food, pebbles and headstands

Delicious simple food cooked by a Greek Mum all home made the cheese , bread , herb pie and very very tasty peas and broad beans cooked in a fabulous way slowly with fennel and extra virgin olive oil. I'm even loving the table cloth. It's all good learning lots and being well looked after. The pebbles found at Therma beach here in Ikaria, are a stone collectors dream! The small bay collects and holds these wonderful little gems, so that they can be found when beach combing.


Dear readers,
it was my name day and I was planning a relaxed, unambitious post about the wonderful things an English couple who live in Ikaria do with pebbles from the beach, when all of a sudden the famous Jamie Oliver, after his visit to the Chiapas last month, landed on the island to look into our cooking and shoot scenes for his next show!!! I am still and always a bad cook (my only improvement has been towards safety but unfortunately not towards taste) so don’t be afraid, I am not going to go crazy about recipes. I do think, however, that the island has a wealth of natural, healthy foods and natural and healthy ways of cooking. But I am not going to go crazy about that either. This was planned to be a relaxed, unambitious post, and a relaxed, unambitious post it is going to be. I’ll just push Nik and Stef’s stones a bit to the side and make room for a few pictures of Ikarian food from Jamie Oliver’s instagram, plus a few shots with heavier stuff taken in Ikarian restaurants by adamansel52, a ‘food tourist’ who toured the island last month. Move your mouse over the photos to read the descriptions. Scroll down to find a surprise. Nothing to do with food! It’s just another Ikarian summer drawing near!!!

🙄 ^^’


Learning how to make Trahana from this loverly lady Maria. It's a very historical healthy whole grain cracked wheat cooked with goats milk soured and dried in the sun it's something very special and central to there diet. Delicious! A massive thank you to all the wonderful people of Ikaria that I met and worked with. this island has really touched my heart it's so natural and such a special place I can't wait to go back. The colours and textures are something to behold, and the variety of stones found I have not seen anywhere else. Quartz, banded agates, granite, jasper, and many more are found here.

A beautifully simple Greek salad the classic way with juicy tomatoes, olives and crumbly feta! Proper bold flavours and super fresh ingredients. The stones come from the sea of course, and also they get washed down from the mountain range on the island, if you go and look at the cliff faces near the beach you can see these very stones jutting out from the mud and rock; fascinating!

Cooking delicious wild herbs greens and pumpkin to be rolled in filo. Yum! Since I started beachcombing for colourful pebbles, sea glass, terracotta pottery and other surf tumbled delights, I learnt a few techniques that might help a beginner to this wonderful past time; and thought I would share them with you.


Ikaria 288 At Therma Nik and Stef from England have a business beach combing for anything that can be used to make jewellery, selling it online then shipping it all over the world.

Ikaria 200 Here I will be talking about all the wonderful stones, minerals, sea glass and other oddities that I find where I live on the Greek island of Ikaria.

Ikaria 175 Beach combing here is unlike anywhere else in the world, and is a stone collectors paradise! There are many beaches here full to the brim with all different types, colours, and textures of stones; the only limit is how many you can carry!


Taverna in Therma. The fish in sauce with salad and with bread was 8 Euros. I could have eaten spaghetti Bolognese for 5 Euros! The half litre of wine was 3 Euros. But at payment time she only wanted 10 Euros. All fresh, all local produce. With a fantastic sea view. I found these beautiful mustard colour beach pebbles whilst out beach combing on the north coast of Ikaria yesterday. But what type of rock are they...any ideas??

Ikaria 229 A lovely selection of substantial sized beach stones I found whilst out beach combing on the north coast of Ikaria a couple of days ago. The colours are amazing.

Ikaria produce on my kitchen floor. Wine, honey, olive oil, mountain tea, herbs, soaps, cosmetics. About half of it unlabeled, given to me as presents. A mix of wonderful beach finds from Therma beach in Ikaria, sea glass, pebble candy; and a sea shell! If you look along the tidelines, this is what you can find.


Αρέθουσα #here #forever #ikariamylove #daysinikaria #gipsylife by Sofia Pavlides (@so_soso7) on instagram Seychelles Ikarias. I believe in the good things coming ☀ #daydreaming #behappy #headstand #daysinikaria by Sofia Pavlides (@so_soso7) on instagram

Seychelles Ikarias ☀ #happy #grateful #daysinikaria by Sofia Pavlides (@so_soso7) on instagram Κυπαρίσσι #headstand #islandlife #daysinikaria by Sofia Pavlides (@so_soso7) on instagram


Sofia’s headstands in her: «Days in Ikaria» on instagram ^^’ ^^’ ^^’
Nik and Stef’s etsy shop: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Qua poena dunc? Deportatio ad isolam!

