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RobW_ PRO 12:23pm, 31 December 2006
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.

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RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thank you CG, Sunshine, new friend Cherry, and Para, it would be wonderful for you all to visit. We do try to cultivate an ambience of laid-back pleasure, not too difficult with the sea and the wonderful location we have; but it is the wonderful people who come here and become friends, who visit year after year, who make it all worth while.

Last night, Phil and Cherril, (aka Mr. Jingles on Flickr) arrived from Carlisle, on the England/Scotland border, yesterday we resumed acquaintanceship with Sharon and Kevin from last year, and then this morning, our most regular guests, for their third visit this year, Garry and Caroline arrived by taxi..
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
LOL Ebil, you devil you, restoring the missing Chinese joke.

ParaScuba - yes, I seem to remember earlier on your diary, references to your time in SA. As they say, you can take the boy out of Africa, but you can never take Africa out of the boy.

PE eh? The windy city, The Bay. Incidentally named after Lady Elizabeth Donkin, maiden name Markham, same as my mother's, and in my mother's family line.

Funny, last night we were watching Elvis movies and tributes on TCM, talking about Larry King's interview at Graceland yesterday with Priscilla Presley, so I played Paul Simon's track of Graceland, recorded in Johannesburg in 1986 with SA musicians Ray Phiri and his band Stimela, who are also in that clip from Central Park. Apart from Simon's wonderful poetic lyrics, those African guitar rhythms clutch at my heart and bring tears to my eyes. I grew up listening to music like that.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I hope I can visit one day Rob. Will you be there all year or are you planning a trip back to SA later in the year?

RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
I hope so too, Sunshine. I recall giving you detailed directions on your diary earlier in the year. We close on October 31, take 3 to 4 weeks to clean up, pack things away, do any required maintenance or construction, a little gardening, then we go through to Athens. I hope to do a little travelling, before we head for Cape Town in mid-January. My little daughter will be married on Feb 16 in Cape Town.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Tsilivi Sunrise

Tsilivi Sunrise 16Aug2007

The nicest time of the day; shortly after sunrise, noone on the beach, beautiful soft colours, calm, peaceful sea, a time to be at peace with the world.

16 August 2007 (12 Photos)
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
you are so blessed to be in such a beautiful part of the world.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Friday, 17 August 2007
Ancient Column Fragment

Ancient Column Capital

Friday morning, time to go to the bank again. It is midsummer, we are furiously busy, the money comes rolling in (yay!), and I don't like to have too much lying around in our rather insecure house. While Ritsa is doing the banking, I take my camera and wander around the square, where I am not the only photographer taking scenic shots.

On the verandah of the museum, a fine building, several fragments of ancient columns are displayed, one of which becomes my photo of the day.

Many other subjects tackled on this long and busy day, see the outtakes below.

17 August 2007 (39 Photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thanks Cherry! It is a beautiful island. The Venetians called it "Il Fiore di Levante" (The Flower of the East).
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, 18 August 2007
One Million Views!

One Million Views!

I hope I am permitted to puff out my chest and brag a little (just this once)? This morning at 9.10 local time, my Flickr photo stream received its one millionth hit, 1,000,000 views, yippee!

I saw it coming, put up a fireworks shot (captured last night), and grabbed the screenshot just as it ticked over to 1,000,000.

Thank you all for YOUR share of those views, and I freely acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of those views come from horny guys eager to view and download my beach girls (quite a few horny girls too LOL), as you may see from my Most-Viewed set (which needs updating, by the way).

