest in Agois Nikolais - I cannot vouch for that claim - but as the Knossis it had been there for a long long time ...   A few years ago - when the owner decided to retire and leave the business to his son - the son decided to rename it as Patriko - which means "My father's place " - as a tribute to his father  - and the food was more than one would really want for a single sitting - though to be honest we both managed ..

So repleat now - the battery is about to die on the la top and I will close for one day ..

I have Raki !!

Friday, 13 October 2017

13th October 2017 - Just a thought - and a trip up the mountains

Thought for the day:"So - why does 12am come before 11am?"

Busy holiday so just a thought again today - but heading up the mountains of Crete to a traditional evening of food ....   maybe I will buy a guitar on the way....

Thursday, 12 October 2017

12th October 2017 - Just a thought...

Thought for the day:"I'm old enough to remember when emojis were called 'hieroglyphics.' " 

Hey - I am on holiday so just a thought today ..

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

11th October 2017 - Sneaky !!

Thought for the day:" I came here to do 2 things: work on my math skills."

We seem to be working secrets today
So not posting much

Have a Gin

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

10th October 2017 - Exmouth again

Thought for the day:"A winner is not the one who never fails - it is the one who never quits"

So - down in Exmouth ....   can't fault it....  Two for One meals at Pizza Hut ...  and a fair drive...
Not much news to share .... 
So I will lift a glass instead...

You had one job!!!....

Monday, 9 October 2017

9th October 2017 - Counting the Coins

Thought for the day:"The grammar police are there to enforce proper sentencing"

Had a panic - was told that the old pond coin goes out of circulation on October 15th and ceases to be legal tender- so I have been rummaging through all my clothes and various pockets and cupboards as we have a very bad habit of leaving money around all the time ..

Managed to accrue around about £45 which wasn't bad - think I will take it to Tesco today and pay for the shopping with coins... 

But research shows that though the old pound coin will be withdrawn from midnight on Sunday October 15. After this date only the new 12-sided pound will be legal tender.

With just days to go until the deadline, some 500 million are still thought to be in circulation.

Poundland has said that it will continue to accept the round pound until October 31 and many other stores are likely to follow suit.

The Federation of Small Businesses, which represents more than 170,000 companies, has advised its members to continue to take the old coins.

A spokesman said that shops could “provide a useful community service” by preventing customers from having to make unnecessary trips to the bank or Post Office to change over their coins.

“Shopkeepers will be aware that the Royal Mint has this deadline but at the same time they will not want to let their loyal customers down by saying they cannot pay with a round pound if they do not have any other change,” the spokesman explained.

“The changeover period has been fairly short.

“It would help if small firms knew they were allowed a short transition period to collect the old coins if they wish to and are willing to bank them, but not give out to customers.”

Poundland managing director Barry Williams told The Telegraph that the move was a “no brainer”.

After Sunday, shops will not be allowed to give round pounds back in change – however there is no rule against accepting them.

The Royal Mint has produced 1.5 billion of the new pound coin, which entered circulation six months ago on March 28.

The official advice from the Royal Mint is that after October 15, the round pound can be deposited at most high street banks in the UK.

The Royal British Legion will also accept the old pound in donations from October 26.

Pound for your thoughts ??


Sunday, 8 October 2017

8th October 2017 - Having a Wales of a time

Thought for the day:"Today a customer asked for a book on panto. I said it was behind them!"

On the subject of Wales..

Mount Everest was named after Welshman Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire.

Wales is believed to have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

Welshman, Pryce Jones from Newtown Montgomeryshire, created the world's first Mail Order business.

The village of Aberdaron lies further away from a railway station than anywhere else in England and Wales.

Rhos-on-sea has, in St Trillo’s, the smallest chapel in Britain, measuring only 11ft by 8ft and seating just six people.

Robert Recorde of Pembrokeshire invented the “equal to” sign
The letters K, Q, V and Z do not appear in the Welsh alphabet
In the graveyard of Strata Florida Abbey in Cardiganshire is a head stone which reads: “The left leg and part of the thigh of Henry Hughes, cooper, cut off and interr’d here, June 18 1756.
Hughes had lost the limb in a farming accident , but still managed to later emigrate to America, where the rest of him was eventually buried.

The loser of the last fatal duel to be fought in Wales, Thomas Heslop, is buried in the church yard at Llandyfriog, near Newcastle Emlyn.
The duel was apparently fought over ‘ungentlemanly remarks’ made about the barmaid at the town’s Salutation Inn in 1814.

The great glasshouse in the National Botanical Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, is the largest single-span glasshouse in the world, measuring 312ft in length and 180ft in width.
All the statues surrounding Cardiff Castle are of animals

Lawn tennis first appeared in Wales in the 1800s.It was in the gardens of 17th century Nantclwyd Hall, near Ruthin, that Major Walter Wingfield apparently invented lawn tennis in 1873.
He came up with the idea after playing with a new kind ball made from of India rubber which had been designed to bounce on grass.

Marconi's first radio transmission in 1897 was between two points in Wales.

The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff has the largest retractable roof of any sports arena in the World.

