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I am still amazed by the unbelievable presents that our land here on Skopelos gives us. June figs (green) are ready!!

I also want to thank all the people that have been coming to my office to talk about the blog. I write for you and I will keep writing for you !!

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Sour cherry time

Almost two trees done but three more to go!!

Drying now

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Grafting or graftage is a horticultural technique whereby tissues of plants are joined so as to continue their growth together.

On our piece of land we have many fruit trees and amongst them were two bitter orange trees and a very small orange tree. We don’t eat the bitter oranges nor do we make jam or marmelade of them. We asked Yorgos Panajoteras who is an expert in grafting to help us turn these trees around into sweet oranges. June is the time to do something about it for this type of trees. There are other times during the year when you tend to other type of trees.

The small orange tree was trimmed first because all the power of the tree should go to the new branches. This small tree had no room and energy to produce oranges anymore. Now it will, we hope.

The other two trees were trimmed too. The branches that were being treated, they were being cut even, incisions were made and the special cut branches (oranges in our case) were inserted on the stem.

The branched that are attached on the root are encircled by tape to attach them well until they have grown into the root and the tape can be cut. On the exposed root an antiseptic mouse is placed. In the old days mud and a stone were placed.

Thank you Yorgos for helping us out and hopefully in a couple of years we will have oranges again!!

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After the stotm in the area of Glossa.
Photo: Roger Fox

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Empty, green and beautiful! Pirgos keeps surprising me. The view towards the sea, the small farmhouses and fields are so nice!

And the road down to Mourtero is adventurous but beautiful!!

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I know that there are many people on the island who produce wonderful products.

I have to remember who produces what and ask frequently what is available. 

M. gives us goat milk when we ask him in the periods of the year that the small goats don’t need it anymore.

Today he also brought us kaseri (photo above) and feta cheese (below)

The day before that we got a bag full of cherries from another friend. The whole neighbourhood has visited these trees and the most agile man climbes the trees and gets cherries for all! A clafoutis was easily made today.

We are so,so lucky!!

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I never knew how the undeground garbage storage worked. Now I know. It is clean, simple and smart.

Two more underground storages are being placed in the harbor zone in Skopelos town. I imagine they are placed all over the island.

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For the first time in a very, very long time the beach of Vathia in Kalogeros has been cleaned thoroughly. I know who cleaned the beach and I want to thank them very much on behalf of everybody who visits this beach because this cleaning required patience and stamina.

This beach was not easy to clean because there was a lot of garbage on the beach, deep in the sand and scattered on the hill behind the beach. Thank you!

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A short walk on our land and we ended up with: sparagia, overies, maratho, kefalas, paparouna, vrouva and zochos. We boiled them for a bit and added olive oil and lemon juice. What a treat!

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Sunday 10th April
Glisteri Beach
The Scramblers will meet for this Sundays walk at Kastro Car Park at 10.30am.
Good shoes or walking boots are advised for this walk. When the group reach the beach Muriel will spread out her now famous blue checked table cloth for a shared picnic. For those who have over indulged in the fresh orange juice or taken the competition swimming 🏊🏼‍♀️ too seriously there will transport arranged back to the walks starting point.

Everyone is welcome to join the Scramblers on the walk including 4 legged friends.
Any questions phone Muriel on 6983010118

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