Category Archives: in Greece

the home fire burning, and rekindled

  After the old boys – well, chiefly Patrick Leigh-Fermor – (see the plant itself ) with their eloquent and scholarly non-stop talk of heroes, heat, old gods, pirates, ecstacies of alcohol, Venetian merchants, Frankish castles, peasant girls whose faces have … Continue reading

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the plant itself

“Abies cephalonica Grecian fir. Large evergreen tree to 30m with a pyramidal crown and dark brown bark tinted with orange, becoming darker and fissured with age; twigs hairless and buds very sticky. Leaves needle-like, spreading, thick…. Mountain slopes. May-June. S. … Continue reading

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in the Peloponnese again (Ziria, aka Kyllini)

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Ziria – what a tasteful mountain!                                         Ziria or Kyllini, it has both names. The whitest mountain, and without snow: white … Continue reading

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in the Peloponnese 3, Vaidenitsa

   Torridon Since last summer I’ve trampled bracken in a couple of new places, in Torridon and in the Peloponnese. By the shore of Loch Torridon Aran, a crofter (and our landlord) has burnt off the heather scrub and some … Continue reading

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Anavriti (in the Peloponnese again)

    (My first visit to the village, in April) Anavriti lies at about 750 metres on the east side of the Taygetos mountains, which run north-south along the central of the three fingers of the southern Peloponnese. These sentences … Continue reading

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in the Peloponnese

This little picture shows the forest fires that burnt in the Peloponnese and near Athens in August 2007. Some of the plumes of smoke are a hundred miles long. I looked it up when I came back, after seeing miles … Continue reading

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