You are the one who can stretch your own horizon.
-- Edgar Magnin
|Lufthansa brought us from Athens to Seattle -|
If you’ve been a part of our adventures for any length of time, you know we are American expats who live full-time in Greece. We pulled up roots in the US just over a year ago and set off to ‘live differently’ for awhile. Remnants of our US life went into a storage unit and we set off for adventure.
|Our Stone House on the Hill in the Mani, Greek Peloponnese|
|The other end of the horizon - Manson, Washington|
The answers resulted in the latest stretch of our horizon. We still live full-time in rural Greece, but also have just moved into a home in rural Washington State. It is the ‘just in case’ place where our belongings are a bit more lovingly stored and comes with an assurance we have a place to go when the dreaded ‘if’ appears on our current horizon. . .if Greece doesn’t renew our residency permit. . .if health (mental or physical) dictate an early end to our adventure. . .if we tire of ‘living differently’ elsewhere in the world. We've had reports that a 'Medicane' (Mediterranean hurricane is barreling towards the Peloponnese this weekend while we are in the States moving so we are hoping that one of those 'if's' isn't, 'if a storm destroys our home while we are away. . .'
While some might call us prudent others might see us as paranoid. We simply see it as stretching our horizons once again. Hopefully to include the best of both worlds.
From one end of the horizon to the other
|Lake Chelan on the left, Messinian Bay on the right|
|Agios Nikolaos - Messinias Mani|
We are Village people. We’ve adjusted to village life in Greece like fish to water. The fishing village, Agios Nikolaos, (Saint Nikolas) and still called by its Slavic name Selinitsa by many locals, has a few hundred year round residents.
It swells with tourists in the summer.
|St. Andrews Episcopal Church - 1897 built of logs - oldest building in Chelan|
Manson, where we’ve re-planted our American roots had a population of just over 1,400 in the last census. It is an unincorporated community seven miles beyond the larger town of Chelan, with a year-round population of about 4,000.
Chelan and Manson swell with tourists in the summer.
Groves and orchards. Our Greek life puts us smack dab in the midst of the Land of Kalamata olives. In fact our home is in a small olive grove and The Scout has dusted off his orcharding skills (learned in his family’s Chelan apple orchard decades ago) and put them to use in Greece.
|The Stone House on the Hill from our olive grove|
It will be fun to be walking distance to several ‘tasting rooms’ – those places operated either by a single winery or by individuals offering a variety of wines – and also easy driving distance to wineries themselves. Hopefully our visits to Manson will coincide with those facilities being in operation.
|Nefarious Cellars - on The Scout's old apple orchard|
|Wine at sunset at the Stone House on the Hill|
|They moved us out of our old world and are moving us into the new one|
|The Scout and the realtor in front of our Manson house|
Until next week, safe travels to you and yours ~
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