Discussions (225)

What I Did in 2007

view profile

RobW_ says:

How Do You Do?
Hi there! I am accepting the challenge of producing and posting a picture a day, every day of 2007, starting from tomorrow. I hope I can stick to it, and I hope I produce something of interest, to me and to others. I look forward to following many of your stories, too. I've met a few interesting people already, just from reviewing all these stubs. Good luck all my fellow-voyagers.

=======QUICK LINKS========
The Most Recent Post

January: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
February: 1 2 3 4 5 6-12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
March: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
April: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
June: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
August: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
September: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
October: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
November: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
December: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Quick Link to My 2007 Daily Photo Diary Set
Watch the slideshow here

==========================
(I copied this idea from Samrag in Iceland, with his permission. Thanks!)
Originally posted at 4:23AM, 31 December 2006 PDT (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 14 15
(401 to 500 of 1,477 replies)
view photostream

bunæn says:

They already did that, Missy. And the cowgirl.
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
bunæn edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

barb howe says:

huh. i don't know this flower so I'm looking forward to seeing its life cycle

--barb
(my dpd, my photostream)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ItinerArts says:

Great idea... you could have a whole collection of "evolution" series.

Re: May 28-- I want to have whatever Freddie's Beach Bar is serving.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
ItinerArts edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

Ahh, a blooming bud.... all it's life ahead of him. So much hope for the future!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks all for your visits and comments. I shall have to follow that agapanthus and reveal its progress here from time to time.
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thursday, 31 May 2007
View of our "Spitaki"


View of the Spitaki

The view of our little cottage, shot from the bar, showing the long walk we have to get to and from work. This picture has a few notes, explaining various objects which may not be apparent on a casual view; for example, the pot of sweet basil, used in various salads and other dishes, sitting close to the kitchen door. No Greek kitchen is without its staple herbs, principally basil and origanum, with many others besides.

31 May 2007
Five months down, seven to go!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ItinerArts says:

Looks like a great garden!

Strange coincidence--I just posted a basil shot!

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
ItinerArts edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Friday, 1 June 2007
Friends


Friends

Rick and Mandy, and Ray and Theresa are typical of our customers at this time of the year, remembered from last year at the same time, very loyal to us, spending each day of their two-week holiday at Freddie's Beach Bar, tanning on our sunbeds, lunching with us, and becoming a familiar and friendly presence at the bar. Ray, incidentally, wears a great tribute to his family on his back.

1 June 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Saturday, 2 June 2007
Anoek


Anoek

Lovely Anoek, from Amsterdam, was here three weeks ago, when she attended the wedding of a friend in the village. There she met our friend Ian, spent an evening chatting to him in the bar before flying home, and was sufficiently impressed with Ian, that she arrived back this evening to spend more time with him. Frankly, I'm jealous of Ian.

2 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic 62 months ago.

view photostream

Jissy says:

Hi Rob- i have just been through your 2007 journey thus far, and can think of one word to sum my experience 'WOW'!

I found myself reminiscing about good ole times in CT both as a tourist and a year of living and working in CT (mon- thurs) weekends were spent in JHB! Some amazing pics of table mountain from different angles...and shared in my love for Primmi Piatti. The particular branch in CT also has some great memories for me. Stellenbosch vineyards- sigh just heavenly.

I found myself crying during your time in CT, and even more so at the Rotarian awards to your guardian angel. It was really touching, and personally felt so grateful that you lived through your ordeal, and with such grace.

May I say that I'm completely envious of your annual spa retreats - they sound absolutely heavenly- and boy do you do them proper! - lol at the eyelash tint!

Your documentation of daily life in Greece very educational and entertaining about Greek history and culture . Freddie's Bar sounds fantastic, hope it's a success this summer- and if my travels find me in Greece, I will definitely be paying patronage to enjoy a bottle or two of bubbly with that magnificent view!

Keep up the good work on both photography and humour behind all the beautiful woman you come across- I'm officially hooked to this diary!

Everyday with Jissy

oh ps- the video clip was amazing, I even dragged hubby outta bed to see it- lol at the commentary behind the video! thanks for sharing the entertainment in our home this sunday!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Hey, thanks Jissy, for the comments and the time investment in going through my diary. I hope you had a glass of bubbly at hand while doing it.

Hm, I used to do the opposite for a few years, when I was based in CT, but most of the work was in Jhb. Used to be the same crowd every Monday morning on the 7am flight up - GT Ferreira et al.

