17 April 2018 | Kalamata - 6,606 NM
Sunny and Warm
Well, we're back! We had a very easy and uneventful trip back broken by a lovely evening in Athens where we watched the candlelit Good Friday parades looking down on the little church in the square below out hotel room. Great hotel too, very comfortable and funky.
Our welcome back was really good. Freya looked lovely after Paul's varnishing and painting in January and the new upholstery is fab. Our first job had to be a run to the supermarket as everything would be closed for 2 days over Easter. On the way we bumped into Gordon who invited us out to dinner with Andrea and Bob as they were leaving in the morning - sorted!
Freya was on the hard and so we had a few days to do all the necessary jobs to get her ready to go back in the water plus the usual task of removing all the Saharan red sand. After 2 days of washing, polishing and anti-fouling she looked very smart and ready for our 11.00 o'clock date with the tractor on Tuesday. This is Greece, they didn't arrive until 1.00 but by the middle of the afternoon we were tied up on the pontoon, our home for a few days.
Paul discovered that Brindle, our Wi-fi booster was broken - essential and so definitely needed fixing. We ordered the necessary parts from the UK and hoped (prayed) delivery would be quick. It was, 3 days later they were here and working - yippee, a bit more on the list of things to do and off we go! Except when we serviced the engine the air filter disintegrated as did the new one from the cupboard! Now it was Friday afternoon, a new one couldn't be ordered until Monday and would be delivered on Tuesday - oh well, a few more days in Kalamata! There are definitely worse places to wait and the sun is shining.
Paul had a new Cobb bbq for Christmas which had its inaugural outing. After a trip to the wonderful Kalamata market we were well stocked to go and Gordon came to be guinea pig. We had a successful meal and evening being joined by Ann and Peter from Sacre Bleu for drinks after dinner. The local cats were particularly interested in the bbq (in particular the leftovers) and we now have a new best friend in Tiger, who has been adopted by the pontoon, or has he adopted them, not sure, and visits all the boats when cooking begins and his nose starts twitching! He wakes Gordon up every morning with a friendly paw through the hatch in case he's forgotten it's time for breakfast!
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