Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Rising from the ashes ...

Its the day before the Panagia to Kounistria ...

The churches are being scrubbed within a millimeter of their life, in preparation for tomorrow's big event. Plenty of asvesti being applied to walls and steps around the town.

So after a coffee this morning went for a wander, and whilst up in Plakes, thought of Alison and Duncan. Friends of the blog, and a couple of conversations we had during the summer.

So it was high time to take a look at the renovations at the old αρχοντικο ruin. The home of the Ragia family, which sadly burned down in 2005 ...


Renovations have been taking place since April and are still ongoing today, Its been quite a while since I passed by, so popped up to take a look, at the men at work ...

How it was ...
Returning to former glory ...
I wrote about The most beautiful ruin of Skiathos back in 2014. What a change, and it's soon going to be stunning once again. Thanks in part to the actions of the mayor, Thodoris Tzoumas ...






No wooden floors this time, it's braced with steel ready for the concrete, which will strengthen the structure. Which despite the fire must have been in quite a good condition, having to be open to the elements for nearly 15 years ...

Last time I was inside - It was a touch dodgy, and with a Greek friend, I wish I had the photos.

Drinks on the balcony next year Duncan, Perhaps if we donate and reinstate the rose ...

Previous Blog: Grey day ...

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Grey day ...

That's the way it is today ...

Cool, grey and a day for sitting in a coffee shop looking out to sea.


Waiting for the trawlers to come back to port, around 5pm ...


Then go to see what they have dragged up from the depths ...

A few large spots of rain falling ...

For the record:

I am a fan of Pizza Express.  They give me a bottle of Prosecco for my birthday.

I can remember what I had that day in 1988. It was a quatro formagi pizza. A personal favourite at the time ...

When I got home, after one of the great nights of my life. I turned on the TV, only to find out that something awful had happened. Whilst I was having fun, hundreds of people had died ...

I will never forget that day ...


Should something ever really terrible happen in my life:

1) I do not want Prince Andrew's PR advice
2) I'm busy when Emily Maitlis asks for an interview

Woking are now serving a special pizza today. The “Prince Andrew”: It has a very thick crust, with extra sausage ...

Previous Blog: Its another stunning day ...

Friday, 15 November 2019

Its another stunning day ...

Here on the rock ...

Spoke to friends in Athens last night, they said has the rain arrived yet?

No Why ?

They were getting battered by a thunderstorm ...

Here it's a good day to sit in the sun with a coffee, drive a paintbrush or beat a tree, with a stick and pick some olives. It looks like it's going to be a paintbrush and coffee kind of day today ...

But first I need to go to Sklavanitis for some cheese, to go with the cherry and chilli chutney ...

Hustings

So it seems the UK Labour party are going to commit to free broadband for every household, by nationalising BT openreach. I understand it will be full fibre broadband.

Wait till we find out it's only presented to the box, down the street. Then the old aluminium or copper wiring to your house, as the country has run out of money ...

If the State owns the internet, it can turn it off when it wants. #justsaying ...

Previous Blog: The rain arrived last night ...

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

The rain arrived last night ...



No complaints as its been so dry these last few weeks ...

Luckily for us, the medicane storm went south, so we just had rain, and missed out on the floods and thunderbolts, that affected many areas in Greece. Tuesday was a day of warm winds from the south, at times making the harbour, very rough indeed.

Friends in Athens had one eye on the skies as the weather went through to the south and Peloponnesus.

We had a visit yesterday from the Czech Tall ship 'Brig' La Grace. The main crew being Czech and the crew cadets from Russia. The boat was traveling from Thessaloniki down to Athens and into the storm ...





La Grace has been touring the Mediterranean for six months, following the annual tall ships race. Its of interest to me as I am a 'Tall shipper' having been on the Cutty Sark - Baltic tall ships race many years ago.

Met up with Chef Andy and was gifted one of his 'pots of pickles' a tomato and chilli chutney, which hit the spot very nicely indeed. Goes very well with a cheese and ham sandwich. 

