Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Xenophobia ...

Its been very warm here today ...

Not that I am complaining, its certainly helped the teak oil dry on the shutters and windows. Now on the fourth pot of oil, and it looks like another trip to buy number five in the morning.

Whether I will ever get the sense of smell back, is another thing - everything seems perfumed by teak oil, at the moment. At one time, I had the feeling I was being watched. Not this time, by the ladies in black, they had already made their morning inspection.

I looked round and there were eight cats, all sitting watching what I was doing. They were waiting to be fed as they are each lunchtime by the old ladies. Same time each day, and the food comes out on little pieces of tin foil for them.

Quite funny today, the amount of people going about their business, who are suddenly caught off guard by the Skiathian up a set of steps. Some stop to chat, some a few words of advice, a polite hello etc.

Its the one's who are new to the area, or passing through that get in a state. First you see them avert their eyes, when they see you. So then they look back and you have not vanished. Now what? - Do they speak to the stranger, is he working there, why is he doing that, and not paying someone else to do that. You see it going through their minds.

So the icy cold stare, favoured by the tourists is favoured, the one into space about a metre ahead. Or the one that finds that flaking asvesti, over on the opposite wall, suddenly all so interesting.

Just as they draw level you say it - 'Kalee meera' and you have got them ...

Xenophobia - A Greek word, the fear of strangers ...


Ferry timetables - Major change ...

Any island friends who use the ferries, major change to the timetable. Express Skiathos withdrawn from the route for three months wef November 3rd 2013.

No replacement ferry, so no evening ferry to the mainland. Flying Cat 5 to the mainland in the morning, Flying Cat 5 back in the afternoon. Proteus ferry to the mainland in the morning, Proteus ferry back in the afternoon.

Source: SkopelosNews
Source: Taxydromos.gr

Our man in Sifnos via Surrey, advises that Kathimerini has been reporting the laying up of ferries because the price of fuel has made them uneconomic during winter.

Later News just in:

Latest timetable from Hellenic Seaways has the downtime being between 12th January and 14th March

Timetable to 11th January 2014

Timetable from 14th March 2014

Interestingly (or not) as yet ANES have not released the timetable for November, which is just two days away. At the moment if you want a ticket for Proteus returning in November - you book an 'open return' and probably wait at the docks.

Presumably someone will tell the crews what is going on ...

Monday, 28 October 2013

Oxi day parade ...

Some photos from this mornings parade ...











After the parade, the cafes and ouzerias everywhere were full to bursting. Locals all enjoying coffee and lunch in the sunshine. Children all in smart school uniforms, or national dress. Some ladies in traditional 'Skiathos costume'

We wandered down the harbour talking to friends, in the very warm sunshine. A lovely morning, Junior waving the Greek flag - Great fun.

Lunch - A couple of tsipourakias, at a friendly ouzeria where we were treated very well indeed ...

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Flying Cat Thessaloniki - Skiathos / Skopelos / Allonissos ...

Skiathos news advise following action by the Hotel Association of Skiathos, and the Entrepreneurs Group.
Discussions are taking place to reopen the route Thessaloniki - Skiathos - Skopelos - Allonissos with Flying Cat 3.

Oxi day ...

Today is the national holiday in Greece, the day when Greeks celebrate the word “No!”

More specifically, the “no” or "OXI" that Ioannis Metaxas gave to Mussolini in 1940, which precipitated Greece’s involvement in World War II on the side of the Allies. Mussolini, who had occupied neighboring Albania, wanted to be able to occupy parts of Greece.


Metaxas declined the permission (and most historians think he did so in French,  his actual reply was, "Alors, c'est la guerre" (Then it is war).However the Greeks prefer the more direct Greek version.) "OXI" Italians invaded Greece, a few hours later; the Greeks pushed them back onto Albanian soil, handing them the first Axis defeat of the war. 



Here the paralia and Tries Hieraches Church have been decorated with Greek flags, and this morning there will be a parade down Papadamatis street, and along Palio Limani. 


Wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial.

