This old donkey no longer stands out in the hot sun. I
wonder what happened to her!
Beasts of Burden
Donkeys are still used as a rather slow form of transport
for their owners or as carriers of goods.
The districts around Agios Georgios are basically very
rural areas and examples of old skills can still be seen.
Think of the care and hours of work which
have gone into this hand-made donkey saddle.
For working the very small fields a small 2-wheeled
tractor is ideal
and can come in various degrees of
Dinos and dog used to travel daily from Pagi village down to their small farm in the valley at Agios Georgios. Very sadly Dino's old age and infirmity now prevent that and the land is being farmed by someone else. The website owner misses seeing him.
"Shank's Pony" (On foot)
This lady regularly walks from the village of Makrades,
which is over the headland south of Agios Georgios bay, down the cliffs
via the old donkey trail to tend her olive trees near to our beach resort.
(Holiday walkers feel proud when they achieve the same Walk !)
Early morning walk to work ! (Taken at 8
One local apartment owner has a very soft spot for
But for his kindness these
beautiful kittens would not have survived.
In Memory of
Take a good look at the
size of this ancient olive tree.
It is growing on the Pagi road
outside the apartments of the late Thomas, who died in 2002. He will be
remembered by many visitors, particularly those to Theo's Hotel, for being
ever-present patiently sitting beside his roadside table in the burning sun
selling his nuts and home-made wine.
Thomas claimed the tree is over 900 years old (1100
B.C.) and who can question this. Imagine the events and people that have passed
by its twisted and gnarled trunk during the centuries !
Occasionally the visitor comes across a small box
like a miniature house or church decorated with a light or candle, a few
flowers and possibly some toys. These religious shrines are usually in memory
of a loved one who died at the place.
Less commonly they might be in thanks to a Saint
where it is believed that God or the Saint intervened to prevent a sad event.