And I dare say you will get your revenge... If Vera was in somewhere where wifi was available and had looked at the camera on the ipad, it is possible she could have done a screen grab of Dennis on the webcam, but what threw me was how far away the webcam is, to see such close ups?... UNLESS they saved the photo and zoomed in.... soooooo you might have not been far off the mark Bob... have I saved myself from revenge..
English Friday began with a beach swim at 8am in the smoothest sea so far, absolute glass mirror stuff, it almost felt a sin to get in ans shove a few ripples around. The skittering fishes had been elsewhere, but now they came back and one event was like the one described last year (by Tre or Di?) of them almost popping into our faces. I was brave on the outside.
The dentist is interesting. First off his window is clear glass with only a wide open Venetian blind - if you were to stand across the road outside, you could watch proceedings (if you're that kind of sadist). Secondly, yesterday was 'take your daughter to work' day, so his about 8 year old was sitting in his office chair at his desk in front of me calmly colouring and making occasional comments. Thirdly, whilst Vera and I were waiting half an hour, the single entrance was frequently used by sundry people for verbal chat and also by the local whitevanman to deliver INTO the surgery whilst a previous patient was in the chair!
English Friday is, of course, the day to go by bus - with everybody else either coming from or going to the airport on TO buses, we had at least 20 seats each both ways! After Thursday's sardine factory experiences we didn't recognise ourselves.
It seems I have one more dentist appointment to go, then on the one after that I'll be getting the new choppers. The next appointment to be Monday or Tuesday, so, of course, we have a Jimny booked (and paid for) for those two days!
Anybody finding the the heat too much can probably expect rain on Monday and Tuesday to complete my triptique of stormy drives!
We forewent without skipping the future Mrs Treason's hen party at the Bourtzi, in favour of a delicious meal at Varelli, Vera taking lamb kleftiko and I had a sea bass. We have agreed their tzatziki is the best on the island.
We were quite late for our morning swim, getting there not long before 8:30am. Beautiful calm sea again, just a few ripples. There were a goodly number of people there and they probably scared away our entertaining skittery fishes, so we just ambled swimmingly up and down until 9:15. The new arrivals seemed mostly foreign, so the English were missing out on umbrellas and beds. I expect tomorrow we shall see a resurgence of the good old British practice of an early run down with towels, then back for breakfast.
Vera has bought me a new T-shirt - it says "I am not perfect but parts of me are excellent". Although I chose it myself, I'm sure that's how Vera thinks of me!
We're off to Salt and Pepper tonight, Vera in a lovely new dress.
Lovely meal in Salt and Pepper. Kalamari for Vera, spare ribs for me, complimentary water for Vera and beer for me. €31.50. We are always impressed with the treatment we get there - the staff are all smart, friendly, respectful and attentive without being in your face. Our next visit will be on Thursday as our treat to ourselves on our last night.
I'm duly chastised Di but let me tell you, it wasn't a pleasant experience! I much prefer to wash with it rather than eat it but I did detect the hint of a green olive or was that a black olive? :-):-)
I wish you LOTS and LOTS of hot, sunny weather but whilst you are languishing under sweltering skies, show a little pity for the folks back home. I would settle for an hour or two maybe at the weekend - pretty please! :-):-)
Don't worry, Di, it's nice and sunny here. It's an hour since we got back from our morning swim in the sea and it's sunny and warm. There's a very welcome cooling breeze, but it only works in the shade! Weather forecast is sunny and warm for ages - the only possibility of anything else is the factor of us hiring a jeep for two days starting tomorrow. I could be making another of my famous Skiathos driving in the rain Youtube videos!
We are having a day in/at home today - Vera reckons she needs to pay attention to her tan by the pool. I couldn't care less about mine, so it'll be Nikos' burgers and beers for me to concentrate on.
After a quiet day in yesterday, we hurried out this morning at 7am to get a beach swim in before the Jeep arrived at 9am. So the Jeep man didn't turn up until 9:25! Last time, we got back from our swim at 8:50am and found him on the doorstep. Examples of Greek timekeeping.
So a nice gentle drive - that's speed, not road surface which in places was enough to knock out any teeth I had left, if I had any left. Down to Koukounaries, then off along the coast to Asselinos Beach for a very welcome cold drink. And on to my favourite, Kechria beach. Gosh, they've worked wonders there, with the entire place reconstructed. The down approach road has been concreted - by Angela's husband, and you can now drive down in any old motor. At the bottom, there is a hair-raising hard turn and drop off the lip of the concrete to go to the car park. Without markings etc, it's a case of park wherever there's a gap and hope nobody blocks you in.
The old taverna is gone and the plateau has been grassed by laying turf - I understand the levelling work was also done by Angela's husband. They have a number of umbrellas and loungers scattered tastefully about. I heard someone asking the price of them but didn't catch the answer - I got the impression it might be free if you order food and drinks, but don't take my word for it.
The taverna and dining area have been rebuilt at the back of the grassy area. Dining has a very solid level olive wood decking, wooden uprights and beams for the shady stuff. Tables in thick olive wood. The taverna is faced with stone.
There are some nice wall alcove decorations and I went to photo this one. As I got close up, I found myself being looked back at through the window of the ladies toilet.
We were very pleasantly surprised by the man saying "Welcome back again", recognising us from previous visits. We had our usual, Xoriatiki salad with bread and did it ever go down well, with cold drinks.
As we ate, a couple of cars came down the old access road, which is as rough as it gets. A big BMW managed to turn round at the edge of beds and umbrellas and steamed off up and out, to come down the proper way. A small Suzuki managed to do the turn around, but only got a few yards up the hill. He left it there and phoned the AA (I think) and went off with his family to make use of the waiting time by umbrella-ing and lounging.