I apologize for disappearing this past week but I had a good reason: snow.
Yes, this is Athens; not Canada (or Texas). Specifically, it’s our street! And this is our garden:
Not only did it snow over a meter, it also resulted in power cuts that lasted well over 5 days. We also had no water and, of course, no Internet (or phone, for that matter). Of all these, I confess it’s the water that bugged us the most, even though the lack of heat was also a problem. The temperature in the house was around 10 degrees Celcius (33 F) next to the fireplace. We considered leaving for warmer pastures but the snow was so heavy that the first night 4 trees fell on our street, cutting us off completely. Thankfully, we also have a wood stove in the office, so we spent most of our days (and all nights!) there.
I’m glad to report that we’ve finally returned to the 21st century and normal service can now resume!
You poor thing! I’ve been thinking of you and your family, and it’s such a bummer that it coincided with your birthday too. I’ve been without water for days once (after the flood in my town in 2017) and it’s not fun! Seeing the water flow out of the tap was a cause for celebration in my house. LOL!
Believe me, it was a cause for celebration over here, too 😀
That’s way more snow then I have in my city lol. In Canada! 🙂
OK, when Greece has worse winters than Canada, it’s time to seriously worry about climate change 😀
Snow–3 feet in Athens!!!!??? You must be in a sister city to places in Texas! Tough times. Glad you survived.
Yes, who knew Texas was so close to Athens 🙂
Oh my goodness – climate change is really happening – as you know that is my subject.
Unfortunately, it is very real. Having said that, snowfalls are not so rare where we live. I remember worse snow in 1982, and something similar in 2002. So, every 20 years or so.
Wow! Once every century there is snow in Athens, and i had to miss. 😉 Seems Zeus and the others are back, and crazy. Lol Save some ice for the next summer drink. Ouzo with some ice is perfect. 😉 Michael
Lol – that does sound perfect 😀
It rarely snows in downtown Athens. On Penteli, though, it’s a different story. We live in Agios Stefanos and see snow every year (although it’s rare that it causes so much damage).
Sorry to hear that Nicolas, it’s the same hear but the heat and water are still on because this is the norm for Canada.
The good thing about Greece is that a week later there’s pretty little snow left, the skies are blue, and the almond trees already blooming…
Nicholas, glad you are back to normal. Snow in Athens? When I lived there in the 70s I don’t remember that much. Or any at all.
Stay safe & healthy! 📚🎶 Christine
We live in Agios Stefanos, some 25 km out of Athens. It’s across Penteli, at an altitude of some 400 m, so we get some snow every year. But it’s rarely this wet and heavy!
Right! Now I remember you were outside Athens. We lived in Ekali & Kifessia. No snow there, or minimal. Guess you’ll have to think differently about preparing for winter now. Some U.S. states must do the same. ❄️⛄️Christine
Wow! UI never thought I’d see pictures of that much snow in Athens. You were suffering like Texas – prolonged cold and no water! I am so glad you made it through…
Who knew that Texas and Athens had the same weather?!
Wow, glad you got through it okay.
Thank you! So am I 🙂
I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the only province in Canada where it rarely snows. We had a mild dump of snow for 2 days a week ago until rain washed it away… rain we have aplenty as well as bears and mountain lions in our backyard. You win some/you lose some.
Wow, that’s amazing! I always imagined the whole of Canada getting snowed in in the winter. As for bears and mountain lions… just wow!
Glad you’re back and warm with running water. This happened to us 2 years ago – much more snow than we ever got before. Although we had water. One other time we lost both, so I can commiserate with you on the nuisance and discomfort. It was certainly beautiful! So pleased you’re well through it all.
Thank you, Sherri! So am I 🙂
That is impressive snowfall anywhere, but a rare event in Athens, obviously. I hope nobody is suffering ill effects from the long spell with no heat and no water. And very sad that 4 trees have fallen in one street. Hope spring comes quickly for you.
Thank you, Beth! I heard today of an older lady who passed two days ago. It’s unclear if the cold was to blame.