The lemon trees and many other fruit trees were damaged on the island. They bear fruit that is very ripe so lemonade, jam and preserve recipes were taken out of the recipe folder again!
The crowdfunding project to raise money to organize the Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth in July/August of this year was successful again. We raised the money that was needed and with 40 backers, $8,380 was pledged. The organizers of the festival want to thank everybody who has donated very much for their donation. We thank you for your continuing love for the island and its inhabitants. Words are not enough. We hope we can make you proud again this year with wonderful films, amazing directors and children!
Below is a thank you note from Jill Somer
I apologize for my late response to your incredible generosity. We got hit by a terrible snowstorm and it has been difficult to get back to a regular routine. Finally, the kids are in school as of tomorrow, the water and electricity are back on so we are up and running again! It does make this year’s theme of Mother Earth even more important because we would like to teach the kids some survival skills.
Just prior to our snowstorm of the century, we visited Elena and Adonis’ farm. This couple created a beautiful spot in an area called Loutsa where they are producing their own food through planting gardens, fruit trees and raising farm animals. They also have a donkey that may or may not be able to work because he has one eye. The farmer that owned him wanted to give him away because he wasn’t sure he would be useful. Elena thought he would be a great addition to the farm so they took him in. It is such a wonderful example of what can be done in Skopelos with the land being so rich. This is one of the places we are going to try to take the kids during the educational part of SIFFY. Here are a few images to give you an idea of this amazing place.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing contributions. The money will all go towards a good cause. We are going to start inviting filmmakers in the next two to three weeks and then we will know how many kids we can accommodate. We hope to have as many kids as possible because we hate to say no!
Look out for some amazing films this summer. I have a feeling this year is going to be off the charts great!
Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth (SIFFY) http://www.skopelossiffy.com
A photograph of a couple of days ago, the town beach covered in snow. The ducks were swimming in the small lake that always forms itself between the shore and the sea.
A photograph we took from the Kastro area. This a quite a few days after the big snowstorm on Tuesday.
School will start again tomorrow, Tuesday the 17th.
The animals need extra food because they were without food for a couple of days. All the trucks, tractors etc. are on the road working to get the snow under control. High trees had a lot of snow on them and broke. A orange tree had several branches that were broken so we collected the oranges. Still a lot of snow on the road but everybody is working very hard to remove it.
Many people have started to cut the broken branches of trees and simultaneously they collect the wood for the fireplaces and wood burners.
Today is a very Sunny day and everybody is out and about asessing the situation of houses and land. Most main roads of Skopelos are passable but there are still many dirtroads and paths that have an awful amount of snow on them. This means that some people still cannot get out of the house. C. needs to get out of her house but cannot and she will be helped by the firebrigade tomorrow, if nessecary. An employee in a supermarket said that yesterday, Saturday, people were coming out of their houses and to the supermarket like snails after a rainfall! I am not sure if I like the comparison. 🙂
We have yet have to go into town. We are not sure what kind of damages we will see here.
This sums it all up. A message from Angela from four days ago:
I would just like to say a BIG thank you to all the people out there who have kept our island ticking over while we have had this snow. Proteus has kept ‘chugging’ along and just as I finished packing the freezer items in snow – yippee …good old DEH get the lekki going again. The buckets are full of snow for boiling our water and hopefully we will have water again soon.
I hope everyone is keeps warm and safe – Happy 2017 .
Happy New year Angela and we hope to see you soon in town.
Last night was a quiet night and we kind of realized what has happened the last couple of days. We are alright but to keep a household going without running water and electricity, to cook for the family, to keep them warm, to safeguard the house, the surrounding area, the animals, has been quite a task. Thank God for our fire place and our sisterne/water reservoir. I cannot imagine how it is for people who don’t have these two valuable items.
Snow everywhere. I made this small video on Tuesday when the snowfall was the heaviest.
Everywhere are bobcats, truck, big machines and they try to keep the snow of the main roads and the important areas like the harbor, the health center etc. etc.
There are no casualties on the island but a house caught fire when the electricity came back on full force and a refregirator caught fire and the house burned down. The family is ok.
A super puma helicopter has rescued several families who were without food, electricity and water for a long time. The were stranded in the areas of Kalogeros, Raches and Pirgos. A big fishing boat has also travelled along the north east coast to pick people up.
No water and electricity so we use the fireplace for heat, water boiling and cooking. No problem at all.
Skopelos in the snow by night.
Working hard to remove snow from the roofs, balconies and the steps.