Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Looking up from the harbour. Old style houses with only a small front balcony, most accessed by steep and very irregular steps. These should all have tiled roofs and on some islands must also be painted only blue and white. Not on this island. We had a bright yellow house next to us in the old town and a couple of bright pink houses.
Two harbour cats wait hopefully beside the fishing boats
Along the harbour and the seaside many of the trees are eucalyptos. They grow to a great height and every few years are cut back almost to a stump. The Municipality this year is giving the wood from the tree trimming to families that cannot afford to buy logs for their wood burning fireplaces. Nearly all of the old houses had fireplaces, as did my in-laws house when we first arrived. Not so long ago the fireplaces were not only used for heating but this was where most of the cooking was done as well.
The fishermen's club house. The older men gather here every day especially on cold winter days when they are shooed out of the house by their wives. They sit here and talk tall fish tales. They bring their wine and a meze and while-away the morning until it is time to reurn home to eat their midday meal.
Their boats are tied up to the flimsy wooden jetty nearby.
The lottery seller. He has the lottery tickets arrayed on a long piece of wood with notches for each ticket.
At the Lotto shop there is a steady stream of customers. The 'Joker' has been in 'jackpot' mode for the last two weeks. The pot is now 16 million euros. We went and played yesterday but it was another 'Jackpot' last night so I suppose we will have to replay our numbers. At 1.50euro for 5 lines of our lucky numbers it is not going to break our bank, and who knows...........