Saturday, 31 August 2013

Island News ...

Well done to the team at the Skiathos medical centre.
Saving a man's life when he died 'seven times' - Details on Greek reporter here

Thoughts with the family of the fisherman from Glossa, on Skopelos, who lost his life in stormy conditions yesterday. Three of his colleagues were saved.

The Boomerangers were all in town today, hello once again to
  • jackiejamesmick
  • Mr & Mrs Sandancer
  • Tout
  • Angie & family
  • Townboy (The one and only)
  • Liz&Ian
  • Adrianxw & Vebeki
Happy holidays to all of them ...

Late news just in regarding the Skiathian - Watch this space ...




Well it had to happen ...

Its raining, we knew it would ...

Rain that hammers on the roof and tears down the street in torrents. It started at 08:20am with a passing rumble of thunder. Within minutes it was a raging torrent.

The town has a dry baked feel about it. Dusty streets, and dried up plants in pots, and window boxes everywhere. Summer and the dry heat of the last few weeks, has taken its toll.

Many island friends were so disappointed that yesterdays storms passed us by. The island needs rain to fill the aquifers, water gardens and vegetable allotments. It fills sternas on houses out of town, but most of all it needs it to dampen down the forests and reduce the fire risk.

Its the first rain in six weeks, and we need it. However we are on the fringe of this storm, so it will not last. Perhaps more later as forecast.


09:05 and its stopped as quickly as it started ...

Friday, 30 August 2013

Storms - Near miss ...

The storm clouds passed just north of Skiathos around 9am ...

Boiling storm clouds and Beafort 6 winds ...
This morning there have been waterspouts & small tornadoes over Skopelos and Alonnissos.
Reports of heavy rain and hailstones too.

Photos at Skopelos News: Click here ...


Happy landings ...

... to the Boomerang club, arriving today.

Hope you all like breezy arrivals. The runway will be like a bouncy castle - Its blowing a strong breeze here this morning - Beaufort 6 ...

Thunderstorms nearby on the mainland this afternoon, and again tomorrow too ...

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Topped out ...

The kindling pile, has reached its summit ...

So I have 110 fruit boxes stacked in three rows and braced twice with cross members. Its a pretty impressive structure, that will take some dismantling. A lot of crushing and tearing up to be done in a few weeks time.

In fact six weeks tomorrow the last flight departs this island. Its already noticeably quieter here in town. The clubs have closed, and the music bars have throttled back their noise output.

Last night we had a wind storm, that disrupted everything for a few hours. There were lots of angry clouds around, and convection rain showers set off by the heat. It spotted with rain in the wind, and at one time there was even a rainbow over Skopelos in the evening light as the sun set.

After dark it quietened down, and its perhaps a sign that change is in the air. Keeping an eye on the weather radar, it looks like we may get a storm on Saturday at the moment.

Met Maggie last night, a lovely lady from Derbyshire who is an avid reader of the blog. Later Sue and Terry from Wigan. Those wigan pies must do something to you, as Terry is very tall, but not as tall as Stig, from Norway ...

Vasilis Koralis passed by with his sister, a lovely lady from California. She thinks I should repost his photo, as the one with the oregano makes him not look his best. Vasilis as star of stage screen and the Bourtzi, has had his hair done for the recent concert.

However for the other 51 weeks of the year he looks, just like 'Vasilis' so I think you should see him the way he really is. Must get a photo of his winter wooly hat ...

Splendid effort again by Vasilis, against all the odds, he raised a lot of Euro's for the animals of Skiathos at the Bourtzi on Tuesday night. Well done to him and all the performers, who gave up their time for a good cause.

Another lady, Lesley has given up her holiday for the cats, her post yesterday is very popular, and has been well received. 14 likes at the moment, and for very good reason. Well done to her ...

Off to do battle with Greek officialdom this morning. Should be fun - Fixing bayonets, going over the top at 08:30am local time ...

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Skiathos Cat Welfare Association ...

An update from Lesley, a friend of the blog, who has been volunteering her holiday time, assisting at the Skiathos Cat Welfare Association ...


