the ionian magazine - june 2014
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DESCRIPTIONTravel, yachting and lifestyle magazine for the Ionian area of Greece
Travel, yachting and lifestyle
magazine for the Ionian Islands
and adjacent mainland Greece.
Vol. 5, Issue 2 June 2014
Publisher and Editor
We make every effort to ensure
the accuracy of each issue.
However, we cannot be held
liable for any errors or
omissions. The contributors'
opinions are their own.
Printed in Greece.
Our lives tend to be a mix of ups and downs: roads taken, not
taken and those we wish we had taken before we became
distracted. And sometimes we become inspired and a new
direction is revealed. And so it is with our stories this month.
Barbara de Machula never disappoints even when distracted by
life's more difficult aspects and we are grateful for The Art ofDairy Farming, which
she sent from a hospital bed. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Ned Kelly, who is a newly published novelist is both inspired and distracted in his
work as he and his wife, Barbara enjoy our lovely Ionian Sea aboard their yacht,
Grey Glider. He shares his life aboard with us in Inspiration From The Ionian.
Our cover photo this month is Corfu Town by Miriam van Veldhoven-Janssen who
with her husband lives part of the year on Lefkas island. She says that the
inspiration for her photography is 'what else but the magical Greek light'.
Happy reading... _/)* Barbara Molin
Inspirations and Distractions
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Poem for my hospital drip bottle.
hello mister drip
we are stuck with each other
without our mutual company
not worth to bother.
I have been a bit tight in the chest for sometime,
especially at night waking up, not breathing well but of
course it was winter and we all caught a cold somehow,
This minor affliction did not keep me from pushing my
dairy destiny, since my little goat, Amaltheia was ready
to meet her handsome lover and start a baby. Eventually
this would result in an abundance of milk and - how
great, finally after all the trial and error of cheese
making - my own Amaltheia cheese factory.
The local priest, a wonderful, kind man who has a
gentle touch with animals could provide the groom, and
Amaltheia was adopted for a while into his beautiful
herd of goats. I could see immediatetely that she was
the foxy one, and when the marriage was over we were
pretty sure she would have a great baby. Indeed, on the
30th of March, an adorable, little, white fellow was
born and became my pride and joy. It jumps and plays
everywhere, drinks milk from its mum and there is
plenty left for the cheese.
There my farmer's lessons came in handy. A few local
heroes taught me how to milk my lady and pretty soon
it became a routine to milk her twice day. She gives me
about two litres a day and it is such a joy!
Keeping a goat appears to be hard work, because you
need to keep the stable in a decent condition and
because my lady loves fresh hay and dried grasses, so
these also need to be available.
Since the hay is dusty, I might have caught some mould
or germs that made an end to my dairy dream in a tough
way. On a nice Sunday in April, I decided to get some
cough medicine and because I couldn't find a local
doctor's surgery open, I ended up in Lefkada hospital.
There, I was told that seemingly my body was falling
apart, with strange creatures in my lungs, a racing
heart and on top of everything, a nice case of
diabetes. (yes, I know I'm too fat). Before I knew it,
the nurses stuck all sorts of needles in me,
monitoring and testing and after a few days I was
transferred to the big hospital in Ioannina for
treatment that you could call a chemical warfare in
So, from there I write to you, being sure that when I
get out of here, I will continue my dairy adventure.
Meanwhile, Amaltheia has a good temporary home
where they milk her properly every day.
I must say, though, they serve a wicked chicken at
the Hotel Ioannina, as I call the hospital, and the
doctors are my personal handsome vampires.
Also, I managed to make a
lovely yoghurt before I left,
so I cannot wait to get back
to normal life again!
Meanwhile, keep the germs
Barbara de Machula is an
artist and writer originally
from Amsterdam. She lives
on a farm on the side ofa
mountain close to a
monastery near Palairos.
Inspiration from the Ionian
Last year was our second season of sailing in the Ionian
during our thirteen years on board Grey Glider . She is
a Warrior 35, strong as an ox and a venerable old lady
of the sea. Our first season was seven years ago and
Im ashamed to admit that we hurtled through on our
way from Turkey to Italy. This time was a more
leisurely affair and we realised how much we had
missed. The warmth and friendliness of the locals, the
predictable and manageable winds and the beauty of the
islands and anchorages made it a wonderful experience.
I think Im retired, but keeping a yacht in seaworthy
condition is a job in itself. I do, however, like to write
and the peace and tranquillity of anchorages like Vliho,
Lefkas, in stunning all-round scenery, leaves the mind
free to turn to the muse. A bonus to this is the sheer
variety of characters: locals, visitors and other yacht
crews that abound in and out of the cruising seasons.
In addition, Greece
and the Ionian in
millennia of history.
Who could fail to be
inspired by Ithaca -
the start and finish
line of Odysseuss
fantastic journey and
Homeric fame? Or
how the civilised
world was changed by Octavians victory over Mark
Anthony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium?
At times, though, that there are too many distractions to
write. One fascinating day in the Gulf of Amvrakia we
were privileged to see a total of fifteen separate pods of
dolphins over the space of a few hours while sailing
under a delightful breeze. This breeze accommodated
us by changing from east in the morning to west in the
afternoon and thus permitting us to sail the length of the
gulf in both directions in one day.
Could a day on a yacht be any better? Of course it can.
With 'Grey Glider' secure in a sheltered anchorage,
Barbara and I took a short trip in the tender and soon
were sitting on a terrace sipping Ouzo and watching a
spectacular sunset. Whether it was the splendour of
the day or a particularly good chef but I have the
memory of a wonderful meal followed by a peaceful
night of sound sleep.
There are times when a yacht requires removal from the
water for essential maintenance and such times are
always worrying for the Captain. The Ionian had one
more pleasing experience for us up its sleeve. The lift-
out at the Aktio boatyard was happily free from any
excitement. The staff were welcoming and friendly and
the work carried out professionally and very reasonably
priced. It was probably the least worrying lift out and
return to the water we have ever had.
All in all one of the best
cruising seasons in our
It was with great
reluctance that we bade
farewell to the Ionian to
cross over to Italy for
the winter in a marina
where we had pre-
booked. We are
planning to return this
year as we are sure of having another year s worth of
distractions. Now armed with the season's experience,
Im halfway through writing the sequel to my first
novel without distractions!
Ned Kelly is an Irishman with interests in rugby, flying,
sailing and writing. He started writing after being
unimpressed with books bought at airports His novel,
Until the Fat Man Sings is available on Kindle.