Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends,

Another year has passed. Where did it go and what did I achieve in it?

You know the answer to that question better than I do. I want to thank all my readers from the bottom of my heart for your support throughout my writing and photography adventures over the past two and a half years. For me, blogging about the food I buy, grow, prepare and cook for my family, and describing the photographs of my hometown was a way to get me started in writing, and that's what I want to do now - I want to continue to write, with no limitations, because there is so much more that I want to write about, which I am sure you will want to read, eventually, that is, when I get it all written down.

Beach umbrellas stored away for next season

And that's my New Year's resolution: to keep on writing, to inform you, and above all, to keep you entertained. I will be closing this blog (but it will remain on the web), and continuing to write at Organically Cooked. My posting will not be as regular as before, but whenever you look me up, you can rest assured that you will leave with a smile on your face.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year,
With love,
From Hania, Crete

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

And here is where yesterday's river flows into the sea - right before the little rocky island of Lazaretta; the little white building is a church, which is probably honored on a saint's day, so there will be a little feast held there once a year.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

The bridge over Kladissos river, on the outskirts of town. It pours into the sea at Nea Hora. These cars are headed west of the town.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Rainbows are always an uplifting sight! This one showed itself by the town beach at Nea Hora.

Monday, 21 December 2009

The garden shed - it's definitely a man's world in there!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

The fresh produce store - hardly anything is organic, but it is all local.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Is it a twig? No!
Is it a turd? No!
It's a carob pod.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

"Don't mind me, I'm just parking some sand here in the middle of the road because I need to use it to build something in the adjacent field, but I'm not ready to do the job just yet, so until I do, you'll just have to put up with it here..."

Sunday, 13 December 2009

When earth is dug up in order to prepare the ground for a building project, the soil and rocks need to be moved or stored in some way. This fenced off property does just that: the soil is very fertile so it is sold to people who want to add it to their garden, and the rocks and stones make good value building materials for houses and decorative fences.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Mind the gap.

Public roadworks - part of the new sewerage system.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

An old stone wall, acting as borders denoting land ownership. These are being replaced by ugly concrete and iron fences, so that one day, most traces of our past will be erased.

Monday, 7 December 2009

The urban sprawl is evident, not only from afar in the rural suburb where I live, but right around me, as evidenced by the unfinished building projects and the new houses.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Freshly harvested goat manure, ready to be spread over the garden...

Thursday, 3 December 2009

An old-fashioned hydrant for quick water supply when we need it, close to my house.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Cretan symbols: blue skies, blue seas and olive trees.