Saturday, 30 March 2019

Dont forget to ..

Change the clocks ...

Its one of my favourite Saturday nights of the year, The clocks go forward! Longer days and more light!

Now I know some of you struggle with this, so here is my handy guide on how to do it ...


So now you have got it, Sunday, 31 March 2019 at 03:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 04:00:00 local 'daylight time' instead ...

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 31 Mar 2019, than the day before. There will be more light in the evening as a result ...

Urgent request from Stig ...


In other words, the island is getting ready for summer ...

Who ever thought changing the clocks, on Mothering Sunday was a good idea please step forward !!!

Talking of clocks ...


... possibly even longer!

Beach cleaning 2019

Started today and this excellent initiative of course, is run every year by Theodore Tzoumas as Head of the Cultural association of Skiathos.

'For the 14th consecutive year, the volunteer program for the environment, "All Together Skiathos Clean" is organized, at the initiative of the Cultural Association of "Skiathos", and the participation of the educational community, voluntary associations, local authorities, and the Municipality. 

For the first time this year the action is supported by the regional authority of Thessaly / Regional Unity of Magnesia' (See Mayor Election post below)

Earth Hour

The lights were dimmed along the paralia, from 20:30hrs - 21:30hrs.


The children celebrated Earth hour, in front of the Bourtzi with candles music and songs ...

Mayor Elections - May 2019

It seems most of the candidates have dropped out, over the last month or so ...

The top two appear to be Nikolaos Plomaritis, who was the former Mayor, who sits on the prefecture, (regional authority of Thessaly / Regional Unity of Magnesia) and Theodore Tzoumas who is the head of the Cultural association of Skiathos.

There are a few bricks being thrown, so its starting to get interesting ...

There may be a battle over the beach cleaning bin bags shortly, Cant help but think, expecting photos with big smiles by rubbish trucks. May the best man win ...

Previous Blog:  29η Μαρτιου - UK Independence day ...

Friday, 29 March 2019

29η Μαρτιου - UK Independence day ...

Tonights show has been delayed ...

Due to adverse parliamentary conditions ...


Resheduled for 12th April at 23:00 provided they have changed the clocks
Sorry another vote later, so perhaps '22nd of Theresa May' ...

PS: My lottery numbers never come up last Saturday. So I’m starting a petition for them to be drawn again - Thank you for your support ...

Previous Blog: EU votes to stop moving clocks twice a year ...

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

EU votes to stop moving clocks twice a year ...

EU countries will choose to have either permanent summer or winter time ...

... But not just yet

The European Parliament has now voted to stop moving the clocks forward an hour in spring, and back again in the autumn. (Previous blog on this subject)

Politicians passed the measure by 410 votes to 192 - meaning seasonal time shifts, which were introduced during World War One to save energy, will end in 2021. (Not April 2019 as planned) They have granted the idea a two year transition period until April 2021. (Wonder where they got that idea from?)

A final law will be produced after discussions with member nations, but the UK government has indicated it will stick to the current system after Brexit. (No opt out if the Scots rejoin the EU)

Supporters of scrapping daylight saving time point to scientific studies that have linked the twice-yearly changes to illness because of how they interrupt biological cycles.

During a debate on Monday, Marita Ulvskog MEP told the European Parliament: "New technology and different ways of living mean that we no longer earn anything (from time change), in fact we don't save."

An EU-wide survey that generated 4.6 million responses found that 84% were in favour of ending the bi-annual changes - but critics say the study was dominated by Germany, which accounted for 70% of responses.

(EU population was 512.6 million people in 2018, thats a participation of 0.8115489660554038% of the EU countries people)

Under an EU directive, all 28 states currently switch to summer time on the last Sunday of March, and switch back to winter time on the last Sunday of October ...

Lets hope Greece stays on permanent summer time, or the pit stops for Jet 1, will really confuse the folks who have trouble with that already ...

Previous Blog: 25η Μαρτιου - Independence Day ...

Monday, 25 March 2019

25η Μαρτιου - Independence Day ...

Its Greek Independence day - Remember these words - Ελευθερία ή θάνατος - Freedom or Death ...

'Ring any bells ? A public holiday to celebrate gaining independence, a great idea' ...