The school children, and scouts will march in uniform. The student with the best grades gets to march in front of his or her class.

This morning Oxi day dawned like this ...






There is still a lot of colour, around ...


Plenty of signs of the winter to come ...


However now at 9am, the colour of the sky is as blue as the Greek flags. Its the start of another stunning day, here on Skiathos. Hope to enjoy it to the full ...

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sunrise & St Jude ...

Hope you put your clocks back this morning, and enjoyed your extra hour in bed ...

Here is the sunrise from Skiathos this morning ...




Friends in Devon and Cornwall:

Batten down the hatches, its not often you see or hear 'Southwest 7 to severe gale 9, increasing vilolent storm 11, perhaps hurricane force 12 later' on the shipping forecast ...

http://skiathian.blogspot.gr/p/uk-severe-storm-warning.html

Meanwhile as the St Jude (Patron saint of lost causes) storm prepares to ravage the UK, Here the weather is following a pattern, of cloudy starts, followed by beautiful sunshine and cloudless skies. This morning the sun was burning the skin, as we had coffee, with friends on the harbour.

Most definitely a gorgeous morning, where apart from the heat, there was not a hint of a breeze.

So later we popped out to do some panic buying in sympathy, with friends in the UK. The only problem is the shops here are closed until Tuesday due to the Oxi day holiday ...

Mediteranean news just in:  'St Jude 2' - Ash cloud alert - Mount Etna has erupted ...

Wonder which way the wind is blowing ? 
Where would you rather be right now ...

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Last post of Summertime ...

The clocks go back one hour here in Greece at 4am ...

Greek Reporter
Get prepared for an extra an hour of sleep this Sunday, as in the overnight hours of October 27–28 clocks will go back one hour. The switch from daylight saving time (DST) will take place officially at 3am on Sunday morning, but it’s best to change the clocks before you go to bed.

The time arrangement is followed by all European countries with the exception of Iceland.
Winter time will revert back to summer time on the last Sunday of March 2012.
(source: athensnews)

So we get an extra hour in bed tonight - or so it seems.
To my learned friend in Norway, have a tsipouro - I guess its Cheerio daylight, see you again next year ...

Friday, 25 October 2013

The school children, celebrate Oxi day ...

This morning the children, celebrated Oxi day, at school. This being the bank holiday weekend. Oxi day (28th October) is on Monday, and those famous words from Ioannis Metaxas, being what brought Greece into the conflict.

The children all took a turn to recite a poem in class, to their classmates. Yes I was one nervous father this morning, when junior took the stage ...

I need not have worried, Junior knew the lines, something we only found out over breakfast as confidence appeared, when we least expected it. Someone had been playing games with us these last few days.

The school classroom was packed with two classes of children, their parents and teachers. It was quite impressive the way the children are encouraged to speak in front of an audience of fifty or sixty.

Recital, songs, and national anthem over, the children marched two by two down Papadamatis street. Holding up the traffic with their parade, as the head boy and girl of each class, carried their wreaths, and laid them on the war memorial opposite the Flying Cat berth.

The childrens wreaths ...
The head teacher explained to the children, the names on the memorial, were of heroes from Skiathos.

Rewarded with the rest of the day off to enjoy themselves, the children wandered the harbour, in their best clothes, whilst the adults chatted over coffee. The older children get their turn on Monday, the old harbour has been made ready for the parade. Tries Hieraches church is decorated with flags.

It promises to be a special day once again ...

25th October 1944 - Liberation day…

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of the island from its occupation, in 1944. This is a detail of what happened on that day ...

Source: http://www.thomasharder.dk/en/node/128

On 24 October 1944 M Squadron reached Skopelos which turned out to have been evacuated by the Germans.

During the night the squadron sailed on to the neighbouring island of Skiathos. Skiathos, too, had been evacuated, but Lassen encountered unexpected resistance. As he was about to land he was hailed from a patrol boat carrying a landing party from Turnbull’s Raiding Forces. Turnbull’s men felt that Skiathos was ”their” island and that the SBS had no business there. Following a short negotiation it was decided that Turnbull’s raiders should go ashore a couple of minutes before Lassen’s.

