At last we are into the last month of the year with the build up to the festivities and the last blog of 2012.
We have been able to have a few BBQs as the weather has been clement for a good part of the month although we have also seen our fair share of rain and cold wind.
In order to reduce the cost of the electricity, which now has to be paid for in the harbour, Svein has converted the diesel heater into a gas one. It has taken some time but he has eventually got it right and enables us to keep the boat warm as well as circulating hot water through the cupboards so that the clothes also remain dry.
There has been a celebration for Saint Lucia (organised by the Swedish boats) as well as different activities (organised by the town authorities). We visited the Xmas fair but did not go to the skating rink.
We also took the time out for a day trip round the island visiting areas where we had not been before. This took us to Tgikani and Mastihari (lunch stop) as well as Plaka where we saw the wild peacocks before returning via Pyli and Zia.
Svein also sorted out the WC outlet pipe whist Caryn cleared the cupboard in the head.
Suddenly it was time to have a mani/pedicure and a beauty treatment before the end of year festivities.
These started with a visit to a karaoke bar with others from the harbour. Then we were preparing the different dishes for the meal on Xmas eve. This was organised between 4 boats and was a representation of different traditional dishes from each country present. It was a good evening enjoyed by everyone. Then on Xmas day the marina organised a meal for liveaboards and staff. It was a delightful meal prepared by a restaurant based in Zia. Boxing Day saw us swimming in the sunshine and in water that was around 20. We finished the year with a quiet meal with Jespan and then Zeus who joined us to see in the new year.
We are now ready to face the new year and will be working on the boat before leaving Kos in April for our new adventures.
A Happy New Year to everyone with good health and prosperity.