Monday, 30 September 2013

1000 Pine trees to be planted ...

Details here you will need to use Google chrome or similar to translate the page ...

Sunday, 29 September 2013

For Stig ...

I hate to see good wood go to waste ...

The airport redevelopment is proving very good for the island wood reserves. Winter stockpiles are being prepared all over the island. On the ring road some huge trunks have been loaded into someone's garden. Elsewhere I noticed a pile of roots in someone's yard. 

Further down the island, some of the olive trees have been potted up for future use. 

However huge amounts of soil is being displaced, some of it relocated to projects near and far. There is a sump being filled with soil nearby. In it are half burried roots, so as the JCB levels the land - Skiathian drags the roots to one side.

Once the soil had dried, this morning the mighty chainsaw, made its 2013 season debut. Only for Skiathian to discover, the roots were in fact large branches.

The mighty chainsaw, made quite an impression on some passing tourists who watched my efforts closely. It went through the wood like a knife through butter. This all thanks to Stig, who obtained the new chain for me in Norway.



So my first winter stockpile, around a quarter of a ton, recycled from a hole in the ground. The heat it will produce, almost free of charge ...


Apologies lack of blog these last few days, internet connectivity being affected by island power cuts. The internet router loses its memory when the power keeps tripping, despite being protected by a surge protector. 

OTE technical support, were really very helpful though, when I called them again late last night.

The fuse holder on the main supply box also gave up the ghost, and has had to be replaced this week. Again due to the power supply issues.

The island supply is being affected by work being undertaken on Pelion, to the power lines to the islands. Hopefully to prevent issues this winter if high winds and snow damage the power lines again.

The fun and games of living on a small island in the Aegean ...

Ps still lovely and warm, but oh so quiet ...

Happy Birthday or Xronia Polla as they say here to Kay. Hope you get led astray by the "big bad wolf" crew this evening. So how did I know? Oh those two scoop owls told me, they know all the local gossip ...

Thursday, 26 September 2013

I saw it ...

Trevor said, I will show you something you have never seen before ...

So tonight just after the most glorious of sunsets, we looked up. At 19:43pm the constellation Cygnus started to appear. That's roughly where it will be, he said. We craned our necks upward.

A bat flew across our view, Trevor worried about the haze.

19:44:43 ish Kay said there it is ...

A bright flash of light in the sky above, it grew in intensity, than faded away. The sun reflecting off an iridium communication satellite, right over Skiathos.

My first sight of what is known as an iridium flare ...

Traffic jam ...

Yes on September 26th ...

Snaking our way along the island, at around 10kph this evening. Sudden bursts of speed, followed by a snail pace crawl. What could it be? A tractor, a JCB?

At around bus stop 14, a glimpse of the offending vehicle ahead ...

Two pensioners driving a blue quad bike, almost along the centre line. Virtually impossible to pass.

It was finally my turn to pass, and around seven of us sped by at Troulos 18, taking advantage of the wider road. I could not help noticing the walking sticks secured or wedged into the front rack.

Was this the most overpowered mobility scooter ever ...

The cruise ship "The World" remained in Megali Amos bay all day. It looks lovely, hope all on board are enjoying a sundowner.

Great sunset this evening, a golden glow to the west, Illuminating the high cirrus clouds over the mainland. Great night for a sunset at Aghia Eleni ...

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Cruise liner - The World ...

Is in Megali Amos bay


For those who have missed the boat, you can read about its voyage here ...

 


It's the second cruise liner to visit this week. It's another visual reason why this island needs a kick up the infrastructure. Rich well heeled tourists stuck out in the bay being ferried in to spend their Dollars, Euro and Yen.

On another very warn day, we have the rich arriving on a world tour, Visiting Skiathos and we need more of them. The sooner the airport is expanded, and a new ferry port created the better for everyone. Skiathos and Greece need these tourists ...

