Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rain, Glorious Rain

We are ever so grateful for receiving rain today - the last time it rained was five weeks ago.  Slowly the grass, shrubs and trees have become tinder dry, especially those that are not being watered.  It is a good solid rain, not just a sprinkle and there is more in the forecast for tomorrow.  Normally in summer I wouldn't be so happy to see it but with drought conditions on the doorstep it is welcome. It appears the areas on fire in the interior of BC are receiving rain today as well so hopefully it will help to bring the forest fires under control.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Lost Week

The 2017 blackberry crop - should be ready for picking in August
Hubby got back yesterday after a 7 night trip to Alberta that was mostly business with a little bit of time to see the kids and his Mom.  I managed to get a huge amount done while he was gone...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Have You Ever Wanted to Live in France?

I follow a blog of two people from Britain who completely renovated a home in France that has not one but two houses on the land and could be used as a BNB with the 2nd home.  They wish to move to Portugal before Brexit goes through and have just reduced the price on the property.

For 92,000 Euro you get a newly renovated home plus revenue property.  That is the equivalent of  81,500 pounds or $105,000 USD or $136,000 CAD.  Just in case any of my followers are interested you should really check it out - and the full renovation was posted on the blog as everything was done correctly and to code.


One can dream, can't they?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Back To Regularly Scheduled Programming

To those who read and commented on my last post, thanks for letting me vent.  One can only take so much idiocy before you have a melt-down and we all have a stake what happens in the world.   It appears many feel exactly the way I do.   Anyway, today I am sharing some additional photos from Greece.  We ate a lot of fruit there, the cherries were especially tasty.  We also had wild plums and nectarines.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Day She Lost It

This is not an uplifting post, nor a politically correct one.  I thought long and hard about posting it but it's my freaking blog so I am going to.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Peaceful Days

Life is good here at the livingrichonthecheap household.  Summer is here with not too hot temperatures (we have one of the most moderate temperatures in the world here, never too hot or cold) of 22 to 27 degrees celsius with endless sunshine the past week.  My tiger lilly finally bloomed, a month later than usual due to our colder Spring.  Every one of the $1.49 day tomato plants I planted in late May have tons of flowers and fruit growing on them.  After a moderate tomato year last year I think this year will be a bumper crop.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Greece Part 4 - Athens

Our final morning in Naxos we woke up to rain, unusual at this time of the year and the locals weren't happy as it kills beach business.  We had our last breakfast at the Ippokampos Resort and then headed out to the airport.  Our very kind hotel manager had warned us not to go too early as there was absolutely nothing at the airport.  He was correct, it is perhaps one of the smallest I've ever flown out of other than 25 years ago when I flew out of Mazatlan (they've since built a much larger airport).  It is one room, with a bar, one airline counter where you hand over your checked luggage and on the other side of the room security.  

Naxos Airport
On a funny note - we had previously only seen two policeman in all of Naxos.  I am sure there are more on the island but we happen to see these gentleman helping a couple of tourists a few days earlier.  I imagine there is not much crime on Naxos, the occasional car accident and drunken tourists/lost passports so not much call for their services.  The same two policeman showed up to process all security at the airport, highly unusual in North America but likely a good use of resources on Naxos.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Enjoying The Summer

I will finish off the Greece series in the next post but wanted to share a few things.  Flowers make me happy.  I had a couple of blue pots left to fill so although it is nearly the end of June last night I went and bought some more flowers - begonias and lobelia, I made two of these identical pots for the patio where we spend loads of time until October.  Our growing season is so much longer here than Alberta so I can easily invest the money knowing I will get at least 3 months out of them.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Greece Part 3 - Ferry and the Island of Naxos

Next up in our Greek Adventure was the ferry from Santorini to Naxos.  I chose to go with Hellenic Seaways on the ship Nissos Samos.  We weren't really sure what to expect.  The port of Santorini that the ferries go into is different than where people depart from cruise ships.  Often there are 3 or 4 different ferries departing at almost the same time.  I bought our tickets at the Athens Airport from Aktina Travel (lower level of airport, they can both make the reservation and print the ticket, something not all agents can do) as I didn't want to have to pick up the tickets at the port.  As we only bought the tickets 3 days ahead they could also tell me if there were any looming ferry disruptions due to strikes which are quite common.  There had already been 4 days of strikes in May but our dates were smooth sailing.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Greece Part 2 - Santorini and Akrotiri

Santorini at Dawn

We spent 3 nights in Santorini, 3 in Naxos and 3 in Athens.  If we hadn't have come in on such long flights 2 nights probably would have been enough for Santorini but I really wanted to ensure we saw Akrotiri and that involved a day trip which I didn't want to do on our first day on Santorini.  I was up at the ass-crack of dawn the first few mornings getting adjusted to the time change and the island was equally beautiful at that time.