Ithaca – Island Notes



A primary palette; green, white and blue

Awake, view through open shutters, a crystal clear glinting bay, dreamlike

Walk onto balcony, searing heat and luscious light, incredibly intense.  Warmth reaches past your bones to your very soul.  Alive.

Tree-lined arms reaching out at the entrance and hugging those who enter into the safety of the bay

A multitude of masts swaying and adorned with the flags of a united Europe

Terracotta rooftops dot the hillsides atop whitewashed houses

Vertiginous hills hide Homeric secrets of Odysseus slayer of Troy

The seas horizon so ruler straight you can understand our flat earth believing ancestors

Official temperature: Scorchio

48 hours in and already unclear what day it is as time warps under the sun

All that is measured is natural: sun, winds, tides and the bodies need for rest and nourishment

Rhythms altered, my mind wanders unfettered and free

Books devoured in large chunks in between snoozes

Meals taken in seats so close to the harbour edge that the potential for comedic mishap looms large

Charcoal fires, cooked meets, fresh vegetables and olive oil like liquid gold

Red welts on pink flesh as mozzies join in in dining out

Different noises, snatches of conversations in another tongue, chugging fishing boats, anchors being winched and rigging singing, crickets chirping but mostly a calm silence

Cyprus trees standing tall, blowing in the breeze, whispering as if with tales to tell of centuries past

Old women hobbling slowly down to the shore before taking the daily constitutional dip

Narrow, simple and terrifyingly steep roads hug the coast, breath in and pray we don’t meet anything

Morning bakery run, strong coffee, pastries for breakfast and pies packed for lunch at the waters edge

Ungainly entry to shimmering sea over warn pebbles before salty buoyancy takes holds

Warmed muscles put to use easing through the water, then float, suspended in a different world, cool sea supporting, eyes shut to the retina damaging orb, bobbing, tranquil, wondering how long this state can last

Overhanging trees on white pebbled coves providing shade in between dips in the crystal waters

My children playing, making up games, laughing in the sea with pure unadulterated joy

Yachts from first time flotilla holidays to millionaires plaything constantly manoeuvring in and out of the bay like pieces on the God’s island chessboard

Ice cold beer served in frozen glasses at a waterside taverna watching the afternoons harbour movements, has anything quenched a thirst so well ?

Night fall, three floodlit windmill sentries standing guard at the harbour mouth, music playing, prophets celebrated till the early hours, women of every age hand linked high and circling in a show of community, no film set cliché this

Memories etched and stored away for when times are tough, remember this, days of simplicity, bliss and happiness








Summer Photo Fun – Week 6 – Calm

So incredibly the summer holidays have drawn to a close and with it our #summerphotofun project.  As I mentioned when we started this me and the kids had no idea what would happen and if anyone would show any interest, in fact it was their idea to put it on the blog to see what would happen, but these last six weeks have been really special.  People who I have not met and had no knowledge of before this have got involved and as well as the pictures I’ve started to get to know new and interesting people through this which I hope will continue.  Each week people have chipped in with their interpretations of the themes picked by the kids and it has been wonderful watching them all come in and seeing how different people all view the same subject.  My own children have grasped the idea and as well as of course coming up with each theme have submitted photos themselves every week and looked at every photo that has come in picking out their favs, so all in all it has been better than we could possibly have hoped for.

The question arises well what happens now ?  I guess to a large extent that is up to you, the people who’ve been contributing to this, would you like to continue doing something ?  I worry that if we keep to the same idea it will become stale so perhaps we simply wait till next summer and relaunch it then.  Or we could carry on with Autumn, Winter, Spring fun etc.  Not sure really so let us have feedback either by leaving comments and perhaps starting a discussion here on the blog or of course through twitter (@ianstreet67).  One thing I am toying with doing is having a small exhibition of all the photos somewhere in Leeds – If you think that is feasible and you’d be interested then again let me know.  I have no idea how you would go about doing this so if you are clever and creative and would know how to make this happen then again let me know.

Finally before looking at this weeks photos I would like to express a huge and heartfelt thank you to all of you who have contributed, it’s been great to meet you and to see the world through your eyes and I must say it looks the most amazing place.  Cheers from us all here.

So Calm was the final week, and it would seem that for many calm is expressed through the natural world around us in beautiful scenery or through art or a nice glass of something – all things that I’m very happy with.  One of the beautiful scenic photos was also taken by a six year old so I best get me coat I reckon 🙂 One new addition this week was a video clip, I consulted with the kids as to whether this could be included and they gave it the nod explaining that the clip was indeed calm so have a look through and let us know which ones you like and again, thanks.




and the final one the video clip