Thursday, 28 February 2013

Express Pegasus returns ...

From this coming Sunday, March 3 and not tomorrow Friday, will start its service on passenger ferry - Express Pegasus from Volos to the Sporades islands and vice versa. The Express Pegasus will replace up to and including April 28, the Express Skiathos, which is to go to Piraeus for repairs and annual inspection.



As announced by the Central Port of Volos, the Express Pegasus, for the period March 3 to April 28, 2013, it departs daily (except Saturdays) from the port of Volos bound Skiathos and Skopelos, at 9 am and will close Alonissos every Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Published: http://www.magnesianews.gr
28/02/2013, 18:05

Nippy ...

Back to cool grey weather this morning ...

We had heavy rain again overnight, it woke me at 3am, and this morning there was a definite nip in the air. Heavy coats back on the locals and the odd shower of rain - Just enough to make the cobbles slippery underfoot.

The neighbours have lit their woodburner stove, and there is steam exiting the chimney pipe as well as smoke. Have been to the bank and the town hall this morning, well worth staying there a while, its nice and warm in those two offices.

The 'environmental specialist' said to me this morning. the street is looking better now the bins are there. I said yes, perhaps if you give me two more, I will return those ones to where I got them from ...

pwll writes with an interesting link here I seem to remember there was an article saying the German companies had suspended deliveries of a cancer drug before christmas. Yesterday I spent €55 on medication, at least €32.50 of which will probably never be refunded to me by the state - despite me having all the paperwork ...

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

New record attempt ...

I think I have excelled this morning ...

Junior is unwell, so a trip to see Dr Panayotis the excellent pediatrician, up at the medical centre. If ever there was a person who excels at his work, then in my opinion it is this man. Not only diagnosing what was wrong with Junior, and making clear what we needed to do. He translates everything clearly, and ensures we understand the process required to get things right.

Prescription administered, but the medical book is missing a number, due to a change in regulations so this was the process ...

  1. 09.30am Home to Medical centre with Junior
  2. Pay €5 Hospital appointment fee for use of the facility
  3. Medical centre to Pharmacy with temporary prescription
  4. Pharmacy to home (Need more funds)
  5. Home to bank (Get more funds)
  6. Bank to Pharmacy (Pay for prescription)
  7. Pharmacy to home (With prescription and a lot less money)
  8. Call the KEP office to enquire what documents are required to obtain the number
  9. Home to stationery shop, to photocopy documentation required for KEP
  10. Stationery shop to public information office KEP (Number required on health book)

    The KEP office are outstanding as representatives of a public service organisation, here on the island. A head and shoulders above anyone else in public office, that I have met.
  11. KEP to medical centre (With Heath book, and certificate of the number required)
  12. Back in to see Dr - Impressed with the documentation that had been assembled

    Whilst talking to me the doctor heard a child arrive, who was coughing outside, he diagnosed his next junior patient, as suffering with Croop, and ensured that I recognised this sound for future reference - should I ever have the need.
  13. Medical centre to Pharmacy (With Heath book, bar codes, and proper prescription issued to claim refund - 1)
  14. Pharmacy to home (Need bar codes from medicine)
  15. Home to Pharmacy (With Heath book and proper prescription to claim refund - 2 TBA)
  16. Pharmacy to home (With a partial refund)
Arrived home at 12.39pm and have developed cramp for some reason ...

In the mean time the town water has been cut off, so down to the harbour to get a free bucket of harbour water, for the empty cistern. So far no power cuts ...


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Palio Limani ...

Here is one I prepared earlier ...

Palio Limani - 26th February 2013

Its the old harbour around 13.30pm this afternoon. I have been playing around with the camera, trying to get used to it again. I rather like this panoramic, hope you do too ...

A more traditional view ...


Its been a glorious day today, but has clouded up this evening, and we have had a few spots of rain.

It helps being able to get out and about, in the sunshine as we are having sporadic power cuts.

Nothing serious just routine works that plunge us into darkness, starting just as we are making breakfast. I was in the post office today and they were having great fun, trying to locate an envelope for me in the darkened sorting room.

Keeping an eye on the weather - wondering if to order some more firewood ...


