SAMI HAS A MUSEUM – RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF TOWN I meant to write this blog last year, when I first visited the new museum in Sami.  The best of intentions so often come to nothing!  When we first arrived in Kefalonia, we only had the sketchiest idea of the history of the port and town of Sami.  Over time, the colourful past of Kefalonia slowly unfolded and we were hooked. There was the Mycenaean period when the island had been governed by the four individual city states.  This was followed by a time when Greece was divided into Read more »

THE JEWELS OF THE IONIAN SEA – Kefalonia, Ithaca, Corfu, Lefkada ……..

 THE JEWELS IN THE IONIAN SEA These are the jewels: Kefalonia, Zante, Ithaca, Corfu, Paxos, Lefkada, Cythera and Omfori. The beauty of Kefalonia and every one of the Ionian islands is well known; as are those crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.  Sea and land – a partnership as old as time.  Practically every photo of a great view taken on Kefalonia has the sea as its focus or it will be in there somewhere;  in the background or just behind that hill.  Mountains frame the sea and the sea frames the mountains.  That’s just how it is! Wherever Read more »

Interesting residents at The Walnut Tree

If I had a Euro for every time I think ‘Well, I haven’t ever seen (heard of) that before’, I would have enough cash for a return flight to Kefalonia in high season and plus a bit!   So this nest belongs to our little Black Cap mother who makes her nest in one of the rosemary bushes every spring.  The first time she appeared we felt like murderers because we didn’t know she was there.  We disturbed her (we call it gardening) and she abandoned the nest.  Since then we are very careful to discover where she is and Read more »

Butterfly Time at The Walnut Tree villa

  In 2005, when we first started to think about planting the garden at The Walnut Tree villa, being insect friendly was high on the list.  We wanted to attract all insects, particularly BUTTERFLIES, moths and of course bees.  I am bound to say I have been pretty surprised by how many different insects there are.  Over the years the flyers, the ‘creepies’ and the ‘crawlies’ that emerge out of the sky or out of the undergrowth constantly amaze us.  When I stop saying ‘Well! I’ve never seen that before’ it will be a sad day.  ‘Insect Heaven’ would be Read more »

Eating out – eating in at The Walnut Tree

WARNING! I think it only fair to warn our guests that you probably won’t lose weight at The Walnut Tree villa whether you eat in or out. Boot camp it is not! DECISIONS, DECISIONS! Below is an example of a healthy breakfast. And it is very healthy. And the fruit is mostly picked from The Walnut Tree garden. Then add some locally made Kefalonian Greek yoghurt, seeds, nuts .. what could be better! It’s more about what happens next….. Picture the scene. You are sent on the morning/breakfast run to the bakery (Spathis Bakeries in both Karavomilos and Sami – Read more »

Eat Walnuts at The Walnut Tree villa – they boost willpower……

‘Walnuts Boost the Willpower of Dieters’ I have just read an article that suggests that WALNUTS boost willpower!   I am certainly not suggesting summer guests should be thinking about dieting while on holiday at The Walnut Tree villa.  BUT….. looking forward to this year’s harvest of walnuts from our two trees (not much luck yet I have to admit!) this piece of information seemed like good news for a new year ‘self assessment/renewal’ …. or a spot of dieting.  I prefer the French word ‘regime’ – much kinder! As our guests often mention, our kitchens (one on each floor) Read more »

Sea Turtles of Kefalonia – helping volunteers of Wildlife Sense

WILDLIFE SENSE One of the organisations involved in the protection of Kefalonia’s Sea Turtles is Wildlife Sense (  On a dull day in 2017, we had the immense privilege to be invited to help Wildlife Sense volunteers.  I can honestly say this was a one of the most amazing things I have every done. Friends Shirley and Mike Ogden were to check nesting sites for the progress of hatching and in some cases help the baby turtles to start their journey to the sea.  They asked us along to observe.  But when you see four inch hatchlings trying to battle Read more »

Kefalonia Trails – Walking in Kefalonia

WALKING AND EXPLORING IN KEFALONIA There are many hundreds of ancient tracks that crisscross the island of Kefalonia.  Some are well signed and marked and some of them are definitely not! More and more trails are being marked with Tourism Information Boards and painted markers placed along the way.  You can now access many walks with the aid of Geopark (on your mobile), explaining the area and its geological make up.  Kefalonia now has Geopark status. Some years ago we joined Kefalonia Ramblers Group (mostly a mix of international residents) and were then introduced to walks outside the Sami/Aghia Efimia Read more »

The Sea Mills of Kefalonia (Kephalonia)

  One of the most fascinating natural phenomenon of Kefalonia is the flow of water underneath the island from one side to the other.  Two kilometers from Argostoli at Katavothres , the sea water flows down several sink holes and disappears, appearing again at Karavomolis (near Sami) first in the famous Melissani Cave Lake and then flowing on through the lake pictured below and finally into the sea again.  At both ends of the water’s ‘journey’ and possibly from ancient times,  the Kefalonians made use of the force of the water and constructed sea-mills.  Today, we can only see replicas Read more »