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Back in Crete, then again not…..

March 16, 2014

Right. Our last blog was written and posted just before we were due to fly back to Crete on 20 February after our longer (much longer) than expected sojourn in UK. We actually did manage to make it back to Crete, arriving late in the evening and picking up a hire car for couple of days. The idea was to get everything back to the boat in a car rather than struggling onto a bus; that worked well and we had the car to do a big shop the following day.

 

Just down the coast from the marina - 10 minutes walk - this was as far as I got when recovering from the lurgi.

Just down the coast from the marina – 10 minutes walk – this was as far as I got when recovering from the lurgi.

On the Saturday I was feeling a little rough when we woke but put it down to enjoying the company of Nicky and Paul a little too freely the night before. We took the car back to the airport, by which time I was starting to feel really quite poorly. By the time we’d caught the bus back to the boat, I was put straight to bed, where I spent the next week or so. I was as weak as a kitten and right off my food: I couldn’t even face my birthday treat supper.

Snow capped mountains in the interior of Crete - we were at about 3000 feet when we took this, so you can appreciate just how high these mountains are.

Snow capped mountains in the interior of Crete – we were at about 3000 feet when we took this, so you can appreciate just how high these mountains are.

 

Then we had the news from UK that my father died on the morning of 24 February. Jinny, Mike and Susie were all with him when he died peacefully. He had been suffering from Alzhiemers over the last few years and this was the end of his illness. Of course, this meant that we had to return to UK to attend the funeral on 10 March, so we set off again on 6 March after having had a belated birthday celebration lunch with Paul and Nicky.

Sunset over the harbour at Chania.  The lighthouse  dates from Ottoman times but no longer functions.

Sunset over the harbour at Chania. The lighthouse dates from Ottoman times but no longer functions.

 

The funeral was a fitting send off for my father, well attended by friends and family, including cousin Mike and his wife Marie-Claude representing the branch Canadian branch of the family. We returned to Crete on 12 March ready to do battle with the remaining jobs on the boat (like the list we’d taken back to UK in October….). However, before knuckling down to work, we took a couple of days out to look round Crete. We booked a hotel in Chania, drove up there via the mountainous interior of the island and returned along the coast road the following day. Naturally, we took in a couple of caches as we went, including one hidden in a small private museum of Cretan life run by an enterprising young family who could probably sell sand to the Saudis.

 

The private museum of Cretan life that we stumbled on looking for a cache.

The private museum of Cretan life that we stumbled on looking for a cache.

We now have three weeks of so before we return to UK for the arrival of Jonno and Lucy’s baby, aka the Bean. They have moved into their new house after a frantic period of on again off again over the whole business,so we are very relieved that they are finally installed in their new home. We now hope that things will settle back down into the usual pre cruising season mode and we can relax a little after what has been an entertaining winter.

Our plans are not yet set in concrete but we think we will head north and west and spend most of the summer in the Ionian. If you’re thinking of visiting us, look to fly into either Kephalonia or Zakinthos, as we aim to base ourselves in the southern half of the Ionian this year, rather than the north as we did last year. As yet we have no confirmed visitors but we would adivse you to book early to avoid disappointment!

 

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