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From My Elevated Position.....Monastiraki (Μοναστηράκι, Κρήτη) Crete.

03-08-2007 · Comments (14)
Categories: Crete  Holga  Ilford FP4  

An uneventful day yet pleasant.....four hours work, hell it almost amounted to shift work, finishing at five last night and having to be back in for nine this morning. Surely there is some employment law being broken there! Anyway, I was exhausted...I had a bunch of very nice emails today from very nice people...so I thank you for those. They always make my day and kind of put everything in to perspective.
After work Jan and I went to Taunton. Jan's mum lives there 92 years old and still going strong....all her own teeth....reads like there will be no books tomorrow and is pretty damn healthy. If I am half as active and healthy at 70 I will be happy...hell I'll be happy just to be alive. She is however as deaf as a post....not sure that's a bad thing really what with all the shit that is going on in the world not to be able to hear about it sounds quite appealing. So I did a little gardening...ate food I wouldn't normally but am always thankful for seeing her so healthy.

Friday tomorrow, god the days and weeks just slide by at such a pace. I have no idea what my plans are but I hope that cameras take a part and that I am able to catch up on all the blogs I have been bad about visiting of late. I seem to have had a week or so where I am unable to catch up.....in an ideal world I need to be locked in a room for 14 days to sort all my admin shit out!

As for today's photo another from the village of Monastiraki (Μοναστηράκι) a tiny village at the base of the plateau at Thripti (Θρίπτη). Not my words but: The plateau of Thripti is at an altitude of 880 metres (my map says 920) and it is the highest area where vineyards exist in Crete. Today not many people live in Thripti any more but there are still enough houses, some of them new. Thripti is between Kavoussi and Ierapetra and you can drive here on a dirt road from Kato Horio. Alternatively you can hike from Monastiraki village up to Thripti and then down to Kavoussi.
The gorge of Ha is also in the same area and it needs climbing skills and experience. If you drive from Pachia Ammos to Ierapetra, you will see the gorge of Ha as a deep cleft in the mountain to your left.

I guess I have bigged the place up so the very least I can do is supply you with an aerial view. The village can be seen in the centre of the photo with the gorge and Thripti to the right.

OK guys the Photoblogawards have kicked in. If you have a mind to vote for people then here is a shortcut there!

The car's on fire and there's no driver at the wheel
And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides
And a dark wind blows
The government is corrupt
And we're on so many drugs
With the radio on and the curtains drawn

We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
And the machine is bleeding to death

The sun has fallen down
And the billboards are all leering
And the flags are all dead at the top of their poles

It went like this

The buildings tumbled in on themselves
Mothers clutching babies picked through the rubble and pulled out their hair

The skyline was beautiful on fire
All twisted metal stretching upwards
Everything washed in a thin orange haze

I said, "Kiss me, you're beautiful..
These are truly the last days"

You grabbed my hand and we fell into it
Like a daydream or a fever

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down
For sure it's the valley of death

I open up my wallet
And it's full of blood

Listening to: "The Dead Flag Blues" (F# A# (Infinity)) - Godspeed You Black Emperor!

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