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Never Leave A House Alone For A Year!

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 25 February 2006 - - - - - - · 853 views

I was lucky enough to find a job very soon after arriving back home late November 2002. When this ended in the spring there wasn’t enough money in the “return to Kritsa fund” so I had taken another job straight away but that didn’t end until September 2003.

Our friend Hilary had told us about a very large damp/mould patch she had...


Our First Long Stay In Kritsa

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 12 February 2006 - - - - - - · 936 views

I ended the previous post stating that by 7.30 a.m. we were drinking tea on the balcony but we had really earned it!

We have no direct road access to the house so we parked our small hatchback car as close as we could. Alan had packed creatively ensuring every nook and cranny was filled; we had several plastic crates of clothes and books plus a la...


Incredible Journey

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 08 February 2006 - - - - - - · 1,321 views

Redundancy can be a very scary and emotional time for many people but by the time I left my job at the end of August 2002 we were very excited as we had made some life changing decisions.

We were going to drive to Crete enjoy a 2 month break and then return to England to sell our house and buy a small flat (no mortgage ties that way). This lack of finan...


A Risk Of Redundancy!

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 29 January 2006 - - - - - - · 837 views

A few weeks after returning home from the first holiday in our Kritsa home the company I worked for announced that the UK operation would close down in about a year’s time. (Remember this is a backwards Blog so I am looking ahead to potential redundancy in 2002 - The Company I worked for at that time packed and marketed ANCHOR Butter and due to a m...


Our First Holiday “at Home”

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 14 January 2006 - - - - - - · 942 views

The house in Kritsa became ours in August 2001 but due to work commitments it was 11th September when we flew out for our first holiday.

The tragic events of 9/11 led to delays of 5 hours but no one at the airport made a fuss – people just queued very quietly until they could be checked in. As a result of many planes being in the wrong place we ev...


Our Most Expensive Holiday Souvenir …ever

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 24 November 2005 - - - - - - · 1,278 views

The next day Hilary took us to see properties in the village of Kritsa. Down a series of tiny streets built for nothing wider than donkey transport and in the heart of the old village was a house refurbished by an Austrian couple who had decided to return home. As a result the house was being sold complete with all the furniture plus bedding, pots and p...


Only Looking

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 18 November 2005 - - - - - - · 840 views

In May 2001 we had 2 weeks holiday in Kotoulofari a village above Hersonisos with the aim of looking at various properties to gauge how long we would need to plan and save for if this pipe dream was ever to become a reality. Instead of the newest paper back thriller for holiday reading we had a copy of an excellent book called “Buying a home in Gre...


Day Dreaming

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 17 November 2005 - - - - - - · 911 views

“We should buy a house here” we said as we relaxed on the island of Cos at the end of a great week in the year 2000. Skiathos was fun too perhaps we should buy there, or Crete we had a really good time there – or one of the other Greek Islands that we haven’t even visited yet.

As we chatted the roof was coming down literally...


Welcome To My Backwards Blog!

Posted by Kritsa Yvonne, 16 November 2005 - - - - - - · 766 views

I understand that a Blog is supposed to be a diary (Dinny's is a great example) and I thought it could be fun to go back in time and remember when and how we bought our house in Kritsa and some of the good times we have enjoyed there.

We didn't buy a ruin or have any really bad experiences so I won't be as gory as some of the recent TV progra...