Archive for the ‘Nature/environment’ Category

(Amarandos August 2020)

Dear Anna,

I was very moved today when I met you and your parents. You all came up to me and told me that you follow the blog. Your parents told me that you live in Transylvania, a region in Romania and that you all love Skopelos. It is the biggest compliment for me when I speak to readers of the blog, who love Skopelos and now I know its youngest reader.. It is an honor that you found me and told me that.

Your parents told me that you were very worried when you were told about the bottle that was left in Amarandos and which could be a possible fire hazard.
I know you visited Amarandos and saw what a beautiful place it is. I hope you can come back soon again and see how the small trees in Amarandos have grown bigger and make the part that was burned, green and healthy again.

We have an obligation for young people like you to preserve the environment.
You depend on us, the older people, but it made a big impression on me that you, as a small child, are environmentally conscious already. Thank you for reminding me that we have to keep preserving, protecting and appreciating the nature around us.

I hope to see you again on Skopelos, Daphne

(Amarandos August 2020)

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A couple of weeks we saw in the sea in front of Skopelos town, a ship that was not an oil tanker or a transport boat. We found out today that this boat is owned by the Laskaridis foundation which is active in shipping, tourism and real estate.
The state-of-the-art ship Typhoon carried out the cleaning of the coastline of Skopelos and the wider sea area of ​​the Sporades and the marine park on the 7th of August and between the 19th and 25th of August.

The “Typhoon” is a Norwegian-built 72 meter long vessel that contributes to the cleaning of coastal and underwater areas. In addition to modern maritime navigation systems, the vessel features five speed boats that can approach and clean inaccessible shores and has large containers suitable for sorting recyclables collected during these operations. The Typhoon Project team, consists of Foundation executives and other staff members. It has cleaned inaccessible shores in the Cyclades, Crete and the Saronic Gulf (and now Skopelos) and has removed over 20 tons of marine litter. The ship operates year-round, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, research actors and academic institutions.

Laskaridis foundation

74 beaches on Skopelos were visited and they are mapped out on this aerial photograph
black dot; difficult to reach beach
yellow/red dot; beach with a lot of litter, over 26 kilos
green dot ; clean beach
yellow dot; beach with litter from 1 to 25 kilos

Please look at the before and after photo’s of the beaches.

The type of litter that was found was Styrofoam (56%) small pieces of plastic (39%) plastic bottles, bags etc. (4%)

In total 2103 kilo of litter was gathered.

(All this information was send to skopelosnews by the municipality. They congratulate the whole team that workd tirelessly on the beaches and thank the Laskaridis foundation and the crew of the Typhoon for this offer and for the work they have done. They also thank the Executive Director of the foundation, Mrs.Angeliki Kosmopoulou for the excellent and flawless collaboration. A clean environment enhances well-being and it is the duty of all of us to it keep the environment clean and sustainable)

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Be careful

The ministry of Civil Protection just send a message to many people in the Sporades warning them to be extremely careful tomorrow with actions that may cause fire. Because of lack of rain the ground is super dry. The hard wind that is predicted for tomorrow and any work/action that can cause sparks of fire may escalate into a big forest fire!!!
Let’s be very, very careful.

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In the last couple of weeks several readers of skopelosnews have send me letters in which they express their concern about the carelessness of people visiting or living on the island. The bottle seen above was left in Amarandos, one of the most magical places on the island that was destroyed a little over two years ago by a fire.

People have been seen lighting a fire in the forest to have BBQ. In many places on the streets face masks are dumped.

Skopelos is one big nature park and has a unique beauty. Only by acting more responsible all together we will be able to preserve that beauty.

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Life on Skopelos moves on like in the rest of the world and the visitors on the island hopefully experience some kind of peace, tranquility, sense of being on holiday. We cannot lose contact with reality though and when I got this message on my telephone this afternoon I knew what it would say because in the fight against Covid-19 we have to be aware that when we leave this destination we need to be careful on the return journey too.

This year I have noticed that some fruits like grapes don’t need more than the sun because we did not treat them with anything and we picked these yesterday in our garden! The plumbs though are falling of the trees before we can pick them. They have been eaten or get bad. Black figs are all around at the moment. Amazing!

And what about the sunflowers! These can be seen in the road towards the post office. Just growing taller and taller and showing their happy faces.

Yesterday somebody saw a couple of people starting a BBQ in Amarandos. Fortunately there was somebody who immediately warned these people that a BBQ outside is absolutely forbidden! Only in a contained BBQ environment surrounded by stones etc. you can do this and only at home or your holiday home. If you see otherwise warn the fire department.

It is amazing to see that although travelling to Skopelos is very difficult for many people I see so many familiar faces on the streets. Everybody has made such a big effort to come here. Travel safe, stay safe and wear a mask everywhere and keep social distancing in place.

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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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