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It was Easter recently and along with Easter comes all of the tradition and ritual that you would expect from a displaced Greek family.  We have always celebrated Easter in a major way, and as children attended Church more often than the priests around this time of year.  I have stopped the church attendance part but everything else is present and accounted for.

So a traditional Easter will include the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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I mentioned in my last post that I enjoy a busy weekend, and I thought I would share one from August with you. Another friend, R, had a BBQ and we had the same angst about the weather. Once again, the weather held out and even though we weren’t as warm as 3 weeks ago, we were still able to enjoy the outdoors and (most importantly) the meat. The highlight of this BBQ was 10 hour cooked pulled pork shoulder. If I figure out how to attach a video, I will – this pork shoulder was moist, tender, delicious and devoured ravenously by myself and R’s other guests. (Just managed to link it, for the video click where it says cooked pulled pork shoulder.  Not suitable for vegetarians) Read the rest of this entry »

 

On this, the occasion of my 100th post, I thought I would tell you about last weekend which was a weekend of firsts for me.  I flew back from Athens on the Friday, with my sister and her two daughters.  Could I just say that although I love them both unreservedly and they were fantastically well-behaved, travelling with children is extraordinarily stressful.  Read the rest of this entry »

This past weekend, my best friend N had a BBQ.  He planned it meticulously – it was a rather large scale undertaking – giving everyone two months lead time and making sure everyone was available to come.  In the weeks building up to the day, the weather looked like it was cooperating.  We have become used to balmy days, long summer evenings out in beer gardens etc.  In fact in England, if you get two warm, dry days in a row, you declare it summer and act accordingly.  (In some parts of the country, two warm, dry hours are enough for summer to be declared.  Two days would be referred to as the Great Drought of 2014. It’s all about perspective.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Last weekend, my aunt and uncle decided to open their home to some business colleagues of their lodger.  The lodger, A, is a young man around 30 who works for a Japanese bank.  He thought it would be nice to have a barbeque in a relaxed setting, and have his team over.  He sold it to them as an opportunity for my aunt’s family to make business connections with Japanese bankers.  They are nice people, very hospitable and friendly, and agreed to have the barbeque at their lovely home.  After all, they are in possession of a large and very beautiful garden, so space wasn’t an issue.  The event quickly escalated from an intimate BBQ to 50-60 people.  By the time our family gets together, we are 35.  Add to that another 20 or so Japanese, Korean and other assorted nationalities, and there you go, 60 people.  Because of the relaxed nature of the event, everyone was going to bring something. Read the rest of this entry »

This weekend was a long weekend.   Easter weekend and so we had (Good) Friday off and also Monday off.  What to do for four whole days?  Should we follow most of the country and leave for sunnier climes?  After all, what has seemed like a particularly harsh winter has now morphed into a never-ending one.  Read the rest of this entry »

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