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Road works ahead

In Panormos road works will start to lay these pipes underground. Perhaps they will be part of the sewage system? Word has it that the sewage from Panormos will now be pumped to Elios and treated there.

And on the Agnontas road going up to Panormos these enigmatic markings appeared on the road. Maybe part of some new works that will get done?

The photos are from Mike, thank you!

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Party!

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Finally the staff of the Skopelos diving center managed to reach the surface and come up for air and they celebrate it with an extraordinary scuba party! Saturday evening at 9:00 pm in their diving center in Skopelos town. The diving center is located at the beginning of the road towards the monasteries and opposite the town beach. Do not miss it!!

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Paradise regained

paradise 2As our recent photo from Robert showed, Limnonari beach is returning to something like normal after the disastrous weather event of last September.
The drainage pipes channeling the winter water course into the sea have been placed back in position, a new roadway has re-connected the further O Tomas taverna to the road, and most of the stones that were washed up on the beach have been cleared away. And as our photos show, folks are flocking back to what is many people’s favourite beach. Both images expand with a click.paradise 3

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Scramblers picnikThe Skopelos Scramblers’ last walk was a gradual climb up to the Agia Marina spring. The weather was perfect for walking, dry but not too warm. Fourteen enthusiastic walkers, including two four-legged friends, eventually reached the spring to be greeted by a beautiful horse that was enjoying the water there. Muriel spread out the famous blue checked tablecloth in the wonderful surroundings of the Ag Marina churchyard for the shared picnic. They were pretty reluctant to set off again but eventually made their way down to Mili village and back to the archaeological site, heading for a well deserved coffee in Skopelos town.

Sendoukia graves
This Sunday’s walk is to the ancient Sendoukia tombs. The starting point for walkers from Skopelos will be Carrefour supermarket at 10.30am. They will then drive to the Chestnut Tree junction in the centre of island, where the walk will begin. As usual there will be a shared picnic on the itinerary.

All are welcome to join the Scramblers. Many different nationalities make up a usual Sunday group and this week they are expecting Greek, English, French and, of course, Scottish walkers in the mix.

For further information, or if you need transport to the meeting point, phone Muriel Dunlop on 24240 24732.

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Siga, siga…

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Two of the worst-hit sites in the September storm are edging back towards normality. The jetties at Agnontas took a further pasting from later bad weather, but the Korali restaurant is undergoing major refurbishment – clock that wiring! – and Thanasis at Pablos has told us he is planning to re-open around March 20.

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Over the hill at Limnonari, heavy machinery has taken the huge tree-root bole out of the water course that re-opened its route across the beach to the sea, and also retrieved some of the drainage piping that was washed into the sea in the storm. The O Tomas taverna remains inaccessible except across the beach, although there have been discussions with the municipality about works that might see a bridge across the water course. Siga siga, Skopelos is reverting to the island we were on before the rains started after lunch on September 21 last year…

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Are the Scramblers re-enacting the cult movie Tremors here?

Are the Scramblers re-enacting the cult movie Tremors here?

The last Scramblers walk was mid-December, a hike to the Cape Gourouni lighthouse from just above Perivoliou Beach. When they reached their destination the hero of the hour awaited with camping stove fired up and coffee and biscuits ready – thank you Tony from Glossa. But for the kids the excitement was yet to come, as the lighthouse maintenance was being carried out and we got a tour of the lighthouse interior.

Sunday February 14
This Sunday’s walk starts at the Carrefour supermarket at 10.30am, where cars will take walkers to Pirgos for a downhill walk to Panormos beach. They will travel in convoy to the centre of the island, so no need to worry if you have not been part of this walk in the past.

As it is a bit early in the season for a taverna lunch Muriel will, as usual, spread out the blue checked table cover for a pot-luck shared picnic, and just as a reminder to the guys – February the 14th!

If you need a lift from Carrefour, phone Muriel on 24240 24732 to make sure there are seats available.

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Thanks to Harald and Martina Dempf for this shot of the Loutraki epiphany race

Thanks to Harald and Martina Dempf for this shot of the Loutraki epiphany race

There’s a beer with your name on it if you can spot the Robert Wyatt song reference in our headline, but otherwise this is an early heads-up for Wednesday’s celebration of Epiphany, θεοφανια (Theofania) in Greek, and the annual ritual of swimmers racing to retrieve a cross thrown into the sea by a priest during the blessing of the seas for the new year. As part of our New Year’s resolution to make the user-friendly, interactive SkopelosNews more pro-active and less Skopelos-Town-centric, our illustration is of last year’s celebrations in Loutraki.

Predictions are for a mild if cloudy day, but still likely to be better than the snows that blew along Skopelos paralia last θεοφανια. Most shops and services will be closed, although cafés and restaurants will be open to serve the holiday crowds. The next day, Thursday January 7, is one of the year’s biggest name days, for people named Ioannis or Ioanna, and variants thereof. Traditionally, drinks, cakes, presents and even pocket money are given to name day celebrants. We know at least one who is hoping to receive a Scalextric set this year.

That, or a pony.

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