Monday, 30 June 2014

Quality time ...

Spent last night out enjoying dinner ...

Lovely to be able to relax after work, enjoy a great meal in ambient surroundings, with a very good Greek friend. The twinkling lights of Loutraki, seemed like sunlight on a diamond ring ...

Seafood risotto and a Tsipoura (Sea Bream) grilled to perfection.
A glass or 'two' of an excellent Chateau Nico Lazaridi 2013 ...



A chocolate cake and Ice cream desert that was to die for, sadly junior missed it, having fallen fast asleep on my lap.

Skiathos summer evenings do not get much better than this ...

Saturday, 28 June 2014

The naked ape...

The trouble with offering cheap holidays to Skiathos, is that some people come here - who clearly should not be allowed out, without a release note from Matron ...

The 'great sage' Townboy speaks fondly of the time, he spent a week in the mosquito lands at Kolios for £90. His neighbour a suspected gentleman of the road, complete with a bottle of cider type refreshment. This concealed in a brown bag.

Despite the outdoor life, he found the May climate too warm, spending his DHSS sponsored week in his room, just popping out for bottled supplies ...

This morning I was faced by two new arrivals ...

'Dooooooooo Yooooouuuuu Spppeeeaaakkk Ennnngggllliiisssshhhh' ?

"Yes fairly well" i replied - worried at their apparent speech impediment ...

They looked at each other, then back at me, and said nothing at all. It was like being in the monkey cage, at London Zoo, looking out on humanity.

Then they argued together, about what they wanted, then went off to 'think about it' in the time honoured British fashion. This involved getting on a bus. Presumably they made the ferry connection, and are now contemplating their next step, at the monastery at Kyra Panagia ...

This folowed by a Welsh version of the above and a 'we will be back after thinking about it' He who hesitates is lost - Its a cruel world ...

Later the immortal words were spoken, for the first time this week. "Look we are here on a budget - what can you do for us" my response, "find you another island perhaps?" Hit them amidships ...

Quick lesson, don't play hardball wearing an expensive watch, likewise lots of rings and nice perfume, tend to give the game away ...

I am no fashion'ista, but the big belly, tattoos and football shirt slung over the shoulder look is as popular as ever, for the budget traveller to the rock this summer.

However this last week, a young lady has passed me each night on her way to the bus. Its been a long while since I have seen such an impressive wardrobe. Whoever she was, she was immaculate, classy and looked a million dollars.

The silver snakeskin dress, must have caused broken glasses, everywhere she went on Wednesday night. A perfect jaw dropping 10 ...

She was as charming as she was classy, talking to people and sharing experiences at the bus stop. Sadly evenings are not the same, now she has departed ...

This evening I met an idiot, probably a British one, driving a white Suzuki Alto hire car rounding the bend below the hill at Achladies outside the bakery.

Wrong side of the road no traffic, and at speed nearly went straight into the front of me. Five in their car would not have been good, had we met head to head - as we so nearly did ...

When in Greece drive on the right, Remember - 'my wife is on the right - she is always right' - if that is too difficult, probably best to save some money, and either stay at home, or just use the bus.

Crazy days and people combined - one of those days ...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Joyce 'n' Fun ...

Now here is a great and worthy cause ...



"There is a new project in Skiathos for children and their parents (both resident and visiting). It's called the Joyce 'n' Fun Children's Centre. In fact it's more than a centre...it not only caters to kids' play needs, but gives them an environment to be creative and artistic. 

Since April 2014 this center is under construction with all the proper licenses and will soon open its doors to the public. I ask any and all to assist in any way or form to speed up the process. Please check out their FB page under "Joyce 'n' Fun" for specifics"

Only good can come out from such a project.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Tries Hieraches ...

Is having its annual makeover this morning ...

On the way to light a candle, for a great friend, I watched these guys hard at work in the early morning heat.


With the weather tipped to be topping the mercury at 35 degrees later - That paint is going to dry rather quickly ...

Kalo Taxidi Mrs F, we never met, but I heard a lot about you from your son ...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Yes you guessed ...

It's still very warm ...