This double landing which took place before dawn had the islanders somewhat worried until they realized that the strangers were British and not returning Germans. The guests were treated to wine and brandy before breakfast and then participated in a service in the town’s cathedral where the islanders celebrated their liberation.

The British did not know whether the Germans had evacuated the northern Sporades, or whether M Squadron risked running into enemies spoiling for a fight. For safety’s sake, the fast and well-armed, but highly conspicuous gunboat was exchanged for two more anonymous caïques from the Levant Schooner Flotilla commanded by Lieutenant Alec McLeod of the Royal Navy Commandos. M Squadron continued northwards at a leisurely pace, in clear, warm, sunny weather.

In the morning of 25 October the caïques came alongside a British naval vessel described by Lassen’s Greek interpreter Jason Mavrikis as “a huge battleship”. Whatever it actually was, this “sea monster” made the men in the caïques feel “like mice”. Anders Lassen climbed aboard to speak to the captain while the British sailors bombarded the caïques with chocolate, biscuits and whatever other food came to hand. A pleasant supplement to the ”Compo”-rations which would otherwise have been the patrol’s sole sustenance.



Thursday, 24 October 2013

Island flights - post Aegean/Olympic merger ...

Greek Travel Pages update

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air recently presented their plans that will follow the merger of the two companies, during a meeting with 32 representatives from 15 Greek remote islands that has air routes covered by Olympic Air.

The European Commission competition authorities recently cleared the merger of the two Greek air carriers.

At the meeting, Aegean/Olympic Air representatives presented a series of initiatives that involve the 15 islands included in the network of remote island destinations covered by Olympic Air.

Aegean Air said it aims to increase passenger traffic by launching new and lower fares and increase connectivity to overseas destinations so even the smallest Greek island could benefit from tourism development.

The plans involving the routes to Greek remote islands include:

- The launch of a second low fare of 39 euros for the 12 flights from Greece’s most remote areas that have a direct connection to Athens.

- The connection of remote Greek destinations with overseas flights of Aegean or Olympic Air at no cost (0 euros fare plus taxes) from November to March and at a 20 euros cost (plus airport taxes) for the April-October period. This option will apply to passengers traveling on the same day from abroad (on flights of Aegean or Olympic air) to the remote island destinations (or vice versa).

- The increase in airline seat capacity for July-September to 7 airports on remote Greek destinations (Naxos, Astypalea, Ikaria, Zakynthos, Skiathos, Karpathos, Kythira).

The the new pricing policy is expected to take effect from 1 December 2013.

Source: Greek Travel Pages http://news.gtp.gr/2013/10/23/aegean-olympic-air-present-plans-remote-greek-island-routes/


Well oiled ...

Now I go ‘oiling’ windows to save an honest bob
For a nosy parker it's an interestin' job

Now it's a job that just suits me
A window 'oiler' you would be
If you can see what I can see
When I'm 'oiling’ windows 

Honeymoonin' couples too
You should see them bill 'n coo
You'd be surprised at things they do
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

In my profession I'll work hard
But I'll never stop
I'll climb this blinkin' ladder
Till I get right to the top

The blushin' bride, she looks divine
The bridegroom he is doin' fine
I'd rather have his job than mine
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

The chambermaids' sweet names I call
It's a wonder I don't fall
My mind's not on my work at all
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

I know a fella, such a swell
He has a thirst, that's plain to tell
I've seen him drink his bath as well
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

Oh, in my profession I'll work hard
But I'll never stop
I'll climb this blinkin' ladder
Till I get right to the top

Pyjamas lyin' side by side
Ladies nighties I have spied
I've often seen what goes inside
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

------ banjo ------

Now there's a famous talkie queen
She looks a flapper on the screen
She's more like eightie than eighteen
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

She pulls her hair all down behind
Then pulls down her... never mind
And after that pulls down the blind
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

In my profession I'll work hard
But I'll never stop
I'll climb this blinkin' ladder
Till I get right to the top

An old lady walks around the floor
She's so fed up, one day I'm sure
She'll drag me in and lock the door
When I'm ‘oiling’ windows 

When I'm ‘oiling’my windows ...

