Much has happened in the x number of days since my last blog....
Kevin has been up the mast of Gold of Ophir to do a bit of repair work for Dave. He had to enlist the help of Mike, Dave and John to ensure he was able to get up and down safely. But fortunately Dave's mast also has steps, which made the exercise a whole lot easier!
We've also been back to Mitikas, where Lynne collected excess fish off the dock and was given sardines (from a fishing boat) for the feral cats. And the mountains where we picked fresh peas, lettuce and leeks from the garden for dinner; bought gavros from the fishmonger who drives up to the mountain village - tooting his horn to announce his arrival - from the nearby town of Astakos; had a lesson on how feta cheese is made, from one of the village ladies; and went to another fiesta to celebrate the 'Protector' (probably a saint) of a neighbouring village.
The fiesta was a spectacle - with the usual horse racing, (200) sheep on spits and the ubiquitous live singing, accompanied by the off-key (to western ears) clarinet, and
Greek Dancing. There were 6 or 7 singers sitting in a row, each taking turns to sing. As a result there was constant music and dancing throughout the afternoon - until the heavens opened, everyone got drenched and the party came to an abrupt end!
The 'girls' - Miss Biffles, Trish the Dish and Ren Pen - have arrived. And sailing has just not been the same since.... For almost every comment made Trish will find a song to sing. Her microphone is the winch handle! Or the salt cellar, or whatever else comes to hand...And all the girls join in to sing - and dance, when they can! Biffles keeps baffling us (and having us in fits of laughter) with her astonishing knowlege and use of the English language. (Today's lesson was about the recalcitrant fly...) And Ren educates us regarding all things medical, and regularly has us busting at the seams with mirth too! We have never laughed so much!
In between all this we have had some lovely sailing too! We have been up to breathtaking Emerald Bay on anti-Paxos and glorious Gaios on Paxos, where we came across a street party and a live
Kevin going up Dave's mast
band who played music from Bill Haley to Credence Clear Water! The Italians in the crowd were master dancers and enticed us to dance the night away!
We are now back down south and if the weather plays ball we will be heading to Kioni on Ithaca tomorrow.
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