Onion-outlined turnmoil

Onion-outlined turnmoil

Such a detailed description of a passing light effect created by a boat moving through night waters. Particularly original is that ‘onion-outlined’ churn. ‘A boat, its dark shape looking faintly ominous, sculled towards the island and broke the...
Helot-haunted lowlands

Helot-haunted lowlands

Helots were the serfs of ancient Sparta, from the town of Laconia and only a notch above slaves. They were sometimes induced to appear drunkenly before the youths of Sparta in order to put these respectable kids off getting trashed.  An interesting approach, wonder if...
Cormorant-haunted castle

Cormorant-haunted castle

An abandoned fortress, occupied only by cormorants.  No wonder, the human inhabitants probably fled an atmosphere described as the ‘architecture of hatred’. ‘The great storm beaten and cormorant-haunted castle at Coroni as “the architecture of...
Pard-like stubble

Pard-like stubble

I can only imagine this refers to a patchy or spotted colour combination, as ‘pard’ means leopard or panther, or another animal resembling either. ‘Perhaps this permanent pard-like stubble …’ Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in...
My kinda cats I

My kinda cats I

This short description of the street cats of Istanbul pullulates with lively triologisms.  If you enjoy these chaps, then see My Kinda Cats II and My Kinda Cats III, and meet the noble creatures who enrich the gene pool of island cats. ‘They are to be seen at...
Caique-dwelling tom

Caique-dwelling tom

Leigh Fermor’s Mani has a fine selection of memorable cats.  I liked this description of the limited gene pools of island cats being occasionally expanded by a passing tom-cat enjoying a fecund night of shore-leave. For other cats and cat customs noted by Leigh...
Flask-wielding host

Flask-wielding host

Despite the manifest hospitality, the flask-wielding host sounds like a walking health hazard.  However, by the time you succumb to his antimicrobial prescriptions, you may be past caring, given how great you’ll feel. Regardless, I wish you optimism, vigour and...
Amber-coloured wines

Amber-coloured wines

There are some wonderful descriptions of Cretan wine – and its effects – in Zorba the Greek, but none of them mention ‘amber-coloured’, which makes it sound like a fine Tokai. I will feature the Cretan wines at a later date. ‘…...
Bullet-echoing crags

Bullet-echoing crags

Beware the bullet-echoing crags, wherever they are. You can hear those cowboy-film ricochets in this one. ‘… bullet-echoing crags of Acroceraunia and Epirus and Acarnania just over the water.’   Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the...

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