I have almost finished my 2 week volunteer experience at the Skiathos Cat Welfare Association and it has been a pleasure to help out such a worthwhile cause. It makes me happy to see for myself how well looked after the cats are....but saddened to see so many tiny kittens just dumped at bins.

If the owners don't want these kittens it just takes a phone call or Facebook message to Sharon rather than leaving these defenceless kittens where they could easily die or get run over before being found and given help.


Also something not a lot of people know is that if you find a sick cat in Skiathos you can take it to the vet and the Charity will pay - just contact Skiathos Cat Welfare first and it will be taken care of.


Contact details:  Skiathos Cat Welfare Association Facebook Page


I have also enjoyed my time at the Charity Kiosk in the evenings (as you walk in to town from bust stop 4 next to the Dive shop). Lots of lovely friendly people have stopped to chat and donate a Euro - however there have been lots of 'sideways glances' as experienced by The Skiathian lol.

Please just stop and talk!  We are very friendly :-)


Our big neutering week starts beginning of September we have plans to neuter at least 100 cats they are spread far and wide and alas cannot jump in a box and make their way to the vets on their own, could you help us to catch and release them? We have organised 2 volunteers from the UK and 1 from Holland to help us and the visiting and resident vets. SKIATHOS this is your invite to join the party We don’t like to see all these sick, vulnerable cats and kittens as much as anyone else AND NEUTERING IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD, Get in touch if you feel you could help us. In a world that could not care less thank you for being the ones that care more xxx



Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Thomson Tuesday ...

Dawns on us once again ...

Its the 'other' day of the Thomson flights from the UK. In other words a changeover day. This afternoons flights will bring more pale skins to this very warm sticky island. Tonight more people with sideways eyes trying not to look interested ...

A time of farewells as friends depart for home after their summer holidays. My 'surprise' visitors heading home admitting that a week was not enough. My liver saying 'that's quite enough thank you', after three Late night / Early morning bombardments, and a gallop up to Kastro in seven days :)

Actually it was quite fun, even Syraino's pleaded for us to leave this morning (Just a few hours ago, when you think about it) Hope Jimmy and Karine have fun packing for their 'silly o'clock' luggage transfer.

On the way home last night, I passed the war memorial and its newly laid wreath, dedicated to 'those who died at the hands of the Nazis - 23rd August 1944' ...


I have been out for a brisk walk along the harbour, well as brisk as you can, with a creaking back, and carrying out plastic water bottles to the overflowing 'Green Fox recycling bins. What a great initiative from locals, to keep the island dump free of waste plastic, and recycle the cans and bottles on the mainland.

A great shame our tourist friends like to use the recycling bins, for all kinds of waste. It cannot be a pleasant job collecting, and emptying some of the containers at times.

I returned with a €2 coin that fell from my pocket last night. Note to my 'mountain top' reader, the search for the 'sacred coin' continues. The grey light of early morning, revealing its hiding place. In addition the leaning tower of kindling was topped up again, but not topped out. The day for that ceremony draws ever nearer.

Tonight its the annual benefit concert for the 'Dogs and Cats of Skiathos', at the Bourtzi theatre. Good luck to all those participating. Hope plenty of funds are raised, from those attending, for a good cause ...



Monday, 26 August 2013

Hot and Humid ...

It's been 30 degrees here again, and even the ants are walking on two feet in the shade ...

Sweating buckets today, as I was yesterday, leading friends around the island and up to Kastro. Stunning views and some great information, we bumped into Michael from Skiathos Books. Michael guides tour parties around the island twice a week. He is a fountain of knowledge, and shared some with us too ...

Karine, Michael and Jimmy ...
I like the peace and tranquility of Kastro, and can fully understand the islanders wishing to live there. Its a very beautiful spot and has stunning views. However it must have been a very hard place to live in winter, that along with the attacks by pirates, and sieges that saw many villagers killed.



The churches acted as banks, and to this day have amazing icons and antiquities.

All the fresh food was grown outside the town wall. Even more difficult if the own was under attack, after all a ready made garden to feed your enemy.

