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This morning we had to pick up our children from the Proteus ferryboat that would arrive in Loutraki and we decided to go earlier so we could enjoy Loutraki.

We visited the town beach and the two small beaches on either side of the village. Looking out over the sea we saw boats coming and going and having a purpose.

Later we sat in the shade under the mulberry trees to the left of the harbor and wondered if we could escape a weekend and rent a room along the waterside?

We saw four people working on the same small fishing boat and when the ferry boat finally arrived comments flew back and forth about the tourist season, who was coming of the boat and who was leaving. The usual things in such a small community but it gives you a feeling that you belong….

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As of tomorrow the 4th of May we do not need to send an SMS message if we want to go shopping or for a drive/walk or visit the health center or a doctor.
The Greek government has announced the gradual lifting of the lock down restrictions but heavy fines will be given if you do not wear a mask where you should. The fine is 150 euros.
When you go to a an office or shop that is small wait outside before you go in or make an appointment. Only a certain amount of customers can go into the enclosed space.

The Greek government urges people to keep a distance of at least 1,5 meters from other people, not shake hands, wash your hands before and after going out and not touch your face, your eyes and mouth before you have washed your hands again at home. In many shops there are areas where you can get antiseptic gel. Avoid being in crowds and senior citizens are recommended to stay home.

I have read a lot of information about where and when citizens should wear a mask. In the last press release the epidemiologist mr. Chiodras and the representatives of the Greek government admit that they are moving in uncharted waters and that the measures for using a mask that have been taken, will be updated and changed where necessary. The information below I have taken from the last press release where information about masks is announced by the undersecretary of Civil Protection mr. Nikos Chardalias.

The use of a mask is mandatory for citizens in public transport, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers.

The mask is mandatory for public transport workers and taxi drivers, for supermarket employees and grocery stores employees that manage non standard food, for employees in hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, for hairdressers and beauty salons.

In the rest of the closed spaces, for instance offices, hairdressers and so on, a strong recommendation is given for the use of a mask or face mask, if possible.

(in Greek: Η μάσκα είναι υποχρεωτική για τους πολίτες στα Μέσα Μαζικής Μεταφοράς και στα ταξί, στα ασανσέρ, στα νοσοκομεία, στα ιατρεία και στα διαγνωστικά κέντρα.

Η μάσκα είναι υποχρεωτική για τους εργαζόμενους στα Μέσα Μαζικής Μεταφοράς και στα ταξί, για τους εργαζόμενους σε σούπερ μάρκετ και καταστήματα τροφίμων που διαχειρίζονται μη τυποποιημένα τρόφιμα, για τους εργαζόμενους σε νοσοκομεία, ιατρεία, διαγνωστικά κέντρα, για τους εργαζόμενους σε κομμωτήρια και κέντρα αισθητικής.

Στους υπόλοιπους κλειστούς χώρους, γραφεία, επισκέπτες κομμωτηρίων και λοιπά, δίνεται ισχυρή σύσταση για χρήση μάσκας ή καλύμματος προσώπου, εφόσον είναι εφικτό.

Επαναλαμβάνω, πού είναι υποχρεωτική η μάσκα ή το κάλυμμα προσώπου. Για τους πολίτες στα μέσα μαζικής μεταφοράς και στα ταξί, στα ασανσέρ, στα ιατρεία, στα διαγωνιστικά κέντρα και στα νοσοκομεία.

Για τους εργαζομένους, στα μέσα μαζικής μεταφοράς και στα ταξί, σε σούπερ μάρκετ και καταστήματα τροφίμων στα sections που διαχειρίζονται μη τυποποιημένα τρόφιμα, σε ιατρεία, νοσοκομεία και διαγωνιστικά κέντρα, καθώς και σε κομμωτήρια και κέντρα αισθητικής.)
source: press release 2-5-2020

I have found a chart which is used by many media outlets but I cannot find the source and I will therefor not publish it. In this information it also says that it is strongly recommend for the public to wear a mask in schools, universities and other education centers. Also in churches, mosques and synagogues. Supermarkets, outside spaces of bars and restaurants, small shops, hair dressers and beauty salons.

Surgical masks can be purchased at pharmacies and some supermarkets but there are also hand made masks of fabric for sale. If you want to know who makes them please send me a message.

A visit to Kastani beach resulted in seeing a pod of dolphins in the sea! I am sorry that the footage is not so good but especially in the beginning the fins of the dolphins can be seen.

