And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

I’ve done a post of Odds and Ends but I found a few more that I’d like to share with you. First, the lineman in Greece. We were shocked at the number of safety regulations he would be breaking if he were working in Canada. Things are more lax in Greece.


The Greek Orthodox Church priest has to do his shopping too. Looks like he might be expecting rain. Or needs to protect himself from the heat of the sun.


When we were camping we had the inevitable garbage to get rid of. In Greece, garbage cans were not on every street corner as they are in Canada today. We had met a young doctor who was doing his first “practice” session in the small town of Kardamyli at that time. He spoke English and was happy to speak to us and be our friend, for which we were grateful. We asked him what people do with their garbage. He offered to show us. He got into our van and gave us directions (to the garbage dump, I presumed). He told us to stop at a bridge just outside of town. We got out and didn’t see a garbage dump.

“There!” he said. “You just throw it down there in the riverbed. In the winter, the rains come and wash it all out to sea.”

You can imagine how shocked we were. I took a picture but we just couldn’t throw our garbage down there.


And now for something a little more lighthearted.

We often used our Hibachi to barbecue chicken or pork. One day we had some pork pieces on the Hibachi and without refrigeration you cook it all whether you can manage to eat it all or not.


The pork was delicious, but we couldn’t eat it all and having had a glass of Demestica wine with our supper, we lay down on the bed in the van for a little snooze to wait for the heat of the sun to abate somewhat. The last piece of pork was left on the now cooling Hibachi to finish cooking. We could nibble on it later if we got hungry.

Maybe half an hour later, I woke to the light clinking sound of metal on metal. A chicken was making off with the flipper we had left on the Hibachi.

But the Hibachi was empty!


Well hey diddle, diddle,

No cat and no fiddle,

Just sheep grazing under the moon,

The little dog laughed to eat such good pork,

And the chick ran away with the spoon.

21 thoughts on “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon

  1. Sonja Forrester

    Lesson learned! Don’t leave your food unattended when you are out camping! Why would a chicken run off with your flipper? Silly bird. I am sure the dog really enjoyed that last piece of pork. He probably needed a good meal more than you did at that point. Very cute little story.


  2. montucky

    After looking at that photo I would say that the life expectancy of that lineman is quite short.
    That kind of treatment of garbage is incredible. I guess that just having a long history doesn’t make a country civilized.
    I don’t know what the chicken was thinking, but the dog had the right idea.


    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      We were amazed at the haphazard way some things are done in Greece. That lineman had no safety equipment in place. The garbage situation was not regulated at all, and obviously they have no control of their chickens and dogs either (haha).


  3. bulldog

    I love this post… feeding the local dogs and chickens… acting out Occupational Health and Safety checks in a foreign country.. and then saving the planet by not dumping your garbage in the river… by the way what did you do with it??


    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I don’t remember exactly, but I think we must have found a garbage can at a restaurant or some business place. We burned little bits of things in the Hibachi, but not plastics, of course. There weren’t the plastic bags there are today. You had a cloth shopping bag that you re-used, and many things were wrapped in paper rather than plastic. Probably much better for the environment. When I bought vegetables off the truck, the vendor didn’t supply bags. You were expected to put them in your cloth bag. So there wasn’t much. Possibly we buried some of it. I don’t remember.


  4. Ursula

    The dog says: who? me?, no way, I would never do such a thing, It was the chicken!
    So sad that even well educated people were throwing their garbage into the riverbed. I hope this problem is solved today.
    Reading about your little adventures is always so much fun!



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