Me and Primi Piatti go back a long way. Their first shop was on Greenmarket Square, and we had a long lunch there on the day they opened, became very friendly with the family, and had a lunch club there every Friday. I was also there the day they opened the Waterfront shop, and I still drop in often whenever I am in town.

Easy to get to us if you have a week free - just book a holiday with one of the travel companies, First Choice/Thos Cook/Thomsons, you can get very chap last-minute bookings, direct flights from Gatwick.

PS. Loved the picture of you on the train, and the wicked expression on your face. You look like a fun person to be with.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Jissy says:

unfortuantely - over indulged yesterday- so had about three cups of tea in hand while reading it- i was so carried away i almost forgot to wake hubby up for his game of golf- oops!

yup about the same crowd at airports every monday morning- i spent five years living out a suitcase from mon- fri, so got that experience in SA, London, Netherlands- sigh glad that i insist on being local now!

Wow a fellow friend of the owners- weren't they two young men who opened up the first branch, met the one briefly at the Rosebank branch the once, tho Rivonia was my local!

will start checking out on those vac specials, still planning our summer break- ps, lol at the pic on the train i did put on a slightly naughty face!
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
Jissy edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

RobW_ says:

The old man was Nino, a lovable old rascal; his two sons were Christian and Francesco. Chris has now opened a resort in Thailand, and Cesco is still at the Waterfront branch.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

Ahh she is beautiful!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

Hey Rob -

Love the "walk to work..." this is a dream for me ! All the people you must meet there...from all over...sort of like "stationary vagabondage"
Good stuff here...

CollardGreens: Oops!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

"Stationery Vagabondage" is good. Yes, the nicest part is meeting people from all over, and having them come back, year after year.

So nice to hear from Sunshine,who worried me yesterday. This is becoming a bit like a family - someone hurts, and you hurt too. I do hope you're OK, Alex.
ages ago (permalink)

drab chicken [deleted] says:

awww .yeah i have mad affection for some folks in here too. the more personal a favorite diary-pal of mine gets, the more emotionally involved in their life i feel. weird? i dunno. but it's how it is
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Dragonhide says:

I LOVE that May 21st abandoned fishing boat.... wow.

You have such terrific stuff in here, Rob! I must stop by one of these days for a nice relaxing beachside drink or three ;-)

I'll catch up on this diary properly soon.. I just had to give my kudos for the Fishing Boat.

Peace out
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Яick Harris says:

I say we all make a date and join Rob at Freddie's Beach bar. What's the specialty drink? Try Grand Marnier and Margaritias. Called a Grand-ma -- discovered that one through a friend from New Orleans. A crazy-mad partier, with a big heart.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Jissy says:

popped in to say hi!

Everyday with Jissy
ages ago (permalink)

drab chicken [deleted] says:

yay Rick's picking up our tab.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

oh i'll live.... i'm limping inside but i'll live

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594425326657/page18/
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

karinga says:

Seeing Ian I understand why Anoek got back to your bar ;)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Gee, lots of friends visiting while I've been away. Sorry guys, I have been in the bar since 7am yesterday, just got in now, shortly after 1am, and my alarm goes off again at 6am, 5 hours from now. I have 3 days of photos to upload, 3 daily photos to post, hopefully I will have an hour or two free to do my Flickr work., while waiting for the first breakfast customers to arrive.

In the meanwhile, lets all make plans to get together for a drink at Freddie's Bar, and drink to the health of SunshineCity, who is limping inside. (Of course you'll survive, my sweet).

Speciality drink? Whatever you like, we've got it all. Perhaps a cool gin and tonic? We do a mean Café Latte (with Illy coffee, of course), or the universal summer drink of Greece, Café Frappé, iced coffee in a tall glass. Or Strawberry Daiquiri? Mythos beer? Magner's Cider from Ireland, Appletiser from South Africa, Pago fruit juices from Austria? Sex on the Beach, or any other of our fine cocktails?

Maybe a carafe of our house white wine, a glass of red, a bottle of Champagne , Rhodian Sparkling Wine or fine Greek Merlot?
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Sunday, 3 June 2007
Byron


Byron

A handsome visitor to our dog-friendly bar in recent days has been Byron, the Siberian Husky, who comes along with Nikos, the chef of a new seafood restaurant in the village, the opening of which we eagerly await.

