Wednesday, 21 February 2018

ANES Proteus timetable (Revised) ...

Revised timetable for the ANES Proteus ferry ...


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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Early morning alarm call ...

Σεισμός - From 10km deep off Alonnisos ...


The pictures will need straightening again.

Initial reports say Magnitude 4.1 located 13 km N of Patitírion, Greece / pop: 1,700 / local time: 05:52:53.1 2018-02-20

Earlier at 03.22am there was a little wobble, a mag 2.3 located 10.7 km south west of Skiathos, and again 10 km deep

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Καθαρά Δευτέρα ...

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 40 days leading up to Easter.

Clean Monday “Kathari Deftera,” is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus. Greek for Clean Monday, is considered to be one of the most important feasts all over Greece, each year commencing the 40-day period of the Great Lent for the Eastern Greek Orthodox Church, which is called “Sarakosti.”

The feast begins on the first day of the 7th week before the Orthodox Easter Sunday. It is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, a special kind of azyme bread, baked only on that day, named "lagana" (Greek: λαγάνα) and the widespread custom of flying kites.

Eating meat, eggs and dairy products is traditionally forbidden to Orthodox Christians throughout Lent, with fish being eaten only on major feast days, but shellfish is permitted in European denominations. This has created the tradition of eating elaborate dishes based on seafood (shellfish, molluscs, fish roe etc.). Traditionally, it is considered to mark the beginning of the spring season.

           

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 that kite.

That's weather permitting of course ...


Perhaps best to give the kite a miss, and try something Greek for lunch instead ...


Bread, Butter beans, Olives and Halva ...

The greeting today is Καλή Σαρακοστή (Good Lent) ...

Late News: 

Word on the cobbles suggests its going to be a very wet lent - Rain for the next forty days and nights. Odds on a dry room n May - 20/1

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Σκιάθος Καρναβάλι ...

Καλό Καρναβάλι ...

Today its the last day of carnival ...



Tomorrow its the start of Orthodox lent. Clean Monday when you nip down to Koukounaries and fly a kite. (Weather permitting) and have some food whilst you clean out the cupboards of all the naughty stuff ...

Today you have fun, sit in the sun, perhaps a glass (or two) of something,  throw a few firecrackers, and enjoy the parade ...

Next big party day is March 25th (Independence day) ...

Καλή Σαρακοστή (Good Lent) ...

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Erato - Cancelled and ANES Proteus timetable ...

Flying Dolphin Erato - Cancelled on Sunday due to technical fault ...

Announcement by ANES-PROTEAS for the three-day itineraries to 9 March 2017

'Once again, we inform our renowned passenger audience with the ANES route schedule for the three days of the carnival and Clean Monday until 09 March 2018 for the Sporades islands from Volos and Mantoudi, Evia'


 'The masters, the officers and the crews wish you good Lent' ...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Flying Dolphin Erato - Cancelled due to technical fault ...

Has broken down this morning ...

It's a shame, because many planned to visit the islands in the last three days of Carnival.

Erato had departed and was south of Skiathos heading towards Volos when it suffered damage to the left hand side engine. The boat continued to Volos on slow speed, where the passengers were disembarked.


The boat was impounded and will not sail again until repairs are completed. Passengers will continue their trip to the islands via Proteus in due course.

Not a great start to the big carnival weekend ...

There is some discontent with the service recently, as Erato is the only link with the mainland in the mornings. Patients requiring to get to the mainland for appointments and hospital visits, have been seriously inconvenienced - Due to bad weather and technical issues this winter.

Update: Sundays sailings in both directions are cancelled

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Greek Week ...

At the local Lidl ...

A lot of folks get really excited about it. So yesterday I went to take a look. It has a lot of Greek Style - Where there used to be Greek substance.

Regular converts will know they have changed the packaging, Gone are the Santorini churches with the photoshopped and removed crucifixes. Which is handy so you can tell if they are using old stock.