Cherry tomato and chilli chutney - Yum !
Would go even better with some decent cheese, but that ran out months ago ...

Seems the 'not allowed out to play' ban has been lifted. and we will be off for another 'tsipouro lunch' again, sometime soon ...

Definitely a cooler feel to this evening after the rain. Lots of tree surgery taking place and piles of firewood that seem to vanish as if by magic overnight ...


It seems the majority of the island has picked its olives whilst the sun shone. Trucks loaded to the brim heading for the morning ferry to Glossa. I hear the quality is around 1% which is classified as Virgin, when it has to be under 0.8% to be classified as Extra Virgin - We shall see ...

Previous Blog: The 11th day of the Eleventh month at 11am ...

Monday, 11 November 2019

The 11th day of the Eleventh month at 11am ...

Island friends will meet at the Submarine memorial, to Pause. Reflect. Remember. #LestWeForget

 

This mornings sunrise ...


At 11am on the 11th day of the Eleventh month
35 island friends met at the Submarine memorial, to Pause. Reflect. Remember ... #lestweforget🌹

Teo Tzoumas
Mayor of Skiathos 


Previous blog: A little stormy this morning ... 

Friday, 8 November 2019

A little stormy this morning ...

Autumn has arrived ...

Woken by the increasing windstorm this morning, rattling the shutters, followed by rain.

Seems like the storm front has made it over central Greece overnight.

                    

Rain more intense, Now the thunder has arrived here 'on the rock'.

More Olives on the floor, this morning ...

9am Damp underfoot, and blue skies again overhead

Hustings



Previous Blog: Olive picking time ...

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Olive picking time ...

Is under way on the island ...

The olive press of the family Antoniou in Glossa has started to press olives.

The word from Skopelos is that the oil is ok but that for one litre of oil, you will need at least 10 to 12 kilos of olives ...

Apparently about 7 kilos were needed two years ago. The effect of a long dry summer and the bug infection a lot of olives have the dako/δακο "bug"...


What this bug seems to do is reduce the quality of the olives and the oil. Virgin rather than extra virgin oil.

Probably best to pop it into tanks, and export it to Italy, coming to a supermarket near you in a fancy bottle soon ...

Hustings

They are off, the campaigns have started. Let's be honest ...


Hugh Grant is the best Prime Minister, we have ever had ...

Hello to friend of the blog Oddvar, from Norway, good to chat this morning ...

Previous Blog: Thinking ahead ...

Monday, 4 November 2019

Thinking ahead ...

Here are some upcoming events ...

Remembrance Day - Monday 11th November

Steve in Skiathos advises, 'We will be observing our usual 2 minutes silence on Monday 11th at 11am, by the Katsonis memorial. Everyone welcome. 

I am delighted to say that Mayor Thodoris Tzoumas will be joining us' ...

Table top sale - 1st December

It's the table top sale, at Milos, in aid of the Skiathos dogs home ...


Hustings - 38 Days to go ...

Who says history does not repeat itself?

In 1966, when England won the World Cup, the Labour government celebrated by preventing Britons from taking more than £50 out of the country (in cheques) plus £15 in cash.

You had to list this money in your (Blue) passport, getting a stamp at the bank ...


My parent's friends told me about this. They were restricted on their honeymoon to £50. It seemed like some sort of Eastern block thing, even to me as a teenager in the 1980s ...

At the 2017 Labour Conference, John McDonnell said he might revive this policy. Probably as does not possess a Co-op debit or credit card. That will be a great move backwards if he was to get elected,

However, after he thrashes the economy, Britons will probably not have any money, let alone be able to take it out of UK anywhere else on holiday. 

The good news will be announced on Breakfast TV, with Piers and Susanna on 'Good Morning Venezuela' at a date to be confirmed in the new year ...

Another vote winner comrades ...

Previous Blog: The morning after ...