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Good morning and a good Orthodox Easter everybody. These wishes are expressed out loud if we see or speak each other. But because of the social distancing it is awkward. It is going to be a very different Easter. The big parties outdoor with a lamb or o goat on a spit are forbidden. You can only spend the days with the persons that are staying in your house, your family.

The information and warnings in the daily press conference are about that at the moment. No travelling and no concentration of large crowds.

The photo above I took the day before yesterday on the ring road of Skopelos where the purple irises are in full bloom. They are of course not the only flowers blooming on the island. They are everywhere and give us a sense of optimism. When we come out of quarantine, hopefully we can start picking them for the first of May wreaths and maybe be with family.

The whole world is trying to prepare for the next day when we can come out of quarantine slowly slowly but the Greek government is not showing their hand yet. They will before the 27th of April but that does not mean that from one day to another all shops will be open again, children will go to school again and everybody return to to work. The steps will be small like from a child learning to walk.

In the meantime the Greek government and many organizations are trying to make sure you don’t forget Greece and when it is safe you can visit again.

I like this video from discovergreece.com

Also this photo campaign

Source: Marketing Greece, DiscoverGRcom ,Tourism marketing organisation founded by Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

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If you look hard you will see the asparagus heads sticking out from the prickly bushes and the overies wrap themselves around anything near to them. You have to hunt for them though and do it soon because there are many others who like them too!

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Winter in Elios

Today’s rain and wind made it almost impossible to go out but after 2 o’clock the rain stopped and we decided to risk it and go for a drive. Over to Elios where a strong wind calls for a good coat, a shawl and a hat but otherwise it is beautiful. A couple of people eating in Spiros his taverna, Andreas, the taxi guy, doing his afternoon walk. Me looking for greens

Radiki and maratho

As you can see I found some greens. Radiki and maratho, a good combination! It will be a good side dish for tonight.

In Skopelos Dimitraki and Jialos are opening. Already open are Kymata, Kyratso, Karidia, La Tana and Gousto.
In Elios captain Spiros and Vangelis. Glossa I have no idea yet. It seems we have a good amount of restaurants open early in the year!

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Today we are spending a wonderful afternoon on Elios beach. Ingredients; a bright sun, sand and stones, the sound of waves on the shore, a dog, the green forrest behind us, tea and a book! What else do we need?

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Apart from bying less plastic I am also trying to create less waste. It is important that we learn how to re-use materials, to repair materials, to recycle materials and up-cycle materials. Slowly I am learning. A rug for the bathroom floor was frayed at both ends. I have cut those ends off and sowed a protective line. Now I have a shorter rug but I am able to use it for a long time still.

These straws I found on a beach yesterday. I will always remember the video that showed a turle and the straw that ended up in its nose and how difficult it was to remove it from there. Let’s start using bio-degradeable straws!

Last Sunday the scouts cut their New Year’s cake and it was encouraging to see how these young people are taught to be kind, not te be judgemental and include everybody. These children are also taught to protect the environment and what isn’t more important than that!

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There is a new update. The Fabaceae; the Bean and Pea Family. Please look at wild flowers of Skopelos blog

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Always changing

When you spend a couple of hours on the beach you see that the color of the sea and the sky are changing all the time. So is the beach. I will try and photograph that too and show you in the next couple of days.

It is challenging to photograph the sky and really get the colors on the photo that you are actually seeing at that moment. You can edit photographs a lot these days. I took many photographs until I saw the right presentation of colors. This kind of sky with these colors we had two days ago on Limnonari.

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Almost there

Yesterday was officially the last day that we picked olives. We picked olives for the third time because more relatives need olive oil and J. and C. gracefully allowed us to continue to pick olives from their land. I want to thank them and hope they enjoyed the ride!

We brought the olives to the press where it was quiet and they are waiting for more olives to be brought in to be pressed. In the meantime some loukaniko and lappa were sizzling on the BBQ and Stelios Kazantsidis was lamenting from a stereo about how unfair life is.

These olives will be pressed today.Remember the first batch we pressed? 425 kilo gave us 64 liters of oil with 1,2 oxidity.

This collecting of all these olives made it clear to me once again that together you can do everything. This kind of work enables you to tie more firmly your relationships with friends and family. It is relaxing in a way and soo exiting still to see your live oil come out of the press.

C. and I are thinking of making a book about the do’s and don’t of olive picking on Skopelos:some chapter’s will be:how to position sheets so all the olives fall on it and not beside them on the ground, how to stifle you anger and boredom when you pick up olives from the ground for the third time, how to cater for your olive pickers, how to get first in line on the list at the olive press when you want to press your olives and how to kick the habit of picking up olives long after you finished picking etc.

Thanks again J. and C.!!!!!

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