18 August 2007 (23 Photos).
Simon-K 11 years ago
That beach looks so nice, I bet you don't get used to that sunrise do you. And congratulations on the million, thats a tonne, I thought I was doing well on about 9,000 :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
One million? Wowwww congratulations, Rob! I'm stuck in the 30k's, but that is fine with me, I'm here for the social part of flickr.. and I don't happen to live next to the shoreline and have the assorted sexy shots to go with it... hehe

Hats off to you Mr. Wallace :)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks guys. The longer you're on Flickr, the more the views take off. And views aren't everything. My most-viewed pictures are often my personal least favourites.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
woo hooo 1M...!!! Congrats !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Woha! That's a lot. Well done Rob! And good work on capturing the moment :)

Love the column above, the texture on the brick work is ace, and the old orange against the blue wall.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for the congratulations, guys, I'm a little embarrassed to brag like that here, so let's move on....
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Silver Morning Light

Silver Light

When I come out to open the bar in the morning and to inspect the beach, I always bring my camera out with me. In these busy days of midsummer, there are usually a few people in the water who offer a picture opportunity. I captured this silhouette and silvery quality on the water by shooting towards the early sun.

19 August 2007 (22 Photos)

(Aren't we just racing through this year? It seems like only a day or two since we were congratulating ourselves on getting to halfway)
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Racing through the year? Absolutely... it's always so fascinating how time flies by so fast!

Congrats on your "6 zeros" shot!!

I love the ancient column fragment btw, or capitello as we call them. The exact architectural term is capital.
That's about all I remember from my 3 years of art in school... and this was in middle school! LOL
You'd be pleasantly surprised to see Italy's school curricula.
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
1,000,000 views, Rob? Amazing!

Art school, Sunshine? Then you should be able to identify it as Ionic or Corinthian!

RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Monday, 20 August 2007


I'm unlikely to take a more interesting shot today, so I offer you a sepia portrait of our new waitress, Rumanian medical student Evelina, who has just finished her first week on the job, and passing with flying colours.

Evelina arrived a little early for work this morning, a little sleepy-eyed and with her hair not tied back. I lifted my camera and shot off a few spontaneous portraits. She doesn't think she's photogenic, or pretty. She wants to be a doctor. A relative sponsored her at modelling school; she left after one session. She is sure to get some pulses racing when she practises her chosen career.

This one is also popular.

Later: having nailed my colours to the mast early in the day, how was I to know that I would later meet two bubbly, sparkly Italian girls from Milan (made me think of our little Sunshine), who were also very good, entertaining subjects.

20 August 2007 (20 Photos)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Gives some real excitement to "playing doctor"

She's a pretty one.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I agree with the pulse racing diagnostic about Evelina...
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Tsilivi Sunrise

Tsilivi Sunrise 21Aug2007

Once again, anticipating a busy day, I'm posting my daily picture early.

For some reason, we had a very quiet evening at the bar, closed early, and I was in bed comparatively early. Consequently I awoke refreshed and ahead of my alarm clock. I grabbed my camera and headed out to shoot the sunrise, which I haven't done for a while. It was a cloudy morning, hence interesting colours and cloudscapes.

By the way, having nailed my colours to the mast early in the day yesterday, how was I to know that I would later meet two bubbly, sparkly girls from Milan (made me think of our little Sunshine, so vital and charming), who were also very good, entertaining subjects, fun to be around. They danced the night away with Andy and friends at the Planet Pub last night and the previous, and are now on their way home.

I am expecting a visit later today from Flickr contact Joe Reid aka Fianna, who is taking the ferry across from his holiday villa in Kyllini to visit us for the day. Before that we have to go pay some taxes, visit the bank and our bookkeeper again, in between entertaining our guests and collecting the sunbed rentals.

21 August 2007 (77 photos)
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Thanks for the sunrise! I never see one unless I'm catching an early plane...or unless I never made it to bed.

CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Romanian medical students and VERY orange sunrises...Rob - you have it all man...
Jissy 11 years ago
lol @ CG- u do have it all- like I said the best views on the planet!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Yup, Indeed that was a Ionic capital... and no I didn't do ART SCHOOL, but took art IN school... make sense? LOL
We have a very full school curriculum here in Italy. Do you know that in some high schools they still study ancient Latin and Greek?

Indeed a very pretty girl Evelina... it amazes me sometimes that such beauty goes unseen the the beholder
= (
Sadly my sister is the same. Yet she's so beautiful...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah, your sister. I remember you had a picture of her, earlier in the year. And Marta? Looks like fun. And my Milanese friends from yesterday? (See link above).

