Paul, we have lots and lots of snow up here in West Macedonia, Greece. And ice. And freezing winds. One of my fantasies is to have lemon, orange, and grapefruit trees growing in my garden as the lucky people do in southern Greece - where, even though there is quite a lot of snow in winter some years, the weather is still mild (compared to our severe winters).
Forgive my bizarre English sense of humour Effie, it was meant to be a "tongue -in-cheek" comment. I know that Northern Greece does have snow-a good friend of mine who is a monk on Mt Athos recently sent me some pics of him in deep snow on the Holy Mountain!! I have also personally seen the beautiful White Mountains in Crete, still with snow on them in summer!! You are so right, even in the south they have their share of the white stuff!