|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!
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Springtime in Greece sounds wonderful.ReplyDelete
It is a fabulous time to be here. . .and the wind and sand only add a bit of the exotic to it! Thanks for stopping by!!Delete
All the springtime scenes you describe of Greece are very familiar to us, your neighbours to the south, Jackie. When I first came to Crete, I had no idea what the south winds (as the Cretans call them) were and I actually thought we were experiencing a kind of sandy hurricane! Well, almost 30 years later, I now can even sense them coming!ReplyDelete
Still, you are surrounded by such beauty and the sweet company of Maggie Cat that, the season, I'm certain, is breezy and bright.
My post did prompt several responses from those of us who are living in Greece. Not everyone found my wind to be exotic. Ha, ha, ha! Give me a few years, and I will also probably feel the same way. Belated Happy Mother's Day, Poppy!Delete
Don't think I could handle more than a couple days of dirt filled wind. Glad you could help Mommy become Maggie.ReplyDelete
It was beyond time for Mom to become Maggie and although we were sorry she lost her kittens, we are glad she won't need to go through that any longer (neither will we!).Delete
I can just imagine Joel in his nurse's uniform! Only 90 degrees? It was 97 here yesterday. We're still acclimatising. But at least for a few weeks I won't be packing either luggage or boxes. Good luck with Maggie the moggie.ReplyDelete
Oh good heavens. It was so hot here (and far less hot than there) that I spent the afternoon in front of the fan reading Bill's book. . .such a delightful way to spend the afternoon that I did the same thing today!Delete
Happy to hear you are experiencing life to the fullest at your new home in Greece.
Maggie cat looks like a wonderful pet
Well, Maggie we hope will live a bit longer and a more healthy life as result of last week's surgery. She's doing better this week so we are feeling a bit less guilty about the process. Hope you are having a good spring, Helen! xx J.Delete
Love your sunset photos. I think the heat would drive me nuts, but there's something magical about those winds. Reminds me of the mistrals in the south of France. Crazy strong, but, as you say, exotic!ReplyDelete
Springtime heat isn't bad, even with the sirocco bringing sand from Africa. And somehow just know it is 'that' wind bringing 'that' sand, I do love it, even at its worst.Delete
Hello, lovely photos from Greece. I like the sky shots, pretty flowers and tree, the May Day images and fishing boat are all lovely scenes. Sorry about the kittens but it is best the momma was fixed. Enjoy your day and week ahead!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the visit Eileen. Yes, Mom/Maggie cat is on the rebound this week and actually purred and played with a length of rope -- two things we'd never seen her do before!Delete
Ah yes, the dreaded Scirocco. I hate the dust it brings with it. We've just had three days of it here in the central Mediterranean. I hope it won't return too soon.ReplyDelete
Loree, thanks for leaving a comment. . .as a result I have just signed up to follow your blog! We had only two days and one little shot of it later, knock-on-wood, it won't return until next spring!Delete
Ah ha - a meaning to the word. I never knew what sirocco meant. At least springtime is pretty where you are right now.ReplyDelete
It really is stunning in Greece in the springtime. . .even when dust clouds envelop the area! Thanks for the visit Rhonda!Delete
Beautiful springtime shots from Greece.ReplyDelete
Thanks much Rajesh. . .glad you enjoyed them.Delete
I've been in the Phoenix area when winds bring in dust and I found it very easy to visualize your Sirocco experience. Even without the winds, I found things got so much dustier there than I was used to. The rest of your spring looks absolutely beautiful!ReplyDelete
Yes, another friend who lives in Phoenix also wrote about this dust and I told her it was nothing compared to the dust storms that strike their area in August and September!Delete
I agree that novelists rarely mention "dirt was everywhere" when describing those exotic Sirocco winds. I like the image of nasturtium carpeting everything. Better luck with growing it yourself, and bless you for fixing Maggie Cat.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment on Maggie Cat. She actually tried playing the other day. Poor little thing has always been pregnant or mothering and finally has a bit of spark and spunk in her. It was a joy to watch her go at it!Delete
I love the flower wreaths and the vibrant colors of the nasturtiums and it looks like spring is making way for summer in your part of the world. It must feel a bit surreal to think that the particles of sand that arrive in your home come from North Africa! Our part of Portugal must be out of the way of this weather phenomenon but it was fascinating to read about it (and much better not to have to deal with it's offerings!) Maggie cat looks perfectly happy and content, too!ReplyDelete
Hey there - our spring really is beautiful around here, aside from the occasional rain or dust storm. So nice, that we've extended our stay for a couple weeks. . .YAY!Delete
How exciting you are living in Greece and that you are embracing every season; every experience. Your photos certainly tell the majestic story of springtime in Greece!!ReplyDelete
Well, still part-timers in Greece so we've only had a taste of summer and winter, but springtime and fall are simply magic - that's for sure!Delete
Jackie is this the first time that you will be spending summer in Greece? You will be in for a surprise. Most importantly you will have to go to the beach at least once. I know that you love your Stone House on the Hill and I certainly can't blame you because it is a dream house, but the water is like no other in the world. As for those Sirocco winds, thank goodness they are gone. It was unbearable for those few days.ReplyDelete