“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
It is indeed a sad day today faithful readers of “Jottings”.
This is the last “Jotting” of 2011!
This morning John said “we have not got any
water!” “I said what have you done?”
“He said nothing – I just turned it on!
However as usual Kiria Fix it (Reggie) had the answer –
they are digging up the road around the corner -Cwist!
As we were leaving the house the two lady renters next
door were in a dreadful flap howling at the top of their voices like only
ladies of a certain age can! Their predicament was a grave one we soon
discovered as we passed their doorway. They had left their key in the
key safe whose mechanical operation was a firmly closed book to them.
Suprisingly John came to the rescue which was a suprise
as he is “not mechanically” minded!
But at the press of a button the problem was solved.
“Bravo” and Mamma Mia! cried the ladies.in
distress We had a change of heart as the weather today was so good we decided
to stay locally rather than trapesing around Corfu town in the heat.
We returned to our favourite restaurant in Boukari.
Another tip top lunch – Calamari followed by Bianco a
local Corfiot fish stew with potatoes with a White garlic sauce – heavenly.
After lunch we slept off the effects of our lunch and
three carafes of wine on the little rickety wooden jetty next to the
restaurant – truly a magical place
We are now having a glass @ dusk @the restaurant called
Archontiko high in the hills over looking Moraitika.
This place has got to have the best view in Corfu.
We are soaking up the last of the Corfu atmosphere and
listening to the eerie call of the Scops Owls in the background – close your
eyes and you too can be here, i bet.
Oh well back to Blighty tomorrow – can you detect a
melancholy tone in my prose!!
Love you guys

John & Paulxx
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
We were suffering a little this morning – Cwist!!
From our jolly evening yesterday and we were pondering on the Greek capacity for
Cipero (I do not know if this is the correct spelling).
Ake (the restauranter who was rolling out the red carpet
to our group)– because of Mr
fix it and Jane – Corfiot celebs you understand, is an ardent Cipero drinker.
In fact if there was an Olympic event Ake would surely win a gold medal, Jane and Mr fix it (Reggie)
have settled into the Corfu lifestyle admirably it must be said.
However when we asked Jane if there was anything that she
was not too keen on here on the Island she said that there was ONE thing!
“The Greeks, AND their driving really annoys me”
That’s TWO things I here you cry!
Or pehaps she meant:
“the Greeks and their driving”
However embarrassing revelations from Reggie followed
about Janes’ rather impressive list of motor accidents – We think that Reggie
will pay for that!
Anyway , it is not as if this little snippet of indiscreet “Jotting” will be  broadcast
accross the globe and I know that you can keep it quiet.
Today a slow start and lunch @ the River restaurant in
Lefkimi  – very bloody good.
Afternoon on beach an I am writing this over a well deserved Mojito!
Kalespera!
Love John & Paulxx
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
Yesterday we motored up the west coast north of St
George.
We wanted to investigate some of the beaches such  as Paramonas, Pendati and Ayios Gordhis.
We had a good lunch @ Pelekas and sat on the beach here.
Motored back to Villa wisteria ( John managed to reverse
the car) into one of the Albanions’ scooters!
Dinner @ Archontiko with Mr Fix it and Jane – until 3AM!!
Plenty of wine and Cipero (Albanian rocket fuel) and lots
of bonhomie.
The food was very good and the service v friendly.
A good time was had by all – I think that we were all a bit “Lady Gaga”
I was telling the Albanians about our drinking this
Cipero, which apparently with wine is  a
lethal combination. I said that perculiarly my teeth feel soft!
The Albanians stated that we would not be able to make a
fist for a week!!
Another word on the Greek economy which is tittering on
the brink of meltdown. The general consensus here is that the “thems stupid
bastards” can dream up any new tax they like, so far vat has gone up to 23
percent, an elecktrikery tax is coming.
Love John & Paulxx
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
I am sitting on the terrace of villa Wisteria writing
this late in the evening.
We were pretty full but decided to go for a pizza  Alexs’.
Plenty more wine – some gratis and good Pizza.
Curiously though Alex said “you tell Alison you
naughty boy Paul and John, and Paul your father John also naughty boy?
Curious people these Greeks!
Actually we love Alex, great warmth and bonhomie ! And no
we do not fully understand them – such is the intoxicating heady cocktail that
is Corfu!
“Every day here on Corfu passes like a song”
I can glimpse the soul of Corfu and now know why the
Durell family and more recently you and Danni were captivated by it’s charms –
es we love Corfu, the lushest and most coveted Greek Isle.
Love you guys
John & Paulxx
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
This morning the weather was an improving picture.
After a slow start and trip to the very good and friendly
lady butcher (unusual?) on the main road for rabbit for my stifado and some
lamb for the BBQ we decided to go back to Spiros’ restaurant in Boukari.
First we had the smallest deep fried shrimps we had ever
seen – delicious.
Also for an appetizer we had home made taramosalata which was a revelation
not at all like that mass produced stuff you find in super markets -it was especially
good with a squeeze of lemon eaten on bread.
For main course we both had Bordetto (Corfiot fish stew).
We were ushered in to the kitchen to choose which fish we
wanted. We decided on a magnificent Grouper.
Bordetto is made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil
and lots of pimenton.
This was fabulous!
All washed down with 2 carafes of local white wine plus
some complimentary limoncello.
Perhaps this is the best restaurant in Corfu?
Weather now warm and sunny so we headed for Issos beach.
Later cocktails @ the beach bar and back to villa
Wisteria.
We are still so full that the Stifado will have to be
tomorrow.
As I am writing this we are sampling some more local wine
– it is such a hard life!
I do not think we can ever leave! 🙂
Love John & Paulxx
Nb Dinner with Reg & Jane scheduled for Friday.
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
A lazy day.
Headed for Issos beach late AM.
Lunch back @ Villa Wisteria – lamb kebabs and a Greek
salad and plenty of local wine.
Back to Issos beach.
Got talking to some locals about the Greek economy.
Here is an insight as to what is wrong here :
A local woman of 70 needed some help with her finances after the death of her husband.
After some investigation it seems that she is receiving
what we in the UK understand as family allowance or child support .
When asked how old her children are she replied 42, 45
and 47! Administration in Government is to say the least relaxed!
We had a drink @ Malibou – the boss we thought looked a
little like Neil Diamond with less teeth
I am cooking Stifado – can’t wait.
Love John & Paulxx
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
The thunder storm was still raging early this morning and
so we decided that this was a good opportunity to go to Corfu town for the day.
As we headed north the weather improved and when we arrived the rain had relented.
We could clearly see the western European influence in the architecture with the Venetians, French and British leaving their mark from their time in occupation of the island.

