, 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!CHERISHED Blogfest
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 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.
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.
When 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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