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john g., 23 Nov 2019
Posted 11 Nov 2021
Cold here, innit?😂😩
Here too. Fog and cold really penetrates. But tea and blankets can be cosy.
Posted 17 Nov 2021
Here in Hamburg, I had my first ever Zoom chat today! With a Greek😂!
Posted 23 Nov 2021
Yes! New office in place! Bloody big screen coming at 9 in the morning! All is set to go!
So all is well ( caveat- looking forward to visiting Crete in the springtime😂)!
Posted 20 Dec 2021
This is one major reason we left. This is in our village , Kavousi. I know exactly where this is. What a state the dog was in ( now safely with Takis.)
5 minute walk from our house there.
Posted 23 Dec 2021
This dog should be humanely put to sleep. She has had a terrible life,if you can call it that, and her cancer will kill her anyway. So sad. People who allow this to happen and treat animals so cruelly should be imprisoned for a long time.
It is a difficult moral/ ethical dilemma, Acton😩
We have loved dogs and cats on Crete in our 8 years there. We have had animals put to sleep by a vet because.. because... no chance of survival.. cancer and stuff. And we've paid a vet to operate on animals- even those who aren't ours. Some have been poisoned.. some have been run over and abandoned. Some we have fleetingly seen.
One dog , named amigo , was a stray in the village but our inn was full. He slept in the kitchen one night when it was raining but we had no resources. We reluctantly let him out the next day to wander around the village- and we got the news he'd been run over a couple of days later.
You see my profile pic on here? That's Max, chained by his neck for the first two years of his life.
Long story- adopted and the owner didn't give a shit. But his trauma had repercussions- he at some stage started biting people. The risk was too great- if he bit a child.
Tears in my eyes as I remember the vet looking at me and Max looking at me and me at him and the jab. And I had him killed. 🙁
He was still young. And he loved chewing on a bone whilst resting on my lap on the sofa😰
So many such stories. And Crete has a long way to go re consciousness.
Takis never gives up - if an animal still wants to eat, it lives.
I'm reassessing my attitude. And it is painful.
I hope to find an update on the latest dog with cancer. I hope the dog can spend some happy times with his companions in the animal shelter.
Posted 25 Dec 2021
Christmas Day update re the dog from Kavousi with cancer. Her name is Lisa and she's settling in nicely!
Posted 26 Apr 2022
Countdown! We're off to Crete on Saturday with our dogs for 10 weeks or so. Quite amazing how quickly 6 months have gone by since we returned to Hamburg.
We have things to do- house still on the market ( the estate agent had been targetting Brits and Russians... don't think that's gonna pan out too well at the moment!) and there are the cats ( being fed and watered by a friend ) and we wonder whether the winter storms have damaged the house and whether water has seeped in (it ALWAYS does down there- whatever you do ).
We are looking forward to sun and sea but not looking forward to seeing stray dogs ( guaranteed ).
I've been so busy here I have hardly had time to meet most friends in Hamburg but hopefully later this summer.👍
Posted 27 Apr 2022
Did you get to drink a beer with @tor? *slightly jealous*
Or is he singing in a different town?
Unfortunately not! I have been so busy south of the river and only went to Hamburg proper once- for a check on my dodgy eye at a hospital.
And in the winter months, too dark too early and I don't trust my vision when it's dark. I can't do evenings yet. It will hopefully be better in the summer after my eye op.
Posted 28 Aug 2022
Back to Crete on Friday for a month. One priority is to close down the office which I rent and pay increasingly high utility costs for ( like all of us ). Last electricity bill for a 4 month period ( when I was only there for for a month ): 680 euros!😟
The week is full:
Monday ( will come back to that !)
Tuesday: business stuff here
Wednesday: go to the vet. My dog Mandy needs a check up and a stamp in her passport before being allowed to fly.
Thursday: unfortunately, I have to be on my best behaviour and attend a business workshop!😂
Friday: flight and then 120 kilometre taxi ride back home.
Back to tomorrow: my Nicole wants proper German liquorice! None of that British Shop stuff in Agios Nicolaos! So, if Karstadt in Harburg still has Halibo or whatever it's called- ab dafuer! And combine it with going to the market for great cheese and bread!
( Back to Greek bread for a month then😟)..
The cheese is great on Crete so the market tomorrow in that respect is simply a new- found love for Expressokaese! Never seen it anywhere except for at the Kaesestand at the market! Heaven!!
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