Its good stuff, but probably better with tonic ...

There is nothing like the cackle of the old ladies who are watching my every move. It still feels warm and the shirt is off, there is life in the old girls yet ...


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Knock Knock ...

Who is there ???

Its your neighbour, with a gift from their farm ...

Fresh Pomegranates, a gift from our neighbours farm ...
So they look nice but what next, the answer ...

Courtesy of Simon Monks ...
Fancy a gin (or vodka) pomegranate cocktail?

Place spirit in freezer for about 1 hour. Have enough shot glasses for everyone. Best if they have had the freezer treatment too. Cut pomegranates in half and scoop out the capsules. Fill the shot glasses about half full with the seeds. Fill about 3/4 with the gin or vodka and finish with some crushed ice. 

Shoot the cocktail back but don't swallow until you've crushed the seeds in your mouth to get the great burst of pomegranate. Then swallow. Then make another........

This morning cleaning rugs and mats, need to get them spruced up for winter, whilst we have such nice weather to dry them outside ...

I have spent the rest of the day oiling the shutters, and windows in readiness for winter. Quite impressed by my efforts, they are looking quite good. Plenty of advice from the neighbourhood of course - Job for Spring, Painted ones are better, go to the beach, things like that. 

Its nice and warm in the sun, so aids the drying process of the oil. In summer the oil turns almost to a syrup if you apply it then.

Seems that some houses are going to be renovated nearby. If so we will have good recycling opportunities and probably some extra firewood soon ...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Megali Amos ...

So we went to the beach ...


Packed as usual ...
One lonely fisherman ...
Marigolds at Taverna Thessaloniki ...
Flowers at Taverna Thessaloniki ...
Flowers at Taverna Thessaloniki ...
Marigold at Taverna Thessaloniki ...
Flying cat 5 disturbed the peace, but not the bay swimmer  ...
View from Twighlight Taverna ...
The old boatyard ...

So seven people on the beach, three were fishing. Water cool but crystal clear, in fact not a bad afternoon at all ...

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Task and activity list ...

Issued 22nd October 2013 - 07:30hrs

Breakfast - Check.

Take Junior to School - Check.
  1. Completed and smile from teacher (No apple)
  2. Some nice pink roses growing  nearby the school
  3. Lemons starting to ripen on the trees
  4. Blackberries still very tasty
Buy some new fishing gear - Check.
  1. Discuss telescopes with Niko
  2. Bought five new weights and some hooks
  3. Looked at a very nice lure for Calamari
  4. Plan night out fishing with Stamatis
Walk along the harbour - Check.
  1. Proteus has just departed
  2. Sea a ball of golden fire again - It hurts the eyes
  3. Coffee shops well patronised
Go to Simeon for more photographs - Check.
  1. One for English Bureaucracy
  2. One for Greek Bureaucracy
Go to Greek office for Bureacracy - Check.
  1. Bang head on desk - Check.
  2. Come back later ... (Of course)
Go to Post office
  1. See if Parcel is there - Check.
  2. Probably not ... (Of course not - silly me)
Collect Junior from School
  1. Completed
  2. Weather check - stunning at 11;17am
  3. Pack fishing gear- Check.
  4. Pack swim gear- Check.
  5. Go to the beach ...
You know it makes sense ...

Monday, 21 October 2013

Blue skies above ...

Blue sea all around ...

Weather looks great down here in the aegean, for the next week ahead. Lovely autumn sunshine forecast for us. Deserted beaches and a chance of some further suntaning in prospect ...

So do I postpone some of those jobs ...

Any intrepid winter travellers, or those planning Pasca or summer 2014 trips, can find the new ferry/flying cat timetables for 2013/2014, posted on the Skiathos Bulletin board - Travel Forum

The link for the timetables, are located on the pages section on the R/H side of the blog ...

Looking good for Pasca 2014, judging by the friends heading down here then. If anyone needs help with accommodation - Get in touch via the 'Contact the Skiathian' page, again on the R/H side of the blog ...