On Skiathos, Greek Independence day, like everywhere else in Greece will be celebrated with a parade, on its National day which is a public holiday ...

Photo: Frieda Soetenga
'On March 25, 1821,  Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese, and the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire was officially born. The battle cry “Freedom or Death” was taken up by thousands, and war was waged for 9 years (1821-1829) until a small part of modern Greece was finally liberated and declared an independent nation'

Glasses will be raised down on the port, perhaps a few hundred litres of coffee consumed, perhaps a meze or seven - Its that kind of day ...

What to eat today:

Bakaliaros (Cod) is a Greek traditional dish that has become synonymous with the celebration of Greek Independence Day on the 25th of March, which is also the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The Annunciation in Greek is called 'Evangelismos' and those named Evangelos or Evangelia celebrate their name days.

How Did This Tradition Start?

The celebration of the 25th of March always occurs during the Great Lent, a period when many Greeks fast for nearly fifty days- abstaining from meat, fish, and dairy from Kathara Deytera up until Easter.

Bakaliaros & Skordalia
During Lent, however there are two exceptions: one on the 25th of March and the other on Palm Sunday when fish is traditionally consumed. In the old days, people living near the shores ate fresh fish on both occasions but people in remote mountain villages could not, as there were no refrigeration trucks to transport fish. Consequently, salted cod substituted fresh fish, during lent and other occasions, as it was cheap and could be preserved for a long time.

Similar post by Greek Reporter - Eat Hake  ...

Previous Blog: Agios Konstantinos ferry ...

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Agios Konstantinos ferry ...

The ANES SYMI will be on the route ...


From Friday 7th June, we will see it depart the port of Agios Konstantinos, heading for its destinations of Skiathos and Glossa on Skopelos.

The route will operate through the high season until Sunday 8th September ...

The Express Skiathos will return to the Volos route on April 1st. Departing at 08:00 from Volos, and leaving Skiathos for Volos at 15:30hrs ...

Later thoughts ...

75 Years ago tonight, 76 RAF men escaped from Stalag Luft III at Sagan (Zagan in Poland). You may recall, I was there recently, on behalf of an island friend ...

Of the 76 who escaped, 73 were recaptured and 50 were executed on the orders of Adolf Hitler. On the 75th anniversary of the "Great Escape", tonight is the perfect opportunity to remember those whose bravery it is all too easy to forget #GreatEscape75

Previous Blog: Bravo Greece ...

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Bravo Greece ...

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras advocated against a tough approach regarding the British appeal to delay Brexit during Thursday’s Summit of the European Council in Brussels.

Tsipras, during his speech on the table of the negotiations, allegedly said that there was no point in ”threatening” the UK.

According to Greek media reports, Tsipras said that the threat to push the UK out of the EU without a deal in case the House of Commons again rejects the Withdrawal Agreement next week, ”was pointless.”

The Greek Prime Minister added that the European leaders would end up agreeing to a lengthy postponement of Brexit, if May’s deal was voted down, making the leaders look untrustworthy.

Tsipras advocated in favor of the proposal to accept a delay until May 22.

He added that if there is no ratification of any sort of agreement by then, the UK will inevitably have to chose either to leave without a deal, or participate in the European elections and postpone Brexit for a longer period of time.

The final decision taken by the EU was to accept a delay until May 22, provided that the House of Commons ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement next week.

If not, then the UK would have to propose a new plan and either leave without a deal on April 13, 2019, or postpone Brexit for a much longer period of time.

Source: Greek EU Reporter

Now showing at the Skiathos Attikon, Open Air Cinema, for a limited season
only until April 12th  or possibly May 22nd - Weather permitting ...


Sadly the Greeks are now being pressured by Frau Merkel, not to repay their loans early.
Crisis what crisis? ...

Good luck to everyone on the Losers' march today, and to everyone finding time to sign the Losers’ petition. I hope they find the strength to get over it, thus avoiding making a pointless whiny of

‘BUT MY OPINION IS MORE OPINION THAN DEMOCRACY ITSELF' ...

Previous Blog: The big question ...

Friday, 22 March 2019

The big question ...

Mrs May suggested the choice was between her deal & 'No Deal' ...

