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Oh, Why Does The Weather Have To Be So Nice?

Posted by Dinny, 21 January 2006 · 1,514 views

These days are just so beautiful! Every morning I am greated by a blue sky and warm sunshine (ok, ok, it DID rain the other night and there were some clouds the day after, but nevertheless...) and I would like so much to get out to enjoy it. But I don't have time, since I had to accept a big translation project to even out the cutbacks in my budget lately. Which means that I am chained to my chair in front of the PC from 8 am to 8 pm with just a short escape for an hour or so around lunchtime.

And while things are like this, I enjoy going up to Kouses for my lunch break. It's a tiny village on the heights over Petrokefali, some 8 kms from Mires, with the most fantastic view over the whole valley of Messara. There is only one very small taverna open in this period, maybe it's the only one in Kouses even during summer, but Yorgos makes well-tasting and healthy food. And you get to enjoy it while sitting on the glass-shielded veranda, so your eyes can explore everything from the beach of Kalamaki to the windmills halfway to Heraklion. The top of Mount Ida is totally covered with snow, all the other mountain tops try to live up to her standards, but they don't have the necessary hight to dress as beautifully as her, just some unevenly scattered snow among the green. The olive fields beneath the mountains are a mix of green and yellow, and you can see people working like busy little ants, tractors dragging the branches cut off the olive trees, people lighting a small fire for the lunch break. I enjoy my well-deserved break together with them untill it's time to go back for some more work.

But there is a big and important difference in this situation compared to my former working life. While I lived in Denmark winter would last some 6 months, no need to look out of the window to check upon the weather, it would almost always be dark, wet, and cold. During spring and summer the nice weather, if any, would start on Monday at 9.00 and finish exactly on Friday at 17.00 hrs. Knowing that for at fact would depress you in the most terrible way, having a full-time job would leave you so little time to enjoy a nice day whenever that happened, and while being cooped up all day in the office the only joy for your eyes would be to look at it through the windows. When I moved to Italy that didn't change much. The winter in Northern Italy is not so much different from the Danish, but the summer in comparison would be like living in an oven. Made you fear the end of working hours when you had to leave the airconditioned environment to go out into some 35 degrees celcius and a 60 degrees celcius car.

Crete is SO different! The heat is never unbearable because of the delightful wind blowing, and I hardly ever got to know the winter before it was over and done with. You don't have to fear that the nice weather will be gone whenever you finish your job, so despite having to stay inside to meet my deadline I don't really mind. I am CERTAIN that the sun will be waiting for me the moment I have the time to enjoy it.

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Ok....Ok..so now you have really made me feel jealous and very, very green with envy!!
I still have my memories of Kalyves in December to cling to during these grotty winter days..whilst I long for the coming summer in Crete (only a fortnight tho') and maybe another visit in December 2006. I think I had better start buying Lottery tickets!!
Dave
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QUOTE(DaveW. @ 21 Jan 2006, 04:40 PM)
Ok....Ok..so now you have really made me feel jealous and very, very green with envy!!
I still have my memories of Kalyves in December to cling to during these grotty winter days..whilst I long for the coming summer in Crete (only a fortnight tho') and maybe another visit in December 2006. I think I had better start buying Lottery tickets!!
Dave
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This green colour of yours is very becoming, all you need is a tiny yellow flower behind your ear, and you will look just like the Cretan spring!

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P.S. If I were you I would buy this famous lottery ticket - you never know!

I must second what Dave said. I'm very jealous too.

I just hope that I can make it to Crete again at some point this year! (I'm sure it's more of a NEED than just a want)
Well Tinks,
That means that there are at least two of us on this planet that are green..just wait till reinforcements arrive from Mars!!!!!!!
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OK, you two, I'll make you happy: The rain has been POURING down for the last two days - and nights - and there is not the tinyest little hole through the clouds to make you hope for improvement! But at least it is not cold! ;-)
It may be raining but if I could financially justify moving to Crete I still would do so in a heartbeat!

You should try living in Wigan! it's cold, wet and miserable all year round, and this is the horrific monstrosity being built near where I live... Fortunately, I'm not FROM Wigan and escape to my belived Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire as often as I can.

But what would I give to be back in Crete right now, even if it is on the damp side....

Dinny, you are a lucky woman indeed!
Dinny,
I was so, so sorry to hear that it has been raining for a couple of days. rolleyes.gif Like Tinks if I could afford it, I would be out to Crete in a flash. But, try as I might Tony Blair won't give me a nice payout to go but is looking for me to go of my own accord! Please sir, make me redundant and let me live my dream. I would pick olives for 3/4 months, paint apartments before the tourists arrive, deliver cars to airports and hotels....oh dream on.
Tinks, we use to have a monstrosity by us that spewed flames and dust 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Thankfully it has now closed and the trees that had died on the mountainside are now regenerating the area. Unfortunately though many men lost well paid jobs. What price do we have to pay for employment (albeit probably part-time)?

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