Wednesday morning was sunny and warm (again!). At the Faros café, they took their large pot plants home for the winter, removed a large proportion of their chairs and tables, and loaded up the beer dispenser, coke and ice cream refrigerators for storage at the warehouse.
We swam both at Vrissi and at Frangokastello, enjoying having the beaches almost exclusively to ourselves.
It was the last evening the Lefka Ori restaurant was open, and we saw it out in grand style by celebrating Pete’s 75th birthday there with our foreign and local friends. Many of the Sfakians hadn’t had a chance to talk to each other much during their busy season, so they enjoyed catching up with each other’s news.
Thursday also started warm, but became partly cloudy, with dark clouds threatening over the mountains. It was the feast day for the church of Archangel Michaelis in Aradena, and 6 bus-loads of people went up to the church for a service and meal, then descended noisily on Sfakia for coffees and a stroll in the sun.
The Lefka Ori restaurant started the long process of taking down the sun shades, storing all the tables, cleaning the kitchen, and getting everything ready for winter. The Delfini, Nikos, and Mesohori restaurants normally stay open all winter.
We were treated to another beautiful sunset at the Faros, but we could see a storm front slowly making its way from the northwest as several locals went out to fish.
Indeed, during dinner on the Delfini terrace, lightning flashed out to sea, then a thunderstorm rolled in and we had to escape inside. The rain let up after a reasonable interval, but during the night and early morning we had more rain.
Even though it is cool this morning, the sun has obliged by coming out for my final swim before departure, with a bonus view of a rainbow reaching down to the Loutro headland. The weather has been so wonderful this autumn that I was able to swim every day since we arrived on October 7th.
Over the winter there are plans in the village for various building renovations in addition to the Samaria rooms, so we eagerly await the spring to find out what changes have taken place. Maybe the old harbour will finally get its new lighthouse. Most of all, we will be looking forward to seeing all our friends back here next year.
Kalo xeimona, me ygeia!