Sanitation was a problem too, as the cemetery, also was located on a hill overlooking the city. Even in battle you need to bury the dead.


When Kastro finaly fell after a siege, to a pirate, it subsequently fell into rack and ruin. However even then they had a few ideas of what to do next.

They recycled it - The villagers returned in peaceful times, and slowly started to move, down to the current village of Skiathos. Many bringing the stones over the donkey paths to assemble, what are the old houses in the town, and around Tries Hieraches.

Its probably the old stones that are part of my house, that make me feel an infinity for the old town of Kastro. Perhaps it feels like I am coming home, when I am up there ...

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From German Military records ...

From German Military records ...

August 12th 1944 ...

The commanding Officer of Glossa (Skopelos) Tenant Adler, together with four of his men fell in a hold-up in the town of Skiathos, and has been captured unwounded. With a Partisan-Kaiki they were brought to Pelion. 

During a search, 20 hostages were taken. A punishing action is going to be engaged"

August 26th 1944 ...

The Marine Group South reports: Against Skiathos a punishment action was taken: 2 thirds of the city has been destroyed and 5 sailing boats sunk. 


Sunday, 25 August 2013

Sunday morning ...

Start of another warm day ...

Spent a nice hour or two yesterday in Stamatis enjoying a tsipouraki lunch. Once again Angelos tried to kill me ...

Very quiet again on the harbour last night, good to see some returning tourists eager for a chat, and a catch up. Others - new arrivals with the sideways eyes (Such a weird thing to see) A nice wedding taking place at Tries Hieraches in the early evening.

Woke up very early, could not sleep so had an early walk, amongst the returning clubbing crowd this morning. I think my kindling pile, will soon need to be topped out. Its now past record levels, and the wood store is still in use. Have a gut feeling this winter is going to be a rough one.

Seems a few of you liked the historical info, I posted about 1944 ...

Its amazing stuff, but if you avoid the 'copy and pastes' on the net there are some amazing stories. I have been lucky enough to share some here. More to follow ...

Good to hear so many of you like the blog, perhaps this winter it will evolve again ...

Watch this space ...


Friday, 23 August 2013

August 23rd 1944 ...

August 23 is a day of remembrance for Skiathos ...


It is the anniversary of the burning of the island by the troops of the Nazi occupation on August 23, 1944 and the execution of nine men and one woman, who was burnt alive in retaliation for the large participation of residents in the resistance struggle.

Betsy Barnard in the 'Skiathos Calendar' describes what happened ...

The Greek resistance on the island captured a German caique lying in the inner harbour and took a German officer prisoner. Reprisal was inevitable. The Germans returned and shelled the town and set fire to it. In all 30 houses were burnt down and another 177 were either burnt or damaged. The bay at Koukounaries was also burned as a reprisal. 

The locals fled to the hills and prayed to a saint for help in their time of need, and a great storm ensued which helped extinguish the fires, and the German forces departed for Volos

In the Town hall, there is a framed letter of thanks from general Freyburg to the people of Skiathos, who suffered the burning of their town in August 1944 as well as Koukounaries bay, in reprisal for their resistance activity. 

This is the church bell at Kechria monastery, a gift from Germany from that day - that was put to good use after the war ...


Tonight there will be a concert at the Bourtzi, in remembrance of the events on that date ...

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Sporades fire risk ...

Message courtesy of Skopelos News ...

This announcement was posted on the Vories Sporades blog and we looked at http://www.civilprotection.gr and translated the information.

A high fire risk was announced for the Sporades by the general secretariat for civil protection for  Thursday the 22nd of August. The public is asked to be extremely cautious and not throw burning cigarettes out of vehicles, not burn any branches, leaves, not work with machines that can cause sparks of fire like saws and not have a BBQ in an open area.

Windy once again ...


What do you mean its too windy, they say. OK ask the ferry office why the ferry is going to Agontas, and not to Skopelos town. Then come back to me with the answer ...

Friends arrived in town last night and looked me up. We had not seen each other for four years, so had some catching up to do. Great fun and a few beers recycled. Cleared the air if not the head, and before we knew it it was 03:30am.

