Sunday 25 September 2022
Thursday 22 September 2022
Visiting day at the Naval Base. The new recruits have had a week of confinement at the Base here, plus another week or so at the main marshelling station in Athens. They used to spend 6 weeks here but now it's more like 3. Learning to march, handle guns, peel potatoes, garden. Basic training.
Every greek male is supposed to do time in the armed forces once they reach 18, with very basic pay. Time in the Navy was 2 years but it's down to something like 9 months now. Not too much time to spend away from Mama but a nuisance if you're studying or starting a new job. It can be delayed until after your studies and those escaping overseas can now get some sort of exemption. They used to be nabbed as they re-entered the country and sent into the army.
Our oldest grandson has put his conscription off till he ends his studies in a couple of years time.
The 2 Sundays here at the base they are allowed out till 4pm. A few hundred young sailors are joined by several hundred mothers, grandmothers, girlfriends and a few Dads all eager to fuss over their young boys.
We hadn't realised it was visiting day when we went for coffee and arrived at the lower gate of the Base to find young lads dressed in white flocking out into the parking lot, heading for the cafes and tavernas in town.
From experience we knew it was touch and go whether we found an empty table at our favourite cafe. While K parked up I dashed for our cafe which is first in the line of harbour cafes. I grabbed a table, not our usual one, but with a view of goings on and out of the sun.
Sunday 18 September 2022
Our herd of wild goats have returned. They have found a water source. The leaky water mains.
Saturday 10 September 2022
Elderly neighbour Vaso was due to start her grape picking on Monday, red and white. But it rained. So she will have to wait a few days for the vines to dry out.
Most years they would be picking only the white grapes now and leave the red for a couple of weeks. But they're ready early this year. The sugar content, which son Vangelis checks on with a little gadget, is spot on
Tuesday 6 September 2022
Treasures still treasured in our back yard
Monday 5 September 2022
A moody Monday. Overcast and noticeably quieter. Schools open next Monday and visitors are disappearing fast.
Saturday 3 September 2022
September. We are finally having overseas visitors. An excuse to get rid of a little more rubbish and do a little cleaning.
They've all been here before so they know what sort of house we keep. A rather disorganized one.
But one where you won't go hungry.
Yard work and removing big rubbish always seems so much easier to me. Instant rewards. Whereas I'm the only one who is going to notice if the furniture is dusted or the floors are cleaned. Or there are smudges on the cabinet doors, or the windows are clean, or the doors need scrubbing after pouring rain and red saharan dust, or, or . In fact if all those jobs got finished I think anyone entering would notice a shine. The biggest indoor job is going to be taking down all the pictures and plaques around the fireplace and cleaning the soot off the wall before we start this winter's fires and smudge it again. That's what I hate, it all gets dirty again. All our windows and doors are open 24 hours a day still, with bug screens. The dust floats gaily in settling all over the room in a nice thick coating. Spider webs can be removed but the spiders are still here and more webs will appear overnight.
So, to outdoors.