Thursday, 31 January 2013

Dream Machine ...

Look what I found in town ...

The car of my dreams - I had to take a photo - Its beautiful ...


The Volkswagen Beetle, officially called the Volkswagen Type 1 (or informally the Volkswagen Bug), is an economy car produced by the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured in an air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform, worldwide.

Read more about my ultimate dream machine here

Any rich benefactors with some spare change - Please buy it for me ...

Later update: Just for Michaela (See comments) ...



Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Good Day Sunshine ...

This is a post addressed to some special friends ...

Especially to Janeybos, Jo, Kath, Liz & Ian, Paul, Pete, SifnosMan & Stig. All of whom have been in touch over the last few days via the blog. Its been great to hear from you.

The photo's are for you guys, and of course a big 'Thank You' to Malcolm - 'The Educator' who has seen to it that the camera repairs have been made, and normal service has been resumed to the blog.

Good Morning to you all from Skiathos ...




Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Time lapse video ...

My friend Nikos Pascalis who operates the Nunki Observatory and the weather stations - has just posted a time lapse video.

Take a look here at a unique view of Skiathos ...

Monday, 28 January 2013

Excuse me ...

... Are you Skiathian ?

Thats what a winter visitor to the rock said to me today. I was walking onto the paralia with Junior and out from Goldfish came Gary for a quick chat.

That was a surprise, but it happens from time to time. We are going to meet up for lunch and a chat later this week. Junior was less enthusiastic about the meeting, and dragged me off to the play area ...

But it was a lovely sunny afternoon, and out of the breeze - almost perfect. Now if I had known he was coming ...

Not having been to blighty for a year - Strict tea-bag rationing is now in force. Its not quite as bad as the 'Great Escape' but there is a danger of combustion, drying them by the woodburner.

Island News: The old OTE building in town is being stripped out at the moment. The word on 'Papadamatis street' is that it is going to be a restaurant. If so its a big one - Wonder who would take that on in these troubled times ???


A few of the shops are now showing 'for sale' stickers, along with the annual 30%/50% sale stickers in their windows. Any budding entrepreneurs out there, who can afford the rents - Come on down ...





Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sifnos man and House for sale ...

Let me introduce you to my Fellow Blogger - John, who I refer to on the Blog as Sifnos Man ...

This is John and his wife, Pauline. 



You can read his Hellas blog here Well worth a read, about life on Sifnos, Good food and wine, Family History and a lovely home, on the market for the discerning buyer. 

He writes, 'We have recently decided to put our Sifnos house on the market so. I created a website for the sale' at http://sifnoshouse.eu/house/ .



Saturday, 26 January 2013

Damp start ...

Yes its rather showery here at the moment ...

Usually this weekend sees the start of our bad weather, when we can get snow on the island. Its not that far away, but being an island and surrounded by a warm sea. The chances are lower of any snowfall except on high ground.

No risk of that it seems this weekend, however its a wet weekend, breezy too, and lasting possibly even until Tuesday.

Here is the weather forecast for 3pm today ...


Here is my local forecast - Issued at 07:15am - For the same period.

Winds from the North force 4, temperature outside 10 degrees, Showers.
Wine - Red, at around 6 degrees. Woodburner on low heat, a good book, or TV, and possibly a bar of chocolate - subject to regular local intervention by junior ...

11am Update: Winds have increased as noted on my two trips out across town this morning. Clouds, heavy and dark over the hills. Spots of rain that attack you like machine gun bullets in the wind. I picked up a huge bag of Spinach (Spanaki) and a broccoli the size of a football, from the vegetable stall operated by the man from the riding school.

Vasilis from the Red Fishing boat, greeted me like an old friend, and a fishy handshake. He runs the Lalaria tour boat in the summer. Shame I could not take any of his fish, a couple of boxes of lovely Barbounia, and  codfish, Huge prawns like small lobsters - excellent for soup. No fishing for either of the trawlers today.

