Cherished Blogfest

Cherished Blogfest

As a participant in the CHERISHED Blogfest, I’m invited to talk about one of my cherished objects. I’m  to tell you what it is, post a picture of it, and tell you why you I cherish it. Anyone who has already visited my blog will find my answer VERY predictable!

Kritsa house keys
Kritsa house keys

This cherished key unlocked the doorway to fun, adventure, and eventually this blog. In case you are thinking, ‘Ooo posh! Is it a Spanish style villa with a pool?’

The answer is, no.

We still had our nice neighbour in 2005
We still had our nice neighbour in 2005

We have a small restored house, in among a tangle of streets built for nothing wider or noisier than a donkey. We have no road access, with a tumble-down ruin on one side.

The house was our 25th wedding anniversary gift to each other, intended as a holiday home for a few weeks per year. However, shortly afterwards my redundancy gave us the opportunity to embrace a very different work/life balance. After selling our UK house and buying a small apartment instead, I worked on a short-term contact basis. Then for the next ten years we drove to Crete for a three-month stay. Now our work and cross Europe driving days are over we fly out three or four times per year for six to ten weeks at a time to experience different seasons.

Across Kritsa rooftops
             Across Kritsa rooftops

Our balcony looks east towards the Thripti Mountains and once up in our ‘eyrie’ we have this fantastic view.

Buying a house in Crete was a step into the unknown that proved life changing, enriching it in ways we could never have imagined. Over the years friends and family have joined us for a holiday, and some return at frequent intervals. While we have company we live like tourists cramming in as much as we can.

A crop of walking sticksWhen we’re on our own, we enjoy a more relaxed pace and tend to spend more time away from the crowds, especially walking in the mountains. It’s on these get away from it all days that we have a glimpse of traditional farming methods and crafts. In the village of Tapes, we found walking sticks in varying stages of manufacture on the wall of a derelict house. A quick snap taken at the time didn’t hold much significance until I needed to create the character of an old man living in Tapes during the early 1800s. To find out more about him you’ll need to read Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa. Now that’s my post done, I hope you enjoy it.

If you click on the link below you will find the huge list of participants in this Cherished Blogfest. Grab a coffee, put your feet up and pay a visit to as many of these lovely blogs as you can. What a wonderful way to find new bloggy pals!

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21 thoughts on “Cherished Blogfest”

    1. You are very welcome, Russell. It certainly is an adventure, and as I sit here watching the rain in the UK, I am looking forward to getting back ‘home’ in August. Although I will probably say it’s too hot! X

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  1. Thank you for taking part in the Cherished Blogfest! You’re amazingly lucky– to be able to stay in paradise and commune with nature for a few weeks a year in your own little world of peace and quiet. Thank you for sharing this place with us– makes me want to visit!

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    1. Ha ha! One of the reasons I blog is to encourage more people to visit Greece. Despite anything you might be hearing in the news, it really is a fabulous place to visit and live. If you can’t actually visit, then I’ll take you on virtual journeys. X

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      1. Greece has always been on my bucket list.. I love the beauty of the place and the sense of serenity that seems to exist within it. Touchwood, sooner rather than later, I will tick this off the list.
        Lovely post… I’m still stuck wondering what cherished item to talk about

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  2. Hi. I am one of the cohosts of the #Cherished blogfest and I want to thank you for participating in it, and for such a beloved share. I love that view across Kritsa rooftops. It’s great. Thank you, and do have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Peter. I’d not heard of a Blogfest before and I’m enjoying the opportunity to participate. Thank you, and your bloggy friends for taking the time to organise it. X

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      1. Oh yes! I participated in April A to Z and found that fabulous too. I t was hard work there more than this one but we make so many new friends. It really goes a long way. Thank you for the follow. I so appreciate it! hugs!

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