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Amarandos

In May we visited Amarandos and again we were in awe of the enormous beauty of this place. The access to the sea is not easy but the view from the rocks is so special. Swimming in the crystal clear sea is a one of a lifetime experience in itself. Amarandos is one of the many places on Skopelos that needs to be protected if we want to enjoy it in future years. When we go there we need to make sure we don’t destroy the natural paths that are there. We need to take all our litter with us and not leave anything behind. It is vital we make sure we leave the place as we found it. Skopelos has had many visitors so far and that is good but protecting the island so we can all keep enjoying it is also good. Let’s try!

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Three cameras were installed and operating at high risk points such as Elios, the OTE tower and the landfill for the immediate detection of smoke or fire and management – intervention.

The cameras operate in the optical and infrared spectrum and the image is in real time from all the three cameras is transmitted to the control center and to the competent users or alerts by sms. The camera detects the thermal trace in the spectrum from 0 to 800 m and more if the thermal trace is intense and the optical one if it is not interrupted by a physical obstacle.
Other cameras can be added to the system
The budget project total cost 52.000 euro (cameras, equipment, software, etc.) and was financed by the Region of Thessaly.

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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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