Time for a slow scan of the back of the eyelids zzzzzzz ...

PS: Latest 2013 score: Skiathian 4 Wasps 1 ... 

Two flashing square cuts this morning, both towards the harbour, that Mr David Gower would have been proud of in his prime ...

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

First timers and the Greek Psyche ...

Great post by a first timer ...

Deeply concerned of Worthing writes ...

We are due to fly out on the 30th for eleven nights and for almost a year now have been gagging for our first sighting of Skiathos and to experience all the things we have been reading about on our first Greek trip.

Reading the Skiathian's blog this past few days I feel like cancelling as it sounds like the world is about to end!


Seems Autumn is upon us, summer is over, tavernas closing, musician's sacked and winter timetables for transport. Will Skiathos still be open when we arrive and will it be freezing as no one else will be there!?!?


I suppose I could always say here that the place is rammed, that there is a heatwave, and the bus is packed until October. The beaches are full, there are no mosquito's or wasps, and that it will not ever rain in September ...

But most of you like to honestly hear what it really is like on the island. One that reports what the locals say, and not what many people think from afar.

Alternatively you can always come here, and learn what it is all about, and report back later ...

PS: 2013 score: Skiathian 2 Wasps 1 ...

Update from Lesley ...

... having a break from the cats! — at Kabourelias.


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A little quieter ....

After the exodus, it's a little quieter ...

Last night, for the second night, the full moon even put a nip in the air too. It's a reminder that we are now on the downward slope towards the equinox, and approaching autumn.

This morning it's sunny, breezy and warm. The airport is once again busy, five aircraft this morning. The Express Skiathos was distinctly short of arriving passengers. Express Pegasus a little more busy.

Here delivering more heavy earth moving equipment to the airport construction site ...

Boys toys ...
Wednesday and Thursday, both promise to be rather breezy here once again.



My friend Stamatis and I, have both started the process of stockpiling kindling wood for winter. I think he has more than me, but I think mine is stacked better.

Stig delivered the chainsaw chains, on Saturday evening. What a great guy, getting them for me in Norway. This year he has delivered the chains, and even some Norwegian wood to me. We have lunch planned for Friday - `nudge nudge - wink wink`

Lesley is here too, spending her second holiday, doing good things up at the cat society. She very kindly brought out clothing supplies and some thoughtful gifts for junior. That as well as transporting 20kg of cat supplies. Not to mention some cheese too for 'you know who' - we are all very appreciative, Feline and Human alike ...

Both have some great photos, will see if we can share them here.

Next shipment from Blighty, is expected to be Marmite, for a learned friend in Denmark - where it is a banned food item. Coming the other way is ...

Well wait and see ...

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Exodus ...

The dash for the mainland continues ...

Here you can see the breakwater double parked with cars, waiting for the ANES Proteus


Here we see a lorry racing for the ferry, and jumping the queue ...


Boarding commences at last, these cars have been waiting a few hours in the sun ...


This is the queue for later ferries, but the port is blocked completely ...


At one time there was two queues of waiting traffic, one of exiting traffic, plus the normal parked cars. Yes five lanes in use at one time ...

Proteus departs leaving a huge gap on the harbour. One that was very soon filled by waiting cars. I was amazed at the amount of cars and trucks, that fitted onto our little island workhorse ...


Next ferry 12:30pm ...

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Marigolds ...

As promised ...


Why Marigolds ? Well these ones could easily be trampled underfoot. Rather like anyone in the way of the mainland Greek.

I thought there was a tank in the street, this afternoon. Was it the much heralded arrival of the Junta?

No its was the rumble of suitcases, dragged with purpose across the cobbled streets. The time has come for the mainland Greeks, to start heading back to the harbour, and wherever they came from after the Bank Holiday.

Gone, but sadly probably not missed, there will now slowly be a return to civilised life. Some of the waiters may now even get tips again.

By the end of this evening the port policemen, will all need new whistles ...

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Friday, 16 August 2013

Around town ...

