The Magic of the Night Sky

It’s 4am and I’m tossing and turning in bed, the heat in the room suffocating. I’ve awoken feeling the wine from the night before, and now I feel terrible. There’s only one remedy…

I step outside, bleary eyed, and as I look up I see a sky filled with gleaming stars, so many that they light up everything around me. Where before I was stepping in inky blackness, now I can see as clearly as daytime.

I head out of the village, away from the street lights, following the road out to nowhere, just looking for a space where I can see the sky completely. It’s incredible what a change comes over me. Before I felt restless, but now I am completely soothed by natures caress. The mountains are silhouetted, and the only sound is the gushing of the river. Yesterday a storm raged for almost 12 hours, and now everything has cleared. And as I stand there staring at the sky, some words come to me from the book I just started reading (again)…

It was a fine night, and the black sky was dotted with stars. He looked up sniffing the air. “What fun! What fun to be off again, off on the road. This is what I have really been longing for, for years!

Don’t you worry about me! I’m as happy now as I have ever been, and that is saying a great deal. But the time has come. I’m being swept off my feet at last…

The road goes ever on and on, 
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet
And whither then? I cannot say.

J.R.R Tolkein – is there a more perfect book to be reading?


3 thoughts on “The Magic of the Night Sky

  1. You remember the couple you met after your Taygetos adventure? Well, we are following your blog and we enjoy it! Probably we are often looking at the same stars at night – we do so in the Bavarian mountains, and it always makes me feel free from any problems there might be. At the end of April we will probably go to Crete for some weeks, bearing in mind some of the stories you told. Wish you all the best for your journey, patience and many clear nights with millions of stars! Eva (and Peter)

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    1. Of course i remember! So wonderful to hear from you! How is your red wagon holding up? Will it be making another trip to Greece next year then if you are going to Crete? I am staying for the winter in an incredibly beautiful place – papigo, in the Pindus mountains. Perhapa you already visited but if not it would be a winderful place to pass through! 🙂

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