Just Now In Crete - December

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Postby PaddyPop » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:25 pm

right now in crete... my dog is evidently the only dog that isn't yowling in anguish having been chained to the same tree for months on end despite piercing galeforce winds, torrential rain, thunderstorms and floods.

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Postby Carolina » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:13 pm

Right now in Crete we are watching images on local TV of the snow and ice across the UK and Europe, while the warm temperatures here reached 25oC a couple of days ago.

The weather forecast here for tomorrow and Christmas Day is 22oC.

(I'm not gloating. Christmas should be cold and snowy. Have never fancied a barbie on the beach on Christmas Day! However I do sympathise with all those whose travel plans may have been ruined by the delays and cancellations).

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Postby Clio » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:07 pm

http://i886.photobucket.com/albums/ac68 ... G_7133.jpg
Walk on any hillside track just now and you are likely to come across a big flat rosette of fleshy dark green leaves, level with the ground, with a posy of mauveish flowers at the heart. Not the most distinguished of plants, noticeable only for a splash of colour, but this is one of botany’s most potent symbols of myth and magic. Mandragora officinarum, Μανφραγόρας, mandrake. Used since earliest times as a soporific, it’s the emblem of Greek anaesthetists, and it’s also an ancient cure for sterility. The huge bifurcated root is said to resemble a human being, and to scream when pulled up; Mary Jaqueline Tyrrwhitt in her book Making A Garden On A Greek Hillside tells how she spent four days trying to dig one out for transplanting and it was as long as her forearm. Lots more mandrake tales on the internet, if you’re interested; here’s a picture I took earlier.
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Postby Clio » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:09 pm

Not sure if that was entirely successful: I was aiming to post the link to the picture not the picture itself, but I'll learn.....

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Postby paulh » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:25 pm

if you want the link only do not use the img tags (fore and aft) and paste the html only.

If you do put it in the img tags then it will fetch the picture automatically and show it. the image is still held elsewhere and only the link is actually on the LiC database

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Postby Clio » Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:38 pm

Cheers Paul. Sorted.

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Postby filippos » Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:53 pm

Sent you a PM

Jean
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Mandragora

Postby Jean » Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:52 pm

I have a few more images of mandragora here: http://www.west-crete.com/flowers/mandr ... inarum.htm

Clio
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Postby Clio » Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:04 pm

Wow! Now those are what I call photographs. Think in future I'll stick to the captions! Cheers Jean - are you back from the High Himalayas?

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Postby Jean » Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:19 pm

Yes, I have been back for a couple of weeks now. You can see some Himalayas photos (the second trek I did) here: http://www.himalayas-trekking-pictures. ... 2009-1.htm

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Postby Kathleen » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:31 pm

Spectacular photos, Jean. My particular favourite is 'Nightfall on Everest'.

Kathleen

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Postby xirosternifellow » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:46 pm

these are magnificent pictures, absolutley wonderful, thank u Jean for sharing them with us

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Postby filippos » Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:30 pm

Gorgeous, Jean.

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Postby Jean » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:00 pm

Glad you enjoyed the photos. I'll post the link to the photos of my first Nepal trek (this autumn, the Everest one was the second) when I get around to processing them.

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Postby Clio » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:12 pm

Just as well you’ve probably had your fill of snow and ice, Jean: I imagine there’s not a lot to be had in the madares? Psiloreitis has little more than a decorative sprinkling, like icing sugar on a cake. This warm winter weather is now becoming seriously weird. Everything is still green and growing and there’s never been a season like it for wild mushrooms, but the village hens are on strike and nobody knows why egg production has dropped so dramatically - though we assume it’s to do with the weather. The Greek Met Office is forecasting 25° for Rethymno tomorrow and even up here in the mountains we’re going to be basking in 23°. It ain’t natural!


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