Friday, 13 October 2017

Roaming ...

around the village ...

Taking in the view, on a sunny morning with a few clouds. The type that start small and grow with the heat of the day.


It's friday 13th, unlucky for some, especially if you were a fish. However it's fish Friday, so here is the selection ...


At night, you can see the garfish here, in the harbour lights ...


You just need a fine line, some very small hooks, some mincemeat, and some patience ...

Later news: Elizabeth cruises just landed 50+ Greek pensioners, from the mainland, to thumping Mamma Mia music. A sight to behold :) ...


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Start of the day ...

The Skiathos way ...

With a mag 5.2 earth tremor, located over near Skyros. That's the way to get you moving at 01:30 in the morning. So shaken, and stirred by the gods ...

Nothing to do with the tsipouro yesterday, but that was a great day, one if not one of the best ...

Then the hopper, swooping in over town at 06:00, and departing again just half an hour later.

The sunrise, was blinding, the sea a golden ball of fire, with the flying dolphin, blasting it's way out of the harbour just before 8am.

Small fishes, swimming with their snouts, out of the water. A flying fish darting between the small boats, leaping every 30cm or so near the bourtzi.

Then as if on cue, perhaps 50 fishes, leaping from the water, to escape, some predator hunting them below.

It's a blinding, cloudless blue sky day, with a hint of woodsmoke, on the breeze from somewhere nearby.

It's coffee time, as the serious business of octopus fishing gets underway, with the first cast of the lures.


The fisherman, watched over by two expectant cats, seemingly more interested in the lure, rather than what it might bring ...

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

One Million ...

Pages read by you on the Skiathian ...

Sometime yesterday, someone pushed the counter, one step further.

Pageviews all time history 1,002,523

That's mind blowing, at the very least. I don't know who you are, but a few of you are great friends.

Over the years you have been here sharing our love for "A small green island in the Aegean" through good times and dark times.

It's been quite a journey ...

Have a great evening, wherever you are ...


Monday, 9 October 2017

It's all gone ...

Very quiet ...

Just the sound of silence, in the village. Yesterday the Brits went home. The Germans, Scandanavians, and yachties remain.

They are missing lilac skies, as the darkness gives way to soft morning light.

The chug of the fishing boats, and the sound now of the starlings, as they start their own version of the dawn chorus ...

The coffee is very welcome this morning, listening to background chill out music, as Proteus chugs it's way over to Volos, disturbing a glass mirror sea ...


Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Skiathos Olive press ...

Has closed and will not reopen ...

So if you want your Olives pressed in what is a a great Olive year - Then off to Skopelos or Pelion you must go.

The oil mill in Skopelos' near Glossa offers a good solution, since the distance is small and the transportation costs are minimal.


The "Antoniou" mill will start operating on 20 October, and will accept the olive growers of Skiathos daily and according to the ferry schedules.  For those who do not have a means of transport, the mill will take them over at its own expense, and transport the olives and olive oil.

In order to make it easier for all, it is suggested that its advisable for olive growers to consult each other with a view to joint press. The olives will be salted on the same day and the price / kilogram of olive oil will be: 7 lepta. Or with the transport costs from the olive oil producer 9 lepta with the cost of transporting olive oil and olive oil from the mill.

Information: 2424033517 | 6974325004 | 6972224445

Friday, 6 October 2017

The curtains are drawing ...

On the season for the Brits ...

The Germans and Norwegians are hanging on for another week or so whilst the shutters go down, and the winter village (the real Skiathos) reappears from the much loved fake summer one .

As the 'locals that are not local' slam the shutters, and flee to the mainland after the last night parties. The Ferry flights arrive today from Amsterdam, East Midlands Gatwick Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted to take the bronzed ones home.

The Stansted one is getting a few miles in, starting out as

  1. Thomas Cook Airlines MT 106 London to Antalya
    Scheduled departure 06:30 Scheduled arrival 12:24
  2. Thomas Cook Airlines MT 107 Antalya to Skiathos
    Scheduled departure 13:30 Scheduled arrival 15:15
  3. Thomas Cook Airlines MT 1078 Skiathos to Stansted
    Scheduled departure 16:05 Scheduled arrival 17:50

So if you were bumped off the Stansted>Skiathos, well now you know why ...

It will be a rather quieter island this evening, and if you are down the island, rather a lonely one.
There are the Scandinavian flights tomorrow, followed by two more UK flights on Sunday

Enjoy those beautiful beaches back in their natural state, if only they were not littered with cigarette waste ...

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn hero ...

Picture this ...

The last few days of your holiday, warm temperatures, the low sun warming the heart and soul.

A perfect time to relax in the sunshine, perhaps a glass of wine, Enjoy and take in a few rays of a distant summer, a leisurely lunch al fresco, and forget for now about that flight on Friday ...

