Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Lindos Taxi

When we visit Rhodes we stay in Pefkos, a short drive from the the jewel in Rhodes' crown, Lindos. Lindos is a very ancient site which has had human settlements since the Neolithic Period (4 Millennium BC) According to Homer it even took part in the Trojan war. It was very important in the ancient world as it also had 4 natural harbours. The famous Acropolis was built by the Romans as a temple to Athena in 300 BC and it stands at the top of the town. It is quite a spectacle.

It is a steep climb to the top and this can either be achieved by foot or by taking the Lindos Taxi, aka the famous Lindos donkeys. During the day they can be seen walking in pairs up to the summit. We have done the trip by donkey and on foot, both are very spectacular.
The views from the top are really worth the trek.

 The donkeys can be seen clip clopping through the cobbled streets of Lindos during the day.
Lindos is a great town to wander around, the buildings are so close together that there is some welcome shade created. The are so many bars, shops and tiny hotels all set within the narrow streets. Only motor bikes fit through these streets so it is a haven away from cars.

There are also beautiful hanging flowers everywhere which cascade downwards. It really is such a pretty town. We sometimes just drove into Lindos for a late afternoon coffee. We know of a bar with upstairs roof seating to watch the world go by.

As the afternoon drew to a close we would often follow the donkeys making their way "home" to their enclosure where they had fresh hay and shelter.

Here is one pair going home with their owner, they always seems to know the way without any real guidance. Those of my regular bloggers will know that I try to find a charm to add to my holiday charm bracelet which I made some years back. I thought of trying to find a lizard as we saw plenty of these whilst we were away but one evening it dawned on me......a donkey! I managed to find one in a Jewellers in Lindos and here he is ready to be added to my ever increasing number of holiday charms.

Cute isn't he.

Now this post also inspired me for my card challenge as all I kept humming as I wrote it was the Carol I used to sing at Primary School....Little Donkey...I don't know if any of you remember it but it was all about the donkey carrying Mary. It also reminds me of the donkey in the stable from childhood Christmas Nativity plays (mine and my now grown up children) and my little crib I display at home every year. So of course that turned my mind straight to Christmas and I decided to make a Christmas card featuring the nearest stamp to a Nativity scene that I own. No, I don't have a donkey stamp but I do own this gorgeous Lili of the Valley Christmas stamp called "Angels with crib".

I coloured the stamp using my Promarkers and highlighted with my Prismacolor pencils. I added Dimensional Magic to the wings to make them stand out.
I added lots of "bling" to this card, die cuts, punched snowflakes, gold ribbon and gems. The round sentiment is LOTV, the little rectangular one is by Whimsy stamps.
I used lovely matt gold backing card and some sweet Papermania paper from last year.
I want to mention that The Ribbon Girl blog is giving away some gorgeous ribbons inspired by a wedding cake maker.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Sparkles Christmas Challenge Sparkle and Bling #20
Penny Black & More Early Christmas makes
Penny Black Allsorts Inspired by a song and of course if your read this post it was inspired by the carol "Little Donkey" and yes I know there are no donkeys in it but that is just the way my mind works ;0)
2 Sisters things with wings #110
Winter Wonderland To the One I Love
Totally Papercrafts For a child #135
Charizma Cards Things with wings #37
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #91 Nativity
The Squirrel and the Fox Celebrate the Occasion #27
Joanna Sheen So sweet

I have one more holiday post from Rhodes to come next week with the last of my holiday photos. Do stop by and have a peep. Yesterday was the most glorious sunny day and I spent the day sorting out the garden. Of course I had a helper who was so delighted to be back in his garden ;0)

My darling Billy.

It has started to rain here now and it looks like we have some wet weather ahead of us for the next few days so it's a day indoors today. I must admit my garden actually needs a good water as I put some bulbs in yesterday.

Have a creative week everyone and as always thank you for stopping by and for leaving your kind comments, I love reading every single one of them.

Bye for now,

Jane x


greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful holiday snaps Jane.
I love donkeys and it looks like they do take good care of them. You hear so many donkey horror stories, don't you. One of the charities I support is the Donkey Sanctuary. Donkeys have the sweetest faces, don't you think. :)
I love your card, not the traditional colours which I find more appealing. :)
Look at that handsome lad surveying his garden. :)
You have just reminded me that I have lots of bulbs to plant!!
We have sun but it is chilly.
Happy Sunday Jane,
Vivienne x

Jane said...

They are very well cared for Vivienne and their drivers just "sing"to them for directions. They even have man cleaning up the manure. Donkeys are indeed sweet creatures. It's raining hard here..get your bulbs in quick!
Happy Sunday too my friend,
Jane x

craftyeyes said...

beautiful card pretty image thanks for sharing with us at 2sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

Jane said...

Thank you Tracy,
Jane x

Vanessa (aka V'ness, Nessa, oldschool) said...

beautiful pics & xmas card!
thank you so much for joining us at Charisma!

Jane said...

