At one of my visits to the island Gramvousa, I went for a swim with my college Irina, she loves snorkeling and always finds something. This time she found this little hermit crab
As I am always looking for new things to learn I opened my browser to find some more information about this little creature. Little did I know….. I looked it up by the shape and form of the shell 😁, wrong!!
They don’t come with the shell, they have to find a fitting shell by themselves, any shell will do, as long as it is big enough.
As finding the right shell is not always easy, these little crabs work together and have figured out a second hand shell exchange system. Here is what they do : One crab finds a shell that is bigger than her current one and that she thinks might suit her, so she gets out of her current shell to try the new one. When she sees that it doesn’t fit her she goes back in her own shell and waits for another crab to come. The second crab also tries out the shell and when it doesn’t fit she also goes back into her current shell and waits for the next crab to come. They do this until a crab is satisfied with the shell and keeps it. In the meantime the crabs are in line from the largest to the smallest crab. Now the first crab in line will take the empty shell of the satisfied crab and leave hers behind for the next crab in line. So in the end every crab has got a larger shell to fit in.
When you’re in Crete at the beginning of May you see this kind of tree with it’s yellow fruit everywhere. It has a yellow fruit that has a sweet taste when it’s ripe.
It’s one of the few fruit trees that cary ripe fruit at that time of the year and it is very easy to eat. You should peel the fruit and eat its flesh, it has some dark brown seeds inside that you should not eat.
The video below shows you more about these loquats.
Yesterday I went on a trip up on the Psiloritis mountain to have lunch with sheppard Andreas. He lives in the village Livadia in the Idi mountains and he has been a sheppard for his whole life. He loves being out there in the nature high up in the mountains
with his sheep and goats. Together with his brothers they have around 3000 animals to take care of. Today 200 of them are already up on the mountain where Andreas milks all 200 of them twice a day and they give him each time around 100 liter of good quality milk. The other animals are still on the land they have further down the mountain and they will be brought up until the end of April.
Andreas will be milking the animals twice a day until the end of May and then for about one more month he will milk them once a day. From the month of July on the animals will mate, so they won’t give any milk until they give birth about 5 months later.
During the months that the animals don’t give milk Andreas still goes up to give them extra food and water but also because he loves being up there.
His family also built a chapel there, a saint George chapel.
Close to the chapel there stands a very large Stone Oak tree where you can enjoy the real sheppard’s lunch called antichristo. Which is lamb that is cooked next to the fire instead of on the fire. No herbs are needed during the preparation of the meat as his animals eat lots of herbs during their time in the mountains. Andreas is a very good cook and also very good company, he likes to talk about his life and work up there on the Psiloritis.
The road up to his mitato is not an easy road as it lays on a hight of 1200 meter but it really is worth the trip.
If this looks like something you would like to do during your stay in Crete than don’t hesitate to contact me.
Covid19 is not gone yet but here in Crete we are still quite safe, so for those who want to escape for a while and enjoy the sun, sea, mountains and our private pool Fodele Relax is still open.
I’m totally prepared to welcome all tourists with safety and according to the Covid rules, as I have now the certificate needed to be allowed to work with tourists in Crete!!
Fodele is a typical Cretan village and my house is built outside of the village with great view over it. The house is also surrounded by orange trees which give me every spring a great view and a lovely blossom smell every time I open my balcony door.
What is amazing here during summer time is that twice a day swallows come to the pool to drink water or to bath here. Even while you are swimming in the pool, they come along to have their bath.
I’m sooooooo exited today, I went for a short trip to the Melidoni cave and village with a friend of mine, we were only away for 3 hours but we saw so many beautiful and unexpected things, that I’m thinking about making this trip one of the short (up to 6 hours) excursions I’m preparing for next year!