ΣΕΠΤΕΜΒΡΙΟΣ - September 2006
 
September began with the first rain (overnight) since 2nd July. The temperature dropped to 25C.  We went to Kalives where the sea was very rough. We decided not to swim although several people were in the sea.  The lifeguard was kept busy watching for anyone in trouble - the 'red' warning flag was flying.

   


In the afternoon we went for a walk to Melodoni - another favourite place were it was only 22C.

Sunday, 3rd September -  late in the morning we went to the river, outside Stilos. There were several cars parked near the church, under the trees, which was unusual - we are often the only people there. It was also very quiet. We set off to the left of the church and in the clearing by the edge of the river were a silent group of people practising Tai Chi. What a lovely peaceful setting for the class.

We enjoyed a walk and were returning to our car when we were invited to join a family group who had been having a barbeque. They insisted that we ate the food they had left and gave us quite a lot of delicious local wine. We enjoyed some time in their company - Anna spoke excellent English and she had also taught her husband. It was a really enjoyable, interesting afternoon. So, once more, a short walk by the river had lasted several hours because of the hospitality of the Cretan people. This family group came from Chania.

Around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning the bank at Kalives was robbed. A JCB was driven through the front - making a dreadful mess - cash was taken - gun shots were heard. Not what you expect in a Cretan village!


Tuesday, 5th September -
we went into Chania to visit the market. I wanted to buy some things to take back to the UK.  We spent several hours in Chania shopping and were quite tired as we headed back to the car. It was a hot day and the shade of the parks and coffee shops was welcome.  We were glad to get back to the beach and to swim the next day. 


Friday, 8th September -
the previous day had been Margaret's birthday so we celebrated with a lovely meal at Georgioupoli that evening. Prior to the meal Alan and Margaret took us for a drive up towards the mountains to the west of Vrysses. The views are great and the area quiet and unspoilt. We met a shepherd at a high plateau where he was drawing water from a large ancient well for his sheep. He took us to look at two of his sheep who were in a pen. Each had a wooden splint on one leg which they had broken. He said they would take about 10 days to mend.

The next few days I was getting things organised for my trip to the UK. We enjoyed a last swim on Saturday and then the weather became more cloudy and cooler.

Roy took me to the airport on 12th September. I had 2 weeks in the UK to visit family and friends plus shopping. As summer was over (although I had two weeks of warm sunny weather) it was difficult to find the summer clothes that I needed and swimsuits.  My friend Beryl let me use her house and car (an automatic which I had never driven before) when she went off on holiday. My sister and her husband took me from Norfolk to Southampton to stay with my son, his wife and Sophie (who was 3 in May and a delight) for the last 4 days. I didn't have time to see everyone I had hoped to see - the 2 weeks disappeared very quickly.  I arrived back in Chania on 26th September. On the plane I read in the newspaper that Great Yarmouth (where I spent most of the time) had been flooded on Monday with torrential rain!

The weather was warm and dry on my return and I was able to have all the washing done, dried and aired in a couple of days.

It was lovely to be able to go swimming again. Kalives is now quiet with an 'end of season' feel.

When I was at Gatwick I realised that I had lost my watch.  I didn't have time to go to 'Lost Property' so thought I would not see it again. However, the taxi driver who took me to Gatwick found the watch in his car. He went to a lot of trouble e-mailing me to ask if it was mine, then informing his company, which I really appreciated. My daughter-in-law kindly collected it from the taxi company office.
 

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