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A Question of Scale

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Monday November 1, 2010

Kalamata, Greece

Caption: Almost everyone will be familiar with the giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands, thanks to Charles Darwin and natural history television programmes but not a lot of people are acquainted with the giant tortoises of Greece. This magnificent specimen was unearthed by our dogs while on their evening walk yesterday. I thought at first that they had found a walnut but when I looked closer it waved its legs at me. I took it home to see if it would benefit from a safer environment (less dog access) but it clearly didn't approve of the arrangement so I returned it to the wild this morning. Due to inflation the one Euro coin shown is worth a lot less than it used to be worth but it still dwarfs Testudo hermanni - perhaps it should 'shell out' on some growth steroids? (sorry, I couldn't resist it)

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4. minnesotamom
3:55 PM GMT on December 15, 2010
Good one, Gene!! :D
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3. Clabo
3:18 PM GMT on December 14, 2010
Wow, I hope he *does* spend it all in one place. Can't imagine him lugging around all that much change...
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2. minnesotamom
2:18 PM GMT on December 14, 2010
:D Oh my goodness, Alan, you had me laughing SO hard by the time I got to the end of your delightful narrative on this "monster" I almost choked to death!! :D What a cute little character!
Keep 'em coming!! I can't wait for the next one! :D Kathy
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1. ChrisAnthemum
9:39 PM GMT on November 01, 2010
As it is said, mighty oaks from little acorns grow!
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About Granddad


We are English, (except our dogs, who are definitely very Greek, having been abandoned strays who took us in out of the kindness of their hearts). We retired to Greece in 2003 to escape the phoney political correctness endemic throughout the Anglo-Saxon world and to mix with some real people again. We live in the Exo-Mani in the extreme South of the Peloponnesus, where the sea and countryside are beautiful and the weather is also less political (i.e. they don't tax sunshine yet). The site provides an opportunity for us to bore the whole world with our snapshots and for which we are duly grateful.

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