Thursday, 17 March 2011

Lets open ...

The rain started before 8am, and it came in torrents ...

I abandoned my excursion to the car, and stayed in the dry. Lights on due to the gloom in the room. By 10am the streets were dry, and the air was warm as i headed out to the ring road. Clouds were still hanging on the hills, and the ever present treat of a rain shower.

A quick sprint round Asteras, and on to Carrefour, and as i made it to the tills ready to pay the lights dipped. So did the power to the tills knocking them out. A longer queue than what i had in mind but that is island life.

The power keeps dipping and its becoming a nuisance, rather than an inconvenience. Twice this morning i have had to reset the microwave and cooker clocks and restore the fridge freezer settings. Its getting worse, best keep the candles ready ...

Walking back along the Paralia, it was decidedly warm around the collar. Carrying four bags of shopping, My own temperature was rising too.

Express Pegasus sailed into view, arriving sedately and its customary 15 minutes late. Its twin bow anchors swinging a few metres above the water. When it stopped the noise from the engine as the propellers engaged reverse, was like a car gearstick grinding when its not engaged correctly. I think the Pegasus may need a new gearbox sooner rather than later ...

On the Paralia tables and chairs were being unloaded, from an overloaded flat back van. Dusted down and put in place. Preparations for summer are taking place in earnest. This year it seems opening is the key action.
Its like watching your neighbour, only this time its not cutting the grass or washing the car. Its get cash in the till to get some money. Strangely each cafe that is open has a few patrons, except one.

The Old Port is having its latest facelift, and resembles a building site, without much activity. We await to see what the latest re-incarnation looks like, and if the old twisted loo doors survive for another season. Will it be like last year, and they are not open on Independence day, due to the plumbing - We wait and wonder ...

The Ivy and Bougainvillea lays on the floor, in a heap outside Vasilis jewellers shop where it is being trimmed. Vasilis was down at Achladies trying to sell a house from his vantage point on the road, when i passed him earlier.

Its warm, still not quite spring, but the Paralia is preparing for a long hot summer. Will the tills be ringing their tune shortly - it appears so ...



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