We enjoyed our visits to Astros last year so decide to make this our next stop to relax a little whilst continuing to set all the equipment for the season.
Before leaving last year we had sterilsed the filters in the watermaker and this needed flushing and resetting. We soon found our next issue. A leak has started inside the control panel of the watermaker in a pipe that is inaccessable without dismantling the panel. Of course all the agents are in Athens (miles away) and it's August holidays. We're still playing about with ideas and trying to get advice but there's no sense that this will get fixed quickly!
We also spent a frustrating morning servicing the generator. The oil change went OK, but the old oil filter would not budge however hard Chris tried. We gave up in the end as continual trying was damaging the thing and turned to the impellor change which is always fun! Trying to extract a rubber wheel with vanes from a small, unaccessable space and then replace it with a new one that is covered in silicone lubricant and won't go in unless all the vanes are compressed at once......it's always a good game and this time was much the same, around an hour later it surrendered and was tapped home with a rubber mallet.
- Side note to Dennis - it was just as all this was finished that a chatty email came from Oz with a post script that seemed to imply we should get the blog published, the comments from the very hot sweaty, oily, irritated Skipper were fairly 'Australian'!! But you have now shamed me into it!
Our general plan this year is to stay in the Peleponnese and explore harbours and bays to the south of us, probably heading around into the gulf made by the 'eastern and middle fingers' of the peninsula. Splice will spend a second winter in the yard in Kilada and we will head east to the Dodecansese (our original 2020 plan) next year.
Bosom cheese anyone!
Greek bread is not the best or most consistant we have found on our travels, the bakery in Astros is not too bad and we have had a nice loaf from here, we regularly end up buying 'bricks' that get thrown the next day. Chris was rather taken with the advertised product in the bakery yesterday, the English translation was 'Bossom cheese and wholemeal bread ring'. It went well with coffee that day!!!
Main photo: Splice on the quay at Astros - showing off her new sailbag!