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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

John and Annie to stay

The new balcony
Sandwiched between wet days we've had John Martin and Annie Guthrie, last here in Easter 2009, to stay for two days on their way home after cycling the cols of the Tour de France with Australian friends:
Dear John and Annie. It was great having you two to stay again. I so like your different views on the place as well as all the other things we get to discuss. We certainly packed a lot into the time between Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning - getting your washing out of the way and sending a parcel home from Tzavros Post Office, meeting Richard Pine at his home, discussing Greek local politics and the Kallicrates Plan, eating together in Palia Perithia, Annie walking up to Sokraki (all 29 hairpin bends) and back, visiting Dominoes for email... picnicking on top of Angelocastro, gazing over the Ropa Valley from the square in Gianades, discovering the white church among the olive groves, coming across that secluded smallholding above the west coast cliffs, paddling at Ermones before eating spitted lamb, drinking retsina and dancing with local people at the Kokkino Village panigiri (didn't film so here's another) and everything in between and yet it never seemed hurried.  Saturday afternoon here and the rain continues from low cloud and will stay with us a couple of days. It was such fun having you both to stay and we're looking forward to seeing you in Australia - and having another opportunity to enjoy summer. xxx Simon & Lin
Hi Simon, from Hong Kong in transit. Yes we packed a lot in. Life is short so we make the most of it while we can. We both greatly appreciated your friendship and hospitality in Ano Korakiana. It is indeed a special place which you greatly value. I am sure you will both have great times there together over the years. Working in NZ and Oz will be great also. I am very much looking forward to our travels together again this year. We also want to make it as pleasant as possible for Lin such that she also wants to return to Oz. Be in touch when we get back. Cheers, John
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June Samaras reports a sombre anniversary - the 66th - to be marked on 4 October 2010

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