Tag Archives: Wales

Happy New Year

2017 was not  as eventful for me as 2016, my Annus Horribilis, which included a dislocated shoulder, diagnosis of a heart condition, Easter in a Greek hospital, skin cancer …..  and culminated in an 02.30 evacuation from a hotel fire … Continue reading

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Symi:  Rambling around the past

WARNING:  make yourself comfortable and a cup of coffee before starting to read this. If there is anyone out there hooked on Barry’s Ramblings and having withdrawal symptoms, apologies!  I have had people staying with me most of the time … Continue reading

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Wales and Greece: life on the wild side

I first became fascinated by birds of prey when I was a research student and lived with friends in a tiny former lead-mining village in the mountains inland of Aberystwyth.  The closest house was about half a mile away.   The … Continue reading

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Symi and the Glamorgan coast: compare and contrast

We were taught in school to prepare for exam questions of the type ‘Compare and contrast’ …. ‘The Hundred Years War and the Blitzkrieg’, ‘The East Coast of England and a South Sea Atoll’, ‘the character of Jane Austen’s Emma … Continue reading

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From Wales to Greece: Greek Island Walks

Preparing to return to Greece has been taking precedence over escaping into the mountains recently.  A spell of dry weather meant most of my time has been in the garden clearing, cutting back, pruning, planting, sowing, but that was brought … Continue reading

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From Wales to Greece: preparations eclipsed

Wednesday and I was feeling pleased with myself.  I finally got round to booking a flight to Greece.  A bit of lateral thinking and I fly to Kos rather than Rhodes.  The flight arrives on Rhodes after the Dodecanese Express … Continue reading

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From Grey Britain to Greek sunshine: looking forward

Into March now, in theory the beginning of spring.  Despite the occasional day of sunshine it’s still mostly grey, wet and cold. Not much sign of the weather warming up significantly but my focus has shifted. I’ve reluctantly turned my … Continue reading

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