We seem to have a new lodger. You might remember Thomas A Basket who stayed with us last winter, mainly in the laundry basket, well, now it seems, we have another ‘help-yourselfer’ taking advantage, this time of the courtyard table. As you can see, there’s still enough sun around for sunbathing, as long as you are wearing a fur coat, and tabletops are the place to be seen.
This does mean, however, that we will have to shut the doors when we are not in one or other part of the house, to prevent bin inspections and ad-hoc use of the furniture or bathroom arrangements, you understand.
It is still warm enough to sit with the balcony doors open in a north-facing house, as long as there is no wind, and I can still have my tea out there when I get up, listen to the first birdsong of dawn, the sea lapping at the quay in the harbour, and the last of any party-goers going somewhere else, though that is less frequent these days now that some bars are closing or have closed for the winter and there are fewer boats in. Yes, there are still some sailing boats about. A mid-sized cruiser was in the other day with a party of Americans, and there have been some yachts with sails doing real sailing around the bay and mooring overnight in Yialos. It’s generally quiet though, as, at the moment, much of the island’s activity is centred on Panormitis where the three-day festival begins today.