New Year’s Eve

The day started with Isabella wanting to go out but I was awake anyway. Skinny decided to join Isabella so at least I didn’t have them trying to climb into bed with me. Everything was fine until Skinny had the urge to bark at the big ginger cat which seems to have adopted me. He has discovered that the premium cat food goes into the bowl on the fence so has taken to waiting on the fence for me to come to put some food in the bowl for him. I’ve given up trying to stop cats from helping themselves to the ‘wrong’ food. I simply put premium food in the bowl on the fence for ‘my’ cats and put down the economy product for all the rest in the storeroom.

Our walks followed the same format as the previous day except that we were out slightly earlier and there was more cloud so little in the way of moonlight until dawn approached. Whilst waiting for Charlie to catch up I saw a torch on Alonáki Beach so assumed someone might be out there fishing. I have a feeling Charlie might have gained that information before me as I suspect that’s where he was when he wasn’t with the others. In the early morning, I don’t tend to track them too closely at the start.

Having completed our tour of the Promontory, it was lighter so I was able to see that there was a fisherman who’d driven his 4×4 onto the beach down to the shore where he had several rods in the water. Unless I’m mistaken, he may have also taken a diversion up the beach towards Plakaki as I discovered a fresh set of tyre tracks in the sand although it wasn’t as churned up as it often can be when people race up and down amusing themselves. We went up to the road so as not to interfere with this vital task. I could imagine the dogs stealing his fish or knocking over one of the rods…

We turned around and went back to the Promontory and then the camping. I then disappeared off to Paleochora to get some items too heavy to bring back yesterday. I had the dubious pleasure of the annual Petrakis Family Business Calendar which, this year, features pictures of Paleochora in the early 1900s. Yiannis spent time explaining the various images, where the photo was taken and the present-day use of the building. Envigorated, I rode back to the camping and released the dogs. Even though Isabella is outside when the others are inside and she can open the gate to let them out, she chooses not to do so.

I fed the dogs and made my breakfast before sitting down to read the news. I’d previously removed a jar of yeast from the fridge to wake it up before using it to make bread. I discovered I’d taken out the wrong jar so I think it’s only now that the yeast is becoming active.

The Estonians wanted another wash so I had a quick trip to the machine and back a couple of times. Otherwise, the remainder of the morning passed harmlessly.

I looked at why the sink is so slow to empty and went to see if I could find a plunger. I think it has a bit of a blockage somewhere along the line so must acquire a plunger to see if I can sort it out.

I did lots of other very important things such as wish the pet food delivery guy Happy New Year when he delivered yet more cat and dog food. The dogs are not having so much dry food now which is a bonus and also makes them healthier.

Georgia came to the camping with Tony and is celebrating the New Year’s Eve catching up with paperwork in the office. We agreed the lockdown is unlikely to end on 7 January and more likely to continue to the end of March despite the comparatively encouraging mortality statistics and new infection rate. I suspect lockdown will continue until a significant number of the population have been vaccinated.

I had a chat with Nikos about my dietary journey as he is trying to turn his life around. He went up to Sklavopoula on one of the Estonian electric bikes earlier. They were probably riding their road bikes so they would have been about even.

Georgia called again asking if I knew what happened to the long hose at reception. I suggested one of the roadmen might have ‘borrowed’ it as they have been working in the camping entrance recently. If they’d knicked the old hose, that would have been a bonus as all the hoses were replaced last summer.

It was now properly dark so we set off on our evening walk which I hoped would be by moonlight. I couldn’t see the moon so resorted to my headtorch to begin with then reverted to just using my eyes even though it was very dark. The moon has yet to appear but it was behind the mountains as we were coming back. It was a short and brisk circuit as I was not up for going over the rocks in the darkness.



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