3 June 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

karinga says:

Beautiful dog! I see him in a snowy landscape though cant imagine in a hot Greece :) Look at those eyes!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Monday, 4 June 2007
Zakynthos in Stone


Zakynthos in Stone

Not much choice for daily photo today, so I offer you this image of the outline of the island of Zakynthos, as carved by the Albanian artisans who constructed our stone bar counter, from slabs of sandstone which we collected a little way down the beach, where they were digging foundations for a new hotel.

I honour of my origins, they also carved the outline of Africa into another face of the bar counter.

4 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

Mythos for me please !! (and perhaps a few olives). I have such a good time (when I have time) looking through your thousands of photos - good stuff Rob !
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Weather for Ducks


Weather For Ducks

In the few years we have been here, we have never had so many rainy days in our season. It is most frustrating for the people who have paid for a holiday in the sun to have 3 or 4 days of bad weather. Needless to say, bad for business also, because not many come to the beach on bad days.

When I got up, the wind was howling in from the sea, with threatening storm clouds over the sea. I rolled down the plastic sheeting which we installed for weather like this, first time this year, which actually makes things quite cosy inside, while allowing one to see the storm outside. Heavy rain fell throughout the morning, interspersed with intervals of sunshine.

During one of these breaks, I took a short walk to visit the abandoned boat on the seashore, which so many of you liked. On the way, I shot this bedraggled duck in a puddle next to the harbour, which seemed to sum up this day.

Later, we had a visit from a English pubkeeper named Freddie, who was so delighted to find a bar with his name on it, that he bought one of our t-shirts. He asked my advice about good Greek red wines, which was a wonderful excuse for me to pull out samples of our house red wine, and four other bottles from our wine fridge, and we had an impromptu 2-hour wine tasting, which made the rest of the day go very pleasantly, watching the quarter-finals of the French Open tennis among other things. We closed well after midnight, so the day was not a total write-off.

5 June 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Lynne, please take one cold Mythos and a bowl of olives to the convivial Mr CollardGreens in the sunny corner!
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

karinga says:

LOL at serving CollardGreens! Lovely duck :)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Jissy says:

Byron's making me home sick- i had two gorgeous siberian huskies in SA (yes Inga huskies in Africa ... lol)!

Any excuse to sample the red wines - hope the sun starts shining over Freddie's bar soon!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

eelend says:

i LOVE byron :)


eelend's 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

I'll have to tell Byron that he is a big hit with the ladies (Ian too). How about those beautiful blue eyes? it must have been painful to leave them, Jissy?
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

quack quack!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
sunshinecity edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

Cheers ! * slurp, munch, slurp
Thanks Rob...may be in Greece in early september - is the bar still open then?

CollardGreens: Oops!
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
CollardGreens edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Quack back!

CG, we're open until 31 October, and the weather in September is usually great!

*Burp!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Ostrich Shell Lamp


Ostrich Shell Lamp

A little bit of Africa brings light to a corner of Greece. I bought a couple of these ostrich-shell candle-holders on one of my excursions to the lovely village of Montagu in the Western Cape of South Africa a couple of years ago. We now light them and place them on the corners of the bar counter most evenings, where their soft, warm light adds to the laid-back atmosphere we try to create on warm summer evenings with the waves lapping onto the beach just below us. We have smaller glass candle holders on the tables also to enhance the effect..

6 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

eelend says:

it looks beautiful and warm


eelend's 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thursday, 7 June 2007
Exotic Tailfeathers


Exotic Bird

I went to Zakynthos Airport this afternoon, to meet our daughter Natasha and her partner Andy, who have come out from London to spend a week with us. This is the aircraft in which they arrived - Monarch Flight 3004 from London Gatwick, with spectacularly inappropriate livery. Just what is that?

Earlier, inspired by another diarist, I had mousaka for lunch at a taverna in the Town, watched visiting yachts arriving in the harbour, to be greeted by this view.

Later, Andy renewed his acquaintanceship with Mythos beer, which gave me an opportunity to check out my my new Nikon 50mm F1.8D lens, highly recommended here on Flickr for portrait work. Not so, Jallen and CG?

7 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

barb howe says:

Hey Rob, just catching up on the past few days. Interesting reading. I like how you give so much detail in your entries. It really gives a sense of place. Byron is a very handsome dog!
take care,
--barb
(my dpd, my photostream)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

dda1605 says:

Mousaka in Molos Taverna in Zante Town with a "greek" salad and Zakynthian red wine.....I am so jealous
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks Barb, and DDA. One of the things I love about the worldwide web is that it is all about hyperlinks, taking us to sometimes surprising places, so I like to use them a lot, and interconnect things.
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

RobW_ says:

What to do?

