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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Living in the past

We were close to moving in. Outside was a building site, but the house itself had a roof, floors, walls and plumbing. We wanted to keep it as simple as possible, like a real village house and not a folklore museum.

The back room was divided by big wooden cupboards cadged from English friends who were being posted back home. We bought cheap metal beds from Monastiraki, a flea market in the centre of Athens, and flock mattresses. The front room was divided by a half-height plastered wall into a sleeping area for the double bed and a living area. I stripped and sanded the lime green paint off a pair of sideboards from the Sacred Way and mounted a steel sink from Grecian-nosed Haralambos as well as the hob and the gas fridge.

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