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LIVING IN AEGINA

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LIVING                                                                              JANUARY 2016
  

A VERY ENGLISH CHRISTMAS

 

For the first time in many years, we were to spend Christmas with my parents in rural England. I wanted to capture and bottle some of that Christmas spirit that I remember used to make me feel cosy as a child and I wanted the children also to re- visit the English Christmas experience.

So three days before Christmas, me, Mr. L and child number 3 could be seen sat in the comfortable leather chairs by the window in the larger Cafe Nero of Bath, conveniently situated next to TKMax, not particularly stressed about Christmas shopping which we try to be creative about but simply enjoying an opportunity to relax, enjoy a superb cup of coffee and chat to our fabulous daughter about her pending A levels and what opportunities might lie ahead for her.

The very next day, Mr. L and I were browsing in a small antiques shop in a Wiltshire market town when a voice shouted “Mr. Lorentzos”!!...it was Emma, a friend of ours from Aegina Island who had together with her husband, started up a successful holiday rental business but had later returned to the UK. We arranged to meet later with them at a charming pub and spent a couple of hours pleasantly catching up.

On Christmas Eve, the boys arrived as did a couple of my siblings and soon the house was buzzing with activity. it is fortunate that Mr. L and I had insisted to my mother that we cook a stifado stew and a tray load of chicken because we know how voracious our sons' appetites are and in the traditional Greek way, we love to feed our guests, so when my younger sister and most of her family decided to stay to eat rather than have just a drink, it was fortunate that we had adequate supplies of food. This initially flumoxed dad a bit because it didn't quite fit with his usual idea of how a Christmas eve should be spent quietly sipping a drink but after a few fresh prawns dipped in a hot, chilli sauce and sports banter with his grandsons he resigned himself to the change in patter.

 Smelling of garlic and cloves, number 3 and I decided to jog to the local church for midnight mass. Aware of how ancient stories are responsible for most conflict in the world, she wanted to be reminded of the Christian story and how this was the main reason we were all together celebrating Christmas.

The church door creaked, as it always had done and despite the fact that as a child, I had spent 6 years of Sundays sat in stultifying boredom, I was for once happy to be entering it. Not much had changed, except the vicar was female, we had PowerPoint instead of prayer books and heat...plus a real live dog was sat in the nativity display. “WHO is this story about”? bellowed the vicar and she picked on people at random to answer. Number 3 and I urgently exchanged characters' names; a snap shot revision session, lest we get chosen. My heart rate quickened, panic, my fear of being shown to be ignorant in front of lots of people. Suddenly, a lady two pews in front fainted and the focus changed to her recovery. My faith in God restored, we took this opportunity to slip out un noticed and sped home to find dad still patiently waiting, time to lock up the house, all family members accounted for.

Christmas day was great! No pressure to get up early, we rose late, very late. Mum prepared scrambled eggs on crumpets with smoked salmon and chives from the garden plus a large pot of good mellow coffee . We opened presents after this and made all the right appreciative noises.

Bearing in mind that 5 house guests is exhausting, we Lorentzoses decided to leave my parents alone for a while and drove to a quaint National Trust village for a long walk. We visited all the places that we had visited in the past; the shallow river through which cars pass from side of the village to the other, the Tudor houses, low and contorted and finally the pub where we had a decent, adult conversation as well as a drink.

Christmas ‘lunch’ was finally ready at 6 pm, which suited us and my parents as they had had a nap and we had worked up an appetite.

 We were to leave on Boxing Day at 08.30 as we had to get to Gatwick airport for the midday flight to Athens and all was well until I caused a delay at security. To me, pink kitchen scissors with floral handles are not at all threatening but to security they most definitely are and so one of the presents from my mother was tossed into a bin. They then examined the pestle and mortar that child 2 had bought me and decided that I could keep the mortar but not the pestle; I was also allowed to keep my chillies, which I reckon would be far more dangerous crushed and rubbed into someone's eyes. I explained this to the security guard but he didn't want to know.

Once in Athens, the children ran off in their own directions, each to stay with a friend and each with plans to party all night long. Feeling slightly old, Mr. L and I boarded the X 96 bus for Piraeus, Hotel Anita our destination. We too had plans and met up with a couple of our dearest friends whom we hadn't seen for months and thoroughly enjoyed whiling away several hours at a pizzeria in Piraeus, one which serves excellent chicken in exotic sauces and good wine. The following day, the sun was shining as we returned to Aegina, not at all wintery but sparkling and warm.

Cyclops, our one- eyed cat was pleased to see us and had put on weight, possibly because he continued to receive good care courtesy of our cat sitting friends or he has found a second feeder and is on to a really good thing. Either way, it was good to be missed.


 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2016

 

 

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