Currently 31 degrees at 18:30hrs after an earlier high of 32.5 degrees at 15:00hrs. The cicadas are still going to town with their grasping chorus. The nearest one is moving higher up the tree on a daily basis.

The sparrows have been here early for their supper, insistent as usual. A slight cooling breeze detected running right to left or from west to east if you prefer a compass position.

Holiday fans who trust the BBC for their holiday weather, have been trumpeting about a high of 41 degrees tomorrow. Someone just preached to me about it, having just arrived today.

The BBC have just revised their forecast down to 37 degrees, and rain from 3pm. Their forecast is based on the nearest "appropriate location" which is over 60 miles away on the mainland. Rather than here in the Sporades islands themselves.

Perhaps the BBC and new arrivals, can forecast a phenomenon like rain, which no one else seems to be able to. Storm chasers, and new arrivals, brollies to the ready tomorrow afternoon.

Things are looking up - a young lady has just ridden by on a bike waving to me.

Must find where my glasses are ...

If anyone knows 'mury' then get hold of them quick. The tiebreaker for the competition is unanswered. Simon has posted, last chance to win ...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Amazing heat ...

Yes it's here unrelenting heat ...

All day without a cloud in the sky, not a breath of wind to cool the body. A three litre bottle of water kind of day. Even the ants were walking on two feet, and the cicadas took breaks from their rasping chorus ...

The local word is that the thermometers, will be put to good use these next few days. The mercury or that red solution they now use will climb higher ...

A whizz through Mandraki forest, refreshed the soul, and the fragrant scent from the pine trees, cleared the senses.

This evening my friends the sparrows, are rather insistent for their supper. The sun is setting over the Pelion like a flickering flame on a candle.

A hint of a breeze from somewhere - Goodnight ...

Monday, 23 June 2014

Amazing light ...

Now the sun is up, the sky is blue ...

The famous Captain observes what you do ...


A flying dolphin gliding across a silken sea - perhaps soon to be our only fast link ...


The Skiathos cargo boat slips out, following in its wake ...


Simple elegance at the stunning Bourtzi cafe ...


Classy and perhaps an arabic contemprary feel ...


The boats await their busy day ...


No doubt about it, this is a great week to be here, a scorcher ...

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Word on the street ...

Well the harbour actually ...

Hellenic seaways have applied to withdraw the flying cat services - Between Aghios Konstantinos/Volos and the Sporades islands. They state the routes are uneconomical due to the cost of the fuel.

They also are the lifeline for a daily return service to the mainland, for passengers on business, and attending hospital appointments, and emergency transfers.

Lets hope common sense prevails ...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Competition ...

No one has got the answer 100% correct, although a number have by e mail and other means answered the question in part.

However mury and Simon Monks have both answered correctly two out of three elements ...

Remember the question - its a three parter ...

Q1: Now can you tell me what it is (Type of plant)
A1: Answer is Mint

Q2: Who it belongs to (Who grows it)

Q3: and its final destination ? (What is it used for?)
A3: Answer is the Mojito

So Q2 remains the tie breaker is between mury and Simon Monks ...

To clarify:

Where will you find the best Mojito in Skiathos, the mint harvested daily from an Organic garden?
For a bonus point name the owner of the mint ...

Over to you two, the prize awaits ...

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Happy Solstice ...

The sun rose at 06:01am this morning ...

That means its rising out of the sea north of Alonisos. In six months time it will be the winter solstice. Then the sun will be rising out of the sea south of Skopelos.

This from my favourite vantage point, up in the hills ...

We are hopeful now, that the thundery showers, will be a thing of the past. At least with just a brief interlude, until September when they will no doubt return again.

Around now someone will be picking fresh zucchini, and their flowers for stuffing or frying. Island produce does not get much fresher than this ...

Photo taken on Friday morning 08:30am ...

Later today Stig aka 'The Troll' will sadly walk across the tarmac at Skiathos airport, and board the SAS back to Oslo. Just thirteen 'short' weeks, my friend until you return to top up the tsipouro tanks. Along with Pelle and the respective SWMBO's.

Junior was so pleased to finally meet a real Troll, after SWMBO's dire warnings about them - Gentle giants - Not scary at all ...

Look forward to seeing the evidence of your new 'mug shot' ......

