Last weekend, before the storm hit, we had a book and bric a brac sale with proceeds going to feed stray cats and dogs and buy medicine for them .
These 3 heroines, my daughters, brought 30 odd boxes full of heavy books down a steep flight of steps, loaded up the car and took them down to an office on the harbour.
The books were from the private library of English friends of ours who are selling their house on Poros.
Their book shelves were full of books in very good condition, and a lot were complete sets.
Thanks Judy and Steve.
There are still some beautiful hard backs up there. They were too heavy to haul around. Tomes of
cookery and sailing books, amongst others, full of lovely glossy photos.
This is Isis, our most efficient librarian. She spent one night sorting all those paperbacks into categories and authors and setting them out in the offices of Greek Sails.
A bit different from her other job of skippering yachts!
And Jan who organises fund raisers for local animals and does hands-on feeding and medicating.
Years ago she used to organise bazaars, real bazaars as only the English know how. We used to have such fun rummaging through racks of clothes, books and bric a brac. Then the Greeks took over. They have no idea how a bazaar works and probably can't imagine why anyone would want other's cast-offs. Their bazaars had little of interest and just died out.
This is Rudi, one of the strays. He needs daily medication and has been adopted by Isis.
He was the star of the day. Most people coming in knew his story and he lapped up a lot of attention
Cecile, another local alien, from Belgian, modelling this fine coat. She supplied the office space, and made coffee and a pot of spiced mulled wine which went down very well with the book browsers.
One of the white elephant stalls
I bought 3 salad bowls. Do we really need anymore?? I keep complaining of the 12 we already have!
These ones are smaller and fit better on a table already groaning with platters and plates.
Cecile chatting in the sun.
She's an excellent saleswoman, drawing in passers-by and showing off the wares.
I didn't leave with only books and salad bowls. But I would have if she hadn't presented all the other possibilities. I filled up the car with a small table, curtains, magazines, and a few other items.
Jan and Rudi
Note that fabulous hat!
We all had a lot of fun besides raising funds. The sale went on for both Saturday and Sunday. They were the best 2 days I've had in a long time.
Isis and Cecile, mother and daughter, are an extremely capable duo and lots of fun too. Many of the English expats came by for a browse, a drink and a bit of chatter. Many were old friends and others just faces I see in the supermarket or on the road. Now I know their names as well.