Mooching around Methoni for another day

One very happy Jay snorkeling around the base of the castle

Dave the motorhome hasn’t moved, he likes his view over the bay and the ancient castle – and who can blame him. He’s still in a car park next to the sea in Methoni, Greece.

Last night we chatted to Jay’s parents on Skype, between our dinner and desert. I’m still struggling to get my head around the fact that we are now 2 hours ahead of the UK, so it was a very late dessert of mascarpone cream, raspberries and amoretti biccies (Dave’s version of Eton Mess) before we headed for bed just after 11pm. Around midnight whoever was playing the country and western music yesterday started to pump the tunes out again, this time, either planned or ironically, they played ‘In the midnight hour’; three times in a row. Other tunes followed, but I’d dozed off by then.

This morning we faced a tough decision, should we stay or should we go? The sun was shining, the water crystal clear – of course we opted to stay.

Dave on the right, the castle and Methoni on the left - no wonder we stopped another night!
Dave on the right, the castle and Methoni on the left – no wonder we stopped another night!

We had planned to get a flea collar from the vets this morning for Charlie (as they only open in the morning on Mondays – well you need half a day off after a two day weekend!). A look on the internet told us why he’s picking up ticks only two weeks after his monthly treatment of Advantix; it only lasts for two weeks on ticks. A quick application and he’s ready to repel any bugs that want to suck his blood, no collar needed (and it means Jay can’t take him swimming for a few days too!).

We went for a wander around the town of Methoni which didn’t take very long. It is mainly made up of small hotels and holiday apartments, but with these come loads of cafes and tavernas. Walking down one of the main streets was like being on a catwalk with the locals sitting on the pavement either side of us. A quick nip into the local supermarket (a Carrefour Express no less) and I emerged with only the one item I had gone in to get – butter. Jay is always astounded at my ability to go in for one thing and come out with two bags full, but as Dave’s cupboards are still so full their contents tip onto us when we open then I restrained myself.

A bird of prey hanging around the castle - any ideas?
A bird of prey hanging around the castle – any ideas?

The afternoon was spent doing our own things. For Charlie this meant sleeping, snoring, waking himself up snoring, then going back to sleep. For Jay it was spent snorkeling around the base of Methoni castle, and for me it was spent finishing off something we started to write ages ago. We’ve now been to both Morocco and Tunisia and thought we’d do a comparison of the two, to help people decide which is best suited for them if they want to experience North Africa.

One very happy Jay snorkeling around the base of the castle
One very happy Jay snorkeling around the base of the castle

Another stroll around the town this afternoon saw us, as always, with our noses pressed against the estate agent windows. We thought it would be cheap to buy a property around here, how wrong were we? It’s a shame because it is such a beautiful and chilled out place, but as the local shop stocks several German and British newspapers and we’ve seen several British registered cars about it looks like we might have already missed the ex-pat property boat.

Suspect this poor tree might not last much longer if the sand continues to erode
Suspect this poor tree might not last much longer if the sand continues to erode

After our walk we tucked into biccies back in Dave as the hoped for Baklava from the bakery didn’t materialise – the bakery was shut, Monday afternoon it seems a lot of places are shut! Jay then carried on his study of all things Greece via the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide to Greece – we have both, albeit one is slightly older than the other (as its prices are still in Drachma!). I’ve almost finished The Dark Heart of Italy by Tobias Jones. Jay read it ages ago and kept telling me snippets of information from it, but reading it now it’s answered many questions for me about Italy; why are the bins never emptied? Why does everyone drive so fast? Why don’t people obey the laws? If you’re thinking of going to Italy it’s worth picking up a copy as you’ll see things in a whole new light.

So all in all we’ve had a very relaxing day, apart from a call from our insurance company to let us know that we might not have the right policy for our trip. Because we’ve rented out our house we need to be on a full-timing policy, which we thought we were. A man at the brokers is getting to the bottom of it for me – how did this come about? Our insurer had read our article about living in Dave in the April edition of MMM magazine. We like feedback from our articles, but maybe not this sort!!

Ju x


  1. Def a kestrel, you manage to get some fantastic shots, what lens have you got on? I look forward to your up dates each day as I a sure many others do, one day I KNOW it will be me! (Power of positive thought!) enjoy x

    • Thanks Jen.

      We use a Sony ‘bridge’ camera – part way between a compact and Digital SLR. It has an amazing zoom, which enables us to get some pretty decent shots – you can read our review on it here (at the bottom are some example shots which show you its zoom!) –

      And yes – it will be you, not one day, but soon – keep positive thinking.

      Ju x

  2. Enjoying your updates with envy!
    Just wondering where you had the info from on Advantix ,(2 weeks) we changed to it as it covers sand fly as well as ticks. Bayers site seems to say longer coverage.
    Regards Phil

    • Hi Phil

      I read the stuff on the Bayer site, but wasn’t convinced as Charlie was still picking up ticks. So did a quick Google asking how long it lasts – found several sites which said only two weeks for ticks. Then found this on the Bayer site – so we’ve upped the frequency of his applications.

      How often should advantix be applied?
      Monthly treatment with advantix provides excellent control and prevention against ticks, fleas, sand flies and mosquitoes. In particular cases of high parasite pressure or during seasons, the frequency of treatment may be increased as far as once weekly.

      Hope this helps.

      Ju x

      • Ju, thanks for your reply. It is such a difficult one because you don’t want the diseases or illness but you don’t want to be giving your pet high doses of chemicals all the time. As with drugs for ourselves they all come with side effects.
        Some animals have had bad reactions but I suppose if we don’t see this in our own pets its better to use the chemical preventions.
        I think it must be quite a special area you are in, someone local to us used to motorhome to Greece for years and eventually has now a property near your present location.
        Look forward to daily catchup. Phil

        • I know exactly what you mean. A local recommended a flea collar, but to us that was double dosing, so we hit the trusty Internet to find out why ticks were now immune to Charlie’s treatment – so glad we did. He’s been on the beach for ages today and is tick free!


  3. Oh yes, buy a house in Greece or Italy.. I am not fussed just make sure you a have a HUGE spare room for the Stevenson’s to descend each year :-) Will send a nice long email soon, promise. Love you guys x

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