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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                             JANUARY 2013

 

PONDERING

 

It is 08.45 and I have just sat down to have my third mug of steaming hot rich brown organic tea.

From my window, I can see white smoke uncurling from my neighbor’s chimney set against a background of an imposing, steel grey mountain. Above it is a thick grey quilt of cumulus clouds moving stealthily and menacingly rightwards. I am unsure of whether this is a nephous of accumulated wood smoke that is unfolding across Aegina from Athens or whether this is just a common gang of clouds threatening trouble on this freezing cold day.

Winters in Greece are painfully cold. White houses deflect the heat and marble floors feel like ice blocks that send painful shots of cold through the bones. Rugs and slippers are therefore an absolute necessity. More so since the government has levied a tax on diesel, the fuel that feeds most central heating systems in Greece. Apparently, according to statistical analysis diesel sales are down by 80 percent this winter and trees are rapidly disappearing; de-forestation has occurred as a result of urban humans needing to keep warm. Islanders too need to chop wood but it usually more available as most home owners on Aegina have gardens or land of their own.

The government has now decided to increase the tax on Wood sales…well that is really going to help the problem with de-forestation isn’t it?!

My parents visited us for Christmas which was wonderful for all the family. Having lived in pre central heating England, they were well able to adapt to the harsh winter in Aegina. Naturally, I kept them busy with peeling vegetables, walking the dog, tidying the house and generally stopping them from becoming idle old people. As a treat, I would allow them front row seats by our roaring log fire during the evenings, wine glass in one hand, and book in the other.

Our home was a station of activity during Christmas and the New Year. All of the children were home as were many of their friends and it all passed quickly in a haze of feasting and fasting (me|) then feasting again. The youngsters partied as usual and enjoyed the antidote of merriment to the seriousness of studying at school and university…and now they are all back in their own worlds, the one of reality.

My own world houses several concerns. I am worried about the lemons which are not hugely pregnant and proud; they are shriveled and small, the size of a walnut. The olives I’d forgotten about in the shed need to be rinsed in sea water and marinated with herbs and rock salt. The dog is unwell and needs to go to the vet and the shutters require some serious professional work. I wish that I could do them myself because I know that I will paint them properly, 3 coats and sanded first but I don’t have time. Then I wonder how I can persuade child number 2 to paint them during his gap year but he is already helping Mr. L at the office and he has plans of his own.

So England meets Greece as I sip my rich boiling tea whilst gazing at the mountains and I hope that Greece and the Greeks will find at least contentment during 2013…And a happy New Year to everyone else!

                                 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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