Good morning to the fans of the Skiathian blog, around the world. From a small soon to be very sunkissed rock, in the aegean ...


Friday, 20 June 2014

Apparently ...

... the pigs bladder game did not go as planned last night.

Wonder what will happen to all those redundant football shirts next week.

There were a few bleary eyes and sore heads around this morning. Not all bleary eyed from football, but also from 'Goodbyes to the rock' ...

Last nights brief sojourn with Mr & Mrs Stig, was followed by a 02:15am phone call, from Philippos. Much as I like our Phil, talking to him, after he has been on the tsipouro at 02:15am is not top of the list.

Back at work this morning to meet the bundle of fun - The 'Giggle sisters' from somewhere 'up north' called Durham. I think I went through there on a train once. I have met these young ladies twice, and they were great fun on both occasions.

You know who you are, and hope 'Posh Emma' gets her accent back soon ...

Later I spent time helping to mend a Greek friends 'broken heart' He (lets call him 'Bobo') finally having realised that his 'Shirley Valentine' routine, had crashed and burned, long ago ...

Farewell to Lutz from Munich Germany, and his lovely wife. It was a lot of fun these last two weeks.

This evening some Romanian gentlemen tried to introduce me to Pálinka which is a plum liqueur. Its made by the same process as tsipouro, but made from plums rather than grapes. All I could think of was 'I had to drive' and if I joined the fun, then it would be a great night, followed by the 'Palinka Palinka fizz' of something like resolve in the morning ...

Amazing colours in tonights sunset, which illuminated the shower clouds over the Pelion ...


Happy midsummer to the Scandanavian friends, celebrating their mid summer festival here tonight, before flying home tomorrow - to do it all again ...

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Azamara Quest ...

Currently moored out in Megali Amos bay ...



Nice looking cruise liner, despite the passing thunder showers ...

14:50hrs Two good cracks of thunder, and it started raining. It seems the thunderstorms are back with us this afternoon. It passed over the back of the island, sending people scurrying from the beaches all along the island. Another couple of cracks of thunder again a few moments ago her in town ...

Later update:

Huge thunder clouds behind Skopelos this evening. The thunderstorms just kissed the island and were heavily concentrated again north of us.  Sending aircraft around those no doubt.

It's last night for Phil and Sheila. Great friends who will be flying home tomorrow. I hope for Sheila's sake, Phil does not open the 'holy grail' before bed time. He is in possession of a bottle of Oak aged tsipouro. Promised at Pasca, obtained in June, delivered as promised by Skiathian ...





Otherwise, It's very quiet, most people heading to watch someone kick a pigs bladder, around a field on TV.

Expecting groans of angst tonight, not just about the recent weather. England playing football, the last 'Mythos fuelled lager waltz' towards the bus station on 'last night thursday' ...

Could be an interesting evening ahead ...

... and it was - Enjoyed a tsipouro meze with Mr & Mrs Troll, who retired early. It looks like the football was going downhill too, so home to bed - Kalo Nikta ...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Final call for the competition ...

As another wall of thunderstorms heads towards the islands ...

Yes I have had a look at the radar, looks like we may get wet, but it will be pretty lively north of here ...

I will close the competition at 20:00hrs Greek time on Friday 20th June - Weather permitting ...

Now remember the question is a three parter - Some of you are really close to the correct answer. Others have drifted off course.

Remember the question - its a three parter ...

  1. Now can you tell me what it is (Type of plant)
  2. Who it belongs to (Who grows it)
  3. and its final destination ? (What is it used for?)

Over to you and the lucky winner to be ...

Monday, 16 June 2014

Nice boat ...

Tough work keeping this one clean ...


Our latest visitor is Al Mirqab, owned by the Emir of Qatar ...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Well that was a storm ...

Well if you are going to have a storm - have a good one ..

So we did - this was the scene at 16:20 - its was a particularly violent one ...


There was increasing amounts of unstable cloud formations, from first thing this morning. The clouds boiling and dissipating before the eyes. It had been breezy to say the least ...

The first announcement of the impending storm, came with a rolling thunderclap at 14:30. This interrupting SWMBO & Juniors swim. On the way home, I said 'One clap of thunder, and the beaches have emptied as if by magic' ...

