Once again we had ‘drama’ getting over to our home on Lesvos. We had booked to go on 14th October. But, due a row between Greece and Turkey, all ferries with Turkish flags were due to be banned from travelling to Greek Island ports until 12th. As it turned out, this came to very little – the authorities came to an arrangement. But, having engaged the roofers, we felt it was wise to change our ferry and sailed out on 11th instead.
As you can see, a new roof was needed. We had four men on the roof for a week. They took off all the old tiles and boards, repaired the rafters that needed repairing and replaced those that couldn’t be fixed. Put on new boards, added insulation, raised the concrete base to accommodate the insulation and put on new tiles. A lot of work. We had been dreading the cost and, whilst it was not cheap, it was very, very reasonable.
Whilst we were there, our good friend came over from Chios and introduced us to another friend, originally from Thessaloniki but living in Kalloni. We took the bikes for a run to a village on top of a mountain which has a very good (and traditional) restaurant – very popular for Sunday lunch.
Apart from the roofing, we cleared a huge patch of the upper terrace in the garden and the front garden. We put a few plants in the front (herbs and lavender which may or may not survive). The interior doors were rather nasty untreated hardboard. We made a decision to paint them a rather attractive shade of blue… Well, we think it’s attractive.
We also had the air conditioning unit moved from above the front door (where it nicely cooled the hall but nothing else) into the sitting room.
On our last day we found the new supermarket in the village. Not sure yet how far this will save us from daily trips into Kaloni on the bike.