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July 2018

  • Tuesday Tonight:  With a 'Vintage Fashion Show' by Gorgona Antiques at Taverna Astrofegia in the Old Village from 11pm.
  • Tuesday 17th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi from 10.30am.
    Lovely evening for a live rock gig yesterday so let's hope everything went well for the Aloni Beat.
    Another very hot day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine and the wind slowly dying away to almost nothing during the day and evening.  We had a lovely sunset yesterday evening with a starry and clear sky and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 16th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm.  Be there or be square.
    2. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Apartments pools respectively from 10.30am.
    3. Wednesday and Friday Dance classes with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am tomorrow.
    Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    Practise with the musicians for all the groups dancing Saturday night and Dave got 5 minutes warning for a 5.30pm start.  The coach was there to collect us and we discovered when we arrived the Dance Festival was being held on the outskirts of Glossa in school grounds with tiered concrete seating and a stage built.  Just before our practise started Yorgos, Amy and Nikos the Fireman arrived off a fast boat from Patitiri.  We were dressed by around 9pm but things overran and we didn't dance until almost 10.30pm.  All went well with the dances and the live musicians and for the first time that Dave can remember there were more male dancers on the stage than female dancers.  Proceedings wrapped up around midnight and a group of us went to a local taverna to eat and drink and got home around 2.30am.  Our coach collected us at 10.30am yesterday and that gave us enough time to get tickets for the car ferry Express Skiathos leaving at 11.45am.  A very enjoyable but tiring few days for both Dave and Yorgos.
    Dave was told that last night that the Municipal Police were in the Old Village on 4 different occasions during the evening handing out tickets to cars and bikes illegally parked.
    An Alonissos App to help summer visitors get the most out of their stay on the island has been created along with a new website called Zesti.gr where a choice of 2 App's can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.  A link has been added to the front page of the website.
    A lovely evening and sunset yesterday with a clear and starry night sky but airless with almost no breeze.  The wind picked up overnight and is blowing and gusting quite strongly this morning and we have blue skies and sunshine.
  • Sunday 15th:
    No dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow and the next dance lesson will be on Wednesday morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 8.30pm tomorrow evening.  Be there or be square.
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool with Di from 10.30am this morning.
    Just arrived back to Alonissos and off in about 1 hour to the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village to watch the World Cup Final.  Dave had all the tests done at 2 clinics in Athens on Friday comprising 4 CT scans with contrast, an ECG and various heart ultrasound tests, very extensive eye tests and laser eye measurements and samples for blood and urine analysis were taken.  After 5½ hours of tests the only result Dave was allowed to have was an up to date prescription for his glasses.  Saves paying for an eye test!!  We missed the 2.15pm bus to Algios Konstantinos at the Athens Bus Station by a whisker but Yorgos got the taxi driver to follow the coach (like being in a movie) and we got the coach at its first official stop.  Yorgos went off to Alonissos on the 5pm Flying Cat 5 and Dave stayed in Agios Konstantinos at the Hotel Amfitrion and relaxed.  Dave had breakfast with Katerina yesterday and then got the 9.15am car ferry Symi to Glossa and met the rest of the dance group off the car ferry Express Skiathos an hour later but no Yorgos and no dance partner Amy.  The rest of the story to follow tomorrow!!
    This morning was a lovely hot morning in Glossa on Skopelos and a very hot and sunny afternoon on Alonissos this afternoon.
  • FYI:  Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 8.30pm on Monday 16th.  Be there or be square.
  • Thursday 12th:
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool with Di on Sunday from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session this morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dave is leaving the island on the car ferry Achilleas for Kymi around 2pm this afternoon and then on to Athens by bus.  After chemotherapy tomorrow morning and an overnight stop in Agios Konstantinos he will head for Glossa by the morning car ferry Symi, dance at the Glossa Dance Festival on Saturday evening, then back to Alonissos on Sunday afternoon when normal service to the website will be resumed.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon for the Glossa Dance Festival on Saturday 14th.  We practised the 4 dances along with Μπάλος Αλοννήσου but Dave's dance partner Amy is no longer dancing in the Glossa Dance Festival.
    There were 13 people for the dance class yesterday morning including 6 dancers from the Polytechnic of Rome who took part in the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival.  We had a mix of island dances and dances from Macedonia which everyone seemed to enjoy.
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday with another glorious Aegean sunset and a calm and warm evening with a starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Diary Date:  There will be live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village starting in 2 weeks time on Wednesday 25th from 9pm.
  • Dave's Holiday Reading:  Is up and running and there are 10 trays of books outside Villa Aliki on the front apothiki for a suggested donation of 1 euro per item.  Some are Gerry's books and some donated books but all donations received will go towards sponsoring the group ‘Midnight Blue’ to bring their ‘Gypsy Jazz’ concert to Alonissos from Athens for a free live concert later this year.
  • Wednesday 11th:
    Aqua Fit session tomorrow morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance lesson this morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Dance Festival in Glossa on Saturday 14th.
    Only half a dozen people turned up for the dance class yesterday for the Glossa dance festival so the session was cancelled and we have the final session this afternoon at 4pm with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri.
    Dave has his 2nd round of chemotherapy on Friday 13th (Gerry is turning in her grave) and is travelling straight afterwards to Agios Konstantinos and then on Saturday morning to Glossa on Skopelos in preparation for dancing at the festival on Saturday night.
    England play Croatia in the second World Cup semi-final tonight at 9pm Greek time and to avoid the crowds Dave will be watching the game on the screen at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village.  There was a nice atmosphere there last night for the France v Belgium game.
    At the moment the Dimos bus still appears to be running the early season schedule and we will look out for any changes to the timetable.
    Scorchingly hot day yesterday in the sun with the morning wind dying away during the day.  We had a glorious Aegean sunset and a calm and warm evening with a starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 10th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi from 10.30am.
    The final day of the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival went off with a bang last night with an earlier 8pm start to accommodate the 12 groups to perform during the evening.  Again the cloud rolled in and we had some thunder and light drizzle but nothing to deter the dancers.  Christina's 2 groups of youngsters went on first and danced very well for their ages and then the Alonissos Dance Group followed and danced Το Γιαβρή Λέρος and Μπάλος Αλοννήσου to a very appreciative audience.  The other groups followed in sequence and eventually proceedings were wrapped up with 3 groups of male dancers from Thraki, Pontos and Crete dancing together, followed by a wonderful firework display in the harbour.  A fantastic event again, brilliantly organized by the Πολιτιστικός Σύλλογος Αλοννήσου and ably assisted by an army of volunteers.  We look forward to the next festival but the Alonissos Dance Group will be dancing on Satuday evening at a dance festival in Glossa on Skopelos.
    Another hot day yesterday with blue skies and some cloud.  Around 8pm cloud, thunder and light rain appeared but passed over quickly although the wind picked up during the day.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a strong wind blowing.
  • Monday 9th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday and Wednesday Dance classes with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    2. Monday Final day of the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival starting at 8pm.  The Alonissos Dance group will be first on stage.
    3. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Apartments pools respectively from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am tomorrow.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am this morning.  Everyone welcome.
    The 2nd day of the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival went off without a hitch and without any problem with the weather.  The programme started on time at 8.45pm and was still going at 12.30am when Dave wended his way home.  Final day of the dance festival today with the programme starting earlier at 8pm and the Alonissos Dance group first on stage.
    The car ferry Express Skiathos is back in service and has left the port of Volos this morning heading down the Sporades to Alonissos.
    The cloud slowly cleared and the wind dropped during the day yesterday leaving a warm and pleasant evening with a starry night sky.  This morning we have cloud around again with patches of blue skies and sunshine with a strong breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 8th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am tomorrow morning.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool with Di from 10.30am this morning.  Weather permitting.
    The first day of the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival was disappointingly affected by the weather yesterday evening.  Lots of the groups came in during the afternoon on the various ferries and highspeeds in blazing sunshine.  All the groups in costume met on the port area around 7.30pm and were brought by a flotilla of boats to the harbour behind the stage.  During this time the weather changed dramatically with grey clouds rolling in with thunder and lightning.  Around 8.30pm as the last 2 groups were processing from the boats to the harbour area it started to rain and within 30 minutes the rain was so heavy the evening was abandoned.   We are waiting to see what happens with the weather this afternoon and if the programme today will be started early so yesterday's groups who are still on the island can dance first.
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday up until around 8pm when grey clouds rolled in and we had thunder and lightning and rain started to fall before 9pm.  This morning we have grey skies with some sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 7th:
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.
    First day of the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival today with things kicking off probably around 7pm, we have to change into costume around 6pm, and the dancing starting probably around 9pm, but there is no fixed timetable of events.  The Alonissos children's and adult group are on-stage first to start off proceedings.
    There were 8 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a selection of mainly mainland dances which were interesting but not too difficult.  Next session is on Monday morning at 10.30am with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.
    All the group were on the stage in Patitiri yesterday evening for a final practise with the live musicians and there were no major problems.
    Nothing has currently been heard from Dr Koga's team in Athens about the tests that they require before the next round of chemotherapy next Friday.  Hopefully we will get some news next week.
    Another very hot day yesterday with a calm amd clear night and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a very light breeze.
  • Friday 6th:
    Dance lesson this morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Final dance practise with Yorgos on the stage in Patitiri on the harbour front this evening at 6pm for the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival starting tomorrow.
    There were 24 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon for the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival.  We practised Το Γιαβρή Λέρος and Μπάλος Αλοννήσου twice each then Yorgos wrapped up the session and said 6pm on the stage in Patitiri for a final practise with the live musicians tomorrow.
    The Dimos bus timetable is now available to view on the Alonissos Bus page.
    Anyone missing a glass of an English beer should check out a bottled craft beer 'Argo' available from the Proton supermarket.  It's brewed in a microbrewery in Volos and is classified as a 'Golden Ale' with a volume of 5% and comes in 330ml glass bottles.  Dave bought one as a taster and will be going back for more.
    Another blastingly hot day yesterday with a lovely warm and calm evening and this morning is more of the same with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Ferry Update:  According to Openseas the car ferry Express Skiathos will be back in service as from Monday 9th.  Very kindly Seajets have brought in a highspeed car ferry Paros Jet to fill in the gap between Wednesday 4th and Sunday 8th.  This means there should be no major disruptions for the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival with the movement of dance groups on and off the island.
  • Thursday 5th:
    Dance lesson tomorrow morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session this morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance Festival and the Dance Festival in Glossa.
    There were 25 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon for the Alonissos Dance Festival starting Saturday 7th.  We practised Το Γιαβρή Λέρος twice then we went through the second dance Μπάλος Αλοννήσου twice and Yorgos seemed reasonably happy.  Then 12 people stayed to practise the 4 dances for the Glossa Dance Festival on Saturday 14th July.
    There were 8 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had an interesting mix of dances ending as always with Hasapiko.
    The Dimos bus is now up and running and we will post up a copy of the timetable as soon as possible.
    The heatwave continued unabated yesterday and it looks to be really hot on the evening of Saturday 7th for the start of the dance festival!!  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some odd bits of cloud around and a light breeze blowing.
  • Broken News:  The car ferry Express Skiathos is currently kaput having broken down recently and is now moored in the port of Piraeus.  Supply lorries to the island are having to drive to the ports on Evia of Kymi or Mandouthi to get a ferry to Alonissos.  The absence of the ferry this coming weekend could potentially have major repercussions for the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival with the movement of 25 dance groups on and off the island.
  • Wednesday 4th:
    Aqua Fit session tomorrow morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance lesson this morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance Festival and the Dance Festival in Glossa.
    There were 23 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon for the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival starting Saturday 7th July.  We practised the first dance Το Γιαβρή Λέρος twice then we went through the second dance Μπάλος Αλοννήσου 3 times to smooth a couple of rough edges.  Then 14 people stayed to practise the 4 dances for the Glossa dance Festival on Saturday 14th July - Καραβάς Σάμου, Στην Αγία Μαρκέλλα Xiou, Πυργούσικος Xiou and Σαμιώτικος Σαμος.
    Posters and banners for the dance festival starting Saturday 7th July have gone up around Patitiri and one group from the Polytechnic of Rome in Italy have already arrived as they wanted a holiday on Alonissos as well as dance at the festival.