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Monday, 25 February 2013

Good Morning from Skiathos (Again) ...

Only this time from 1935

I thought you might like a different view from yesterday, Its not changed much has it ...


Can you see Dimitris with the flyers for the round the island trip ?

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Good Morning from Skiathos ...

Its a real beauty this morning ...

Out and about early, with my camera treading on lush horta and wild flowers.


Ghost ship, Woodsmoke mists and sleeping cafe's ...


Warmed by the early sunshine, whilst sitting on the rocks ...


and enjoying the sight of Dolphins playing off Plakes this morning - Sadly too far away. for a decent photo, but you will have to take my word for it ...

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Wild night ...

That was a wild one ...

Its a little bit more like winter here on the island. The rain started last night around 8pm with a lashing of the roof. Like a thousand ants with hobnail boots with a great intensity. I was very pleased that the shutters had been closed earlier.

Then torrential rain overnight, really hammering against the roof. Streets awash and waterfalls cascading from the roofs into the cobbled streets below. It was the type of rainfall that wreaks havoc here on the island.

Once the `Sunrise has occurred` the winds strength has increased.

Thankfully at the moment they have not cut off the power like they did yesterday morning. However I suggest Troulos, will not be pretty, and quite a few roads will need a visit, from the road levelling machine, in the next day or so.

Time for a coffee, as the church bells of Tries Hieraches, have just reminded me, and seagulls scream and squawk overhead ...

09.50am Update: A line of thunderstorms approaching the island, the wild weather looks set to continue


16:45pm Update: Luckily the storm missed us this morning. Click the link, and use the Right arrow button to see what happened in Athens/Attica this morning ...

Report from Athens on a flood rescue here

19:00pm I learned tonight that someone broke into one of my elderly neighbours house, last night. What a great shame she was not in, or they would have known all about it. Some people make you really angry ...


Thursday, 21 February 2013

All change ...

Back to Grey skies and a light drizzle ...

Sadly its not the extra virgin, Olive Oil over a nice Greek salad. Its a drizzle of rain, that is said to be rather more inclement tomorrow. Still there was a nice surprise waiting when I returned home, some kind hearted neighbour had left a bag of fresh lemons, hanging on the front door.

As usual though, and sadly I have no idea who they are from ...

We have also been plagued by power cuts today, Just as you were making breakfast (Twice), and again dinner. Clunk and off it goes, you just have to wait for it to return.


Best way to get the power back - Light the storm lamps or gas burner, wait five minutes, and back it comes like magic ...


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

What a difference ...

... a day makes - even here.


Its nice to catch up with friends, perhaps share a glass and a joke about island news and events.

So this afternoon, I escaped out into the warm winter sun, topped up the vitamin D levels, and looked out at the view ...

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Grey wet and wetter still ...

Woke up this morning to the dink dink dink sound of raindrops on the roof, slowly at first, then with an increasing intensity ...

Rain - to be honest, I do not mind, I had not checked the forecast - It does not matter at the moment.

After breakfast the street, had developed into a raging torrent, flowing down the hill. A very slow walk to the school and by that time, I was very wet indeed. Up to the ring road, the water going the other way coming down through town, was brown with mud being washed down from the hills.

After a squelch around Carrefour - (Well stocked in readiness for Wednesdays General strike). It was down through the ankle deep muddy water past the former Mrs Socks fruit market. Sadly she has moved on, but her socks would have been greatly appreciated today, as I had trench foot by then.

Back in town the fresh fish and vegetable sellers were well and truly soaked. Everyone in Papadiamantis street, either had big winter raincoats or enormous waterproofs, that went head to ankle.

Back home and the coat was drenched, the shopping too, and big drips falling from my cap onto the floor.

Later a trip to the harbour in torrential rain to meet the ferry. Clouds so far down the hills they were almost at the old cinema level (Yes there is another old open air cinema here) up yonder ...

A little while later off on the school run to pick up junior - soaked again, that making it, Three soakings this morning and rising damp at knee level.

So woodburner lit and on woodmark 4, to dry everyone out, clothing too - more logs may be needed - Its one of those days, the rain has now stopped but its still cold and windy ...