Someone said the other day, "Is Skiathos closed" well no it isn't. Even today coaches were ferrying people down the island having arrived on flights this morning.

The weather is fantastic, the beaches are all but empty. It has a very sleepy feel to the last few weeks of our tourist summer ...

Hope our wealthy visitors spent lots in town ...


Monday, 23 September 2013

Mrs Whicker ...

Thank you Mrs Whicker - It does exactly what it says on the label ...


Mighty good stuff indeed, along with some freshly picked Skiathos grapes ...

Twitter: @KICKASSCHEESE

Mrs Whickers cheeses for Skiathian ...

Later update: Kay and Trevor have been scrumping again. Two more lovely bunches of grapes to go with Mrs Whickers cheese ...

Its been a wet one ...

Heavy rain from a passing thunderstorm at 5am.

On the first night that I have slept well in ages, mother nature wakes me up early. It lasted just forty minutes but was a real good downpour.

Met up with Mr Malcolm (Teach) last night. A great friend over the years, someone who really loves the island. He even brought down a baby saxophone for one of our Greek island friends. True to form our Greek friend has treated him, to some legendary hospitality in return.

We were both a bit tired, but great to see him in his other home Batis, but as yet no barbounia on his table.

This morning the skies were dark again, however we were treated to a beautiful full rainbow over Mt Mitikas. Some rain fell in town but the shower skirted the north of the island, with the odd distant rumble of thunder.

09:45am and its tipping it down, the official phrase is stairods. Perhaps tropical weather without the heat. It's cooler, I even have a sweatshirt on but still in shorts.

At least teach can enjoy his lie in ...

11:45am The weather appears to have cleared through. The skies have lifted, and the sun is trying it's best to break through the wall of grey ...

13:45pm The sun bursts through the last of the remaining clouds. Blue skies all around, a warm humid afternoon in prospect ...

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Hunter gatherers ...

It's catching on ...

You see its not all Mythos and Sunbeds. Reading about some of my pursuits has inspired Kay and Trevor to have a go themselves ...

This morning they returned laden down, after some foraging, and very kindly donated the proceeds to Skiathians winter fuel store.

Kay and Trevor
So impressed by their efforts, which included scaring a hare, as well as some hen pheasants - they returned later with even more.

I now have two IKEA bags full of pine cones or Cookoonari as they are known here


.
Now as they said, "Its not exactly a beach day" so what better a thing to do. By the way their offering of freshly picked grapes, were also delicious ...



Any more volunteers ...

Later update:

Looks like word has spread, a sack of twigs, and what is best described as a branch of a tree. All left for me to recycle back at base camp. I have a feeling Kay and Trevor may be involved ...

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Skiathos Airport expansion update from Steve ...

Here are some recent  photos of the ongoing land clearance and earth works at the airport ...

Photos posted here courtesy of Steve, otherwise known as 'Townboy' He said

Dear Skiathian...plenty of chatter on various boards regarding the subject matter - so here are some Blackberry pics idling on my phone which you are welcome to if you think they are of interest. The strangest thing in all this is that from where these were taken, we are talking about (IMHO) around 50ft above runway/apron level. The amount of earth requiring removal is staggering.








Thank you Steve for sharing the photos with us ...

All Photographs, graphics, text, © Steve Fairall all rights reserved


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Rain Rain Rain ...

Beautiful sunset last night, radiating through the clouds ...

You just had to stand and watch it. So that is what I did with Kaye & Trevor, friends of the blog last night. Trevor keen to show me something later this week, that I have never seen before ...

Later heading into town, the first spots of rain, began to fall. I had a quick trip to the airport and by then a steady fine rain was falling.

`Teach` is in town, and had dropped me off some much needed supplies of cold and flu remedy. A book for winter reading too. I will catch up with him very soon.

On to Kabourelias to meet Stephen, who I know from TA with his mates. Stephen had kindly brought out a replacement part for Junior`s favourite toy. Thanks to good friends we have got round Amazon's no free deliveries to Greece policy at least until the end of the season.

