Talk about things coming out of the blue! If there’s one word to describe life on a Greek island, ‘dull’ would not be it!
There I was, happily painting away, totally absorbed, in my studio with only a cd player and some classical music for company when my mobile rang, and a frantic voice at the other end informed me ‘We’ve got a donkey on a truck, can we bring it to your olive grove and will you help us decorate it for a wedding? The bride wants to arrive at the church (near your house) on him – Oh, and did I mention we’ve only got about 20 minutes till the ceremony starts?” !!
Well you don’t get requests like that every day, so of course I said
I downed my brushes, rushed to the tool shed , grabbed the pliers and set-about snipping off olive branches. The truck (plus donkey!) arrived, stopping the traffic and causing quite a commotion on the road, much to the amusement of the tourists returning from their day at the beach.
Within minutes he was transformed with bunches of white oleander, fronds of olive, pearls and cream silk ribbon.
A white hand-crocheted lace coverlet was thrown over his saddle and, before he had time to complain, and he was whisked off again, to the rear of the church where the bride was waiting.
She made her entrance in good time and looked so beautiful she brought gasps of admiration and cheers from the gathering crowd of on-lookers. It was a truly memorable sight and the simple wedding was small, intimate and elegant.