Its another very breezy one today, and the same forecast for tomorrow as well ...


This morning a steady breeze that is well and truly,cracking the flags.
Looking at 30 degrees here again today and a breeze.

Some photos that may interest the regulars ...

Further proof (Were it needed) that the visiting Greek youth's diet is rich in crepes and a nutella substitute. The tower of empty chocolate bins, has now reached roof level, at Tsak Bams creperie.

Clearly in later years the heart surgeons will be busy people here in Greece ..


As you know there is no money here in Greece, this lovely boat popped in to top up the tanks ...


This one popped in also to top up the tanks, its the boat that delivers liquified gas bottles to the island ...


Skiathian popped out to top up the tanks, at his favourite pizzeria last night ...


It was Panayotis name day, Xronia Polla and a glass of the best beer in Greece. This whilst waiting for my take away, with a Danish neighbour ...


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Anglo-Greek relations (Update 2) ...

All attempts at reasoning with call centre operatives, in Scotland and across the free world failed ...

As they are prone to do, So once again, I resorted to plan B ...

I am happy to report, that the Chief Executive of Vodafone UK, and their Directors office, are very good people. They know how to make things happen.

Excellent customer service, and much appreciated, by the Skiathian ...

Then followed again this morning by another email from 'Customers services' telling me

We would have loved to provide the number to you however it’s not possible for us to provide you the same mobile number.

Also another offer of a free SIM card with a new number, and a link to the terms and conditions.

I asked them to give me a call on my disconnected number to discuss ...

Thursday, 15 August 2013

What happened to summer ...

August 15th is the bank holiday here in Greece. 


Tsougria today ...
That marks the end of summer for the locals. Summer ends when the Greeks from the mainland go home. The exodus usually starts on the 16th, however the usual record traffic jam for the ferries, will probably be on Sunday afternoon.

Only this morning someone said, just two more weeks and summer is over. Yesterday, I heard of a taverna finishing with its musicians, at the end of August. 

Pretty short sighted, when you think about it,  considering all those people from north of the alps, that  come in decreasing numbers through the month of September, are the ones who love the island.

The `end of Summer` means the waiters thinking of winter jobs, holidays, and in one case a winter selling cheese pies. Others will be hoping for building work, or seasonal work clearing land, or cutting wood for winter fuel supplies. 

One of the trawlers, has moved into the new harbour. The captain is probably thinking about winter too, he currently is operating a tourist boat.

One thing is for sure, the promised tourist boom did not happen. The Russians stopped coming in July. I still see good family tavernas empty in August. I know one friend, who got a room rate of €35 a night in August. The rate on the door was €80 a night. For some this year has been a disaster.

At least the Italians will still be here,  for a while anyway. Last night the people with the musical voices were in top form. Two beautifully dressed ladies from Milan, taking great delight in telling me about their home town. Likewise speaking with great enthusiasm about how they would make me the 'perfecto risotto' ...
Osso Buco w/ Risotto alla Milanese

Not to be outdone, five ladies from Norway, sing me Mamma Mia songs, and are in the party spirit, many hours before the boat leaves ... 

Today is a big name day here in Greece as well as being a holiday, so Xronia Polla to the Maria's Panayiotis and Panagia's. The church bells rang out for you this morning.

So no more Greeks coming from or leaving to the mainland means, no extra ferries, and the winter timetable. That starts on Monday September 9th - if Hellenic get round to releasing it.

That then leaves just over three weeks till the last flight out, and it all goes quiet again ...

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Its not hard is it ...

I make it easy so I understand it ...

Another e-mail has `flooded in` from a concerned reader of the blog, apparently Its been stated somewhere elsewhere, I cannot be contacted. Every day it seems, someone pops over for a chat, or drops me a line. Seems to some, that's not always the case.

Every post here, has a comment facility. I get plenty, do not always post them all. Some are bizarre, and if the author has a closer relationship, with the 'amber nectar' or a corkscrew, than with me then they do not get posted.

Likewise if full of spelling mistakes, I do not share that, or apparent dyslexia, with the greater audience. It's not right as far as I am concerned. I try to keep it clean and tidy ...

