A SAMIAN SUMMER – The Book.


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Well I said I had a book in me and I’ve finally come good on that statement.  I think I might have couple more in my head as well but for the time being I’m proud to announce my ekindle book called “A Samian Summer” has been published on Amazon.  There are stories and photos of Samos and if you have enjoyed my posts please check it  out and share with your friends and family.  When It goes live – hopefully tomorrow you will be able to sample download a small section to read.   I would love to get some reviews and thoughts on it.  Thanks

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TFCSJB6

The Earthquake. Chapter 12. A Samian Summer


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There was a loud crack then a crash that sounded like an elephant had landed on the roof of the house.    When it happened, Dave, Mitch and myself were sitting at the table in the lounge drinking coffee.    Dave and Anne, Mitch’s cousins from Australia, were visiting Greece and staying with Aunt Irene for a week.  They had just been traumatized by Irene’s driving  so  Anne was having lie down to soothe her nerves  and  Dave had popped in for a chat to tell us all about it.

Irene’s driving was notoriously bad.  Ex-passengers have many stories of near misses, bad driving or poorly judged decisions.   Locals still remember the day she drove down from the village in the middle of the road, met the school bus coming up and refused to back up, insisting that she had right of way.   Dave and Anne had just experienced  a near collision with a truck and were still recovering.    If this was an earthquake it was not going to help restore their equilibrium.

We all looked up at the ceiling beams in unison then at each other.

“What was that?” asked  Dave

“I think it was a earth tremor, but whatever is was it was big” Mitch replied going to the window to look out and up at the roof tiles.   He then started to talk in rapid Greek to Vasos, Gramataki, Maria and Kristola  who were also hanging out of their casements.    All I could pick out was “Seismos”

“It was an earthquake” Mitch said pulling his head back in

“Shouldn’t we stand under a door frame or something” I asked

Mitch stuck his head out of  the window again and had another conversation.

“They’ve had worse so no one seems to be bothered” he said and sat back at the table.

I walked around the house and spotted cracks around the windows, splits in the wooden cupboards and the oven’s extractor fan cover hanging off.  I then checked the sea’s horizon to make sure that there wasn’t a huge wave coming our way and went back to my coffee.    Dave decided to check on Anne and Irene and before he left we agreed to have dinner in town later.

Evening came, we met in the village square and Irene was with them.

“She wants to drive” Anne said looking pale  and clutching my arm “Dave offered but she was offended and refused”.

“Are you sure you don’t want me to drive?” Dave foolhardily asked as we drove off.

“Honestly, anyone would think that you were scared.  I’m perfectly capable ” Irene said as she careered around a bend and nearly drove off into the gorge.

Anne buried her face into my shoulder “We are going to die” she moaned

“Ok, Ok” Dave said holding his hands up in surrender.  “But could I just ask you one favor?”

“What?” Irene snapped

“Could you please turn the headlights on?”

“I was just about to do it” she said irritably.

After dinner Irene dismissed the suggestion of a taxi home and the offer for one of us to pick the car up the next day.   We took our seats reluctantly, Irene started the engine and  was just about to set off when we all shouted as one  “lights”.    Obviously the wine had mellowed her because she then surprised us all  by saying to Dave “Maybe you should drive” before surrendered the driving seat.   That night, half asleep, I felt the bed shake and thought how nice it was of the earth to tremble with relief at our safe return.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Mural


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Mural on wall in Morocco

As most of you know, but for the newbies once a week I dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph you like best to describe what that word means to you. Please put a link back to my challenge post in your post so others can follow the thread and take part and also put your post link in my challenge post comments section so people can follow it back to your blog, see your take on the subject and peruse your blog.  Good luck.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Rainbow


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Apologies for last week’s word and misleading photo.  Most of us must have a picture of a rainbow or two in our files.  I once saw orange rain though I didn’t get a picture of it unfortunately but rainbows I have plenty of but very few of a double so when these appeared over suburban Melbourne I was out in the streets with my camera.  What rainbows have you taken and where?

As most of you know, but for the newbies once a week I dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph you like best to describe what that word means to you. Please put a link back to my challenge post in your post so others can follow the thread and take part and also put your post link in my challenge post comments section so people can follow it back to your blog, see your take on the subject and peruse your blog.  Good luck.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Opaque


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This Jelly fish I found on the beach is so see through that I can see the sand it is lying on

It’s been a hectic week so far,  I’ve moved back to Aussie, moved into a new house, got internet up and running, Peter has started a new job and I’m in the process of hunting for one.   Time to sort out the challenge and start 2015 with a new resolution to keep it going for another year.

As most of you know, but for the newbies once a week I dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph you like best to describe what that word means to you. Please put a link back to my challenge post in your post so others can follow the thread and take part and also put your post link in my challenge post comments section so people can follow it back to your blog, see your take on the subject and peruse your blog.  Good luck.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Pots


 

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Shiny Pots – Peruvian Market

It’s been a hectic week so far,  I’ve moved back to Aussie, moved into a new house, got internet up and running, Peter has started a new job and I’m in the process of hunting for one.   Time to sort out the challenge and start 2015 with a new resolution to keep it going for another year.

As most of you know, but for the newbies once a week I dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph you like best to describe what that word means to you. Please put a link back to my challenge post in your post so others can follow the thread and take part and also put your post link in my challenge post comments section so people can follow it back to your blog, see your take on the subject and peruse your blog.  Good luck.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Cross


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Happy New Year to you all and may it be a good one.  New beginnings for 2015 for me.  I’m finally back in Australia after a marathon backpack around Africa and a short stay in Greece and the UK.   Posting the Word A Week Challenge on a regular basis has been very difficult at times due to travelling and access to the internet.  So I appreciate all my readers efforts to continue to support the blog and the challenge.  Moving into  a new unit this week and internet should be up and running within 3 weeks – yes it takes a long time here to organise these things.   After this I will hopefully be dipping into my dictionary again on a regular basis.    At the moment I’m thinking of changing the challenge so any ideas are welcome.

Once a week I  dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you. Please put a link back to my challenge post so others can take part and put your post link in my comments section so people can follow it back to your blog and take on the subject.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Yellow

MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR


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A wonderful xmas and happy new year to you all.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Shell


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Better late than never!  A word a week challenge seems to be turning into a word a month.  Sorry guys.  The pictures you see are shells collected in Zanzibar from the local beach and the solid ‘shell’ the Giant Tortoise uses for protection.

Once a week I will dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you. Please put a link back to my challenge post so others can take part and put your post link in my comments section so people can follow it back to your blog and take on the subject.

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