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Goofy

This is the story of a dog called Goofy that was found by Natasa from Straycare on Skopelos and who recently found a new home in Athens. Natasa tells the story of Goofy here:

"About two and a half years ago, a friend informed me that there is a small dog, permanently tied on a leash around his neck. The leash was very tight. She informed me that she was going there and was feeding the dog and that we had to do something.

Because so much was going on already, I was thinking, where will I take the dog if I take it?

A few days later while returning from feeding the cats I saw the dog running in the street. He did not approach me and I could not catch it. It was only 7 kilos. I put food and water in the street and with the third attempt I caught him. The dog was full of ticks and had a huge sore neck because of the tight leash.

Without thinking I took him home to all my other animals that I take care of. 

I have had him for more than two years now. Until recently, due to my workload, I never had the opportunity give this dog up for adoption. There were always more urgent cases. 

But a few days ago my Goofy was adopted. A 11 kilos boy now.
Goofy went to a lovely house with an amazing mom, who loved him from the first moment she saw him. I did not expect him to adapt in the home from the first day and yet Goofy not only adapted but also made new friends. He has gone for walks and he already made his acquaintances. The parents of the girl who adopted him also love him! 

I am crying constantly because I know how much I will miss him and he will miss both me and his three dog friends in Skopelos who hung out with him but how can you deprive him of such a better life, how? 

I know that his new mom will offer him a lot of love and care, something that all of us active volunteers, no matter how much we want, cannot offer because we take care of hundreds of animals every day .

Needless to say, the woman who helped with the adoption is Fenia, the guardian angel of the animals from Skopelos. She has made a lot of adoptions possible for Skopelitakia animals.


Have a great life, my Goofy, with your new family .....


The photograph was taken at one of the training sessions for Skopelos Aquafit where those who are on the island meet together with instructor Muriel at the swiiming pool and practice the moves, adding and perfecting what was to be the summer sessions.

Three months of activity followed at Hotel Dyonissos with a few sessions in the sea. The group would like to thank the hotel staff for inviting them for what was their ninth year at the hotel.


Skopelos Scramblers

This Sundays walk, Sunday 17th, is to Ag Marina Spring.


The meeting point is the archeological site Ascelepion on Skopelos shore road at 10.30am.

When we reach the spring, Muriel will spread out her famous blue checked tablecloth for a shared picnic.

Everyone is welcome to join the Scramblers including our four legged friends.


Please phone Muriel 24240 24732 if you have any questions.

Talent

I am not somebody who likes to ask for money. If for a situation a practical solution can be found I will do my best to find that solution but.. I am now writing this small post because I want to help a teenager on the island to follow his dream. In order to be able to do this he needs some money to travel to the mainland and stay in a pension for two days at the time. Let me tell you why.

This teenager is very good at a certain sport. For this type of sport there is no team here on the island and talent has been recognized by a team in Volos on the mainland. To be able to participate in some of the workouts and play games this teenager has to go to Volos. But money is a little bit tight…

I want to donate and maybe someone else too? If you do please contact me via my email address daphneskopelos@hotmail.com and hopefully we can be part of a solution.

Daphne

Quiet

And then it is quiet again on the island. The population of Skopelos has changed this time of the year and the islanders are in the majority again. Most visitors have left but Skopelitans will also leave, at some point, or have already left to visit family on the mainland, abroad or go for a vacation.

But for now, many Skopelitans, are part of the daily scene on the streets. Most have finished their multiple jobs and now have time to relax, to shop, to travel and to socialize.

There are restaurants and bars that are still open and visitors that are here will find enough places open to stay, to eat and to socialize. The beaches are empty, the nature is as beautiful as ever, the roads are now without many vehicles and the villages have their identity back again. This time of the year is perfect for weddings and baptisms. They are usually organized in the fall. Everybody has time and peace of mind to concentrate on the important parts of life. And many can be present at those special gatherings.

Glysteri beach, quiet now

Most beaches are empty of sunbeds but they are still there and the sea is waiting, everywhere is the sea and the waves that crash or fold themselves on the sand and on a sunny or a clouded day you can swim in that crystal clear water.

The goats of the Pirgos area

This time of the year is also excellent for exploring the island. Go to places and areas you have not been for a while or never have been.

A deer in the Jilali area with rope caught in its antlers

Walk on the roads that lead to beautiful views over the island. Meet up with friends and spend time together.

Go to unknown places and have chance encounters.

Small house in the Livadi area

Have a coffee with someone you don’t know but who invites you in for a talk that involves “sign language” because you don’t understand a word of what you are both saying.

