Spring is coming and we're off to Corfu


We've been promised a heatwave of sorts here in England next week.

And about time, too! Spring's been a long time coming. Still, in the words of Louis Armstrong, I don't care what the weatherman says, when the weatherman says its raining, you'll never hear me complaining. Unless it's snowing and I slip and hurt my back. 

But that's all in the past. The agony of back pain is forgotten, at least for the moment.

Trees are beginning to come out in blossom. I even saw a swallow in Lush Places the week before last! Deep joy. They fill me with such happiness. And the wallflowers too. I love them. And mine are beginning to come out. Their scent is going to fill me with paroxysms of delight, I just know it.

While we've been waiting for spring to spring, ITV has been very cleverly spoon-feeding us sunshine ever Sunday night in the shape of The Durrells, the television series loosely based on the Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell.

It makes for very easy viewing. Okay, it's not particularly demanding or challenging, but who needs that on the night just before the working week puts in its boringly regular appearance? It's followed by The Good Karma Hospital, which is not going to win any prizes for brilliant drama, but it's worth watching just for the (supposedly) southern Indian sunshine.

A couple of years ago, we were in a bar in Dassia, Corfu, celebrating our friend's name day when Alexis Georgoulis, the actor who plays Spiros, was pointed out to us. Our female Greek friends were at his side like bees around a honey pot. I had no idea who he was so, at their request, took their photos with him but didn't have one of myself. #missedopportunity



When I've watched The Durrells lately, I've longed for that wonderful Greek light. Mr Grigg and I spent a year in Corfu and I wrote a book about it. I missed home, dreadfully, but there was something very magical about the island and its wonderfully hospitable inhabitants.

So imagine our delight when we saw a little face light up the screen two weeks ago and again last Sunday. Our own little Marie Angela, whose birthday we celebrated in our rented house along with the Greek family who 'adopted' us, has a non-speaking part in the current series as the little sister of Leslie's girlfriend, Daphne.

Here she is a few year ago with her lovely mother and our dear friend, Betty.




Mr Grigg and I took one look at Marie Angela, tears in our eyes, and said in unison: 'I miss Corfu!'

So we've gone on the internet and booked flights so we can visit our old village at the end of the month.

We can't wait.

Love Maddie x

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