Monday, 11 September 2017

Trouble at mill ...

Skiathos is an island with Olive trees ...

Thousands of them, which produce olives every two years. Once the olives are picked, the trees are pruned. The wood is used to keep the islanders warm in winter. The following year the new shoots, are encouraged to grow, with minimal pruning, which the following year bear fruit once again.

Two years ago the olive harvest basically did not happen, the conditions were not right, the trees shed their fruit and the Olive press did not open.

No olives, no olive oil, no green gold to last two years, no pickled fruits to enjoy ...

The trees were pruned, last winter was harsh, there was plenty of rain to refresh the new shoots. This year the trees are bearing copious harvests of fruit. A great olive year, perhaps one of the best.


Only this year the Olive press may not open at all. It seems only in Skiathos could that happen, an island without its own Olive press, to produce its own oil ...

Olives will have to be transported either to the presses on Skopelos town, or in Glossa. Or taken across to the mainland on Pilion. This for a pastime that many say is not worth doing any more. Its not worth the effort, for what return you get.

No one starved on Skiathos in wartime, because they had olives. Now if no-one can harvest the olives, then how long before the trees are allowed to go wild and back to nature ...

Lets hope the issues at the press are sorted soon, or the Skiathos fruits will probably be left to rot where they fall ...

Back to School:

Καλή σχολική χρονιά σε όλα τα παιδιά! (Good school year to all the children) ...

Ferries:

Starting to wind down now. The route to Thessaloniki has closed, the ANES fast ferry Symi ll has gone home, to Piraeus. The Express Skiathos stops visiting on Saturdays. Autumn is well and truly in the air ...

Καλημέρα και καλή εβδομάδα ...


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