Later update: 19:40 local - One roasted chicken and a glass of red later - Is there anything better for the soul ? Wind still whistling round the town alleyways, locals dressed in overcoats, holding the collar over their mouth. Its nippy but the locals are feeling it more than anyone. Woodburner on now for eight hours - Toasty ...

Monday, 18 February 2013

Ferry Interesting ...


Interesting article about a 'Ferry Company' posted by our friends Skopelos News this morning ...
You can read the article here ...

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Thunder and Lightning ...

We have a thunderstorm nearby, that has really rattled the windows ...

Friends down in the Platanias valley advise that they have had large hailstones. The power has dipped once temporarily knocking out our internet connection. The Electricity supply here can be quite interesting at times. I saw the lightning flash out of the window, off went the power, (and the PC) - There was the thunderclap and back on it came again all in a few seconds.

Earlier I was at the 'dead centre of town' helping to take down some light fittings, good job it was before the storm arrived, but even then the clouds were dark and brooding overhead.

On the way back, I had to navigate round puddles as an electric cable went from one house to another. The cable around 50 metres long, and in places submerged. I assume someone was 'borrowing' electric to do a job. Never mind the risk of electrocution ...

We have pressed a bag of lemons this afternoon, the juice, made into ice cubes for later use. Another litre of fresh lemonade in the jar for junior. The Limoncello starts week 2 with the addition of 750ml of sugar syrup to the chemistry ...

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Friday, 15 February 2013

Brief respite ...

... from the monsoonal conditions overnight.

The afternoon saw a break in the rain, dark clouds lifting over the hills and a distinct nip in the air.

There was a breeze tonight, which disturbed the woodsmoke zone, outside the ring road. If you look over you see a Skiathos smog, as we all try to keep warm in the shadow below the hills. But tonight the chimney funnels of woodsmoke, looked rather like an LS Lowry painting

The photo did not quite work, but this should give you the general idea ...


I took an excursion up to Carrefour, strangely in the belief that it would be well stocked on a Friday  Much to my surprise, empty fridges, and a return to the winter problem of no eggs.

Quite what happens to the mainland chickens, no-one knows. But the egg counter is resembling a Russian store circa 1977. Empty of the goods one desires apart from a battered box, labeled with something about Omega 3.

Strangely the frozen Lasagne fridge is empty - Neigh Neigh. Usually ignored, covered in Antarctican permafrost, and the fact that it looks like a dropped Mousaka. However like the rest of Europe, all is not what it seems. What comes out of France, is not always of Michelin standard, whereas the cat food counter contained tins labelled Beef ...

PS: Just heading, to take shelter below the stairs, meteorite due by in six minutes

PPS: 21:38pm - SkyNews advise the Asteroid Skimed Past Earth At Up To 18,641mph

Post no 800 ...

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Hope this ...

... explains the day today


Still fighting the bug, 49 hours later - Time for another lemsip ...

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Technical problem ...

Skiathian is offline, due to a technical problem with the author.

Confined to bed for over 24 hours, with one of those 24 hour things. It seems I have fallen for the island bug that has been doing the rounds.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Raising a glass of lemsip, whilst sheltering under two duvets - shaking like a leaf - Yammas ...

Monday, 11 February 2013

Winter Sun ...

Some photos from lunchtime today ...








Guaranteed to offend anyone who is feeling the winter chill, but it is a Skiathos blog ...

Later - 21:10pm update - Someone from Blighty ticked the meter over - Thank you for visiting

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

How to cook horse meat ...

More fun and games with the food chain, and plenty of jokes too ...

As someone said yesterday - 'Nothing wrong with horse, eaten in France! Fuss over nothing'

Yes I'm sure its fine in France but you won't Find'us offering it here - Neigh! Neigh! thrice Neigh! ...

I am concerned to learn this morning, that there are now reports of seahorse in fish fingers, that do not actually contain any fingers either ...


As word spreads across Europe, these chaps went under the wire, and made a run for it earlier this morning



So tempted to try horsemeat? Here is a simple recipe, taken from a 19th-century French cookbook


From La Cuisinière Assiegée, ou l'art de vivre en temps de siège (1870), by "une femme de ménage" (a housewife) – a practical cookery guide for the besieged Parisian. Translated by Matthew Plampin, author of Illumination (HarperCollins).