Interesting to see Stephen and his friends, enjoying meat dishes where we usually have tsipouro and fish. However like all the dishes there, it looked very good indeed.

Whilst there the heavens opened and there was a deluge. Only one thing for it, a tsipourakia until the rain stopped.

Early this morning, the heavens opened again, so just after 3am, I found myself running around the house shutting the shutters, as it hammered down again outside.

This morning it's dawned grey and cool. Rather like the outlook for the next few days. Not good for a still chesty Skiathian.

So yes my friend Sifnosman, we do appear to have the rain that you crave ...

Later update:
Sunny warm and blue skies with lovely huge white cumulonimbus formations. People heading back on the buses down the island after a morning lost in town amongst the shops ...

20:25pm Looking up at Venus in the sky, whilst being serenaded, by a pair of Owls ...

Friday, 20 September 2013

Simple arithmetic ...

Its been a good start this morning ...

The weather is playing games with us once again. It's become very breezy again overnight. Rain or showers are forecast over the next few days. I keep reminding myself, that I had a piece of driftwood down the harbour. It's been drying out over the summer, and tucked away destined for my woodburner.

This morning, whilst collecting boxes, it came back to me. No time like the present, boxes hidden, and off to the hideaway. It was still there and beautifully dry. It also seemed a lot larger than I remembered. `Size isn't everything, it's what you do with it` well I could just about lift it.

Once it was on my shoulder, it was just about OK. However it protruded about two metres ahead of me, probably around the same behind. Once part of someone's jetty, it made turning rather difficult in the lanes. Even more getting it into the woodstore, without waking the street.

But I returned triumphant, only I needed to go back and get the boxes too. That done, the house is very humid this morning, i am still sweating despite the door being open and the breeze cooling the house.

In the abscence of `Teach` who is currently en route, due in later this morning. Sincere apologies to the learned one down in Sifnos, who will read this too ...

I have been doing some practical simple arithmetic ...

15 crushed boxes = 1 full blue IKEA bag
45 crushed boxes = 3 full blue IKEA bags
3 full blue IKEA bags = 1 full heavy duty sack of kindling

I have 142 boxes still to crush, and around 25 wooden crates in the store.

Preparations for winter continue in earnest ...

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Feeling a bit off colour ...

In more ways than one ...

Raging cold is still wracking my body. The metaxa (small glass) I did not have enough for a medicinal kick, failed it's objective.

 Likewise remembering my friend of many years, Graham Thwaites. Fondly nicknamed `Twang` who was murdered by a hit and run driver. Five years ago this very day.

One of the nicest people you could ever meet. I was at his wedding, later I introduced him to the Island, and he had many holidays here with his family. Notably breaking his toe on a bed once in Troulos. Something we both have done here being tall with brittle digits.

Today it's sunny and warm, I know he would enjoy a day like this too ...


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Last full moon of Summer ...

It's the last one tonight ...

In the UK it's called the harvest moon, from when farmers gathered their crops by moonlight.

Here it's rather quiet, the last few nights a heavy dew has descended in the evening. An autumnal nip in the air. One that has seen the cardigans being worn by locals, and tourists alike.

Lovely and warm by day, a fresh breeze this afternoon. Tonight it's calm, with rose coloured tints on the sunset sky, and the air is still once again. Just as the bats come out to start their nocturnal activities ...

Streaming cold day four - sponsored tonight by Metaxa 3*- situation desperate ...

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Bob & Mrs Whicker

Accosted this evening by a gentleman of the forums - TweedKelso otherwise known as Bob.

Now he was out searching for the elusive Mrs Whicker down on the old harbour front. He was also checking my haunts for news of where he could find me. True to form, the guys covered my tracks well, until I stumbled in on a search enquiry.

Spiros blew my cover, he will be severely punished - one day ...

Bob though was bearing a very generous gift for me, something that would make the 'Northerners' very happy.

