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News 2014
30 December 2014
Very nice weather in the first week of December, quite summery with temperatures up to 23c.
There were then some heavy rain showers in mid-December, but that is very welcome as 2014 was a drier than normal year. Now the temperature is in the mid-teens.
 
We are very happy to have had all our olives picked and taken to the local olive press, already turned into
oil.  The first of our batch of Extra Virgin Olive Oil should be available in UK in March. 
In the meantime, we still have some of the current batch at a discounted price of £6 instead of £9.50.
- click on OLIVE OIL tab to see the whole process
Here are some photos from Crete in December :
 
Palaikastro village Dec 14
 
 
 
Toplou Monastery Dec 14
 
Bee hives near Toplou Dec 14
 
Xiona, as the sun sets  Dec 14
 
 
 
Kouremenos beach & Kastri hill Dec 14
 
 
11 December 2014
A day in the life of an olive ...
Very nice weather in the first week of December, quite summery with temperatures up to 23c.
There has been heavy rain in the last few days but that is very welcome here !
We are very happy to have had all our olives picked and taken to the press, already turned into
oil.  The first of our new batch of Extra Virgin Olive Oil should be available in UK in March. 
In the meantime, we still have some of the current batch at a discounted price of £6 instead of £9.50
[Kouremenos Beach, December 2014]
 
 
 
[A new December sunrise]
 
09 September 2014
 
The strong wind came back !  Good windsurfing yesterday with 5m and 5.8m sails. Already windy this morning and more promised for tomorrow and Sunday. Last weekend was good too : big sails on Saturday and stronger wind on Sunday followed by some light wind days.
Strong wind the previous week. 
Temperatures have been steady around 27c at night and 30c in the shade daytime.
[Sunrise in Kouremenos Bay]
 
[Mountain bike ride to the top of Traostalos (515m)
overlooking Cape Plaka
and Grandes Island]
 
13 June 2014
The summer is really here now with blue skies and temperatures reaching 28c.
The olive trees have plenty of olives on them now, so hopefully it will be a good crop.
There have been some great windsurfing days including yesterday and today
 
It's a great time to have a holiday in Crete ! 
Our friend Nikos is offering a special last-minute price on a couple of apartments for June
You can either use "Contact Us" or call him direct.
 
Super windsurfing in Kouremenos Bay this week - view from balcony
(I am going left to right on blue board)
 
 
04 May 2014
The Spring weather continues with temperatures between 22c and 25c, ideal for walking and cycling.
The olive trees have many flowers on them now, indicating a potentially good crop for this season.
Wild flowers are everywhere and the birds are singing. 
The tavernas are now open and it's a great time to have a holiday in Crete !
 
A couple of good bike rides this week
14-030   Another Kouremenos sunrise (May 2014)
During the year, the location of the sunrise moves across the bay
14-029   Vineyards near Vai (May 2014)
 
14-028   Vai Beach (May 2014)
14-027   Toplou Monastery with vineyard in foreground (May 2014)
 
 
14-026   Sheep on Toplou road (May 2014)
14-025   Sheep on Toplou road (May 2014)
14-024   Butterfly (May 2014)
14-023   Wild flowers by the roadside (May 2014)
 
14-022   Wild poppies by the roadside (May 2014)
 
14-021   Wild flowers by the roadside (May 2014)
 
14-020   Wild flowers by the roadside (May 2014)
 
14-019   A bee on one of the purple bushes between the olive trees (May 2014)
 
14-018   Kastri hill behind the olive trees (May 2014)
 
27 February 2014
After a very dry summer, there has been some rain in the winter, but not really enough.
In February, as usual, the weather is a mixture of sunshine & blue sky, clouds & showers, but overall, very nice.  There have been some glorious warm sunny days and there are thousands of yellow flowers growing between the olive trees.  The air is fresh and it's very peaceful
14-017   Kastri hill between Kouremenos and Xiona bays, on a calm day (Feb 2014)
 
14-016   Strong wind in the bay ! (Feb 2014)
 
14-015   As a rain shower passed, a perfect rainbow spanned Kouremenos (Feb 2014)
 
14-014   Vai beach on a warm and sunny Sunday. Very peaceful at this time of the year.
I only saw one couple with two small children playing in the sand (Feb 2014)
 
14-013   Vai beach with a couple of the famous "Bounty" palm trees (Feb 2014)
 
14-012   The beach at Itanos, next to the ancient Minoan town (Feb 2014)
 
14-011   Heavy traffic on the road with the school-run and rush-hour starting !  (Feb 2014)
 
14-010   They rang their bells but didn't use their horns ..... (Feb 2014)
 
14-009   Tenda : another good windsurf spot. It's an enclosed bay but the NW to W wind
brings in nice rolling waves (Feb 2014)
 
14-008   Itanos beach with Minoan town in background (Feb 2014)
 
14-007   One of many fishing boats in the harbour by Kouremenos (Feb 2014)
 
14-006   Local fishing boats with Kouremenos olive groves in the background (Feb 2014)
 
14-005   Thousands of yellow flowers surrounding the olive trees (Feb 2014)
 
14-004   The church of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah) near Toplou at 200m above sea level (Feb 2014)
 
14-003   Xiona, next to the taverna (Feb 2014)
 
14-002  Kouremenos harbour looking across our olive trees (Feb 2014)
 
14-001  With the sunrise, a huge flock of seagulls gave an air display as a group of goats
walked along the track. Seagulls just love to fly, not only for getting food or for travelling 
from A to B, they will fly for the pure pleasure of flight ! 
Seagull is Glaros in Greek  (Feb 2014)