This noble conquest of man, previously kept to serve our vanity and pleasure, and to aid with our labours, is now an important resource that our army of resistance must utilise. The meat of the horse has the same look and the same taste as beef; if cooked well, it is difficult to tell the difference.


Generally, when serving this meat, it is important to hang it for 36 hours, and then marinade in vinegar and white rum, with oil, finely chopped onion, salt, pepper and a clove of garlic.


Pot-au-feu de cheval (horse stew)


Take meat of the second class (flank, topside, collar), place in cold water and cook over a gentle fire, removing the foam and grease as you bring it to the boil. Add salt, a clove of garlic, caramelised onion and a colouring of vegetables, such as leek, turnip, celery, cabbage etc. Leave to cook for seven or eight hours on a moderate fire


What's the strangest thing you have eaten (Knowingly) for me it was armadillo, and guess what, it tasted like chicken - Then there were those T-Bones in Tenerife, unless there are dinosaurs up on Mount Teide, they must have been equestrian. Rather like the donkey safari steaks ...

Food for thought, but Horses 4 courses ...

Friday, 8 February 2013

Fridays task ...

Well it went like this ...

To turn some of these beautiful Skiathos lemons


into something edible, like this ...


Mission accomplished - the recipe can be found here ...

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The old boatyard ...

Talking with island friends about my neighbour Theodore, who passed away recently. Here are a couple of photos from the archives of the old boatyard ...



Would you recognise it now ...

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Skiathos Airport expansion update ...

Panthessaliki Journal wrote:


Important step in relation to the modernization and development of the state airport of Skiathos is the signing of the decision to award the project "Extension floor ramp and taxiway connecting the new national airport in Skiathos" with a budget of EUR 18,500,000 by the Deputy Minister Development, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Stavros Kalogiannis. 

Application years is about Skiathos expansion project runway the aircraft to the international airport of Skiathos, in order to make it more functional and accessible for more aircraft, especially at the peak of the tourist season. 

Commenting on the above development Skiathos Mayor Mr Plomari, stresses the essential task because "it facilitates the island and make it more functional airport, where at present there are only two parking spaces, one for air and one for emergency service. " 

Decision signed by Mr. Kalogiannis, concerned specifically with the award of the project, which includes the expansion of floor ramp, rebuilding the existing connector taxiways and the construction of a new taxiway, total length 140 meters. Also extending the runway by 110 meters north and 530 road construction flanking measures. 

The project is noteworthy, included in the program of the ministry "Accessibility Improvement" while the draft contract was sent to the Court for pre-contractual control. Taking even mind that the airport of Skiathos is a key gateway for inbound tourism and three islands of Sporades, it is obvious that the proposed projects will help to further increase the number of aircraft and by extension, the visitors of the summer, coming from different countries of the world.

Island News ...

Ferry Strike:

The ferry strike is over (for now) - The flying Cat and Express Skiathos will both operate on Wednesday. The brinkmanship by the unions on Tuesday morning, calling a further 48 hour strike until Friday 6am, prompted action from the government to force a return to work by the crews.

Read the article here

Ferry Competition (At Last):

The newspaper "Thessalia" wrote:

From next April the line Volos - Sporades acquires second boat and on a yearly basis. The shipping company ANES of Symi Dodecanese, line will launch the ship "first" and has already taken the "green" light from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Shipping Board. The company's initial proposal to the Ministry of Shipping, as it became known, involved only in summer, but the ministry demanded an annual activity. The company, as stated by General manager ANES Vassilis Papakalodoukas has progressed to study and will cover the line on an annual basis.

The ship will start its services by April 20. For the period April - May you run a service daily, then from June to September will double. The company enters the service of seeds with reduced fares by 30% compared to other conventional and high-speed ferries. As said Mr Papakalodoukas, the research to date and according to the evidence, the motion in the line of Sporades is good and there is need for routing and other conventional ship now ship now running routes.