I did watch 'President Louis Macron XIV of France' say on tv yesterday, he was going to veto any Brexit date extension. It seems Frau Merkel must have put the boot in on that option, and tightened the choke chain on the poodle ...

Tonight after meeting the EU, TM apparently spoke to them for 90 minutes (That must have been fun) requesting that the provisional 'UK independence day holiday' be moved from 29th March to the 30th June ...

Before being despatched to a broom cupboard, with a microwave ping dinner.


The press conference was called, and delayed along with dinner by three hours whilst the EU discussed the options, and Mr Junker studdied the wine list ...

So how come its now a choice of four options, spread over two dates?

22nd May (If UK parliament does agree EU deal) - The famous quote in the City of London is 'Sell in May and go away' ...

Well it could become 'Sack May once we get away' and as we already have two Bank Holidays in May anyway (May Day and Whitsun) That month is a bit busy on the holiday front, and the CBI always get the hump about it ...

12th April (If UK parliament does not agree EU deal) - April showers and not exactly the best weather for a potential new Bank holiday.

Again we can have two Bank Holidays in April, the migrant Easter holiday dates - Good Friday and Easter Monday and the date which always catches people out - Easter Sunday when the shops are closed, and people rattle the locked doors on Tesco ...

I cant help thinking the TM idea of a new late June Holiday, would have been a vote winner. Even if it did give the holiday companies another excuse to put the prices up.  It is being screwed up by the countries, who have more public holidays than the UK. Its time we took back control of our public holidays ...

Whenever I see this guy make a speech ...


I keep thinking Bond villain, hiding under an extinct volcano ...

The EU is ready for the meaningful vote to fail again, because they can read the numbers just like everybody else. But what they are hoping, is that the UK cancels and revokes Article 50.

Apparently the petition, to Revoke A50 - which all the luvvies like Hugh Grant are championing, has two million signatures. Call me old fashioned but you only needed 100.000 anyway. But two million email addresses, are not the same as two million people, on a rainy day with votes at a ballot box.

Apparently around 40,000 signatures on the Revoke A50 petition are from non-UK countries, where the respondents have ticked to say they are actually in the UK. For 3 years, I've heard so much nonsense about Russian interference in Brexit, but suddenly Forty Thousand signatures from outside the UK in 24 hours are not even slightly suspicious ...

Who is interested in Hugh Grant's opinion anyway, have you seen some of his films? He usualy plays a bumbling tongue tied idiot, which is probably nearer to home, than we think ...

Have we seen the EU backing down as they see the spectre of a 'No Deal' arriving on time next week? I am sure we were informed they were all prepared, we shall see ...

Previous Blog: Waiting In Airports ...

PS: I went out and 'panic bought' a lemon tree yesterday. My 'Gin and Tonics' are safe from EU interference, whatever happens ...

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Today is ...

World Poetry day ...

Sea Fever
BY JOHN MASEFIELD

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Thats my favourite, as I have read it out twice at family gatherings.

It reminds me of windy afternoons on the Paralia, with the wind whistling through the rigging of the yachts ...

Previous Blog: Waiting In Airports ...

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Waiting In Airports ...

 Its a lot of fun ...

The blaze of neon light at 4am, the tired eyes. The scales at check in that are a cash register. The queue for security, shoes on or off.  Any liquids - No thank you ...

The waft of perfume as you take the route march through the Duty Free sales emporium. Out into the food court. A different scent of fried food, and the permanent queue for the loos.

On one occasion with junior where a woman pushed past us with Junior sayng 'I was here first' then the look of confusion when she realised the baby change room, that we were all now in, only had a lie down and not a seated facility ...

I should have asked as she left, if she needed her pants changed ...

Especially fun if like me, enjoy watching the scrum of people, desperate to stand at the front of the 'not yet boarding queue' each time an announcement is made. There are the stand in front of the desk types, the walk up and down types, and the desk stalker, who keeps walking up to the desk to enquire about boarding, then walks away again.

Or the two queues, 'speedy boarding and not so speedy boarding' - Just one aircraft we are all going to get on it. Somehow its so easy to get in the wrong queue ...

