Travels and Daydreams

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Sunset Crew

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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.

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Red Moon Watch

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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)

 

 

The Mark and the Void and the Polaroid

Yay, one of my Writers in Polaroids pictures ended up on the inside cover of a great book! Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void.

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Recommended reading!

The polaroid can be found in this old post here. It was taken at the beautiful Atlantis Books.

(wrongly attributed to Book Ex Machina, but I don’t mind sharing the credit with Thodoris ;))

How to make wine

 1. Get some land.

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2. Measure it.

Measuring land for vineyard

3. Sit under an old olive tree and double-check measurements.

Break under the olive tree

4. Drive to the agriculture department.

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4. Pick vine varieties suitable to taste and land. (Shiraz, Mavro, Ofthalmo)

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5. Buy cuttings.

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6. Bury cuttings and leave for a couple months to sprout.

Grapevine cuttings buried and sprouting

7. Plant cuttings, water, prune, feed, take care of as they become vines and grow (about three years.)

Tiny vineyard

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7. On their third summer, test grapes for sugar contents and harvest when ready. (Full moon optional)

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8. Gather grapes off vines (about 1 hour) and destem grapes by hand. (8-10 hours for 60kg)

Shiraz grapes

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9. Pour grapes into crusher.

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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.)

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11.When fermentation is done and all sugar has turned into alcohol, pour grapes in press.

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12. Stop to celebrate first drop of wine!

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13. Press some more.

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14. Put in barrel, test, treat, and hope it turns into good wine.

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15.  First wine tasting! (Shiraz has the best color. Look at that purple.)

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Repeat with next ripened grape variety. 

Erik & Lyra

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Reason #199 why we want to stay with Erik Boman all the time.

 

2014 Year in Review (kind of)

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happy new year xoxo

IOANNA

 

polaroid portraits: family

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Interview

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Interview in The Cyprus Weekly (full interview on the Book Ex Machina blog)

happy pinhole day

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Happy 2014 Pinhole Day!

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wild things

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Wild lavender and thyme. Cyprus countryside. Beautiful blurry Spring.

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tiny images of home

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It’s spring. I got an old passport camera and all the sky I need.

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Writers in Polaroids: Etgar Keret

I can’t believe I hadn’t posted my Etgar Keret Polaroid here. (Or that I haven’t yet finished reading Suddenly, a Knock on the Door.) After all, Etgar Keret is one of my favorite writers. And his appearance in Nicosia last October was a literary miracle. (When was the last time a big author had a reading in Cyprus? A writer whose work was adapted into a movie with Tom Waits?)

Here he is, kindly posing with his son, in my blurry attempt to photograph him. I should have taken a tripod along with the books I took for him to sign. [Not pictured: his talented wife Shira Geffen. That picture came out even more blurry. The photographer accepts all the blame :/]

An Impossible photograph for a highly improbable meeting.

If you haven’t yet, go read his stories. They’re awesome. (Halibut is one of my favorite short stories of all time.)

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The Lion, the Girl, and the Palm Tree

Another year another Polaroid camera!

This one’s an old passport camera, the Miniportrait 402.

It has four lenses, and the focus is fixed (at 1.40 m) (it comes with a tape measure attachment!) which I think makes it very Oulipian. :)

Yesterday, at the beach:

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I’m still figuring it out ;)

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