If you want to post or comment via the comment facility, apparently it's easier if you have a gmail account. You can follow the blog and get email updates, when I post something. There is a link on the front page.

Other than here, the best places to obtain information, about Skiathos, from people in the know are the following forums.

The Skiathos Bulletin board: http://iqeal.com/skiathos/index.php?mforum=skiathos
You should recognise the user name: Skiathian

Tripadviser - Skiathos or Sporades forums: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g189497-i808-Sporades.html There I am Skiathos Lover1

You can contact me on both forums, via the personal message facility.

I am not a member anywhere else, beware the impersonators using a similar name, it's not me.

If you feel the desire, you can follow more inane ramblings, with my Skiathos mates on Twitter. User name of course quite easy - just follow @Skiathian

See easy, unless you are somewhere else ...

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Anglo-Greek relations (Update 1) ...

The washing machine repair man just returned it in full working order.

Start to finish 26 hours, and including the couriered replacement parts from Athens.
Mr Hotpoint never did that, for me even with a full service contract when I was in the UK.

Hows that for service - Excellent ...

An e-mail has flooded in, Someone in India, is on the case regarding the mobile. Lets hope he/she has better luck than David from Scotland. We shall see what happens next or not ...

Monday, 12 August 2013

No news ...

... from the former sponsors of Flying Cat 5

So I emailed them, they say they will get back to me in around 48 hours or so ...

However its been an interesting day on the Anglo-Greek front, here in Tries Hieraches.

This morning, I managed to make a start on the removal of an unhealthy Bougainvillea. Not the easiest of tasks at the best of times, let alone one which the neighbours want you to do - like yesterday. I also have to remove the carcass to the port bins, early before the tavernas start preparing for lunch.

Heaven forbid you use a power tool, before 8am or after 2pm, so options with work are limited. Likewise the top is secured to the house by a wire, far beyond even my ability with steps. I managed to get 50% removed, the top 50% still has to go.

In the process, I was advised by all and sundry - you need to cut it here, there and everywhere. Put the limbs this way and that, It will be better like this and like that. You should remove it at this level and not that. All by people with houses but no Bougainvillea ...

One neighbour was very insistent that this goes now, but would not come down to open the door, for me to access the ladder to make the job easier.

What do you need a ladder for, Use your chainsaw - I can't it needs a new chain. I need to get up there, no cut it down there ...

Stig will be here soon. Who is Stig? Well wait and see ...

The washing machine tore itself apart internally, the other day.

However despite Dimitris explaining how his Serbian mate can fix it, a number of times. Its been a Serbian no show. However Dimitris did deliver fresh eggplants this morning, and relayed twice, a recipe for making aubergine dip. Both versions different. He left clutching some more new plates, which we are recycling from a very good taverna nearby, through his family.

So I wandered off in the heat of the day, and went to see the repairman in town. Naturally he was not there, I called him, and much to my surprise, he came within an hour of the suggested appointment time. +1GMT (Greek Maybe Time) ...

The swift diagnosis I agree with, having had experience of a washing machine, bearing failure a few times in the UK. He said he would order the parts from Athens, be here at 4pm and remove the machine to the workshop.

He did just that, things are looking up ...


Our man in Norway writes ...

With good news from a lot further north of the alps ...


Have chain will travel ...

I owe the big man a meze or two for this.

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Press 77 to top up
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It seems you have a problem ...
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Sunday evening ...

Tonight's destination was ...



Based on the opinion of a number of friends we gave it a try.
  • Excellent views
  • Attentive service
  • Greek/Mediterranean menu
  • Budget €30 a head for three courses inc house wine
  • Complementary dessert
Locals from the town enjoying a meal on adjoining table, and one former restaurant owner on another table. Everything that I saw go to tables looked fantastic.

I had a steak, and it was like it would melt in the mouth - Never had one like that ever.

Would I go again - absolutely - Vote with your feet - if you can manage the stairs, give it a try ...

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sunday afternoon ...

Have been granted the night off ...