Sunday, 3 November 2019

The morning after ...

 The game the day before ...

Well the Rugby World Cup final yesterday, did not go the way we hoped ...

I popped into the King and Queen, where the island Brits had assembled to watch the big match. A very nice morning it was too. My fears that England had played their final in the semi final were soon to come true, however the FIX or two or was it three, helped to steady the nerves.

I would never normally have a beer before midday, let alone at 10:30 in the morning. However Adnamsman was settled on the couch with a half of cider. If you cant beat them join them ...

Q: So is drinking cider before breakfast part of your five a day ? Asking for a friend ...

Many of the locals had brought along food for half time. Chef Ande had certainly been busy as had others with the home-cooked snacks and pastries. Thank you everyone for feeding us all ...

We were joined by Kim from Cape Town, who had popped up from Athens for the weekend, and into the Lion's den, to support the Springboks. Friendly banter ensued, and she was later supported by Sue from Mesogia, who probably heard the score progressing, and ran down the road PDQ to join the party ...


The best team won on the day and that's what I said to Kim, on the way out, when she apologised for the result. That's what's great about the game you can share friendly banter, and a beer with the opposition. Not something that tends to happen at football ...

This morning I nipped out to the bakery, and there in the foodie cafe was our new friend from Cape Town. Who admitted to celebrating for quite a while yesterday after the match ...

With just a few hours before heading off back to Athens, we had a chat, a whistle stop tour of town with Ioannis, met up with the island South Africans at the Gerani. A quick pit stop at 'No Name' and off she departed to the airport, for the 4pm hopper to Athens ...

This evening it feels a little nippy now the sun has gone down. Looks like its a good week to clean the chimney ...



It probably won't be long before we need to use it again ...

Previous Blog: Rugby World Cup Final Day ...

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Rugby World Cup Final Day ...

A Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman walk into a bar...

There would normally be an Englishman, but he was still in Japan ...

Did I mention it's the English Lions vs the Springboks today 🤔😉 ...


Someone asked if I know where it's on?
Yes of course -  Yokohama in Japan ...


England expects, May the best team win ...

Thought for today other than an English victory.

Anybody born after October 30th, 2000 has never known a day without a human presence in space.

Since the launch of the ISS Expedition 1 on October 31st, 2000, our planet has continually had at least a few humans, up there orbiting a long way from home.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Kalo Mina - Νοέμβριος ...

Καλημέρα και Καλό μήνα σε όλους ...

Good Morning, and Good Month, to the fans of the blog, Or if you prefer, only 54 more days until Christmas ...

Its Bonfire time, not only for Guy Fawkes but also islanders with stockpiles of twigs branches and accumulated piles of rubbish all over the island.

Now November is here, and the days are cooling, the bonfire smoke would normally be rising this morning, as the summer ban on lighting fires is lifted. However, after yesterday afternoon storm, everything is a little dampened down ...

Across the island lit matches will be ready to be applied to all those heaps of things that cant go up the chimney or the woodburner instead ...

The fire brigade will still be ready to attend, but the ticket book for the application of fines, will stay in the fire engine glove compartment, at least until next May.

Admansman reported that his WiFi was taken out yesterday by the storm. It was really dark in the afternoon as the storm rolled over the mountain. One thunderclap rattling the windows before the rain hit ...

A touch damp and drizzly this morning, feeling very autumnal ...

The Olive press at Glossa ...

The Antoniou Family Glossa Skopelos Olive Press has started operating, and receives olive oil producers for producing oil with their modern machinery

The first days of operation of our mill with good quality and good yields starting from (12%) to (20%) depending on the property. This year our mill has been modernized with a Pieralisi state-of-the-art Italian oil separator and will now operate in 2.5 phases which means permanent cold pressing, minimum water consumption, maximum yields and superior quality and taste of olive oil. 



Cold-pressed olive oil is characterized by a strong aroma, golden-green color, distinctive taste, strong antioxidant activity, and longer life.