Its not cold but the chill from the wind is recognisable on peoples faces, sucked in taught, eyes squinting against the cold air. In addition those on scooters, are riding one handed. The free hand clasped to the neck to keep out the chill.

Wintry chill means hearty food, tonight its a pork roll joint for a slow roast, from the butcher by the fire station ...

Couple of friends with great blogs that I follow, and enjoy ...

Sifnos Man - Hellas Blog: Well worth a read, about life on Sifnos, Good food and wine, Family History and a lovely home, on the market for the discerning buyer.

SkopelosNews : a blog about life on Skopelos

Naomi -  My Big Fat Greek Adventure a blog about life, and lovely recipes on Kerkra (Corfu)

15:00hrs Update: Rain - It was showers mixed with sleet and occasional large flakes of snow - Now torrential. Wind has increased around force 6. Most people are battened down indoors. Me with a glass of Carrefour Cotes Du Rhone, listening to the rain rattling on the roof and pouring into the street, from the house opposite. Woodburner prepared but not lit just yet ...

Friday, 25 January 2013

Feedback ...

Silent surfers of the internet ...

I do not hear from many of you, yet increasingly you like to watch what I am up to ...

Especially on a Friday, when those last few hours drag by before the weekend. Then thoughts turn to a green island far away. The boss and everyone else are searching the web, rather than working, as the clock heads slowly towards 5pm.

It made me wonder what you were looking for, when you arrive here ...

So as the boss is looking the other way, via Google, Bing and the androids (Other search engines are available) when those fingers get itchy, and clammy hands search out for news from the 'Oasis in the aegean'

Deep within the Blogger database it has a history of the search requests. So as the rain falls steadily, out of lead coloured skies over Skiathos, I thought we would take a look at what you are searching for - via our all seeing eye of our friend Hal 9000...

HAL 9000
It seems Express Santorini, is one of the most popular search requests, leading you here. Then 'Skiathian'. A fair way ahead of the Lady Gaga fans, then 'The Skiathian' - One half of our favourite summer island visitors Kurt Russell. Then my lovely friends, at Grill House Koziakis.

... and he is going to love this in seventh place - Our Mayor Mr Plomaritis

Not long until the election, but you can feel a tidal wave of support growing ...

So if you are not sure how to find the blog then bookmark http://skiathian.blogspot.gr/
Or to the right of the page below the weather, is a link to follow by email and get The Skiathian delivered to your mail box ...

Now off to throw another log into the mighty woodburner - its damp and a bit nippy, than of late. Outside, two cats are fighting over territorial rights of the rubbish bins. No change there then ...



Thursday, 24 January 2013

Ask a silly question ...

This afternoon we had a storm ...

One of the islanders said ...

'Where did that come from...think we have a storm.............'

The response from one of the islanders was as follows;

'In simple terms it was warm air meeting cold air or a low pressure system surrounded by a high pressure system. This forms a cycle of cold air rushing in pushing the warm air upwards, it is this turbulance that causes the storm.

In other words it came from that big black cloud that drifted over the Island. Hope this helps.xxxx (I need to get out more)'

As winter, drags on you can see that the islanders are becoming more thoughtful about things ...


Sea urchin ...

The Daily Mail reports, that a student has been left paralysed, after he was stung by a sea urchin while on holiday, here on Skiathos last summer.



You can read the full story here. It does not say where the accident occured, but by the photo it seems to indicate the young man was on a yacht enjoying a day out.

Such a sad misfortune, but an inspiring story. We all wish him a good recovery ...

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Good day sunshine ...

On a day when the great paper Chase continued across town. We retreated tired and after some small success (thanks to the lovely ladies at the KEP office) to the paralia.

To be honest the tsipouro was welcome, but I struggled with it. It's just unseasonably too warm.

This is what the weather should be like, as a recent photo from Meteora shows its not always summer here



I sat down at Syraino and had a beer with two lovely friends. Again the owners have given us a tasty meze. But I just could not eat it. The days tiring efforts dealing with bureaucracy had taken its toll.

