Stanley’s holiday

This short film was made by Nadia de Jong. Thank you for sending it to us. We like it very much!



One of the readers of the blog Nina has noticed that there are quite a lot of hedgehogs around at the moment and some guests of her found one in a swimming pool! It was trying to get out and luckily they found it in time. They think it was looking for water to drink. Kind people leave out cat food in the streets which she thinks hedgehogs eat too but there never seems to be water around for them. Also, hedgehogs should never be given milk…it kills them… their digestive system cannot cope with it. So please leave water around on your land if you can.

Stafylofest 2018

Stafylofest 2018
Visit the Sporades Centre for Sustainable Life in Glossa this Saturday (22/09) and join us in celebrating the grape harvest and the culture of wine making on our beautiful island. Festivities begin at 5pm. We will be demonstrating local winemaking, harvest songs, music and dance. We will also show you traditional methods of clearing the grape must which can then be used to make moustalevria, a delicious desert.
There will also be plenty of wine for you to sample and enjoy!
Free entrance for all!!
For directions to the centre and video footage from last year’s Stafylofest, please visit our website: http://www.isporades.org

Piraeus bank on Skopelos is closing, unfortunately. Due to cutbacks in personnel throughout Greece this branch office of Piraeus bank will close on the 10th of October. There is a branch office in Skiathos.


This small church lies on the crossroad between Anania and Karya and the road that leads down to Elios. It is a quick way to get to the other side of the island if you want/need to go to Elios, Klima, Glossa or Loutraki etc. They say that in this area the patron saint of Skopelos Riginos sat down on a stone and that the little church was built around it. Most churches are not open all the time so only goats use the land around the church to rest in the shade. The church is surrounded by big trees.

This goat herd might be part of the big herd that belonged to Pandelis Karvelis. It’s station is close to this church. I once ate traganas with him with fresh milk from his goats. The weather was really bad. It was raining and we saw lightning. We took shelter under a makeshift roof and were surrounded by goats. I will never forget it. The milk and oats were put in a big pan that was standing on a wood fire. A couple of people around the fire and waiting for the milk and oats to cook.

We were a little bit impatient but also glad to relax and see the milk slowly get to a boil, the oats cooked and asking ourselves; will this taste good? It was gorgeous! Pandelis unfortunately is no longer with us but for many he lives on.

Looking for a sunset

Looking for a sunset on Sunday. Armenopetra was the beach.


It is a little bit of an adventure to get to Hovolo beach because of the access to the beach. The beach is situated under some rocks and there is a warning sign. There is not a real path and you have to walk over stones for a while before you reach the beach. The reward is big though. An untouched beach, a very clear sea, and the view! You can reach Hovolo by driving to Elios/New Klima and when you reach the sea turn left. Park your car near the rocks and start walking.