Hippie bar, grateful exiled


So, with votes 9/1 the jury (composed of my friends) has decided that I shall be deported “ad isolam”(=to an island). Thank you, jury! Being grateful for your humane decision, let me hang on the walls of my blog this funny, shiny and full of summer warmth picture.


The Greek island of Ikaria in the Aegean Sea, Greece.


It’s a photo by Adam Monk taken in Trapalou, a cove in the southwest of Ikaria, the island where one day I will live as a grateful self-deportee.



summer houseyard



Ευχαριστώ πολύ και το «Ελληνικό δικαστήριο«. Οι καταδικαστικές ψήφοι εκεί ήταν 6/1. Δεν έκλεισα ακόμα τη ψηφοφορία. Μπορείτε ακόμα να ψηφίσετε.






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-the Latin is correct -It was me the member of the jury who voted for solution 4. I don’t want Stavros to take the sea nomore. Lovers should stay together all the time! And a baby boy (today more than ever) needs a father always around. I’m in for a small fishing or sailing boat, though. Men need this distraction. And I love sunbathing on a nice wooden deck.
Friday May 18, 2007 – 10:37pm (EEST)
-about the photo? He, he ..only in Ikaria… The stone hut of a wanna-be hippie. But with a «self-deportee» it’s different. It’s a great photo, btw. It warms me around my waist… 😉
Friday May 18, 2007 – 10:42pm (EEST)

Wild Shots | Eleni's blog in Ikaria

Τι υπέροχη ‘ποινή’ σου επιβάλαμε! Θα χαίρονται τα κόκαλα της γιαγιάς σου! Έκανα αίτηση στο δικαστήριο και θα με ονομάσουν ‘δεσμοφύλακα’ σου!
Φυσικά και θα κάνω κάθε δυνατή κατάχρηση της εξουσίας μου…

Tuesday May 22, 2007 – 01:27pm (EEST)

Côte de Naufragés Sauvés

Finally, readers behold all… well, …most of the photos from that memorable day in that secluded rocky cove, taken on May 14, 2006, finally exposed.
Ikaria 276

Ikaria-Mavri-003 Ikaria-Mavri-006 Ikaria-Mavri-008 Ikaria-Mavri-007 Ikaria-Mavri-009 Ikaria-Mavri-010

Ikaria-Mavri-011 Ikaria 279 Ikaria 285 Ikaria 283 Ikaria 281 Ikaria-Mavri-014

reader digested Ikaria 289 Ikaria-Mavri-017 Ikaria 290 Ikaria-Mavri-021 Ikaria-Mavri-023
Ikaria-Mavri-025 Ikaria-Mavri-028 Ikaria 291 the end of the trail Ikaria 317 Ikaria-Mavri-029

Original post : Tuesday February 6, 2007



So this matter has been cleared up. I’m not an enemy of tourism -hahaha Image
Here is a certain Marina Stenos’ blog [*Ikarian Adventures*] who connects to our Flickr photos of Ikaria and calls for visitors.
The strangest thing Image: in Marina’s selection of Ikarian images I saw some of my darkest *unfriendly* landscape shots !!!
Because I ‘ve never (NEVER !) called for visitors in a «come on everybody» way, I was almost upset Image when I discovered Marina’s blog. But then I saw that she names it «adventures«, so it’s ok Image, I guess.
It doesn’t matter that she didn’t send a polite notice to say that she’s linked to our pictures. We even have a club about Ikaria in Flickr and I Image am a moderator of it !
It doesn’t matter. Den pirazi. Δεν πειραζει.
It’s just that I like to communicate. I’m aware that other people don’t. It’s alright.
Funny: how can people who don’t care much about communication, call for visitors?
It doesn’t matter. Den pirazi. Δεν πειραζει. Image
Let’s call this …»ikarian enigma» :-)(-: lol Image

P.S. 1 the irrelevent picture with the rock and the vespa is from the all day long Panigiri of Agios (St.) Isidoros, 14 May 2006
P.S. 2 there are links in this text; I’m not sure whether they appear, so just move your mouse around and you will find them.


