Xanthippos’ legacy

As foretold in the WU tea leaves, there was rain early this morning. I was awake at 05:40 so read the papers for a little while waiting for the rain or the alarm. The alarm came and went but I lingered in my pit for another five or so minutes and then the rain fell. Around 1.5mm in the forty-five minutes of precipitation.

At 07:00, it was getting light and the rain stopped, giving me no further reason to stay glued to my pit. I let Isabella and Skinny out with Luis hot on their heels. I used my torch only to fit the collars and left it behind.

There was some residual dampness and plenty of rainy clouds in the distance but they were heading in the right direction for us. We walked over the rocks and cautiously crossed the causeway as the sea had evidently been recently over into the lagoon.

Our walk towards Plakaki was delayed due to the sea pushing water into the standing water in the river. I got around this by waiting until it had drained back out and then rapidly crossing the sand.

I’d spied a stray dog in the distance as had Skinny who was way ahead. The animal fortunately disappeared by the time Skinny arrived at the Plakaki rocks where we now turn back. I left them to wander and sniff for a few moments whilst I surveyed the seascape. We then set off back towards the Promontory. I picked up a few plastic bottles and other debris and transported it to the rubbish bins by the toilets. A glass jar I placed in the recycling.

This time, we walked up the west side of the Promontory and over the rocks in the opposite direction. By now it was sunny and warmer so I abandoned my coat to a branch for collection on the way back. It was nearly 09:00 when we arrived at the camping so I fed the dogs before making my breakfast.

The sun hung around for most of the remainder of the day making it warm and pleasant. We managed to generate 7.7kW of electricity which was more than was consumed the following day so we’re ahead of the game.

I must confess to having not done much other than wander around the camping a few times and enjoy the sunshine. Nikos left around midday to travel to Chania where he is leaving his van before getting the ferry to Athens from Iraklion. Apparently, there’s a bus taking the ferry passengers from Souda to Iraklion where they will join the Minoan Line ferry which should arrive in Athens the following morning. He said the ferry was cheaper than the plane but it’s a much longer journey.

I could hear water running from one of the new, Xanthippos showers so went to investigate to discover there was a leak in the hot connection to the shower mixer. Further inspection revealed that several other joints were leaking as well as a cold water pipe which supplies water for a hose amongst other things. Tony found a valve where we were able to isolate half of the showers at least. I cannot imagine many people are using the outdoor showers anyway.

I went for a solar-powered shower in the cubicle and then prepared food for myself and the doggy rice.

It was coming up for the Evening Walk so I was in the middle of putting on the collars when there was a barrage of barking. It would appear that a dog had found its way up the path to the other side of the gate into the field. This was obviously a red rag to a bull which explained the barking. I finished putting on the collars and then waited until the dogs were calmer before letting them out. They dashed off into the distance so I brought them back. It would seem the dog and its owner were still nearby as there was more barking and shouting. Having brought the dogs back to me using some remote persuasion, I waited before moving on to give time for the dog and owner to disappear. By this time, it was nearly dark. Off dashed the dogs so I dragged them back again, waited and then took them across the field towards the Promontory. Maybe the nosy dog/owner will think twice about poking around in the field again.

Our walk was otherwise uneventful and pleasant.

After the initial rain, the day became sunny and eventually warm enough to remove some layers and generate some electricity.

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