2 clueless day skippers with Patience

Away 'Far from the Madding Crowd' in Fiskardo

10 March 2017
March 4th 2017
Wow we were right, we were the only yachties in the tiny harbour of Fiskardo, on Keffalonia.Our neighbours were a few fishermen, untangling their long nets under the beady eyes of the dozen or so stray harbour cats. One of which, who looked like a minature of Bellasconi, (the cat who stole our heart in Messalonghi) found Ricky's lap within a few minutes of us sitting in the local taverna.
(Doolittle strikes again !!)
The port is on the North side of Keffalonia. We were so happy that we had finally manged to bring Patience into the harbour as the village of Fiskardo is the only Keffalonian village to remain largely intact after the awful earthquake of 1953. The beautiful Venitian buildings and recently unearthed Roman remains of a burial site,
right on the waters edge and the the ordinary stone houses and church, amongst the lush hills made it quite a magical spot.

March 8th
We finally dragged ourselves away from Fiskardo, after all we are supposed to be getting to Prevasa as soon as possible to book a spot on the Hard for later in the year. Once that is settled we can slow down a bit and visit new places.

On route to our next stop off 'Sivota', on the island of Lefkada, Ricky hung a hook over the back of the boat - ever optimistic ! We haven't really had much luck fishing, but this time we struck gold - what do you think Andy? It was the fish that 'got away' when you and Pam were staying on the boat last year ! A Bonito Tuna - Pretty impressive eh?As we caught it just before we arrived at our next destination, it was the freshest fish we had ever eaten, tasting delicious, freshly fried with garlic and herbs - yum!

We have been to Sivota before, it makes a good safe haven on route North in the Ionian. Although this time the experience was completely different. With the exception of a small fleet of charter boats, left tied up for the winter, it was like a ghost town. Even the local Supermarkets had closed up for winter. The colourful tavernas, from our last visit looked sad with their chairs stacked on tables and dull tarpaulins rigged up to keep the worst of the winter weather out. No Greek music playing, just a few ducks and a pair if geese and some hens, occasionally breaking the silence, As we walked around the port however, we did see a tiny older Greek lady, dressed in black, lovingly tending to her flowers in her garden. I stopped to admire them - they were freesias. I smiled at her and told her how beautiful they looked and and bless her, she cut me a bunch. I was so chuffed and I think, despite the language barriers , she realised how pleased I was, as she nodded and smiled back at me. They smelled gorgeous and as I write they are sat in a glass, next to me, making the boat smell gorgeous. A welcome change from the occasional whiff of diesel fumes, when Ricky checks the engine.

Our next stop Nidri and 'Tranquil Bay,' another spot that is normally chocker with boats in Summer, so doesn't actually live up to its name, but we'll see.

Until the next blog,
Lots of love,
Donna and Ricky xx
Vessel Name: Patience
Vessel Make/Model: Moody376
Hailing Port: Haslar , Gosport , England
Crew: Ricky and Donna
About: 2023 Still clueless , but having fun !
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