Ideally, I would like the best of both worlds. A foot in Agios Magikades here in Corfu and a foot in Lush Places back in Dorset. But it's a long stretch and I've never tried doing the splits. I'm working on it, though, believe me.
This village has everything. Beauty, friendly people, warmth in heat and warmth in spirit.
You couldn't get a better and more conveniently situated village on the whole of the island. Twenty five minutes on a good road into town and five minutes by car to the sea. Three good tavernas which are open all year round and the most excellent mini-market and kafenion where you can sit and watch the world go by.
And it was all by luck rather than judgement.
|The novella based on a Dorset village|
And I've read around sixty books, including some very fat ones indeed. This is good for someone with an attention span of a goldfish.
I've gathered lots of great material for the book Kalimera Kerkyra, which I will bringing out to a fanfare and a signing at home and abroad next summer.
But, right from the outset, when we were stranded in the Jura region of France for a week in October last year, homesickness has been niggling at me like a BCG scar.
'How can you feel homesick for mist?' an incredulous friend of mine asked as he swam in our Greek pool.
Well, I don't know how but I know that I do.
People miss all sorts of things when they move abroad. Brits like to have things that remind them of home, although I've always been of the When in Rome school myself. Not for me a pining for Heinz baked beans and HP Sauce.
Saying that, I jumped for joy when my first lot of visitors brought over a food parcel from the new Lush Places village shop.
Tea. Dorset Tea.
Having been brought up on 'proper' leaf tea you can stand your spoon up in, I've always been a bit dubious and then disappointed with tea bag tea.
But, I am a complete convert now I've sampled Dorset Tea bags. And now I've run out. So it's just as well we're going home soon.
The only thing is, I want to be able to take home a set of these cups to drink it in. But so far, I can only find sets of seventy.
That's about it.
Love Maddie x