It was so nice to be back in one of our favourite places, Sivota. It is on the southern part of the Island Levkadha, the bay is horseshoe shaped, with steeply sloping hills covered in Olive trees. The focus of the village is the town quay, with a few shops, bars and restaurants all very dependant on the waterborne traffic for its tourism. It gets very busy at times with the flotillas, but we have always managed to find a space in our ideal location, directly in front of a charming bar away from the main restaurant area.
It is easy to fall into a simple, idyllic routine in Sivota, everything we need is near by, the local mini-market has plentiful provisions, the bakers has fresh bread, great cakes and my favourite spinach and feta pie. Fresh orange juice is available 10 feet from the boat and our favourite fish restaurant is a few minutes walk around the bay…..and critically you can cool off with a swim on the little beach or closer at the end of the pontoon, 20 metres from the boat. Our first night, we were both keen to re-sample the extremely large red snapper for two in our favourite fish restaurant, starting where we had left off nearly 12 months ago. We were not disappointed, it was mouth wateringly delicious, so good we returned two nights later and had the same again.
We decided to nip up to Levkas for the day on Thursday, Dad’s birthday as we had a number of shopping items to get and Mark was keen to visit the guitar shop. The weather was a boiling 38 deg c, we are having an exceptional hot end to June. Walking around the town of Levkas with its concrete paths, and zero air movement, we were dripping, it was the hottest we have been. Our first point of call was the guitar shop and wonderful news it was open. After trying out a number of the guitars, Mark found one he was happy with, so Happy Birthday Mark from Debs and the dog xxx. With the key purchase in hand we wandered the streets, collecting our provisions, then stopped for a Gyros pita for lunch, not the healthiest of options but yummy, pork or chicken, salad and chips with Tzatziki in a pita….and all for 2 euro 40 cent, what a bargain. We had paid to stay the night on the town quay, only 8 euros but it was just too hot and no where to swim and cool off, so we sailed down to tranquil bay instead, which is half way to Sivota. It was too late in the day to go all the way back to Sivota and get a good spot. As soon as the anchored was in, we immediately jumped of the back of the boat to cool down, it was heavenly.
We were keen to return to Sivota, back to our tranquil life and catch up with Tina and Tim from Shiraz who had got there yesterday. We arrived mid-morning on Friday 24th June, to find Tina and Tim waiting for us. One of the first kobs was for Tina to colour my hair for me, so I could look presentable, she did a grand job as I sat on a dining chair on the Town quay in front of our boats. With such hot weather we decided to persuade Hudson to go for a swim. As there were no waves, he entered the water cautiously but only to his “knees”, but with Mark holding him firmly he relaxed and allowed him to take him fully in, the cooling water outweighing any fear he had…….so cute and a first.
The heat wave continued until Saturday, the morning was hot as usual but the forecast also said strong winds, rain and thunderstorms. In the late afternoon the carnage began, there was thunder and lightning, crews shouting and boat anchors that were not properly dug in, ceasing to hold. One particular boat was heading crewless for the rocks, apparently the owner had gone ashore to watch the rugby, not a good decision. His boat was saved when his dragging anchor became tangled in one of his neighbours anchor chain, he was very lucky. We thought we were ok, as we had 50 metres of chain out and were well dug in. What we had not taken into account was other panicking captains being flung across the bay in their boats as their anchors dragged, one of which did a great job of pulling out our anchor. The net result was that we had gone from very secure to not secure at all, and needing to do something to retrieve the situation. After 5 hours battling the elements, well that’s how it felt to Tina and I, we discovered that the other side of the little bay had much more protection from the wind, so we were lucky and moved quickly, taking the final space on a small pontoon. A Dutch boat rafted up next to us and Shiraz rafted outside them…..everything became extremely calm once more. Boat secure, we headed for the bar, we all felt we had earned a drink. We ended up having dinner in The Family Bar with “mama”, it was such a great evening. No one cared how they looked, we had wind swept glamour and all got a little tipsy.
With the storm clearing in the evening, the next day was lovely, the weather had returned to sunshine and a cooler 30-32 deg c. We waved goodbye to Tina and Tim in Sivota as we headed up to Preveza on the Monday to be lifted out to have a stuck seacock fixed. We hope to catch up with Alice on Spirit 111 in Preveza.