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Exploring Ithaki – a three day trip just scratched the surface!

Exploring Ithaki – a three day trip just scratched the surface!

  When we are living at The Walnut Tree in the early spring and summer and again in the late autumn, one of our great pleasures is to take advantage of the Greek ferry system and go travelling. Ithaca!  Odysseus, Penelope, ancient castles, high mountain roads, good walking, fabulous views, beautiful churches, small unspoilt towns and harbours, deserted beaches: Ithaca/Ithaki is an island of two parts divided by a narrow bridge of land between two mountains: Paleokastro and Agros.  There are two main towns, the capital Vathi in the south part and Stavros in the north with around eight villages Read more »

Food Shopping when you are at The Walnut Tree

Food Shopping when you are at The Walnut Tree

On your arrival at The Walnut Tree villa, you will find your Complimentary Welcome Pack awaiting you.  This includes tea, coffee, sugar, local milk, bottled water, local wine and beer as well as some homemade jam, locally made bread and butter. You will soon want to stock up the fridge and store cupboard and these are the shops that we recommend: LOCALLY In Karavomilos: Eugene and Maria’s combined Supermarket and Garden Centre (Gaia) Spathis Bakery (there are branches of the bakery – all irresistable – in Sami, Aghia Efimia and several in Argostoli) In Sami Bakeries – there are four Read more »

The Walnut Tree garden…. 12 years on!

The Walnut Tree garden…. 12 years on!

Twelve years ago, when we started making a garden at The Walnut Tree, our aim was to create a recently acquired totally barren open space into a productive, sustainable, interesting, bird and insect friendly environment.  We also wanted structure, surprises and variety. Twelve years later ….. we have a garden. We have structure created by hedges, paths and rockeries.  We have surprises introduced by cutting ‘holes’ in the hedges, introducing pathways and we created rockeries – not difficult in Kefalonia surrounded as we are by the ‘natural product’. The garden is now full of fruit trees, flowering trees, shrubs and Read more »

1st review of 2017 – a four generation family holiday!

1st review of 2017 – a four generation family holiday!

We were delighted to welcome our first guests to The Walnut Tree during Summer Half Term – a family holiday with four generations.  Here is part of their review – for which we are well and truly thankful: ‘We were a family of 12, ranging from 2yrs to 83yrs. Celia was in constant touch making sure that every wish was fulfilled. She arranged a taxi on arrival at the airport and then for departure. …..  …The pool is gorgeous and not too deep. There is a dark blue line in the shallow end that the children learnt not to cross unless Read more »

Dancing in Aghia Efimia on May Day

Dancing in Aghia Efimia on May Day

The first of May is a special day in Greece.  In years past we have seen traditional dances with the dancers in national costume.  This May Day it was a bit different – school children, a band of young musicians and local dancers entertaining huge crowds of Kefalonians out and about in the early summer sunshine enjoying the holiday.      

First walk of Spring 2017 – Sami Lighthouse

First walk of Spring 2017  – Sami Lighthouse

One of the many reasons to return to Kefalonia in late March/early April are the walking tracks – so many walks to discover and explore.  Last Sunday, 2nd April saw us off to a good start completing the unmarked but clear track from the old village of Dichalia, past Sami sewage works (one of the most scenic in the world, I’m betting!) and then on to the track.  It is marked on the Anavasi Hiking Map but no markings on the trail itself. The track starts wide and inviting and quickly deteriorates into a rocky narrow path.  However it is Read more »

Orange and Kumquat harvest at The Walnut Tree

Orange and Kumquat harvest at The Walnut Tree

After twelve years of willing (also called: feeding, pruning, pleading and …. yes … a bit of shouting), our young citrus trees are starting to fruit.  2017 seems to be a good year.  Very exciting!  The fruit is falling off the trees – and we cannot wait to get back to Kefalonia and enjoy the fruit of our labours!!!!  

Sea Turtles of Kefalonia – helping volunteers of Wildlife Sense

Sea Turtles of Kefalonia – helping volunteers of Wildlife Sense

One of the organisations involved in the protection of Kefalonia’s Sea Turtles is Wildlife Sense (www.wildlifesense.com).  Last week we had the immense privilege to be invited to help Wildlife Sense volunteers, Shirley and Mike Ogden check nesting sites for the progress of hatching and in some cases helping the baby turtles on their journey to the sea. Wildlife Sense’s publicity leaflet tells us that ‘Kefalonia is home to 2 of the 7 sea turtle species that exist in the world.  Loggerhead sea turtles, aso known as Caretta cartta, nest and forage on Kefalonia’s coast.  Green sea turtles (Chetonia mydas) only forage Read more »