... and along comes a wasp to join the party.

He too perhaps a little sleepy, but intent on having one last hurrah as well, after fruitful adventures in the late summer sun ...

So having leaned forward, to look into her husbands eyes, the wasp went down her dress straight into her bra whilst they were sitting in a taverna having lunch. Not unfazed by the crisis, her husband sprang into action. Getting 'said wasp' out in full view of everyone.

Looking on in admiration, they all gave a round of applause, hopefully just for the despatch of the intruder.

Husband suggested the wasp was attracted to big melons, who are we to suggest otherwise ...

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go out ...

There is a nation wide civil defence exercise, taking place this morning ...

The warning sirens will go off in tests throughout Greece, as part of the nationwide civil defence exercise “Parmenion”, the Greek Police said on Monday.

At 11:00 am on Tuesday morning, the sirens will sound intermittently, and at differing sound levels for 60 seconds, until 11:05 am, when an uninterrupted siren will sound for another 60 seconds. 

Shortly after this the port police will resume normal duties, with the whistle, and issuing parking tickets along the port, before the ferry arrives ...

Source: Keep Talking Greece - via athensnewsagency

The main reason they sounded the sirens today ...

Had a special meeting today, to celebrate a big birthday. In celebration of this occasion, I baked my learned friend a cake.


In addition, its very difficult to find a present, for the man that has everything. So after thinking carefully about it, I found him the perfect book ...

Tool Porn ...
I did detect a slight hint of disappointment when the present was unwrapped. But after at least 10 reminders, and lots of thought about the special day - I know it will bring hours of fun, for those long winter evenings by the fire planning future projects ...

You are only 56 once ...


Or are you ?

So with thoughts of winter coughs, and sneezes (Having just had my Flu Jab) I dispensed the Birthday boy, a take away. The famous Elixir of Skiathos - The Skiathos Cough medicine - For Winter use only ...


... and only in cases of extreme emergency!

Xronia Polla !

Monday, 2 October 2017

Greetings ...

Καλημέρα και καλό μήνα για όλους ...

Good morning and good month to all (A day late) Is it October already? The greeting should also be 'Καλή χειμώνα' (Good Winter) as its cold wet and windy, and the locals have all lit their fires.

Reading quite a few 'its paradise but what do you do, when its cold wet and windy in October' posts.

This is the island in winter, its only been raining a few days, but you have to be hardy to live on the island out of tourist season, If you are a holidaymaker when it happens, then its grim, as you may not have the right clothes and footwear, and thats not fun at all. Well at least it stops the wasps ...

Those recommendations to do this and that, are not much use when the bar, restaurant or service you require is closed up, and the owner tucked up on the mainland working on the accounts ...

It could be worse - yes it could ...

Monarch the UK's 5th biggest airline, and their holiday company, did a Kosmar at 3am, and went into administration with an estimated 110,000 passengers stranded abroad. Monarch pulled out of Skiathos a few years ago.


The extension of the ATOL licence just to get the CAA to "dot the I's and cross the T's" on the rescue plans.  The Qatar airline A320 spare planes have been parked up at Stansted ready for rescue flights for a few days. You can read the Monarch statement here

As the UK Transport Secretary orders the  "biggest ever peacetime repatriation" - with 110,000 people being brought home, and 300,000 future bookings cancelled. What a sad day indeed for those who have lost holidays, jobs and careers, the hoteliers and staff who will not get paid, and the reputations ruined ...

As for Spain and what you have done to the people of Catalonia, A place I hold close to my heart - Shame on you ...

Actually the Skiathos rain does not seem too bad after all ...

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn has arrived ...

Bringing with it grey skies and breezy conditions ...

Perfect conditions, for the Nautical club of Skiathos, who are having a regatta outside the old harbour.


Not very nice for those hardy souls, who have headed out for the last week of the season. So find yourself a nice cosy bar, and a good book if need be.

It seems quite a few places have said, thats it for summer 2017. Its not just the beaches that are lifting the sunbeds and parasols. Its the last night for those with Music licences. So tonight there will be a few closing parties around town.

Admiral Benbows: Closes this evening (30th) great opportunity to help Debs and Paul, drain the pumps dry for Summer 2017 ...

Phedrock: Will also be closing tonight (30th) with Nasos Kavathas live, starting time: 22:00 ...

Best wishes to Nikos and the team at Swell bar, as they close up the hotel, after a very busy summer season.

If you are on the island, Pop out and wish them all a 'Καλή χειμώνα' (Good Winter) because tomorrow the forecast is not brilliant. A perfect day for a hangover, and a slow scan of the back of the eyelids.

Enjoy your evening, on Monday it should be better ...