A spirited attempt by one old dear, to beat the system. She just needed to get on, so let her through. She was in possesion of the 'not so speedy boarding' pass so was sent to join the queue. 'I cant do that I am old' she pleaded. 'Fine sit there I will help you when everyone has boarded' the firm response ...

Eventually you get through the human snake, and walk (round the wing) to board the aluminium tube, that is covered in dripping condensation, and smells like a motorway service station.

Lou from Latvia, checks you are on the right aircraft, and its time for the seating scrum ...

Our Greek friends, are great entertainment. They somehow seem to have boarded with seven pieces of hand luggage, and cannot sit in their seat, without checking it and the overhead lockers, for more than 60 seconds ...

A few minutes and a few 'Siga Siga's' later, you crash land in your £4 seat. Look out of the window to see the bags going on board and remind yourself, in three hours you are going to do it all again, but in reverse order ...

Buckle up, relax, sit back, and try to understand what the captain is saying. For when you eventually get to Skiathos. You know that the terminal probabaly will still not be finished, and your bags are going to be delivered 'Hotel porter style' three at a time from the hopper ...

This mornings view ...


Not bad, could be better ...

Previous Blog: A little of what you fancy ...

Monday, 18 March 2019

A little of what you fancy ...

Does you the world of good ...

Something about the last few days, feeling the need to change the diet. Spring is coming and hopefuly some sunshine to warm the bones.

The period of hibernation and gloomy skies, making you learn for lunch al fresco.

I cant start the day without a decent coffee, and the french press has been seeing some action. After all, I have a kilo of my favourite ground coffee, sourced from a friend in Skiathos. Its being put to good use.

Today the sun has made me venture out to check on the raspberry cuttings. Much to my surprise, it seems they have all taken, and showing great signs of life. Far more advanced than the three year old bushes that they were sourced from.

So feeling hungry, it was time to source the tins, and jars to see what we could rustle up for lunch ...


My friend Mimis said, are they Yalanci? or proper dolmades stuffed with meat? 

Nai ! Yalanci ! and very nice they were too, followed with a tuna salad ...


I call this type of lunch, nibble food. Once you start nibbling you just cannot stop. I am trying not to eat meat too often, I do enjoy fish, twice a week at least.

Perhaps its the time of year, but really enjoying the meat free dishes ...

Previous Blog: A message from Geof ...

Saturday, 16 March 2019

A message from Geof ...

Two items of urgent news for anyone owning property in Skiathos (& Greece).

1. If you have not registered your property with the Ktimatologio (Land Registry), or checked that your property is correctly registered, you risk losing it to the Greek state in the very near future. Check with your civil engineer and/or your topographic engineer that your land is registered correctly, and that all the borders have been properly agreed.

2. The definitive Forest Maps have been issued for Skiathos, stating what the Forest Department thinks is forest, and what is not forest. Almost everyone is going to have problems with these maps as almost everyone will potentially lose some of their property to what the Forest Department claim is forest. There will only be a short time in which you can make an application to correct the maps, and you need to act now. Again, check with your civil engineer and/or your topographic engineer so that they can inform you whether you have a problem or not, and if you do, what is the procedure to correct the maps.

There MAY be extensions to the time that you have to make sure your property is registered, and to make objections to the Forestry Maps, but no one can guarantee this, so please check with your civil engineer.

Any comments you can contact Geof Baldry here not to me ...

Friday, 15 March 2019

Poseidon ...

No not the boat of the same name ...

Poseidon was god of the sea, earthquakes, storms ...

Oh and horses, and is considered one of the most bad-tempered, moody and greedy Olympian gods. 

He was known to be vengeful when insulted. He is the son of Cronus and Rhea and was swallowed by his father along with Hades, Demeter, Hestia and Hera.

So someone really cheesed him off, in the last few days ...

Skiathos has been rocked by stormy weather, high seas, and there was a 3.8 richter earthquake 49km NW of Alonissos yesterday lunchtime.


Poseidon probably also happens to be resident in the DEYAS office in town, as they are going to cut the water off today, between 10.00am and 13.00pm.

If you were a Skiathos fan on a horse at Cheltenham, no doubt you now know why it tripped up ...

Meanwhile in a dusty corner of Lidl, Greek week continues ...


