We went out to dinner at the Taverna here with 2 cats. We had a Greek salad and a souvlaki each.
There are lots of old buildings here and Daddy wanted to buy one and do it up in the winter.
Yesterday we went to Sivota Bay, on Lefkada Island, there were a lot of other boats there but we found a spot. There were boats arriving and leaving every second. There were quite a lot of charter boats, but some normal sailors as well. We went swimming. It was beautiful and sheltered. At night basically all the sailors on the boats went to dinner with their families. It was soooo loud!
Today we went looking for a place to anchor. Camille, Asia and I had to do the sailing and we put the sails up. We came to a bay called Kalo Limani.
Someone came along for the ride.
We went to Messolonghi up a canal on daddy's birthday and we spotted a turtle.
We went out to dinner for Daddy’s birthday, it was a big restaurant. It had a bouncy castle and a slide and that sort of stuff. Asia and Camille both went on it but I didn’t want to because there were huge lines. I found something 1 million times more interesting than a boring bouncy castle. It was a moth(?) that looked like a hummingbird, but it had antenna. When I first saw it I thought it was a hummingbird. It hovered and flew just like a hummingbird (even though I have never seen a hummingbird) it was so fast it was almost impossible to take a photo, but I tried.
Apparently it is a Hummingbird moth!
Check out the video here - even has the same flowers
The next day we spotted loads of turtles popping up gasping for breath and going down again they were sooo cool. I was up the front when I heard a noise like a snorkel, I looked down and saw a turtle just below the boat. Mr or Mrs Turtle was sooo big!
We went to the beach today and tidied up the rubbish there. There was loads of rubbish. We got loads of bottle caps – there must be loads of bottles on the bottom of the sea. We got four bags of rubbish.
After wards we went to a bay that Mummy and Daddy had found in a storm last time they were here. There is no storm this time.
We went to the town quay at Preveza. Mummy and Daddy went out to dinner me and Granny and Trish and Maddy and Camille had corn on the cob from the man right outside our boat. The quay got really busy with people walking along, it is a public holiday - the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. A special day for everyone called Mary.
So after our two guests had acclimatised to life on board, we decided to set them a few crewing challenges. First up, a line around the prop how would they react? Would they know what to do..? Their reaction was very telling, they hit the jetty and ran for the hills. Clearly they weren’t ready for this sort of challenge.
Once we had coaxed them back on board, we toned the challenges down with a simple task of winching up the main. They performed fantastically and we never needed to mention the electric winch. This was followed with more winching, we set the main and gib and tacked our way along the coast of Corfu, one on port winch, one on the starboard. Obviously we could have sailed straight to our destination, but where is the fun in that? Again they did brilliantly. Now it’s fair to say we don’t do a lot of tacking on Hector. But why not take advantage of this able crew?!
Another challenge involved anchoring with a long line to shore. We sent them off in the dinghy to secure the line, admittedly it took quite some time, but eventually they secured the line to a smallish rock and rowed back to the boat. To mix it up we got them to swim the next line out. Apart from a close encounter with a crayfish (??? Ask Annette) all went to plan. Another success.
So next up we needed to address their issues with crisis management. While out in the dinghy (so they couldn’t escape), we got another line around the prop. This time they rose to the challenge yelled to stop the motor and dislodged the painter. Bravo!
Our last challenge involved taking the helm and navigating – this was of course the ultimate test, and took more than a bit of courage for all involved. Shallows, wrecks, buoyed channels…Sam nervously hovered through it all, until the time came to take back the helm. We arrived at the entrance to Lefkas canal without incident. We realised how lucky we were to have such able crew, when a charter boat passed us moments later coming out of the canal and hit a rock. A sickening noise, a lurch to the side and the end of someone’s holiday.
So all in all they were naturals and they are already talking about buying a boat and setting sail… who knows.
Today we woke up to millions and millions of mosquitos. I had none on my window but everyone else did. We went out to go and look at ruins. The ruins were built by a guy called Octavian. He built the town after he defeated Cleopatra and another guy. They were really interesting, there were a couple of houses with mosaic floors, all of them had fish that looked like Groper on them. People were spearing and catching the fish, there were also pictures of people hunting animals. I thought it might be the Roman hunting goddess (because Octavian is Roman) Diane. Another mosaic had writing on it in Latin.
On the walk we saw millions of funny looking grasshoppers and every time I stepped one hopped or flew away.
We also went to see the Amphitheatre our second one after Cartagena. Granny did a performance for us on the stage, her famous rapping that she has been practising. It went like this..
“We are in Greece,
We are not chasing geese,
We are not in Nice,
We come in Peace.
I love you all,
Short and tall”
Something like that.
This is the view from our table of Hector, waiting patiently.
Then we went to have lunch at a restaurant, they were going to have a huge celebration, we were not sure what for but it was a public holiday celebrating Mary Mother of God. The squid was really yummy!
We travelled south down the coast of Corfu calling in at a fishing village on the way, called Petriti. Colourful fishing boats and fisherman selling their meagre catch.
From there we sailed to the mainland and a large bay with three or four coves. The water here was beautiful and clear. The cove we anchored in was small so we tied a couple of lines to the rocks. We dinghyed around to the next cove where there was a Taverna set up in the trees, just a caravan and some tables. After a swim we went and ate a delicious dinner. A stunningly beautiful place.
Today we left Corfu for another place - Pagania- near Albania. It was cool. We had the whole bay to ourselves.
We saw loads of goats and cattle with cool bells. We also saw some dogs, we weren’t sure if they were wild or not. There was a huge golden one and a sheep dog with a black coat and it was swimming on the beach back and forth. Just before we were preparing to leave the bay we noticed 15 swallows were sitting on the bow of the boat or they might have been sky Larks. They were sooooo pretty.
We arrived in Kalami at 6pm in front of the White house – from the book “My Family and Other Animals”.
We got too close to the Italians who had two anchors out after the big wind the night before, so we had to move.
The next day we went ashore and got some groceries. Daddy took the dinghy back and we all swam back to the boat!
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.