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Clean Monday

As always we managed to clean our cupboards and have a wonderful meal together. The wild onions were a dream !

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M

M. is a long time friend who I have helped in the past. She never learned english so I help her when she needs to translate, edit of write something. She is full of energy and never sits still. She has a great family with three wonderful sons. She and her husband have a very big herd of goats. The herd provides them with milk and meat. With the milk they make their own cheese which they sell.

Yesterday she asked me for a favor and in return she provided me with 4,5 liters of goat milk. My husband had complained that during the carnival period he hadn’t eaten rice pudding yet. It is carnival after all for two more days and you are “supposed” to make some. Last night I boiled the goat milk and this morning I made the rice pudding. Slowly slowly, it took me 1,5 hours. I hope it is tasty. I love it when you help somebody and your reward is like a gift. Thanks M!

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Winter vegetables

It is winter, this is on the land and growing and this is what you should buy. Eat what’s available in this season. The most beautifully decorated vegetable stall in Skopelos.

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Olive picking can be followed by a drone. A family member has one. Great photos Dimitri Mavridis !!!!

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Cut off

When you are stuck on a net with olives around you you cannot go out and get the news and put it on your blog. It is frustrating but I cannot change things. We have to keep going and collect all the olives now. We have moved to another piece of land. Not that many olives, I believe. I hope. The good thing is, is that the weather is gorgeous ! Sorry if this is boring “news”

I also collected black olives and treated them with salt. I will put them in a place where they can rest and after a while we should be able to eat them. Greek salad here we come !!!

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Think

It is quiet on the island, but it seems, everybody lies in waiting for better weather. The olives harvest is not over. It’s a recess, we need better weather, without rain, to continue. Many people are off the island for their annual holiday. Here on the island most people take their holiday in the fall and winter because they need to be here in summer when visitors are here and money can be made.

What the new year will bring we don’t know. There will be changes, that is for sure but for me those changes are positive. People need to think harder about what works for this island. The island has it all but to be able to interest people to come we cannot rely just on it’s nature, beaches and the sea. Getting more organized, all together, towards eco-friendly holidaying is the way forward I think and let people taste in different way the beauties of this island.

The olives press in Agnondas will have a go at bottling virgin olive oil for customers this year and the idea is to present more products of Skopelos in the future. There are already some olives oil producers on the island who do the same. I hope they make it. From the tree to the customer so you exactly know where your product is coming from. That is what people are looking for nowadays. The pure product. Hopefully more about this in another post.

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Olives 2017 Day four

With the weather not being good the next couple of days we decided on Tuesday morning to try and have the olives, we harvested so far, pressed. We found the guy in charge that day willing to put us on the afternoon list, around five. Because you don’t know how much olives the other are bringing in, the time your olives are being pressed is very flexible.

And so we got things going.
Get olives in bags


Clean containers

Get transport
We arranged for a truck to pick up the 18 bags. The truck could not get up our road so I had to drive down five times.

We were at the press from 4.30 hours until 09.30 hours. This press works very quickly!
It is nice to talk to people about the harvest. To wish everybody:” eat well from your olive oil” and to comment/gossip about the clean or dirty olives ( if they have a lot of leaves)

First batch 706 kilo of olives, 133 liters of olive oil. Quality 0,5. We are so grateful. We worked hard all together but it was worth it. Thanks Anne Guurt for everything !

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