Thursday, 29 May 2014

One month in ...

The season seems to be going steady ...

I have been asked by friends if its busier or quieter than last year. To be honest its hard to tell. I see a lot of people down the island. Koukounaries is the most laid back resort, and many do not venture far. Troulos has its share of frequently visited places. Aghia Pareskevi seems busy, I think its the best area on the island for the mix of great beach, restaurants and bars.

The smaller hotels do seem quiet but some owners said to me, they will be full from this weekend. The big hotels do seem busy with guests. We have the Pentecost Greek holiday shortly, that will give some direction to how busy summer will be.

The usual summer madness has started, the water has been cut off in town. A couple of power cuts. One that seems to have damaged a circuit in my house. Good job its not winter of the contingency lighting plan would have to be in operation.

The other summer madness is filling the mailbox, the BBC weather pundits for Skiathos. I have no idea if its going to rain this weekend. You all say it will, you also said that it was thunderstorms forecast here on Monday. We did not have them either ...

Nikos our local expert forecasts the following Mostly cloudy and cooler. Precipitation possible within 12 hours, possibly heavy at times. Windy.

I have met some lovely people these last few weeks. Its hard to mention you all. Kay and Trevor were here. They extracted the final answers from the quiz, from me in exchange for a Skiathos pearl ...


I bumped into another old friend the other day. Must say I was very pleased to see Vangelis. I have been worried about him as he has been absent from his usual beat. 


As usual there is a Gypsy fraternity offering flowers, on the old harbour. However appealing they are - Tell them to get lost, and buy one from Vangelis. After all he is Greek, his pension will have been cut. He has the last working Polaroid camera in the western hemisphere, and has a licence to trade ...

Gerry and Norah sought me out, and we have bumped into each other a few times this week. I understand they are avid readers of the blog in winter, between travels. Hopefully they will read this in the autumn, and catch up then ...

Liz and Ian flew in and are carrying essential supplies for the Skiathian. I have spent the last month scouring Skiathos for a nail brush. I failed, probably due to the lack of apparent hand hygiene, here in this part of the world. Skiathos is a nail brush free island.

I had a brainwave yesterday morning - Yes if you were here the lights dipped. An emergency text to Liz at Manchester airport. Only to find out they were about to endure a two hour, and then what turned out to be a three hour delay. A Boots nail brush on its way to the relief of the Skiathian.

Some very unhappy Mancunians yesterday morning, I thought a few more hours in the sun drinking Carlsberg sorry Mythos at Desires, would have been more than welcome ...

My neighbour Gerry popped in for a chat, much appreciated to catch up on news. We found ourselves stuck for a place for a coffee. The local power cut forcing the bar to close up. I managed to get the owner to open the fridge, and impart cool refreshments upon us.

Gerry I know you are back hard at work, but this is what you are missing ...


Now delete all those e-mails, and fly back - You know it makes sense ...

There is an outbreak of chicken pox on the island, and a sore throat virus. A few people with tummy disorders too. Please leave your germs at home when travelling to the rock. 

One VILP will be going home on Friday after being quarantined on his first holiday, and extending his parents holiday by a week. Ryan - like to see the risk assessment after your pool visit. Thanks for the feedback about the flights, Nice to meet you all ...

We met up with Lesley, and her mum Kath the other evening, Thank you so much, for the gifts for Junior, and the courier duties. It was great to see you, and share a glass of wine. I do not know what you did to SWMBO before I arrived, was it Nitrous oxide? I had to send her to bed.

The Olive bread sales are increasing at the fourneo, as a result of the winter research, and your subsequent news flashes. Good luck with the cards, and 'that photo' Have fun up in the hills with Margaret ...

Lesley reports being really impressed, with the new toilet facilities at the Bourtzi. She is quite right, perhaps its a gift from a departing Mayor? A room with a view, but only when the cafe is open, and not when the locals need it - There is quite a scrap on FB between some islanders over that installation :)

Today is another no school day for Junior, No idea why either. Perhaps they are recounting the election results, just to make sure ...

Church bells ringing with great enthusiasm, breakfast is one from my summer school days. Porridge with cold milk on top. Mum would be pleased with me. On the subject of milk, Janeybos - the Banana milk shake mix has gone down a storm with Junior ...

Dropping SWMBO off at work, the other day. She gets out of the car, and said "Oh my God! look a Crocodile!" - 'No honey that's just a medium size Balklan lizard'. 

Plenty of snakes about too at the moment. (Skiathian expects the mailbox to fill up shortly with posts from UK saying that he is wrong, as they have not seen one) The mark one eyeball is the best, where a camera cannot capture the event. However I can report, a four foot slithering snake is quite a sight. Likewise a smaller one swimming in a pool, and defying capture - and execution ...

Snakes alive - Trevor has been in touch with the Nostros version, that paid his friends a visit a week or so ago ...





Watch where you walk, its that time of year ...

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4 comments:

  1. You know what this means by the of the season you will have about 2000 nail brushes and will be able to open a nail brush shop. Snake photo evidence will be on it's way to you shortly.

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  2. Nail Brush 'R' us Skiathos ...

    Thanks for the photos, no one will beluieve you :)

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  3. Sorry we forgot the nail brush but you will be inundated with them now lol! Really enjoyed meeting up with you all and it's been an exciting week with earth tremors, thunderstorms and amazing olive bread :-)

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  4. Looking forward to flying out on Tuesday.BBC weather forecast for Tuesday thundery showers
    Phil

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