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Classes and Workshops starting in July/August 2014 at Simply B on Waiheke.
There’s nothing like coming home to homemade stew after a hard days work.
It’s magical, special, comforting.
The secret is starting early. Before going out to work, simply fry up and mix all the fantastic ingredients together. Important: use lots of fresh veges and some great meat from the local butcher.
Wow! Last couple of weeks have been very busy!
There is just so much to do!
Mrs B and I really appreciate all the work that Jono has done in the last year or two to kick start our Olive Grove and Farm. All by himself!
Now, working along side him, your really begin to understand: a) the effort he has put in and b) what a huge task it is to turn this dream into reality!
But we are up for it!
The last few weeks have been filled with digging on the land, ramming in stakes and then putting fencing around the olive trees (our Babydoll Sheep love eating our trees!), laying out mulch, doing the internal fitting of the shed, unpacking all our belongings that just arrived… To name but a few things!
We were getting up early again – alarm clock rang at 5.30 am…
That’s the sacrifices you do on holiday when you want to see lots…
Taxi picked us up at 6.00 – had to miss breakfast- Athens backpackers start serving at 7.30…
Two taxis were ordered – of course officially we are too many people for one taxi – but like on other occasions, we just squeezed into one… The taxi driver said ” what you do – it’s FAMILY- you cannot divide FAAAAmily!! That is something we discovered and loved on the whole journey in the South- people just looooove a big family – and they treat us just this extra bit nicer. In the North of Europe we experienced often the contrary – like- well, it’s your fault isn’t it, having so many kids. Here grown ups actually do talk to children and acknowledge their existence . Well – to an extend that goes on their nerves sometimes- quite hard for them to understand while strangers start kissing and cuddling them on a bus… Anyway…
A the port bought super sized donuts with lots of sugar for breakfast on the ferry- kids are loving it!!!!
Took the 5 hour superfast 6 boat to Santorini, squeezes into the bus that took us to the islands capital, Fira and had a super good Greek lunch: lamb in wine, pork in tomato, homemade sausage and of course: souvlaki !!! Lots of wine, water and soft drinks – and we never pay more than 40-50 Euros for the lot!
Next bus takes us to Oia, our final destination for the the next 3 nights !!!!!!
Yes – now we will have a holiday!!!
After 16 hours on the ferry we arrive in Greece.
Nicholas’ first comment: ” Oh, I thought Greece is all temples, columns and ruins…”
Well, we leave the ferry in Patra, Greece’s second largest city… Instead of taking busses and metro to Athens straight away, we decided for another “no commitments ” day to give the kids (and us!!!) some time out. We managed to get a special deal on booking.com (our most popular site this holiday…) 2 triple rooms in a four star hotel with roof top pool for 45,– Euros per room…. The local backpackers would have been more expensive! That is where we are hanging out right now and enjoy a piece of Feta Cheese- yes- tastes even better while you are in Greece !
Good to know:
We used our time in Patra to plan ahead – something we don’t particularly like but find it is essential while travelling with kids. If you ever go on a journey like we do ( which we really, really do recommend!) please always calculate an hour or two per day with wifi access to sort out your next steps. We actually had a hard time finding accommodation for the Greek islands because the 15th of August is a public holiday in Greece and everybody is going! We changed our plans from Naxos to Santorini and luckily found a kind lady in a travel agency to book the ferry to Santorini for us- the online booking site wanted us to book really expensive cabins because everything else is full – well: the travel agent could bring the cost considerably down (another learning on this trip: DO ask experts,do NOT always just rely on online booking sites. For example our 5 year old travelled free of charge and the other 3 half price – which was not possible online).