I wrote this story years ago and most of the places in it closed down, which adds to the title and overall sentiment, I think 😊
Anyways, here it is on the wonderful Wasafiri!
It’s summer. I mean, SUMMER. Just
had survived our first heatwave.
Had a story accepted in one of my favorite literary magazines.
Trying not to read the news.
Trying to remember to breathe.
Here’s some Captcha poetry, see you again soon.
An impromptu road-trip where we end up in a postcard sunset
Are the clouds always this beautiful in January? Those pink and purple hues!
It was so cold out I stayed in the car most of the time, taking pictures through the windshield. In that last picture I was sitting in the car wrapped in my coat thinking: these tourists don’t have jackets on! Aren’t they freezing?
But it was an incredible sunset. It’s easy to forget sometimes, to stop and watch the sunset. A nearby road sign says “Aphrodite’s birthplace.” On days like these it seems entirely appropriate.
Sept 28, 2015. Watched the Red Moon until it set behind the hills. Took some pictures. Stayed up all night.
Bonus: saw the International Space Station go by; when the eclipse happened every animal and bird and insect around went completely quiet; it was nice to see everyone share the experience on Twitter; Venus was so shiny all throughout the night and the morning, mighty Aphrodite, so pretty.
(Also check out Thodoris’s picture on the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day website)
1. Get some land.
2. Measure it.
3. Sit under an old olive tree and double-check measurements.
4. Drive to the agriculture department.
4. Pick vine varieties suitable to taste and land. (Shiraz, Mavro, Ofthalmo)
5. Buy cuttings.
6. Bury cuttings and leave for a couple months to sprout.
7. Plant cuttings, water, prune, feed, take care of as they become vines and grow (about three years.)
7. On their third summer, test grapes for sugar contents and harvest when ready. (Full moon optional)
8. Gather grapes off vines (about 1 hour) and destem grapes by hand. (8-10 hours for 60kg)
9. Pour grapes into crusher.
10. Let sit in barrels to ferment (stir at least 2-3 times a day.) Test, add things if necessary, treat, monitor sugar and alcohol levels until fermentation is finished. (About a week.)
11.When fermentation is done and all sugar has turned into alcohol, pour grapes in press.
12. Stop to celebrate first drop of wine!
13. Press some more.
14. Put in barrel, test, treat, and hope it turns into good wine.
15. First wine tasting! (Shiraz has the best color. Look at that purple.)
Repeat with next ripened grape variety.
First beach day of the year! (pretty late) First beach polaroids of the year!
Went at noon like rookies and swam out for too long and got a tiny case of heatstroke.
(Sun too much for the polaroids, too.)
But, summer, yay! I wish I could live there in that blue overexposed moment staring at the water while falling asleep.
Short story collection finished. Here it is, the whole manuscript.
Celebration = Reflection at the sea