Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

January 16th - 31st 2016

Tuesday 19th January 2016 - Power Cuts, Back to the Fields, Scoured Beach, Sale at The Pleasaunce and We Revisit Greece

Friday 22nd January 2016 - Hotel Inspector at the WI, Formatting Book and DVD's of Greece

Steve Barratt returned to our WI on Wednesday evening to continue with his talk about his life as a hotel inspector. Last year, Steve covered hotel accommodation and on Wednesday he moved on to talk about restaurant assessments. I don’t believe any of us really envied his stays at the top end of the market when he had to consume afternoon tea, food ordered from early evening room service, bar drinks, full dinner and finally more food from the late evening room service. All this was necessary, in order to rate all the services available. You can have too much of a good thing! Steve related some specific experiences which made us chuckle and he told us how despite being retired, he still has a tendency when eating out to make mental assessments. So much so, that on occasions his wife has said, ‘You’re assessing again aren’t you?’

It has been quite wintry this week. We had our first full white out of frost on Thursday but later in the morning it was quite pleasant out in the garden in the sunshine. I spent just under an hour cutting up some more of the ivy that has fallen off the wall, ready to put in our garden bin. I am hoping that we may be able to remove the ivy root so that we can plant an espalier fruit tree against the wall; something more productive than ivy!

I have now transferred my Greek recipe book, The 3R’s – Reflections, Recipes and Reminiscences onto a format for publishing but despite using a different format to those for Timotheus Pserimos Puss and On the Verge, I am still struggling with the page numbering. Peter has continued working on our DVD’s of Greece. Frustrating at times, however he has been able to save most of his filming and has just found a piece of software on the internet that has enabled him to convert footage taken in the Peloponnese which would only play on his laptop and not through the TV. Result, while I am typing this, in the background on our TV, there is the most wonderful views of our walks in the hillsides. Can’t be bad!

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