Two On a Retirement Adventure.
When my husband and I decided to take up a retirement project and renovate a large old house in
we were filled with excitement. He was an owner of a food factory and I was an
academic. That was ten years ago, and since then we have been travelling to our
old house to Greece Lemnos Island in the Aegean
for six months every year. He became skilled at carpentry, painting,
electricity, plumbing and I have had to hone my skills of painting, decorating,
and gardening in the Mediterranean.
|Retired from Food Factory|
|New Job in the Carpentry Workroom|
|Old Job as Academic|
|New Job as Gardener, Painter|
While the dream of a house on an Aegean island, with sunshine, warm seas and rural peace, is something many busy, driven, city folk long for, it’s not easily achieved. Land in
We were lucky; Takis’ was part owner of his grandfather’s old house on
|The Finished Dream House|
|He Had the Money Worries|
|And I Took to Drink! No not really.|
There’s a saying in
But, after each questioning period, we’ll always decide that we’ll keep coming – at least for a few more years. The time will eventually come when we have to leave permanently and there will be so many things we’ll dearly miss, especially those sounds that are completely lost in a big city: the music of cockerels calling early each morning, the chatter of young children walking home from school, and even those street-sellers who drive us to distraction by blaring out descriptions of their wares as they drive past, or the psalmist in the church who turns up the volume so that we can admire his beautiful voice each Sunday.
|The Weary but Satisfied Couple|