Photo to follow here ...

Just to prove its not true what they say about Scots, he also brought me a bottle of Malt whisky. It's about an inch high. SWMBO took an instant shine to it ...

Meanwhile the elusive Mrs Whicker was dining in Taverna Alexandros, where she left me a gift. What a lovely lady she is. I will enjoy at leisure after the plague has left my body.

Streaming cold day three - sponsored by Lemsip colds and flu ...

Is this the way to ?

Amarillo no sorry the beach he asked ...

He looked rather like this well known character ...


Yes it is, I said (In my best Sergeant Wilson voice), but I would not go there in that if I were you. Someone got stuck there a few hours ago, and had to be rescued.


He gave me withering look, it will be OK and left

10 minutes later he was back, are you sure ? I ended up in the car park of a Thomson property!

I said that's a first, most people fall of the edge of the world ...

Another 15 minutes later, he was back again ...

'We are stuck can you help' ...

Second one this morning I said ...

Can you get someone to tow us out? In a firm but polite voice
'Of course, I will try' I said ...

Who did you hire your car from ?
The rep ...
Which company?
Olympic ...
Sorry I meant car hire
Don't know ...
Do you have the hire agreement?
Yes ...
Great let me take a look
It's in the safe ...

When exactly were you planning on flying home, I asked...

We managed by looking at a map, to identify where the car had come from, and sent for international rescue. They said they would be 15 minutes. Another 15 minutes later than that, the captain was still pacing up and down ...

I think he was thinking - 'You stupid boy' ...

Grape Harvest ...

It continues in earnest ...


First you make the wine,  then you make the tsipouro ...

Monday, 16 September 2013

Weather update ...

Showers earlier this morning, but its really tipping it down at the moment ...

A rumble of thunder too.

The Poseidon weather forecast was spot on ...


Late news just in ...

I can declare the hunt for Mrs Whicker, has reached its conclusion - I finally met the 'Duchess of Alkyon' earlier this evening ...

After two days I thought it was safe to venture out ...

One tsipouro, maybe another, then the unthinkable happened.

A voice said - 'Do I know you' ?

I looked up, One Blue eye, One Brown eye ...

I looked down, One clog and One pump ...

It was the clay pipe that sent a shiver down my spine

Or was it the bag of "Uncle Joes Mint Balls" - {Keep you all aglow} - genuine NMF, that she had in her grasp ...

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Captain Laskos and the crew of the Katsonis ...

... who were remembered, at a service on the harbour this morning.



Captain Vasileios Laskos







Today is "Battle of Britain day" it also was my mother's birthday.

I remember her telling me she spent that day in 1940, watching the dogfights taking place overhead.  Hot bullet cartridge cases falling on the houses, and in the street ...


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Katsonis day ...

Today is the 70th anniversary of the loss of the Katsonis submarine ...

Katsonis Painting By I Kalogeropoulos
14 Sep. 1943 - Katsonis surfaces and charges its batteries and then submerges to patrol the area between Pilio and Skiathos, looking for a captured French ship, Simfra, understood to be carrying German soldiers on leave.
Commander Laskos spots a sail boat and decides to surface to try to get more information about Simfra. While he is still talking probably to the boat's skipper, what looks like Simfra is spotted in the horizon. Katsonis soon receives optical identification signals from the ship, but it isn't Simfra. It is the German subchaser UJ-2101.
Katsonis crash dives, but soon receives depth charges and is forced to resurface. Laskos orders the crew to return fire with the cannon, and after the gunners are killed, he himself takes their place, but is killed too, and Katsonis sinks.

