Island Breeze #11 – A new family member!

On June 10th a new family member arrived at our home…meet Laika the Greek Shepherd!  Laika is about 15 months old and had been previously looked after by a very kind man who does a lot of work for animal safety, rescue and awareness on the island. Unfortunately he couldn’t find a new home for… Read more

Island Breeze #10 – Lockdown Nature Trail…

I’ve spent many hours enjoying the peace and quiet on my land during the lockdown period and trying to identify the things I’ve seen! Usually I’m out and about in the valley walking, or further afield joining Anna on her perpetual quest to finding new and exciting things to share with you. Due to injury … Read more

Island Breeze #9 Life in COVID-19 Lockdown

February 28th 2020 was the last time we went out with our friends. We drove to Argostoli for drinks and dinner.  I remember the date well because it was a birthday celebration which coincided with the shocking news that the carnival was to be cancelled. The parades and the parties would not happen…the costumes and… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #8 – Claire’s visit to the Saint Gerasimos celebrations

A wonderful experience of local culture! During her week’s visit to Kefalonia we took my mother-in-law Claire to the celebrations of Saint Gerassimos on 20th October. It was a beautifully sunny and hot day and as we approached the Omala Valley we could see how busy the area around the monastery was because the sun… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #7 – A fishermans view of Paliki

After a few days of improved winter weather and a late night phone call we found ourselves at Argostoli harbour aboard the fishing vessel Melissa ready to motor up the Paliki coast. Captain Simos had invited us to join him as he returned his boat, Melissa, to it’s summer mooring in Agia Kyriaki (where he… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #6 – A Kefalonian-French Connection!

To celebrate the start of spring we decided to venture out and participate in the event “Good France” – the worlds largest French dinner held on 21st March 2019.  This international event began in 2015 and is a celebration of the “French Gourmet Meal”, which  is a follow up to the inclusion of the “French… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #3 – An October afternoon at Porto Atheras

Anna, Yiannis & I decided to make the most of a beautiful sunny October afternoon by driving to Porto Atheras for a short walk and a swim. We began by parking up at the top of the beach and taking the undulating but easy path to the left of the beach, which eventually ends at… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #2 – Mobile shopping with the locals

Did you ever hear the cries of ‘gavros, kolios, fresca fresca!’ or ‘karpouzi! karpouzi!’ or the sound of air horns blasting out through the villages? Many people rely on the trucks, vans and sometimes tractors that sell fresh produce and household groceries. Visiting several times a week these mobile vendors are an integral part of… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #1 – A short seaside stroll in Karavomylos

Everyday my dog Ted and I take several walks together. Without doubt my favourite walk is our first, early morning stroll along the seaside at Karavomylos. We start out from home which is very close by to the sea, and take a moment to breath the cool morning air and watch the sunrise before setting… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #4 – Miracles, Myths and Magic of Kefalonia

Cave of the Nymphs (Melissani Cave) – Karavomylos, Sami Travel to a mythical and magical world and into the subterranean treasure that is Melissani Cave. Surrounded by thick forestry, descend into the ‘cave of the nymphs’ and see it’s beautiful waters, whose turquoise shades change throughout the day as the sun passes over the cave’s… Read more

Island Breeze by Sarah O. #5 – Do something different while in Kefalonia!

  Looking for something a little different? Kefalonia is an island of huge contrast and there’s no shortage of alternative things to do. Here are 3 ideas to start… Go Stargazing! Kefalonia can be fantastically dark at night due to our almost non-existent light pollution. If you travel a few kilometres outside of any settlement… Read more