I have be prevaricating for weeks thinking it wasn't cold enough but today I succumbed and put the flokatis down. How cosy is the house now...long gone are the days when we had the flokatis weighing down our damp beds! I am sure there are many of you out there who remember this?
Message posted by Marisa on 12áDecemberá2011 at 4:37am - IP Logged
Lavinia, what is flokatis? Is it a type of duvet, bed cover? Your message was posted at 1:09am and it is now 2:34am. My man has a cold and is snoring, so as I have not written anything on the Agni forum for months I thought this would be a good thing to do in the middle of the night!
I hope you are warmer and cosier now with your flokatis. I invested in a duck feather duvet recently, it is light but warm.
Message posted by Viv D on 12áDecemberá2011 at 9:07am - IP Logged
Now 07.24 in UK and yes I did get back to sleep thanks from about 5am. I put a small photograph album together of family photos for my 96 year old ex mother in law, she does not have one grey hair and her hair is copper brown colour!
Thanks for letting me now that Flokatis are Greek Rugs & for the link.
Message posted by janmanessi on 12áDecemberá2011 at 9:42am - IP Logged
Flokatis come in different qualities and weights, naturally cream as are made from sheep's wool but are sometimes found dyed. Lighter ones used as bed coverings, and heavier ones as carpets or rugs. Many different sizes available. Some people used to take them over to the mainland once a year to wash them in the running water of the river and you can still see them sometimes in Autumn laid out to dry on the river banks.
Because the 'pile' is long your feet really sink into them and they are very comforting on a cold day!
You can get them in UK, but they will be almost certainly machine made and not the same quality as those which are treasured in a traditional home.
Message posted by Lavinia on 12áDecemberá2011 at 4:50pm - IP Logged
Jan is quite right. When we lived in Epirus in the 1970s I was given some sheep fleeces. An old Epirot lady helped me spin the wool and then we wove flokatis on her ancient loom. I think we made four of them. We then took them to a place (which is still there) near Paramithia where they placed the woven flokatis into a fast running stream going down to the River Styx. I was horrified when I returned a few days later when the lady in charge waved her hand over to some very gaudy red and orange flokatis and told me mine were ready... fortunately mine were inside and were still cream coloured and amazingly fluffy and snuggly.
Before most houses in Corfu had central heating we used to have flokatis over our beds as it was the only way to keep warm. The houses were incredibly damp in winter with just the tzaki and the bedding was damp too. Far too damp to use an electric blanket so hot water bottles were the only way of airing the beds and putting them out in the sunshine when possible.
Greek houses have got so much more comfortable over the years and back in the 60s and 70s they were geared up to the summer heat with few creature comforts. No big squashy sofas or comfy armchairs just hard wooden chairs, stone floors etc. so to find somewhere with a flokati on the floor in winter was a treat. In Epirus they all used to sit on big cushions on the floor and eat on their knees (a tradition may be left over from the hundreds of years of Turkish occupation?).
You can buy good quality pure wool flokatis on Ebay in the UK!!
Message posted by SusieM on 12áDecemberá2011 at 5:29pm - IP Logged
I agree Vinny how many times I went on Yotes - especially today 12th December going with my family from one house to another sitting on incredibly uncomfortable chairs and very selfishly wishing I was home in my very comfortable sitting room! We had to go to a very close friend for his annual lunch on St Spiros Day where a HUGE SPREAD laid out & then in the evening we set off at about 6pm and went from one uncle Spiros to another (we had loads in our family) ending up at my sister-in-laws which was warm & cosey. The other thing I remember about this particular day was how cold the weather always was and how we were wrapped in overcoats etc.
Vinny - dont forget Tuesday 20th around 8.30 can you mention this to Jan & Chris and co actually I am such a dip stick Jan you will be probably reading this!??
Message posted by Lavinia on 12áDecemberá2011 at 5:54pm - IP Logged
Yes of course Anna-Louisa can come. I cant remember the name of the restaurant - its an Italian one and will find name. When you are facing Bekios in Manduki go to the left and there is a small alleyway there & its down on the left hand side. A great little hideaway and the people that run it are so sweet and grub great & inexpensive. Around 8pm.x
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