    Another very hot day yesterday with afternoon temperatures in the direct sun again nudging 40 deg C (104 deg F).  We had a glorious Aegean sunset and a calm and warm evening with a starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 3rd:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi from 10.30am.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the 4th Alonissos Dance festival starting Saturday 7th July.
    There were 8 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a very nice and varied mix of dances.
    There were 25 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we again practised the 2 festival dances 5 times and then 16 people went straight on to 4 dances for the dance festival in Glossa on Saturday 14th July.  Yorgos has dropped one of the Skyros dances to be replaced by the dance Μπάλος Αλοννήσου from the Alonissos Festival.
    The Aloni Beat played outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village last night but Dave wanted some quality time at home.
    Rumours suggest that the Dimos bus driver has been seen on the island and that the bus will come into service in the week following the Alonissos Dance festival which finishes on the 9th.
    FYI there are reports that both the Municipal Police and Port Police have been stopping vehicles to check driving licenses and vehicle documentation and have new breathaliser units to check people at random.
    Scorchingly hot day yesterday with afternoon temperatures in the direct sun up to 39 deg C (102 deg F).  We had a lovely calm and warm evening with a starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 2nd:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    2. Monday to Friday Dance classes with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm for the 4th Alonissos Dance festival starting Saturday 7th July.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Apartments pools respectively from 10.30am.
    5. Saturday First day of the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival with the opening ceremony in the evening and 8 groups performing.
    6. Sunday Second day of the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival with 9 groups performing.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am tomorrow.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am this morning.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm this afternoon for the 4th Alonissos Dance festival starting Saturday 7th July.
    Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    The 'Garden Party' in Jan Moon's garden yesterday afternoon went of very well and over 300 euro was raised to help sponsor some of the expenses of Akis' group 'Midnight Blue' who are performing a FREE concert later in the year.
    There were 22 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon to practise the dances for the Alonissos Dance Festival.  We practised the 2 festival dances 5 times and then went straight on to 4 dances for the dance festival in Glossa on Saturday 14th July.  Yorgos has chosen 4 of the 5 dances from the Skyros dance festival to perform in Glossa.
    Glorious day yesterday with blue skies and acres of sunshine all day with a lovely sunset and a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 1st:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am tomorrow morning.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool with Di from 10.30am this morning.
    You are warmly invited to a social event in Jan Moon's garden from 2pm onwards today.  This is an independent fund raising event, organised by Jan and Netty, to help sponsor the expenses of Akis' group 'Midnight Blue' who are performing a FREE concert later in the year.  There will be a 'Bring and Buy Cake sale', (contributions VERY welcome), a book sale and a Tombola stall - any donations of tins, packets or unwanted gifts will be appreciated.  Please contact Netty on 24240 65310 or 698 100 6097, or by email.  Liquid refreshment will be available on a donation basis.  Music by Chester Smith.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance Festival.
    Thursday afternoon the new Seajets Aqua Blue car ferry paid Patitiri harbour a visit and what an impressive vessel this is, absolutely huge and definitely the biggest ferry to run a servce to Alonissos over the last 12 years.  As from Monday 9th the Aqua Blue will be running a service every Monday from Thessaloniki - Alonissos - Agnontas - Skiathos and back to Thessaloniki.
    As of tomorrow the Golden Star Ferries Superspeed catamaran will be running every day between Thessaloniki and Alonissos.
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday, both during the morning in Athens and the afternoon back on Alonissos with a lovely sunset and the evening sky had a lovely bright moon with the planet Mars shining brightly below the moon.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with light high level cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) to all our family and friends and also to all our visitors to Ivicourt.com and readers of 'Breaking News' from around the world.
June 2018

  • Update On Dave's Treatment:  Dave was expecting to see Dr Koga at 8am yesterday morning but was taken straight into a treatment room, had a canula inserted, and blood was taken for a blood test.  After more than 1 hour the doctors started chemotherapy which lasted up until around 1pm.  Dave and Yorgos then had a meeting with Dr Koga and, straight off, she told him one really good bit of news that the tumour didn't appear to be the type of Melanoma that formed metastasis.  The molecular analysis was not conclusive enough to 'stage' the tumour as she said they found the 'key' but couldn't identify the 'lock'!!  The biopsy block is therefore being sent out of Greece to another laboratory for further analysis.  Chemotherapy treatment is on a bi-weekly cycle every other Friday and they have put Dave into a research programme and require more tests before the next bout of chemotherapy begins on Friday 13th July (not for the superstitious).  Dr Koga is a lovely lady and as we were leaving her office she just looked up from her desk and said "we have started the war".
  • Thursday 28th:
    Yorgos spoke with the oncologists in Athens yesterday and Dave has an appointment at 8am at the Laiko Hospital tomorrow morning.  Dave and Yorgos are leaving on the car ferry Achilleas for Kymi on Evia at 2.10pm today and expect to return at 5.20pm on Saturday.  Apologies for the disruption to the website but there will be no updates for a couple of days.
    Aqua Fit session this morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Philippa and Nigel presented 'Let's talk about the weather' at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village last night and the quiz was excellent and it was a lovely evening.  Although not hugely well attended, probably due to the dreadful weather, a healthy 120 euro was raised for the Fun(d) Raising group coffers.  The 3rd Fun(d) Raising Quiz of the summer will be on Wednesday July 25th at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village from 7pm presented by Jan.
    There were 23 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July.  We practised the first Ballos dance twice then Yorgos taught us the final turns in the set of 4 and we practised the full dance twice more.  Next week we will start to practise for the festival in Glossa as well as the festival here.
    There were 4 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had another varied and interesting mix of dances with the first part of the session given over to the Skyros and Alonissos fetival dances.
    Appalling day for the weather yesterday with every combination of cloud, drizzle, rain and mist during the day and into the evening when the weather cleared up a bit.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some odd bits of cloud around and a light breeze blowing.  The air is very clear this morning and you can see the facets on the faces of the mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Alonissos.
  • Dance Date:  The Alonissos Dance Group have been invited to dance at a festival at Glossa on Skopelos on the evening of Saturday 14th July.  More details to follow.
  • Wednesday 27th:
    Aqua Fit session tomorrow morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance lesson this morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance Festival.
    2nd Fun(d) Raising Quiz of the summer at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village from 7pm presented by Philippa and Nigel.  The theme of the quiz is 'Let's talk about the weather'.
    Dave didn't go to Aqua Fit yesterday as the air temperature was too cold and he was still shattered after the dance trip to Skyros.
    There were 22 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July.  We practised the first Ballos dance twice then we went through the second dance 4 times as there are still problems with the turns and the timing of the various moves.
    Yorgos has to call the oncologists in Athens today and we will then find out what is happening with an appointment.
    The weather forecast yesterday was for rain all day but other than the odd sprinkling we had little or nothing.  We had overcast skies all day with the sun ocassionally poking its head through the cloud with some thunder during the afternoon and evening.  The wind dropped during the day and we had a very chilly evening for the time of year.  Around midnight a storm swept in with thunder, lightning and heavy rain and then returned around 3am with more rain.  This morning we have grey and overcast skies with a cool light breeze blowing and the threat of more rain.  The weather is supposed to improve after the full moon tomorrow.
  • Tuesday 26th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    2nd Fun(d) Raising Quiz of the summer tomorrow at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village from 7pm presented by Philippa and Nigel.  The theme of the quiz is 'Let's talk about the weather'.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi from 10.30am.  Weather permitting.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July.
    There were 4 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a varied mix of dances that had not seen the light of day for some time.
    There were 13 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised the 2 dances for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July adding a third turn into the second dance with one more turn to learn and then we are there.
    The Aloni Beat played a very good gig in rather blowy and chilly conditions outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village last night and the audience were very enthusiastic and were up and dancing towards the end.  Again not a huge crowd but without the island bus running this was only to be expected.  We look forward to the next gig.
    Dave's name day (Ονομαστική Εορτή) today as this is the day dedicated to Saint David of Thessaloniki.  You can wish him "Χρόνια Πολλά" if you see him around and about.
    A mix of blue skies and sunshine shared with an overcast and cloudy sky all day yesterday with a strong breeze blowing for a lot of the day and right into the late evening.  This morning is grey and overcast with some drizzle after sunrise and a blustery wind blowing with a cold easterly edge to it.
  • Monday 25th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday and Wednesday Dance classes with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    2. Monday to Wednesday Dance classes with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance festival in July.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Apartments pools respectively from 10.30am.
    5. Wednesday 2nd Fun(d) Raising Quiz of the summer at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village from 7pm presented by Philippa and Nigel.  The theme of the quiz is 'Let's talk about the weather'.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am tomorrow.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am this morning.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm this afternoon for the Alonissos Dance festival in July.
    Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    The dance festival on Saturday 23rd in the Old Village of Skyros went off brilliantly well and the Alonissos group were one of only 5 groups dancing in the evening.  The group were shown wonderful hospitality by the organizers and we had some free time yesterday afternoon to look around the streets of the Old Village.  The boat journeys out and back were very rough in places and between Skyros and Skantzoura was not for the faint hearted.  Everyone had a fantastic experience but now it's full steam ahead for the 4th Alonissos Dance Festival starting Saturday 7th July.  A page with photos will be posted up as soon as possible.
    The weather on Skyros yesterday morning was perfect for wandering around and shopping but it remained quite blowy for most of the day.  Arriving on Alonissos around 10pm last night the weather was calm and balmy and very warm.  This morning we have a mixed bag of cloud and blue skies with the sun trying to shine through with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Diary Date:  Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 8.30pm on Monday 25th.  Be there or be square.
  • Friday 22nd:
    Apologies for the disruption to the website but there will be no updates from today until Dave arrives back on Sunday from dancing at the Skyros dance festival.
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool on Sunday with Di from 10.30am.
    The Alonissos Dance Group will be leaving this afternoon around 4pm for the island of Skyros and performing at a dance festival Saturday evening.  The group will return to Alonissos on Sunday afternoon.
    All the dancers for the Skyros dance festival this weekend were at the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised all 5 dances for the festival and then practised one of the dances for the Alonissos dance festival in July.
    A day of sunshine and cloud yesterday all through the day and we had a calm and warm evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some high level cloud around.
  • Thursday 21st:
    Final dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today at 4pm for the Skyros dance festival on Saturday night.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Leftos Yialos pool from 10.30am.
    There were 8 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a lively session with an interesting and varied selection of dances.
    All the dancers for Skyros were at the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised all 5 dances for the festival on Skyros in June and then repeated Στην Αγία Μαρκέλλα Χίου twice because Yorgos is not entirely happy with the timing of the turns.  The all-in cost of the Skyros trip is 140 euro and there are still seats available on the caique is anyone would like to join the trip.
    Dave's edema continues improving since he was taken off the Manniper blood pressure tablets and started on a course of diuretics.  He now has feet and legs returning rather than large swollen blobs.
    Gloriously hot day yesterday with blue skies and acres of sunshine during the afternoon but always with some high level cloud around.  The evening was calm and warm with a clear and starry night.  This morning we have a very cool and overcast start to the day with continuous grey clouds and a light breeze blowing with a damp feel to it.  There is a threat of rain this morning.
  • Wednesday 20th:
    Aqua Fit session tomorrow morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Final dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow afternoon at 4pm for the Skyros Dance Festival.
    Dance lesson this morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    All 13 people for the dance festival on Skyros were at the dance class yesterday afternoon with Yorgos.  We practised all 5 dances and things are now pretty well perfect.
    Very quiet in the Old Village last night and it's obvious to everyone that the bus not running is having a huge impact on the numbers of visitors each evening who would normally be up in the Old Village eating, drinking and shopping.
    The Alonissos Dance Group have been invited to dance at a festival on the island of Paros in early September.  On the way back through Piraeus Yorgos has said that arrangements are being made for the group to dance at the Dora Stratou Theatre in Athens, which is the home and living museum of Greek dance since 1953.
    Dave was woken by thunder crashing and banging around 6am yesterday morning followed soon after by rain falling.  The weather improved during the morning and we had a hot and sunny afternoon.  Early evening the cloud rolled in again and the wind picked up and was blowing hard last night in the Old Village.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some patchy high level cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 19th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm tomorrow afternoon for the dance festivals on Skyros and Alonissos.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi from 10.30am.  Weather permitting.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Skyros and Alonissos Dance Festivals.