This year the olives that come to our mill will be emptied immediately from the sacks and stored until crushed in properly ventilated pallets to improve the quality of the olive oil.

Ferry News

Today, the 2020 timetable of the Express Skiathos was released. At first sight it looks to be identical to the 2019 schedule. There is no timetable for the period 1Jan to 13 April as the Express Skiathos will be in drydock for the annual survey and after that substitute the Artemis in the Cyclades from 28 February till 13 April.


2020 Timetable: Click here

Anyone noticed - Made a few changes to the design of the blog ...

Previous Blog: Happy Halloween ...

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Happy Halloween ...

Order Order - The last day of the month dawns ...

Only we do not celebrate that ghastly American tradition here. The translation of the celebrations at Carnival time is Happy Halloween. Much more fun in February and we have a fortnight of fun ...

Its a little grey and autumnal looking outside this morning, and the sounds of chainsaws as they continue pollarding the trees. All along Papadiamanti street and the harbour ...

Koukounaries yesterday - packed again ...
Weather gods:

It seems we have a temporary change from summer weather, for the island for the next few days ...

A gradual deterioration, with rain expected later, with possible thunderstorms, and increasing NE winds at intensities of 4 Beaufort and gradually 5 Beaufort on a wet and windy Friday, .

Brexit:

Fans of Britain’s long-running comedy-drama Brexit, are today overjoyed.

After learning that another season of the popular show has been commissioned by Donald Tusk, from tomorrow, for another three-month run ...

The show which costs 1Billion a month will remain on the screens through the Christmas party, TV and pantomime season. Ensuring the 12 days of Christmas are not just about the Coca Cola truck and the John Lewis advert ...

The spirit of Christmas past Corbyn, finally realised he could agree to an election, after a period of contemplation and only if's ...

Hustings:

On a visit to Northern Ireland the shadow home secretary, was asked about County Down. She said she preferred it when Carol Vordeman was on it ...

Meanwhile the rats are jumping ship in dozens, as the swamp is drained for December 12th ...

On LBC a short while ago discussing the amount of rats MP's jumping ship ...

"Transport Sec Grant Shapps: "Being an MP, particularly if you represent a seat that isn't close to London, does mean a big amount of time out of your life and not seeing your family."
Nick Ferrari: "But Jo Johnson is in Orpington. It's twenty minutes from London. That's utter cobblers." 

Brilliant ...

10am - It seems we have had a light shower of the damp stuff ...

Previous Blog: Looks like ...

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Looks like ...

This may be the last day of Μικρό καλοκαίρι ...

Μικρό καλοκαίρι means little summer, well it last rained on October 4th so if it rains tomorrow as expected. Then it will be 27 consecutive warm days. I have tried to enjoy it as best I can, with work and duties at the house.

Oxi day was about the parade, meeting friends, wishing and being wished - 'Καλό χειμώνα' (Good Winter) which for me wiping the sweat away on a rather humid warm day, seems a little strange indeed. The humidity in the morning is quite something ...

Well on the afternoon of the 28th I went to Ambelakia, just two on the beach until the sun slipped over the hill. In the car and over to Banana. Just one Greek family on the entire beach, and departing a few minutes later.

Banana was paradise, as many of you know anyway, fine powder sand. The sea a sheet of glass, a water skiers paradise. Hardly a ripple as far as the eye can see.

I went straight in, and it was a tepid bath with a setting sun, dipping towards Agios Konstantinos to the left of Marble mountain ...
        
Just on my way to Volos, TTFN ...
Marble Mountain ...
Then as the sunset heading home, and a last team meeting of the summer ...

Dinner at Amfiliki, and they certainly know how to grill a Barbounia, and followed by a lovely prawn spaghetti  ...



Followed by a chat about UK politics (Thank goodness for the wine) I paid for it the following day - chronic backache, which put paid to yesterday's planned return visit to Banana ...