Having caught up with friends. Back home to look at a 'non reducing' woodpile, and an early night ahead.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Paper chase ...

Blue Monday - Officially the 'Most miserable day of the year' ...

How are you feeling today? Chances are, not that great ...
Because this morning you woke up on what has come to be known as ‘Blue Monday’ - the day of the year on which most of us feel at our lowest ebb.




For me the same, One of those days where you chase paper ...

Its a very mild day, it started Grey and heavy but we still have warm winds from the south, the clouds have lifted and its remained warm - at times it feels humid.

A trip to the bank, followed by another trip to the bank. A trip to the town hall, Later half way round the ring road looking for an accountant. The address vague to say the least, but even the neighbours did not know who worked in the office opposite, the only one with the lights on.

Past the post office, safe in the knowledge that we were not expecting anything. Spoke to our postman and went home. There was a piece of paper saying go to the post office to collect something.

I just made the post office before it closed and there was a parcel from the USA.

I took it home, some neighbours asking 'what's in the box' - Me clueless just the messenger. When I returned home, parcel opened and a very nice gesture from a lovely friend overseas, that has made SWMBO day ...

I have just had a count up - I have been out six times today. The boots have been off three times. Each trip beyond my own control and managed by others requirements.

To think, I came here to get my life back ...

PS: I sent some packets to friends overseas, who were missing their Skiathos fix, I am delighted to hear that despite the bad weather, the postmen are getting through with the goods. There is some Skiathos sunshine arriving back in the UK for friends in need ...

Later: The packages arrived safely and are being consumed - However right now (21:30hrs) we have a storm over Evia. Some nearby thunder reverberating over the island.


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Wood ...

Temperatures are quite good at the moment ...

Sunny days if at times a touch windy. The winds are from the south, were it not for the snow over on the mountains on Evia, it would be quite warm, We have had three successive days of this type of weather. often becoming quite breezy by the evening.

It was time for another wood delivery, to keep the house warm. I allow one weeks supply as a contingency when I make the call. I keep one eye on the weather, and ensure the nest few days are dry. The last thing you want is a wood delivery that is wet ...

So the wood arrived and without doubt this time its the best delivery of the winter. 90% split logs. Easy to stack, cut to the right size and all dry wood. It also showed the best use of a hatchback car that I have ever seen, quite how the woodman, ever gets the car clean again - I can only wonder.

Olive wood really is a beautiful work of art, the rings have a lovely colour, and freshly cut it has a lovely aroma, from the oils within the wood. Once it gets past the 20cm diameter, it seems to open up and becomes an ideal home for ant colonies, scorpions, and other life. So you have to be careful and inspect the logs when they arrive and give them a hearty thump.

I spray all the wood, just in case we get an uninvited guest - or guests. This visit we had a rather large spider, running medium fast across the wall. I captured him/her safely, and was returned to freedom in some bushes nearby.

Plenty of kindling in store, after a pallet was dumped nearby. Out with the jigsaw and reduced to firewood of 30cm lengths. Split each length with a small axe and before long, I had a couple of boxes of kindling. The heavy supporting timbers from the centre, cut into 10cm lengths - great for getting heat under Olivewood and  starting the fire going on a winter evening.

This delivery as i said looks like a good one, No apparent ant colonies to worry about, Fingers crossed this may be the last delivery that I need this winter. If so then we have done very well indeed - But it all depends on the weather ...


Friday, 18 January 2013

Food chain ...

The problems of the food chain in the UK, are well documented at the moment in the news.

Jokes abound everywhere, but this one is worth a share, for friends in the UK ...



Reports in the news, that a woman who ate a horse burger ended up in hospital. Her condition was said to be stable. One of my island friends, is trying to 'whip' up support for the island beach clean initiative. Sadly like a number of supermarkets, he is flogging a dead horse. However I am full of admiration ...

I hear someone has reported they had a horse burger the other day, they knew it was horse, as they had a 'bit' stuck between their teeth ...

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Judgement day ...

Many long faces here on the island at the moment, as seasonal staff make their way to the town hall, to enquire about their unemployment benefits.

