Archive for July, 2011

Yellow Plums – Avgata

If you plan on making the Skopelitan spoon sweet from the yellow plums, the time to collect them is now.

Kyria Marika Delitsikou-Papachristou, in her fine book of Skopelitan recipes, suggests that the fruit not be too ripe. Right now our plums are still firm and we are beginning to get the annual phone calls asking for a bag or two.

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Barba Mitsos

Barba Mitsos Tabaktsis (aka Tzavelas or Kapetan Tromaras, Captain Terrific) died last night at age 93.
Barba Mitsos was a farmer, a comedic poet, and actor. He was the life the Trata celebrations during Apokreas for many years, as the captain of the trata ship. His role was to keep the “Kefi” going with his impromptu poems and songs. To the end his humor endured and a casual conversation in the last weeks always was full of laughter.

He was a unique man and he will be missed.

His funeral is today at 5:30 pm from Panagia Papameletiou.

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Agia Marina spring

Skopelos has many springs. We have a list that was put together by Adonis Kesmetzis from the water company. We will try to gather general information about the history of these springs and how to get there. Please contact us with information that you have and we will make a separate page for all of them.
Agia Marina is one of my favourites. Even now, the end of July, the water flows not only from the tap but also from the hole next to it. I take my drinking water from there, others say you should not…. comments please !!!

Walk to the Agia Marina spring.

Dont’ forget water, a snack and suntan lotion and you should wear a hat and good walking shoes with socks. Time needed: about 1,5 hours.

Starting point: The port entrance.

Start walking along the road leading out of the village, follow this road straight ahead to the t-junction and turn left and follow the signs to Stafylos.
The first part of the walk is on asphalt. You will pass 2 petrol stations and the supermarket Carrefour. Just after the supermarket you will see a sign on your left saying Monastery of Agios Ioannis Kotronaki. Turn left here, you are now on a dirt road.

Start walking on the dirt road and keep going up until you reach the beginning of an asphalt road. Start walking on it and after a few meters there is a t-junction. Turn left here.

Follow the dirt road and keep walking up until you see a water reservoir on your right hand side. Keep walking up and on your left you will see an abandoned monastery and some goats kept behind a fence. The road slowly bends to the right and after that slowly to the left. In that left corner is a small shrine

Follow the road up and with great views on you left hand side you reach the spring and the church of the holy Marina.

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Open every day from 10.00 hours until 20.00 hours. The museum is in the top of Glossa below the church and kafeneion.

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These two are frequent, delightful, and rather unexpected visitors to my Glossa garden. I assume that someone on the island had them as domestic creatures and that they have escaped and run wild? I’m sure someone on this blog [Tom seems to know about everything!] can help solve my mystery. Thanks, Heather Durham

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This is a Prickly Pear cactus (Opuntia) in flower. Later, from what I hear, the fruits can be eaten. I’m not sure how. There is also a strange grasshopper in the picture.

Here’s another… click on the photo to see its eyes.

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This is a red lettuce plant that has gone to flower and to seed. It is really a terrific shape, like something from Dr. Seuss. The first is just a photo and the next two are variations via PhotoShop.
Click on them to make them larger. I wanted them to appear vertically in a row but this will have to do.

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Two dutch television program directors of the mediabrothers (a television production company in the Netherlands), will be visiting Skopelos from the 25th of July till the 8th of August.

They are shooting a 8 episode docudrama for the Dutch tv channel KRO; a big public channel in the Netherlands which makes all kinds of programs. This program is meant for the children part of the channel and will be broadcasted several times on Dutch television during this year and next year.

The program is about the adventures of two boys of 5 and 7 years old named Buck & Tommy.

This sequel was made in Suriname last year, as Buck and Tommy were travelling around the world. They choose to come to Skopelos this year. The idea behind the program is: two ordinary little boys go on an adventure and do extra ordinary things in foreign countries. They explore special places with local guides.

The name of the series will be: The adventures of Buck & Tommy on Skopelos

In 8 episodes they will explore the traditions and beautiful nature of Skopelos Island.
The reason for their decision to come to Skopelos is they want to learn more about freediving. Freediving is not known in the Netherlands and the two boys are very curious to learn more about this sport. They will be followed with a underwatercamera and see how to catch fishes.

Several guides will take them around the island away from all the touristic places and beaches. The two little boys will go with some greek kids fishing for squid. They will learn with other kids how to sail, they will go to the unknown spots of the island on donkeys, meet goatkeepers in the mountains and will learn how to make feta cheese. They will taste the honey of Skopelos and will see how it is made. Also they will try to find dolphins and monkseals in the National Marine Park and want to visit a deserted island around Skopelos.

The two brothers are the leaders of the program and through their eyes and the contact with the locals, the island life of Skopelos is seen.

The director of the series is their father, he’s a known director in the Netherlands. He has worked many years as a journalist and now makes several programs for children.
Below is a clip from the last series in Suriname

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Last night……

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