But I did try to walk it off, last night, sitting on a bench with chattering locals - Rather like voting in Scotland after 3pm but with a better view ...


If you can't believe how dark it is, then you shouldn't be allowed to vote in the next general election.

Today I have dragged the washing machine out from its residence after it destroyed itself. It's off to the recycling place. The new one arrived on time, having invested in its replacement, rather than going to Volos for a cheaper one ...

Delivered, unwrapped transfer bolts removed, installed into position, pipes connected and a test program commenced - Not used to this - Excellent service - Thankyou Electronet ...

Its clouding up, the weather certainly is changing ...

Previous Blog: Καλό Όχι Μέρα Σκιάθος - Χρονια πολλά! ...

Monday, 28 October 2019

Καλό Όχι Μέρα Σκιάθος - Χρονια πολλά! ...

A very Happy Oxi Day to all our readers ...

It is a national holiday today in Greece, a day to celebrate a moment of national pride.  The celebratory bunting was installed earlier this week in readiness for the parade this morning ...

A day for a parade, to fly the flag, and feel good, and enjoy the stunning weather. I know the junior and the school children taking part, were all very eager to wave their flags today, as they proudly march along the new harbour ...

The stunning ladies in Skiathos island dress ...
The church bells were very busy, as the commemorative service, progressed at Tries Hieraches, before the parade this morning, at 11am.

Now, the ouzerias and coffee shops are packed to the rafters, for one of the best days of the autumn to meet up with friends, wearing your best and wish each other Καλό χειμώνα  - 'Good Winter' one more time ...

Not sure what its all about, well I wrote this before, It may not be up to a GCSE History level of competency (or whatever they call it this year) but I think it may help - and anyway, I think its quite good :) ...

The history:

At 3 a.m. on the morning of October 28th, 1940, Emanuele Grazzi, the Italian ambassador to Greece, delivered an ultimatum from Benito Mussolini to Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas.  Il Duce demanded that Metaxas allow the Italian army free passage to enter and occupy strategic sites in Greece unopposed.

Faced with this demand, Metaxas delivered an unequivocal response in French, the diplomatic language of the day, “Alors, c’est la guerre.”  This brief phrase, “Then, it is war,” was quickly transmuted into the laconic “Oxi,” the Greek for no, by the citizens of Athens. 

The Ultimate history project website gives an excellent explanation here



I have read over the years, that the actions of the Greek forces, pushing the Italians back into Albania, and continuing the battle in the mountains, disrupted the war to such an effect that German troops were sent to the Balklans. This ensuring that the Eastern front campaign slowed, then stopped and froze.

Hitler’s Chief of Staff, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel admitted during the Nuremberg Trials:

“…the unbelievably strong resistance of the Greeks delayed by two or more vital months the German attack against Russia;  if we did not have this long delay, the outcome of the war would have been different in the Eastern Front and the war in general.”

Churchill paid homage to the Greek resistance by claiming,  “…until now we would say that the Greeks fight like heroes. From now on we will say that heroes fight like Greeks.”

However the German troops invaded Greece through the border with Yugoslavia, Greece endured three years of occupation - We cannot imagine what it would have been like to hear a broadcast like this ...

 

Enjoy the day, wherever you are, I am off to the beach ...

Previous Blog: Late Update ...

Friday, 25 October 2019

Late update ...

Vromolimonos at 17:45 local time ...



The sea, is lovely and warm, fish exploring the shallows around your feet.

Just what you need after oiling woodwork, after the ravages of the summer sun.

October, still a wet month according to FB folks. No rain since 4th October ...

Previous Blog: More flight news for 2020 ..

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

More flight news for 2020 ...

TUI airways have added flights from Newcastle, East Midlands and Bournemouth. These are now available on the TUI website.

Newcastle operates on Wednesdays arrival: 12:45 and departure 13:45.

Bournemouth operates on Fridays arrival 12:25 and departure 13:25.

