14 October 2008

My Big Fat Greek Foot

Yes these are my feet - I did my own pedicure, without glasses, so please ignore the rough edges!

As you may have noticed, one foot is slightly chubby. The reason, I fell off my bike. It did seem like a good idea at the time, a bike ride along the new cycle path which runs along the edge of the rocky coastline. This path took us to a wonderful little fishing village call Agios Nikos. We were going there for a nice light lunch and a cold beer. As we set off I felt like one of the Famous Five on a new adventure and quite surprised my Hubby as I zoomed off through the Olive Grove on my mountain bike..........more to come.....

We had been invited by two special friends, Tina and Dave to spend 10 days with them in there 'almost' finished villa in Stoupa, Greece.

It has taken almost 2 years to complete - from Olive Grove - to a private villa with pool and lovely garden, but no roads yet............but this is another story ! This picture shows the back of the villa. The gardens are on three sides.The villa has been built with traditional Greek stone.

A 'rescued' Greek chair which now lives on the balcony. Everyone who stays there is invited to take their own picture of the chair for a colllection that will be framed oneday. These chairs are not made for comfort ! Almost all the the tavernas have them. I love the look but spend all evening wriggling around on it trying to find a comfy spot.Inside the open plan living room is bright and airy and located on the first floor. Three double bedrooms are on the ground floor along with two wet rooms and laundry area.

Thers is a log burning oven and two doors which lead out onto the balcony.

My most favorite part of the villa is the balcony. It would be easy to just sit hear all day and read. But better still, the evenings on this balcony are simply the best, sitting out here with a nice chilled drink before going out to dine is what made this villa unique from so many others that we have stayed in.

Do you like the washing line, tied between two olive trees. This was a lovely spot for lunch, under the shade of the olive trees.

And the local beach, just a short walk through the olive grove and across one road. This little beach was very pretty and the friendly Greeks who serve in the Tavernas made taking shelter from the sun with a Greek salad and Myros beer very inviting!

We saw lots of these old VW's.......

And lots of this....lunch in beach Tavernas, looking out to sea.........

Hundreds of them.....small slim cats...all very friendly and affectionate. But this one with Bowie eyes I had to show you.

And lastly, this the the little fishing village where I had my ill fated lunch...suffering in silence !
We flew home arriving in the very early hours of Sunday....bed....and then up and off to a Wedding ! I hobbled along in High Heels...how I suffered.

Sunday night was a very bad night, the pain was getting unbearable.

I went to hospital very early on Monday morning. After 5 X-rays I was told I had broken my leg, my fibular infact. I was put in a back cast until the swelling has gone, I go back on the 17th October for a full plaster and more x-rays, to check that the bone is stable.

My toes are black due to the bad bruising, although the swelling has reduced considerably since being home and resting.

This is not fun, being laid up...I have so much to do.........hurry up and get better poor leg !

I am off to check out what you have been up to now. Have a great weekend all.C xxx


MelMel said...

How lovely that looks! so sorry about your foot!
Nice to have you back!
Missed your blog...so been reading the older posts!

Cowboys and Custard said...

Well that is one souvenir to bring back from your hols Carol! Not quite the same as a bottle of Retsina or Ouzo though!
Poor you but at least you will remember your holiday for being an adventure..
I love your photos.. especially the olive tree and that fabulous balcony..
I love Greece and could almost smell that distinctive Mediterranean smell from you lovely pics..
Put your feet up for now.. doctor's orders.
Lots of love
Michele xx

Sea Angels said...

Ouch!!! Lovely holiday, gorgeous photo's...bad ending, I like the colour of your nail polish though. I see you are starring in the Homes and Antiques magazine for the blog fayre....bet that was a lovely surprise.....
I am sewing but I work full time as well, so during the week I don't make so much, I sew mostly week ends,
I am sure you will catch up, you make such pretty things and there is still 6 weeks to go, the best part of it all will be meeting each other, That is the bit I am so looking forward to.......so get lots of rest and look after that poorly leg....
Love and hugs
Lynn xxx

Simone said...

You are so brave. I hope that you make a full recovery. I love the look of where you stayed, the 'Bowie' cat, the greek chair, washing line among the trees, etc etc. Get well soon Carol!

Amanda said...

What a beautiful place! I cannot believe you walked around for so long ( in heels *gasp*) with a broken leg - seriously, how did you do it? My eyes are watering just at the thought of it. I hope it gets better soon!

MelMel said...

I've just re-read the post...your leg is broke!! blimey!
How awful for you!
Thank goodness for blogging.....lots to keep you amused!
I am going to spend part of my half day off tomorrow reading blogs, maybe if i can be bothered i MAY tackle the ironing!
I got such a lot done today, while i had a spare hour.....i deserve to chill...i have a mars bar with my name on it!
Also i've been tagged so going to do a day in the life of me! LOL....should be laugh!xx

periwinkle said...

Yes, it should be you that is taking care - oh dear. That villa, the scenery, the bowie cat , everything absolutely gorgeous. Apart from the foot it looks like an amazing holiday
Lisa x

Tilly said...

Oh my goodness. I was just thinking how fabulous everything was and then I saw your broken leg! And you managed to wear heels to a wedding with it too - ouch! Hope it heels well soon (and thank you so much for your lovely comment).

