SKopelos

By Sofia, Aug 12 2018 05:35AM

It is tradition for Greeks to flock to their home villages or the islands where their roots lie and there to attend celebrations at churches throughout the country


Preparation for the feast of 15 August begins on 1 August with a period of strict fasting that dictates abstention from anything that derives from a living creature. Therefore, no meat, no dairy products, no eggs, but also no oil or wine except on Saturdays and Sundays. Seafood/fish is permitted on 6 August, and finally, on 15 August, which marks the end of the fast.


The direction of the fast is spiritual, but many take part to detox, as a gesture of community spirit, or for creative reasons, which is to use the choice of food within the guidelines, but still achieve variety in its preparation.



Organic food for the fast: fish, samphire, fruit and veg
Organic food for the fast: fish, samphire, fruit and veg

By Sofia, Aug 4 2018 09:27PM

Shame that my, Canon camera, is out of order. Not much wrong with it I hope!. The zoom is stuck and really I needed a zoom to cover the size of the Golden Star, Super Fast ferry, sailing to us daily, taking only two hours direct from Thessaloniki. It makes a stop in Skiathos to pick up the visitors who fly to Skiathos airport to bring them to Skopelos.


15 August is nearly here, the day when the island reaches full capacity. This day, after Easter, is the most important festival in the calendar of orthodoxy.


There is much going on to entertain the visitors and much to occupy the islanders as they busy themselves with the routine work leading to the big day.


Over these few weeks there are concerts, music festivals, annual festivals, such as SIFFY (Skopelos International Film Festival of Youth) and newly-started ones (1st Rembetiko Music Festival of Skopelos) as well as other forms of entertainment to entertain the visitors and benefit the islanders.


It is a busy and entertaining period on Skopelos.




Super Fast Golden Star direct from Thessaloniki
Super Fast Golden Star direct from Thessaloniki
SIFFY grafiti wall of good deeds
SIFFY grafiti wall of good deeds
1st Rembetiko Festival of Skoplelos (under the headland church)
1st Rembetiko Festival of Skoplelos (under the headland church)
Young performers await their turn to perform at the livadiotisa music night
Young performers await their turn to perform at the livadiotisa music night

By Sofia, Jul 30 2018 06:30AM

By comparison to the tragedy in Athens our islands fire in Agnondas, Amaranthos, a largely uninhabited area, is seemingly irrelevant. Evidently the fire in Agnondas was started by a negligent smoker, falling asleep with a lit cigarette and a wish to have a nice super of freshly caught fish, grilled in the wild of the forest setting.


Four canadair planes and one helicopter controlled the fire over the air. On land, Dimitri's bulldozer cut fire breaks in the forested area and our fire brigade worked a whole afternoon and into the early morning hours to put our fire out and prevent it from spreading further, to Stafylos, an inhabited area, similar to that in Athens!


We ask everyone to observe the rules set for preventing a wild fire, which, if not costing in human lives, does damage to nature.


Coming from Agnondas to Limnonari, the burned pine forest in the distance
Coming from Agnondas to Limnonari, the burned pine forest in the distance

By Sofia, Jul 23 2018 06:12PM

The valley of Glisteri is amazing. It never ceases to bring about unexpected surprises!


In the olive groves and the woodland shrubs of the valley one can now sight wild deer. Yes, really! These animals escaped from their fenced off enclosure during the calamity years of flood/snow and multiplied in the wilds of the Glisteri woodland. However.............


My early morning swim there met with a pleasing sight of a superb and orderly beach installation. Banksy? No, not quite; and a bit more local, I would say!


The beach was abandoned a couple of years ago (a long back-story) and gradually started to revert back to nature, occasionally cleaned by the diving school or individuals conscious of the environment.


The composition shows a perfect harmony of terrain, material and colour, taking in the whole dimension of the valley. I was told that the creator is the artist Tassos Chiotis, whom I met some time ago. Tassos used material discarded or washed out either by man or nature, which he found on the beach.


Finer than Banksy! Bravo Tassos!


Approaching Glysteri
Approaching Glysteri
The derelict building grafitied to match the terrain
The derelict building grafitied to match the terrain
A perspective of what is there and what has been added
A perspective of what is there and what has been added
Shivani and Eleni in the background enjoy the quiet of Glysteri
Shivani and Eleni in the background enjoy the quiet of Glysteri
The washed out pallets and palm fronds form a terrific instalation!
The washed out pallets and palm fronds form a terrific instalation!

By Sofia, Jul 17 2018 06:01AM

High in the mountain of Dimenika, a little distance from the path which takes you to Sendoukia, one comes across a small homestead.


This is the small forest farm of Kostas, who spent his life around livestock, milking them and making cheese. and other dairy products, which he then sold to the community. Kostas is now retired, but still keeps on his forest farm a herd of sheep and goats, as well as other animals.


A sideline of Kostas is his verdant, organic vegetable garden, the produce of which he sells to the various restaurants in town.



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