And thanks, Jissy, Barry and Ted. Life is pretty good.
friuduric 11 years ago
I *love* today's pic!

Adventures on Sabbatical
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Sex on the Beach

Beach Towel Design

The design of a beach towel, photographed on one of our sunbeds this morning. It looks bright and summery.

22 August 2007 (7 photos)
eelend PRO 11 years ago
it looks perfect for the beach :)

eelend's 2007
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Ipod Towel? iTowel? :)

friuduric 11 years ago
Well, now, aren't you moving a bit fast? Straight from having a drink together at sunset to sex on the beach?


Adventures on Sabbatical
Loca.... 11 years ago
Wow, great colourful towel....
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
LOL Friuduric! "Sex on the Beach" is a very popular and high-selling cocktail. Casual sex following "binge drinking" is a characteristic of holiday resorts like this, where sunshine and sex (small letters) seem to go together. I don't encourage it, don't necessarily approve, don't partake (this is a small village). And I am a child of the sixties!

The towel seemed to sum it all up.

(Don't quite get the i-reference J - I thought those were cocktail glasses in their hands not miniature electronic devices - I hope so, anyway).
friuduric 11 years ago
"Sex on the Beach" is a very popular and high-selling cocktail

Oh, right! I knew that....

Adventures on Sabbatical
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Pink Oleander


It could have been another golden sunrise shot today, but I've had three of those in the last week already, so in the interests of diversity, here are some pink oleander flowers.

23 August 2007 (10 photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 24 August 2007
Tribute to La Maquisarde

Beach Patrol Guy

Everyone is doing it, so here is my tribute to that great lady and inspiration to us all, La Maquisarde.

Here's Gypsy's original shot

Here's Rainey's tribute

And Tim's

And Glory's

Any more?

PS. All of the above are prettier than mine, but what the heck?

I should also mention that today is a very special day on our island, it is the feast day of our local Saint, Agios Dionysios, Saint Dennis in English, in fact the climax of a three-day festival. About an hour ago, to the accompaniment of cannon-fire from Navy ships, and shotgun fire on land, the Saint's embalmed body in an ornate silver coffin, is carried out of the church which bears his name, and paraded through the town, the streets strewn with laurel branches, with brass bands, groups of schoolchildren, choirs, pomp and ceremony. Behind the coffin march innumerable dignitaries, hundreds of priests, every bishop of the Orthodox Church in Greece, in all their finery, even a lonely Cardinal. The streets are thronged with people, and the parade terminates with the biggest fireworks display I have ever seen.

Since it is unlikely I will get there tonight, I refer you to my set from last year, and my fireworks mosaic which made Explore.

24 August 2007 (14 Photos).
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Beautiful flowers, beautiful sunsets, beautiful ladies on the beach.... How can you stand it?

RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Grit and fortitude Barry!
Such great tributes. Guess I will have to plan a trip to Greece one of these days just to sit at the bar and take photos of floppy hats.

Maybe I will gain some grit and fortitude like Rob.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Saturday, 25 August 2007
Sleeping Baby

Baby Sleeping

Shot from my post behind the bar, in late afternoon, this little bloke is fast asleep, while his parents and their friends are drinking beer and having a good time. I liked the expression on his mum's face. A little later, when it came time to leave, he was wide awake

25 August 2007 (9 photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 26 August 2007
Fires in the Peloponnese

Greek Fires

This dramatic satellite image was shot from a CNN weather report this morning, showing the plumes of smoke blowing from some of the disastrous fires burning in the Peloponnese and other parts of Greece. Tragically, to date 59 people have lost their lives trying and failing to escape the blazes.

On Friday afternoon, the smoke was clearly visible from our beach from the fires around Amaliada towards the top of the picture (Zakynthos is visible just below the CNN sign at top left); since then, they have spread and the situation has worsened. We heard a short while ago that the magnificent Archaeological Museum at Ancient Olympia was threatened, but saved. It pains me to think of that beautiful landscape destroyed, and the terrible loss of lives and property.