Wales is the only part of the UK not to be represented on the Union Jack.

The Mumbles gets its name from the French word ‘mamelles’, meaning breasts, referring to two little islands located offshore.

In 1881 the first lager brewery in Britain was opened in Wrexham by German immigrants.
Wrexham Lager was, for a long time, the only draught beer serve on British ships, as, unlike other traditional beers, it was unaffected by the motion of the waves.

The Seven Wonders of Wales is a list of seven geographic and cultural landmarks in Wales, identified in the late 18th century in doggerel verse. All in North Wales, the list includes Snowdon (the highest mountain), the Gresford Bells (the bells in the medieval church of All Saints at Gresford), Llangollen Bridge in Flintshire, the Wrexham Steeple, the Overton Yew trees and Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall.

Pistyll Rhaeadr and Wrexham steeple,
Snowdon's mountain without its people, 
Overton yew trees, St Winefride's well,
Llangollen bridge and Gresford bells.


Queues are building to watch the latest Pink Floyd Concert...

Saturday, 7 October 2017

7th October 2017 - Sandwich Bored ?

Thought for the day:"A group of owls is called a parliament which is strange because owls are quite intelligent. "

I don't work in an office any more - but if I did..

I lift a glass of Chateau 41

Friday, 6 October 2017

6th October 2017 - On Unfriending or being Arm Less

Thought for the day:"I'm so angry right now that I could strategically throw my phone at a safe spot on the couch."

I rarely react to the stupidity of posts upon Facebook.
I rarely react to the posts that people make which are political, economic, or philosophical. I am generous in spirit and allow people to have their own views on most things without affecting myself or mine.
I normally manage to ignore Facebook statuses which seem to me to be badly thought out, or self aggrandizing, or just plain daft.
I react to bad language - and if on my own pages - demand a retraction or delete - it is my profile and I will make sure that it stays "Family Friendly" in language.
I lament the deterioration of language into random and regular profanity and the smattering of expletives - indeed once thought about the misuse of the use of a coma and the misuse of the "F" word as having great similarities in modern language.... but ignore this upon other pages as they have the right to their own profile as I have the right to mine....

However - today I saw a post that said "If you support greater Gun Control then you can just Unfriend Me !"

This is two days after the USA suffered the greatest tragedy so far - with 59 dead and over 500 injured. Where a retired rich white gambler decided to take an arsenal of weapons into the 32nd floor of a hotel in Las Vegas and then shoot randomly down onto a Country and Western Open Air Concert .....
Multiple high powered automatic weapons - and weapons adapted to be automatic weapons - pre planned with cameras placed to check on the progress of the police as they tracked down the hotel room - apparently identified by the sprinkler system firing up due to the amount of cordite smoke form firing out of the windows..
He killed himself - at least saving a long court case to grandstand the rights of every US citizen to save the world with the power of a hand gun - but also meaning that no motive will ever be identified  ...

And what does that mean ?? Well for one thing the NRA and various conservative gun toting groups are now setting claims for a conspiracy by the anti-gun lobby - stating that they probably set the whole thing up to put pressure upon the idea of reduction of guns or increased legislation, or making it harder for every person in the USA to buy what they want - when they want ...

I accept my bias.
As Chief Inspector in British Policing, I held a view that all citizens should demonstrate their responsibility as a citizen. If anyone wanted to possess a lethal weapon - whether for hobby, sport, fun, vermin disposal, or any other of the multitude of tick-boxes, then they had to demonstrate that they were responsible to a higher standard. Otherwise why would we place a lethal weapon in their hands?
As a result - I revoked shotgun and firearm licences whenever someone appeared in court, or received cautions for various offences. I was challenged.. "Why should driving while drunk affect the right for a shotgun?" Simple in my view - if you are happy to drive a car and risk the lives of yourself and other road users, then that means that you are incapable of safe use of a vehicle - so how can you be considered safe to use something that is designed to kill?
Same applied to Drunk and Disorder / public order offences / assault / domestic disputes....  Each suggest a lack of personal control - and why would I allow such a person to have access to something that kills as easily as pulling trigger   .....

So I am biased. I have many shooting friends who hated my attitude. I forced a number of people into appealing and a certain number of them got the weapons back. It did not worry me... they probably would be a little more careful next time....

But I also was Silver Command for Firearm incidents. How many times did we arm up to deal with a depressed farmer with a small arsenal of weapons which were essential for farming - apparently !!

But tonight I saw the post .. "If you support greater Gun Control then you can just Unfriend Me !"
What was even sadder was the number of followers for this post which were applauding the attitude taken! "Go for it" "you are right"  "Make US great again"....

But it was simple decision for me ...  I unfriended the person .
It was simple - the only one I can remember "Unfriending".
I am pretty sanguine most of the time - but it was a quick hit..

The fact that it is a relation - well google is fairly loose on the subject of the son of my sister's husband's son by a previous marriage - apparently not a nephew - made it a little more difficult ..
but then - only for a second or two

Then Unfriended...

I am very comfortable with my decision

and if only to declare that there is no limit to stupidity in the world