Noted with emphasis that before the company submitted the proposal to the Ministry of Marine, had contact with the mayors of the three islands, which-as mentioned-not submitted anything different, nor strengthened the company's position. Research by the company, according to general manager, showed that Skiathos has 80% of the total traffic to the Sporades. He added that passenger traffic to Skopelos is 18% and 12% to Alonissos. It shortfall in handling traffic islands of the routes currently operated. The annual traffic Skopelos - Alonissos is below 100,000 passengers annually. The ANES will pay attention to routes Skopelos and Alonissos to better serve the legal residents.

This vessel, to be deployed in the Sporades, aged 39 years, was reconstructed in 2008. Portability has 130 cars and 400 passengers and operates according to international navigation rules.
The company is joint-stock company ANES. Formed in 1979 and has three ships. The "first" operates on Symi and from April will come in Sporades. Two years ago the company bought the ship "Mary Skiathos" now called "Saint nectar"

OTE Building:

The neighbours say this will be a new restaurant operated by Dimitris Skarmoutsos of Greek Masterchef fame. Others say this will be located opposite in the Old Albatross bar. Either way it will be a great addition to Papadamatis street, and will certainly shake up the restaurant competition.







Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Plans for redeveloping the ferry port ...

Option A - Changes to the current ferry terminal 





Option B - New Ferry terminal 




Both plans show a new sea wall, to protect the old harbour from the south winds. A nice new marina, and development of the foreshore down at Liminaria and along club strip. The hatched/grid lined areas on the plans are the area designated for the aircraft final approach to the airport.

So lets assume, Fishing boats in the old harbour, Tourist boats in the new harbour, Yachts to the marinas, and the Ferry port and cruise liners berthing at the south of Plakes. It would need an access road along the foreshore and up to Acropolis, removing the dangerous bottleneck on the paralia.. 

The swell from the ferries is a big problem - the 'New' Old harbour sea wall, can be built from what's left over, when they redevelop the airport, and build the hospital.

So its plans that were mooted a few years ago, but now seeing the light of day. Innovative and forward thinking, so probably (and sadly) that is where they will stay - on the drawing board ...

Traditionalists years ago when the view was like this ...


Would have struggled with the view, that there would be great big ferries, right where they moored, and aircraft flying overhead and landing in the swamp, by the lake with 250 people on each one - That's progress for you ...

Monday, 4 February 2013

Ferry Free Monday ...

Even the ferry office has given up and gone home ...

Its ferry strike day no 5, Its really quiet here on the island. Temperatures are rising and we from Northern climates do not need a coat. A fleece still makes you glow a little as I found out this morning. High thin cloud and watery sunlight - It feels muggy ...

Both supermarkets are still well stocked with fresh produce. It seems there must have been some items sent over from the mainland by boat on Saturday. However things like Fresh milk and dairy goods are all but sold out .

The biggest inconvenience is for those on the islands who need medical treatment. You cannot make the required appointments at the hospital in Volos. Urgent cases can go to Katis Yorgis by water taxi, then there is a two hour transfer over the hills to Volos.

When the ferries do restart the island will be like Christmas. The post office full of parcels mail and packets. The supermarkets restocked, and people will be able to travel again.

To be honest, I rather like it the way it is right now ...

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Ferry Strike to continue ...

The national ferry strike has been extended again ...

It is to continue for at least another two days until 6am on Wednesday. The shops should be rather depleted of supplies by then. I had better start getting the fishing gear ready.

All part of the rich tapesty of life, living on a green island in the aegean ...

Blast from the south ...

Its become rather windy overnight ...

Day 4 of the strike - The sailors may be a little upset, today they may have stayed in port.

I was blown along the paralia, by the gusts this morning. I was on my way up to Taxiacharis, on the water run. Daylight was breaking at 06:10am and perfect visibility over to Skopelos, and the twinkling lights of Glossa. Its a shame tourists do not see the sun rise up there, at times its stunning.

Its warm - 15 degrees and it appears it will be southerly breezes all week, maybe gales later in the week too.

This is the forecast right now - take it from me its a little more breezy than the forecast.

In fact the waves are hitting the Old Harbour sea wall, and the spray is crossing the street ...

Returning along the paralia the cap was lifted off, a couple of times. But after a quick sprint, Its was returned to its owner. Home again I feel quite tired, the weather, the trip up the hill, and ferrying 70 litres of water, have taken it out of me. I should not be sweating like this, at 7.30 am on a February morning ...

