Greece is in lockdown mode because of COVID-19. We’re urged to avoid getting out of the house for anything that’s not essential – basically, doctors and supermarkets. Even the churches have closed down, to avoid spreading the virus.
This past week has been pretty hectic in the office, as we had a big project to deliver. I say office, but as a freelance writer working from home, I’m pretty lucky in that COVID hasn’t changed our everyday life that much. In a sense, we’ve been too busy to worry about the pandemic.
Thankfully, people are still allowed to walk their dogs. Since we live in a forest, this lets us escape for a few hours. This is especially important on a beautiful weekend like this. Long walks are pretty much all the fun we’re allowed, so we are milking them for all they’re worth. Between us, I think Izzy (our dog) is pretty happy with the lockdown and will probably miss it when it finally ends.
The Super-Duper High Hill of the Mountain
So, today all four of us went for a walk along one of the many roads that cut through the forest as a fire prevention measure (they also let firefighters reach their destination in case of a fire).
As you will see from the photo below, this one wasn’t particularly effective during the last fire (2009) and the pine trees are still recovering from that. As a side note, fires are a persistent danger where we live. The 2009 one burned down our fence and fire has come less than half a mile from our house repeatedly before that. My parent’s garden has been burned down twice, although their house was spared both times.
The route we took today leads atop a hill that Natalie calls “The Super-Duper High Hill of the Mountain” (wouldn’t that be a great children’s book title?)
In the above photo, you can also see Kokotos winery in the distance. This is a great place to visit (when not in quarantine). It’s frequently open to the public several days a month and even offers children’s activities like pony riding. They had a great program for Easter week but this has now been canceled. Maybe next year.
Here’s the view from another spot atop the Super-Duper High Hill of the Mountain:
While we wait for life to return to normality, I hope you’re all keeping safe wherever you are. And if you’re in lockdown mode like us and need a dog to justify your leaving the house, let us know. We hire Izzy out for a very reasonable fee (I’m kidding, but I hear the Spanish have already started renting out dogs to people desperate to leave the house so… give me a call. We’ll talk.)