I got this in my Flickrmail this morning:

Dear RobW_,

We have seen your picture of the Ionian Sea (Ionian Spring) on Flickr and would like to use it for one of our texts on pan-European Regions (this one being on Southeast Europe) on our portal www.visiteurope.com (or any sub- or substitution webpage). Would you please be so kind and reply to me (romy.cywie@visiteurope.com) stating that we may use the picture on our website free of charge and without time limit?

Thank you very much in advance!

Best regards,

**** *****
Portal Marketing Executive
European Travel Commission (ETC)
Commission Européenne du Tourisme (CET)
19A Avenue Marnix (PO Box 25)
1000 Brussels – BELGIUM

I must have been in a bad mood, so I grumpily replied:

"Free of charge, and without time limit? Does the European Travel Commision not have the budget to pay photographers a fair price for their work?"

What do you guys think? Should we just give away our work? Several of my photos have been used by others, with and without my permission. Usually, I'm flattered when asked, and graciously give my permission, but sometimes I think I should set up a means of selling my work.
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

Яick Harris says:

They don't offer any sort of credit (attribution)? At a minimum ask them to provide you with attribution.

Giving them a perpetual license to your image, sounds like a great deal for *them*. It could represent the first step in negotiations (completely low-balling you). You might consider proposing something as a counter-offer: possibly a reasonable dollar figure and a limited use license.

Nice image, you should be flattered.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Friday, 8 June 2007
Today's Special


Yemista

Yesterday it was Mousaka, with Greek salad and red wine. Today, the special of the day at Freddie's Beach Bar was another Greek summer staple, Yemista: tomatos and green peppers, stuffed and baked with rice and herbs, served cold with salad and tzatziki (thick Greek yoghurt with mashed cucumber and garlic), the perfect accompaniment, and white wine.

8 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

eelend says:

mmmmm
it looks wonderful


eelend's 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ItinerArts says:

Now that really looks tasty.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

Free...your photos ?!? Please...at least offer some kind of tax compensation for the use...anyway - I'll have the salad special !

CollardGreens: Oops !
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Gypsy Flores Photography says:

I love tsatskiki. You are making me hungry. I went to a Greek restaurant last night where some friends of mine were playing music. (I had tsatsiki of course. We danced for hours--hasapiko, tsamiko, syrto, pentozoali, cocek, etc.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

mmm yummy plattre!
I loved your shots from the day of your daughter's arrival. She looks so much like you... very beautiful!

Indeed that is a flattering thing... I'm not sure how I would have handled it but I guess it's always worth a try to ask for adequate compensation/recognition.

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks Sunshine, for implying that I am very beautiful ;-)
(I'm not, really).

Gypsy, I like to think of you eating tzatziki and dancing all of those traditional dances over there - what happened to the Kalamatianos, the most-frequently danced at any Greek gathering? Like others, I really want to find the time to tune into your radio show, and listen to the ethnic (World?) music that you present. Speaking of which, we showed the DVD of the "Buena Vista Social Club" in the bar last night, a movie which I never tire of watching and listening to - such an uplifting and inspiring story, particularly as some of the protagonists have passed away in the last two years.

On the menu today: Soutzoukakia
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

Congrats Rob...your's was the 1000th comment on my diary...thank you !!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

stop, you're making me fat just by looking at all this food!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Simon-K says:

Hey Rob, just readng for your diary for the first time and I have to say you've got some fantastic photos here. When I've got the time (and decent internet connection) i'm going to make sure I read through the backlog.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

bunæn says:

I gotta get me something to eat!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

Pssst....we're throwing a RAVE at Glory's while she is away...
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Jissy says:

Tzatziki- white wine- summer sunshine! sounds fantastic! hope u having fun while yr daughter is around!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Saturday, 9 June 2007
Across the Generations


Across the Generations

Natasha and her grandmother, Yiayia Maria, sitting in the evening, holding hands and talking about life, death, and other things.

In other news, the agapanthus bud is beginning to crack open, revealing the blue blossoms within.

9 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic 38 months ago.

view photostream

Jissy says:

sounds like a special day - btw the flowers and natasha's dress make this such a brightly coloured pic - nicely framed ;-)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

what a beautiful photo!!! Speaks so much!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Jonathan W says:

Pictures like that bring back a smile to a face years after the fact, always wonderfull to catch the special moments
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

I like this angle on the shot - really sneaking in on an intimate moment without disturbing that moment - good stuff.

