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Photo Article - the last visitor at the Greek Hovel in the summer of 2021

Tom Winnifrith
Tuesday 17 August 2021

It was as we were doing our final clear up, he just appeared in the upper living space as if from nowhere.

I suppose that scary big four or five-inch millipedes which can leave you with a sore limb after a nasty nip, find humans hideous. But I find them the ugliest of creatures. Even snakes have their own beauty and a useful role in killing rats. But of these creatures, I ask you God: “what is the point of this particular creation of yours?”

When I encountered one earlier in our trip I screamed, as the Mrs did yesterday, but then killed it with my boot, a merciful quick death. The Mrs, when she had finished her scream, picked it up on a fly swat and ran to the balcony on the mountain side flicking it up into the air. If it survived the ensuing 15-foot drop it will, no doubt, be eaten by a snake or a lizard. I think I showed more mercy.

I am just such a nice guy. But don’t tell anyone as I have a reputation to protect. 


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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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