Walking behind this couple today, I reflected that we might look like this in 5 years time if fate is kind to us. I wouldn't mind, I'm almost ready to give up the fight and resort to an elasticated waistband and grey ankle socks with everything. After all, who's watching?
After driving our daughter to the airport for her Christmas "treat" - a trip to England to see her old pals - Husband and I set off on our favourite walk. The route never gets monotonous. Last month, the fields were still brown and frazzled, last week they were busy with tractors ploughing and bee hives being unloaded and this week, everyone is out picking olives. It's been so windy this weekend that most of the olives are on the ground so the familiar sound of long sticks beating the top branches was absent today.
The 2.5 hour round trip takes us down backroads and pathways through to Etrim, a carpet-making village, which is busy with tourists during the summer but quiet and peaceful at this time of year.
It's our only local walk to include a tea-house and as we stopped for a breather we were joined by Mehmet Top who insisted on buying our teas. Mehmet makes baskets, traditionally used for olive picking but he says he now makes them just to keep himself busy.
Etrim is also one of the few places with a village fountain, so we don't have to carry water with us for Jake. He tried to share it with the locals but eventually they chased him off and he had to wait his turn.