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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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LIVING                                                                           FEBRUARY 2013


LIFES LITTLE LUXURIES

 

We deserve this coffee I lamented to my friend Patsy. Not that her real name is Patsy but she has big hair like Patsy from Ab Fab and she knows how to have a good time in an eccentric kind of way. Take my 50th birthday party in Aegina some years ago. One of my London girls is a lark on legs and as well as organising huge fund raising events, she was the main singer of a local band. We were all treated to her voice on the eve of my party and the Greeks loved her! By the end of the night which was infact 3.00 in the morning, patsy decided to stand up and sing in my honour. Patsy is neither a lark nor even a pigeon and after numerous glasses of wine, she didn’t care. The thought was there as she ‘sang’ to me. I laughed till tears ran down my face and on she sang a mainly flat but well intentioned series of songs. Devoid of self doubt, she will try anything and it is this quality that has equipped her with good life survival skills.

The waiter brought two white ceramic cups on saucers on a tray which he placed on the table in front of us. An olive leaf stencilled in cinnamon adorned the frothy milk.” And here is white sugar; here is brown, some chocolate powder and some cinnamon. Enjoy your coffee ladies he beamed as he bounced back to the bar. On each saucer, a complimentary biscuit snuggled into the base of the cup.

Patsy ceremoniously drew a roll up from a box, picked out stray strands of tobacco then clutched it in a pair of tweezers in her left hand as she lit it with her right.

Four women to our left had the prime view of the car park below and the furniture shop opposite. The main attraction being the human traffic as local people came and went, mainly women homeward bound with bags of ingredients, soon to become a meal on the family table.

A window on the world:

I can see you but you can’t see me

I’m having coffee…and so is Patseeee

Which is why we didn’t go into town as I am bored of Mr L learning of my whereabouts before I share my information?

So we sipped our coffees. “So are you glad that you moved to Aegina”? I asked her. She exhaled some smoke, held her tweezers to the left and said quite emphatically; “Yes. The children have had a great experience here. The education has been classical, the community close and caring and they have been very much in touch with their family and historical roots. Being able to walk to school has been a bonus and we have never had to worry about them being mugged”…. You see Patsy is also very positive and is a great person to be around during times of doubt. She has various skills, chief among which is her ability to darn holes in clothes; holes created by hungry tenacious moths that worm their way into my wardrobe and insist on feasting on my cashmere jumpers…my deliciously soft and oh so expensive favourite cashmere jumpers’ the jumpers that I used to buy. I have placed pots, sachets and bags full of lavender in my wardrobe yet still the moths aren’t put off. I have even considered introducing natural predators into our bedroom, such as a bat….surely they eat moths! Possibly lizards too.

Patsy has recently returned three of my cashmere jumpers to me, the scarlet one which is my true favourite, a kingfisher blue polo neck and a dark green classical jumper which was once Mr Ls but is now shared by me and child number three. A magician, the jumpers are as good as new and how we adore wearing them.

Our neighbours long gone, me and Patsy order another coffee. Yes, life is pretty good really. I am still wearing cashmere even though it has been darned, I have some delightful friends and the coffee here is wonderful…true quality coffee beans, coffee that tastes of coffee and not of milk with coffee, a quality that I have so far been unable to match in London.

                                 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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