    There were 4 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a nicely relaxed session with a couple of dances done recently and the rest blasts from the past.
    There were 14 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon to practise the 5 dances for the festival on Skyros with a repeat of Στην Αγία Μαρκέλλα Χίου.  Then 18 people practised the 2 dances for the festival on Alonissos.
    Yorgos has spoken with Dr Koga the oncologist in Athens and she said Dave should come and see here at one of her Thursday, Friday or Monday clinics at the Laiko hospital in Athens.  The best day is Friday 29th as there is the Achilleas car ferry to Kymi (Evia) on Thursday afternoon returning Saturday afternoon from Kymi to Alonissos.  That leaves the coming weekend free for the dance festival in Skyros.
    Note that Golden Star Superspeed has changed its timetable and is no longer running a service between Thessaloniki and Alonissos on Tuesday's and Wednesday's as from today.
    Strange day yesterday for the weather with blue skies and sunshine until 9am then thunder starting to roll and cloud appeared and within 45 minutes it had started to rain.  We had some sunshine and blue skies until more cloud appeared around midday and it rained again.  This cleared and we had a lovely sunny and hot afternoon followed by a lovely evening with a clear and starry night sky.  This morning Dave was woken at 6am by loud crashes of thunder and 45 minutes later it started to rain.  Since then we have been through the gamut of blue skies, cloud and sunshine, with a rainbow thrown in for good measure, and at present the sky is cloudy and overcast.
  • Monday 18th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday and Wednesday Dance classes with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    2. Monday Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    3. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Apartments pools respectively from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am tomorrow.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am this morning.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm this afternoon for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Aqua Fit was called off due to the bad weather but Di, Dave, Jan and Netty pitched up at Milia Bay Apartments yesterday morning and we had a couple of drinks together and put the world to right.
    There were 14 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon to practise the 5 dances for the festival on Skyros and then 21 people practised the 2 dances for the festival on Alonissos.
    Miserable rainy morning yesterday all the way to midday but for the next hour the rain stopped and the cloud dispersed leaving blue skies and sunshine with afternoon sun temperatures in the high 30's C (~ 100 deg F).  We had a very calm and clear starry night and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 17th:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm tomorrow afternoon for the dance festivals on Skyros and Alonissos.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool with Di from 10.30am this morning.  Weather permitting.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm this afternoon for the dance festivals on Skyros and Alonissos.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised the 2 dances for the festival on Alonissos then 8 people practised the 5 dances for the festival on Skyros.
    The thunder and rain abated around 9am and then the sky started to clear and by 11am we had some blue skies and sunshine.  It clouded over during the afternoon and became hot and humid and then around 7pm the black clouds rolled in and the thunder started in the distance and half an hour later the rain started slowly but then turned into a deluge.  Late evening and the skies cleared and we had some stars in the sky.  Around 4am the heaven's opened and we had a massive downpour of rain which slowly eased off and then around sunrise the thunder started crackling and crashing and the rain started again.  Currently the whole sky is just grey cloud and it's still raining with intermittent thunder and lightning.
  • Reminder:  2nd Fun(d) Raising Quiz of the summer on Wednesday 27th at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village from 7pm presented by Philippa and Nigel.  The theme of the quiz is 'Let's talk about the weather'.
  • Saturday 16th:
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm tomorrow for the dance festivals on Skyros and Alonissos.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    There were 5 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a selection of mainly dances from the north of Greece that haven't seen the light of day in quite a while.  Next session is on Monday morning at 10.30am with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised both dances for the Alonissos dance Festival twice and then continued by dancing all 5 dances for the festival on Skyros in June.
    Nothing has currently been heard from Dr Koga's team in Athens and Yorgos has sent her a message as we are concerned that an appointment might come out of the blue and cause problems with the trip to Skyros next weekend.  Hopefully we will get some news next week.
    Around 6am yesterday morning there were 2 seismic events of around 3.8 on the Richter scale.  Many people felt the tremours and beds were shaken but Dave blissfully slept through the whole episode.
    The Golden Star Superspeed left a bit late from Thessaloniki yesterday and then just outside the harbour hit a torrential rain storm and the captain stopped the catamaran until the rain had eased sufficiently to continue to Skiathos.  When the SuperSpeed finally arrived in Patitiri harbour it was around 1½ hours late.
    The word is that something in the region of 100 acres of pine forest has been lost in the recent blaze!!
    Mixed day yesterday with periods of intense sunshine followed by cloud cover blocking the sun and around 6.30pm we had some light drizzle followed by a cloudy evening with the threat of rain.  The sky cleared but around midnight a massive storm rolled in with crashing thunder and intense lightning strikes that illuminated the night sky.  After around 30 minutes the rain started and some of it was very heavy.  The rain continued through the night and the storm rolled around until well after sunrise.  This morning we have grey overcast skies and everywhere is very damp and the rain is continuing on and off.
  • Latest On The Fire:  It was a quiet night with no sounds of activity and this morning there are no signs of smoke so we can hopefully assume that at the present time the fire fighters have everything under control.
  • Friday 15th:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm tomorrow for the festivals on Skyros and Alonissos.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dance festivals on Skyros and Alonissos.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised Στην Αγία Μαρκέλλα Χίου for the festival on Skyros on June 23rd and then practiced the 2 dances for the dance festival here starting July 7th.  The power went off half way through the session and Yorgos lost the will to live and so we all went home early.
    First running this morning of Golden Star Ferries Superspeed from Thessaloniki down the North Sporades to Alonissos and back to Thessaloniki.
    Intensely hot day yesterday with clear blue skies and sunshine with afternoon temperatures in the sun nudging 41 C (106 F) with a lovely sunset and a clear and starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine but with a lot of high level cloud around.
  • Update On The Fire:  The fire appears to have started sometime after midnight and was phoned in around 1am.  By 3am the forest was ablaze and the red glow of the flames could be seen by anyone with a clear line of vision.  The 2 fire planes left early afternoon but were called back late afternoon and were working continuously from around 5pm onwards for best part of 2 hours.  All 5 large fire tenders drove through the harbour in Patitiri lunchtime and again early this evening.  A large open back lorry with a big water tank on the back has been coming down to the harbour this evening and refilling the tank so the fire tenders have a continuous supply of sea water to pump on the fire.  The fire fighters will stay with the fire all night to make sure there are no serious breakouts anywhere.  Some of them who were the first on the scene in the early hours have been working continuously for best part of 18 hours this evening.
  • Breaking News As It's Written:  Around sunrise a massive fire started in the pine forests on the seaward side of Kato Horafi and between Megalos Mourtias and Marpunta beaches.  Two fire planes have been dropping water on the areas continuously for almost 2 hours now and have just left at 8.30am as the website is being updated.  Around 9am and a fire helicopter with a water bag hanging below has just arrived and left 30 minutes later.  Let's hope there is not too much damage to the forest areas or to any property in the vicinity.  The only saving grace is that the air is almost completely still and so there is no strong breeze to fan the flames.  Information will be gathered today.
  • Diary Date:  You are warmly invited on Sunday 1st July to a social event in Jan Moon's garden from 2pm onwards.  This is an independent fund raising event, organised by Jan and Netty, to help sponsor the expenses of Akis' group 'Midnight Blue' who are performing a FREE concert later in July.  There will be a 'Bring and Buy Cake sale', (contributions VERY welcome), a book sale and a Tombola stall - any donations of tins, packets or unwanted gifts will be appreciated.  Please contact Netty on 2424065310 or 6981006097, or by email.  Liquid refreshment will be available on a donation basis.  Music by Chester Smith.
  • Thursday 14th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow at 4pm for the Skyros and Alonissos dance festivals.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Leftos Yialos pool from 10.30am.
    There were 5 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a lively session with an interesting and varied selection of dances.
    There were 14 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised all 5 dances for the festival on Skyros in June and then repeated Στην Αγία Μαρκέλλα Χίου.
    Dave saw Dr Vouzas yesterday after the dance class because the edema is not improving.  He did a physical examination and the did a blood pressure check and ECG and seemed to be pleased with the results.  Dave is now off the morning blood pressure tablet and this have been replaced by 2 different diuretic tablets.  Let's see what happens.
    Golden Star Ferries Supercat and Superspeed were both supposed to come into service from tomorrow.  SuperSpeed is in Thessaloniki ready to run at 10am tomorrow but SuperCat has totally disappeared off the radar and appears to be still moored near Piraeus.
    More information has become available about the Alonissos Dance Group's trip to China to perform.  The trip is being scheduled for the last 2 weeks of February and the group will be performing a 30 minute set of dances on 11 different occasions but apparently no dances can be repeated.  This means the group will need to perfect around 80 different dances in 6 months, so 3 - 4 dances per week from August onwards.
    Gloriously hot day yesterday with blue skies and acres of sunshine but it clouded over around 8pm followed by very light rain with thunder in the distance.  The cloud cleared late evening and we had a clear and starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with only the lightest of breezes blowing.
  • Wednesday 13th:
    Aqua Fit session tomorrow morning at Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow afternoon at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance Festival.
    Dance lesson this morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    There were 19 people in the pool at Hotel Yalis yesterday morning and Di started to ramp the pace up a bit after a gentle start last week.
    There were 14 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July.  We practised the dance Το Γιαβρή Λέρος twice then we started to practise the opening section of the new dance which is certainly different.
    First running of the Skyros Lines car ferry Achilleas from Skyros - Kymi (Evia) - Alonissos - Skopelos Town and back yesterday.
    According to MarineTraffic the Golden Star SuperSpeed left Perama, near Piraeus, yesterday and sailed to Volos.  It then left Volos and visited Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos before heading off to Thessaloniki where it is currently moored.  Golden Star SuperCat is moored in Piraeus harbour at the moment.
    People have been saying that the Alonissos bus is ready for its summer service but the Dimos have not yet had permission from Central Government to employ a driver and the bus can't run until this authorisation is received.  The wonders of Greek beaurocracy.
    Very hot day yesterday with clear blue skies and intense heat with afternoon temperatures in the sun nudging 40 C (104 F) with a clear and very starry night sky and again the air was so clear that you could see lights from the coastal towns on the island of Evia opposite Alonissos.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 12th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi from 10.30am.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had an interesting mix of faster and slower dances.  One of the ladies from the Alonissos Dance Group came into the taverna and joined us dancing the simple version of Πυργούσικος Χίου.
    There were 16 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised the dance Το Γιαβρή Λέρος for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July then we practised the 5 dances for the festival on Skyros on Saturday 23rd June.
    The Aloni Beat started their summer gigs in great style outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village last night.  Mostly old favourites but with some interesting new songs added to the repertoire and people were up and dancing towards the end.  Not a huge crowd but without the island bus running this was only to be expected.  We look forward to the next gig.
    Dave spoke with Yorgos yesterday and the Alonissos Dance Group will be performing 2 dances to kick-off the dance festival in July.  We already have 1 dance Το Γιαβρή Λέρος and the second dance is going to be a new dance which currently exists only in Yorgos' mind and we will find out more tonight!!
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with the strong breeze blowing for a lot of the day but dying away into the evening.  We had a beautifully clear and starry night and the air was so clear that you could see lights from the coastal towns on the island of Evia opposite Alonissos.  This morning is very calm with a light breeze blowing and blue skies and sunshine and again the air is very clear this morning.
  • Monday 11th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    2. Monday Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Apartments pools respectively from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am tomorrow.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 10.30am this morning.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm this afternoon for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos from around 8.30pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    There were 15 people in the pool at Milia Bay Apartments yesterday morning and we had a good energetic session in a lovely warm pool.
    Mixed bag of weather yesterday with blue skies and sunshine mixed with times of cloud cover and humidity with a strong wind blowing up and then dying down during the day.  The wind dropped early evening leaving a clear and very starry night.  Overnight we had either a very heavy dew or a light sprinkling of rain as the plaka was damp this morning.  The day has started with clear blue skies and sunshine with a very strong breeze blowing and gusting.
  • Sunday 10th:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm tomorrow afternoon for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Aloni Beat playing live rock music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 8.30pm tomorrow.  Be there or be square.