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but you ARE PROMOTING TOURISM already through Flickr ! Haven’t you noticed the sponsors flowing in on the left column of the page «Flickr photos tagged Ikaria» ?
Now if someone knows that there is a very scarce boat connection to the island and evenmore, once there, there are very poor bus lines to visit and see all these places…
well… I can’t say what «product» exactly you are promoting. Surely a specialty product only for the few.
@AKK : why don’t YOU get in the game. Put an ad for the hiking thing, the hiking map or about guided tours (are there any ? I mean good ones -> adventure stuff)

>about the photo :- I hadn’t realised that besides the panigiri, we made such an interesting car+moto expo out there -: <

Monday May 29, 2006 – 11:38am (EEST)

Ha.. who needs guides! Do it Ikarian style and walk along the road until some friendly stranger picks you up 😉

Tuesday May 30, 2006 – 09:38am (EDT)

you are very clever; almost like me.
I wish (curse?) you fall on the right friendly stranger as it happened with Eleni and me and adventure started …

Thursday June 1, 2006 – 02:50pm (EEST)

Eleni, I’m working in the paths and feeling old lately. I want to retire. Find me an assistant. Someone who loves misty mountain tops, deep cold pools and nameless coves. Someone who can go torso naked and wrap his/her T-shirt on his/her head when it’s too hot and when it’s cold, freeze like a brave.
Find me one, eevn if he/she is from the plains of H.

Thursday June 1, 2006 – 10:38pm (EEST)

Are you serious? Do you mean it?
Do you like it like this? Shall I shout it out?
(Whatever you say, I will anyway, he he)
Σ’ αρεσει ετσι; Να το βγαλω στη φορα;
(Οτι και να πεις, θα το βγαλω, χε χε)

Friday June 2, 2006 – 03:11am (PDT)

Do whatever you think best. It was you who pointed out that Ikaria is a mini continent in the first place.
A ‘muse’ I have and it is you but now I need something more practical. The article in the Greek «Climbing» magazine made me understand that islands are not supposed to have maountains and a vast inside land. But they do and Ikaria has a lot (go swimming and bar strolling just a bit later, that’s all) and I (we) really need a mountain corps, let this be a corps of one (in the beginning)


Friday June 2, 2006 – 11:42pm (EEST)

a long time ago I joined a Service Civil International team staying in a big tent above the little village of Seix in the Pyrenees. We were clearing, remaking, signing footpaths. We were not paid but we had the tent and the food and met people from all over, as well as being in a beautiful place (that I now go back to far more than I could have dreamt I would). Has this been done? A burst of activity by lots of people can be fun, although to work selflessly whatever the season through good times and hard must be better for the soul…

Saturday June 3, 2006 – 12:11am (CEST)

What a surprise ! We have called for and hosted the SCI in Ikaria twice already. The big sign at the entrance of «Chalares Canyon», one of our best natural sights, writes «The trail was restored by the volunteers of the SCI»

Somewhere in the files of
there is a report by one of those volunteers about the sejourn and their work. I found it and copied it from the SCI site. It’s in Dutch, so I was never able to read what it says !

Saturday June 3, 2006 – 09:19pm (EEST)

Break on through to the other side ☀ yeah !


Walking with friends in the amazing rockscapes of Pezi, Ikaria island, Greece, May 14, 2015. Taking photos and singing ♪♫ ♪♫ ♪♫

«I found an island in your arms, Country in your eyes, Arms that chain, Eyes that lie, Break on through to the other side, Break on through to the other side,yeah !»


Here are the 17 shots I chose to post to (w) and my Flickr. For technical reasons, as well as because I wanted to keep my comeback as quiet as possible, I have set their dates to an earlier year. I also decided, instead of posting a new entry, to edit one of 2006 which made no sense anymore. Anyway, human time is not important in the rock and tree kingdom of Pezi. One full day up there and it was as if we had been there for 3 years. Go there! Sing the song!

 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


 Pezi 01 - Melting rocks

Pezi 01 – Melting rocks
You know the day destroys the night***

Pezi 02 - Unknown green patch

Pezi 02 – Unknown green patch
Night divides the day***

Pezi 04 - The distant lake

Pezi 04 – The distant lake
Tried to hide***


Pezi 05 - The other side!

Pezi 05 – The other side!
Break on through to the other side***


Pezi 06 - More melting rocks

Pezi 06 – More melting rocks
We chased our pleasures here***


Pezi 09 - Druid light

Pezi 09 – Druid light
But can you still recall***


Pezi 10 - Passing family of trees

Pezi 10 – Passing family of trees
The time we cried***


Pezi 11 - The wall and the forest

Pezi 11 – The wall and the forest
Break on through to the other side***


Pezi 13 - Nice to walk

Pezi 13 – Nice to walk
I found an island in your arms***


Pezi 14 - The old welcome

Pezi 14 – The old welcome
Country in your eyes***


Pezi 15 - The new welcome

Pezi 15 – The new welcome
Arms that chain***


Pezi 17 - Yes, yes, yes!