We had coffee on the Liston which looks over the esplanade and is made up of fine buildings, a result of French rule. We had lunch @ Rouvas, in the old town which had been a recommendation from Rick Stein.
At first glance you would not want to rush to find a table but the place was full with mostly locals – obviously a good sign. Excellent lunch with lots of cinnamon – I think a spice introduced by the Turks during their stay in Corfu.
Actually the heavens opened so we did not do much sightseeing – we must go back!
We then drove up to Kalami overlooking the mountains of Albania and took a look @ The White House where Lawrence Durrell wrote his book “Prosperos Cell” just before the outbreak of  the second world war.
Motored back to Villa wisteria.
Saw lots of Fanny!
Love John & Paulxx
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”

Today we headed up the east coast to Perami to see the chapel. This chapel is built out in the sea connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.
After this we motored back down the east coast to Bukari where we had the best meal yet @ Spiros Karidis fish taverna. We shared some calamari – the freshest squid and the
lightest batter. This was followed by butterflied grilled grey mullet which was sensational. The local wine was very good and we had a top class lunch.
Also Bukari is a lovely spot – on the water and quiet. We got talking with a couple of local Greek ladies (one spoke good English). They were very friendly and insisted that we try some of their lunch -the best home made taramosalata and tiny deep fried shrimps – very
good indeed. They were telling us that there is very little crime on Corfu. This is partly due to the heat but also interestingly due to the very grim conditions in the local prison.
Also we were told of one of their cousins who apparently was fed up with his wife and murdered her. He was sentanced to 3 years detention. However, apparently if he had been caught dynamiting fish he would received 5 years detention.
It just goes to prove that in Corfu fish are more important than wives!
After lunch we sat on the rickety jetty and we were lucky enough to see a pair of dolphins jumping in and out of the waves. We later motored further down the coast to Notos and had a drink @ Panorama – very pretty.
Whilst writing this back @ Wisteria we are watching a powerful thunder storm.
Eureka! The mystery regarding the name of the cat is solved.
The Albanian neighbours told us that she is called Fanny.
Love John & Paulxx

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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”
Dear avid and loyal readers of Jottings we have made an interesting and important discovery with respect to the Greek coffee- under no circumstances drink the stuff!
This pale sand like substance when mixed with water is un drinkable. However, it does have a rather unexpected use. When poured into an ashtray and ignited it is a brilliant wasp repellent!
Also whilst the ancient Greeks could have probably educated our Anglo Saxon ancestors in herbal medicine I fear that today the tables have firmly turned in our favour. This is demonstrated by the complexities of “electrikery”. Just plugging in a mobile phone charger immediately plunged all of the villa into darkness!
Headed for the sandy cove @Myrtiossa via Pelekas (very pretty hill top village) where
according to Laurence Durrell the sand has a consistency of tapioca.
We are becoming a little more familiar with the island landscape and John boasted that actually most of the Greek letters are the same as our alphabet and so not too difficult to
decipher. I commented that the letters which are uncommon make the Greek language unintelligible and a closed book to me.
We enjoyed very good sofrito @ Elia taverna and excellent local wine. We have been befriended @ villa wisteria by a cat (kitten actually) who tries at every opportunity to
gain entry by dashing toward any open door.
What is this cats’ name we wonder?
John said that he saw a large lizard in Spiros super Market but I said that it was probably his daughter.
With love
John & Paulxx
Nb 32 and sunny today
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“Jottings from Corfu”

“Jottings from Corfu”

We are sitting on the terrace of Villa Wisteria. A satisfying lunch and a fair bit of vino.
I would cc Danni and miss Alison but the technology has beaten me – alas!
Anyway some interesting facts –
I have ordered some rabbit to make Stifado but apparently there are now no wild rabbits on Corfu – perhaps the Durrell family hunted them to extinction!
Anyway I suspect that I will receive (on Wednesday) a farmed one or more unlikely a keen swimming bunny from the main land or more exotically from Albania!
I was speaking to a local Greek who was telling me how religious the Corfu people are. The shrines built by the road side are to unfortunate road accidents and almost exclusively motor bikes / scooters are to blame –
take note please Johnny!
This chap also said that they have had no rain for five
months and that they are desperate for some. I retorted that due to their strong faith why can’t this God of theirs at least  rustle up a brief thunder storm to help with this seemingly simple problem. As expected I did not receive a response!
Love
John & Paulxx
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