31 men of the crew, including the captain, went down with Katsonis:

V. LASKOS
S. MYKONIOS
S. TROUPAKIS
P. LAMPRINOUDIS
M. KAVALOUDIS
K. KSENOS
I. CHRYSOCHERIS
N. PANAGIOTIZAS
D. MARALETOS
L. STAMOS
P. MAGIATIS
V. RANTOS
N. MANTONANAKIS
A. VLACHAKIS
D. KOUVELIS
E. TSATSARIS
K. SELLAKIS
P. TSAKONAS
I. ECONOMOU
A. KRESTAS
E. PLATIDIS
S. KSEPAPADEAS
Ch. ALEXIOU
N. THYMARAS
M. LIMNAIOS
X. MITSIALIS
G. LENTZAKIS
N. MOSCHONAS
A. FOUNTOULAKOS
N. KOUROUZIS
D. PRINTZOS
Z. ZOGRAFOS

15 were captured, while Lt. Tsoukalas and petty officers Tsingros swam for 9 hours to reach Skiathos and Antoniou to reach Pilio. They later returned to the Middle East. (http://greek-war-equipment.blogspot.gr/)

Start of the day ...

Aerobic exercise completed ...

Brisk walk along the paralia, to deposit plastics and cans, in the Green Fox bins for recycling. Note that today they are not overflowing. Another sign perhaps, that less tourists are here this week.

Really nice to walk the harbour without the early morning partygoers, still being in attendance. Not much call for early morning crepes now, from the more elderly clientele, that are on the island, at tsak bam' s creperie either.

Twenty minutes spent crushing boxes, for winter kindling supplies.I have to start reducing the tower. Ten a day should be good for the heart and mind.

Tyres pumped up again on juniors bike. Not sure what junior does on the machine, but one day it will be quite interesting on a 50cc moped.

I am sweating buckets,after that, just as Pappa Yorgis undertakes his morning workout, on the bells at Tries Hieraches.

The bin men are working out hard too, removing the tide of waste, from the tavernas.

It's the Katsonis memorial weekend, so the navy are in port. The submarine arrived last night. There will be a service up at Evagalistra monastery this evening. Tomorrow the wreath laying service will take place, after church, at the newly refurbished memorial on the harbour.



It's supposed to be quite breezy today, although I cannot detect a cooling breeze at the moment. Apparently we can expect some rain on Monday evening. It will be welcome, even on Thursday evening, the storms passed us by, but the lightning show was quite impressive by all accounts.

It's 7:00 and the church bells are ringing again, as its breaking daylight, Kale Mera apo Skiathos ...

Later in the day:

The Aegean Odyssey cruise liner is back in Megali Amos bay ...

Lots more old people in town, only these ones are armed with A4 sized maps - Looking a little lost.


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Kalo taxidi friends ..


Said farewells in Papadamatis street earlier.

Kalo taxidi to Maureen and Dave, on their way home tomorrow. Good friends who we are indebted too, for their support over the last year

Others enjoying their final evening, here on the rock. Liz & Ian, and the one and only Steve aka the Townboy. Good to see you all here again, until next year ...

Enjoy Rafina, Miriam and Carolien, my new friends from Holland ...

Farewell to Paul, aka @PaulW20Titles and his good lady wife ...

Now all I have to do, is prepare myself, for Friday. As I wait to finally meet in person, the legend that is the Alkyon's most famous resident. Mrs Whicker ...


Good morning ...

From a very warm Skiathos ...

11am: Clear blue Skies and the very gentlelest of breezes. A mirror like sea and a heat haze looking towards Evia ...

12 Noon: Distinctly very warm indeed, looks like a scorcher.

1pm: It is a scorcher officially ...

Cannot believe that on an island of Olive trees, I cannot find a can of Olive oil for a tourist, even one who wants to buy a 15 litre can to take home on the ferry. 'Crisis what Crisis' there is liquid gold hidden in cellars all over the island ...

2pm: Rush for home, and a cool room, an ice cream and a sleep ...

17:30 Said some farewells to friends in Papadamatis Street.

18:30 Some clouds appear from over the mainland. Probably just to assist the sunset views, a little later this evening.

19:20 Pelion mountains silhouetted as a lilac background, as the sun performs its daily finale.

