Off-season pleasant activities
By Sofia, Nov 20 2019 08:48PM
Sunny pleasant days are still with us as we engage in our leisurely winter ways here on Skopelos! The olive harvest is in peak with the mill in Agnondas working a 24 hour rota.
Over the years I've lived on the island, there have been substantial innovations to the harvesting of olives and processing of oil. For a start, the use of human or animal energy to run the wheel of the mill is a welcome OUT! Battery (or petrol) operated harvesting comb, which literally combs down the olives from the branches onto spread sacking - and the grading belt which separates waste from fruit, leaving the berries to be bagged, weighed and processed into oil - make harvesting easier and quicker. Nevertheless, it is still welcome to come across old-timers in the countryside, who choose to harvest olives in traditional ways, shaking the fruit down with bamboo rods.
Back on my drive from my hang outs in Panormos, I came across an active centenarian - an old timer - who, having ended his work day harvesting (the traditional way), was making his way to Agnondas to reserve his turn to process his harvest into olive oil; a supply for himself and his family, and maybe enough of a surplus to sell some! Full of admiration, the least I could do was give him a lift to the mill and then to town.
My guess is that He probably would have walked the 15km stretch to Skopelos, had I not turned up at the right moment!