This year the rules have been tightened, and many staff who work seasonally are being informed, that they will not be getting any unemployment benefits payments.

No Money - No Honey

The wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly here, Finish work in September or October, lodge unemployment claims within one month, with the OAED (Unemployment benefits office at the town hall - often wrongly confused with IKA) Then nearly three months later, you get a letter saying claim denied. For many this means, another four and a half months until gainful employment resumes.

Rents still have to be paid, bills too, and money to warm cold concrete apartments. Only today I have seen two cafes, that have dispensed with expensive electric (Prices up 11%) heating for old fashioned, and in one case - antique wood burners.

This loss of unemployment benefits, could have a knock on effect, as landlords, not always progressive at lowering rents - thus leading to the seasonal merry-go-round, Now find that they are not going to get paid either. Or that the tenant departs quickly for lands further north, via the ferry when the landlord is out at the ouzeria or visiting friends on the mainland.

Greece is tightening up the rules, what was taken for granted is now paid for by the EU, and overseen by the Troika. The writing is very clearly on the wall, there will be much tougher times to come ...

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

It started wet this morning ...

The rain started at 6am almost to the dot. Plink plink pllink on the roof followed by a torrent in the street outside. Soon we were splashing through the puddles on the way to school. However the skies were clearing from the west, the sun was soon out and I had a bit of a sweat on as I did the shopping.


I went into a butcher that I use occasionally, he made up the order, but he had no change. He said take it pay me next time. I said no, you keep it aside, I will be back in twenty minutes. I came back and paid the man, Here they call him the Albanian butcher, what a nice man he is too ...

Lovely lemons everywhere at the moment, clementine and oranges too. I picked up some oranges with thick skins and they were huge, so juicy and fresh from the garden of the man who owns the small shop. Some of the lemons are so large they are called bread lemons like a small breadfruit.

I noticed a green pod on a tree, it looked unripe, and am not sure what it is. The last time I saw a pod like it it was a cocoa like this one below, it looks the same




Yet the one that I saw was Green and there were a few of them - must find out what it is ...

Today the National Bank is on strike, and its confirmed by a notice on the door. Apparently the doctors are on strike tomorrow. Papadamatis street was alive with locals shopping. Once again I was tempted to raid the excellent vegetable stalls, on he way to the Chinese shop. 

We have two Chinese shops and they are excellent. However I need some new slippers. Mine are totally destroyed from wear and tear. I need a size 43 - My feet have been that size for a number of years, and to my surprise we were on a 'size 45' and still I would have needed an extension to make them fit my heel. 


I was very impressed by the way the owner was sharpening his meat cleaver, so thought it best not to ask when the size '47's are expected in. I may need to arrange an airlift to the island before long, for likewise size 43 minded people ...


Its 3pm, and the sun has just passed out of sight its a lovely afternoon. Time for a walk, its a long while since I watched the Express Skiathos arrive - at least a week ...

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Mythical beasts & Sunday lunch ...

Now first the history lesson ...

Erymanthian Boar is remembered in connection with The Twelve Labours, in which Heracles, the (reconciled) enemy of Hera, visited in turn "all the other sites of the Goddess throughout the world, to conquer every conceivable 'monster' of nature and rededicate the primordial world to its new master, his Olympian father," Zeus.




In the primitive highlands of Arcadia, the Erymanthian Boar was a giant fear-inspiring creature of the wilds that lived on Mount Erymanthos, a mountain that was apparently once sacred to the Mistress of the Animals, for in classical times it remained the haunt of Artemis. 

A boar was a dangerous animal: "When the goddess turned a wrathful countenance upon a country, as in the story of Meleager, she would send a raging boar, which laid waste the farmers' fields." In some accounts, Apollo sent the boar to kill Adonis, a favorite of Aphrodite, as revenge for the goddess blinding Apollo's son Erymanthus when he saw her bathing. (http://greektitans.blogspot.gr/)


OK Greek Mythology lesson over, Modern day wild boar remains a fear-inspiring feature ...