20:00 Farewell to my new Dutch friends, Miriam & Carolien. One day I promise to visit your country ...

20:30 Time to eat something ...

One seat left ...

Manchester to Skiathos
7 nights flight only

Out on Friday 13th
Return Friday 20th

Price £236.98 Inc luggage

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Pleasantly warm ...

So far we have been blessed with excellent September weather.

Temperatures in the high 20's - 30's and a gentle breeze. Perfect weather for a cricket match, sadly the captain of the opposing side is assisting with the grape harvest today.

Seriously considering a few lengths in someones pool this afternoon.

Might have a wander and see, if any of those free grapes are still available too. Shame to see them go to waste ...

Spent a very enjoyable hour in Taverna Alexandros last night, with Leslie. Kalo taxidi to Emma, on her way back to University studies.

Met some lovely people this week, the Italians who bought me a lovely German beer, as a thank you. The two lovely Dutch ladies, the Austrian ladies,  and the Romanian family. You know who you are ...

Off for a swim, you know it makes sense ...

Evening update:

The Star Clipper is in Megali Amos bay. The four master looked lovely in the evening light. Hopefully it will be lit up in all its beauty later this evening.

Sun dipped at 19:20pm. Even now at 19:40 the western sky is a salmon pink. There are breezy gusts building. Seems we are in for another blustery night ...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Its not Cricket ...

We were on nodding terms ...

Then we were chatting, and I found out he was from Bangladesh. Oh I said, I know something about Bangladesh, 'their chefs make the best curries in London'.

This morning he saw me spinning an unripe orange. He said 'the best spin bowlers come from Bangladesh'

We had more in common than we thought ...

Green top with rough areas on a length for the Right hander ...


I can verify. I still cannot read a googly, either Bangladeshi or English to this day.

One crisp swat to the concrete boundary saw some damage and scuffing to the hard new orange.

But somehow I found myself nipping an unripe orange, away from the left hander using a piece of Pallet wood as a bat. The second new orange done him. The first having split its skin. as an attempted bouncer disintegrated at around hip height.

It nipped back off the lush, wide bladed grass, sneaking between leg and pallet bat, and rapping him hard on the shin - Just in front of the date palm stumps ...

Any umpire in the world would have raised a finger, to the appeal that followed

Bangladesh 4-1 on 'a green field in the aegean' ...

Sunday, 8 September 2013

One month still to go ...

It does seem a lot quieter ...

Last night traveling along the Island main road, it had a quiet Saturday night feel about it. Papadamatis street seemed busy. Lots of locals out enjoying the evening air.

This morning it's warm with cumuloninbus clouds that build and dissipate. A very pleasant day to be here on the rock.

Beach brollies are being dismantled somewhere down the island They are being transported back by truck for winter storage.

Seems the clientele has changed too, a more mature visitor group ...

A visitor to the island today is SeaDream1 its moored off plakes, this afternoon.
Details here - perhaps I will pop aboard for drinks later ...

Friday, 6 September 2013

Temptation ...

I looked up and there they were ...

It was as if they were calling me, like the siren of the seas. They were around 20 feet up, if only I could get up there, I thought. Then a plan started to come together.

If I get up that part of the tree, they are wrapped around a branch. One branch leads to another ...

I leaned, I tugged, they swayed, they slowly started to descend, ever nearer towards me. They were almost within reach, near but not quite near enough ...

Mmmm - Time for plan B.

I looked down, its five or six feet, soft landing area ...

I remembered the Tarzan films of my youth ...



I leapt out into the shrubbery, and as luck would have it grabbed the right branch. I made a bit of a racket, rather like Tarzan on landing, one that brought some Albanian maids out to witness what the crazy Englishman was up too ...

One small leap for man, one giant leap for free food ...

On landing, OK Impact - I was bombarded with fruit, my shirt bears witness to the ferocity of the attack ...

