Paxos trip

We have spent the last couple of days on the beautiful little island of Paxos exploring wildlife and relaxing. The island differs  from Corfu not only in size and looks, but also in the general pace of life. The roads are of better quality than those on Corfu and villages are very neat and picturesque. The fauna and flora are not as species rich as that of Corfu, and for most of the plants the flowering season is now over and a visit in April or early May would be the best if the flora is to be explored. However, I was able to photograph a few species of plants, some reptiles, a few spiders and got snaps that capture the general feeling of the island, I think.

Summer and hay-fever

Summer and hay-fever are here and husband suffers badly as the grass grows taller and taller. The recent rain showers gave him some relief and a visit to the farmakeio this morning, in an attempt to find more effective pills and sprays, hopefully will be successful. The snakes are now out and about and we have seen several road-kills but also many live ones, the most spectacular being a very large Platyceps najadum dahli – Dahl’s whip-snake (Σαΐτα). The orchids around our place flowered early and in great abundance this year but the hot weather made several of the helleborines, Epipactis helleborine, that grows close by us drop their flower-buds. Hopefully the recent rain will have saved some of them so that I can be able to get some decent photos.  Our vegetable garden is slowly taking shape and most ot the stones have been removed and salad, beans, peppers and squash are thriving, at least so far. I will plant some seed grown tomatoes and melons that I have been cultivating on the balcony this evening.