Saturday, 27 February 2016

He is back (2) ...

Yes feel free to check the calendar - It is February 27th ...

The most famous boomeranger of them all, and avid reader of the blog - 'Mr Malcolm' arrived in Skiathos via Athens on Friday afternoon.

No stranger or ever in fear of a winter trip. He has taken the National express bus from Middlesborough to London. Then down to Heathrow, before flying down to Athens, on the red eye,

Over to Skiathos on the hopper, and straight into action enjoying lunch with Skiathos friends.

He has been getting some feedback regarding 'luck and jealousy' from the charter and package trip brigade. However when its grey and cold outside, and sunny and blue in Skiathos. Tough decisions have to be made.

Must admit one correspondent, when presented with a photo of sunny blue skies, asked what was the weather like - Is it me ? ...

This morning he has been to see some of my mates, and posted me this ...


Yes a natural view of this mornings catch, and had me pining for some of those Marithas. I do hope by now he has had, some of those with a nice glass of tsipouro - or two.

Absent friends ...

Meanwhile Skiathian is recovering from dental surgery, and on a mind bending course of antibiotics. Yesterday spending over three hours in a hospital waiting room, with SWMBO. Waiting to see a doctor complaining we do not have enough staff.

I think a trip to a Greek Hospital, would be advisable to see stretched resources first hand.

After three hours waiting to meet the man, he asked me to make a formal complaint, so I went to the grandly named, 'Patient and liason office' only to find it was closed - Perhaps they were celebrating 'Poets day' after all it was 15:45pm ...

However I am still cooking, and may finally have perfected my Mousaka dish. Last night a combined 'wow' and I have to agree, even though it was a little difficult for me to eat.

Patience is a virtue ...

Late news/Stop press - Election rigging ? : Brussels stalls on plans to ban high-power kettles, and toasters. This over fears of further upsetting British voters ahead of the June 23 vote

Sunday, 21 February 2016

He is back ...

No not me - him ...




Mr Cameron has returned from Brussels waving a piece of paper. 
He has a promise, and that seems just about it to me ...

Looking at the exchange rate, the uncertainty is affecting your holiday €


Confused? You may not be alone ...



So how do you think it will go on June 23rd ?

Friends of the blog can have their say, what do the readers want to happen next? 
Its a once in a lifetime opportunity to have your say...







Update:  Straw poll after 24 hours ...

UK Visitors to the Blog vote page; 31
Stay in EU: 6
Leave EU: 18
Don't knows/Cant be bothered/Hiding behind the sofa's:  7

Update:  Straw poll after 96 hours ...

Visitors to the Blog vote page; 94
Stay in EU: 23
Leave EU: 35
Don't knows/Cant be bothered/Hiding behind the sofa's:  36

Thursday, 11 February 2016

New flight operator to Skiathos ...

Loloflights & AirX launch the following routes
Source: http://loloflights.blogspot.co.uk/

Manchester to Skiathos on Tues & Fridays
Bournemouth to Skiathos on Fridays,

With only 120y seats on a B737-500, it gives passengers 31ins pitch as compared to some charter carriers on only 28ins, also we will be offering a free in-flight snacks.

AirX is an an innovative and established airline, Owned and managed by John B Mathews a British entrepreneur it has built its reputation on flying VIPs on executive jets.

Book at www.loloflights.com

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Father Giannis ...

Father Giannis the priest of Panagia Limania church, passed away on Friday ...

Photo: Pater Iosif Katsouras

Quote by Nikos Plomaritis: A Priest, humble, selfless and with a greatness that despite the health problems, and the trials of always had a smile for us and his good word ...

Καλο παραδεισο ...


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Polish Day ...

Today is 'Tłusty czwartek' or Fat Thursday in Poland ...

The Polish people will eat 100 million doughnuts (in Polish ‘pączki’ ) today to celebrate Fat Thursday, traditionally observed, in the last week of ‘carnival’ before Lent ...


Tradition says that those who fail to eat a doughnut on Fat Thursday will bring misfortune upon themselves for the whole next year to come.

As SWMBO is off to the hospital, for another attempt at Chemo this morning on #WorldCancerDay , lets stick with tradition. So just to help out, better eat one of these bad boys, which were delivered to us late last night ...

Our Greek friends have another month to wait, before Tsiknopempti - but it is a National Strike day in Greece today...

Later update:

Its serious business, had to seek out fresh supplies ...



So I returned with three different types of Polish ‘Pączki' and some 'Faworki' - Angel wings ...


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Greek Day ...

We had a Greek day yesterday ...

SWMBO was at the hospital for a big Chemo day, only it turned out she was not. For the second time running, they did not have the drugs. This takes us back to Greece, only there you had a sixty mile trip to the hospital for a wasted journey ...

So after a couple of hours of waiting, past appointment time (Think add another eight for the treatment) they said, not today thank you ...

I knew nothing of this, as I had been working on a 'meal of the day' for her return.

My version of Beef Stifado had been marinating for 18 hours, in some sweet wine. The recipe had been borrowed from Michaela, and can be found here. The pot was on the go, and the house full of sweet aromas when SWMBO walked in, very much to my surprise.

If you know me, and mobiles, don't text if its important. I thought phones were speech devices, and as far as comms go. Me and mine, we certainly are not joined at the hip.

It was only later when we were enjoying the meal, she said, where is my wine? I said there was a glass of that sweet stuff you like, in the bottle, I used it in the marinade.

'No that's not sweet wine, thats the special home made wine, my friend made me from strawberries and summer fruits'!

Oops ...

Not that I would know, Dry January has merged into Drought February...

I can confirm, it must have been 'good stuff'' ...

There were some very impressive flames, when the alcohol burned off frying the meat. So to replicate our version, you will need around 250ml glass of red, in an old Blossom Hill bottle with a screw cap, and a Polish home brewing friend  ...

I had wondered why it lasted so long, but what was left, certainly seemed OK in the bottle ...

Memo: Tomorrow is tłusty czwartek or Fat Thursday, I had better not screw up the doughnuts

Monday, 1 February 2016

Kalo Mina - Fevruários ...

Kαλό μήνα σε ολους - Good Month to all ...

Here are a few photos taken on the rock, on this date in the past few years

1st February 2010 ...


1st February 2012 ...




1st February 2013



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