First we had Theseus, that rainstorm which was determined to wash us away. He was accompanied by powerful gales which hung about for several days after the rain had moved on. We have Aeolus, god of the winds and his undisciplined kids to thank for their destructive tantrums. Were they jealous of the power of the rain? They stormed and sulked and each made sure he took his turn. Zephyrus, god of the West Wind, got in first, driving the storm Theseus across the Adriatic to us. Notus put in a weak attempt from the south, with a bit of help from Eurus from the east, but only briefly before big brother Boreas took umbrage and overpowered them both from the north. Boreas was not happy. Not happy at all. He was absolutely livid and made certain all knew it.
I’m not sure about Aeolus and his parenting abilities – his kids are often quite out of control. Zeus is the father of all the gods, and that presumably makes him grandpappy of the wayward winds. Perhaps they’ve developed airs above their station? Whatever, their behaviour left a lot to be desired last week, and they left a lot we did not desire in their wake.
Freddie told us that the waterfront way on this side of Kalamos was blocked by a large tree which the gales had seen fit to rid us of. Pity. It is, or should that be was, an impressive eucalyptus which had provided welcome shade to the little beach there. I urged Ron to make haste across the headlands from our side of Kalamos to investigate and take photos for me before something was done about removing it.
He was gone longer than I expected, but when he returned he had a tale of two cats to tell.
A black cat had taken up position on the tree. Cats are wonderful creatures, adapting themselves to all manner of situations, and this black beauty perched itself comfortably on a fallen tree of a type also well accustomed to adaptation. Almost all Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia, but these trees are so accommodating and fit in so well that they’re found all over the world. Here in Greece which can have harsh winters they thrive at the coast where frosts are most unlikely to occur.
But what I didn’t know when Ron set off was that Anise, one of the Cappuccino Twins and who absolutely adores Ron, was following him. That’s not only a long trek across the headlands for a cat, but can be a dangerous one as an unfriendly dog might be encountered along the way.
Anise caused Ron some anxiety when he became aware of her for she wouldn’t allow him to carry her, nor would she turn back, but she did at least remain in the undergrowth once he climbed down the cliff to reach the waterfront.
Whoever said cats are aloof creatures had obviously never been made a pet of one.
4 thoughts on “OF WINDS AND GODS”
What is this I read about Ron climbing down a cliff to get photos????!!!!!! They are excellent pics but are they worth the risk of him breaking his neck?
Great pics, nonetheless. I noticed, besides the storm damage that there are a few minor changes to be seen.
Yes, there’s been much erosion due to wave and wind action over the years. All’s well – never fear.
Of Cats and a Man: what a way to bring the story home. Anise is so beautiful and delicate she made me gasp with that first photo & realization of her journey. What a love story amid all the destruction.
She is very delicate physically, yes. But she and Grappa are tough little fighters. Remember poor darling Bud? Their brother we think. He fought mightily but lost the battle. Anise is devoted to Ron. Raki’s not thrilled, but he does tolerate her.