It was pointless trying to nap this afternoon, the skies had darkened and the storm struck with a ferocity we have not seen for some time. It deposited 39mm of rain on the island in just a few hours ...

At one time the rain was falling at a rate of 217.4 mm/per hour, winds were gusting at 59.5 km/hr 
  • There have been issues with power supplies, surges and outrages ...
  • All down the island the roads are affected by silt being washed off the hills.
  • Sklitheri has the usual wash and rock falls against the side of the road
  • Kolios opposite Hermes, Large trees down in the studios, and at Stathis taverna - Fire brigade in attendance.
  • Troulos a large muddy stain right down the road, silt washed off the hills.
  • Troulos to Koukounaries all the roads slippery due to pine needles covering the roads
  • Power cables being repaired outside Skiathos Palace Hotel, earlier this evening.
  • Reports of lightning strike in area of Myrtia village Koukounaries and small fire.
The big clear up continues: Photos on the Old Boomerangers FB page for those interested ...

Video from Tsak Bpam creperie: here

Papadamatis street flooded again, the storm drains could not cope with the deluge

Photos - Nikos Paschalis to follow ...





Saturday, 14 June 2014

The Secret Garden (Update) ...

Skiathian has been in touch with the owner of the secret garden ...

I left a note on a tree on the Paralia ...

Having seen a puff of white smoke, from up in the hills, I am delighted to advise, that there is a prize on offer for the correct answer to the question ...

Remember the question - its a three parter ...
  1. Now can you tell me what it is
  2. Who it belongs to 
  3. and its final destination ?

Some of you are very close to the correct answer ...

Late entries from friends of the blog who do not have gmail accounts:

Mrs Whicker said: 

Hi Ian, re your blog pictures, being useless at identifying plants etc I will probably be wrong but I think it is Skiathos tea. My first thought was oregano but then I remembered someone giving me some Skiathos tea about five or six years ago, it was the first and last time I had ever heard of it

Malcolm said:

Could it be Vasilis Koralis secret stash of oregano up in the hills?

Now don't be shy, it could be to your advantage to get it right. If not then the nearest correct answer wins. You will see the prize here on the blog ...

The Secret Garden ...

I have been allowed exclusive access, to a secret plantation, up in the hills ...

Now after months of negotiation, much of it in darkened rooms, where I had been led blindfolded and interogated at length by my inquisitors. I was asked to sign the 'Skiathos secrets act'. Now not being Greek, nor being related to anyone who descended from Kastro - Its quite an experience.

Then at crack of sparrows, I was bundled into a waiting car, a Hessian onion sack, placed over my head. The next daylight that I saw, I found myself looking at immaculately cared for fields of this ...

Now let me tell you its 'legal - fragrant and organic' its lovingly cultivated for a very good reason ...





Now can you tell me what it is, who it belongs to and its final destination ?

There may be a prize for a correct answer ...

Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday 13th ...

Yes we were warned ...


So last one until 2049, and it was a stunner tonight. First though we had to deal with all the people that are a little crazy on days like this. It was a day of daft questions, and amazing conversations with people here on cheap holidays who had not had time to do any research.

Today's bargain break couple had secured their holiday, two weeks self catering for an amazing £220! there are legions of Skiathos loving friends who have booked in advance, and paid a lot more than that for the privilege. They were a little upset, as the day after they booked (Tuesday) the two week package dropped to £180 ...

I cannot remember bargain break holidays like this since the days of Kosmar. Lets hope the plumbing works as someone said the other day. The 'great sage' had his bargain holiday last week, perhaps he is regretting not waiting another week ...

Its been a day of farewells to many good friends, as they head off home. Paul and his 'twenty titles' Steve the 'great sage' aka the townboy, Lesley and her mum Kathleen. Bravo to Lesley for clearing out the island stockpiles of fresh olive bread. Only to pay for it at the airport for being one kilo over on the scales ...

A great day at the airport with the departing aircraft soaring over the harbour, then many of them, climbing out over the island giving everyone a last look at the beaches.