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool with Di from 10.30am this morning.
    There were 12 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised all 5 dances for the festival on Skyros in June and then repeated Στην Αγία Μαρκέλλα Χίου to sequence the turns properly.
    Hottest day of the year so far yesterday with clear blue skies and intensely hot and hazy with temperatures in the sun nudging 41 C (105 F) with a clear and very starry night sky.  This morning we have a cool start to the day with some blue sky along with a lot of large lumps of white cloud, that are currently blocking out the sun from shining, with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 9th:
    Aqua Fit session at Milia Bay Apartments pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm tomorrow for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had another relatively easy session with mainly dances from previous years.  Next session is on Monday morning at 10.30am with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised all 5 dances twice for the festival on Skyros in June and then ran through the dance Το Γιαβρή Λέρος for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July.
    Yorgos had a phone call from one of Dr Koga's team in Athens yesterday requesting some medical information and letting us know that they had received the parafin block from Volos hospital.  Hopefully we will get some news next week.
    Golden Star Ferries 2 vessels Supercat and Superspeed will be alternating their destinations but will run a daily service to Volos and a daily service to Thessaloniki.  The timetable starting on Friday is now on Openseas.gr.
    The Alonissos bus has not started operating yet and has been seen outside Vangelis' workshop in Votsi.  Apparently the rear wheels are back on the bus.
    Blazingly hot day again yesterday with sunshine and blue skies until late afternoon when it clouded over for an hour or so.  We had a lovely evening with a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have sunshine and blue skies with a light breeze blowing.  The weather forecast for next week looks very good still.
  • Friday 8th:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 6pm tomorrrow for the forth-coming festivals.
    Dave's 3 visitors Brenda, Chris and Sue headed off on the Cat this morning to Skiathos for their early afternoon flight to Stansted.  It was a great fun packed week and it was great that the weather was so good for them.
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning from around 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    The 'green-eyed bugs' are back we had one buzzing around the house yesterday.  These nasties are striped horseflies (the females have green eyes) and their bite carries a real punch.
    Very hot again yesterday with the best place to be at a beach and under shade.  We had a humid evening with a clear and starry night sky and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing this morning and the air is warming up nicely.
  • Dancing on Skyros:  Anyone who wants to come along for the ride must let Takis or Yorgos know by today as final numbers are needed for the hire of the boat and accommodation on Skyros.  Cost will be somewhere between 80 - 130 euro.
  • Reminder:  Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 8.30pm on Monday 11th.  Be there or be square.
  • Thursday 7th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Leftos Yialos pool from 10.30am.
    There were 10 people for the dance class yesterday morning and we had a gentle start with a couple of new dances and the rest ones that have been danced before.
    There were 15 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised all 5 dances twice for the festival on Skyros in June and then ran through the dance Το Γιαβρή Λέρος for the Alonissos Dance Festival in July.
    Dave saw Dr Vousas yesterday and he checked the on-going blood pressure results, did an ECG and ultrasound and seemed to be pleased with the results.  Dave is now off the evening blood pressure tablet as these seem to be the cause of the edema in the lower legs.  Dr Vousas also thought that the lump under Dave's left arm will go down when the chemotherapy starts.
    The timetable for Flying Dolphin Erato has now been published and it is running from Alonissos to Volos Monday to Friday at 6.30am and at 2pm on Sunday.  There is no service on Saturday.
    Golden Star Ferries have 2 vessels Supercat and Superspeed coming into service from next weekend.  We will try to find out the exact details of their timetables in due course.
    Hottest day of the year so far yesterday with blue skies but intensely hot with temperatures in the sun up to 38 C (100 F) with a clear and very starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and some light cloud around.
  • Wednesday 6th:
    First Aqua Fit session of the summer at Leftos Yialos pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.
    First dance lesson of the summer with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am this morning.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    The glorious weather continued yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine with the breeze picking up strength during the afternoon.  We had a cloudy and balmy evening with a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a lot of high level cloud around and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 5th:
    Dance lesson with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow morning at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Aqua Fit session with Di this morning at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi from 10.30am.
    A dance, possibly for the 4th Annual Alonissos Dance Festival this July, Το Γιαβρή Λέρος has been added to the Greek Dance Music T - Ω and Greek Dance Videos T - Ω pages.
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and in the evening we had a beautifully clear and starry night with some dampness in the air.  This morning is similar to yesterday with a light breeze blowing with blue skies and sunshine but with a haziness over the seas and some thin high level cloud around.
  • Dance lesson:  On Wednesday morning with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
  • Monday 4th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Apartments pools respectively from 10.30am.
    2. Wednesday Dance class with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village at 10.30am.  Everyone welcome.
    3. Wednesday Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    4. Saturday and Sunday Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 6pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    There were 9 people for the dance class yesterday evening and we practised all 5 dances for the festival on Skyros in June twice each, although Yorgos foreshortened each of the dances second time around.
    There were in the region of 2 dozen people in the pool at Milia Bay Apartments yesterday morning, probably the highest amount ever, and we had a nice gentle introductory session.  First Aqua Fit session of the summer at Hotel Yalis pool with Di from 10.30am tomorrow.
    Another glorious sunny day yesterday with blue skies but intensely hot with temperatures in the sun up to 35 C (95 F) with a clear and very starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 3rd:
    First Aqua Fit session on the summer at Milia Bay Apartments pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening at 6pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Reported in the press that Golden Star ferries will launch its Thessaloniki - Sporades ferry route on June 15th after getting the green light from the Shipping Ministry.  With 2 new vessels, the ferry will leave Thessaloniki at 10am every day and returning to Thessaloniki at 7.15pm.  The cost of a one way ticket will be 60 euros and a return ticket will be 108 euros.
    Gloriously hot day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing leaving a calm and starry evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  Still no rain on the horizon with next week and across the weekend sunny and hot.
  • Saturday 2nd:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow evening at 6pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Dave returned from Athens via Agios Konstantinos yesterday but Yorgos was sick and couldn't travel, so it looks as if the dance practices today and tomorrow are cancelled.  The 3 friends that are over for a week were on the harbour area of Skiathos and we travelled back together and then had a lovely evening in Patitiri.
    Dave had an appointment with Dr Koga on last Tuesday and she requested a blood test and CT scan to be able to appraise the situation.  The tests were performed at a private clinic in Athens on Tuesday evening and the results were available on Thursday morning.  We saw Dr Koga on Thursday afternoon and after looking at the results she confirmed that the lump was a melanoma and would have to be treated with chemotherapy rather than surgery.  She made arrangements to have the tumour classified and told Dave to go home to Alonissos and the group would be in contact.  Not exactly the result that was hoped for but Dave is in very capable hands.
    Dave stayed in a hotel around the corner from Omonia Square and 2 doors away was a hostel called 'Easy Access' which was quite appropriate because the number of coming and goings meant the most rooms were probably booked on an hourly rate rather than a daily rate!!
    Alkyon Travel in Athens have moved from Kannigos Square to 12 Athinas Street which is very close to Plateia Monastiraki and the metro station.  Access to the office and the Alkyon private bus is now so much easier than before.
    Flying Dolphin Erato, which should be called the Phoenix, returned and ran between Alonissos and Volos yesterday and is timetabled for Sunday and Monday next week but not after that at the moment.
    Very hot day with sunshine and blue skies in Volos and Agios Konstantinos yesterday with a very warm and calm evening on Alonissos.  The morning we have acres of blue skies and sunshine with a very light breeze blowing.
May 2018

  • Monday 28th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Tuesday Renée is having a mega book sale (+ some other items) with about 1000 books at 1 euro each and all proceeds to ASAP.  Follow the Alonissos Challenge blue signs if you don't know where Renée's house is located in the lower part of the Old Village.
    2. Wednesday 1st Fun(d) Raising Quiz of the summer, compiled by Beau Dendy and presented by Anni, at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village from 7pm.
    3. Saturday and Sunday Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 6pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Dave is off to Athens this afternoon on the 3pm FC5 departure via Agios Konstantinos and has an appointment with an oncologist Dr Heleni Koga at 12.30pm tomorrow.  Yorgos will return on Friday and Dave will travel with him unless he has to stay on in Athens.  Apologies but until Dave's return to Alonissos there will be no updates to the website.
    Today is Pentecost or Αγίου Πνεύματος (Holy Spirit Day) and a public holiday in Greece.
    There were 14 people for the dance class yesterday afternoon and we practised all 5 dances for the festival on Skyros in June twice each.
    It was a beautiful hot morning yesterday for the Alonissos Challenge and a large number of participants took part.  The event was very well organised by the Dimos and there was a lovely atmosphere on the harbour area of Patitiri.
    Dave now has a roaming e-mail address 'davecourt283@gmail.com' if you want to contact him or use his Greek mobile (0030)6974245980.
    Breezy day yesterday with blue skies but intensely hot with temperatures in the sun up to 35 C (95 F) with a clear and starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 27th:
    Wednesday 30th is another strike day by the Greek National Seamen's Union so that for 24 hours starting at midnight all ships will be grounded.  FYI Openseas.gr currently has no departures from Alonissos on strike day.
    Dave is off to Athens tomorrow on the 3pm FC5 departure via Agios Konstantinos and has an appointment with an oncologist Dr Heleni Koga at 12.30pm on Tuesday.  Dave is hopeful of a good outcome and a speedy return home but time will tell.
    Pentecost Sunday today in the Greek Orthodox Church and Alonissos Challenge day with the 30km run starting at 8am and the 15km walk and 10km run starting at 8.30am from the harbour area in Patitiri.
    There were 9 people for the dance class yesterday evening and we practised the 4 existing dances and then we practised the final dance for Skyros Σαμιώτικος (Βάγια Στρώστε) Σάμου twice and the dance worked well but will need a lot of practise time to be up to the standard of the other dances.  Dance class today with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 6pm.
    The Alonissos Dance Group will have a different vessel to take them to Skyros for the dance festival because it transpires that the license for Planitis is up a range of 30km from Alonissos and Skyros is 36km away.
    The word on the street is that the recent fires at the Marpunta Holiday Complex were not accidental as there were 3 fires in different places.
    Other than cloud around the middle of the day yesterday we had a hot day with blue skies and sunshine with the wind dying away during the evening leaving a calm and starry sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a strong wind blowing.
  • Forthcoming Event:  Renée is having a mega book sale (+ some other items) next Tuesday 29th.  There will be about 1000 books at 1 euro each and all proceeds to ASAP.  Follow the Alonissos Challenge blue signs if you don't know where Renée's house is located in the lower part of the Old Village.
  • Official Opening:  Angelos Argiriou and his brother Nikos have taken over the bar behind the beach in Patitiri that used to be Boheme.  The bar has been open for a few weeks but this evening they are having their official opening at 6.30pm.  Everyone is welcome.
  • European Cup Final:  Mary at the Arhondostasi in the Old Village will have the Liverpool v Real Madrid match on the big screen tonight as will all the bars in Patitiri.
  • Saturday 26th:
    Pentecost Sunday tomorrow in the Greek Orthodox Church and Alonissos Challenge day with the 30km run starting at 8am and the 15km walk and 10km run starting at 8.30am from the harbour area in Patitiri.  Registration for the Alonissos Challenge with Panayiotis today at the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri and participants packs available there tonight.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 6pm this evening for the festival on the island of Skyros next month.  Dave spoke with Yorgos last night and the new dance is Samiotikos.
    A glorious day yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine and afternoon temperatures in the sun around mid-30's C (around mid-90's F).  The wind dropped away during the day to leave a lovely sunset and evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some thin high level cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Friday 25th:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow at 6pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Final day tomorrow for registration for the Alonissos Challenge with Panayiotis at the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri.
    This evening from around 7pm Dimitris opens his shop in Plateia Christos in the Old Village, to the front of Agios Athanassios church, selling his locally produced Alonissos honey.
    Yorgos reserved seats for us on Flying Cat 5 for Monday afternoon which is good because there were only 7 seats left and the Cat holds around 340 passengers!!
    Flying Cat 5 arrived from Piraeus yesterday and started its summer service from Alonissos to Agios Konstantinos and Volos this morning.
    There was a fire at the Marpunta Holiday Complex a couple of days ago with the fire brigade attending around 3am in the morning.  No idea where or why it started and we have no details of damage incurred.
