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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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Twelve Go Mad on Stafilos: Sev, Sandra, Theo, Jim, Anya, Effi, Vangeli,  Chip, Marko, Meta, Dimitri and baby Marrella on last month's walk to the beach

Twelve Go Mad on Stafilos: Sev, Sandra, Theo, Jim, Anya, Effi, Vangeli, Chip, Marko, Meta, Dimitri and baby Marrella on last month’s walk to the beach

The Skopelos Scramblers enjoyed a wonderful walk to Stafilos beach a few weeks ago (they abandoned last week’s to help with the clean up of Ammos beach). As with many of the walks, the Scramblers were surprised, not only by the numbers of people turning up to join them, but also by the variety of nationalities. The walkers were Australian, Dutch, English, Greek, Kenyan and, of course, Scottish.

The beach picnic was pretty special, as were the games with the kids afterwards. Thank you to all who joined them and helped make the day special.

The lighthouse (Faros)

The walkers will meet at 10.30am on Sunday December 6 by the Carrefour supermarket, where transport will be organised for the drive to the other side of the island for a relatively easy walk to the lighthouse at Cape Gourouni. Weather permitting the group will enjoy a shared picnic on the lighthouse steps. As before all are welcome on the walks, but if transport is needed then prior warning of numbers would be good. Phone Muriel Dunlop on 24240 24732 for further information or if you want to meet above Perivoli beach, where the walk will start, so the Scramblers can look out for you.

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In the 4 (gulp) weeks leading up to Christmas, Armoloi Ceramics and Crafts Shop is offering a 50% sale on all ceramics.

The special seasonal opening hours are 11:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 21:00 on the following dates in December.

Fri-Sat December 4-5
Fri-Sat December 11-12
Mon-Sat December 14-19
Mon-Thurs December 21-24

Hours
11:00 – 14:00
&
18:00 – 21:00

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Fishing for cars

Now you see it, and now…

Now you see it, and now…

…you see it

…you see it

The sunken car sitting just off the town beach, which was threatening to become an unwelcome icon of our island, was hoisted out of the sea yesterday and brought onland. It now sits awaiting its fate on the molos by the NIKOS sailing club enclosure. We believe that there may be a few other vehicles – some cars, motorbikes or quad vehicles – still in the water, but probably nothing like the 32 cars estimated by some mainland media sources.

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After a fairly quiet year, Greece is again preparing for a succession of strikes. Following up on the 96 hour Seamen’s strike, Apostolis at the HSW ticket office reports that there will be a general strike on Thursday 12 November. Stoppages will include ferry services, banks, government offices etc. There is a long list of organizations supporting this strike including petrol station owners.

This is the first general strike of the season and more are expected as the government tries to implement the policies demanded by the creditors.

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The Scramblers on an earlier jaunt across the island hills

The Scramblers on an earlier jaunt across the island hills

After a period of absence the Skopelos Scramblers are once again at large across the island’s hills and byways. They had an impromptu walk in October but are now knuckling down to a programme of regular Sunday morning walks.

This Sunday’s walk, November 8, will start at 10.30am at the Carrefour supermarket outside Skopelos Town. The group will scramble along the old Stafilos road heading for a shared picnic on Stafilos beach. Scramblers can decide whether to walk back to Skopelos Town or take up the offer of a lift back.

As always with the Skopelos Scramblers, all are welcome to join any part of the walk, and whether as a short-term visitor or a Skopelos resident. For any questions or further information, just call Muriel Dunlop on 24240 24732.

Muriel scries that the weather may even be good enough for a swim, so pack swim gear if you are in the mood.

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The flow and ebb and flow

Perhaps some readers will find this mini-photo diary of recent extreme weather events worth pondering. The images are from the days after the first flood, during the second flood, and the results of the second flood. The images also enlarge somewhat.
The second flood was not as devastating as the first as the steam beds had already cleaned themselves during the “big” flood. Water was able to flow freely without too many back ups yet still carried mostly small stones (as opposed to boulders and trees), gravel and the plastic bags that the water missed the first time.

The aid money promised by the government has not arrived yet.

For the weather summary of October 2015 SEE the end of this post. The chart is courtesy of Yiannis Chatzitrakosas  and http://penteli.meteo.gr/stations/skopelos/. Yiannis is the founder of www.skopelosweb.gr  .

The Army digs after the first flood

The Army digs after the first flood. Eventually they will clear out down to 3 meters from the road level and the trench will be as wide as the bridge

Same army, same project, same day - the culvert

Same army, same project, same day – the culvert

Same army, same day, same project

Same army, same day, same project

About noontime of the second flood

About noontime of the second flood

Well into the second flood 4:30pm

Well into the second flood 4:30pm

The second flood

The second flood

After the second flood. Mostly smaller stones, mud and gravel fill in one week of the army's work

After the second flood. Mostly smaller stones, mud and gravel fill one week of the army’s work

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