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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                    MAY/JUNE 2010  

 

GOING BATTY

 

The bats are back! We have had four recent bat episodes and I am quite scared of them; I hate the thought of them getting tangled in my hair when they fly around and I really do not like the way they look – exopthalmic mice with wings.

As I have mentioned in previous bat discourses, one must never kill a bat. In England they are a protected species. In Greece, bats in the house are considered lucky, at least according to my mother-in-law. I hope then that three of the bats will bring good luck to our children in their exam results.

 Only the middle child has inherited the courageous bat-catching gene from his father and so far, we have been lucky, to have Mr L or middle child around during these episodes.  I dread the day when neither one of them is here during a bat visit because child number one( a born delegator) is indifferent to their presence and would rather wait until his father gets home whereas child number three and me, both having xx chromosomes, scream, run from the area and close the door behind us. The other morning, I was up at 06.30, so decided to luxuriate in the pleasure of reading a good book but realised my reading glasses were downstairs. As I entered the stone hall , I recognised the familiar appearance of a soft, brown fluffy ball tucked in the crevice between cement and stone but I noticed too the lower protuberances of two spindly legs and the lateral protuberances of wings, preparation for flight mode. I quickly shut the door. I was NOT going to go down those stairs and I decided instead to doze until 08.30, the time to wake Mr L. Fortunately, the phone was upstairs and I called his mobile. “Are you mad? “he yelled. I hissed that this was his wake up call and expained I couldn’t come down stairs because of the bat. “Get dressed, I told him, I’ll make some tea but on the way up, could you grab the fishing net and then get rid of the bat?” Anyone who knows Mr. L, knows that the rule is never, ever speak to him before 10am.

However, even I was surprised when he willingly appeared with the fishing net in hand, ready to hunt and not complaining. I directed him to the bat’s location and on the word go, he plunged the net over the bat, carried it downstairs and released it into the garden. On realising the dog might be taking an interest, it spread its wings and flew blindly but accurately into the field opoposite.

Take the night when I was in Piraeus, as were the two older children, leaving just child number 3(xx) and Mr L alone. At midnight, (I’m told), a familiar black object swooped over Mr L’s head. Child number three was sleeping.

Wearing just his boxer shorts and forgetting that the curtains were pulled back and the lights were on, the neighbors opposite, should they have glanced across in the direction of our house, would have seen Mr. L leaping, twirling and whipping the air with a fishing net in his hands. Again, his hunt was successful but worried he might have killed it, he left it in a motionless state beneath a pile of blue string netting for me to diagnose shock or death. Adept actors, this particular bat was very much alive but pretending to be dead. On shaking the net over the balcony, the bat darted out into a full urgent flight in the direction of the distant pistachio trees.

We haven’t had any more bat episodes since and I am hoping that this is the end of it

How do they get in? We have decided that they gain entry either from flying blindly through the shutters or that they come through the chimney.

Solutions? Have sittas closed at all times when windows are open and secondly, ensure that the chimney hatch is shut when not in use.

 

 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2010



 

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