Fettling and Provisioning (Days 2 and 3)

23 Jun

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Fettle: to prepare or arrange (a thing, oneself, etc), especially to put a finishing touch to.
Provision: the action of providing or supplying something for use; to supply with food, drink, or equipment, especially for a journey.

With temperatures in the mid thirties in the beautiful Ionian Islands of Greece, you wouldn’t normally choose to spend the day below deck on a sailing boat on dry land or traipsing round supermarkets and hardware shops. The owners of the apartment we are staying in can’t seem to get their heads around it at all. But time is ticking away so quickly.
The first day had felt very chaotic and almost destructive, taking everything out of lockers and cunningly devised storage holes, often resulting in piles of “stuff” making moving about difficult and frustrating. The following days, on the other hand were more about putting it all back together in some sort of order and getting rid of anything obviously superfluous. This is all easier said than done, mind, and hot, very sweaty work.
One thing we’ve decided to jettison is the huge anchor blocking the stern cabin. It’s a good anchor, never been used, and must be worth a bit even if only as scrap metal so it’s understandable why the previous owners kept it. But it’s over-sized for the boat and too heavy for the electric windless on the bow. We can’t use it so the owner of the boatyard has kindly agreed to let us leave it there. He’s not daft. It did take a fair bit of manoeuvering and ingenuity to get it to the ground, though.

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Hours have also been spent in a determined effort to get some of the basic household equipment we needed. Plastic things like a washing-up bowl, bin, Tupperware-type boxes and so on, were relatively easy to find if at a much higher price than we’re used to. We had no trouble buying a decent frying pan but saucepans all seemed to be tiny or catering sized. Kitchen scissors were surprisingly difficult to find but we dropped on a little shop whose owner produced exactly what we were looking for and then directed us around the corner to another gem where we got mugs and glasses as well as an elusive tin opener.
The search for a slow cooker has been totally unsuccessful, though. Shops in which I would have thought it was a dead cert to buy one just had blank looks. It seemed like I was asking for something really weird and exotic. This means I’m going to have to rethink my whole onboard cooking strategy but I daresay I’ll cope. What’s a bit more sweat?
Other tasks included a visit to a phone shop to get internet access organised and sorting out the DEKPA, the documentation and tax demanded for sailing in Greece. I don’t know if it’s because we’ve got used to the slow and awkward way everything in Abu Dhabi works but these jobs seemed remarkably painless this time around.
Not everything has been straightforward, though. Desi still doesn’t have her name and number emblazoned for all (and the Port Police) to see. The the carefully chosen adhesive lettering we’d bought in the UK off the internet turned out to be completely useless, being undetachable from its backing paper. A frantic dash back into Levkas to order some new lettering before early closing was achieved with minutes to spare but we’d have to make do with Times New Roman. It’s supposed to be ready at 10am on launch day so cutting it a bit fine. Fingers crossed.

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4 Responses to “Fettling and Provisioning (Days 2 and 3)”

  1. Dawn Chaloner June 24, 2016 at 4:27 am #

    I am loving these blogs looks wonderful xxx

    • lamputts June 24, 2016 at 5:32 am #

      Thanks, Dawn. It was idyllic day but a very different night! I’ll write about it when I get chance x

  2. GeorgieMoon June 24, 2016 at 6:40 am #

    We are currently in Gaios, Paxos. but heading to Lefkas on Sunday. The weather oracle that is my husband says there is a band of rain moving over Friday/Saturday. What boatyard are you in? What sort of boat do you have. I’m sure we’ll bump into you at some point! And if I find a shop selling slow cookers, I’ll let you know!

    • lamputts June 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      Just gone through the Levkas canal and on to Nidre for the chandlers. The boat is a Bavaria 33 Cruiser but you can only see the name when the swimming platform is down as we’ve had trouble getting the lettering on. I really hope we bump into each other (although not literally, you understand) – I feel like I know you from your blog 🙂 I would be immeasurably grateful if you can find a slow cooker for sale – I’m already fed up of ham sandwiches!

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