There were a few angry wasps too, who can blame them ...

But I think it was worth it, in my hand was the vine ...

A couple of Kilos ...
The Albanian maids had some, now quite impressed, only ever having seen Tarzan, in Black and White, on Tirana TV ...

Some Greek people who were down the road had some bunches too, also commenting they were still warm from the sun. To be honest, my fingers were hurting with the weight of carrying the bunches between them, it was a case of 'the grapes are on me' to all comers ...

Now washed Junior and SWMBO will probably eat them all before I get home ...

PS: My friends in Cape Town, I have found you a Pomegranate tree - one much easier to pick ...

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Graeme Wooley RIP ...


Graeme Wooley
You fought the bravest of battles, your posts on Facebook were a true inspiration, courageous and honest. Our thoughts are of you, and with Laura and Adam, at this the very saddest of times ...

Steamy ...

Well I am sweating buckets ...

The house is very humid, outside its cooler. Noticeably so than of late. Today there is no breeze at all. No air to move and cool us. No point using the air con just for me ...

Out of town, it's much cooler.  I have been watching the sunset earlier and earlier each day. You can tell who are the Brits, on the road at night. They are the ones walking on the wrong side of the road - with and not facing the traffic. Whatever happened to "Bring a torch for late night returns" I have only seen two people walking with one, all week.

So I have been out early for my visit to the Green Fox recycling bins. They are all full from the tavernas who support the scheme wholeheartedly here in town. I delivered two bin bags of plastic bottles, and a carrier bag of tins. That's just from us, it makes you realise just how much goes to the tip.

Just now the bin men are clearing the local tavernas. 6:30 and the sound of hundreds of bottles being deposited in the mini wagons. So much waste the guys are stacking the trucks. They do not bother using the device that empties the bins. One guy on top stamping on the bags to remove the air and crushing the boxes.

On my early morning walk, I recycled another 10 fruit boxes, the time has come to crush them, and bag them up too. Otherwise there may be an avalanche.

 Enjoying my morning cup of tea, enjoy yours wherever you are ...

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

That was a breezy one ...

Certainly was a straight night.

At 3am everything was banging and crashing in the street. The wind certainly making it's presence felt. At 8am white capped waves in the harbour making life interesting for the occupants of flying cat 5.

The morning dawned with clear blue skies and a very warm wind. It's been like that all day, although it abated during the afternoon. The evening has been clear and still, the warm afterglow of an orange sunset, remains in the western sky, as nature changes its tones to pink.

In a few minutes it will be dark again. Night falls and the planet's appear in the southern sky. After dark we can see Saturn in the southern sky. It's amazingly very bright over Evia.

Looking forward to catching up with good friends this evening. Perhaps a glass of wine, well why not ...

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Batten down the hatches ...

... It's going to be very windy again tonight

Thats Beaufort 7 - 55km/h - 80km/h gusts


Skiathian turns on aircon and puts a sheet over his head ...

Sir David Frost ...

I know he probably never came here ...

But I did learn some great ideas from his interview technique. Especially where creative thinking was required.

Today's cartoon from The Times, did make me laugh ...


Hope it makes you laugh too ...

Here in Skiathos it's nice and warm, a freshening breeze, and crows making a racket.

As they do ...

Monday, 2 September 2013

Boomerang club ...

Still going strong ...

So we spent a few hours last night with friends, as the Boomerangers returned to the home of the Boomerang club - Taverna Alexandros.

Thanks for the invitation, a great time shared with like minded people. Even the youngest member of the club had a great time.

My neighbour even said, "You know all these people too"…

If anyone was present, at the taverna. Then they must have wondered what was going on. Hopefully they got the general idea in the end - Just Skiathian and the Boomerangers, having some fun ...

PS: Watching the sunset, through the water mist from a garden sprinkler. Makes magical rainbows ...

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Sunset ...

Watching the sunset this evening, from a different perspective.

Where am I ? ...