Monday, 31 March 2014

Photo News just in ...

Skiathian's photo from 20th March 2014 - Beach Cleaning - Tsougria has been syndicated a number of times, since released to the Cultural association. It can be seen here

Skiathian's photo from 23rd March 2014 - Photo Exhibition 'A journey A Legacy A Sisterhood' also has been doing the rounds, since being released to the Cultural association. it currently appears on the Sporades News Page here ...

Both the above I am delighted to report.

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More to follow.

Ferry Strike ...

Today's activities are curtailed by a Ferry strike, there will be another tomorrow as well ...

No Ferry means our school teacher is stuck in Volos, until later this afternoon, when the Flying Cat returns.

Yes, Its confusing, but our Flying cat is a local crew so seldom affected by strikes, the ferries are now all Piraeus based crews, so now we join the strikes, whereas when we had the Express Skiathos, and a local crew normally they did not ...

However this morning, the chainsaw was in action, and the Bougainvillea's have been 'terminated' As my father said many years ago, give a non performing rose bush a severe haircut, if it does not perform the following year, then compost it.

I have had plenty of growth but minimal flowers, mainly on adjoining properties or at roof level. Last year they picked up a fungus like infection.

This year I have cut out the middle man. The cats will have to find another littering point, the neighbours will no longer be able to move the plastic protection, to give them a scratching post.

Some trusty Pelion stone, sits where the Bouganvillia once stood.

As Monty Python once said, 'and now for something completely different, and hopefully a little more fragrant ...

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Lights Out ...

Lights Out - 20:30hrs - 21:30hrs - As Skiathos Celebrates Earth Hour ...






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Tummy Rumbling ...

Dateline Saturday 6am:

For some bizzare reason Junior, was up early, and was convinced friends were waiting at school. In addition I was advised Junior's tummy was rumbling. It turned out a few miles away, that it was the sky that was, as a line of thunderstorms passed by over Evia ...

Despite the distant rumble of thunder, and intermittent heavy skies this morning, we have again remained unscathed by nature. In fact the sun is now trying to break through. Last night a very large, and probably hungry mosquito, was dancing around the PC screen. The emphasis on 'was' as its now gone splat !

The morning breeze seems to have died away to nothing, I hope it stays that way for Earth hour this evening, when we hope to join the scouts, for their annual observance, of this worldwide event here on Skiahos ...

Just a reminder for absent minded readers ...

Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 03:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 04:00:00 local 'daylight time' instead

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 30 Mar 2014, than the day before. There will be more light in the evening ...

In other words, get ready for summer ...

Friday, 28 March 2014

Ferry News ...

The ANES ferry Proteus will return shortly, the timetable should appear online on 3rd April  ...

Flying Dolphin Erato of Aegean Flying Dolphins, is expected to start on April 7th, but as yet no details on their web site. However it is timetabled on openseas.gr ...

Beach Cleaning programme ...

The Cultural association has published the programme on their Facebook page today ...


Monday 31st March - Sunday April 6th 2014

Monday 31st March: Cleaning: Hidden Beach, Mandraki
Managers: Cultural Association 'Skiathos'

Tuesday 1st April: Cleaning: Beaches, Olive Agistros
Managers: Cultural Association 'Skiathos'

Wednesday 2nd April: Cleaning: Municipal Park-Mill,
Leaders: Women's Club

Thursday 3rd April: Cleaning and painting: Open theater Bourtzi
Leaders: Parents Association Skiathos

Friday 4th April: Cleaning and painting: Open theater BourtziOpen theater Mpourtzi
Managers: Parents Association Skiathos

Saturday 5th April: Cleaning: Beaches, Plate-Shell, Asselinos, Agios Panteleimon, Lechouni
Managers: Local Department Climbers Association Club Alki, Tourism Promotion Group, Skiathos Naturalist Group, Association of Professional Water Sports, Union Mikrasiaton Skiathos Club Volunteer PROTEKTON

Sunday 6th April: Cleaning: Eleni Beach, Megas Gialos
Managers: Ecological Association, Skiathorama

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Barometer say rain - Thermometer say sun ...

That's the 'Weather forecast from a small rock in the Aegean' ...