CollardGreens: Oops!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Sunday, 10 June 2007
Caretta Caretta


Caretta Caretta

On Sunday, we were invited by Captain Spyros Kaponis , one of the characters of our village, to join the afternoon excursion in his fast speedboat Levante, carrying 36 passengers to the southern part of the island, the Caves of Keri and to Laganas Bay, home of the threatened sea turtle, Caretta Caretta, which lays its eggs on certain beaches in the summer. The National Marine Park of Zakynthos has been established in the bay and surrounding beaches to protect the habitat of these gentle creatures. The southern coast of Zakynthos is one of the few remaining places in the Mediterranean which they still frequent.

Unfortunately, this is also prime tourist real estate, and inevitable conflicts have ensued.

It is still a thrill to observe the turtles in their natural environment, and fortunately they do not seem to be overly disturbed by the curious humans surrounding them.

The full set of photos from the excursion (80) is here, and my trip on the Levante last summer to the major attractions in the north of the island, the shipwreck beach (Navagio) and the Blue Caves is here

Plenty of outtakes today (95); I was up for the sunrise today as well:
10 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

eelend says:

oh, this is so beautiful!!!!


eelend's 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

always sunny on Rob's side !
hi

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

what an amazing place and shots.
I remember too excursions of this nature... I saw such beauties in both Venezuela and Mexico... you can't ever forget!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Monday 11 June 2007
Agapanthus Opening


Agapanthus Opening

The Agapanthus bud which was my daily photo for May 30 has now opened out, revealing the blue flowers within. Follow the development in this set, the 2006 version is here.

11 June 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Tuesday 12 June 2007
25th Wedding Anniversary


25th Anniversary

Frequent visitors Steve and Sharon celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary with family and friends at Freddie's Beach Bar with a champagne brunch for 18 people. A great time was had by all.

12 June 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks Eelend, LBT and SunshineCity for your visits and comments, as well as earlier ones.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Dragonhide says:

Great stuff.. that ostrich lamp!! The tail of the plane!! and those YUMMY food... oooooo
ages ago (permalink)

drab chicken [deleted] says:

awwwwwwwwwwwwww @ the sea turtle!!!!
you and La M snag some truly great wild life shots.
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
drab chicken edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

Hey Rob - agree with Glory (who is up wayyyy past her bedtime!) on the turtle. You caught a good one there - but then all yours are good...

CollardGreens: Oops!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks jallen, Glory and CG! The joys of a DSLR, where you can just keep shooting as your subject approaches the surface, and capture the moment critique as he lifts his head and breathes in.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

eelend says:

they look very happy :)


eelend's 2007
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Jonathan W says:

The sea turtle is just incredible !
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ebilflindas says:

Yes! That turtle shot is beautiful! Pity that their numbers will probably fall due to development.

I can't wait to one day raise a scotch or three at Freddie's! And to have some of that sumptuous looking food! The word 'Mousaka' always makes me laugh, thinking of Will Ferrell in the Sat. Night Live skit of the two lovers at the Welshley Arms Hotel, regaling other unwitting guests with tales of their adventurous indiscretions!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

laheringer says:

Beautiful turtle picture. And the whole set — it's proof you're living large and hanging with inked women. :)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Love the shot of the Agapanthus and that turtle is so darn cute.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks all.

LOL Geekish Girl. "Inked women" indeed. I joined a couple of tattoo groups here on Flicks, and it's amazing to me how common it is among British women, so I can't resist a tattoo capture here and there.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Wednesday 13 June 2007
Agapanthus Development


Agapanthus 13June2007

With a couple of other distractions, this was the only photo I took on this day. A look at the continued development of our Agapanthus flower.
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic ages ago.

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thursday 14 June 2007
Team Photo


Team Photo

Natasha and Andy flew back to London this afternoon, their week in the sun having flown by so quickly. Before leaving we got the Freddie's Bar team together for a group photo, together with good friends Ian and Antonis (aka The Dirty Dogs).

In the back row, next to Ritsa, are our two Albanian cooks, Mimoza and Viola, then the front-of-house guys, Lynne, Andy and Sharon (all from England), with Granny Maria. Right in front, of course, is Freddie himself. Alma, the third kitchen person is missing; she starts and leaves early.

14 June 2007
Originally posted ages ago. (permalink)
RobW_ edited this topic 99 months ago.

view photostream

Jissy says:

rob that sea turtle is beautiful! that water is a bright shade of turquoise- so attractive! i'm really enjoying watching the life of this Agapanthus - eager to see it in full bloom now!

