Red eggs for Easter Sunday

Red EggCreosoting fence panel after fence panel is soporific to say the least. Whether it is the boring repetition or the fumes from the creosote, I have never been entirely sure. The fence panels like the sheds were rescued from 5 Democrasi Sokak, and before I am accused of theft of my own property by that paragon of virtue Akan Kursat, Advocate extraordinaire for Akfinans Bank Limited, Agile and I removed them from our property before the Auction. The sheds are now looking rather smart, I have painted them dark blue with light blue doors and window surrounds. Agile says he wouldn’t be surprised if I put curtains at the window. Funny he should say that, now where is my sewing machine? This must be one of the few places where you can still buy creosote, even in the RoC you can only buy creosote substitute. The nanny state mentality has not arrived here, yet.

Whilst being mesmerised by my boring chore, I got to thinking that it will soon be Easter. This year, Orthodox and Roman Easter are on the same dates. When I lived in the south I found Easter fascinating. The red eggs, the flaouna bread which was usually baked a little before Easter and eaten for weeks after, even when all it was fit for was building walls with. Red is the colour of life and symbolic of the blood of Christ, hence the red egg tradition.

Many were the times I have had to sit and politely eat flaouna which was a cross between sawdust and cement because of its age; fresh, it is delicious. The local baker in Emba village would oblige the ladies by allowing them to bake their home-made flaouna in his old fashioned village oven, a larger version of the ovens we see our küp kebap being cooked in at some of the restaurants. I wonder how many bakers in the south still bake bread that way. My advice is that if you are ever offered flaouna two weeks after Easter; count your teeth on the way out.

During Easter time in the south you will see impromptu barbecues on the roadside with entire families taking part. Bonfires burn in the village square and an abundance of home made fireworks are set off. I have a vivid recollection of driving through a village during Easter and a home-made firework landing underneath our moving car, the explosion was frightening, thank God we suffered no injuries.

This year, Easter Sunday is on the 24th April, if you were planning a trip south to shop, be aware all the shops will be closed over the Easter period, except the small convenience stores, the butchers, the bakers and the florists. Good Friday is strictly a religious holiday in the Orthodox faith. We know in Britain all the major stores will be open which I personally find a little sad.

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