Quote: Originally posted by MartynG on 11 September 2008
Drunken Wasp. No, this isn't an addition to the Taverna Agni menu, but a brief tale of one little blighter who over indulged on the products of the grape at our favorite taverna in Stephanos last week.
Firstly, he performed a perfect high dive into my glass of wine (Rose, since you ask). Furious at not being asked by my visitor if he might share my drink, I fished him out with the blade of a knife. Cheeky bug then proceeded to drink from the blade, performing acrobatics as I revolved said blade - always staying on the upper side. Quite a feat, considering how much had been imbibed by this time!
Eventually he gave up the high wire act and fell onto the table, where he continued to stagger around in a circle, quite unable to take to the air, but buzzing furiously. Unsurprisingly, his actions became weaker and weaker until he finally crashed out under the edge of the paper table cloth, flat out on his back.
Despite this comatose state, he did mamage to hang on to the corner of the cloth as it flapped up and down in the wind, repreatedly banging his head on the table. Quite clearly, he was feeling absolutely no pain at this stage.
After a few minutes, he regained consciousness at attempted to fly. I say "attempted" as there was a huge amount of buzzing as he increased engines to full take off power, subsequently leaping into the air, only to discover a serious fault with the directional compass/flight controls, to the extent that each take off was aborted, resulting in our intrepid aviator lying on his back, buzzing pathetically. After each attempt, his ground crew (our sons) would put him back on his undercarrige so he could try again.
He was last seen in the shrub at the end of the table sleeping off his hangover.
The youth of today!!
Great story! But is it really about a wasp - or were they your exploits after too much rose ? LOL
We were plagued by wasps early sept and were told it was because of the grape harvest - but my firned went in July and they were bad then
Message posted by Bob and Wendy (Uncle Bob) on 26 September 2008 at 9:43pm - IP Logged
Bob and Wendy
They are particulay bad at the moment, its nothing to do with grape harvest, although you'll see loads buzzing round the "MUST" as it ferments, its just the time of year before they die off.
As I know exactly where MartynG was located, I suspect that we encountered his wasp or his family members in the same location over the last couple of weeks, unfortunately for them I dont have Martyn's forbearance, and gave them short shrift.
Message posted by kassi on 26 September 2008 at 10:50pm - IP Logged
Got back on Tuesday, and can honestly say the wasps were nowhere near as troublesome as usual in September. Only had one meal where they were a pest. (And my husband got stung - leaned back on his chair straight onto one!) Spiro (taverna owner) put bleach on the sting, to everyone's dismay. But it worked.
Message posted by Dextercat on 28 September 2008 at 1:46pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by steveanddee on 10 September 2008
There were quite alot this time we were there and some looked like 3 or 4 had morphed into 1 body!! but generally they leave you alone.
The weirdest thing we saw was we were eating outside 1 day and 1 flew and landed on a piece of chicken my wife had in her salad and started to eat it?
We saw these and think that these are hornets which will eat wasps!!
Message posted by Kaffy on 28 September 2008 at 7:21pm - IP Logged
I was eating melon & ham one lunchtime about 2 weeks ago and the blighters homed in on it. In the end I gave up eating it thinking let them have the rest of the melon but no they came down in droves and cut off pieces of the ham and flew away with it. Didn't try the melon and ham again but after this the burning of the coffee grounds seemed to work for other meals.
Message posted by Opal on 02 October 2008 at 2:29am - IP Logged
We arrived home Monday, never seen so many wasps in all my life and the first time ever my wife was stung and had a bad reaction to it, she is just gettin' back on track today.
Had some of the Greek coffee on our tables but didn't help.
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 02 October 2008 at 2:43am - IP Logged
The wife got stung by a hornet while on holiday it flew in throught the window of the car and stung her under her arm pit..She screem blue murder trying to get it out then stung her on her thumb of all luck..We found a doctors type surgery and after a quartersone injection done the trick...And only paid for the cream nine euros...The wife is now O/K but the hornet sadly died later....By a sun news paper....splattttttt.......Chris
Message posted by Brownie on 02 October 2008 at 11:24am - IP Logged
It was the same in Sidari this year - the wasps were out for their annual knees up!!!!! I spent half my day running round with a bright pink swatter thinggy!!! (which I subsequently ended up breaking in half!!!) trying to get rid of them - pesky things.......
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