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Today I had a very special visit. ‘My Little Friend’ came to see me at my London flat and I was thrilled! ‘My Little Friend’ has a name, her name is Charlotte and she is still my friend although she is no longer little. Charlotte has grown into a beautiful young woman. I have known Charlotte since she was born and she was always enchanting. I loved the way when I visited her house she would take me by the hand to her room and show me her special things. She was always enormously creative making anything from beautiful art works to cup-cakes.  Sometimes in life you feel a special bond with someone and this is something I always felt with Charlotte. I now live in Greece and she lives in New Zealand so our paths rarely cross but never the less I still feel there is a bond between us. Thank you beautiful Charlotte for taking the time to visit me yesterday I hope you enjoy your gap year and your life is filled with all things beautiful.

I have learnt many things living in a Greek village. One thing you realise especially at this time of year, late Autumn, is that food is seasonal. Seasonal food is so easy to forget in a big city because supermarkets stock their shelves with produce from far away places. While it’s great to have choice the real nutritional value of food comes from seasonal freshness. We learned quickly about seasonal food in our Greek village when we asked in the local taverna for a tomato salad in November! The locals thought us mad.

Fruit and vegetable grown in the summer however can be preserved and dried for the winter months. The winter can be as extreme as the summer and where we live there is always the chance of snow and ice. It’s great to have these delicious preserved and dried foods to add variety  to the winter meals. The figs above were picked in the summer by our neighbour, Ralitza. She is very creative, I would go as far as to say she makes an art form with whatever she is creating. I saw these figs she was drying in the summer sun in her garden, how beautiful. They look just like flowers.

Book Cover:  My Greek Island Home


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