Lavender hearts said...

Oh my gosh! You poor thing! I hope your leg gets better soon. x

Miss sew n sew said...

I'm so sorry to hear youve broken your leg get plenty of rest and I hope its better soon. Your holiday did look wonderful though despite the bad ending. I like the balcony with the comfy sofas best.

Pipany said...

Lovely to see you back again, but what rotten luck about your foot. You'll have to do some hand sewing to pass the time! xx

Petticoat Lane said...

You poor thing, that looks painful, your poor purple toes! How on earth did you manage to walk in high heels all day at a wedding?
Holiday looks great, so relaxing. I know that feeling of 'almost' being finished villa. We've been waiting for ours to be finished out in Cyprus for almost 2 years now, but hopefully we'll all be holidaying there next year, fingers crossed.
Take care
Jane. x

Ragged Roses said...

Oh Carol poor you!! So sorry to hear about your accident, you really must have been suffering in silence. I broke three toes just before we moved house and the pain was excruciating so I can't imagine what you're going through! What gorgeous photos, love the washing line. hope you have plenty of good holiday memories to think about while you're resting. Take care, lots of arnica and hugs

Country Cottage Chic said...

Oh my goodness! Your poor foot & leg! Lucky you didn't fall OFF the cliff edge though! It looks like a lovely place for a relaxing holiday.

Hope the leg feels better very soon!

Deb said...

Hope you feel better soon!

Alchamillamolly said...

Wow thats a spectacular foot - I think you have been to an area in Greece where I get a newsletter from cant remember the title at the mo. Glad you are back have missed your blog postings - need updates now on the little tasters you left us with about a mag and your cottage sale. If you are liad up we expect lots of postings from you!!

nlhowlett said...

What a beautiful villa, the weather looks gorgeous too - hope your leg gets better soon - I've never broken anything, but I can imagine it is a real pain (literally!)
Natalie x

nlhowlett said...

What a beautiful villa, the weather looks gorgeous too - hope your leg gets better soon - I've never broken anything, but I can imagine it is a real pain (literally!)
Natalie x

nlhowlett said...

What a beautiful villa, the weather looks gorgeous too - hope your leg gets better soon - I've never broken anything, but I can imagine it is a real pain (literally!)
Natalie x

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Oh dear, you poor thing, what a women you are to still get your heels on, good on ya! Greece looked so relaxing, glad you had a great time. Now think of all the blogging you can do whilst RESTING! Claire x

dottydesigns said...

Oh dear you are nearly as bad as me and my boy, I have had an operation on my foot and my son has broken his arm and had an operation on it. Hope your leg gets better soon. i love greece and it made me want to go there now, this minute and recover. x

LiLi M. said...

Ooh I'm sorry to hear about your leg! You had a lovely vacation though! Perhaps some scrapbooking at the telly now? And have yourself spoiled? Mmmm I would take advantage of the situation :-D
I do hope you are going to be allright soon! Best wishes!

Cassie said...

Oh my goodness! Your poor leg, I hope it gets better soon. I am glad to hear though that you had such a nice time on your trip. The pictures look fabulous. Hope you have a restful week.

Sal said...

Poor you.
I do sympathise as I broke my leg 5years ago,simply falling over in the garden!
I hope you are getting lots of TLC.
Big hugs xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,
Lovely to have you back,have missed you.fab place and pictures.
I love the story you have told all the bloggers about how you broke your foot....when are you going to tell them the truth? there is nothing wrong with drinking a bottle of wine and dancing on the stage of the local club before dropping of the end,accidents happen ;)
Seriously though you walked in heels with a broken leg? oh i praise you your a real women Carol and someone to be proud of.
Love and hugs Kristina XxX

Sandi McBride said...

Oh Carol, you poor baby...now why'd you have to go and do that? I'm sure holiday memories weren't that hard to come by! Love the sharing of the trip sweets, but not the fall (lol)...hope you're better all soon...hugs to the fur babies, specially my Guy!
hugs to you as well

Janet said...

What a lovely trip - but awful accident! How is your foot doing now? I hope you won't let it spoil your magnificent memories of Greece - such a beautiful home - open and airy inside and what a relaxing looking balcony! I feel like I could just step out with a nice glass of wine....

I hope you're feeling better soon!

Pondside said...

Oh dear - what a way to come home from such a lovely holiday - but what a stoic you were in getting into heels for a wedding!
I hope you recover from the break soon - we know you have lots to do in the next couple of weeks!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comments!
I`m so sorry to hear about your foot!
Although it was "good" that the awful accident didn`t happened in the beginning of your wonderful holidays!
Or, maybe if it did happened then... you could have enjoyed reading a book on the company of one or two glasses of wine... in that wonderful balcony!
The view is amazing!
I hope that you will soon be on your feet!
And able to do all the things that you can`t do now!
Debbie Moss

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

LOUISE said...

I can imagine the great pain you must have been in battling on with a broken leg! So unfortunate for this to happen to you on holiday Carol, and when you were having so much fun. I hope today you are starting to feel on the mend. I so know what you mean about uncomfortable chairs in restaurants. I hate those wicker ones that your bottom sinks into, and you end up not being able to reach the table! x