Wild boar is what passes for serious game here. Over on the Pelion just a few miles across the water, these guys are quite common. So at the moment in the kitchen marinating in some Rapsani, is todays Sunday lunch.

Vegetarians, perhaps it may be a good idea to pass by the blog tomorrow ...

The meat itself is soft and tender and has a lovely delicate aroma. This is what two leg steaks look like when made into 1inch/25cm cubes. There is around 1.5kg of meat here. The bone will go in the marinade too.


Then its marinated in a liberal dose of Rapsani, some bay leaves, a cinnamon stick, a sprinkling of cloves, some bashed garlic and the juices of the wild boar itself ...


I can assure you if the blog had an aroma button, you would be in sensory heaven, like I am - and the house is this morning ...

So after a few hours in the casserole, it was a very tasty evening meal ...






Saturday, 12 January 2013

Keep our island clean ...

Further to yesterdays blog, a friend in Australia sent me this.

Now remember Aussies have a sense of humour and this is a joke ...


Friday, 11 January 2013

Lets do lunch ...

Meze time ...

After dropping junior home, I was excused for an hour. So took a book out into the January sunshine and my favourite table ...



As I said to friends earlier, Its all quality control checks to make your summer more enjoyable. I am delighted to advise, that Kabourelias has passed its January inspection ...

Great start to the day ...

Little old lady advises she put some orange boxes on my step - Kindling for the fire ...

Sadly one of the passers by in the street has stolen them. I give her some chunks of small olive wood, for her small woodburner, on behalf of our thieving neighbour as part exchange.

Someone up the street has a nice supply of stones, That I use to secure the shutters open with. I loose around one a month on average. Only another 100 metres away they could select their own colour co-ordinated version off the stones ...

The door step stinks of cat pee, this morning, the stench is quite intoxicating. Three buckets of hot bleach water to clear the pong away, just in time for a local dog, sent out to do its business to make a deposit.

Beautiful sunny day, off to take junior to the play area, its the second most popular cat toilet area in town - Wish me luck - Animal lovers near and afar, feel free to unfollow the blog ...

Later update:

You can guess what happened next. Just when all the kids were playing.
Along came a dog to foul the area ...


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Early arrival at JSI ...

Talking to the boss this afternoon over coffee ...

Discussing my love of old photos, he was sharing some family images with me, and very good they were too. Then this one appeared. I have been after this for quite some time for my collection ...


Now for this early arrival at JSI, it was customary to get wet on arrival, unlike today.

Apparently the flying boat - a Dornier was repaired at the boat yard, after making a landing on the sea in what is now the new harbour.

Tonight, I have been able to trace a few details ...

Registration  I-AZAA
Dornier Wal Flying boat (Germany)
No 52 of 72

First flown 9.1.1927
Delivered 20.4.1927

Operated by SA Aero Expresso (Italy)
Registered 21/5/1927

Registered by Minestero Aeronautica
14.8.1934

Registration cancelled by Administrazione Miltare Aeronautica
12.10.1934

Was this the first winged arrival at JSI ever ?

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Skopelos snowtime ...

Our island neighbours are enjoying the snow too ...

Take a look at the latest photos on SkopelosNews.  Incluiding one submitted by my good friend Sally Montague-Otridge that shows the view from here on Skiathos.

© Sally Montague-Otridge 2013. All rights reserved.
Sally is a keen amateur photographer, living here on Skiathos. She has taken some spectacular photos of Skopelos sunrises over the years.

Well done Sally ...

Winter sages ...

Their predictions came true - It has snowed this morning ...

The hills are all white from here, they look like they have been dusted with Icing sugar. We have around 1cm on the cars in town, Its wintry showers but cold with the windchill.

Father Iosef at Evangelistra posted the photos below ...

