Saturday, August 15, 2009

Slow day in August

The day started slowly and never really picked up any speed.

Just spent the day puttering about playing with the dog, and being ignored by the cats.

Sitting on the terrace in the shade, talking with T, catching up on things in the news and ideas about travel and people we know. A lovely way to pass a couple of hours.

Ate a little lunch, then took a little nap. Woke up and read a little of my book [currently re-reading John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley...]

Went for a walk with the dog in the afternoon, then went for a swim.

Watched some television (videotaped comedy shows) then during the second one, I got up and fixed supper

I made a pan of fluffy white basmati rice and to go with it, a shrimp and veggie stir-fry.

I just cut up the leftover fresh veggies from the fridge: courgette, red onion, baby carrots, a few green beans. a yellow pepper, some fresh garlic and some fresh grated ginger, stir fried in a little fragrant sesame oil. Stir fried the shrimp and tossed the whole mess together with a little sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and a splash of soya sauce.

For dessert a scoop of vanilla ice cream with maple syrup on top. Lovely.

After that we went outside to see the sunset and talked a bit more. Then turned out the lights and T went to read his book in bed and I'm writing up this post. Not much news to write about!

A slow day, but a really excellent one!



  1. Very cool blog...I have entertained the thought of being an ex-pat recently. I too have an Irish Passport. Maybe I will one of these days.

  2. Depending on your interests and language abilities, the whole EU is your oyster to choose from!

    We always knew about my husbands Irish link, but when it came time to settle in Europe, after living and working abroad for the better part of the 90's, we knew we wanted to be here in Greece- and there really wasn't any other way we could do it!

    In order to get a residency permit, you have to have an EU passport (or a visa)- without a residency permit, you can't buy a car or get an electricity bill, or a job that's not "under the table". You can't even get a phone!

    So we actively pursued the Irish citizenship/passport to make living here possible. (We've gone the route of being "illegal aliens" and it's no more fun here in Europe that it is in the US. It's just that American's don't often think of themselves as "illegals"!)

    We were actively assisted by the acting Irish consul here in Corfu, Mr. Spiros Lemis and his wonderful Irish wife, Mary.

    There are trade offs wherever you go to live, but there are also rewards that can't be matched.

    We love Ireland, but we also loved living in France and Denmark. Greece is where we settled tho and we're happiest here, for the time being.

    Thanks for reading the blog!

  3. What a wonderful slow day. I felt myself relax just reading it. I'm also hungry now, so thanks for that (I'm trying to be on a diet of sorts)...

    Great post.

  4. Sounds absolutely fantastic and needed, especially since you've recently been busy with guests. Good for you:)

  5. Dear Helena,

    At least it wasn't too fattening! (I have been rationing the Belgian chocolate my cousins brought for a house gift!! really trying for only 3 pieces a week... have almost succeeded.)

    Dear Cheryl,

    We've been surprised at how long it's taken us to get the "oomph" back! We used to recover much more quickly that this!!! Thanks for the kind thoughts tho...

  6. Excellent indeed!




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