Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A rubbish day out ...

But a great day ...

Today i was up and about early on my familiar water run up to Taxiacharis, to collect water from the spring. The skies were grey amd milky with mist, and reflections however distant Alonnissos was visible across the sea.

I gazed over towards Tsougria and reminded myself, that it was today the beach cleaning team were visiting the island. I had things to do today and on the drive home wondered if they could be postponed.

Returning to base with 58 litres of water, i made my mind up - Painting !!!

One hour later i was on the Calypso with the beach cleaning team, on my way to Tsougria. We landed at Lalaria, not to be confused with Lalaria, the pebbled cove on the north of Skiathos island.

This beach being relatively clean, we headed over to the main beach via the church of Agios Floros to start work.


Soon Tsougria's main beach was in view as we tried not to tread on flowering lillies, whilst climbing over slippery algae covered rocks. A heady scent of flowering heather, wild rosemary, sage accompanied us.

We were dusted with pine pollen as we made our way down to the beach, where the hard graft began in earnest ...


Bottles, cans, lighters, bags, bottle tops, oil cans and even a tent were recovered. Along with a bikini a pair of shoes and beach towel. Sack after sack of rubbish and flotsam was bagged and removed from the beaches by the Calypso tourist boat.

I even managed to find a rusted two ring gas burner dumped in the undergrowth. Together with Thassos from the art gallery, together we somehow retrieved a 80 litre barrel from the lagoon, at the rear of the beach - without falling into the swamp.

I can report that the tiger Mosquitos are as fierce as ever - and very hungry. It makes you wonder why "The Beatles" wanted to buy the island all those years ago, but the beaches are beautiful and the water crystal clear ...

Here is an example of how much rubbish we removed after a few hours work ...


Skiathos beaches are beautiful, please enjoy them, but take your rubbish home with you at the end of the day ...

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