What shall I do? I have only been to the far end of the harbour, after dark just once all season ...


Sunday late afternoon ...

After a chicken salad and a long sleep (Listen to your body) the decision has been made. Confirmation made after seeking assistance of those in the know (People who have been out, and friends near and far) ...

Back later ...


Sunday morning ...

Church bells ringing from 06:15am ...

Pappa Yorgos using slow methodical tugs of the bell ropes to call everyone to Tries Hieraches. Later a bit more into the swing as the bells had speeded up. When I passed by standing room only, and a heady waft of incense in the square as I walked by.

Its another breezy one today, it started last night around 11pm. A draught down the harbour, every few minutes. This morning a steady breeze that is cracking the flags. Looking at 31 degrees here today and a breeze. Might have to slip off to the beach and drink lots of water, to avoid cramp.

However the weather widget on the R/H side of the page says this ...


... which could not be further from what we are experiencing, or forecast.

Two aircraft in early this morning, Italians looking forward to lunch no doubt. Unlike the ones I met this morning - enjoying cappuccinos and lively banter after a night at the clubs. Me a cappuccino, and crema strofida, and a catch up with replies on the blog.

Sir PG has slipped out of the old harbour, on Lionheart in the last hour, and popped over to Tsougria. He has just as swiftly lost his mooring spot. Presume he is staying out tonight.

Next mission for any kind person heading down here - I need a new chainsaw chain, and a courier for it if they have room in their luggage ...


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Evening observations ...

The fly posters are at it again. Huge posters being double taped to the street lights. The port police do nothing.

Plenty of boats in. This means plenty of rubbish, stacked by the street bins. This year no one seems bothered, and do not take their trash to the communial bins along the harbour.

Express Skiathos just disgorged another thousand, onto the harbour.

Just one cafe, so far displaying the notice, to say they have dropped the price of VAT

Visiting mainland Greeks bring their dogs with them. Usually small, yappy and used like a handbag. Quite acceptable to let it yap like crazy, throwing itself at the paralia horses. Yes even Greek dogs get names like Socrates, even if he is a Hellenic Yorkshire terrier, that has been shaved of most of its fur.

Darkness brings todays new arrivals to the harbour. White skinned, they look like ghosts in the gloom. They walk hand in hand, as if afraid to be separated from each other. A slow walk with sideways eyes. They try to make out they are not looking, but they are.

A man was playing the cello, very well nearby. So the boys in blue, with whistles moved him on pretty swiftly. Posters that make the place untidy, and are never removed are fine. Buskers, even pretty good ones, tucked away are not.

Artemis arrives, as usual blasting us and most of the island, with his horn.  Nothing in the way, should start the port police off soon with their whistles.

Whistles away. One with long blasts, like Artemis. The other is chirping. Short blasts, with a slow rotation of the pea in the chamber. It's a noise around two to three seconds, it sounds like 'zst,' In fact rather like a cicada ...

'Artemis and the Cicada' are on duty, this evening, keeping the port moving and free of cello players. Incidentally the mariachi band play on opposite unchallenged and annoying diners ears ...

Where can you get a taxi? 'See those cars with yellow lights on the roof' ...

Where can you get a ferry to Skopelos? 'What do you mean ? Here tomorrow morning' ???

That's Skopelos over there, says one new arrival, to his wife. Only he is pointing at the Pounta.

Tipsy lady with glazed eyed speechless husband. Clearly tired and emotional, after travel, cocktails and Mythos. Where is the bus station! Just follow the yellow line. What yellow line? Looks down and nearly falls over.

Husband wakes up and tells wife Kastro, is the location of the church in Mamma Mia.

Why do people who are drunk, point with their feet ?

Late flight from Gatwick lands, second arrival today of this aircraft. Operating a rescue mission for an airline, that has run out of aircraft ...

Hope those Skopelos bound, enjoy their night in Skiathos.

Another Mythos fuelled and tattooed drunk. Medium slow but noisy heads for the bus station ...

Since when is it socially acceptable to walk along the street, or sit in a taverna with your lobster red belly fully exposed to the masses ?