26 August 2007 (24 Photos)
This is such a terrible disaster. What a tragedy.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
And getting worse. Fires are starting in other areas, and the fire services and military are stretched to the limit, firefighting pilots are exhausted, and the wind keeps blowing. The thought of people incinerated in their cars, trying to escape their burning villages, of the bodies of a mother found in her home, clutching her four children to her, they have me in tears.

The wind changed overnight, and is blowing from the SE, and we are in a twilight, a huge pall of smoke obscuring the sun.
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
Rob, that is absolutly tragic. Both the lives that are being lost and as you said the beautiful landscape and history being destroyed, Absolutly tragic.
Simon-K 11 years ago
I saw the fire on the news this morning, sounds terrible, such a tragic loss of life!!! Not to mention the threat to such historical sights, who in their right mind would start such a fire!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
The tragedy of lives lost, ancient sites destroyed, the destruction of the landscape, ancient olive trees burning, and the loss of homes that have been in families for generations is overwhelming. And to think this is all done by arson.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
This is distressing :(
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Fire.... it's so powerful, and we are so used to it that I think we forget it's power. Think about how hot a campfire can be - it can make you move repeatedly away from it, your shoes smoking, your cheeks burning... and then imagine that unleashed, with so much more fuel. Devastating. And to think it was arson?!? I can't even get my mind around that...
Erica Day by Day 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Yeah, it is horrifying. The suggestion is that it was done for political reasons, to disrupt the elections on September 16. There are some really hairy hard-left anarchists around in Greece, and the street politics sometimes become very robust.

Thanks all, for your comments. On to yesterday's picture of the day...
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Monday, 27 August 2007
Smoke Obscures the Sky

Eerie Morning Light

This was the scene when I arrived to open the bar just after 8am on Monday. The wind had switched to SE during the night, and we were covered by a hazy cloud of smoke, which lasted all day. Even after sunset, the smoke was visible in the atmosphere.

We need some rain to get rid of the fires, and to clear the dust and smoke from the sky, but the forecast for the next 10 days is sunny and 32-33degC

27 August 2007 (15 Photos)
friuduric 11 years ago
We've been following the reports on the fires here. My heart goes out to all those touched by this. The Consort and I spent 5 weeks in Greece back in the day, and everyone we met was so nice and welcoming.

Adventures on Sabbatical
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Awful news from Greece lately... I wish I could send you some of our rain.

ltcherrypn 11 years ago
I must say that I have not been able to watch much t.v. so my knowledge of all this has came from this site. My heart goes out to those affected by this disaster.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 7 years ago
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Full Moon

Full Moon

I've seen one or two of these on diaries, so, following suit, here is my full moon picture, shot from my seat at an outdoor taverna, where we were having dinner with Phil and Cherril Crabb, Mr. Jingles on Flickr, who go back to Cumbria tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing his holiday pictures, he is always active when he is over here, and this time he has a brand-new D200, and been experimenting with new lenses.

Back at the Bar, the Champions' League football match was just ending, to the joy of our Liverpool fans, and I had the pleasure of meeting a new model, the lovely Ciara.

28 August 2007 (14 photos)
Simon-K 11 years ago
Great shot of the moon. I've got to try that one of these days
Jissy 11 years ago
just dropping in here to see how you were doing? Been hearing about all the fire in Greece ... hope you and your fam are keeping safe!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Jissy, we're fine, just very, very sad at what has been happening.
Please, all take a look at this picture, just posted to my stream (not mine, someone emailed it to me), which just has to be the most stunning summary of the disaster at Ancient Olympia!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
What a stunning moon shot! How amazing!!
I long to take a picture like that one day... maybe when I get my new camera... (if and when i can afford a digital reflex), I'll be posting thigns like that!

It's terrible to hear about the fires going on in that area. I wonder why such natural disasters take place so often in summer. Floods in Ohio, hurricanes in Mexico, fires in Greece and Sicily... and so many more....
Nature's way of telling us that after all we're so infinitely small and meaningless in comparison to it's force.