Later update:

Spent the afternoon watching Junior at the play area. For some reason that 'Great ball of fire' in the sky started to burn me again. This 'micros kalokeri' is just what the doctor ordered, for those on the island who work all summer. Long may it continue - at least until Sunday according to the weather beaten faces, belonging to the fishermen down on the port.

Back in the kitchen tonight, Spagetti carbonara and home made garlic bread, glass of Nemea wine.

PS Happy Trafalgar day to all my French readers ...


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Great ideas ...

You can easily fall in love on a day like today - There is nothing like lovely blue skies, and the autumn greek sun to put the spring, back in your step …

Oh well better stay indoors at home then ...


Only I had finished reading a book earlier this morning - That's two this autumn already ...

So instead, spent a very enjoyable few hours on the old harbour, where the sea was blue and twinkling where the sun was reflecting off distant ripples towards distant Evia. The hills over there looking indigo blue in the apparent heat haze. A few yachts bobbing around offshore in airless conditions, their crews probably taking in our view, through a chilled glass of wine ...

I had been mending the brakes on juniors bike, this morning and it needed to be 'paralia tested' so as just reward for my efforts, we went out for a coffee. Junior put the bike through its paces in church square, then disappeared at high speed in the direction of the play area. Only to return the other way later, and perform a stop that grazed arms and knees. Brakes worked fine, if perhaps a little too well - just need to get used to them ...

We waited a very long time to get served at our favourite coffee shop. So rather than go in and order a take away, I reminded SWMBO that two coffees in the morning were not always a good idea. Especially as SWMBO had been out for a coffee morning with friends a little earlier, whilst I had been mending the bike on the kitchen table.

Much to my surprise, the suggestion to go next door instead, went down very well. Something on the TV in the coffee shop, clearly meant a very restricted service. After a busy summer who can blame them - 'siga siga'

A couple of tsipouros, some marinated gavros in lemon and oil, the lovely oven baked codfish, with tomatoes and peppers, and tunafish with a crabstick salad. That with a skin burning sit in the sun on legs that were back in shorts.

I wish that I always had great ideas like that ...


Friday, 18 October 2013

For friends of the blog from Cape Town ...

Pomegranates (Punica granatum), as promised earlier this year ...


Bursting open with ripeness



Thursday, 17 October 2013

No time ...

To do anything it seems ...

Its been an off and on kind of day, windy threatening rain and dark clouds mixed with sunshine. The school runs undertaken in fine rain in the breeze. Junior has a poem to learn for Oxi day, that is proving fun to try to learn.

A trip to the post office, as usual resulting in disappointment as the package is still in transit. Caught up on the comings and goings, mainly goings as people give up island life and head back north of the alps.

I made a meat loaf last night, and followed the Greek principle, that cooked meat dishes, taste better the following day. Pleased to say we were not disappointed, and had it for lunch. A glass of a medium sweet red, not to my taste but certainly to SWMBO's who rather likes that kind of wine.

Scanned a trashy novel left behind by a holiday maker, its tatty and very frayed round the edges and clearly seen a lot of life - Just like the girl in the book. It will like the heroine have a second awakening - This one as hot as the first - only in the woodburner later this year ...

Time waits for no-one ...
After a slow scan of the back of the eyelids, that went on for far too long, tonight I have spent a few hours looking at a photograph site. Amazing photos, of architecture, fashion, nature, food etc that seem to have been shared on 'tumblr' which is where the clock photo above came from. The page makes me say over and over again - why can I not take photos like that. One day One day ...

Apologies for the lack of attribution to the unknown photographer - but your photo kind of sums up my day ...

From a rather draughty rock in the aegean ...

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

It had to happen ...

Skies dark and Moody all morning ...

On with the worklist, cleaned those windows. Then off down the boatyard, to make some enquiries for a UK friend. Rainspots falling became a drizzle that disturbed the enjoyment of my bicycle ride.