Todays was Juniors last day at school, the children start their twelve week break today. Yes I can hear the cries of moral outrage. Well its hot, the children cannot concentrate, so lets go on holiday - Not a bad idea ...

This morning, there was a play held for the parents, each child individually read poems, and a song to wish the parents and teachers καλό καλοκαίρι - Good Summer. Lots of hugs and cuddles, as children said emotional goodbyes. I am amazed how well Junior speaks Greek, better than her native language. The teachers clearly impressed, along with many mentions of great athleticism - which we are very aware of.

Next will be the swimming classes on Kolios beach, that should upset a few people. However the school and the council are very keen that all the children learn to swim. Living on an island, that's of great importance, as there are 65 beaches to enjoy on that twelve week break ...

The conformance to EU regulations is slowly making its mark. The childrens play area has been removed by the port. Probably due to safety issues and the age of the equipment. Lets see if our new Mayor who is a paedeotrician, can do something for the children, be securing some funds to reinstate the place with all the correct features ...

This evening there was a play held at the bourtzi, the children performing and dancing on the stage. A great night by all accounts. SWMBO & Junior enjoyed the performance.

Tonight after explaining to some tourists, where in Greece they were, and why its so expensive. I headed off for a beer, the mighty FIX evaporated through the pores, like steam. I am drinking two bottles of water a day now, that's three litres. Yet still waking with cramp.

The dehydration, as the summer heat increases is taking effect ...

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Golden days of summer ...

If you are up and about early and this is what you see ...

The sun rise as a ball of golden fire ...


The first rays of summer sun on the boats and the old town ...


Where should we go today, Lalaria, Kastro or Tsougria ...


Take the water taxi or the Gin Palace ...


Or a coffee at Slip Inn and admire the view ...


Now its up to you - Good Morning from Skiathos ...

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Pop out for five minutes ...

Just to see what is going on ...

See the beautiful people sitting on cushions, sipping a cocktail



Met up with the famous Townboy, for a quick catch up. However meeting up with Steve often gets me into trouble. We had only been chatting a few minutes, then along came Philiposs and Sheila. Shortly followed by the entire Kriandos 'ninja clan' - all in the same place at the same time. 

Great to get a photos of the boys all together ...


But as often happens the wheels start to come off ...



Some of the photos, could not be published to the blog, so will spare you some of the antics. However a great time was had by all. Dimitris the Liverpudlian, was well and truly put to task.

All to soon it was time to head home, and just as I got in the walls started to shake again. I though that FIX was a lot stronger than normal - No it was another Earth tremor over on Skopelos ...


This one a Mag 3.6, and the old house was creaking ...

A good night out with mates, and the second time that I have been out with the 'great sage' and mother nature has rocked the boat when, I got home ...

Now I just need to straighten all the picture frames once again ...

Monday, 9 June 2014

Sticky ...

Last night's thunderstorms have left their mark ...

Troulos was a muddy stain this morning. The rainwater running off the hill bringing detritus with it on to the road. Someone arranged a clear up and it was back to normal by lunchtime.

I now have a bouganvillia that I never had before. For five years I have been telling my neighbour to get it trimmed. Now it's collapsed onto the roof of my house. This morning the council guys said to me it had to come down.

I said Get on with it, she has been asking you to do it. They gave a Greek what's he on about ...

Should get interesting the next few days ....

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sunday morning ...

8am: Thunderstorm to start the day ...

Quite a downpour, by 9am it had passed by heading out to sea. It was folowed by heat and humidity.

Something about the weather, or is it the phase of the moon, is bringing out the strangest reactions in people. Perhaps some should not be allowed to travel, without the written permission of matron ...

Some people I meet, I remember them from last or previous years. Funny thing is they sometimes do not remember me. They also like to give you a tale of woe.

One chap wanted to go to Aghia Pareskevi, as his wife likes it there. I said go on the bus. He replied she was incapacitated, which is the same conversation we had last year. What I find strange is that they booked accommodation again, in a different resort not suitable for his good lady wife. It's sad really ...

What's the drink drive rules mate, same as Uk?

No it's stricter, half a beer puts you over the limit.

That's a joke!

Not if they catch you ...

