Many years ago, when I was much poorer, travelling solo I used to go into a little village taverna and order a Feta and bread. It would come as a good sized lump, with a little sprinkle of oregano, a few olives and oil. I always poured extra oil to dip my bread and I have never lost my pleasure for doing that.
This is a quite wonderful piece of evocative writing. Thank you.
Yesterday I received a brown envelope from HMRC, informing me that as I had not submitted my VAT return for quarter ending 30th June, I was assessed, now pay up pronto and do the return pronto too and beware of us deciding to surcharge you and generally GRRRR!
I checked my accounts and I have recorded myself as doing the return on 25th July (we were away before 30th June), with direct debit payment due on 10th August. However, I could find no trace of acknowledgement of doing the return and the payment had not been taken on 10th August. The letter had no information on how to contact them - phone or email. So I just redid the return aand submitted it and got proper acknowledgments. The amount due was exactly what I had calculated in my accounts and was considerably more than the assessment they gave me. So hopefully all's well that ends well, but I'm unhappy that I have been unable to contact them to explain or apologise. I can only think that in my incapacitated state, I didn't click GO to the payment instruction when I went online on 25th July.
One thing to come out of it though, is that my VAT return for 30th September is going to be zero, because it is looking increasingly likely that I shall be doing no work before we go on holiday on 8th September for two weeks, leaving just one week to go back to work and earn nothing before the return is due.
I'm getting rather concerned about achieving capacitation by the time we go back - less than three weeks now. I really do want to swim and just spectating will be a poor substitute.
But even if you can't swim, Dennis, and hopefully you can ~ at least you'll be in Skiathos! I've had a leg injury today (tho nothing like yours, I hasten to add). I was gardening & thought it would be a good idea to lop some high hedge branches off whilst standing with one foot on a wall and one on the arm of a garden chair ........ NOT my best plan & I'll leave you to guess what happened!
We are, Dennis ~ although mine is a lot more trivial than yours! I was lucky to get away with a bit of grazed skin & a nasty bruise, which won't look very nice on holiday ~ 8 days for us. We'll overlap by four days.
My main worry at the moment is Paul, though. He's now suffering from a bad ear infection & has just finished a second course of antibiotics, with little improvement, so it's off to the docs again this afternoon. Poor Paul ~ he's really low right now & really needs some Skiathos magic.
Kate, I so wish you and Paul well. Ear infection is the last thing you want.
For myself it is looking increasingly unlikely that I shall be healed before we travel, indeed probably not before we return home - nurse was not at all optimistic at my dressing change this afternoon. So it looks like I'll be doing spectator swimming.
Dennis, I'm just recovering fron a torn Achillies tendon and I was recommended a waterproof protector designed to allow patients to shower while wearing a plaster cast. I don't know if it would be good enough to allow you to swim but you might want to take a look at their website. www.limboproducts.co.uk Bob
Thanks Bob, brilliant. Actually I've got one - I grumbled to the nurse that I can't shower and she promptly went and got me a prescription for one of those. It is difficult to fully describe my joy at having a shower after six weeks - bending over the bath or sink is no substitute and hot showers are one of my pleasures in life. I immediately felt so much better.
Sadly it won't do swimming - the instructions say not and also not to wear it too long, maybe 10 minutes or so. But I'd worry about damaging it - OK walking on the bathroom carpet but it would only take a tiny stone or rough sand and it'd be the end.
But it looks like it's going to Troulos - at yesterday's dressing change I asked the nurse if it'll be healed for holiday and my heart dropped when she replied "Do you want an honest answer?" And it was No.
Dennis you are a victim in true sense of the word, I only hope the perpetrator gets what he deserves. However I hope you won't let it spoil you upcoming holiday, will Vera still be taking her daily dip, with yourself as official towel bearer ?"
surely saltwater is one of the most healing,cleaning soluyions ever. If you put dressing back on straight after may speed up healing.
The wound is still raw and, I am told, necrotic. It's not appropriate to post a picture in public, but if you're eager to see, I can send you a PM with one or two. I think salty seawater would have me jumping out worse than the cold seawater does in my big girl's blouse mode! I did ask the surgery, but they agreed it could be a severe mistake if there's any sewage outlets nearby (or even not nearby, just spreading their bounty far and wide!). I mean, it's lovely when you're fit and healthy, but I sometimes wonder where I get my suntan from because I never sunbathe .
Dave, I intend to go to the beach first morning of our holiday to spectate at Vera swimming. I'll also take my iPhone to try and video the skittering fishes. If I find that the walk is straining me, I won't repeat every day, but this thing isn't going to spoil my holiday. I don't know if the perpretrator will have received just deserts, only that the police (surprisingly) asked me if I wanted him to go to court. I said yes, because it was drink driving. From a sideways photo of him, one person later told me he knew him and he was a sad case - broken marriage, lost his wife and children, drinking his sorrows away, etc, etc. You never know - he certainly didn't look like an irresponsible tearaway. I'm not vengeful, so I may not even bother calling in to the police station to ask. Mind you, if he had hit Vera, instead of me, I'd be calling round at his house with a shotgun (if I had already left him untouched at the scene)!