    We had an overcast morning but hot and sunny afternoon yesterday with the wind picking up and then dying away during the day leaving a calm but chilly evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine but with a strong wind blowing.  The weather forecast for the Alonissos Challenge on Sunday morning looks good as does the current weather forecast for the week ahead and across into next weekend.
  • Thursday 24th:
    Dave now has an appointment with Dr Heleni Koga in Athens on Tuesday of next week and will leave on Monday afternoon on Flying Cat 5 to Agios Konstantinos and then on to Athens by bus.
    Flying Cat 5 comes back into service tomorrow between Alonissos and Agios Konstantinos and will be with us all summer.
    A new eating place Taverna Thea opened yesterday evening in the Upper Old Village close to the Old School and word has it that the menu is international with a leaning towards Italian cuisine.
    There were 14 dancers for the dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and twice we practised the 4 dances which will form part of the performance at the festival on the island of Skyros on Saturday June 23rd.  There is another dance that will be taught and practised this weekend.  Dance classes with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Bedlum at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where Yorgos and staff were cooking for 140 school children on a day trip from Skopelos.  The Alonissos Village taverna also provided help and there was a continual flow of food to the children under the pine trees and those on the terrace at the Alonissos Village taverna.
    A sunny and hot start to the day yesterday but cloud rolled in around 3pm and the wind picked up with some spots of rain.  Around an hour later the cloud started to clear and after that we had sunshine followed by a calm and starry night sky.  This morning is dull and overcast with a light breeze blowing and the sun is currently breaking through the cloud cover.
  • Wednesday 23rd:
    Don't forget to register by Saturday for the Alonissos Challenge on Sunday morning with Panayiotis at the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri.  The packs for participants are normally available on Saturday evening at the Alonissos Cafe.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon at 4pm for the dances on Skyros in June.
    Yorgos is currently in discussions with Dr Heleni Koga at the Laiko Hospital in Athens for an appointment for Dave but we have difficulties with the Pentecost weekend and the public holiday this coming Monday.
    All the eating and drinking places on the harbour front in Patitiri are now open for business.
    Glorious morning yesterday with acres of blue skies but we had some cloud early afternoon and when this cleared the rest of the day was clear, sunny and hot.  We then had a lovely sunset and a very clear and starry night to end the day.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  At present the weather forecast for the weekend looks changeable.
  • Tuesday 22nd:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow at 4pm.
    Skippers the new restaurant on the harbour in Patitiri had its grand opening yesterday at 5pm with some samples from the menu to try and drinks to wash it down.  The food was excellent and the menu is varied and interesting with good prices given the quality of the food being offered.  Let's hope Skippers does well this summer.
    A glorious and very hot day yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine with a strong breeze and a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have a lovely warm start to the day with sunshine and blue skies with some light cloud around and a nice breeze blowing.
  • Monday 21st:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Dance classes with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm for the dances on Skyros in June.
    2. Sunday Pentecost Sunday in the Greek Orthodox Church and Alonissos Challenge day with the 30km run starting at 8am and the 15km walk and 10km run starting at 8.30am from the harbour area in Patitiri.  Registration at the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri with Panayioti.
    News in the Greek press that Golden Star Ferries, that run large catamarans from Thessaloniki to the North-East Aegean islands, have applied for a licence to run a service this year from the middle of June to the end of September from Thessaloniki to Alonissos down the Sporades islands.  This is very interesting so watch this space!!
    There were 12 people for the dance class afternoon and we practised the 4 dances for the festival on Skyros in June twice each.
    We had a mix of mainly blue skies but rolling cloud cover during the day and early evening it clouded over and we had a few spots of rain.  A generally calm day but not a starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some thin and scattered high level cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 20th:
    Apologies for the late update to the website but it has just been one of those Alonissos days today!!  We had the Greek National Grid here working on the power cables so we had no electricity until after midday.  Dave went out before the electric came back on for lunch with Lyn, Netty and Demi and then went straight to the dance class at 4pm and then down to the harbour in Patitiri for a cold glass of wine to relax and let the adrenalin subside.  Almost 8pm here and normal service has been resumed.
    Chester and Spencer played live acoustic music outside Kyriaki's Book Shop, in the Old Village close to Plateia Christos, from 8.30pm for around 2 hours yesterday evening.  There was a good crowd of people listening to the music and it was nice to hear some live music for a change.
    There were 12 people for the dance class yesterday evening and we practised the 3 dances from the island of Xios twice and then we practised a new dance Καραβάς Σάμου twice and that worked very well.
    The car ferry Express Skiathos ran yesterday from Volos to Alonissos and this is the first Saturday service since the winter schedules started last October.  Flying Cat 5 comes back into service this Friday and Saturday for the summer.
    Yesterday was a similar day to Friday for the weather but we seemed to get more sun and less cloud and when the sun did shine through it was very hot.  The wind dropped during the day and we had a lovely evening with a clear and starry night.  This morning and for most of the day we had a mix of blue skies and sunshine and cloud rolling across.  This evening is grey and overcast and we had a few spots of rain early evening.
  • Saturday 19th:
    Chester and Spencer playing live acoustic music this evening outside Kyriaki's Book Shop, in the Old Village close to Plateia Christos, from 8.30pm onwards for around 1 hour.  Everybody welcome to come along and listen to the music.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 4pm this afternoon for the festival on the island of Skyros next month.
    Dave received the biopsy results yesterday and they do suggest that he has a melanoma on his left side.  The dermatologist Dimitra suggested he seek treatment at the Laiko hospital with Dr Heleni Koga whose group specialise in these skin conditions.  The Head of Oncology at the hospital is Yorgos' dear friend Michaelis and he has seen the results and spoken to Yorgos last night.  His initial reaction was that he doesn't think surgery will be required and he will contact the doctor in charge of the group to discuss Dave's case and we will know next week when we can have an appointment at the hospital.
    Peri Orexios in the Old Village is now open for food and drink from early evening every day.
    A changeable day yesterday with a mix of cloud and blue skies with sunshine on and off during the day with early and late evening light rain.  This morning we have another dull and overcast start to the day with a noticeable breeze blowing and the sun trying to shine through the cloud cover.
  • Marianna:  From Taverna Astrofegia in the Old Village is doing the Alonissos Challenge 30km run for a charity local to where the family live in Athens.  If you would like to help her reach her target of 300 euro then donate to Marianna at Taverna Astrofegia or Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos.  A messagae from Marianna "I decided to run 30km Alonissos Challenge 2018 and any proceeds I raise to go to the charity The Smile of the Child.  I would like to raise funds for this charity, as it is a local charity that I know does amazing work and cares for so many children that are abused and in need.  Having visited it a few times and donated to it in the past I have seen the dedicated work volunteers do there, and would love to give them a helping hand, they make a true difference in the lives of thousands of children.  With the situation in Greece at the moment these charities need our support more than ever to continue their work.  I feel very close to this charity having visited one of their foster homes when I was a small child I still remember the feeling of warmth and love given to these children, and it is an organisation I know will put any funds raised to good use".
  • Friday 18th:
    Chester and Spencer playing live acoustic music tomorrow outside Kyriaki's Book Shop, in the Old Village close to Plateia Christos, from 8.30pm onwards for around 1 hour.  Everybody welcome to come along and listen to the music.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow at 4pm for the dance festival on Skyros.
    The Blood Mobile stayed all day yesterday and will probably leave on the car ferry this lunchtime.
    We had a complete mix of weather yesterday from early rain and cloud to sunshine with the wind picking up and dying down during the day but never cold and the evening was calm with a starry night sky.  This morning we have a dull and overcast start to the day with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Other Than Gerry's Death:  This is probably the hardest news Dave has had to report.  For the sake of the family, details will be kept short but yesterday Christina (Yiayia), Margella's mother, died peacefully in a hospital in France.  No-one who ever met Christina needs to be told what an amazingly strong and indomitable woman she was but through every adversity it was always with a laugh and a joke.  Christina and Gerry were very similar and had a personal pact together to use every ounce of energy to keep going as long as possible.  Gerry will be waiting for Christina as she dons her celestial mantle.  Christina will be missed terribly by all her family and friends and everyone that knew her.  Dave sends his condolences and deepest sympathy to husband Sid, Margella and Ralph, the boys Lester, Lucas and Aubrey and all their family.  RIP Yiayia.
  • Thursday 17th:
    There were 11 dancers for the dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and we practised 3 dances from the island of Xios twice - Νενητούσικος, Στην Αγία Μαρκέλλα and Πυργούσικος which will form part of the performance at the festival on the island of Skyros on Saturday June 23rd.  There are 2 other dances that have yet to be settled on.  Dance classes with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday for the dance festival on Skyros.
    Tavernas in Patitiri are opening shortly with the Black Cat due to open today, taverna Ostria making preparations to open shortly and the new 'dining experience' Skippers, located in the premises of the Avra bar, due to open this weekend.  It will be interesting to view the menu and pricing at Skippers when it opens.  Taverna Peri Orexios in the Old Village is also due to open this weekend.
    The Blood Mobile arrived yesterday around 1pm off the car ferry Express Skiathos and is open for donations.  Vampires are not allowed to make withdrawals unless they have sufficient blood credits!!
    Due to the Fun(d) Raising Group's excellent dissemination of information Dave has only just found out that the bi-weekly summer quizzes have been discontinued and that the summer quizzes are now only the last Wednesday of each month.  A correction has been made to the Alonissos Noticeboard.  Dave will still be doing the 4th quiz but this will not now be until the last Wednesday of August.
    A sunny and hot day yesterday after the cloud cover cleared then during the early evening the wind picked up and by around 8pm we had overcast skies and rain.  The evening cloud started to clear and we had a fantastic Aegean sunset followed by a calm and starry night sky.  This morning the air is a very pleasant temperature and we have only a light breeze blowing but it is cloudy and overcast with ocassional breaks for some sunshine and it has been intermittently drizzling with rain since sunrise.
  • Wednesday 16th:
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening at 6pm.
    Blood Mobile arriving on the afternoon ferry today in Patitiri and will be open for donations after 5.30pm.
    Mary and Yorgos arrived back yesterday on the car ferry Proteus and the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village is now back in business.
    Glorious morning yesterday with acres of blue skies and midday temperatures in the sun over 30 C (edging 90 F) but, during the afternoon, the wind picked up and lots of high level cloud rolled in.  Late evening the cloud cleared and the wind dropped and we had a lovely clear and starry night to end the day.  This morning is warm with a light breeze blowing but we have a very cloudy start to the day.
  • Tuesday 15th:
    From Friday May 25th Flying Cat 5 returns to service between Alonissos and Volos and also Agios Konstantinos.  The car ferry timetables are also changing for the Express Skiathos and the Proteus and we will now have a departure on Saturday's.
    Dave has an MRI scan booked for next Thursday 24th at 6pm at the IA clinic in Volos.  Due to the sea departure problems he will have to leave on Wednesday afternoon and return on Friday evening.
    Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow at 6pm.
    Blood Mobile arriving on the afternoon ferry tomorrow in Patitiri and will be open for donations after 5.30pm.
    Mary and Yorgos should be back from from Athens today and the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) will open again this afternoon.
    Videos for 2 new Greek dances Ένα Kαράβι Aπό Tη Χιό and Pούγα Κέρκυρα have been posted on the Greek Dance Videos A - Z and Greek Dance Videos N - Σ pages respectively.
    Glorious day yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine with a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have another hot start to the day with acres of blue skies and a gentle breeze blowing.  As with yesterday it's quite misty out at sea.
  • Monday 14th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Wednesday and Thursday Blood Mobile in Patitiri for the spring blood donors session on Wednesday afternoon and evening and Thursday morning and afternoon.
    2. Wednesday Dance class with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 6pm.
    3. Saturday and Sunday Dance classes with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 6pm.
    Music for 2 new Greek dances Ένα Kαράβι Aπό Tη Χιό and Pούγα Κέρκυρα have been posted on the Greek Dance Music A - Z and Greek Dance Music N - Σ pages respectively.
    There were 16 people for the dance class yesterday evening and we went through 5 dances, some of which we danced on Saturday, but Yorgos is still not clear what dances he wants the dance group to perform on Skyros!!  It could be some of these dances or none of them, he seems to be trying out different dances to see if they work or not.  The next Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos is on Wednesday at 6pm.
