Fingers Crossed

17 Dec

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We’d been a bit concerned about heading for Greece in December. The hotels were booked so bed and breakfast was sorted but what about other meals? Would anywhere else be open out of season? How would the stringent austerity measures imposed on the country affect day to day life? Our main concern, though, was that we didn’t have any winter clothes! We needn’t have worried. Everywhere was quiet, of course, but life has to go on and Athens was an unseasonable 25° when we landed! It did cool enough to be glad of the extra layers and newly purchased jumper as the day wore on but, even so, we couldn’t believe our luck.
The road between the capital and the coast was much as we remembered it from three years ago – contraflow and traffic cones most of the way as well as dark and winding approaching the Ionian. The work stops and starts periodically depending on the cash flow. Naturally, the pretty port town of Lefkas was almost unrecognisably quieter than we had become familiar with. The marina still looked prosperous but many of its berths were now filled by a popular flotilla company.

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We soon spotted a few live-aboards in a nearby taverna, though, and figured that was probably the best place to get our first meal. Large quantities of “sexy chicken” and sufficient local wine and Mythos later we knew we’d made a good choice. As the early morning sun lit up the town, basting the buildings in its golden hue and casting rippling reflections of the many masts across the harbour, the mist in the surrounding hills gradually cleared revealing long legged birds wading in the salt marshes. Fishermen brought in their catch as well fed cats sat waiting expectantly for fish heads, not the slightest bit interested in the strutting pigeons. It was all feeling like a holiday.

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But we weren’t here to admire the scenery. We’d come to see a boat and waited impatiently for the broker’s to open. It wasn’t long, though, before we were heading to a nearby yard to take a look around what we hoped would be the main feature of our next adventure. She didn’t disappoint. The very brief conversation between the two of us that followed went something like:
“What do you think?”
“She looks in good condition.”
“Shall we put in an offer?”
“Go for it!”
And we did.

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6 Responses to “Fingers Crossed”

  1. brummytezza December 22, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    Hi Cathy
    I’ve been following your adventures since I stumbled across your blog searching for a Bavaria 38 and came across Seren Mor. You sold her before we had a chance! At the time we had a share in a Bav 38 for 3 years in Turkey (anchors, Meltemi, diesel bug, katabatics etc.) so many shared experiences. I was drawn into your blog as it’s so well written.
    We didn’t buy a caravan – we bought a motorhome.
    We didn’t hide from UK winters in Javea – but we did in Moraira.
    We went to Lefkas this October on a charter, with a view to buying a boat there. Love the marina, but word is that the charter company have had quite an impact. Great place but the Ionian was far too busy for us.
    Admire your return to the sea. We’re buying a land based moneypit in Moraira! Look forward to the return of Lamputts at Sea.
    Terry

    • lamputts December 23, 2015 at 4:30 am #

      Thanks, Terry! It’s very flattering to think you have been following the blog for so long and a real boost to my ego, it has to be said, ha, ha. The parallels between us are really quite extraordinary, aren’t they? I know what you mean about the Ionian and yet it’s where we keep getting drawn back to. I think it’s because there are still places to hide in if you know where to look and yet all the bars and tavernas are there when you want them (and we do quite frequently). We were very taken with Turkey when we visited this year and it is a real possibility that we might head that way in a boat at some point. Love Moraira, by the way, but we always feel much more at home in Javea and will definitely be back there SOON. Watch this space!

  2. brummytezza December 23, 2015 at 6:01 am #

    Cathy

    Good to know my first WordPress comment got thru. Turkey was great we did the whole coast from Istanbul to Antalya. I think we saw the best of it. Again it was getting crowded – they tell me an 11% increase in boat numbers each year over the last few years. With this the prices of everything was going up at about the same percentage increase each year. However we were getting around 3 lira to the pound then – it’s 4.35 today.

    There is also the issue of hopping between the Turkish coast and the Greek islands – which was great. We would miss that. Difficult now with the migrant crisis.

    Hope the boat purchase goes smoother than our Moraira purchase! Keep in touch and If our acquisition all goes to plan we could meet up for a Cerveza in Moraira/Javea and we can swap scary boat stories. My wife (Mo) enjoys hearing how other crews put up with their skippers!
    Cheers
    Terry

    • lamputts December 23, 2015 at 8:12 am #

      That would be great, Terry, always happy to share boaty stories with a kindred spirit. Hope your purchase is straightforward now – something else it would be useful to hear all about. I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end. Enjoy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.

  3. john tat January 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    Hi, very happy to hear that you have found a new boat. Please let us know when you can what your plans are – I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the adventures of Seren Mor and we have done two charters in the Ionian. We’re off to Gouvia for a week in July. Cheers
    John

    • lamputts January 14, 2016 at 4:25 am #

      Hi John. Really glad, not to mention flattered, that you enjoyed the sailing blog and have found us on here. Things seem to be progressing slowly on the new boat but still nothing finalised. Come the glorious day there’ll definitely be a blog post!

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