East Midlands operates on Fridays arrival 18:50 and departure 19:50.

TUI have dropped the Luton flight, and switched it to Stansted on a friday ...

Now three flights and packages a week now from Stansted. That should be good for prices 🛩 ...

Late news ...

Only one more Brexit delay to Christmas people.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Summer is officially over ...

Despite the weather ...

Last night the last charter flight arrived, to take home the last of the summer visitors ...

 

Then an hour later, the last jet of the summer season departed.

Condor DE1605 to Munich D-AICF wearing the sunny heart ...



#thatsallfolksforsummer2019

Previous Blog: Friday Dawns ...

Friday, 18 October 2019

Friday dawns ...

I don't know anyone called Dawn ...

Well here anyway, apart from a girl I knew from about 4 years old which is far too many years ago to remember.

This is my latest dawn, at 07:51 local time ...


Its airport Friday and it's not exactly a frantic one, but the last flight of the summer, departs tonight to Germany - Munich to be precise, and what great weather they have enjoyed here 'on the rock' ...

Three of us shared a sunset and an entire beach last night, the German couple were quietly singing together as they watched the sunset ...

Earlier two of the swans entered the bay and stayed around 100m offshore, and two Greek mermaids swam the bay as they do each evening at the same time. Before leaving us with the setting sun ...


Still a few people popping in with their summer toys ...


It's three airport days a week after today, (No TUI don't fly on Tuesdays from Manchester in winter - as someone said yesterday to the same comment)

Its just Sunday Wednesday and Friday from now on, when the two carriers from Athens operate on the same day. Presumably to keep the costs down at the airport, and to try and put each other out of business ...

The Jet2 news has resulted in some excellent flight bargains, and the happy clickers putting up the prices with the site algorithm. However those who acted quickly picked up the flight deals, and the package folks did the same yesterday, scoring with the free transfers to resort.

Am thinking one company will not get a booking next year at this rate, they are not even near competing with the opposition at all - No planes, No Reps, No transfers ...

The island folks with the accommodation must have been on 'no disclosure' deals as they appeared on FB yesterday by magic,  flagging that they were now with Jet2 once the 'official' news broke ...

Top tip: If you havent booked yet wait a week for the happy clickers to subside ...

No there will not be any flights from Doncaster, Leeds, Newquay (Would be happy to see the Norwich flight return) or any other obscure place down the road from where you live.

Nor Edinburgh Glasgow or anywhere else in Scotland, until Nicola Kranky declares independence - When you will all be forced to go to Orkney or Skye instead, by the first emperor of Scotland. Your flights will not be allowed over UK airspace anyway, by order of the Queen or King Charles, whoever is in charge at the time, as part of the 'exit deal' ...

So today instead of nipping off to Athens - Off to collect some more official stamps, press some calculator keys, perhaps some more painting, until the sun comes around,  then perhaps off to the beach with a beer ...

You know it makes sense TTFN ...

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Jet2 commences flights to Skiathos in 2020 ...

The rumors have finaly turned into reality ...

Coming soon ...
Jet2 have released flights to Skiathos, for 2020, and are now available ...

Flights will operate from the following airports, and frequency

  • Weekly from Birmingham on a Wednesday
  • Weekly from London Stansted in May on a Saturday, then twice weekly on a Wednesday and Saturday from June onwards
  • Twice weekly from Manchester on a Sunday or Wednesday from May
Flight times from Birmingham are a lot cheaper than TUI, Prices for the Sunday flight from Manchester are very reasonable for early May ...

All the folks who got the vapours the last few weeks, and booked at great cost with TUI. Will be kicking themselves for not waiting ...

Flights are on Jet2.com

Holidays probably to follow in due course ...

Additional flights 

Confirmed by the island agents Dolphin last night ...