Thanks for visiting Vanessa,
Jane x

Hazel said...

Billy is gorgeous - and so is your card - and, yes, I remember 'little donkey'. Smashing pics of Rhodes - I've only been there once, but thoroughly enjoyed. it. Thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 91 - hope to see you again soon (and thanks once again for the fb 'like') x

Jane said...

Hello Hazel and welcome to Jane's Journal. Rhodes is super isn't it, glad you liked the photos. Thanks for visiting me here, hope to see you again soon,
Jane x

downrightcrafty said...

such a beautiful card, love the image choice, thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx

Jane said...

Thanks Kate it's such a lovely stamp.
Jane x

Vee said...

Such a beautiful creation.Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee

Jane said...

Hi Vee and thank you.
Jane x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Jane, I love your donkeys!!! The charm is perfect and your bracelet is indeed filling up! Such fun to have a keepsake bracelet for reminders of special holidays.
Billy sure is looking handsome
Have a great week, xoRobin❤

linda said...

beautiful holiday pics and a lovely christmas card! the background paper is so pretty and i love the snowflakes and sweet image. thank you so much for sharing your early christmas make with us this month at penny black and more.

by Teresa said...

Oh Jane, thanks for sharing your gorgeous holiday pix with us.. makes me feel like I've traveled there! Love the new charm.. I have a charm bracelet too and love them. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jane said...

I love my bracelet Robin there are so many holiday memories hanging from it. Billy loves being back in his garden and is a lot bigger than the cats we saw on holiday.
Jane x

Jane said...

Thank you Linda I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit here.
Jane x

Jane said...

It's my pleasure Teresa. I have one more post of my holiday snaps to show.
Jane x said...

Beautiful! I love the image, layout and those fab snowflakes. Thank you for joining us at 2 Sisters this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

brenda said...

Morning Jane,

Apologies for being so late arriving, but I know by your kind comments you understand why.

More super holiday pictures, how I would love to be back there at the moment in the lovely warmth sunshine.

A great take on the theme, thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts this week.

B x

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Jane! How nice to see your view from Greece! x Teje

Jane said...

Thank you Jill I love using snowflakes on my Christmas cards,
Jane x

Jane said...

It's really good to see you here Brenda. I know how hard things are for you at the moment but so glad you are keeping busy. Thanks for your visit and kind words,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Teje, we loved being there. Hope things are improving for you. I am sure your wedding helped++
Jane x

Mia said...

Dear Jane,

Lovely sun-filled post again! What a spectacular view! And that donkey is just perfect for your bracelet, and while I am not familiar with Mary&donkey-hit, I have now earworm of Mary had a little lamb... :)

Kiss that sweet Billy-boy for me, please!


Jane said...

LOL Mia...that made me smile, it's an old Christmas carol sung by most children in their nativity plays. Billy is so happy to be back and sends you a very big pink nosed purr,
Jane x

Barbara said...

Great pictures and a beautiful card, too!

Helen Philipps said...

Gorgeous pictures, Jane! I love Lindos and enjoyed seeing it again. I loved seeing the donkeys too, and your special donkey charm, as well as your pretty new card.
Have a happy week.
Helen x

Jane said...

Thank you Barbara,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Helen, it is such a pretty town. My little donkey looks great on my bracelet. Enjoy your evening,
Jane x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is super, what a great card, love all the holiday pics too and your kitty looks so sweet. Thanks for playing on Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month, Hazelxo

Tracey said...

Hi Jane, what a wonderful post I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your hols and your gorgeous charm bracelet - even though I think I will be singing Little Donkey for the rest of the evening. This is a gorgeous Christmas card, thank you for sharing with us at The Squirrel and The Fox. I hope to see you there again soon.

Jane said...

HI Hazel, thanks for visiting and for your kind comments. Happy Tuesday!
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Tracey and thanks. I agree I cant get that carol out of my head either..a real ear worm eh ;0) Lovely to see you here,
Jane x

Helen said...

Beautiful card - gorgeous image and I enjoyed the photos too!

Thanks for joining Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge this week.

Helen x
(Guest DT member)

Jane said...

Thank you Helen, enjoy your evening,
Jane x

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, I love all your charms on your bracelet too, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Jane said...

My charms all have such meaning Tracy, each has a sunny holiday memory! Thanks for visiting,
Jane x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is adorable. Lovely different colours for Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Totally Papercrafts and Good luck.


Jane said...

Thank you Cathy,enjoy your evening
Jane x

downrightcrafty said...

thank you Jane for your lovely comment, I wish I had photo's of my life to share too, but I don't do the in front of the camera and whilst my poor Star is poorly we cannot leave her even in a kennel, one day maybe in the mean time I get too look at your life and your wonderful photography skills
Hugs Kate xx

Jane said...

Lovely to see you here Kate, you are certainly one talented card maker ;0) We are so lucky that my parents have Billy as I think he would really struggle in a cattery when we go away. Thanks for your kind comments about my answer is that it's a great little camera ;0) Take care,
Jane x