Category: crete nature

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The Magnificent Cretan Poppy

One of the finest flowers seen in Crete is the wild Cretan poppy. So many people see so many flowers that the poppy is often ignored in favour of the wonderful orchids and the...

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My Little Cretan Owl

Owls are lovely creatures. They fly at night and eat up rats and mice. You hardly see them in Crete although they can be heard hooting from time to time. But recently I met...

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Sweet Chestnuts

Today is the nutty season in Crete. Perhaps we are all nuts for living on such a beautiful island, but I would live nowhere else. But now nuts are the thing. The lovely chestnut...

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Milking Sheep for St George

On Saint George’s day in the village of Asigonia in Crete, the shepherds bring all of the herds down from the mountains to have them milked. Shepherds milking their sheep From the other side,...

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Frangokastello

 Here is a photograph that I took in the south of Hania province in a tiny village called Frangokastello. Frangokastello means Frankish Castle, actually built by the Venetian occupiers of Crete from the 13th...

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The filling of Potamoi Dam

You may remember me writing about the new dam that is designed to provide water for Rethymnon. Well now, at least for about a month or two, the new dam is closed and water is rising....

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More Spring Splendour

I guess that you all know by now that the Island of Crete has a huge number of wildflowers. Many are found only in Crete. It is in the springtime that these flowers mostly...

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Spring Has Arrived In Crete.

Although yesterday was a tad cloudy in Hania, we decided to hunt for spring in the Amari valley – 500 metres above sea level. Around two weeks ago we had a cold snap that was part...

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That Was Really a Cold Snap

I was very pleased to get our olive harvest in and pressed when I did because this last cold snap just beggar’s belief. This morning the cat’s water that we leave outside was frozen...