Today's amble to a deserted government office, allowed us to view another piece of the islands architectural heritage. Another fantastic woodpile, seasoning its timbers in the sun, and probably supporting a huge colony of black ants ...

Egyptian pyramid wood pile ...
The olive grove is a carpet of small yellow flowers. A yellow version of a 'Bluebell' and it seems they are everywhere at the moment ...

Oxalis pes-caprae (Bermuda buttercup)

If further evidence were needed, that 'spring has sprung' then here it is ...




As you can see, its remained fair weather today. Although the atmosphere is full of sahara dust, which is set to deposit upon us ...

Foodies - Ever wondered what to do with all those Dandelions? Help is at hand here ...

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wisteria lane ...

On my first stroll of the day, the Wisteria had bloomed ...



On the second it was raining, so not worth a photo attempt, On my third it was dry, but the sun was trying to break through the milky skies ...

No 3 Wisteria lane ...
The earlier shower of rain, had only added to the fragrance ...

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

25 Μαρτίου 2014 - Greek Independence day ...

Its Greek Independence day - Remember these words - Ελευθερία ή θάνατος - Freedom or Death ...

25 Μαρτίου 2014 ...
Thankfully its been a few years since that phrase was last mentioned. Except when talk is of the troika. Here in Skiathos, Greek Independence day, like everywhere else in Greece will be celebrated with a parade, on its National day ...

'On March 25, 1821,  Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese, and the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was officially born. The battle cry “Freedom or Death” was taken up by thousands, and war was waged for 9 years (1821-1829) until a small part of modern Greece was finally liberated and declared an independent nation'

The cafes and tavernas were full early, as the townsfolk lined the parade route. Traditional music played over the loudspeakers, to put everyone in the right mood for the parade.

Afterwards we went for a wander over to the Bourtzi, where the entertainment was on the stage. Many of the children in traditional dress performing dances on the stage.




Later the Ladies in Skiathos traditional costume took to the stage. It was very warm, and these ladies danced in the direct sunlight. Quite a challenge ...


I know two of the ladies, and recognise some of the others. They very kindly let me take this photo ...


Later whilst we were having lunch, some of them said hello. Its quite a transformation when they are back in normal clothes. Well done to them all ...

Tonight it was the Λαμπαδρομια - or candlelit parade from Tries Hieraches ...

Tries Hieraches ...
Gianoula starts the songs ...
Panagia Limania, where we pause ...
Try not to burn the Hymn sheet with your candle ...
Past the cake shop ...
Returning to Tries Hieraches - National Anthem ...
Last but not least Mr Apostolis, who shook me by the hand for walking round with him, and his friend ...

Mr Apostolis ...

For me, this is what living in Skiathos is all about. The traditions and the time spent, enjoying the way of life on the island. Something that the tourists miss in summer ...

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Monday, 24 March 2014

24th March 2014 - School parade ...

Is one day before the 25th March - Independence day ...

Independence day is a public holiday here in Greece, So the children celebrate it today.

A slightly later start at school, at 9am. Junior had been learning the lines for weeks, as had all the other children. Each class puts on a show, of recitals, music, and Greek dancing for the parents ...

Juniors verses ...


Then once the show was over, the National anthem was sung with passion, and we all joined up with the other classes to form a parade. Winding through the streets, holding up and stopping the traffic.

The head children of each class carried their class wreath, followed by their classmates along the harbour to the Hero's memorial.

The wreaths were laid, by each class in turn, then once the ceremony was over, the children were free to enjoy the rest of the day with their parents. Most took turns to have their photo taken by the memorial. Before hugs for their teachers and off they went ...

I did take a few photos yesterday, around 200 to sort through, and pass on to parents. The teachers want copies too ...


Tuesday is Independence day, and it will be the big parade, and the senior childrens turn at the memorial. Then they will parade along the harbour ...

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Event: Photo Exhibition 'A journey A Legacy A Sisterhood' ...

I visited the photo exhibition, last night at the Bourtzi ...

Many Skiathitis turned out to attend the event, it was standing room only in the Bourtzi. The event was a video link between the two twinned towns, hosted on the Skype platform.

It started with a prayer from both communities, religious representatives, before the speeches ....

The priest from Newport addresses the meetings ...
Pappa Yorgos addresses the meetings ...
Then one of the Pappas spoke in English, about the links of the two towns, cultural heritage, family and religious as well as being Greek ...


