February 2019- winter sunshine
After a wet January, it was nice to wake up and start the new month with blue sky and sunshine. The rains have been much needed and now the spring flowers are starting to bloom with carpets of pink, purple and white anemones blanketing the countryside. The river Platys is in full flow and while walking along a nearby stream I noticed the Narcissus flowers gathered in small clumps by the waterside. Blooming lovely!
The majestic Psiloritis mountains now have a thick covering of snow and look so pretty in contrast to the clear blue sky. Apparently, the White Mountains in the north turned pink after the red desert sand mixed with the fresh white snow, what a wonderful sight!
This month is the start of carnival with February 17th the start of the festivities, Apokries, in Greece. Originally, it was a celebration for the god of feast and wine, Dionysus and nowadays it is a celebration spread over three weeks: Greece knows how to enjoy the good stuff! You can expect celebrations to continue until March, so be sure to pace yourself.
In Agia Galini there is work being done as we approach the end of winter and look forward to the beginning of spring. Local builders are about fixing up hotels and making changes for the approaching tourist season. Before we know it winter will be gone and the village will be bustling… business as usual! The boats in the car park are being painted and some have been placed back into the sea ready for the fishing season.
Wishing you all a great February… Kalo mina!
Photo of Agia Galini