Down to Alpha bank, to find the ATM temporarily out of service. Shortly followed by a thunderclap, which prevented a pit stop at the Gerani for my first coffee, of the autumn season.

Into the bakery shop at the bottom of Papadamatis street, for more delicious crusty bread, and a gifted biscuit from the lady working there.

The occasional rumble of thunder, and sound of water running off unguttered roofs, falling into the street outside ...

I knew I should not have cleaned those Windows ...

Update on the ferry port saga ...

Reactions to the port of Skiathos 10/08/2013 - 16:15:06
http://www.taxydromos.gr/article.php?id=93034&cat=713

Reactions to the port of Skiathos, article from Taxydromos newspaper ...


Intense debate and concern expressed in a letter of protest to the above rulers, members of the club competition Commission Skiathos and entrepreneurs of the island, on the study of the programmatic design of the port of Skiathos. As noted in the above features letter: "Following serious issue that has arisen in our island from a study of programmatic projects promotes the Municipal Port Fund Skiathos, in view of the development / transfer of existing port, expresses this intense concern us and our opposition, both in terms of feasibility of implementation of this project and the interventions qualify as appropriate. "

One of the focuses of the protest letter is: "the proposal for widening and expansion of the existing breakwaters' on the grounds that" altering the coastline Mpourtzi peninsula, which has been classified as a landscape of outstanding natural beauty "by decree. It also involves keeping the area "cake" but its surroundings Cemetery Skiathos, recently declared the South as a "historic site" by a decision of the Central Council of Modern Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture.

Additionally "exploratory underwater autopsies carried out in May 2012, with the cooperation of the co Committees and with the participation of scientific associate of the team of the University of Oxford have brought to light important findings around the peninsula Mpourtzi, paving the way for the emergence of marine archaeological wealth of Skiathos "indicated in the same letter.

The signatories also recall that have come to light important underwater antiquities, where the old harbor. As noted features' in the 'old' harbor, whose position coincides with that of the ancient port, an ancient breakwater, on which is still a part jetty Byzantine times. A large number of ceramic sherds, mostly scattered sections amphorae found and the sea area around the Venetian fortress Mpourtzi and in the basin of the "old" port ".

The same letter also cautioned above haves "for the huge risk regarding the safety of residents and visitors to the island, since the unloading of fuel is in the existing harbor, which is known as the center of city ​​within the funnel of the airport and less than 30 meters from the nearest house. "

The request by the Commission Skiathos club competition for the representatives of the state is summarized in the phrase "interfere immediately to abandon the above recommendations of the Municipal Port Fund Skiathos and stop any action and debate them."

Personally I think the ferry port needs to be relocated completely. This article raises safety fears that should be the prime motivator, not something added on later. Lets see what happens next ...

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Winter maintenance (2) ...

Best laid plans and all that ...

Seems we are expecting a couple of wet days, so change in plan. This morning, I hacked lumps out of the bougainvillea. Likewise out of the neighbours version, much to the appreciation of the ladies in black.

My neighbours version, which is allowed to grow unchecked every year - now towers over their house. It encroaches on to the roof of mine, putting my tiles in peril, come the next gale - well at least it did ...

I borrowed some long arm pruners, from visiting English neighbours - who have a similar problem, and gave my half of the street the chop. At least the chimney should survive unscathed. Leaning out of the windows, was not exactly a PC method to prune the triffid.

I think this year the beast may do some damage - especially when we get a gale or if we get snow. Probably taking out the electricity cable for that part of the street. Its weighing down the cable, between the houses - using it as its main support ...

Mr Mayor should be happy, next time he passes by, his lovely ornate street light is back in view - and doing its job again ...

Not enough time between the school runs to clean the windows upstairs. So work in progress on that job for now. Did manage to enjoy the view of the harbour late this afternoon. The trawlers are back in the fishing grounds. 12 Apostles arrived surrounded by seagulls so evidently a good catch.

Still some tourists in shorts enjoying the afternoon sun on the waterfront, and frequenting the ouzerias.