Pleased to hear from a few of you, who read my tip on Tuesday. Filling the car boot with €'s for your summer trip to Skiathos, (and elsewhere) before the rate dropped. Enjoy a glass of the wobbly stuff, on me, you know who you are ...

Previous Blog: Where are you going to be ...


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Where are you going to be ...

This summer ...

Watch this Skyframe video here ...

What about you ?

#Brexit

 ... lost my voice

Ever since the Referendum back in 2016 we’ve been stocking up, and hoarding vast quantities of Blue Nun. Tariffs hold no fears should they come into force ...

Previous Blog: Change in the weather ...

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Change in the weather ...

Into lent ...

While the last few days were full with a bright sunshine and mild temperatures, the Greek National Meteorological Service has issued a warning of an extraordinary weather deterioration with heavy rainfalls and snow and temperature down by up to 12 degrees Celsius.

According to EMY, the weather will dramatically change as of Clean Monday night, March 11th 2019, and snow is expected also in Mountain Parnitha in the North of Athens on Tuesday night.

The bad weather front will sweep across Greece coming form the North-West and will bring heavy rainfalls, powerful storms accompanied by hailstorms, and gale-force winds up to 9 an locally 10 Beaufort ...

Photo: Severe Weather Europe
SLGT risk has been issued for south Adriatic, south Italy, Ionian sea south Greece, Aegean sea and SW Turkey with threat for severe storms, capable of producing severe winds, marginally large hail and torrential rainfall.

#Brexit

The 'Biased Broadcasting Corporation' (BBC), is reporting that the 'PM has secured "legally binding" changes to Brexit deal, says Cabinet Office minister ahead of tonights MPs' vote' ...

Hes thinking: What time does the bar shut ...
Apparently They’ve agreed to change the font, on the text of the document, so long as she goes back to London immediately. It seems it is harder to have a deal on the backstop, than it is to leave the European Union under Article 50! ...

Sterling peaked at €1.17.5 after the announcement. Get that holiday money order in PDQ ...

Later Update: Hope you cashed in with the holiday €'s - Legal advice crashed the rate to €1.15.5 at 11:30am ...


Further proof were it needed that Legal matters affect the £ in your pocket ...

Rough night ahead in the House of Commons, and the storm rattling the shutters on Skiathos ...

Previous Blog: Clean Monday or Ash Monday ...

Monday, 11 March 2019

Clean Monday or Ash Monday ...

The party is over ...

Its Clean Monday - The greeting today is Καλή Σαρακοστή (Good Lent) ...


The day after Tyrofagis Sunday is  'Kathara Deftera' , also called 'Kathari Deftera', or Clean Monday, which falls today 11th March 2019. Clean Monday is a Bank Holiday in Greece and also seen as the start of springtime; it is celebrated by an excursion to the mountains or the beach to enjoy a Lenten picnic or taverna meal, and fly a kite.

Clean Monday marks the end of Apokries and the first day of Lent (Sarakosti). Fasting starts today and traditionally no meat, fish, eggs, dairy products or oil are allowed to be eaten for the 48 days leading up to Easter. Meat is already off the menu and instead people consume a lot of olives and seafood—in particular, ​shrimp, octopus, taramasalata, urchins, and halva are served.

Photo: @rexgoldsmith - Sea Urchins ...
Its only traditional levan bread available today. No other options are available apart from small raisin breads, which also appear at Lent ...

λαγάνα ..
The Lagana (λαγάνα) is a traditional flatbread baked for Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent before Easter. Recipe: Here

For those fasting most strictly, the lagana is made without oil. For those less strict, then olive oil is used but no dairy products.  Sesame seeds are the most common topping and often fresh, or dried herbs are added for even more flavour.

Καλή Σαρακοστή Και για να μην ξεχνιόμαστε...48 μέρες για το Πάσχα !!
Good Lent and to not forget ... 40 days till Easter !!

Previous Blog: What do you ...

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Parade day ...

Its the last day of Carnival fun ...

Put on your fancy dress head down to the harbour for tsipouro, and watch the childrens parade. It starts at 12 Noon from the Gymnasium - lyceum school to the harbour.