Photo -  Iosif Katsouras (Evangelistra Monastery
Photo -  Iosif Katsouras (Evangelistra Monastery
Here is Father Iosif, braced against the cold, Sorry no snowball fight pictures as yet - Last year their photos, were hillarious ...
Photo -  Iosif Katsouras (Evangelistra Monastery
Photo -  Iosif Katsouras (Evangelistra Monastery
1120am - after a blizzard, the sun is out again, and with clear blue skies there is a fast thawtaking place ...

Monday, 7 January 2013

Nameday ...

Χρονια πολλα σε ολους τους εορταζοντες σημερα 
Many years to the fellow celebrants of their nameday today

GIANNA (Yanna, Gianna)
GIANNIS (Yannis, Giannis, Yannos, Giannos, Yangos)
JEANNETTE (Jeannette, Jean, Zannetos)
JOHN (Ioanna, Ioannis, Ivana, Vana, Vanna)
PRODROMOS (Prodromos)

I spent mine doing all the saintly things, like collecting water from the spring, where thankfully the water bursts forth from the ground warmer than the cold air. Its not a bad idea to get your hands wet - to warm them up.

The olive press was still working, but not, the hive of activity it was just a few weeks ago.

Some stray dogs in the morning light, wandering along the road, by club strip. Hopefully the good people of the dogs home will pick them up. Give them shelter and feed them.

Neither of the trawlers went out this morning, the weather has been building again all day. Right now its howling outside again. The Nunki weather station at Xanemos reporting 45kph winds so Force 6 in the Beaufort scale and set to be higher later

Weather formations earlier today






A couple of the island 'sages' have been checking their seaweed, and suggest we will get snow tomorrow. 

I think its just too early, but am tipping us to get some in a few weeks time. We can see snow over on Evia, Mount Dirphys, has its winter coat on, perhaps a few more over there tomorrow will have too ...

Back to Namedays - Its traditional here to offer someone something sweet on your nameday - So help yourself ...


Back to the log pile now for some winter warmth, and a read before bed ...

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Hello and welcome to you all - wherever you are ...

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Sunday, 6 January 2013

Theofania ...

The 19 brave boys and girls braving the water today, really do deserve a medal ...

After a long pause for the ceremonials, the pappa said fetch that cross back here to me. With a pretty good throw of around 15 metres.




Photo - Dimitris Mitz 

Photo - Σύλλογος Αλκή

Photo - Σύλλογος Αλκή

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Breezy ...

The weather changed again last night ...

I had spent the late afternoon at altitude, with Yorgos lining up a target in earth orbit. The sun was setting and the breeze was starting to get stronger. We paused as the Island hopper flew by, arriving from Athens. Strange to be looking down on an aircraft as it passes by, lower than you are.

The Express Skiathos was belching out fumes as its heady winter mix of Diesel and Kerosene, polluted the skies.


Overnight it has been very breezy, and the mighty woodburner was eating our supplies at an alarming rate. The latest delivery not the quality of the previous one. Forecasts are for it to become much colder, in the next week. Normally the last week of January see's a Siberian blast ...

Tries Hieraches Church, was busy this morning was busy for the Papadamatis service, mentioned yesterday.

In Papadamatis street, the fruit and veg sellers were wrapped up against the cold. Shielded from the sunshine they were well protected from the chilly air. Once again some excellent quality prawns on the fish stall.

Despite the winds overnight, the lemon trees have retained their crop - or someone beat me to the windfalls.

Sunshine, after earlier wintry looking ice clouds. So a good time to fire up the chainsaw, for the first time this year. Soon I had a nice pile of logs, from the big branch, that was part of the Mulberry tree at Taverna Alexandros. Time to invest in a new chainsaw blade as this one is now exhausted. Logs stacked and stored, and the street swept of sawdust, under the eagle eye of the elderly ladies.

This afternoon, a hot chocolate and catch up with some island friends, some expecting snow here on the island this week. I doubt it but we will see ...

Later update:
Stig has been in touch from Norway. He has been busy with the chainsaw too. I cannot compete, but wish that I had access to such nice looking firewood ...


Friday, 4 January 2013

Homage and memory Papadiamantis ...




