|The doors are locked, again|
|Good, simple food - fava bean puree with Santorini capers|
I thought of how I would describe Greeks and their attitude to what has befallen them - that is, the drying up of money which had flowed so freely. Hard times for year after year, with no let-up in sight.
Heedless. That's what I came up with. It's not a nasty word and I don't mean it nastily. Young people are typically heedless, that is, they don't seem to worry too much about consequences. It's what makes them so attractive and so infuriating to worrying grown-ups. It's not that life's too short to agonise over what currency or interest rates will do tomorrow or next month, it's more who can control such things anyway?
|Hydra harbour, seen from the Koundouriotis mansion|
We were on Hydra the other day, the island made famous in our lifetimes for the young Leonard Cohen having bought a run-down mansion there in the early 60s. Among his creative friends was our cat Po's new mother, Susan, but that's her story - and we can't tell it, but we thought of Susan, and L. Cohen, when we were there.
|Ferry in reverse, 25-30 knot northerly blowing straight into Hydra harbour|
|Donkeys are the main form of transport and carriage on Hydra|
Hydra is beautiful still, not spoiled by its popularity, but it's got a crazy small harbour, and friends had advised not to take our boat in there. So we went as day trippers - the fast ferry takes 2 hours each way. Alex took some wonderful pictures of the craziness in the port as we sat in the shade sipping freddo cappucinos.
|The person in the water is trying to retrieve the yacht's fouled anchor|
|Yachts have their engines running to keep off the town quay|
|..but the driving gusts are just too fierce|
|The problem of the anchor not holding|
|...and then the wind pushes the boat side-on the the quay|
|The only way out for this guy is backwards|
|Boats keep arriving, and anchoring on top of each other|
|The coastguard is only barely interested|
|...but she does ask the Ukrainians to squeeze in tighter|
|Catamarans are the least suitable vessels for small harbours but they're out in force|
|The big guy doesn't worry about any of this nonsense|