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Its not all Moussaka ...

Day three of the ferry strike ...

We have been an island for three days now. For the first time in a few years we have no link to the mainland. Naturally the supermarkets have been wiped out of supplies of things like fresh milk. However we have some in the freezer and are not unduly concerned.

However my eyebrows raised earlier in the butchers when the lady in front, bought €84 of fresh meat in this a time of austerity. She did strain to lift the bags off the counter, and out of the door. Perhaps a relation works on the ferries. I brought the butcher back to earth with my 'Miso kilo Kimas' - 1/2 kilo of mincemeat.

Mind you they do not worry here, its not the gristle that goes through the mincer when you are not looking. A piece of sirloin - yes that will do nicely ...

Rummaging through the cupboards, 'Joy of Joy' yesterday, I had found a jar of red curry paste, so last night we had flavour - A Thai red chicken curry, which had poached in coconut milk - Another refugee from the back of the tins, that I had been reunited with.

This afternoon they must have been going through the depths of the dry food store at Carrefour - A taco pack with all the ingredients to make a tasty Mexican meal. All these spices should ward off what is a lot of coughs and sneezes here on the island. Warm weather and cool breezes followed by warm nights by the fire and there are a few red noses and chesty colds around.

A coffee earlier by the woodburner at the undertakers, discussing this weeks comings and goings. Well goings sadly. This week two of the older gentlemen passed. One a man who walked many miles, early in the morning, with his walking stick, and always spoke to me. The other a neighbour, sadly had I known, I would have attended what was a very well attended funeral, and I had passed by on the way to the school.

Theodore was the last of the caique builders, the hand built wooden boats that were built on the foreshore by the Carnayo restaurant. No one does that anymore, Its a trade that has passed away too.

Theo used to sit with the old boys in Stamatis taverna, They welcomed me as a neighbour when, I sat there alone one Pasca. Interested that I had come to Skiathos and raised a glass with me.

I remember showing him a photo in the Retired Seamens Associaton of Skiathos calendar, of him as a young man, building a boat. He was pleased that I recognised him. Here he is, the photo tells you a lot ..

Theodore



What I liked was that even in the twilight years, he was still impeccably dressed each day. In addition he was an incurable romantic, and after a few glasses of watered down wine, was prone to declare his affection for my neighbour. Usually with his walking stick on their windows late at night, on his way up the street.

The February page of the 2013 calendar, is a man standing on the ribs of a boat that is being built, its quite appropriate really ...

Friday, 1 February 2013

Kalo Mina - Fevruários ...

Kalo Mina - Good Month - Fevruários - February ...

The sun is up and its a lovely morning, so the month has got off to a good start. Last night the wind was howling after a very breezy afternoon, and dark clouds with spots of rain in the air. The local weather forecast was for the winds to abate overnight, and thats what they did. In fact they just stopped at 3am - as if by clockwork and there was silence ...

This mornings school run over, I checked on the lemons - still there and huge, although the ones nearest the fence have vanished into the night.



Returning home, many Kalo Mina greetings from smiling locals, the sun does that here too. Only a month of winter to go. Its been a mild one so far, Its looking good next week too.

Just getting into the house, I can hear her opening her door, behind me. I make my way in and close mine, just quick enough so that she cannot call out to me. My lovely neighbour up the street, is looking over at the door then scurries off up the street.

This gives me a minute to put 'my plan' into action. You see, as she is carrying a bag, I know she is making her roundabout way to the bins.

Uranea gives me lumps of wood, that will not fit into her ancient small woodburner. Its old Olive wood, and as hard as nails so I cannot cut it. Some of the lumps are huge, and she staggers down the street and puts them on my doorstep. She will never take anything in part exchange.

So I assemble a box of small woods from my woodpile over a few days - and wait my chance ...

I peek out the door and she has her back to me, I am off up the road with the box, and leave it just outside the open door. Just as he is heading round the other side of the block, on her way home.

Back indoors,I close the door gently, and stand back just in case she can see me.

She walks round the corner, looks at the box of wood, opens the door and takes it inside. Then opens the door again, and blows me a kiss ...