~ a picture, a story
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RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oo, hi Glory! Is that Sara I can hear in the background?
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
no. that was ME
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
eelend PRO 11 years ago
your moon is wonderful
about fire... it's a big tragedy
i'm so sorry

eelend's 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Eelend.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Returning to Port

Returning to Port

I was sitting outside the bar at 2am, relaxing after closing the bar, when this fishing boat left the limanaki, and I watched his light disappear over the horizon, and heard the sound of his engine diminish into silence.

Now, at 09h30, he returns safely to port, hopefully with a healthy catch to show for his night-time endeavours.

29 August 2007 (17 Photos)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Moonrise Over the Sea

Moonrise in Tsilivi

We had a fabulous moonrise in Tsilivi this evening, with a big red moon seeming to rise out of the sea, and casting interesting colours over the beach.

30 August 2007 (21 Photos)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
wow, rob!!!
Fantastic shot Rob. How is Greece? I worry about her.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Beautiful rich gold tones there...

Erica Day by Day 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thank you, just one of the treats we experience here. Tonight. I'll try and catch her a little earlier, as she come over the horizon. Might use my tripod as well.

LaM, your question: troubled, I would say. Not only are they still fighting fires in various parts of the country, and tpeople facing up to the grim task of rebuilding lives and properties, but we have national elections coming up in two weeks, and the politicians are shamelessly trying to allocate political blame for the tragedy. Politics is always fraught in Greece, where there is a left/right divide, dating back to the savage civil war of the late 1940's (which was not unconnected with the beginnings of the Cold War), and in fact all the way back to the Asia Minor disaster of 1921. Current events just make it more acute, and there are other long-running disputes, to do with university reform, for example, which have been triggering violent street demonstrations for months. So, this election is bound to be "interesting". We are, of course, somewhat insulated from things here on our island, as you will experience soon .

Life on an island tends to be, well, insular.
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Rob, I've seen it reported in a few places that there is strong suspiscion that at least some of the fires are started by arsonist paid by unscrupulous land developers. Any reliable info about that?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Daniel, it is a known fact that many of the forest fires over several years have been set by arsonists, sometimes working on behalf of property developers. Greece has no land registry demarcating what is forested land, and apparently after a fire, it is not uncommon for homes to appear shortly after. Many of the newer northern Athenian suburbs on the slopes of Mount Penteli, for example, started in exactly this way.

In the current case, there is the suggestion that many of the fires set simultaneously in various parts of the country, were started by anarchists with the aim of disrupting the current election campaign. This article ( Greek fires blamed on 'culture of arson') is typical.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 31 August 2007
Nicola Scanning the Horizon

Scanning the Horizon

This is Nicola. She has featured in my stream a few times in the last few days, owing to her very decorative rear-end (butt, to Jallen). She borrowed our binoculars today so that she could check out her boyfriend. I realised that her "boyfriend" is one of the guys who works at the Watersports, driving speedboats, launching parasailors into the air, putting people on and off jetskis. He has a different girlfriend every week, sometimes three or four during the same week. He has an active outdoor lifestyle, hence is very attractive to the girls coming out here looking for "romance", or simply sun, sea, sand and sex.

Whatever, Nicola spent a great deal of time lustfully ogling him in the water, and I realised that in some respects, girls are not that different from boys.

Apart from that, she makes a pretty picture to bring August to a close. Two-thirds of the year gone by, we are into our diary stride; I am so enjoying the experience of getting to know so many people, from all over the world. Time to visit that thread, I think, that I should have contributed to, two months ago, about what my diary means to me.

At the beginning of this year, I was wondering if I would manage to do this for 12 months, and pretty certain that, even if I did, it would be a once-off. Now, I'm almost certain I will do it again in 2008, even if there isn't an organized group for it, although I'm sure there will be. Who's in?

Thanks LBT, and the other admins.

31 August 2007 (14 Photos)
I am not certain I will do it again next year. I am not even certain I will make it to the end. One thing I do know is that I have enjoyed all the new friends I have made via these journals.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
interesting view Rob!

~ a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Even if you don't continue the diary, LaM, yours is one stream that I will continue to visit daily.