    Glorious day yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine with a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have a beautifully hot start to the day with a blue cloudless sky and a noticeable breeze blowing with a cool edge to it.  There are a lot of sea mists looking across the water to the islands of Evia in the South and Skyros in the East.
  • From The Vicar Of Saint John's:  John Norman is hoping that someone may have a fridge that is surplus to requirements to replace his outside beer fridge.  John is happy to pay a nominal sum for the fridge and will come to the house to collect and take the fridge away to Vouno.  Please contact John or Polly if you can help in any way.
  • Sunday 13th:
    We understand that Panos and Marina will be opening Peri Orexios in the Old Village for the summer around the middle of next week.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 6pm tonight.
    There were 18 people for the dance class yesterday evening and 5 of the 6 dances Dave new very well but we started with a new and different dance Ρούγα Κέρκυρα where the ladies are holding hands and dancing in a circle and the men are free dancing in front and around all the ladies.  The dance and music will be added to the website in due course.
    Lovely hot and sunny day yesterday with only some cloud around lunchtime stopping the sun from shining through.  We had a lovely sunset with a still and cold night and a very clear starry sky.  This morning we have a lovely start to the day with blue skies and sunshine but we have a noticeable breeze blowing which has a cool damp feeling edge to it.
  • Saturday 12th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 6pm tonight to start practising the dances for the festival on the island of Skyros on Saturday 23rd June.
    Unfortunately Dave will not be able to donate blood next week as Dr Vouzas doesn't want the current status quo upset by a ½ litre of blood being removed from Dave's system.
    Dave had a consultation with Dr Vouzas yesterday morning and after reading the write-up of the chest, upper and lower chest ultrasound scans his only comment in Greek was Greek for zero ("μηδέν").  Dave's blood pressure appears to be under control now and has settled down within the accepted ranges.  Dr Vouzas is going to call the dermatologist in Volos to find out when the biopsy result is likely to be available so we can co-ordinate a consultation with her and an MRI scan in Volos on the lump under the left armpit.  Other than that there is still the threat of putting Dave on the treadmill next consultation.  Yorgos says that it's like dancing one of Greece's most difficult dances 'Πεντοζάλης Κρήτη'.
    Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village is now open from around midday every day through the summer.
    A day of 2 halves yesterday with an overcast, dull and rainy morning and a bright, sunny and hot afternoon with a lovely sunset and a clear and calm evening with a starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 11th:
    The Blood Mobile arrives on Wednesday 16th and will be open for donations during the late afternoon and evening and will be open on Thursday 17th for donations during the morning and afternoon.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 6pm tomorrow to start practising the dances for the festival on the island of Skyros on Saturday 23rd June.
    A wonderful lunchtime yesterday at the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri with lots of friends who over-summer on the island arriving back together on the car ferry Proteus.  The seating area ouside was packed and there was a wonderful atmosphere with groups of people catching up together.
    News that the Fun(d) Raising Group's Annual Spring Bazaar at the community centre in Patitiri on Wednesday raised over 1,200 euro for projects in the community.  A fantastic effort by everyone involved.
    A very pleasant morning and early afternoon yesterday with a mixture of cloud, blue skies and sunshine then from around 4pm onwards the wind picked up and we had more cloud arriving with thunder and lightning in the distance and some drizzly rain late evening.  We had some rain overnight and this morning is calm but grey and overcast with a distinct threat of rain.
  • Thursday 10th:
    Dave has a consultation with Dr Vouzas at 11am tomorrow for him to check his accumulated blood pressure results and the results of the recent tests in Volos.
    It appears as if there is no chance of a Flying Cat running between Thessaloniki and Alonissos this year and there is still no sign of the new car ferry starting a daily service between Agios Konstantinos and Alonissos.
    A lovely sunny and hot day yesterday with sun temperatures above the mid-20's C (~ 80 F) with the wind picking up during the afternoon and high level cloud creeping in.  By the evening the cloud had cleared and we had a calm and starry night sky.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with sunshine and blue skies with some light high level cloud.
  • Fun(d) Raising Group:  Annual Spring Bazaar at the community centre opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi at the back of Patitiri today with doors open 10am - 2pm and 5 - 7pm.
  • Wednesday 9th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 6pm with Yorgos this Saturday to start the practises for the festival in Skyros on Saturday June 23rd.
    Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village is open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from around midday and then will be open from midday every day thereafter for the summer.
    Dave has a consultation with Dr Vouzas at 11am tomorrow for him to check his accumulated blood pressure results and the results of the recent tests in Volos.
    The Aerides bar in Plateia Christos in the Old Village is open for drinks every evening and Dave discovered this evening that they have some of the lemon flavoured licquer Kitron Naxou which is a drier version of the italian Limonchello.
    There appear to be a lot of mosquito's around at the moment and Dave has been attacked a few times recently.
    The Alonissos Dance Group had a brilliant time in Corfu but unfortunately their second dance performance never happened because within minutes of them arriving in the village to dance, the rain started and the whole event on the Sunday was called off.
    Another day of 2 halves yesterday with an overcast and cloudy morning but a bright, sunny and very hot afternoon with sun temperatures again above the mid-20's C (~ 80 F) and a lovely clear and calm evening with a starry night sky.  This morning the forecast on Windfinder is cloudy and overcast with some morning drizzle but the reality is that we have a warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with only a very light breeze.  The air is clear and you can see details of the mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Alonissos.
  • Tuesday 8th:
    Registration for the 2018 Alonissos Challenge on Sunday 27th will be open via Panayiotis in the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri from next Sunday 20th.
    The Black Cat in Patitiri is opening next week but we haven't yet got a firm date.
    Mary and Yorgos were supposed to be back from Athens today but due to the weather in Athens they will not be back until next Tuesday 15th and the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) will open again next Tuesday afternoon.
    The Alonissos Cafe has been undergoing work for an outside canopy recently and Panayiotis said that they will formally reopen for business tomorrow.
    Fun(d) Raising Group Annual Spring Bazaar tomorrow at the community centre opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi at the back of Patitiri.  Doors open 10am - 2pm and 5 - 7pm.  Any items for the bazaar can be dropped off today between 10am - 12pm.
    Dave has completed the page for the Dance Festival in Syros and this can be found on the Dance Alonissos page or on the What's New page.
    Julia has agreed to look after Gerroula again and this means that Dave can attend and dance at the festival on the island of Skyros on June 23rd.
    An excursion boat from Skiathos came into Patitiri harbour yesterday early afternoon and there were quite a few visitors on board for so early in the season.
    A day of 2 halves yesterday with a dull and rainy morning and a bright, sunny and very hot afternoon with sun temperatures above the mid-20's C (~ 80 F) and a lovely clear and calm evening with a starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies with a lot of high level cloud, which is blocking the sun from shining, along with a noticeable breeze with a chill edge to it.
  • Monday 7th:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Wednesday Fun(d) Raising Group Annual Spring Bazaar at the community centre opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi at the back of Patitiri.  Doors open 10am - 2pm and 5 - 7pm.  Any items for the bazaar can be dropped off tomorrow between 10am - 12pm.
    Soggy day yesterday with the rain petering out late afternoon.  Never a cold day just damp and miserable.  This morning we've had intermittent rain since sunrise and the ground is wet and the air damp with grey skies and a slight breeze blowing.  The weather is due to improve before lunchtime today so let's hope the forecasts are correct.
  • Sunday 6th:
    With the evening weather being so patchy yesterday one can only hope that everything was alright for the Alonissos Dance Group performing in Corfu Town last night and will be good for their dance performance during the day today in Corfu before they leave to return to Alonissos.
    Julia brought Gerroula home around 9am yesterday morning and she was absolutely high as a kite (Gerroula NOT Julia).  Didn't take her long to get back into the swing of life at Villa Aliki though.
    The Alonissos Cafe on the the harbour front in Patitiri are in the process of having a wooden framed outside seating area erected for the summer.
    The 2 largest Marine Park excursion boats, the Gorgona and Planitis, are now moored in Patitiri harbour waiting to start trips for the summer.
    Very pleasant day yesterday with more cloud than blue skies and sunshine for most of the day.  Around 10pm the wind started to pick up and we had some light rain.  We had some heavy rain around 3am this morning and again just before sunrise.  At the moment we have continuous grey skies with the wind still blowing and the rain still falling.  The weather forecast however shows an improvement from around midday tomorrow.
  • Saturday 5th:
    Dave got Tassie back yesterday and Gerroula is due back today so the madhouse starts afresh this morning!!
    A mixed day for the weather yesterday but the cloud eventually clearing to leave a starry night sky.  Overnight the fireworks happened when, around 3am this morning, a thunderstorm rolled across Alonissos crashing and bashing with intense bolts of lightning illuminating the sky.  The storm also brought some rain with it.  This morning we have a mainly cloudy sky with some blue patches and some sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  The forecast for the weekend and into next week looks rather unsettled.
  • Good News:  That the car ferry Achilleas starts its summer schedule on Tuesday 26th of this month running a return journey every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between Skyros - Kymi (on Evia) - Alonissos - Skopelos Town.
  • Diary Date:  For the Alonissos Challenge on Sunday 27th of this month with the 30km run starting at 8am and the 15km walk and 10km run starting at 8.30am from the harbour area in Patitiri.  Registration will be via Panayioti at the Alonissos Cafe on the harbour front in Patitiri.
  • Fun(d) Raising Group:  Annual Spring Bazaar at the community centre opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi at the back of Patitiri on Wednesday 9th.  Doors open 10am - 2pm and 5 - 7pm.  Any items for the bazaar can be dropped off on Tuesday 8th between 10am - 12pm.
  • Friday 4th:
    Dave returned on the car ferry Express Skiathos today at 12.45pm after a gruelling trip away but the dancing at the Apollon Theatre on Syros went brilliantly well and all the tests in Volos have been completed successfully and, touch wood, there doesn't appear to be any serious problems but some follow-ups will be needed within the next 2 weeks.
    Dave met the dance group going to Corfu from the car ferry Proteus yesterday evening and we had time together with food and drinks in a tsipourathiko on the harbour front of Volos before they left in the private luxury coach at 11.45pm for the port of Igoumenitsa.
    Dave saw a dermatologist yesterday afternoon about a lump on this left side and she diagnosed an inflamed keratosis.  A sample for biopsy has been taken and the area lasered off and results will be available next week.
    Dave had some ultrasound tests in the private A.I. clinic in Volos on Monday to check the upper, central and lower chest areas requested by Dr Vouzas.  The dermatologist read the ultrasound results and seemed to think that all was OK.  A lump under Dave's left armpit was also scanned and this appears to be a strange cyst and may need an MRI scan to fully quantify the lump.  All will be revealed when Dave sees Dr Vouzas next week, who is apparently planning to stress test his heart on a treadmill if the ultrasound results are OK!!
    Dave has been keeping up checking his blood pressure twice a day during his time off the island and it's an interesting experience using an automatic blood pressure monitor sat on the toilet of an inter-island car ferry!!
    The Alonissos Dance Group's performance in the Apollon Theatre for the UNESCO World Dance Day festival on the island of Syros last Sunday went off absolutely perfectly and the group of 14 dancers simply danced as one.  All 5 dances were very enthusiastically received by the audience and the Director of UNESCO Greece was so taken with our performance that he hinted that the group may be invited to join an all expenses paid cultural visit to China within the next 12 months.  Dave received very complimentary comments on his dance performance from theatre staff and many members of the other 7 dance groups and this made the countless weeks of dance practise worthwhile.  A page on the trip with photos will be posted up to the website in due course.
    Andy has now opened the Helios Foodbar for the summer, which overlooks the harbour area in Patitiri.  Currently he is open from around 6pm in the evening.
    The Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village is closed at the present time, until Tuesday, as Mary and Yorgos are in Athens visiting their children, family and friends before the summer takes off.
    Generally cloudy for most of the day in Volos yesterday with occasional sunshine and blue skies but the air was very warm and calm right into the very late evening.  The morning in Volos was another cloudy start to the day but more blue sky and sunshine appeared during the morning and there was only a light breeze for the journey on the car ferry back to Alonissos which made the crossing very pleasant.
