|David, Janice and Trevor on board Breeze in Vliho Bay|
As regular readers will know Vliho Bay offers mixed blessings. It is normally a safe haven; protected, calm, good holding and a refuge when things get nasty outside. However, Vliho has a dark side. Southerly winds can whip up vicious seas. Boats have been sunk, people have died.
Today we are seeing the more benign side of Vliho. We are at anchor in calm conditions. David and Jan (Lucinda Jane) are just astern. We met for coffee this morning and drinks this evening. This is quintessentially why we came to Greece. Good company, easy free-ranging conversation, no ‘edge’, a convivial bottle or three of wine (French not Greek) and all with a backdrop of clear blue skies and pink mountains.
|Janice on Breeze in Vliho - we will miss the Hobarts|
With just days to go before we bid farewell to David, Jan and the Greek islands we are preparing for Breeze’s hibernation and the start of our European excursion. We will have completed most of the laying-up jobs by the time we are hauled out. Some people save all that until they are out of the water and then spend a week sorting themselves out and living on a boat on the hard. Awful, we think. We prefer to have everything organised and so all we have to do come lift out day is a few tasks that cannot be completed beforehand and then hand over the keys to trusted staff who will look after Breeze during the winter.
We then look forward to our journey through Italy and France back to Blighty, it is a holiday all on its own.
We are already making plans for next year.
Just a few more days left now. Precious days.
And before you know it it’ll be Christmas. Ho Ho Ho.