This time of the year is a quieter time but a good time also. A time to fill your batteries, a time to meet up with friends and family and hear about their and your summer, a time to relax, a time to reflect and maybe in some months start thinking about a new spring, a new summer…

Stafylofest on Friday

On Friday the annual Stafylosfest is being held again in Glossa at the Glossa culture and art center. You are welcome from 18.00 until 22.00 hours.

In the same center an art exhibition from George Calis is being held.

Never the same

September is a month that holds surprises. The weather is not as stable as July and August but the days are somehow sweeter, with a softer light and when we have rain or a rainstorm the days afterwards are quieter, like we have taken a deep breath and are ready to go again. For the last part of the summer.

The sky and the clouds are amazing, a deeper blue and you can see the strangest, most beautiful shapes high above.

The sea is calming down and the different kinds of blue are slowly fading.

The beaches have been reshaped again and in certain parts in the sea you will find stones where sand was or the other way around.

The activities on the sea don’t stop yet. They are one of the best ways to explore the sea, the interesting coastline of Skopelos and the private beaches that cannot be reached by car or on foot.

All the changes, all the colors, they are never the same and I love it.

For J.

Dear A.

Thank you for coming in yesterday and telling me a little bit about yourself and your wife J. I am so sorry she passed away but I admire you very much for coming back to Skopelos that you both love so much. I hope that the sadness of not having J. with you does not overshadow your holiday. I hope you still feel joy visiting the places you used to go to together. I will continue to write my thoughts on the blog and please remember that I have you and many others in mind when I write.

This view you know very well. It happened that I was in “your neighborhood” this morning. Take care!

R.I.P Mikis Theodorakis

He has not died, he just moved home.

Mikis Theodorakis / Μίκης Θεοδωράκις 1925-2021

So for the first time in many years a running event is taking place on Skopelos. Hopefully the inhabitants and visitors of Skopelos will embrace the event and make a yearly feast that celebrates running, exercizing in general and our health.

It would be wonderful if people could cheer on the runners along the route. If I have more detailed information about it I will let you know. Starting and finishing point is the old harbor.

21Km The main event 18yrs +

This mountain race takes athletes deep into the heart of the island’s second highest summit Mount Palouki.

All the races start and finish at the historical old port, runners shall climb straight up into the main village where they shall be greeted with the traditional characteristics of the Skopalitian architecture. We shall continue to climb via a labyrinth of narrow streets and the famed steps of the Chora eventually exiting onto the ring road where we shall continue downhill towards the Stafylos road before heading southeast on the dirt tracks upwards towards Mount Palouki.

Race Description

  • Start time 8am 
  • Length 21km / 13.049 miles 
  • Elevation gain 546m / 1,790ft
  • Various Terrain, cobbled streets, asphalt, dirt tracks, trails and mountain scree
  • Refreshment stations – 4
  • Competitors benefits – Handcrafted medals / buffer / pasta party / local artisan products

5km Urban landscape 12yrs+

A great entry point into running. Athletes shall start with the more experienced long distance runners heading straight into the village exiting onto the ring road where we shall continue on towards Stafylos, taking a sharp left towards Mount Palouki before tailing off the dirt tracks to skirt the back of the southeast side of Skopelos passing through various agricultural fields and the towns coastline, eventually traversing back to the finish line.

Race Description

  • Start time 8.30 am
  • Length 5km / 3.107 miles
  • Elevation gain 90m / 295ft
  • Various Terrain, cobbled streets, asphalt, dirt tracks and trails
  • Refreshment stations – 2
  • Competitors benefits – Handcrafted medals / buffer / pasta party / local artisan products
  • Entry fee -10£

1.5km Children’s race 6yrs +

The perfect opportunity to introduce your child into sport where they shall explore the importance of group participation whilst having fun literally every step of the way.

Race Description

start time 10.00 am

  • Length 1.5km /0.932 miles
  • Elevation gain 
  • Various Terrain, cobbled streets and beach coastline
  • Refreshment stations – 1
  • Children’s benefits – Handcrafted medals / t-shirts / certificate of achievement 
  • Entry fee – Free of charge

The Modern Trail Runners in Cooperation with the Municipality of Skopelos proudly present the first annual ‘Skopelos Trail Race’ on the 5th September 2021. 

Starting at 8 a.m. we present you with the authentic Greek island village, rising up to stunning mountain locations expect steep uphill climbs and fast downhill stretches via nature’s trails with amazing views every step of the way. 

We have handcrafted medals, local products, cultural performances and much more just for you. 

So come and join us on this historic day and create a journey to remember.

For further information and details about the festivities, the different races and the kilometers run, visit at www.themoderntrailrunners.com  

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