Bought a kilo of pinkish tomatoes, mixed with a can of chopped tomatoes and made a lovely rich soup for tonights supper. Crusty bread from the bakery shop at the bottom of Papadamatis street.

So England v Poland on TV tonight - may the home team win  ...

Good morning ...

From Skiathos ...

The sun rose over the Pounta at around 08:15, the sea looking like a ball of golden fire. Round on the old harbour the sea looked rather different, like a silver blue mirror. Only disturbed by the Proteus, as it made its way towards Volos, leaving ripples in its wake ...

A few of the old boys sitting in the coffee shops taking in the view, and discussing world events - well at least those that are in view ...

Blue skies overhead, a lovely day in prospect ...

Monday, 14 October 2013

Winter maintenance ...

Started today in earnest ...

The house has been feeling unloved, it seems I have a few weeks work to do. Today after a long summer the shutters started to have a birthday.

First all the windows were cleaned, then the shutters, were washed down. This takes quite some time, as dust accumulates in all the louvres. This gets quite sticky from the sap from the bougainvillea and the oil from the wood.

Whilst you do this the locals come out to see what you are doing, and point out other issues in the street that need addressing. The numerous street cats eye you up with suspicion, and make a beeline for the door if you leave it unguarded.

Whilst this was all going on the interior windows needed a clean, and the curtains had to come down. Hoover out and trailing cables, whilst manoeuvring with buckets of water, and then inspecting the woodwork for signs of insect eggs.

Our friendly street cleaner stopped for a chat, asked when the bougainvillea was going to be trimmed. Pointed out concrete splashes on the wall from my neighbours restoration - The list of jobs grows ever longer or so it seems ...

Tomorrow the same maintenance routine for the upper windows, after the school run. Then the start of the teak oiling of the shutters. It feeds the wood after the ravages of the summer heat. It also waterproofs them from the rains and cold of winter.

If the rains come then I have more jobs to do inside, at least not washing the floor - The washing machine leaked earlier and started that process for us too.

Whoever said autumn and winter was for a rest, must have a happy life ...

Tonight we had a Chicken and Mushroom risotto. I was banished to the kitchen, with my chefs hat on, and its gone down very well indeed with SWMBO and Junior.

Tomorrow SWMBO is off on a paper chase to Volos. The fares are quite good at the moment as the winter fares war on the ferries continues.

Flying Cat 5 was €75 return, now special offer of €60
ANES Proteus €35 return ...

No prizes for guessing which option. Almost a BOGOF as SWMBO will be back there again next month, so settle down with a good book, and shopping list to hand if time permits ...

Off to consult my days action plan 'left for me' on the door of the fridge ...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Stop press ...

I have been fishing this afternoon ...

Much to my surprise, I caught four fish. Along with a rather angry small lobster, they were returned to the Aegean, for someone else's enjoyment.

It is a miracle ...

Greek Wedding

A lovely late afternoon wedding at the church of St George ...









Congratulations to Eleni and Yorgos, great friends and neighbours ...

Blue Skies ...

A lovely sunny day, here on the rock, this morning ...

Some big clouds over the mainland. A beach day perhaps, or shall I go fishing - tempting, very tempting ...


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sunset ...

seen from the boatyard, earlier this evening ...

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Grey day ...

Bit of a shame really as a hot weekend was forecast ...

Starting to get back into winter routine, the cold from hell is on the way out. No more sneezing everywhere, like a bull elephant about to charge. Chimney cleaned yesterday, Off to see a man about an axe, childrens party and a wedding to attend later.

Busy day ahead in prospect, or so it seems ...

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Time to trim the Mulberry tree ...

Today was the day of the annual tree trim, at Taverna Alexandros ...

Our friendly butcher from Tries Hieraches square, got to work this morning, with surgical precision.

Pork Chop Pork Cutlet Spare Ribs ...
Next year the Pork Chops will be this big...
A section of Mulberry prepared for recycling this winter ...
The tree has to be trimmed every year, otherwise it will tear itself apart. Now this year I am not the recipient of the wood, however all the branches are stored to one side. These the locals take and use for kindling for their woodburners and stoves ...

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