Nice couple, who say they are from 'Rhodesia' but are now native of Cyprus. Laugh as I ask if they have come up to Skiathos to cool off ...

Couple with suitcases, rumble to a halt. What time is the late ferry to Skopelos? 'Later tomorrow morning at 10:30'. So they turn and ask my friend instead. Who then asks me the same question. Now as we are all able to communicate in English, albeit of different dialects. We complete the circle, and they both exchange joint blank looks.

Another chorus of ' nobody told me' over, they rumble off towards the closed ferry office. Just another Friday evening here in Skiathos ...


Friday, 9 August 2013

Day out on the coast of Skopelos ...

Some photos from my adventures off the rock ...

Kastani ...



What do you mean the pier is not there ?
Panormos ...





Milia ...


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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Palio Limani ...

A different observation today, Skiathos many years ago ...


Off to another rock in the aegean, have a great day ...

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Observations ...

A man walks by with a huge fish, it's head and tail hanging out the sides of a bag.

Another man, with what looks like young cut stalks of bamboo. He explains he dries it on his balcony, and makes a tea from it in winter.

The departing Artemis and arriving Express Skiathos, salute each other and deafen us with their ships horns.

The port policeman, who loves his whistle is on duty. Perhaps they can hear him in Koukounaries today. One day the pea in the whistle, will fly out. Our lives will be so much better for it.

Greek bravado - yes, I can see the pink parking ticket under the wiper in front of me. If I ignore it it may blow off, and I did not receive it. Perhaps when in two years it reappears on my tax bill, I will argue about it then.

Lady trying hard to crush plastic bottles into an overflowing waste bin. Right next to a huge plastic bottle recycling bin, that's half empty. That's multi tasking for you.

Anastasia the lady who makes people happy, she marries off around a 100 couples a year, gives me a smile and a wave.

More insane whistling, as usual no-one takes any notice.

I want to go to Lalaria today. Can you tell me how? The internet ...

Man with straw hat striding towards Express Skiathos. Straw hat now heading towards Xanemos even faster.

Very stressed looking oriental lady, in chefs whites. Carrying bags of fresh produce. Now boarding a rib. Crew member not letting her get on until she removes her flip flops, in case the rib gets dirty.

A black wing tipped seagull looks like he is hovering as he is heading into the breeze. His twin is passing the other way, at supersonic feathered speed.

A chat with Bill, a laugh and a joke as always.

A Thomas cook Boeing 757-200 screams in over the harbour. Mancunians I believe

Someone tries to run over a port policeman. He is holding the traffic, as they unload Proteus. The language is very interesting. His mate is still whistling ...

You get the idea ...


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Blue skies above ...

But very breezy breezy down here below ...

August continues to be a windy month, just like July was before it. Tourists rather confused why it's sunny, but they cannot go to Lalaria.

Breezy Skiathos ...
It's just a breeze they say, but the port authorities, and the captains know best ...

Express Skiathos arrives and disgorged another thousand passengers or so. Having a bit of trouble, once again unloading the freight, in our overcrowded port.

Strangest sight of the morning, a donkey was wandering along the paralia. It was a medium slow youngish looking donkey, heading right to left. Probably had enough of the clubbing for summer 2013, and was heading for the ferry - 'Im a Greek Donkey get me out of here' ...

Photo Mata Karaberopoulou
It was taken into custody, by the port police. Who strangely seemed quite prepared for this kind of thing.


Presumably when the owner arrives, he will be reunited with it, and an €80 ticket for some obscure by-law for parking your "ass" on the waterfront in summer ...

Kalee mera apo Skiathos ...

12:45 update:

Still warm - OK its hot and breezy. Enough is enough, SWMBO & Junior have deserted me for the delights of Vromoliminos beach. So I have retreated to Kabourelias for an ice cold beer, and a platter of grilled sardines.


You know it makes sense ...

Sadly SIR PG spotted me from his global communications fortress, moored here again overnight on the Old Harbour. He has just swiftly departed. As a patriot, all I said was 'charge lunch to the man with the lionheart' ...

Meze anyone ...

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