- your friends look so happy celebrating their anniversary- 25 years - wow that's something special!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

you know, i may well come to Greece this summer not sure. Where exactly are you and your bar?? Closest airport? Cheapest accommodation? Know anyone willing to rent out a small place for a week or so, must fit at least 6 ppl.

LOL
ages ago (permalink)

noxious bulb [deleted] says:

Wow. It needs a whole crew to get a bar up and running. Interesting.

I still hope you're enjoying what you're doing.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ReeBeckiSupergirl says:

What fun!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Agapanthus has a lovely common name--Queen of the NIle.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks for your visits guys. Yes, s,B, it does need a whole crew. You should see how busy we are around lunchtime. We're lucky to have a really good crew.

La M, that is a beautiful name, but then so is its formal name, formed from two Greek words, Agape= Love, Anthus=Flower.

Alex, I gave you detailed directions here. We have an airport on the island, airport code ZTH, with direct flights from all over Europe. Not too sure about Rome, you might have to fly via Athens, but the overland route described above is feasible. We can offer you accommodation in our daughter's villa, Limonitsa, which is 50 meters from the sea and Freddie's Bar, sleeps 7. It would be a blast to have you here!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Friday 15 June 2007
Ropes and Splices


Ropes and Splices

Photographed at the harbour in Zakynthos Town today.

Just to let you know that I may be absent for a few days. I have been troubled with severe pains in my lower left leg for the last 3 days, ever since I cut the grass around the bar on Tuesday evening, which involves lifting up and moving all the sunbeds and then restoring them to their places. So we have been doing the rounds of various doctors to try and determine what the problem is. After having an X-Ray today, it appears that I have a slipped disc, which is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve causing the incredible pain I am experiencing - I have not been able to sleep the last 3 nights.

So, I am flying to Athens in the morning to have more scans done and determine the appropriate course of action, since they don't have all the equipment and expertise here on the island. Strange thing, I have never suffered from backache, did not have any symptoms the other evening until some hours later, and still have no discomfort in my back or spine.

See you later!
ages ago (permalink)

drab chicken [deleted] says:

whoa! Rob wow. okay buddy. tell us you're okay as soon as you comfortably can. you know we'll wonder. i'll pray for you and your wife, who will naturally be concerned and worried for her darling man. don't lean over the boat to take cool photos or anything equally nutty, m'kay? USE YOUR ZOOM

xoxo
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Take care and hope that all goes well--don't worry we won't start a party without you. We will await your full recovery.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

RobW_ says:

Thanks Glory dear, Gypsy too. I'll take care. Leaving for the airport now.
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ebilflindas says:

Safe travel, Rob. I hope everything turns out well. Who's gonna keep us updated on the agapanthus' development?
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

CollardGreens says:

I'll add my parting well wish here too. Slipped disks are cruel guests...better that they be corrected soon.

CollardGreens: Oops!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ItinerArts says:

Beautiful turtle, beautiful water!

Your bar looks like a great way to make friends.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

barb howe says:

oh shoot, Rob! sorry to hear about your leg! I've never had a slipped disc but I hope it's something that can get better soon. A tanning bed seems waaaaay too large of a thing to be moved about casually but then... maybe I am thinking of a different sort of tanning bed because what I'm thinking of would probably not be outside.

and yeah that sea turtle pic is amazing! you are so lucky!
--barb
(my dpd, my photostream)
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

Jissy says:

Oh darn- Rob- travel safe- hope they manage to treat it in the least painful way as possible! my thoughts are with you!
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

bunæn says:

That's terrible news, Rob.

I used to splice wire rope ("cable" to those of you who are not in the trades) And that is a nice splice. I tried regular rope once and when I showed it to an old sailor I said "pretty good splice, eh?" He said "Nope afraid not."
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

sunshinecity says:

eww ouch!! Take care of yourself hon!!

I will definitely look into the vacationing there....
I am trying to arrange a "vacation meeting" with my friends. We need to seriously sit down and talk this over. As always, putting 10 or so heads together is a nightmare!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
ages ago (permalink)

view photostream

ebilflindas says:

Love that punch line, Buns! One of the only clean jokes I know...

Rob, hope you're on the mend, healing quickly, and that you had a great Fathers Day!
ages ago (permalink)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 14 15
(401 to 500 of 1,477 replies in What I Did in 2007)