As summer drags on, the countryside gets drier and drier. There have been a spate of fires recently, so much so that an article that was supposed to be about a well has morphed into one about the infernos.
This was going to be a little story about a well. Not this one, which isn't in fact a well. No, this is strictly ornamental and will be viewed by everybody making a pilgrimage to see the spring tulips Polemi is rightly famous for.
No, the well in question is actually in a field behind our villa. Until the other day, we didn't know it was there. However, the field inexplicably caught fire, and along with some of our neighbours, we had to try and put it out before the fire brigade arrived. Luckily the damage was confined to this one field.
I was first alerted to the fire by Alex, who was doing some gardening. I grabbed some assorted tools and a fire extinguisher, and drove around next to the field. I didn't expect to put the fire out with the extinguisher. It was very old, and I suspected that it wouldn't work. I thought I would give it a last hurrah before consigning it to the bin. As it turned out, it squirted one quick blast, and that was it. So I am glad I didn't have to rely on it in a house fire.
Next to the location of the fire was a half built house. Nobody lives here, and nobody had any cause to visit the place, so how the fire started will remain a mystery. But start it did, and it spread fairly quickly until the neighbourhood posse dampened it down with soil and the rather feeble hose from our garden. A small fire engine soon turned up, followed by a slightly bigger one. The rest of the fire was then extinguished quickly.
Something caught my eye though. There was a strange pile of rocks next to an olive tree. Closer inspection revealed it to be (I think) an old well. There is mesh and metal on top of it, to prevent (I assume) anybody falling in. I wonder how long that has been there though? I looked on the old Victorian map of the area, and it is not marked there. But it isn't marked on any modern map either.
I had planned on investigating the well further. When the area has cooled down, I could stick my 360 camera down it with a torch, to see what is there. However, when I returned a couple of days later, to put out a smouldering pile of earth and hay that had not yet been fully extinguished, I could see that something else was afoot. Look at the two helicopters. They weren't there for my little pile of embers. Something else was going down, near Psathi.