Saturday, January 8, 2011
Invariably, during January, we enjoy here a run of several consecutive days of unseasonably clear, calm, sunny weather which the Greeks call Alkionides Meres (Αλκυονιδες ημερες); Halcyon days. Alkioni is greek for Kingfisher and myth has it that these birds build their nests on the sea where during a week or so of calm warm weather in January their fledgelings are raised. I know neither where Kingfishers build their nests, but I doubt that it is on the sea; nor do I know when they lay their eggs or raise their young but I do know that during most Januarys since I have been here I have enjoyed a week or so of very pleasant spring weather. Myth or reality, truth or lies, as long as the sun keeps shining, why worry?