“But bad weather drew near, deluge hit Provatas and Arvanitissa areas, it was about the tenth or eleventh of March, and my father suddenly heard a horrifying rumble, oh my!” recalled Mr Yannis, getting sentimental. “It was late afternoon, an hour before the sunset, he could see the goats getting closer to the river so as to get back and feed their kids, just like women feed their children, but it was all in vain. Ruminating on it, they finally began to dive. The stream was raging, water near the rocks was two to three meters deep and most of the goats wound up in the sea.”
Approximately 50 of those goats washed up in the sea, while about 20 more were found drowned along river Armenis. Mr Yannis’ father decided to sell the seventeen surviving ones, along with their babies. He had a crier spread the word around, but no one in Vrontados seemed to show any interest. In the end, a shepherd living in the neighboring Karies village, named Mikes Kililis, bought the animals for 2,200 drachmas. The transaction took place at the water source in Messa Klidou, on March, 17, 1953. The family used this money to purchase a sewing machine. “2,200 drachmas was half the price for a Singer sewing machine. We bought it for my sister to be able to sew” said Mr Yannis, his voice cracking in tears.
Kamitsis’ stockyard was never used since then. Mr Yannis’ father took up double shifts at a kiln owned by Gkagkas, while he himself turned to marine life becoming a captain.