April 2018

  • Thursday 26th:
    Dave is leaving the island today at lunchtime with the Alonissos Dance Group on the car ferry Proteus heading for Volos and then to Piraeus to catch the 7.30am car ferry Blue Star Naxos to the island of Syros for the the Dance Festival.  After returning to Volos he has some tests booked and Dave will meet the Alonissos Dance Group off the evening ferry in Volos next Thursday 3rd so we can all have a meal and a drink together before they head off to dance on the island of Corfu and Dave heads home.  He will hopefully return to Alonissos at lunchtime on Friday 4th May on the car ferry Express Skiathos.  Apologies that there will be no updates to the website during this time.  Lots of photos will be taken and a page will be written and posted up to the website when Dave returns.
    The consultation with Dr Vouzas yesterday morning went well and he was very pleased with how his blood pressure had stabilised and his liver function had dramatically improved.  After getting the test results from the clinic in Volos he is putting Dave on a treadmill to do a cardiac stress test!!  Something for Dave to look forward to on his return from Syros and Volos.
    Dave and Amy had an 8.30pm practice in the school gym yesterday in Patitiri with Yorgos and there were 15 people at 9pm for the full dance practise where we went through the 5 dances for the island of Syros and then repeated the 2 most complicated dances with 5 dancers who are only going to the island of Corfu to dance.
    Another wonderful day yesterday and certainly another one the hottest of the year so far with blue skies and sunshine and a lovely sunset with a clear and starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 25th:
    The 7th Fun(d) Raising Group's quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm based on the shows 'Call my Bluff' and 'Would I Lie to You'.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 9pm with Yorgos this evening for the final practise of the dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu before we leave for Syros at 1.30pm tomorrow lunchtime.
    The consultation with Dr Vouzas yesterday morning never happened as Yorgos had to go up to Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.  Dave is hoping to get a consultation with Dr Vouzas this morning at 11am.
    The 3pm dance practise never happened as at the last minute it was decided to shoot a video for the summer dance festival around Yorgos' house in Patitiri, so Dave and Amy had a practise in the school gym at 8.30pm with Yorgos before the full practise at 9pm.  There were then 13 people for the 9pm dance practise yesterday evening where we went through the 5 dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    Another gorgeous day yesterday and equally the hottest of the year so far with temperatures the same as Monday and with and a lovely sunset and starry night sky.  This morning is similar to yesterday warm and sunny with clear blue skies and a nice breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 24th:
    Advance warning that Dave is leaving on Thursday 26th at lunchtime with the Alonissos Dance Group heading for the Dance Festival on the island of Syros.  After some tests in Volos he will hopefully return to Alonissos at lunchtime on Friday 4th May.  Apologies but there will be no updates to the website during this time.
    Busy day today as Dave has a consultation with Dr Vouzas this morning at 11am and his dance partner Amy arrives on the car ferry Hellenic Seaways at 12.45pm and we have a dance practise booked with Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos at 3pm.  We also have a Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 9pm with Yorgos this evening to practise the dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    Saint George's day went of very well yesterday with a beautiful day and lots of people at the church.  After the service had finished we took centre stage and all 5 dances went seamlessly and perfectly.  Father Lucas led the Saint George's dance carrying the icon of Saint George like last year.  A page will be posted at some time but probably after the Syros trip.
    There were 12 people for the dance practise yesterday evening where we went through the 5 dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    A gorgeous day yesterday and probably the hottest of the year so far with temperatures during the afternoon in the direct sun up to 29 C (84 F) with blue skies and sunshine and a lovely clear and starry night.  This morning is warm and sunny with clear blue skies and a bit more of a breeze that yesterday.
  • Monday 23rd:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Wednesday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos to practise the dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    2. Monday Saint George's Day (Άγιος Γεώργιος), who is the patron saint of Greece, with a service at the small church up the island followed by Greek dancing with food and drink available.
    3. Wednesday The 7th Fun(d) Raising Group's quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm based on the shows 'Call my Bluff' and 'Would I Lie to You'.
    4. Saturday The Aloni Beat are playing live at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) from 7.30pm.  Be there or be square.
    Dave has a consultation with Dr Vouzas tomorrow morning at 11am prior to leaving the island on Thursday to go to the island of Syros to dance.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos this evening to practise the dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    There were over 30 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos and we danced all 5 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) today and then 13 people stayed on and practised the 5 dances for the trip to the island of Syros this Thursday.
    Dave has posted Appendix 2 to Gerry's Story which is a montage of his favourite photos of Gerry.  The file is located in the Gerry's Story Area in the Gerry's Pages Section accessed by the icon of a teddy bear on the front page of the website.  A start has been made to Chapter 20 of Gerry's Story covering the year 2000.
    Beautiful hot day yesterday with acres of blue sky and sunshine with a lovely sunset and a chilly but clear starry night sky.  This morning we again have clear blue skies and sunshine with a very light breeze blowing.  The forecast for the week ahead shows little change to this spell of beautiful weather.
  • FYI:  The Aloni Beat are playing live music at the Corali Café (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri on Saturday 28th from 7.30pm.  Be there or be square.
  • Sunday 22nd:
    Dave's dance partner Amy is back to Alonissos on Tuesday and we have an intensive programme of dance practises with Yorgos to get her up to speed for leaving Thursday.
    There were 7 of us for a lovely evening soiree around Jan's house yesterday.  Jan did some catering and we all brought a plate of food and a bottle of something and it was the most enjoyable 4 hours in wonderful company.
    We had a lovely day yesterday with plenty of blue skies and sunshine with a clear and starry night sky.  This morning has started warm and sunny with blue skies and a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 21st:
    No Greek dance class with Yorgos this evening as there is a wedding taking place this afternoon and Yorgos is one of 530 guests invited to the reception at Tassia's at Steni Vala.
    There were 30 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the island of Syros on the 27th of this month.  Yorgos called out the dancers for the islands of Syros and Corfu and made the 15 of us perform these dances first.  Everyone then joined together to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) including teaching us the Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's) dance, which we practised twice.  Next dance session is tomorrow at 6pm in the school gym with Yorgos.
    You will find that the newly updated Chapter 19 of Gerry's Story is now available again on the Gerry's Story Area in the Gerry's Pages Section as the newly created file seems to be working OK.
    Taverna Tzitzifia on the harbour front in Patitiri has opened its doors for the summer.
    The cloud cleared yesterday during the morning leaving a lovely warm day with blue skies and the sun shining.  However during the afternoon the cloud rolled in and we had a few spots of rain around 5pm and then a steady drizzle started around 1½ hours later.  The wind dropped away and we had a very cold and chilly evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 20th:
    Apologies but Chapter 19 of Gerry's Story covering 1999 has been removed temporarily as an update to the file has caused the file to become corrupted.  As soon as Dave has sorted out the problem the file will be reinstated on the Internet.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 5.30pm with Yorgos this evening to practise the dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    There were 19 people for the dance practise yesterday evening where we went through only the dances for the islands of Syros and Corfu.  Dave is definitely going to Syros and 16 names have been given to the organisers as the dancers comprising the Alonissos Dance Group.  Dave will not be going to Corfu as he has an appointment with a dermatologist in Volos.
    Dave collected his blood test result yesterday evening and the results were excellent.  Dave met Dr Vouzas in the street and he was over the moon with the results.
    A very pleasant day yesterday with some cloud, blue skies and sunshine with a lovely clear and starry night.  This morning is bright and sunny with some cloud around and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 19th:
    Yorgos is back from Athens today and we have a Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm.  Hard to believe that in 1 week's time we will be leaving the island for Volos and then on to the island of Syros to dance in a festival at the Apollon Theatre in Ermoopolis.
    Dave had a blood sample taken by Dr Yorgos yesterday morning and the results will be available between 7 - 8pm tonight.
    Chapter 19 of Gerry's Story covering 1999 has just been completed and posted up to the website.  The file is located in the Gerry's Story Area in the Gerry's Pages Section accessed by the icon of a teddy bear on the front page of the website.
    Dave finally got the strength yesterday to do something he was wanted to do for many months but the time was never right.  The 1st Appendix to Gerry's Story is a collection of all the messages in e-mails and in cards that were sent to Dave after Gerry's death by people from all over the world, some people that only know us through the website.  The file is located in the Gerry's Story Area in the Gerry's Pages Section accessed by the icon of a teddy bear on the front page of the website.
    Very nice day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine but we had a cloudy and very chilly evening.  We have a pleasant start to the day today with a mix of blue sky, sunshine and high level cloud with a light breeze blowing.
  • FYI:  John Atkinson has a satellite dish that he wants to give away if anyone wants one.
  • Wednesday 18th:
    The Hellenic Seaman's Federation 24 hour strike started at midnight today and the car ferry Express Skiathos has left the port of Volos at 8am this morning.  The car ferry Proteus is not runnning today and will leave the port of Glossa on Skopelos this afternoon so it is in place to leave tomorrow morning from the port of Volos.
    Dave had a consultation with Dr Vouzas yesterday morning and he has put Dave back on the evening ½ tablet.  He was very pleased with the results of the PSA test and has asked for a repeat of the liver function blood test.  Dave will probably see him again next Monday prior to leaving the island on Thursday to go to the island of Syros to dance.
    Akis surprisingly came off the car ferry Express Skiathos at lunchtime yesterday and said he was asked by Petros the mayor to come and discuss the possibilities of staging a 'gypsy jazz' concert on the island during the summer.  Watch this space.
    The weather on Monday 23rd still looks very good for the celebration of Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) at the church up the island and will be good dancing weather.
    The next installment of Gerry's Story Chapter 19 will be available on the website tomorrow.
    Lovely hot day yesterday with sunshine all day with the breeze dying down during the day leaving a cold evening with a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have a very pleasant start to the day with a light breeze and a lot of high level cloud with the sun desperately trying to break through and shine.
  • Tuesday 17th:
    The Hellenic Seaman's Federation have announced a 24 hour strike from midnight tonight affecting all seagoing merchant vessels but no-one seems to be clear as to whether the car ferry Express Skiathos will run but it is still timetabled on Openseas to leave the port of Volos at 8am tomorrow.
    Dr Vouzas has stopped Dave's evening ½ tablet as cutting from 2 ½ per day to 1½ per day is still keeping his blood pressure on the bottom limit of normal pressure and he has asked to see Dave this morning.  Dave's final tests are booked for Monday 30th of this month in a private clinic in Volos.
    Cloudy, cold and dull all day yesterday and this morning we have a misty and breezy start to the day but with blue skies and sunshine and the prospect of a warm and sunny day ahead.
  • Annie Green's Mamma Mia Report:  There are 3 words to describe the four performances of Mamma Mia, NICELY DIFFERENT and FANTASTIC.  As always the casting was spot on and the talent of all performers was outstanding.  Individual mention of the cast in the order of their appearance starts with the narrator.  NARRATOR (Jan) The story came alive under her guidance as she has a knack of acting with facial expression which is terrific, she also amused the audiences with her antics as a stagehand and of course she can sing as well.  SOPHIE (Sue) great portrayal of a 20 year old, excellent acting and her songs were beautifully and sweetly sung.  DONNA (Lyn) Lyn took this part and made it her own and the many songs to sing whether happy or sad were a delight to hear, she really did light up the stage.
    YIANNIS (Panos) said he never acted on the stage before, well Panos, the whole world is your stage, you wowed the audiences at every performance.  SKY (Renee') not easy to play a male part, but Renee' managed it beautifully, she also has hidden talent and she can sing too.  PEPPER (Netty) again, hard to play a male especially a young lad but Netty was funny, sometimes cheeky and can sing as well.  Great acting.
    ROSIE (Philippa) watch out Julie Walters!!!  Philippa performed this character perfectly, very funny and the singing was great, she was a perfect double-act with TANYA (Voula) and this lady is a great character actress, very funny, lovely voice and always great to watch.  SAM (Nigel) played the part with sensitivity and humour, great acting and also another nice voice.
    BILL (Huw)  another hidden talent (but not hidden now), great performance especially when playing opposite Rosie.  HARRY (Guy) this part really suited Guy, he was serious, then funny, then melancholy when he sang but always his acting was great.  ALI (Demi) Oh! Demi you had the audiences in fits of laughter even before you had a chance to speak and you showed how much you loved it all, well done, a really great performance.