-2 Flights/London (Stansted)/Jet2.com
-1 Flight/Birmingham/Jet2.com
-2 Flights/Manchester/Jet2.com
-1 Flight/Klagenfurt-Graz/Astra Airlines
-1 Flight/Bergen/Tour operator: Der Touristik Group, Apollo

Previous Blog: Congratulations ...

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Congratulations ...

To the former management of Thomas Cook ...

Their CEO was being questioned in the UK Parliament, yesterday, whilst the extinction folks were protesting outside. He announced that he was sorry, for the failure of the 187-year-old iconic company ...

It wasn't exactly the full Japanese CEO type apology, where you lie thrashing in tears on the ground, which would have been nice for the employees.

However thanks to their amazing leadership, It means they’ve now achieved zero carbon emissions for three weeks in a row. Which seems to have been overlooked by the folks outside ...

Yes Still warm here on the rock - the amazing weather continues.

Someone posted that it rains a lot in October. You have to be lucky with the weather, Clearly upset at the locals on the beach posting photos of toes burning in the autumn sunshine ...

Records for the last nine years are available online for all dates and months. You can check them here ...

It seems we had four wet days with rain in October 2014, and two showery days. That was the worst October recorded ...

Previous Blog: Keep an eye on the Euro, and the Olives ...

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Keep an eye on the Euro, and the Olives ...

In the last few hours the Pound Sterling (GBP) was at its strongest against the Euro (EUR) than it has been since May 2019.

The Pound to Euro exchange rate was quoted at 1.15500, having been as low as 1.1086 last week.

Simply put, this means that the Pound in your pocket, will let you get more Euros now than it has since May this year ...

Keep an eye on the Euro if you are planning another getaway ...

Still warm here on the rock, its officially 'Sweaty Betty' and the lettuces are enjoying the autumn heat down in the garden.

What I am hearing is the olives are badly affected by worm this year, and the drought. Not considered to be good for eating. It was expected to be a bumper harvest.

Still plenty of olives on the trees after the recent storm, but what they are saying is that the quality may not be good enough for Extra virgin oil.

A friend with trees said he is not going to bother picking them ...

Previous Blog: Lazy Days ...

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Lazy Days ...

Should be like this ...

The sun is out, it's warm, steamy warm with a heat haze, rising off the sea towards Evia. So what to do? I went to the beach. The beach of choice was Agia Paraskevi, and I pitched up with a book at the Bamboon bar ...

Sunbeds still out to the left of me, and a few locals,  a lifeguard in the tower, a large beer and steamy view in front of me.


To the right a local fishing, with four lines out. Some people spread along the beach on towels and occupants of the sunbeds distant at the Skiathos Princess, which is still open for business - the last week of the season for the guests from Germany ...

Two friends arrived from town, and we started chatting and enjoying the scenery, I have to say I was chasing the shade from the umbrella, it was scorchio ...

Entertainment provided by a guest from the hotel, strolling along the shoreline, in their lovely white dressing gown. Oblivious to the local with four fishing lines, and managed to start hopping along the waterline wrapped in the fishing lines, and being berated by a rather angry Greek local ...

Lunch - a club sandwich and some chips ...


Somehow the book remained unopened ...

Chatting and scorching in the sun, an updated weather forecast from Alex of the Big Bad Wolf - 'Warm all week enjoy'! OK we will ...

Quick check:


Not bad ...

I had enough sun and headed off to find some shade ...

Ding! Message from the famous Stig - 'Ready when you are' ...
Stig has popped down from Norway for the weekend - Great effort ...

Tsipouro meze night, a shower and off to the ouzeria. Where we were made very welcome, and Stig already in residence. The full moon rising over the Pounta, will we order one or two. Two I said, the waiter has been walking all summer - That got me a pat on the back from an exhausted friend ...


Not a bad offering, and we raised a glass to Mr Malcolm, and we certainly enjoyed it, this was the second course. A coffee at the Gerani and we wandered off into the night, I wonder what today will bring ...


Not a bad start to the day ...

Previous Blog: If you booked ...