As the afternoon progreses it should get a bit lively, well it is a party.

Tomorrow its Clean Monday so the Kites need to be flown. Someone has raided the piggy bank, there should be 'free lenten food' being served outside the Bourtzi by the DIMOS.

Tomorrow its a bank holiday, so dont try to post anything or go to the bank. But SPAR is open from 08:00 - 14:00 ...

Καλές αποκριές ...

Prvious Blog: Everything is growing ...

Friday, 8 March 2019

Everything is growing ...

Its that time of year ...

Its been wet, the sun is out the, earth is warming up, flowers are growing. So are the weeds, which in the right place are the wild flowers that look so pretty.

Things are beginning to happen, as flowers plants and people emerge from hibernation, blinking into the daylight.

I read this recently. I found it in a coffee shop, in a book gathering dust ...


Not one for Poetry but thought you would like it ...

The dawn chorus of the drill, the sledgehammer and the kango. Did not hide the sound of drilling on the ring road. Seems someone was picked up by the boys in blue. Guess he was not drilling the wall. Need permission, and permits to point the Black and Decker downwards ...

Have you had the lawnmower out yet? How about he strimmer? ...

Down in the Olive grove ...


I was chatting yesterday about how to have an environmentally friendly option. I suggested getting a goat, at this time of the year you can get hold of a young one. Out in the olive grove, they eat everything at ground level, and as they grow, everything within reach through the summer.

I took one for a walk once, and they do love a nibble on an Olive tree, its amazing how tall they are on two legs. So a 4x4 furry strimmer, with horns, that eats all the herbs, thistles, and brambles. Then self fertilises the olive grove, as a thank you ...

Its an Olive year so probably not the best option, At least if you have a fat healthy goat, next spring. You can eat it at Pasca ...

Happy International Womens day, wherever you are ...

Previous Blog: Carnival Parties ...

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Carnival Parties ...

The Dimos parties this year ...


Parade on Sunday and the kites on Monday ...

Flying Dolphin Erato

Techical problem on the way to Volos this morning. Returned to Skiathos with a fault on the Right hand engine.

Previous Blog: Things I miss ....

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Things I miss ...

At this time of year ...

The carnival parties, both the childrens and adult versions. Silly hats, streamers the popcorn machine, shovelling crisps into bags for little peope with excited faces, in fancy dress. The Pinata being thrashed at the end of the games. The floor covered in sweets, and after the bundle, sweet wrappers ...

The spring sinshine turning noses and bared chests red. The long table at Syrainno for a birthday celebration or other occasion.

The election canvassing, where everyone wants to be your friend, persuade you to do something for them, and win your vote on the day.

Counting the logs on the woodpile and thinking, if it gets cold again, will I have enough to keep us warm.

The cheap beer offers, in the supermarkets, as supplies are stocked up for the summer.

The long tsipouro afternoons, in the sun before it sets over the hill at 4pm and the chill descends. Then the fleeces move from the back of the chair, onto sunkissed bodies. Oh Ok just one more before we go home ...

Lilac sunsets as the hills on Evia change colour, and the snow on Dirphys ...

The spring weddings, at the church as couples take advantage of the sunshine, and prepare for married life, business and the summer ahead.

The returning faces from the ferry each day, loaded with supplies. Jumbo bags and goods to sell on, to the tourists and visitors.

I miss the young port policeman, with the jackboots. How he loved his whistle. I always hoped one day the pea in the whistle, would fly out. Our lives would have been so much better for it.

The Margaritez truck doing the impossible turn, in whistle free silence, as he waved his arms about, like the tazmanian devil ...

Previous Blog: What do you ...

Someone I will miss:  Gavin Maslen - RIP my friend.

Gav died unexpectedly early on Sunday morning, in Surfers Paradise, Queensland ...


We used to chat about cricket and banter as 'Pom and Aussie' from time to time, sadly we never got to meet, in real life. He used to mail me from Australia when SWMBO was sick, just to see how I was and how things were going.  He said to me one day, When you come to Australia, I will pick you up at the airport, thats what I think of you. It will be how I remember him, his Birthday messages, and his intelligent conversation on life. Yes Gav - one of the best ...

Sunday, 3 March 2019

What do you ...

