Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Hot off the press ...

Regarding the Olive press ...

Geof Baldry advises: It seems that an olive press owner in Glossa will organise trucks to come to Skiathos to pick up the olives, take them to Glossa, press them, and return the oil. 

The charge appears to be (waiting for confirmation on this) 9 Lepta (Euro cents) per kilo of olives which will cover everything. The previous Skiathos press used to charge 10 Lepta (!) per kilo. 

I am told that there is a telephone number, on the front door of Georgos Kantarakias' shop (strimmers, etc).

If true this is great news for island friends with trees, groaning under the weight of huge olives ...

Monday, 18 September 2017

MT1106/TCX67MF from LGW (Sunday 17th September) ...

Has been on an excursion ...

The flight from Gatwick was delayed best part of four hours, after a technical issue.

On arrival at Skiathos, the aircraft was unable to land, due to a technical issue at the airport, and has diverted to Thessaloniki overnight.


Passengers were put up overnight at Skiathos and Thessaloniki, and the flight is expected to arrive at Skiathos at 11:45 after the short hop, back from Thessaloniki.

ETA back at Gatwick, is 15:00hrs on Monday afternoon ...

Good luck to the crew with that trip, this morning. Disgruntled passengers, in need of light relief, may want to read the previous blog entry after filing the claim forms ...

Previous Blog: Animal Lovers ...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Animal lovers ...

We have numerous posts, about the islands Cats & Dogs ...

Now it appears the islands ducks, are becoming a centre point of attention.


A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles,
has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed,"Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet..

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he
returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most
definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..

The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "£150!" she cried, "£150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been £20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now £150." ...

Thats cheered you up, now hasn't it ...

Tomorrow we can discuss the flight delays - καλή βράδυ ...

Friday, 15 September 2017

On the road to Banana ...

The new development is looking good, and seems to be progressing well ...

In May the builders had opened up a narrow path 30 metres just before the old villas where the steep slope is to the Banana beaches.

This September it is as wide as a normal road and has been reinforced on one side with concrete and steel rods this leads down and comes out besides the old disused Village restaurant which is next to the Cookoonari plus restaurant formally George's.



Apartments/suites ...








The pool area is taking shape ...

You are routed around the building site now past a swimming pool (many wonder why have pool when the sea is only metres away)




Budget accomodation ...



 Then down a new access route to the beach ...





Which should allay the fears of those who believe, access to the beaches was being removed ...

Previous Blog: Katsonis anniversary ...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Katsonis anniversary ...

Today is the 74th anniversary, of the sinking of the submarine Katsonis ...


This Sunday 17th September at 10:30am, there will be a memorial sevice, at the memorial on the old harbour.

Read more on this subject, from my previous blog entry on the link here ...

Previous (and very popular) blog entry: Airport - Go around ...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Airport - Go around ...

Excellent video by Demetris Gregoriou earlier today ...

MT1184/TCX25EQ from Manchester, landing attempt in gusty conditions ...

'Watch this Thomas Cook A321-211 on approach at Skiathos Airport, Greece, when it encounters a 13kt tailwind. The pilot was forced to apply full thrust, and go around for a second attempt, which turned out to be a picture perfect landing' ...



Graphics: Dave Potter
Skiathos Airport - JSI - Aviation Group
Excellent camera work, once again by Demetris, and text book execution of their skills by the Thomas Cook Captain and crew ...

Earlier blog post: Fancy a walk in the woods? ...

Fancy a walk in the woods? ...

Thomas Cook Children's Charity Organization   ( TCCC ) aims to improve the lives of children and communities in which they live. 

During September, there is a global charity challenge to all of Thomas Cook 's destinations called "From Las Vegas to Bali"...

Las Vegas and Bali are the western and eastern destinations of Thomas Cook, and the distance between them is 14098 kilometers. Among all of Thomas Cook 's destinations worldwide we aim to cover 14098 kilometers through physical activities and increase the equivalent amount in euros during the month of September. Distances can be monitored in activities such as walking, running, hiking, swimming, etc., as well as in funding and donation events.

As part of this challenge, There will be a walk, which will take place on Sunday 17th September starting at 10:30 from stop No 23 and ending at the same spot around 12:00 noon. The walk will take you through the Mandraki pine forest to the beautiful bay of Mandraki Elias.

 Anyone interested in participating should be at the starting point at 10:00 in the morning to bring their own water and a donation of 3 euro per person.

If you prefer someone to donate separately and support this remarkable purpose, you will have to go through the offices of Thomas Cook & Hellenic Island Services, which are at the end of Evangelistria Street (next to the pet shop).

Weather:

Best September for years, all those 'chilly willies' who said you need to bring a cardigan, need to get some serious feedback for wasted suitcase space ...

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Good news ...

Missing Bag update (7th Sept): 

Good news, 'Chris who's Greek. his father-in-law found the bag, with everything in it. They will be forwarding it to the owner at home in Scandanavia' ...

Whoever Chris and his family are on Skiathos - well done to them ...

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 ...


Previous blog: On his way ...

Sunday, 10 September 2017

On his way ...

As I said the other day ...

Its going to get a little more crazy 'on the rock'

Currently en route to Athina, and then later on to the rock, is the head of the #Septembergang.


Our Armani clad champion, will be leading the gang astray in just a few hours. If you thought the last few weeks would be quiet, then you may have made a terrible mistake ...

Quote of the day: From Townboy, in Achladies 'Keeping a British stiff upper lip and pretending there aren't any wasps' ...

As one hurricane arrives on Skiathos, for a blow out. Another is wreaking havoc across the pond as it makes landfall in Florida. 

John & Rainy ...
Here two parrots seek shelter at the edge of a 22nd-floor window, at Dadeland Marriott in Kendall #HurricaneIrma