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With a fair breeze blowing from the south, our patch of oats (βρώμη = VRO-mee in Greek) is doing well. The field wouldn’t sit still for a proper photo so we got one with a lot of implied movement. Though oats were the chosen crop, there are many invading plants to spice things up.

We at SkopelosNews didn’t realize that the posts on the subject of oats were so popular with many of our readers. We will continue to keep you informed.

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19 April 2014

19 April 2014

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The Holy Friday procession of the flowered biers symbolically carrying the remains of Jesus of Nazareth to his tomb was, to our ears, strangely quiet this year. In times past one could be drowning one’s sorrow in a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice at a port side taverna and hear the individual procession from each church from far away. This alert would allow one to get up and out beyond the plastic enclosure to observe the solemn column of mourners chanting the beautiful funereal hymns.

Perhaps it was the surrounding noise of friends meeting up after a long absence which hindered the acoustics but three of the four groups were intoning so faintly that they almost slipped by unnoticed. Only the ‘epitaphios’ from Panagia Papamelitiou church could be heard from a distance of more than 20 meters.

We believe that much depends on the head chorister to whom all look to lead the incantation. Then again it just may have been a cold night with a lot of extraneous port activity occluding the ritual.

Still it was, as always, a magnificent observance.

Clock those frocks!

Snow White poster GREEK HI RESAnyone planning a trip to our easterly neighbours on Alonnisos in the coming days should make a note in their diary for 23-26 April, when the island’s expatriate drama group Greek Island Thespians (there’s a joke in their acronym…) will be staging their annual post-Easter spectacular, this year their Η Χιονάτη και οι επτά αδελφές, ‘Snow White and the Seven Sisters’, at the municipal auditorium in Patitiri. Purporting to be a textual mash-up of the Brothers Grimm tale and the myth of the seven sisters of the Pleiades (although they don’t seem to have read Robert Graves’s far grimmer reading of just why the sisters ended up as a constellation), it promises to be a lot of fun involving song, silliness and seamstresses.

It might even be worth a crowdfunded night-trip on the Sporades Queen

Happy picnickers on parade: Jim, Monika, Steven, Mark, Caroline, Muriel, Lyn, Keith, Linda, Dominique, Christine and, in front, Jean-Claude

Happy picnickers on parade: Jim, Monika, Steven, Mark, Caroline, Muriel, Lyn, Keith, Linda, Dominique, Christine and, in front, Jean-Claude

Sunday 13th
The Palm Sunday walk to Glisteri beach was unusual as the group of thirteen had two different starting points, with seven Scramblers starting from the kastro while the car drivers met them at the top of the Glisteri road where parking was a bit more viable. Then they split up again, half walking down the tarmac road to the beach while the brave boys with cutters took to the woods. They all met to share the blue-checked tablecloth picnic on the beautiful Glisteri beach setting. There were six new Scramblers on the walk, and even though transport was available a few decided to walk back. Rumour has it that they did take rather a while to negotiate their backward scramble but luckily they had a local guide – thanks, Caroline: eight Kilometres there and back.

Easter Sunday
The meeting point for this Sunday’s walk is Carrefour supermarket, at 10.30am, where transport will be available to the centre of the island to begin a descent to Panormos beach and Easter lunch.

If you want to join the Scramblers on Sunday it’s important to phone Muriel Dunlop if you need transport: 24240 24732.

Another pajama shot

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Joining our archives of sometimes spectacular sunrises is this from today at 07:15. Though not really a pajama shot, as we already had changed into tie and tails to make a proper presentation at the breakfast table, the photo does not tell the complete truth unless of course the super sensitive 12.1 mega pixel receptor plate is picking up strange pink and green radiation left-overs from Chernobyl.
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Yesterday, Wednesday, it rained a little bit and out came the snails

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but what surprised us more was the huge moth/butterfly we spotted near the house. We quickly took a picture and brought it to a dark spot on the land before the cats saw it and grabbed it!

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FlisvosLowering skies and lively seas didn’t deter fans from celebrating another sign of summer, the re-opening of Flisvos taverna in Loutraki, yesterday (er, our photo was taken as we were about to be the first to arrive…). Owner Yianni Kantartzis has installed a handsome new blue tenta and, given the decline of amenities in Loutraki, Flisvos might justifiably call itself the only seafront restaurant there now. The setting remains one of the finest on Skopelos, even if the special effects yesterday reminded us of certain scenes in All Is Lost

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