We are back on anchor and free to sail. (In the image above is the bay we are now sitting in).
Well that is the theory anyway! In reality we need to do another shop and we need to pick up a parcel that hasn’t arrived yet
So in the meantime we can test all of our systems, commission the new water maker and try the new dinghy whilst sat on anchor in Pythagorio anchorage. We have a great view of the town, the water is beautifully clear but we have got a bit of a rock on with the southerly wind blowing straight at us.
We had a beautiful first night last night with a gentle bobbing that we have missed in the last few months. We consider ourselves very lucky to have been tucked up for the winter in Samos Marina. Although very neglected, it is very sheltered, the cafe stayed open all through the winter and we had a lovely community to keep us entertained until lockdown happened.
I spent the first three months of the winter working with one of the charities on the island supporting the 8000 refugees living in tents outside Samos town.
It was emotionally draining but such a good experience to work in such difficult conditions. When lockdown happened all 14 charities were off limits to the refugees and everything ground to a halt. Luckily, Samos remains free of Corona virus with no reported infections.
I then had the rather silly idea of a new business (silly because I had just got my homeopathic practice down to a perfect 2 days a week) and have been working away at my computer for the last 10 weeks setting up a Global homeopathic service with homeopaths around the world, (and upto 100 hours of work a week).
However, it was a great opportunity to do this whilst the world was on lock down and we were stuck in the harbour. I hope now that everything will run smoothly so I don’t need to be glued to the computer quite as much as we set sail around the Aegean again.
My office outside during the last few weeks!
So having a strict ban on any movements at all, we kept in touch with the port police each week to see what we were going to be allowed to do. Eventually we had word that we could move and we escaped the harbour just to go around the corner to the anchorage. It was lovely to be gently rolling in the waves again. However, this morning we woke to big back thunder clouds and a heavy downpour … but the great thing about being on anchor is you always point into the wind and so the cockpit is still sheltered and dry!
We had some great meetups during the winter before lock down. We have met some amazing people and enjoyed great food, wine and merriment throughout the winter.
This is one of our winter BBQ’s on the beach and below is a wonderful image of Elizabeth and Yannis lookup https://traveltosamos.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/the-captain/
Pythagorio, thank you for such a brilliant time … we were so fortunate to have had our 2020 lockdown with you.
Because there are so few boats on the move we think we might head south and risk visiting all of the really busy islands we would usually avoid during the summer months. Our idea of good sailing is visiting remote islands, staying at anchor with just the solar panels and the gas hob and the wind to power our life. In fact we are experts at social distancing because this is what we do for 7 months of the year.
So now we are waiting for the waves to die down again so we can have one more food shop before we leave and hopefully we can pick up our parcel. Paul is over the moon that the water maker is working well and his new monitoring of solar yield now we are not plugged into the electric.
Lilly is really excited about moving again, she just rushes onto the helm seat to help with the driving. The marina has been great for her over the winter with no cars, lots of fish to watch, no cats to chase, lots of birds to entertain and plenty of swimming.
Paul has achieved a whole host of jobs this winter as well as keeping me fed and watered he has done loads of maintenance and some great improvements to the boat.
- Fitting a washing machine, (4 years without one … oh what a luxury)
- Fitting a water maker (now we will be really independent)
- Fitting a new solar regulator (more power from existing panels)
- Fitting a new anchor chain (we were rather concerned with the rust of the old one)
- Fitting new power and lighting into the office
- Fitting black water monitors
- Fitting new trampolines
- Replumbed the deck wash system
- Repaint the kedge anchor
- Replaced the log and depth transducer
and of course we cannot forget working on Lilly’s nails!
Now it’s time to get out the charts, check the weather and go where the wind takes us!
Everyday we thank the universe for sending us a perfect life! Even in times of crisis, we seem to always get the long straw!
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