Archive for the ‘Nature/environment’ Category

This winter has been fairly mild. On Skopelos we have had some rain and a couple of good storms. Nothing like in other parts of Europe with heavy snowfall and very low temperatures. Lets see what March and April will bring. Tomorrow it’s Valentine’s day. Gonna do something nice for somebody you love ?


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(custom made shopping bags made by Lia with long or short handles; for more info write to skopelosnews.

The last couple of weeks the tellers of the supermarkets on Skopelos have endured the constant complaining of shoppers about the plastic bags that they have to pay (since the 1st of January 2018) Yesterday in the supermarket I noticed that many people, even older Greeks, have their bag with them so slowly slowly everybody is getting used to it. Lia has made this wonderful bag out of bits of jeans. These type of bags are also usable for bread or fruits etc. The complaint of many that they need bags for toilet paper can be resolved by using all the wrappings and plastic bags you get when you buy other products. There is soo much excess. I reuse the bag that the toilet rolls come in.

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Kastani is now a back to basics beach. The last part of the road to the beach is almost gone. You cannot get there with a car. For some it is fantastic because the beach is very pure again. Others mourn the fact that a beautiful beach with a good beach bar with nice music, sunbeds and umbrellas is history. Take your pick.

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Between the days with lots of winds there are better days where you can cut the roses, the vines and admire the lovely flowers that are around…

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This photograph was taken on the asphalt road above the beach of Limnonari and the Potami gorge.

The weather is beautiful again and it is wonderful to drive through the countryside and see fires been lit. The fires are lit to burn the olives branches that were trimmed after the olives were picked.

Many trees still have a lot of olives that are green so maybe these olives will be picked in the new year. They say olives were picked here on the island until March. Can you imagine that ??

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Getting emotional about olives? It happens. Saw P & S with their friends B & L in the olives press. When they saw how much olives they had picked it was quite emotional for them. To take your own olive oil home is quite emotional too. Don’t worry guys, we have the same feeling !! Even after some many years of olive picking. I think it has to do with the earth given something to you. To not take for granted what we have around us and what can be provided from mother earth.

This year one of the SIFFY films talked about this and it is such an important subject!

Driving over the island, early in the morning, in the fall/winter shows me totally different landscapes. In all these years on the island I have never see this tunnel of “fog” above the Stafylos road. Beautiful !!!

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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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