I know someone, who was caught. It cost them €1800 to get out of jail. Then they had to return three times for court cases - on Skopelos ...

Yesterday a new friend, and correspondent of the blog, came and said hello. Phil. Enjoying the last few days of his Monarch delayed weeks trip to Skiathos. Spending a lot of time at the dog shelter doing good things there ...

Nice to meet you Phil ...

Midnight - Another thunderstorm, and its a cracker. What a way to start and end the day ...


Saturday, 7 June 2014

Restaurants ...

Its that time of year ...

'Can I ask you something? Perhaps you can help me, my restaurant is not doing very well. I understand you are a good person, you know people and can help me'

It happened again last night. It always takes me by surprise. I listen to the plea, and say to myself 'why do you think your restaurant is empty' There is usually a good reason for it.

I had an e mail asking me to recommend the 'best and only the most expensive restaurants' for a summer visit. No idea on that one, as I would not go to them.

Some places that people recommend, I have been to and its been awful, or the service has been appalling. One person wrote glowingly yesterday, about a place that my friend said the day before, was the worst experience of her life ...

Much as I would love to try all the restaurants here, I am not financially viable to be the islands Jay Rayner on your behalf. Jay is someone who's views and literary skills I do admire, and respect immensely.

If you see me on here, and I have visited somewhere with friends, its because - I know they want to go there, and that we will get a good meal and experience. The last thing I want to do is take someone somewhere, and be embarrassed. Most of all I go there because I like the place ...

I go where I know I and my family will be welcome, and the food is good. The chef is the same as last year, as he/she is retained and has probably been paid by a good employer ...

If you want me to review a place, I understand you want to help someone, and you have your own reasons.

I live here and cannot afford to go out every night. My disposable income goes on my family - SWMBO & Junior. Not into taverna owners pockets who have plenty of money, and who also have nice holidays in winter.

So here is the deal, you want me to try a place, then send me €50. I take the family there as a mystery shopper. I pay them for the meal, then I post an honest review on Tripadviser. Its the best place for it, not here. Then I post you the receipt. That way we all know where we are.

Otherwise please do not ask anyone to approach me, its a waste of time. I cannot and will not do it - Its just not my scene ...




Friday, 6 June 2014

Earth Tremor ...

North of Skopelos

Magnitude ML 4.4
Region AEGEAN SEA
Date time 2014-06-06 12:21:04.3 UTC
Location 39.15 N ; 23.77 E
Depth 2 km

Five seconds of shaking to the house ...

Keep up to date with the guys over on Skopelos news. Reports of rippled Mythos and strange goings on here ...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

How to make friends ...

... and influence people

Out to dinner last night with Leslie, SWMBO & Junior. Just by way of a change we popped into a local taverna. Thinking ahead, and being an 'English Gentleman' the Skiathian had booked a table.

After rushing home, ablutions and a quick sprint, he found Leslie, SWMBO & Junior waiting to be seated. Some 'peasant' had pinched our reserved table. I cast a look that would kill at 'mine host' who was extremely apologetic. I was just on my way back to the wood pile, to select a suitable piece of Olive to tap someone's memory ...

A table was swiftly made available and a full scale diplomatic incident avoided ...

Later it transpired, that friends and correspondents of the blog, Kev and Pat - had pinched my table, having been led astray by some other Brits who being from 'North of Watford' did not understand what the reserved sign meant.

Kev is a great guy, Pat seemed a little embarrassed. I asked him to buy us a drink to call it quits, but he is either careful or hard of hearing. Then the wheels came off the wagon ...

Kev who had perhaps a 'glass or two' over dinner, now had trouble focusing, He assumed Leslie was SWMBO, this caused great merriment at our table, not least with SWMBO. Not sure what Leslie thought of that, but we did laugh ...

However Leslie has now recovered from the shock, we met tonight on the Paralia, she had something 'special' for me - A Gin and Schweppes tonic, and me some freshly picked Lemons (within the hour) for her own version, back in blighty tomorrow night.

Kalo Taxidi to a special friend, and two more, whom we were lucky to have finally met, over dinner last night ...

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Weather & Skiathos and Skopelos to Evia by Ferry with ANES ....

