It feels like we have been back for a month and there’s already an autumnal nip in the air but it was only last week when we returned from our beloved Corfu. This was our fourth visit to the island and if I could go there more often I would, In fact, every time we go we discuss the possibility of moving out there to farm olives and herd goats but holiday pipe dreams rarely come true do they?
We stay on the north-east coast in a beautiful and relatively undeveloped area. The Corfiat building regulations are very strict about the size and height of buildings and the natural coastline doesn’t lend itself to sprawling hotel fronts so you find beautiful little bays with small apartments and villas and a taverna or two at the waters edge. It really is idyllic and there’s so much I want to show you and will do over the next few weeks. For those of you following me on Instagram you will already have had a sneak preview of some of the highlights.
Corfu is a very green Greek island due to the amount of rain they get through autumn and winter and unusually for this year, in July also! The upside of the rain is that the island is covered in flowers and tall Cypress tree tower over the olive groves that carpet the hillsides. There are so many beautiful flowers, none of which I know the names of!
I think this is what I always knew as an Umbrella Plant but I haven’t seen berries on the domesticated ones.
Even the parched and dry grasses are beautiful.
We pick fresh lemons and figs straight from the trees as needed and I remember seeing my first pomegranates tree a few years ago too.
And it wouldn’t be Greece without grapes!
The sound of the cicadas is a constant daily background tune; they start at sunrise and finish at dusk before the crickets take over and a nighttime bird we couldn’t identify with a strange ‘peep’ sound. Through the day the swallows dart about amongst large butterflies who are replaced with incredible moths during the night. You regularly spot geckos and lizards running around chasing small insects or sunning themselves on the warm roof tiles.
The bees buzz back and forth feasting on the flowers and there is an apiary in every other bay with the honey being sold in the local shops.
Ah, the food! I’ll save that for another time…there’s a lot to talk about!
This visit we also spotted two shepherds herding some very hot sheep down the cliffside for grazing. We originally though they were goats as they were bells around their necks so they are easier to find in amongst all the trees but no, they’re definitely sheep! In the fine tradition of my sheep photography, here are some sheep bottoms! You can spot the sheepdog resting in the bottom right hand corner – it was far too hot to be running around!
I can’t not mention the sea! The water is crystal clear making it easy to spot fish, sea urchins, octopus and lots of different seaweeds, so if you’re feeling energetic snorkelling is the perfect way to pass a few hours at the beach.
It’s a beautiful island enhanced by the wonderful people you meet everyday. It doesn’t take long to fall into a steady rhythm of rest and relaxation which for me is exactly what holidays are about.