Matala and Joni Mitchell.

Matala and Joni Mitchell.

For all those of you who responded to my last posting, here are the words of Joni Mitchell herself regarding Matala in Crete and the song ‘Carey’. It appears that Joni was in Matala, Crete around 1970/72 – five years after 1966 when I went there and it seems that it had developed a bit…

Cold Snap, It  Really Was

Cold Snap, It Really Was

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 solid. Two inches of ice in a place where we never hardly ever approach zero centigrade never mind get to minus…

The Labyrinth of Crete

The Labyrinth of Crete

The Labyrinth of Crete is situated around 3 km northeast of the archaeological site of Gortys in central Crete. It is an underground quarry in marly limestone, excavated probably during the Roman Period. It was first described and mapped in the 18th and 19th centuries. More detailed descriptions have been published recently. Below is the…

Old Pictures of Crete

Old Pictures of Crete

I was asked recently by someone to post some of my old pictures of Crete. Well, this meant digging them out if I could, and I have lost most of them over the years. Then it meant scanning them and trying to present them at their best and the truth is that there are not…

The Bold Signs of the Dam

The Bold Signs of the Dam

To provide further context and respond to a few requests, I will share two photographs of the signs near this impressive new dam. These signs offer valuable information about the dam, its purpose, and other relevant details.These signs of the dam, with their detailed inscriptions, serve as informative guides, offering insights into the dam’s construction,…

What Passing Bells . . .

What Passing Bells . . .

What Passing Bells On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we shall remember them. It was at precisely eleven am on the eleventh of November in 1918 that the armistice was signed and the war to end all wars was finally over. Then in 1939, a bigger war that had…