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Travel, yachting and lifestyle magazine for the Ionian area of Greece


  • IonianThe

  • The Ionian

    Travel, yachting and lifestyle

    magazine for the Ionian Islands

    and adjacent mainland Greece.

    Vol. 5, Issue 2 June 2014

    Publisher and Editor

    Barbara Molin

    Advisory Board

    Yannis Dimopoulos

    Justin Smith


    Ryan Smith


    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

    my veins.

    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

    particular provides

    millennia of history.

    Who could fail to be

    inspired by Ithaca -

    the start and finish

    line of Odysseuss

    fantastic journey and

    adventures of

    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.