By the way, are you on the radio this weekend?
friuduric 11 years ago
I've been enjoying the moon here in New England, too, these past few nights. Your shots of it from Greece have been very cool.

girls coming out here looking for "romance", or simply sun, sea, sand and sex

Sand and sex? That sounds like a masochist's dream. I'd prefer a shower after the sand / before the sex.

Adventures on Sabbatical

(And I'm still a baby on the daily diary thing, but I've been having a blast so far!)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
*feels like the butt of a joke....


I will probably continue my usual haphazard spurts of updates into 2008 if there's still a fun community of people around.

That is what I like the best about the diaries... all the very cool & respective people here. I've all but abandoned keeping up with my other "outside contacts" on flickr.

I'm an old school geek, and this feels VERY MUCH like the computer Bulletin Board Systems of yore you used to have to dial-in with a modem and post messages and stuff, except with pictures and everything!

The Internet made it all so impersonal and "huge".. This is like your ole' neighborhood BBS system to me.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I really like this concept... a more inspiring way for me to journal. I think I'll always have my days where it doesn't happen, and times where it's harder to keep up. But I love looking back at my year, the perspectives I had at the time... and I love reading everyone else's journals, getting to know them, seeing the wonderful photos shot... I'm in.

Erica Day by Day 2007
Yes, I am on the radio this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. I think that would be either 10 or 11 p.m. your time depending upon whether Greece is 9 or 10 hours ahead of California. This will be my last show until I return in October.

Thanks for the compliment Rob. I will continue visiting many of the photostreams that I have encountered through these daily journals--yours is near the top of the list.

I am a little like Jallen on that; I spend more time with the diaries than I do with my contacts these days. :-)

Great community here. We might have to start our own little village group at some point. A sort of the "aftermath of the daily photo diary including thoughts on life and recipes."
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh yes, my experience is the same. Since I started following these diaries, my daily visits to other contacts fell away, alarmingly, embarrassingly in some cases.

Thanks for your thoughts, they mirror so many of mine.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I think it's because we are such a cozy small group that we feel. like sharing more of our inner thoughts... things we might not be totally comfortable with sharing with the PUBLIC that is flickr. In its early days, flickr wasn't too different than MDPD, but it has gotten so huge.. its like if we speak out, we're speaking out in the City Square For EveryBody To Hear.

But here, we're all cool and we're all there for each other, rooting for each other in our small ways.

I like it
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Since becoming a parent, I've become sooo sensitive to the fragility and sanctity of life. The mere mention of a mother clutching her children in the midst of a raging inferno is physically distressing to think about. I hope the opportunists who swoop in to develop upon the scorched land (not to mention the arsonists and any who believe in this method of bringing about change) are haunted by those who perished innocently.

That aside, your early morning beach shots, Lunar shots, and of course Nicola are are all quite lovely!

Oh and congratulations on +1 M views!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
well said, ebil. Having kids makes the world so dang fragile doesn't it? That being said, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi Emil, welcome back, and you are right. Some things are too distressing. There is an awful lot of counselling required and going on right now, in areas where people hve lost loved-ones, homes and livelihoods.

The relief effort seems to be in full swing, and other countries have sent teams to help, but the task is enormous.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Now I'm afraid that when I go to Greece next year, my butt will end up on Rob's stream.

RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
If it qualifies! Actually, I think the only male kolos on my stream belongs to Hermes, so I think you're safe. Helen, however, may get to feature.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Well it has been a few days since coming round here - sorry for having missed the daily dose of greek beach life ! Speaking of which...Tuesday next this professional vagabond will try on a little of THIS for 5 days ! Looking forward to the adventure. We are having a meeting where we wine and dine our distribution network...always in a nice place and always a hell of a lot of work...fun we have to squeeze in !

Good stuff here Rob - by the way, I am already planning to continue the posting because I do so like it ! Forces me to make the effort to think about this photo passion...so let's ask the admins to keep the door open a little longer !