Talk about? ...

Well yesterday I was up and met a mate who I know from Skiathos. We ended up talking about who would be the next Mayor of Skiathos. What we were going to be up to, where and when.

We made a few plans as you do, and it was great fun ...

He said to me I cant do with the FB thing, I can imagine what its like right now, and I laughed. As he had once again hit the nail on the head.

There has been the ...

A-Z of Skiathos, quite a few times (Monthly)
The what beach is this? (Come on if you took the photo, you must know)
Where is this please? (Scroll through the hundred answers above)
The bus stops, Is it Bus stop 0 or 1 or terminus? (Who cares get on/off there)
Where is the best Gyros in town ? (and you get answers for Troulos and Koukounaries)
Where is the best place to eat? (50 options of gyros, restaurant and taverna)
Whats the best beach? (All of them)
How expensive is it? (Very)
Whats the best boat trip (Sporades Express)
Best place to watch the planes (Near the airport)
Which hire company is the best? (and you get ten to fifteen different answers)
Can anyone recommend a villa for six thats cheap in August? (Yes of course ...)
Why are the flights so expensive? (Because you are prepared to pay)
How much is the taxi to ? (But I was charged €## !)
I always drink the water, nothing wrong with it, I am fine (Really)
Oh and I thought the exchange rate was good so I bought at €1.11 ...  (€1.16)

It must be time for the annual suction shower holder plug thingy ...

Of course the all time favourite ...
How many times you have been to Skiathos? (Friend has 50+ from Cape Town)

Followed by ...
Its Greek week in Lidl everyone - rejoice! ...

So imagine how I felt this week (Alps week - who buys that stuff) when, I went for a rummage in the leftovers section, to pass away the time.

Last week (Italian week) had those nice things, I like to try. I like those crunchy biscotti that keeps the dentist in business. But they had gone. The freezer still had the Italian Sicilian lemon ice cream at 99p which went straight in the basket - Having snaffled that in Lidl in Nerja when we were there.

Nerja which is the Troulos of the Costa Del Sol, only it has a nice sized Lidl, along with storm drains, and the car park is full of Brits, wheeling out cases of wine at €2 a bottle to the hire cars.
Not to be missed, but best avoided by staying up in the hills ...

So I wandered along the shelves, only to find out, Greek week was still there gathering dust ...

I kid you not, here is a scene to make many a 'Greek week lover' burst into tears ...

         
I did get some funny looks photographing these, but hey its Lidl, Its not Waitrose ...

Top tip, Mr Lidl, put the £4.99 Retsina in the cleaning aisle, it will go - Best drain and toilet cleaner ever invented. Seemed someone had bought all the Nemea red (Thank you lord) Look at all the BBQ beer sitting there. Waiting for an English summer garden, some misty rain, a deckchair, and some damp charcoal ...

The Halva lego bricks were still there - essential for anyone following the current Greek 40 day to Pasca diet plan. The bacalava frisbees, a few bags of sunflower seeds in chocolate. Even a case of the Cretan Olive oil - Bargain, but the cupboard is fully stocked ...

Its Clean Monday next week, so why not join in the fun? Clear out the cupboards, Nip down to Lidl, and pop the beer below the stairs, for a rainy summer day - you know it makes sense ...

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Kalo Mina - Μάρτιος ...

Good Month - Mártios - March is here ...

Καλό μήνα σε όλους - Good Month to all ...

Pinch, punch, Its the1st of the month, as the calendar turns another page towards summer☀️ ...

Its also St Davids day, when thousands upon thousands of daffodils, and leeks will be sacrificed across the UK. Where today the children go to school wearing something yellow.

Its carnival everywhere, it seems and yesterday blacked out faces on Skiathos, for tsiknopempti and some outrageous videos of the fun and games.

We had a gastronomic gut busting Tłusty czwartek, which means Fat Thursday in Polish ...


The doughnuts are filled with Strawberry, Plum, and Rose jam and another one with custard fillings. They were selling 200 every hour and a half, between deliveries. Polish ladies heading home with boxes of thirty to a tray. The pastry twists are called Chrusty or Angel Wings ...

Today will involve a sugar dip, rather than another sugar dusting ...

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