Di and hubby duly arrived whilst we were out in our jeep. Jeepers, , have they ever got a superlicious car - big, white, posh. It's got to be capable of anything.
Final dentist visit, next time I should get the new teeth. Like in Engalnd, dentist was running late so we didn't get to watch Di landing.
We drove up to Platanos for our midday snack, where we didn't bump into Di - we probably left before they got there.
When we went out to the pool, a three generational family had arrived whom we met last year. It is alleged that I taught baby boy how to splash water and their bathroom has suffered ever since.
We have eaten in Ratatouile tonight, Vera had the chicken souvlaki and I had the Ratatouille burger on the recommendation of a lady we met on the beach swim this morning. Both were excellent. Started with tzatziki, large water and an Amstel, €29.80, with complementary little choc ice on a stick. It can't get much better than this (except for tonight's lottery draw).
Wednesday 6th July - 7am stirring ourselves for a swim.
A high scattering of cumulo something clouds - tiny, highlighted by the sun rising behind us, into little flakes of gold in the sky. There's not much wrong with the world today, only the penniless result from last night's Euromillions!
A lovely swim this morning. Vera saw two lots of skittering fish when I was looking the other way as we took off our footwear to get in the sea. I subsequently saw more, including another "close encounter" - brave as I am, it's still quite startling to have a bunch of little fishes charge at you from only a few feet away!
After two days buzzing around the lumpy hill roads in the jeep, we are now very much winding down for this holiday, so no great treks, just wander into town for a few take-home gifts, a gyros and visit the Bourtzi - it'll be our last visit there tomorrow. No call from dentist today, so for sure I'll get one tomorrow. I told my teeth to enjoy themselves today, "for tomorrow you die!" I have had a couple of farewell photos taken of them.
Last visit to Vareli taverna tonight and we both had lamb kleftiko, delicious, tender and red hot out of the oven. A multi variety ice cream between us to come back with heavy stomachs (again).
Last day day tomorrow and Tre successfully avoided me. Never mind, she's just posted her booking for the same time as us next June/July.
We ate at Varelli taverna last night, the usual tzatziki, then we each had the lamb kleftiko. Foolishly I agreed to a mixed ice cream (with two spoons) and paid the price, up until gone midnight for my insides to stop punishing me!
At 2:30am, all hell broke out, thunder and lightning and strong gusts of wind to hurl the shutter doors crashing about. In fact, it wasn't on top of us - by counting the interval between flash and crash I calculated it was 3 or 4 miles away and moving off. But quite spectacular nevertheless. I picked in our washing which was hardly wet and by then it wasn't raining.
This morning dawned a beautiful day. The ground had been damped down but not soaked or flooded. At the beach, there had been a little runoff from the approach road, just enough to clean the steps down and firm up the trough to the sea's edge. The swim was glorious and I think my teeth enjoyed a condemned thingy's last swim. Text has arrived from the dentist to go in at 1:30pm, so they'll get their last snack at the Plateia sandwich bar.
Funny isn't it - it seems at least half the people in Villa Maria suffered the thunder and lightning and another half didn't.
The old teeth had a lovely sandwich, then they went into my pocket and Vera went off for a little shop browsing and I went to the dentist and got the new choppers. I went back and met Vera at the Bourtzi for a drink and gave them an easy try out with their soft star shaped biscuits.
Salt and Pepper for our final treat of the holiday, kalamari for Vera, sea bass for my new teeth, very strange. Vera has now finished the packing except for some last minute things. I think maybe we are supposed to be sad to leave, but we can't do that - we'll be back in just a few weeks.
Here's another funny thing. Ever so many people seem to appear and shout hello Dennis and Vera. And we haven't the faintest idea of their names. How embarrassing! We recognise their faces, but can't for the life of us come up with names. I have decided in future to be up front about it, blaming my age, instead of trying to wing a conversation without using a name! I did that tonight and surprisingly remembered that we had exchanged phone numbers - Martin says he rang me two years ago and I said I'd ring him back, but he's still waiting. I've just rung him and he didn't answer so I've texted to say he never answers when I ring back! We met Di on her first day and Vera swears we met her before.
Well, 9:35am pickup tomorrow, beauty sleep calls. Let's hope I don't have to switch on JSI wi-fi to complain to you all about airport handling. Goodnight.
Yes Dennis we accosted you in the lane outside Villa Maria as I recognised you from a photo you showed me of you and Vera from Salt and Pepper, cant remember if it was last year or the year before now, anyway as usual Vera is correct! Hope to see you in the morning to say bye, looked for you around the pool but we had just missed you....
Here we are, 7:45am, breakfast about to put my new teeth to the early morning test. Yet another glorious looking morning, it's such a pity we don't have time for a swim - 9:35 pickup. We could do it except for getting wet cozzies (I don't suppose Troulos beach would approve of skinny dipping, even if we did, which I wouldn't dare - you never know what's cruising around below!).
How on earth do women get it right? We've just come to the end of our milk, toothpaste, sugar, everything except those little salt packets which I picked up for my breakfast tomatoes - we have enough for another fortnight. Everything is packed except jimjams and I shall soon be able to check the weights - I have a nifty little digital weighing machine not much bigger or heavier than a corkscrew.
Last night was a bit breezy, rattling the shutters until I closed them properly, and I woke before 6 feeling just a little . However, for the first time ever, I have spent every night lying on top of the sheets without my clout on, which proves it has been our warmest holiday. I have previously been known to get the blanket down and sleep under it just about every night!
Sorry we didn't get to say hello. And yes, we can try to pass the time of day this time next year. My sister & family are due to be be picked up by a Thomson coach around 9:45 at the Hermes, so you may get to say hello to her instead! Thankfully her little grand daughter who came down with chicken pox has been given the all clear to fly. It has been quite a stressful holiday for them and I think they are glad to be heading back. Safe journey. Look forward to more of your instalments.