Pezi 17 – Yes, yes, yes!
Break on through to the other side***



In my blog: ΣΤΑ ΜΟΝΟΠΑΤΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΙΚΑΡΙΑΣ  Thank you Angelos!

Nana to agrimi's blog: Λαγουδότοπος μετά που χιόνισε   Thank you Nana!

to be continued… perhaps

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Eleni Ik ❤

Sunday July 26, 2015

14 May, 2006

My *Angel pool* – η Αγγελολιβαδα μου

dedicated Imageto the salmon, the eel, the mountain ash, the humanist Ψ, the angelos-x-angelos, the simon whose name means rock, the goat-simon-doctor.

So what happens if you survive the call of a nymph?
The weaker ones loose their speech temporarily or for ever. Some loose their minds too. But there are some cunning strong men who look at the nymph only with the corner of their eye -the corner of their mind- so they are not harmed. On the contrary they are given
*eloquence* :

Why am I not funny today and I speak like a drunk Image? Because I am drunk Image(slightly).

Today was St. Isidoros day Image(big day marked with a red circle in the local agenta of events) and my birthdayas well.

Thank you.


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Auguri Elenuccia!

Sunday May 14, 2006 – 07:50pm (CEST)

Χρόνια Πολλά, ρε θηρίο ανήμερο.
Το δώρο μου το άφησα στον Άγιο Ισίδωρο και σίγουρα το βρήκες.

Congratulations for the Ikarian Angels’ pools, too. I’m amazed that though in a murder mood because you are leaving (don’t deny it), you go on giving. Toro, OLE !

Sunday May 14, 2006 – 09:36pm (EEST)

Hronia Polla Eleni!

Sunday May 14, 2006 – 11:09pm (BST)

Thank you everybody
Σας ευχαριστω ολους

Monday May 15, 2006 – 02:52am (PDT)

Belatedly, happy birthday Eleni, you are a special soul.

Monday May 15, 2006 – 07:27am (PDT)

Aww geez, I spend one day moving and packing for my trip, and I miss your birthday, El! Just my luck. Well, happy birthday anyway! Much luck back on the mainland, and don’t disappear completely!

Monday May 15, 2006 – 02:21pm (EDT)

Eleni (still) in Ikaria (May 12, 2006)

My birthday Image is in a few days. As a gift to myself (because if I didn’t have me, what had I become in life?) and because myself needs, I ‘ll (tara tata taram…) try and illustrate «The Island» with photos.

For the rest, today was a cloudy and it rained a bit in the morning, so we cocooned.


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Taurus, yes indeed I can see it. Me too sort of, on the cusp, but my girlfriend says more Aries.

Friday May 12, 2006 – 03:28pm (PDT)

yeah, Taurus. Terrible, isn’t it? I smash everything and then I say ‘sorry’, and I mean it, and I want to make even, but people don’t believe me. I’ve seen capricorns and aries do 100 t worse but they don’t have the looks, see?

Did you read ‘The Island’ in that link? Is it too scholarly and ‘British English’? I’m using the Greek translation.

Saturday May 13, 2006 – 01:05pm (PDT)

Oh no, my little mountain ash is Taurus (she was one last week), and I am Aries. She is already showing signs of wilfulness – we lock horns already.

I re-read The Island after your comment – I don’t know what the style of the poem says to a wider audience, but to me, the language evokes an ambience, and a feel of the island in the 50’s from an onlooker’s point of view. I can identify with it totally. My Greek is not good enough to comment on the translation, but I can only assume that it also captures that same feel and subtleties present in the original. I look forward to the illustrated verion.

Saturday May 13, 2006 – 11:28pm (BST)

-> images of beauty and words of love soothe the bull
-> I read somewhere that while in Ikaria McNeice had seen and known a lot and that he found himself in a very difficult position. On one side he had an idyllic place (the closed circle) and on the other Civil War, Cold war, nationalists vs communists. The sudden vision the poet has during his afternoon siesta under the pine tree, when the idyll becomes a Kafkian nightmare is my favourite part.

Sunday May 14, 2006 – 08:33am (PDT)

The poem, I like it at first then it become too long and ponderous and my intuitive nature rebels.

Monday May 15, 2006 – 07:23am (PDT)

You are right. The poem is often ponderous and really too long. As Eleni assumes, the poet was an eye witness of many situations and acts that he could not write shorter, hence clearer about. But the verses make good imagery and if Eleni already has or can find pictures to match the text, then …
We will see.

Thursday May 18, 2006 – 01:18pm (EEST)