Many people ask me what it's like here in winter...



Anyone here right now probably has a fair idea by now. My morning leisure wear is a pair of Dunlop Green wellies, a fleece and a pair of shorts. The wellies and fleece essential clothing.  Not bad for June 4th ...

08:35am: Revised dress code, Jeans and socks. The view up to the mountains is even worse ...

Its been pouring with rain overnight, enough to wake me up. There is a fresh breeze, that is cool to say the least. The hills are covered with low dark clouds. I think we have had more rain over the last couple of days, than it seems we have had all the whole winter.

When the sun comes out in the next few days, there will be Mossies the size of cricket balls ..

The much delayed MON5625 is showing as arriving back in UK on Weds at 1515 UK time. Not sure which Wednesday that is though. If it carries on raining like it has been overnight, that could be next Wednesday ..

Latest news on a new Proteus ferry service ...



Ticket prices announced for Mantoudi (Evia) Glossa-Skopelos and Skiathos
Sunday, June 01, 2014

The ANES ferry company has announced pricing of tickets for Mantoudi (Evia) Glossa-Skopelos and Skiathos

Passenger: 18 € per trip
IX to 3.70 m: 40 €
IX of 3,71 m: 55 €

For links from Mantoudi Evia and Skiathos to Glossa Skopelos , Skiathos and Skopelos now closer to Attica advantage of: road distance - distance shipping - cost driving distance from Athens 145 km distance by boat only 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The ship Proteus departs from Mantoudi every Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 PM and Sundays for Skiathos at 5:30 pm for Glossa Skopelos. The route starts on 06/20/14 until 09/08/14. Trip Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes Skiathos and Glossa

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Weather apps ...

More advice from those in the know ...

Apparently its going to rain today, synchronise your services, and charge up those I-phones. For the less technically gifted - Look out of the window, and perhaps buy an umbrella ...

The island needs some rain, it did not get much during the winter. Prepare for glum faces, from those here, and those arriving today, and a stampede into town by those who do not know what to do.

Needless to say its a beautiful clear sky sunny morning ...

11:30am Large spots of rain have arrived from an ever increasing murky sky.

13:15pm Steady heavy rain, people hiding in bus shelters and under cover. If this were a cricket match, they would say no play before tea. Still the air is fresh if not a little chilly.

17:00pm Its been raining on and off since lunchtime. Currently its tipping it down. The forecast looks a little iffy for tomorrow too, with the chance of a thunderstorm. Most of today's flights made it in and have departed.

MON5624 from Manchester - An A321 Airbus was diverted to Salonica (Thessaloniki) due to the weather. Looks like it may stay there too.

Lots of tourists with long faces in town - Nothing you can do but get a bottle of wine, a bar of chocolate and read a good book ...

Three flights expected tomorrow, chance of a complimentary excursion to Athens or Thessaloniki too ...

22:15pm Latest update on the Mighty Monarch. Its tucked up in Thessaloniki overnight. Weather permitting it will dash down between the showers and possible thunderstorm activity. It's now not due back in Manchester untill 1515 tomorrow

Looks like another day for a glass of red, bar of chocolate and another good book ...

Monday, 2 June 2014

Strange weather ...

Its been a day for the guys with the weather apps ...

It started warm with blue skies, but by mid morning it was clouding over. In addition strong breezes, that spoilt day trips, and sent bins flying. If anything there will be some serious cases of windburn.

I have two new friends, one male, one female. Both are sparrows and very cheeky. A shrill chirp when I eat my lunchtime sandwich. Even coming to my feet to demand some food. I feed them, they fly off and return in shifts to be scraps. They have no fear, tonight even following me indoors ...

The swallows eggs have hatched today, there is birdsong and shrieks from tiny mouths for food. Plenty of small flies and insects for their parents to harvest, and feed their young. Quite interesting to have a male and female swallow flying round your head, and very upset at your prescence.

Tonight, the winds died, or the wind machine broke.

The skies broke their cloudcover in time for a young couples last night, and chance to see the sun set, that I promised them.

Here it is ...


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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Kalo Mina - Sunday morning ...

Happy new month - I wonder what kind of day it will be ...


Have a good one wherever you are ...

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