Teo Tzoumas gave a speech, as well as anecdotes, and was warmly applauded by the Skiathities in the Bourtzi hall ...


Mayor Nikolaos Plomaritis also spoke to the meetings, as did the Mayor of Newport from the USA ...


The Newport team listen intently to the Skiathos broadcast, addressed by one of our Island dignataries, and an International Movie star ...

Politician-Mayor-Priest ... Just like Greek TV ...
Some of the photos, on display in the Bourtzi ...


Teo reflected in the Bourtzi windows, as he gave further insights ...


We learned that the Skiathitis who emegrated to Newport, were active in boat building, Lobster fishing, and stuck closely to their Greek heritage helping out friends in times of need. The family links remain to this day, as we were to witness later.

One of the Newport political representatives, a senator addressed the meeting in Greek, complete with gestures and body language. Then addressed his audience in the USA with American'isms of gestures and body language - very interesting to watch the change of style ...

The Newport-Skiathos Club Hellenic dancers, performing the Kamara, a traditional dance of Skiathos. This was warmly received by the Bourtzi guests ...


Then it was the turn of the Bourtzi to offer up some culture across the ocean. Themis playing the piano, excelently. However across the seas the Newport thought it was all over, got up and left ...


Themis played on, as we all watched aghast, then the laptop webcam was put to good use. Friends across the sea looking to see if they could recognise family, and friends in the Bourtzi audience ...


Themis played on, and finished his ensemble, as people in the audience waved to friends, and family in Newport. It was a strange way to end the link, even Pappa Yorgos was laughing as he left. Still now I know how the goldfish feels in the water bowl - as do you ...

It was a great initiative, just a shame, at times we could not hear what was going on over in Newport, I think their 'lapel mike' was not up to the job. Especially if you wear it on the left lapel, and talk to the laptop camera on the right.

We did see one of the ladies in the USA, raffle a plate of Bakalava. It started at $75 and I think was sold for $150. Many of the ladies in the Bourtzi audience, were doing swift calculations from $/€, and were really impressed.

Getting married on Skiathos this year, may become a little more expensive ...

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Where did the day go ...

A sublime time spent on the beach ...

It had to be done, Saturday had amazing blue skies overhead, warm air drifting through the open windows. All you needed to do, was pack a picnic and go - so that's exactly what we did ...

On the way we met one of the probable candidates, for the Mayoral Election (Exclusive) ...


He declined to comment, but 'off the record' Grecco said 'he was chewing over whether to stand as the Green candidate or not. The burden of pulling the island round, would not be a problem. He has the 'Green situation' close in hand and was awaiting further developments' ...

Yet more Judas trees, bursting forth with fragrant blossom, that seems to send the bees into a stupour. The noise of them working away - intoxicated by the nectar, hidden within the purple flowers is all around at the moment. Now where is all that honey ...


There were two ladies picking wild horta, from the abundance of green in this area.  Horta 'vrasta' or boiled greens are a staple in any Greek household - Especially at this time of year. These are easy to prepare and dressed with a bit of olive oil and lemon. I really like them, and enjoy the clean, pure taste, which can be quite bitter.

Down on the beach, it was quite busy! There were eleven of us chilling out, on Megali Amos, and four more packed onto Sifneri. Almost everyone except me in swimming suits ...

 A pair of gannets bobbing beneath the waves offshore, Two fishermen in small rowing boats. Junior was straight into into the water for a swim. Azure sparkling blue sea, as far as the eye could see.


Gradually the locals afternoon tummies rumbled and they drifted off home for lunch. We had brought our picnic, and sat in the shade of a tree enjoying our home made χωριάτικη σαλάτα - Greek salad. This went really well with the Leven bread, we had retained in the freezer from Clean Monday. When we had to postpone our kite flying picnic.

The only disturbance, in the afternoon, the waves from the flying cat, as it sped past. Apart from a distant call from Grecco, a km or so away. We were all alone on the beach for quite some time, just listening to the bees, watching the gannets dive, and a passing seagull. SWMBO and me taking turns to be buried in the warm sand by Junior ...



