I can't imagine more beautiful weather than we are having today!
To the north there is not a single cloud over the blue surface of the sea. The breeze causes the Cretan Sea's surface to sparkle in silver dimples as the sun rays reflect on to the moving dips. Some of the dimples occasionally break into mini white foaming waves.
Towards the south there is a line of small wispy clouds over the top of the mountains. No white strips of snow are evident to my eyes, but I know frozen glaciers still exist in the highest crevices of the White Mountains.
If I were to try to go for a walk I would be very hot and sweaty but the houses here are built for comfort during hot weather.
The temperature on the balcony on the house reads 82˚ F, although the house is much cooler. The floors are marble and feel cool on the bottoms of my bare feet. The walls are thick concrete. The roof of the house is white after being covered with gypsum to deflect the sunlight.
The house would be considered on the second floor in the States. Our first floor (considered zero floor) is open having a concrete floor. A strip of garden around the house adds shading from rhododendrons pruned for tallness, pine trees and deciduous trees that don't need much water.
Parking under the house helps keep the car cool and prevents the paint from fading. Here the car is protected fairly well from the salt which evaporates as it is carried through the air from the sea.
I've noticed how quickly the red color on stop bleaches out here from the sun, that was a sure sign to me to be always careful of the sun, even the car.
When we first moved to Crete I insisted on swimming as early in May as possible and not missing one single day of swimming for the next four months. I was pretty surprised at how many of the people I was meeting hardly ever go swimming. I kept asking them, "Do you know how lucky you are? There are so many good beaches close by!"
My favorite time was the June we could swim in the sea at St. Apostle and look up to the mountains and still see patches of snow.
Now I often stay home because I stay comfortable without having to go out into the sun. On the east side of the house where the bedrooms are located I keep the shutters and curtains closed all morning long. As the sun moves through the sky I close up the west side and open everything up on the east side. I had my desk by a window on the west side of the house until recently. I had to move because layers of curtains weren't enough to keep that spot cool enough to work in the afternoon when summer arrived.
My priorities have changed with familiarity. The breeze is so sweet and cool here, I can't imagine any reason to move! Not even a dip in the sea.