Do read the labels as some of it is manufactured in Germany, which thinks Greece is one of its remote states anyway. 'Greek Style yoghurt' means its not Greek at all, and comes from the land of the autobahn, as there clearly has been some 'Kraftwerk' going on somewhere ...

If you stick to the pies then the Tyropita its very good, as is the Olive oil (Bargain), and a pretty decent Moschofilero, if you like a nice dry white wine.

We had a go at both - its a work in progress ...


We had the spinach and cheese yesterday, Junior said OXI! so I was despatched to bring home the bicycle wheel sized Tyropita for lunch.

Looks like its made in the same factory as the ones in the freezer compartment in the former Carrefour now known as Sklavenitis supermarket on the ring road ...

However the Carlsberg Mythos does not appear to be exactly flying off the shelves. Someone has panic bought four, since this time yesterday ...


Perhaps it does not travel well, rather like the Retsina ...

Lots of goods left over and reduced from French week, cant think why at all ...

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Late news: 

Mrs May has been meeting Mrs Merkel in Germany, good to see the PM turn down Merkel - who wanted the meeting to be held in a train carriage in the Ardennes ...

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Weather warning ...

From the Central Port Authority of Volos ...

'It is announced that, according to the extraordinary weather report of the NMS, weather conditions are expected to deteriorate on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February in Thessaly, with the main features of heavy rains and storms, heavy snowfall in mountainous and semi-mountainous (with indicative altitude about 400 meters) and strong winds.



Nikos Paschalis who manages the Skiathos weather station said earlier ...

'Today: Dense overcast. Patchy light fog in the afternoon. A chance of rain in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. High 12, but temperatures falling in the afternoon. Wind north-northeast around 7 kts, gusting to 19 kts,in the morning, becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. Precipitation mostly between 30 and 50 mm.


Tonight: Dense overcast. Patchy light fog in the evening. Rain likely. Low 9. Wind north-northeast around 16 kts, gusting to 29 kts, in the evening, becoming 20 kts, gusting to 29 kts, after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.Precipitation mostly between 40 and 60 mm' ...

In other words, chuck a log on the fire, Its a bottle of red, a bar of chocolate, and good book kind of day. Its only 76 days until summer arrives ...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentines Day ...

Its also a name day ...

Χρόνια Πολλά to those feeling the love today, who are Valentina, Valentine, Valentini, Valentinos, Dina, & Dinos


St. Valentine, a man that was was beaten with clubs and stones; when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded.

Anyway - We are feeling the love today, Hope you all are too ...

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Late News just in from the joke department:

The wife just phoned me from her office. She says to me all annoyed "Three of the girls here just got flowers delivered and they're absolutely gorgeous".

I said, " That's probably why they got flowers and you didn't" 😂😂😂

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hot Chocolate ...

Happy Birthday - That was the plan ...

So SWMBO sent her friend in Volos, a birthday present and a card. That was on 20th January 2016, yes we are talking two years ago.

It arrived back return to sender, yesterday morning. After a two year voyage to Volos and back.


The Greek postman, apparently cannot read the Greek letter G (Γ) so has sent it back. It looks like it made it to the apartment block, but not into the letterbox for the apartment.

Quite where its been for the last two years, remains a mystery. A miracle that it found its way back to us after the time that the packet has been on its epic journey.

Sadly even the chocolate is now one year out of date. Someone had opened, and taken a look inside the packet, during the last two years to see what was within. Probably forwarding it on, once they had checked the date on the box.

Seems the chocolate, was not to everyone's taste 🤔 ...

At least its made its way home, so there must be some benefit, following the privatisation of the Greek Post Office. German efficiency ...

Skiathos friends - Don't loose hope for those missing Christmas cards and presents. Who knows perhaps even my long lost bathroom mirror, remains in the back of a van somewhere on the continent.

It was tracked to Skiathos however the courier probably did not have any credit on their mobile to call me, so sent it back ...

Best news of the day:  'A suspected poacher has been mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions near a national park in South Africa'
Result! - A long overdue home win for the lions ...

Later Update:

Pancakes, Strawberries, Nutella, Whipped cream.
That just about sums it up ...

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