Sunday, 21 April 2019

Happy Easter ...

Or Palm Sunday in Greece ...

Whichever you prefer, have a great one ...


Now one is for basting the lamb, the other is for basting me. I think I have got that right ...


Friday, 19 April 2019

Pink Moon tonight ...

Probably best viewed through a Pink Gin ...

Skygazers should get an Easter treat this Good Friday as spring's annual pink moon graces the night sky.

Despite its name, the April full moon, called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon in other cultures, actually has no apparent colour change.

However, the term pink moon is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the start of spring.

Like any full moon, this one should be visible in all its glory, fully illuminated by the sun.

The full moon will reach its peak little after noon, at 12.12pm, though it will be more visible after dusk. The pink moon is particularly significant because it is used to set the date for Easter, which is the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Anecdotal evidence suggests labour can be induced by the lunar cycle and the start of a full moon, meaning the new full moon could have an impact on the impending royal birth. (Do we care ...)

Have a great Good Friday, wherever you are ...

Previous Blog: Tsougria: Is it or isnt it ? ...

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Tsougria: Is it or isnt it ? ...

According to thessaliaeconomy.gr/- It is up for sale ...

"At the hammer, (Up for auction?) The Greek State is preparing to pull out fifteen rocky islands scattered across the Greek seas, including the green island of Tsougria in the Sporades complex.


The Finance Ministry is expected to auction electronically and make it available to prospective investors, and some of these are expected to show great interest. The relevant bill is being discussed in the House.

Tsougria is situated opposite the port of Skiathos. It is covered with dense vegetation, pine trees and has many beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination during the summer months. 

The approach of the island is made by tourist boats from the port of Skiathos or from the port of Achladies. Its area is 1.14 sq. Km. It is administratively owned by the municipality of Skiathos.

According to the bill, the starting price for the auction will be determined by a new process that will include three main axes:

(a) the base price, to be set for each geographical area by decision of the Minister for Economic Affairs. 

b) The kind of activity, which will be represented by "weighting factors" that will change the base price.

c) The area of ​​the concession"

A 5* Hotel complex anyone? We shall see ...

Previous Blog: Airport works - Further update ...

Monday, 15 April 2019

Airport works - Further update ...

Further update from our friend Steve in Skiathos ...

"Met a friend at the airport this afternoon, and spoke to one of the security staff who we have known for some years.

She says the terminal will not be ready for the next 4-6 weeks, and that, until then, passengers on international flights will be using the domestic flights terminal. Which at the moment still does not have a working luggage carousel. (Time to sort that out of course..)

On the plus side, there is a lot of concrete going down, in what we assume to be the new parking area so some progress is being made" ...

Expect chaos on the first Friday of the season - May 3rd, or imagine you have wound the Skiathos clock back until the summer of 1994 ...

Previous Blog: Airport works, and a Flying Dolphin update ...

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Airport works, and a Flying Dolphin update ...

From our friend Steve in Skiathos ...

Who took these photos yesterday - 12th April. He advises ...

First Amsterdam flight arrives in 13 days, the first UK flight in 18 days.



Work has moved on since the last update but if you were a betting man. You might say the chances of it being ready are similar to being struck by lightning ...


Some familiar risks                                               The chance they will happen ...

Getting three balls in the UK national lottery        1 in 11
Dying on the road over 50 years of driving             1 in 85
Transmission of measles                                        1 in 100
Dying of any cause in the next year                       1 in 100
Annual risk of death from smoking 10 cigarettes per day 1 in 200
Getting four balls in the UK national lottery           1 in 206
Needing treatment in the next year after injury by a can/bottle/jar          1 in 1000
Needing treatment in the next year after injury by a bed/mattress/pillow 1 in 2000
Death by an accident at home                                1 in 7100
Getting five balls in the UK national lottery            1 in 11098
Death by an accident at work                                 1 in 40000
Death playing soccer                                              1 in 50000
Death by murder                                                    1 in 100000
Being hit in your home by a crashing aeroplane       1 in 250000
Death by rail accident                                            1 in 500000
Drowning in the bath in the next year                     1 in 685000
Getting six balls in the UK national lottery              1 in 2796763
Being struck by lightning                                        1 in 10000000

Insert airport work finishing on time, where you feel most appropriate ...

TUI have increased the carry on bag allowance, from 5kg to 10kg, which has got everyone excited.

This means very soon their aircraft will be rather like Ryanair. However in the small print the extra 5kg allownce, is not for hairdryers, kettles and toasters. Its for a hard hat, safety goggles and toetectors so you can transit the airport safely on arrival and departure ...

Flying Dolphin Erato

The flying dolphin, has again been struck down with mechanical failure. The boat may have to return to Piraeus for repairs. Future itinaries have been removed from the booking sites, which will be of some concern to Pasca travellers ...

Insert return of the dolphin, where you feel most appropriate ...

Previous Blog: Brexit: Greek Foreign Ministry Q&A website for UK nationals (Update) ...

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Brexit: Greek Foreign Ministry Q&A website for UK nationals (Update) ...

Of interest for the island residents ...

The British Embassy in Athens advise ...

The Greek parliament has further approved legislation that protects the rights of UK nationals and their family members living in Greece, in the event of no deal.

An explaination of the Law 4604/2019 has just been published, read more (in English) on the Greek Government’s EU Exit online platform ⬇️

See: #UKnationalsinEU

#Brexit

Matts view ...


Previous Blog: Beach Cleaning and Webcam ...

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Beach Cleaning and Webcam ...

