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Our Lesbian House

Well, it took us enough time to write up the Central American trip so we’re really behind on what we’ve been doing the rest of 2017.  We have, in fact, been very busy.  We blogged about our trip to Akyaka and our travels since then (apart from a brief trip to see family in the UK) have been in Greece.

There was a plan to look around with a view to buying a property in Greece at some point in the next two years.  We ended up putting in an offer on the first place we saw.  That was back in June when we went to Lesvos for Ashley’s birthday.  We spent some time looking around the Island on our own and attempted to contact a number of Estate Agents.  Only one of whom got back to us.  She took us to see two properties.  One of which we liked a lot.  We went back to our studio apartment in Skala Kallonis, then off to the bar to talk about it.  We decided we liked the place too much to let it go.  So, the next morning, we put in an offer.  The vendor (a very pleasant retired teacher living in Yorkshire) said she would accept that if we would also pay towards her expenses.  This came down to well within the maximum we had agreed between ourselves so…

We bought a house in Greece.

The house is in Parakila – a village with a population of about 2000.  It has a couple of bakers and a couple of general stores and a supermarket, a petrol station a bar and a taverna.  It has two churches (one of which is very old and one of which is modern).  The old one is right opposite our house so there is little chance of sleeping late in the morning – the bells start at 7 a.m.  It is 11 Km from Kalloni which has a far wider array of shops including butchers, cheese shops and really big supermarkets.

The house has a lot of land – probably the best part of half an acre – on two terraces.  It has vines in the front garden and bitter oranges and sweet oranges and a pomegranate tree.  It also has a dead goat (under an apple tree).  And it has an amazing view…

When the moon is full it turns the entire bay into silver.  And there is very little light pollution so, when the sky is clear, you can see the milky way and thousands upon thousands of stars.

Lesvos 2015 – Skala Sikaminia

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For Hilary’s birthday we decided to visit Lesvos again.  This was not a mistake.  It is an easy three hour ride to Ayvalik where Hilary discovered that her watch had stopped.  Ashley sat in the customs house cafe and drank tea whilst Hilary walked into town and found a place to fit a new watch battery.

Very little hassle getting the bike through customs and onto the ferry and a very pleasant 90 minutes cruise to Mytilene.  We stayed in Nikos Motel again.  He is very hospitable and the place is excellent value, convenient but far enough from the Centre to be very quiet.

Not that it was quiet anywhere on the Island the Friday before the Referendum.  We dined on the harbour side to the sounds of a political rally.  The rally was very much Oxi, as were most of the electioneering loud speakers mounted on cars cruising up and down…

After breakfast next morning we headed to Skala Sikaminia which is a tiny fishing village with two hotels.  Our hotel was lovely and whilst the room became hot in the early mornings, the smell of bread from the baker below made up for the discomfort.  Maria, who runs the rooms, noticed from Hilary’s passport that it was her birthday on Monday and left a lovely present hanging from the doorknob!

The first night we were there we got swept up in a huge Christening party which was taking place in the restaurant along with some live music.