Hello! We've been the Crazy Cat Couple of Leros for 15yrs or so. Our tribe is around twenty to thirty cats; some are longterm loves who have been with us since kittens; others are drop-ins to the garden for free food :).
One of our sitters from last winter became our cats' new favourite auntie, and they all fell in love with each other; so she is coming back for the second half"of winter. Now we need to find an equally wonderful "crazy cat person(s)" to come live in our big old house and become part of our extended family - two-legged and four!
A few of our regular cats are "indoor outdoor" but the rest stay out. We have remodeled an historic villa just outside of Lakki Harbour, the main town on Leros. It's in a rural setting, but town is very close by. Our renovations have been going on longer than we care to think about, and we're still not entirely finished; but we're done enough for it to be a very comfortable house, which will be all yours to make your home-from-home.
Do be aware that the Greek islands are not all picture postcard blue skies in winter ! It does get chilly in the winter and it does rain sometimes, but the sun shines more than it does not. Daytimes can be quite warm, nights get progressively colder from about mid December on; rains increase around the beginning of February but no two years are alike. We have a great island vet who has worked with us for years to neuter as many cats as possible, and take care of them. Sadly a lot of people dump their unwanted kittens on our doorstep, and we're too much "softies" to turn them away, so we never know exactly how many there will be. Most of them are very loving, friendly cats - appreciative of their good luck in ending up at the Crazy Cat House! Our neighbours look after the garden and stand in as "cat feeders" at times , so there is some backup on a short term basis; they are sweeties and would become your own adopted Greek uncle and auntie:).
The island of Leros with no tourists in the winter is a small community; people are very friendly, but it's not the place for someone who's looking for a happenin' social life ! It's quiet and peaceful, although there are some unexpected bonus things like yoga classes (who'd ever have thought on a tiny Greek island ??). Our business here is running a yacht charter business; so anyone into sailing .... there's a small "yachtie" community on your doorstep! There's also a small but close expat community on the island too, who are wonderfully friendly and helpful to newbies.
Our house being an old building (1899!) , it needs someone who is at least handy with a screwdriver, to keep on top of little maintenance bits n' bobs. We have some local connections who could help with major issues, but in general, there's no "instant handyman service"; you need to be a practical, self-sufficient sort of person. Our garden is huge, and grows lots of fruit n' veg - someone with an interest in helping our neighbour keep this under control would be great too.
Our car would be available for you to use; we also have a couple of bicycles which are great for getting around town.
The timeframe we are looking at is still flexible to some extent; from sometime around early/mid Nov to early Feb. For those who are restricted by the 3 month visa deal, we can work around that.
Check out our photos and drop us a line if you are interested! We also have a link to a really great blog written by our "Auntie Suzanne" from last year, which gives a fantastic background to the islands, their current community and history.
Look forward to chatting with some fellow Cat Crazies out there !
Diane & Ray