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for your visit, Mr Oops. You've hardly touched down and you're off vagabonding again. It is a fine place for wining and dining, on the Gulf of Corinth, I'm sure you'll squeeze in more than a bit of fun! Maybe a visit to nearby archaeological sites, Ancient Corinth, Epidavros and Mycenae?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Saturday, 1 September 2007
September Snow


So, the calendar in the bar flips forward to September, and this is a special page, for that photo in the Snowforecast.com calendar is by Yours Truly, having been found on Flickr, and invited for submission to the calendar.

1 September 2007 (28 Photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 2 September 2007
Twenty One Today

Twenty-One Today!

Lee and his girlfriend Ashley celebrate his 21st birthday with a champagne breakfast at Freddie's Beach Bar, while Ritsa looks on benignly. His whole adult life ahead of him, we wish him well.

Ashley is the daughter of Rob and Diane, who were with us for two weeks last month.

More goodbyes today, especially to little Czech toddler Eva, who has stolen all our hearts this week.

2 September 2007 (8 pictures)
Preparing for my show this afternoon and listening to Cretan lyra player Psarantonis. Thought of you.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thanks for the reminder, Gypsy. I saw it at exactly 9pm EEST, and I have tuned in, listening to some lovely Baroque choral stuff right now (Classical Foglift it is) , so I imagine you are on at 11pm our time (no, it will be midnight). It is a very slow evening in the bar, so I'll be available then.

Psarantonis! Cretan music is wonderful, so virile, so alive. Patrick Leigh-Fermor, who spent the war years fighting with the Cretan resistance in the mountains, points out the that the best, most athletic climbers were also the bravest, the best shots, the brightest at making up mantinadas (satyrical verses), and at playing the lyra. Also the most prodigious drinkers of raki. Leventia the Cretans call it, a complex Greek word ecompassing that classical ideal, and Nikos Xylouris, whom we saw in Athens in the 70's and who died tragically young, epitomized that quality.

More recently, we saw Manos Pyrovolakis, one of the younger generation who combine the traditional rhythms with rock music.
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Hi Rob - that calendar shot is stutteringly gorgeous!
I will be on the air in about 15 minutes. I have music of Xylouris but I don't believe anything by Pyrovolakis. (I have a CD collection of over 4000 and quite alot of vinyl--and that is my own collection and the radio station's collection is quite extensive also.)
Loca.... Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Loca.... (member) 11 years ago
Rob, so many news in here. This week i've been thinking a lot of you, unfortunatly because of those big fires in Greece that were always in the news. I'm so sorry for that.

I liked a lot yours and all the others tribute to La Maquisard, prettier or not, they're all nice and specially they are thoughtful to a friend, so that's what matters.

Your moon is so good looking, and that makes me jealous. I left my tripod at Pati's house so i thought about the moon all this week and never could get a good shot of it....

So good to see all the other summer pictures of friends you have in there, it has been great visiting you and i feel like you, although i haven't been visiting so often as you have, i'm almost certain that i'll do this for 2008.
Thanks LBT too.

RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
There you are now, Gypsy, distinctive Epirotic clarinet intro, Greek demotic music. Settling back to listen and enjoy. I'll pour myself a 12-year-old Metaxa brandy, and chill out at the end of a busy week. The bar is closed, just me here, and I'll put you on the speakers.

Isn't this exciting?

And now, I've heard the warm, friendly voice, and you have greeted me and dedicated the music to me! Thank you, LaM, I am honoured, flattered and excited. The bar is resounding to the music of the mountains of Epirus. I wish my mother-in-law was awake, she loves this music! She is a Romanian-speaking Vlach, from Roumeli, and her father was a tselingas, a super-shepherd, with thousands of sheep, which he grazed in the mountains in summer, and back on the plains in winter. He would have played the clarinet to his flocks and companions. Her late brother was a wonderful demotic singer too.

Now, Arvanitaki! whom we saw in Zakynthos last year. Dinata! Great stuff!

(This post written in several instalments, as Gypsy's program proceeded)
Satrina 11 years ago
Congratulations on your photo, it's a lovely view of Athens!

And many congrats to Lee!
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