Saturday, January 8, 2011

Halcyon Days

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?





4 comments:

H. insciens said...

Sensational. I wish I was there (without all the hassle of getting there). Unreasonable, my wishes...

John Foster said...

Wishes are rarely reasonable, 'H.I.'. At any one time we can only be living one life. My life as a self-imposed exile here is not without many compensations. I have lost so much but all I have lost was irrecoverably lost before I came here so I may as well continue to live my one life here working at forgetting the past while taking the pleasure of now from the warm sun for as long as it continues to shine on me.

Claude said...

Splendid photos. Truly inspiring! Thank you.

Visiting parts of the world through blogs always gives me the feeling of being more than just a passing tourist. I'm looking at places with the eyes of someone who is actively involved in those sceneries. It's so much more personal than a picture book. Interesting details, which rushing tourists usually miss, often add excitement to the virtual travel adventure.

John Foster said...

Yes Claude, life in Blogsville can be quite amazing; while I was enjoying morning coffee on my terrace a few days ago I am sure I saw you in Edinburgh dining with a tall, bald-headed man and his family.