It used to be the boat show at the end of May that caused this sudden spurt of activity by the municipality. Somewhere in the last few years we lost the boat show. Million dollar boat owners were not impressed by our lack of co-ordination and preparation I heard. Little plastic gates attached to the rubbish bins, and a sudden appearance of colourful plants along the waterfront were not enough, although I thought the kilometre of red carpet in front of the parked yachts was quite impressive and one year we got a few yards of it before they threw it out after the exhibition.
I have just come back up the mountain after some early morning shopping. Someone was out strimming all the long dry grass along the edges of the road and three sweepers wearing orange vests and wielding big long brooms were cleaning up behind him. Further up was a lorry parked watching the activity. Five watched, four worked.
A week or so ago all the potholes were patched-up along the roads to be traversed by the atheletes.
Main roads all over the island will be closed for the three or four hours the events take place on Saturday and Sunday. As Poros has very few roads this means the island will be on lock-down. Last year I almost got stuck in the middle of the mountain. This year I know what's happening and when. The children and the grandchildren are either volunteers or taking part so we've been warned where and when we can move.
There is a wedding taking place at a small church along the bay at 6pm on Saturday. I presume everyone will be coming and going by boat because the roads are closed from 5-9pm. The jetty there though is almost non existent. I hope the bride and groom have a plan B
The big supermarket has sold hundreds of bottles of water with athletic 'nipples' to be given to the contestants. I asked my nephew if he would get a bonus for such unexpected sales. No. no, no.
You'll be hearing about all this I'm sure!