Skiathos beaches getting ready for the new tourist season ...

The island, although it is the smallest of Sporades in size, receives more than 1.5 million tourists per year and the goal is to keep the numbers in the current tourist season.

A few days ago, a volunteer program for the environment was organized to clean the beaches as a whole, where more than 550 students and 75 volunteer citizens participated at the initiative of the Skiathos Cultural Association.

For 14 consecutive years the beaches are systematically cleaned by the bodies and the effort is based on volunteering, but also with the support of the Municipality of Skiathos and the Association of Hoteliers of the island.



The cleaning at the beaches of Lechouni, Kastro, Agios Panteleimonas, Lygariies, Agistros, Elias, Mandraki, Krifi Ammos, Siferi, Tarsanas as well as around the lake of Agios Georgios, Plakes and Pounta and underwater cleaning at the harbour of Skiathos. 

The initiative of the Skiathos Cultural Association, for the past seven years, large barrels washed up on the shore are collected and placed in the Mandraki forest area, as a water store in the event of a fire.

Weather permitting (The forecast this week has not been promising) Five areas are left pending, the cleaning, due to poor weather conditions, and planned for next weekend. These are the beaches of Aselinos, Megas Gialos, Agia Eleni and the islands of Arkos and Tsoukrias.

Cleaning of the most remote and inaccessible beaches has been undertaken by Skiathos Hoteliers Association, where access is only possible by boat, and so professional cleaners are required.

Webcam:

Rumors are rife, that friend of the blog and tireless campaigner Dennis N. Has won a commitment from the DIMOS, for the replacement of the Skiathos town webcam. Well done Dennis - Perhaps he would like to share his campaign victory here - Get in touch Dennis with all the details via email ...

One Mayor promised me a road to be named after someone - Still waiting and probably wants my vote this year cough cough ...

Previous Blog: Underwater clean - Skiathos Diving Centre ...

Monday, 8 April 2019

Underwater clean - Skiathos Diving Centre ...

Panagiotis Diolettas writes ...

Our diving center Skiathos Diving Centre today, (7/4/19) participated as it does every year in the volunteer effort of Greece. Let's do it Greece !! 



We took out hundreds of unusable and harmful objects that polluted the seabed of the New Port of Skiathos, such as batteries, tires, plastic items and plastic bags, bottles and even motorbikes. 


Of course, cleanup actions on our island do not stop there, they continue throughout the year as part of Project Aware of PADI's global effort for clean and lively seas. 

                   

Next appointment on 5/6/19 on the World Environment Day !!

Previous Blog: Airport Ferry and a weather update ...

New page - Property to rent 2019 ...

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Airport Ferry and a weather update ...

From our friend Steve in Skiathos ...

Who took these photos yesterday - 5th April. He advises ...

Still absolute chaos at the airport. Nowhere to park today, no sign of any areas where coaches will stop. Main terminal still a shambles. 3 weeks until the first Dutch flight and 26 days until the first UK arrivals. 

Some Greeks saying they have been told the work will not be finished until at least June. 

Rumours of temporary check-in desks being put outside the domestic flights terminal (presumably passport control also if this is the case). 

Time will tell.....






Dont worry 🤔 - Theresa May has written to the EU, asking for an extension to complete the work by 30th June 2019 😂 ...

Thessaloniki Ferry ...

It seems from news reports, once again the ferry Aqua Blue will connect the port of Thessaloniki with the Cyclades, Crete and the Sporades Islands this summer.

The Aqua Blue will run every Tuesday and Friday on the route Thessaloniki-Skiathos-Andros-Syros-Tinos-Paros-Naxos-Santorini-Crete (with return), and every Monday to the islands of Sporades (Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonisos).

Weather to detiriorate ...

Greece’s National Meteorological Service warns of a weather deterioration with heavy rainfalls and storms, locally with hail-falls and stormy South-East winds of up to 9 Beaufort in Central and South Greece.
The stormy south winds will also transfer Sahara Dust to the country.

Beach Cleaning - Sunday 7th April ...

The cleaning of Tsougrias today and Arkos, scheduled for tomorrow Sunday 7 April, are both postponed due to weather conditions. Rearranged for the following Sunday, April 14 at 10:00am

Good evening facebookers, thanks for visiting ...

Previous Blog: Bean Soup ...

New page - Property to rent 2019 ...

Friday, 5 April 2019

Bean Soup ....

Fancied something Greek tonight ...

Having been inspired by one of Marias recipes, from the Calma restaurant in Aghia Pareskevi.

Maria makes the most amazing Greek dishes, for her legion of fans up in the Platanias valley. She also has a very good cookbook, so if you pay her a visit, eat well and buy the book.

Maria posted a photo on the Skiathos Calma instagram account, and I thought - I will have a go at that ...

Calma Restaurant, Skiathos ( @skiathoscalma )
Beans = Fasoula / Φασόλια
Bean Soup = Fasoulada / Φασολάδα which was tonights meal ...

Recipe - See: My Greek Dish

I added a good shot of tomato puree, and a splash of worcester sauce, to the recipe and it goes very well with Garlic bread ...


Perfect for a day, when the hail is rattling off the windows ...

Later News:

The UK government has started issuing British passports without the words “European Union” even though the UK remains a full member of the bloc. It removed the two words from passport covers issued this week on the working assumption that Brexit day would have been 29 March.

Spot the difference ...
But the move has angered those applying for new passports who were hoping to hold on to an emblem of EU membership.

Previous Blog: Increased security measures at Passport control ...

New page - Property to rent 2019 ...