On Sunday the 8th of March the annual scout’s dance evening is held. The dance is always celebrated on International Women’s Day and is in support of the scouts, raising funds to send them off the island on a big excursion. A raffle with a lot of prizes is also held. The place to be is Nastas Taverna. The taverna is open from 20.30 hours. For 15 euros you get a full meal and 1/2 litre of wine. You pay extra for beers and other liquor. Live music is played and a lot of dancing will be going on. For tickets please call Daphne on 6947 568210.

The lamb

We checked in on little “Mary” the other day. We have designated her an honorary female in order to stave off the inevitable, and now “Mary” is going through a change. “She” is now losing the cute little black spots which made “her” easy to identify. Our guess is that in a week “she” will have lost the spots completely and will blend into the crowd. “Her” eyes and ears will retain their blackness.

As Mr. Spock would say… “Live long and prosper”.

If you have been paying attention you probably have notice the island becoming noticably lighter.
No – not in the light/dark sense but as in light/heavy.

Looking around over the winter months, we’ve noticed many people who, at the end of the summer were pleasingly plump, have trimmed down considerably. In some cases the change seems miraculous.

The force behind these changes is Olga Maridaki, the young woman whose photo is above. A dietician by training, Olga has set up a consulting clinic here in Skopelos (near the elementary school playground – on the corner opposite the Triandafylos bakery).

Olga consults on diet and lifestyle, and suggests individual strategies to help people achieve their goal.
Solutions to any food related problems are within her reach. The rest is up to you.

Those interested can telephone 24240-23451 or just drop in during usual hours and make an appointment, or, if she is available, talk to her immediately.

Up to no good

Your Monday morning bug.
Most likely “not good for the garden”, this bright coral pink thing was last seen this A.M. enjoying the dampness by scurrying somewhere. Though we can’t remember exactly, we think that we read somewhere that it is indeed a pest or at least bothersome. So much for nature’s camouflage, it really stands out.

We will need to upload its photo to Google Image to see if we can find a match.

Update – no luck
Screen shot 2015-03-02 at 9.57.25 AM

On the first Sunday of Lent Orthodox Christians observe Triumph of Orthodoxy. The day signifies the importance of icons in the Orthodox religion and the defeat of iconoclasm. The iconoclasts were those Christians especially in the mid 700s to the early 800s who believed that images of the venerated (Christ, the Panagia, the Apostles) were in fact graven images prohibited under Mosaic law, and also misleading because the icons could not represent both the divine and the human nature of the Christ.

In the end, Byzantine iconoclasm was defeated at the Seventh Eucumenical Council at Nicea in 787.

On Skopelos the church Panagia Luvadiotisa is the place to be today because everybody who has an icon that they want to honor, they will bring it to this church and afterwards walk back to the town in a large procession.

[image from the British Museum]

Alone with a tiger


After a shipwreck a young man ends up in a lifeboat with a tiger. If you want to see how they get on come to Orfeas Cinema tonight at 18.30 hours.
The film is in English with Greek subtitles. Entrance 3 euros.
You are helping the children of the 2nd class of the high school if you are coming to see the film.

Wet Friday

According to the local Meteo weather site Skopelos town – where the instruments are located – received a hearty 59.8 mm of water from yesterday’s rain. That’s a little less than half of the total rain, again in Skopelos town, for the entire month (111.4 mm). Where we were the impression was of a saturated earth, so enough was enough.
All was accompanied by random seeming thunder and lightning.

The photo is of the view up to Palouki in the area above the Holy Cross (Stravrou) monastery.


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