|Gray sand-filled skies made for an odd sunset|
The Sirocco, as the wind that blows from the North African desert is known, was blowing sand from the Sahara. As it darkened the horizon and dirtied the house, we knew spring had arrived and we were on our way to summer in our area of the Greek Peloponnese.
It is the most wonderful miserable weather imaginable, to my way of thinking. And I love it, simply because I am here to experience it!
|Scirocco sunset, left, regular sunset, right|
For so many years I’ve read books set in the Mediterranean – novels, travelogues and those real-life tales written by ex pats -- that have told of the winds and the sand and I found the whole concept so . . .well, . . .exotic. I really hadn't thought about the dirt.
The Sirocco originates amid the dry, dusty conditions of North African, bringing sand from the Sahara Desert. As it makes its way north it adds a fair bit of humidity and by the time it reaches Italy, France, Spain, or Greece it is packing a warm wallop of dirt and dust. Housecleaning is a waste of time when the Sirocco is in town. And you certainly don’t want to hang laundry out to dry either. It is too hot to do much else. So you sit and watch the dust blow (just like all those things I'd read had said).
|Sirocco greeting 2016 en route home from Athens|
Luckily in our area the winds and their sands seem to last no more than a few days. Enough time for me to experience the exotic that I’d dreamt of and enough time to dirty up everything and move on.
|May Day 2017 in Greece|
|Nasturtium carpets in the olive groves|
|Baby Kalamatas (those little dots between the leaves) have appeared on the triees|
|Fisherman leaves the port of Agios Nikolaos|
|Limeni Harbor to our south|
That’s it from The Stone House on the Hill this week. Hope whatever season you are experiencing in your part of the world that it is a lovely one.
I'm a bit late posting this week as we’ve been busy with our adopted (as in, she-adopted-us) Mom Cat, pictured left in a very pregnant state last year.
For those not on FB, Mom has been a regular at our place for nearly two years, either about to give birth or with nursing kittens. She gave birth to three kittens in early April and all died a few weeks ago. The sad situation had a golden lining as we finally had a window of time while we were here to get “Mom” fixed. She had surgery on Thursday and we’ve been busy watching over her (doting) ever since. The vet told us she was already pregnant with four kittens so the surgery was a bit more than expected. She is, I am happy to report (knock on wood) doing well. And, 'Mommy' Cat has become 'Maggie' Cat.
Safe travels to you and yours ~ and as always, thanks for the time you spend with us!
Linking this week with:
Through My Lens
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