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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 »

Online payment via Paypal soon to be available on The Walnut Tree villa website

Online payment via Paypal soon to be available on The Walnut Tree villa website

As well as updating The Walnut Tree villa website for 2017 rentals, we have decided to add online payment for rental bookings via Paypal.  The current situation of bank transfer security (discussed on BBC4’s Moneybox on Saturday), makes this something we feel we should be offering to our guests.  Bank transfers and cheques in the post are still options available should these be preferred. The payment method through PayPal and the updated 2017 wesbite should be visible on Monday, 19th December 2016.  

Kefalonia Trails – Old Watermills Walk

Kefalonia Trails – Old Watermills Walk

Over the last few years, we have begun to explore more of the designated Trails of Kefalonia.  Many of these walks have been upgraded over recent years and given explanatory boards at their ‘Starts’ and ‘Ends’ and marked along the way by red or blue painted posts or rocks.   Last Sunday, we set off to follow the Agios Nikolaos Watermills Walk on the road between Sami and Poros, starting near Lake Avithos.  As we discovered when we arrived, there is still work continuing here and in some places there needs to be some renovation to works already completed due Read more »