Another holiday weekend!

With another holiday weekend coming up, we saw the presence of both Maria and Georgia. Micky and Five have had their operations and are, no doubt, recovering in the comparative luxury of Georgia’s house. I should imagine Princess will be up for some food and a walk once she returns tomorrow. I was surprised to see how quickly they get over the operation and return to normal. Princess will not like the idea of being without food this evening as well as tomorrow morning. Theoretically she is the first patient at 10:00 tomorrow, so we should be back quite quickly after the operation, once she recovers.

The guys are spraying the carob trees with some horrible poisonous stuff to attempt to get rid of the parasites that invade the trees. The product remains active for three days following the treatment and apparently it is dangerous for animals to contact the ground under the trees. The afternoon is virtually windless so perfect conditions for the application of the product. Hopefully they heed the request not to treat the trees close to my compound. I can hear Georgia’s voice so I expect she is instructing the men what to do. She appeared as I wrote the previous line and was telling the operator, in no uncertain terms, what he should be doing and how he should be doing it. When it comes to the dogs, there’s no compromise. Fortunately the ground under the trees has been cleared so there is little there except sand. My Dutch neighbour has decamped to just inside the gates onto the beach. I guess he will remain there until the product has dissipated. He was right to move as a stone from the strimmer smashed the rear window of the Grammeno Ferrari just as I was walking past. My van is protected by the fence and the green netting to stop the wind.
A customer complained about the state of the bathroom and toilets this morning so I was able to call Maria over and talk to her at that moment. She was off to pick up the dogs but said she would deal with the bathrooms once she returned. I don’t mind chatting to the punters, collecting the money and doing a little bit about the place, but I’m not getting into cleaning and rubbish like before.
Georgia asked if the pile of junk, which has been outside my gate since October, was anything to do with me. I told her it all belonged to the camping so she affirmed, yet again, that it would be removed. I expect that, this time, it will actually get removed. Here’s hoping anyway.
There is a small, white puppy lying in the sun at my feet. He and Obi have been sleeping peacefully inside the van almost all day.
It has not been amazingly hot today as the high was 23.8C, so not the hottest day of the year.
Another exciting sliver of information from my weather website for today’s date:

“The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR). An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.

The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects such as cancers are still being investigated.”

You are certainly impressed by that snippet I feel sure.

Maria and Georgia are off to Athens on Friday although I am unsure as to why they are going. I gave Georgia a telling off for having an unlit cigarette in her hand earlier. I also mentioned it to Maria who assures me she is still trying to give up smoking and caffeine. I suggested that she might try to give up tobacco and then caffeine as both at once would be even more difficult. During the summer she is captive in reception so just smokes endlessly to relieve the  boredom. A fine welcome for foreigners who are used to a mostly smoke-free environment. Georgia managed to survive without smoking last year and hopefully she will not start again or I fear she will be back where she was two years ago. Better stress management is the way to go.