The Municipality of Skiathos and the House - Museum Papadiamantis organize such event every year - an institution dedicated to Alexander Papadiamantis to honor his memory.
The Papadiamantis died in Skiathos on January 3, 1911.

This year the event is in honor and memory al. Papadiamantis, co-organized by the Cultural Center of Skiathos Churches, will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 and will include:

-The morning will be celebrated at 09:30 memorial service at the Church Three Hierarchs

- At 11 a.m. at the Cultural Centre Churches will be a show for children entitled " Of Alexander Sun-tales . "
The guest of the Municipality of Skiathos ...
Athens, psycho-pedagogical and storyteller tales Ms. Sasha Voulgaris, will present a program full of Greek light and tell the children of Skiathos two Christmas stories of Papadiamantis in original language woven with folk tales about goblins.

- At 18:30 on the same site, the storyteller Sasha Bulgaria, which this year celebrates 20 years in professional storytelling and has entertained many children and adults in Greece, Cyprus and abroad, will perform the same program, adapted for adult audiences.
The afternoon event, which is offered as exalted and holy bread to Skiathitis writer, greet the Mayor of Skiathos Nicholas Sun Plomari and Aidesimologiotatos Vicar Fr George Stamatiou.
The editing and presentation of the event is the director of the Museum Papadiamantis Athena Papageorgiou.
Inviting all residents and visitors to participate in Skiathos this spiritual tribute.

Posted by JOURNAL OF NORTHERN SPORADES at 1:48:00 pm

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Fishing for an afternoon meze ...

I was watching Michael, back on the paralia, in search of the elusive fish ...


There was a rattle and the bell rang, we began to get a little excited ...

But to no avail. It seemed it was an octopus, that stole the bait, and using his eight legs, also untied the hook. It was the same yesterday, but he did give an excited young friend another fishing lesson later.

I was waiting for a friend, and had ventured back and forth helping out Nikos of the taverna, who very kindly offered a drink which was not necessary. Nikos is a great friend and always helps everyone ...

Do pop in a for a tsipouro, had said my learned friend, True to his word when he arrived with his wife, we did, first pleasantries were exchanged with the regulars ...

Then as with most things here, one thing leads to another. One became two. The meze was really good and with the drinks, of course the food kept coming from the busy kitchen.

Three was a gift from Yannis the postman.

Four was one of ours.

Five was from an adjoining table who sadly had a ferry to catch, and some interesting stories to tell.

Six came from the table behind, and the taverna brothers with the biggest hearts

Seven came from lord knows where ...

But as the afternoon passed, the clouds lifted, the sun came out, It shone all afternoon then cooled, and dipped beyond the hill. But we socialised into the falling dusk, and the lilac skies appeared over Evia.

Sadly it was soon time to go, the tables had emptied, stories had been shared, and somehow, I had managed to conceal two of the bottles in my jacket. Otherwise, I would have had a list to starboard, like my learned friend as he departed for home and the best sleep known to man ...

News - Flying from Gatwick ?

Good news for the independent traveller here ...

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Conundrum ...

The sun is out, the sky is blue
I do not know what I shall do ...

Liar !

I am going to act like a Scandanavian today ...

Off to the Paralia, to soak up a months worth of vitamin D in just a few hours ...

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New years day ...

Started well at midnight ...

There is something about the neighbour, who is calm and collected all year. Then at Midnight joins the celebration with his pump action shotgun, in the street firing up into the sky.

That's the way its done here, fireworks are for showing off at weddings, or celebrations at Pasca.

Its grey cool and damp, and the misty woodsmoke filled lanes, do have the chilly feel. The  bad weather has continued with showers until early this morning. There is a fine rain in the air, but we hope it will clear through the islands tonight.

After all, the Festival of lights - Epiphany is approaching and we would like to see the boys go for a swim in sunshine for a change. I call it the festival of umbrella's as that is what is on most of my photo's.

The village is sleepy, no doubt there are a few hangovers around, but most people will be by the fire keeping warm, just like we are too ...