Later on four ladies, came along. A grandmother her daughters and one of their daughters and were walking along the waters edge, from Vasilias to Megali Amos and back. They never spoke or acknowledged our presence, which is unusual. They were just concentrating on the patch of sand a few metres ahead, and seemed all deep in thought ...


The afternoon sun was dipping, and the snow over on Mt Dirphys, (Just slightly left, and poking up above Tsougria, from our vantage point) started to cast its chill, across the bay. The 'oh so' slight breeze across the water. We dragged ourselves off the beach and home ...

Back home, and the Bakalikos fillets (Hake or as they call it codfish) which we had in the fridge for a day or so, were cut to size, and taken down to my favourite taverna. High fives to all the boys, looking tired after what must have been a busy afternoon.

Fish handed over to the boys, out and down the street on another mission. A quick chat in passing with the Brits who were watching the football, outside the King and Queen. Strangely no Arsenal supporters present each time, I passed by, cannot think why ...

A very swift medicinal 'tsipouro' sitting on the 'locals chair' another quick chat with island friends. Pay my bill, and then run off home, with our fresly cooked Fish and Chip supper ...

I visited the Photo Exhibition and video link 'A journey A Legacy A Sisterhood' at the Bourtzi. But more about that later...

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Καλησπέρα από Σκιάθο ...

Good Evening from Skiathos ...


Its been a long day, and this photo is the twilight of it ...

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Skiathos products - Cheese ...

From the Panthessaliki Journal: Tachydromos ...

Maria KARIFILI - Kalogianni continues with joy the delivery years

The tradition goes back many decades with great taste Mrs Maria KARIFILI-Kalogianni, which operates in Skiathos, preparing cheese products posting enthusiastic comments domestic, but also foreign connoisseurs.

The traditional cheesemaker, which originates from Alonissos, but lives in Skiathos the last decade, has opened an important chapter in the field in which it operates, by preparing a series of high quality products which are available for sale in store of her husband George KARIFILI.



The active cheesemaker produces goat cheese, feta cheese, cheese, gruyere, gruyere, and ladotyri. Its cheese, in particular, are inseparably connected with the culinary tradition of Mytilene, and she did not hesitate to travel to the region in order to learn how to prepare, by local lady who taught the secrets of the local traditional cheese learned from her mother.



In the corral of her husband, who in Skiathos kept 250 goats, from which the raw material, milk, is used for the manufacture of traditional cheeses. The milking process is repeated morning and evening on a daily basis, always with the same dedication and enthusiasm.

"My husband George were involved in this job, and I knew her from my father and then we got married, steeped in the cheese. From toddler steeped in the cheese, I knew what I had been shown by my mother, but after years when we got married my husband, I became involved professionally, because I like this job, "she says, speaking to TACHYDROMOS .



The creamery is purely traditional and therefore "all done by hand. Requires many hours of work, and you must be on foot from early morning until late at night, "she explains, while stressing that" the same old job did my mother in law."

Although located on foot from 5 am to midnight, however, explicitly states that this procedure is good, thank you very much.

Dairy products made by Mrs KARIFILI, figure prominently in the daily table of many friends of delivery, Skiathos, Alonissos, Athens and abroad. Many foreign visitors Skiathos sourcing, noted, quantities of cheese just before the journey back home, taking with them, along with memories of holidays and traditional local dishes.

There are thoughts about a shop "opening" in the future, but currently, dairy products KARIFILI family, are sold to the butcher shop, located at the end of the road Papadiamanti. "In Alonissos give cheese, but also bought from Athens.


"There are people who support me and I thank them very much" notes Ms KARIFILI-Kalogianni, while stressing that the most rewarding for the same are enthusiastic comments and compliments received by consumers.

The cheesemaking process is laborious and requires extreme patience and dedication until it reaches the consumer, while the maturing process lasts about a month. Coagulation, cutting, assembling, after boiling, to prepare the cheese, all made in the traditional manner, in accordance with the techniques and procedure followed the previous.

The secret of cheese making is reflected in the phrase "have to love what you do and be committed to the job. I love what I do, I love it so much and so it pleases me very much, despite the endless hours of work required. "

Mrs KARIFILI states advocate of local traditional products, stressing that "must be supported local products because foreigners come to Skiathos want to enjoy traditional local dishes, and for this reason should themselves professionals to promote"