During the couple nice days last week Pirates started to lay new outside decking, partly done i guess works will continue today. I do find it odd that the planks appear to be untreated before they are laid.
There were also signs of life at El Mar but no work has begun there, they too need new decking. As more rains due later in week i doubt much will happen until the weather improves.
I also believe the storms have undone any good the dredger did for the 'harbour' area. Maybe it will return in due course.
Pirates' Bar had started on the decking before we left, Dave ... I guess as long as the wood is replaced every year, then it doesn't matter too much. I don't think there is much of the other deckings that is salvageable. Skouna always remove and store theirs, but Roxannes is starting to look a bit sad. I understand that both El Mar & New Port have new contracts with the owner, which brings into question the rumoured development of the accommodation at the rear.
I agree about the dredger - it was always going to be a lot of wasted effort.
A quick tour of the village when we got back revealed a number of new things:
The building at Theodoros Apartments that was completely gutted when we left, is now finished to the same high standard as the bungalows alongside.
Drosia seems to be fully operational and is already quite busy.
The toilets & kitchens at Roda Park Restaurant are still being extensively refitted. The toilets are lovely, and they should now be complete, but Kostas and his team still have a lot to do if they are to have the kitchen ready for May 1st.
The old nightclub has been given a clean-up, and there is work taking place at the nail bar, where The Crown used to be.
There is serious-looking work taking place at Joanne's Bakery.
Alex is doing something at Drunken Sailor.
Eleni Apartments seems now to be finished replacing bathrooms etc.
Yummies is already open and doing good business.
Having been open right into the new year, Rialto now seems to have closed.
Stefanos was busy doing something at Nemo.
Dimitris & Haris are busy getting ready at Skouna - no coffees yet though!
Floyd's 'Spiti Pendente' now seems to be finished.
As promised, Giannis Papoutsis has stopped the major apartment construction, high above his gift shop. This will be completed next winter. The gift shop was having a new tiled floor yesterday, to make it one level throughout.
Stella's shop has been completely gutted - let's hope that Michaeli's house upstairs is safe! Pirates' Bar are taking it over - but as what? Guesses please!
Pirates'Bar have raised and improved their outside decking area.
Alexandros Restaurant is hard at it, as is New Port Restaurant next door.
Alex & Sarah were around, but we're not sure what they're doing.
Jon, at the Boathouse, was leaning on the wall trying to decide when to open!
Miltos, at the Brandy Shop, was preparing some nice new furniture.
Kostas, at Ammos Grill Room has extended his outside seating areas, both alongside the restaurant and across the road. It will be a popular venue this summer.
In addition to all the more obvious developments around the village, Roda Oasis has moved away from self-catering by converting all of their accommodation to apartments ... a trend we're seeing more & more every year.
Most businesses seem to be aiming at being fully open by May Day and, on reflection, it I think they are all getting ready a little earlier this year. So many are beavering away with new ideas and improvements, but one worries about the few who don't think it necessary to move forward.
There were lots of people working yesterday, but today, Roda has come alive. There are builders & painters, bobcats & pick-ups loaded with new timber, and people - lots of people, all hard at it.
With exactly two weeks to go before what most consider to be the start of the 2018 season, something has been triggered overnight. In addition to what I mentioned yesterday, next to Loft Car Hire, the old ice-cream shop was getting some attention. La Madera has been revarnished throughout, Petrino's Restaurant were busy preparing, Nemo is rejigging its frontage and even Afroditi was coming out of wraps. Skouna's decking was going in, Roxannes were busy painting and Giannis's gift shop is all but complete.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the improvements over the next few days.
Roda is very busy tonight, with so many businesses putting the finishing touches to their plans for 2018. Unfortunately, whilst most are targeting their opening on the first couple of days in May, there is already a handful of people spread around the various accommodations that have opened early. Added to that, it seems that between 500-700 people are due to arrive at Roda Beach tomorrow and, other than Pirates' Bar, there is unlikely to be much open along the seafront just yet.
kaz: Just got on my 'puter..thanks for missing me!!...I am there in spirit (always)just wish my BODY was !!!never mind, next year with luck ( before I have to use a walking frame!!!)glad the weather is good for you all....hold on, just want to wipe the tears
Sept 11, 2019 19:50:02 GMT 2
kaz: Now my puter is playing up.......I cant win
Sept 11, 2019 19:53:37 GMT 2
kaz: Hope Forum meetings are going well?? I miss them too xxxx
Sept 11, 2019 20:01:03 GMT 2
kaz: Weather in Kent is very hot...........still not as nice as being in Roda!!!
Sept 17, 2019 16:19:06 GMT 2
kaz: Nights are drawing in...curtains closed.....lights on.........just not looking forward to a long Winter again ( it comes round so quick!!)...Just Xmas to look forward to now, then the New Year and THEN holidays in Roda
Sept 25, 2019 20:15:16 GMT 2
artisans: Be so good to see you again kaz ...
Oct 4, 2019 9:32:09 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Steve.........hope I get to make it to Roda??
Oct 4, 2019 12:14:36 GMT 2
johnreig: Has anyone got Spiros Banos apartment (Roda) details
Oct 8, 2019 14:15:36 GMT 2
artisans: Details on the thread ....
Oct 11, 2019 22:46:07 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Steve...has sent you email this evening ok
Nov 16, 2019 19:21:05 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - have replied twice now ..
Nov 21, 2019 8:03:35 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - we have what you wanted
Nov 21, 2019 15:03:35 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz your tea is on its way to the UK, will be posted when it gets there
Dec 3, 2019 10:31:47 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Jan n Steve....sorry, not been on 'puter for a while but sent you an email to-day.....will let you know when parcel arrives ok, thanks a lot for going to all the trouble for me...take care love Jan n Rosie xxxx
Dec 7, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz we'll sort it out when I know the postage etc
Dec 10, 2019 11:45:57 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz, are you OK?
Jan 14, 2020 12:41:51 GMT 2