    LISA (Dinah) showed just how much talent she has, she can sing, dance and act, really great.  VICAR (John) what a lovely Vicar - well Harry seemed to think so!!! Great performance John and you made a good stagehand too.
    Well done everyone, the singing and dancing was really terrific especially as ABBA music is not the easiest to perform.  There are so many in the Production Team which, if I listed them individually it would pages to do it, so I will just say 'Well Done' to everyone concerned, backstage help, lighting, music, sound, video, photography, bar, make-up and hair and costumes.  However, I must just mention Chester who never fails to amaze us with the sets he produces and again, the scenery was truly fantastic.
    One more person to mention and she is very well known.  Julia, who had never produced and directed a stage production before.  Mamma Mia was adapted by her beautifully, she coped with problems that arose and then carried on in the firm belief that it could and would be done and she was right of course.  The show was a great achievement and the cast did her proud.  She should be proud that she made so many people happy which was reflected by the enthusiastic comments of the audiences.  Well done Julia, it was really nice working with you.
  • Monday 16th:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Friday to Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos for the dancing on Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    As everyone suspected the 2 week timetable for the flying dolphin to run from tomorrow until Monday 30th between Alonissos and Volos is not happening, so the first highspeed running in these waters will be Flying Cat 5 on Friday May 25th to Agios Konstantinos and then FC5 starts a service between Alonissos and Volos on Tuesday 29th May.
    There were 20 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos and we danced the 4 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and then 14 people stayed on and practised the 4 dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th of this month.
    Misty during the morning yesterday then cloudy most of the afternoon and evening but we had some stars in the night sky to end the day.  This morning is dull, cloudy and overcast with a breeze blowing with a cool edge to it but the sun is valiantly trying to shine through the cloud cover.
  • Sunday 15th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 6pm with Yorgos this evening to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the islands of Syros and Corfu.  Yorgos had a call from the organisers of the Syros festival a couple of days ago and was told we couldn't dance Μπαλαριστός Μυκόνου because a group from Mykonos are dancing the same evening as us.
    Dave did the bar with Ros and Mark yesterday at the Dimos theatre and went in and watched the show.  What a wonderful spectacle and so very different to the pantomimes of previous years.  Annie Green will do a thorough write-up but, from a personal viewpoint, the songs and dances were performed brilliantly, the costumes were beautiful as always and the performers made if a wondferful evening of entertainment.  A special mention for Jan who held the whole show together as the narrator and singing cleaning lady.  How this will be topped next year heaven only knows unless they stage Mamma Mia: The Sequel.
    The sun started to break through the mist around 10am yesterday and by midday almost all the mist had dispersed and we had blue skies and lovely sunshine all afternoon.  This morning has again started misty with the sun trying to break through and shine and we have a nice breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 14th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 6pm with Yorgos this evening to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    Final night of the GITs performance of Mamma Mia in the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.  Dave will watch the show tonight as he is working the bar with Ros and Mark.
    Yesterday morning Dave's blood pressure had dropped overnight to 100/60 which is on the top limit for low blood pressure.  Yorgos spoke to Dr. Vouzas and the daily dose of tablets has now been changed from 2 ½ per day to 1 ½ per day.
    The Alonissos Village taverna opened its doors yesterday lunchtime after a 2 weeek break for Easter.  The taverna will be open for food and drinks Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    There were 18 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos and we danced the 4 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and then 11 people stayed on and practised the dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th of this month.  As per yesterday we danced only the first 4 dances then repeated the first and third dances.
    The cloud cleared quickly yesterday during the morning leaving a lovely warm day with blue skies and a hot sun shining but the Old Village remained very misty, especially out to sea.  We had a cold chill evening as the mists settled over the Old Village again and because of this what should have been a lovely sunset was just an orange glow in the sky.    However, we did have a clear and starry night sky.  This morning the whole of the Old Village is shrowded in mist with a light breeze blowing.  You can see where the sun is but it can't shine through the heavy mist.
  • Friday 13th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 6pm with Yorgos this evening to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    Penultimate night of the GITs performance of Mamma Mia in the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.
    Gerry' most dreaded day of the year today as this is a very unlucky day in England and Gerry and her whole family were very superstitious.  Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the name given to the phobia of Friday 13th.  No-one knows the true origin but the root of our superstition around Friday 13th lies in history, religion, law and ritual from Judas to the Knights Templar, but the roots of the bad luck persist to this day.
    There were 14 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos and we danced the 4 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and then 9 people stayed on and practised the dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th.  We danced only the first 4 dances then repeated the first and third dances.  The dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) are pretty well banged to rights but the dances for Syros and Corfu need more work.
    We can now receive AND send e-mails at last and our problem was down to Vodaphone and not Microsoft.  Vodaphone took over our ISP Hellas on Line (HoL) 4 years ago and have been changing the e-mail systems ever since.  Les came around late morning to sort out the problem out but after speaking to the Vodaphone Technical Department decided it was better to create a Gmail account than to tackle the bureaucracy via Vodaphone.  So our incoming mail arrives into Outlook as normal and outgoing mails are sent by Gmail.  What would we do without Les on the island?
    Lovely and warm all day yesterday with blue skies but we had a still cold evening with a damp mist settling in from around 7pm onwards but by midnight the mist had cleared and we had a clear and starry night sky.  According to Windfinder we should have clear skies and blazing sunshine this morning but the reality is that it's cloudy and overcast with the sun trying to break through the cloud cover.  As with the past few days it is lovely and warm this morning and we have barely of breath of a breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 12th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 6pm with Yorgos this evening to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    Second night of the GITs performance of Mamma Mia in the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.
    There were 20 people yesterday for dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos.  We danced the 4 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and then 14 people stayed on and practised all 5 dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th.
    Dull and cloudy day yesterday but the sky lightened during the afternoon and we had a clear and starry late night sky.  This morning the sun is shining but there's a lot of mist around because like yesterday, there is barely a breath of a breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 11th:
    Opening night of the GITs performance of Mamma Mia in the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and bar open from 8pm and curtain up at 8.30pm.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 7pm with Yorgos to practise for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    There were 18 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and we danced each of the 5 dances twice.  Then 14 people stayed on and practised the 5 dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th.
    Lovely hot day yesterday with hardly any breeze but the sky clouded over late evening.  This morning is cloudy and overcast and rather dull with a very light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 10th:
    The Hellenic Seamans Federation have announced a 24 hour strike from midnight on Wednesday 18th of this month affecting all seagoing merchant vessels.
    There were 20 people yesterday in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos and all the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd were performed twice.  Then 14 people stayed on and practised all the dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th and for Corfu on May 4th.  Next dance session tonight at 8pm in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos.
    Another lovely sunny and warm day yesterday but the wind had a chill edge to it.  Last night we had a lovely sunset and a clear starry night sky and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with barely a breath of a breeze blowing.
  • Monday 9th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos for the dancing on Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    2. Wednesday Opening night of the GITs performance of Mamma Mia in the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and bar open from 8pm and curtain up at 8.30pm.
    3. Thursday to Saturday GITs performance of Mamma Mia in the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.
    Greek dance class in the school gym tonight in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    There were 4 of us that celebrated Greek Orthodox Easter at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and we had wonderful traditional Easter food, wonderful weather and also wonderful company.  Who could ask for anything more?
    Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos said yesterday that he will be open today Easter Monday from around midday.
    Glorious day yesterday with sunshine and blue skies all day with a breeze blowing in the Old Village with a chill edge to it but dying away late evening.  This morning is lovely and warm with blue skies and blazing sunshine with a breeze blowing with a cool edge to it.
  • Sunday 8th:
    Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday today when Greek families will be getting together to eat and drink.  It is tradional to spit roast goat and from the offal, not eaten, to make the tradional Easter soup Μαγειρίτσα.  Dave and a small group of friends are going up to eat with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village around 1pm.  Wish your Greek friends Kαλή Ανάσταση (a good resurrection).
    There was a table of 8 of us to have an Easter Saturday meal together yesterday.  For the Greeks the action started after the lighting of the candles at midnight to signify the end of Lent.
    The cloud late morning and early afternoon and we had sunshine with blue skies and cloud.  The wind was blowing strongly in the Old Village and had a cold edge to it.  By the evening the wind had dropped and we had a very pleasant end to the day.  The wind picked up again overnight and this morning we have sunshine and blue skies.
  • Saturday 7th:
    Easter Saturday with a late service in the church of Agia Paraskevi in Patitiri tonight with the lighting of the candles at midnight to signify the end of Lent.
    A mixed bag of weather yesterday with skies oscillating from cloudy and overcast to blue skies and sunshine with a little drizzle during the afternoon.  Overnight the wind picked up strongly and it poured with rain in the early hours and then it rained heavily again around sunrise.  This morning is chilly with grey overcast skies and a strong wind blowing.
  • Friday 6th:
    Greek Orthodox Good Friday today and a public holiday in Greece and you should wish all your Greek friends "Χρόνια Πολλά" (many years).
    Our e-mail systems is having problems at the moment due to Microsoft pulling support for its Outlook mail system.  This means that we can receive incoming mail but can't send outgoing mail.  Les is coming in next week to organise an alternative.  Apologies if you have mailed us but not got a response.
    A lovely day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a starry night.  As forecast this morning has changed and we have a cloudy overcast sky with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 5th:
    Greek Orthodox Good Friday tomorrow and a public holiday in Greece.  Most businesses are closed but in the past some have reopened after midday when the service in the church has finished.
    There were 20 people yesterday for a shortened dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos.  We danced the 4 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and then 14 people stayed on and practised only 2 of the dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th.  Next dance session on Monday 9th at 8pm in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos.
    It is with the deepest sadness and regret that we record the death on Tuesday afternoon of footballing legend Ray 'Butch' Wilkins who was one of the most talented and outstanding midfield players of our generation.  Apart from having a glittering footballing career he played between 1989 - 1996 for Dave's team Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and towards the end of his career became the club's player-manager.  His QPR claim to fame is that, not long before his 40th birthday, he became the oldest outfield player ever to play for the club.  RIP Ray.
    Another lovely sunny and warm day yesterday with a lovely sunset and a clear starry night sky.  This morning we have a hazy start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and barely a breath of a breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 4th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 6.30pm with Yorgos to practise for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    There were intermittent access problems to the website yesterday as our ISP had 'connectivity' problems with their servers but the problem was fixed and hopefully everything is back to normal.
    There were 27 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and we danced each of the 4 dances twice.  Then 21 people stayed on and practised the 5 dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th.
    Lovely warm day again yesterday with the sky clouding over during the afternoon but clearing by early evening.  The sunset was stunning and even the surface of the water between Alonissos and Evia turned pink.  We had a lovely clear and starry evening and lights of the coastal towns on Evia opposite Alonissos were visible.  This morning is lovely and warm with sunshine and blue skies with light high level cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 3rd:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos to practise for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    There were 25 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos and we practised 4 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on the 23rd and then 18 people stayed on and practised the 5 dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th.
    The scenery for the GITs production of 'Mamma Mia' was put up yesterday and Dave went up for a last drink after the dance class to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village and Mary showed some pictures from Facebook and the painting on the scenery by Chester is absolutely stunning!!
    Glorious day yesterday with clear blue skies and sunshine all day with a lovely sunset and a clear and starry night.  The air was so clear yesterday you could see all the details on the front of the mountains on the island of Evia facing the Old Village and all 3 fingers of the Halkidiki peninsular were clearly visible and due to the air conditions Mount Athos looked around twice as big as usual.  This morning is dry and sunny with blue skies and a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 2nd:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Wednesday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos for the dancing on Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    2. Saturday Late service in the church of Agia Paraskevi with the lighting of the candles at midnight to signify the end of Lent.
    Greek dance class in the school gym tonight in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm to practise the dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) and the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    There were 8 of us that celebrated 'Unorthodox Easter' at the Alonissos Village taverna yesterday and we had wonderful food, wonderful weather and wonderful company.  Who could ask for anything more?
    The opening of the Society (Σύλλογος) of the Atletics Group headquarters in Patitiri yesterday was a great success with the inside of the building full of people and the street outside had the overspill.  Drinks and some finger food were provided and it was a very joyous coming together of the community.
    Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos said yesterday that he will be open on Easter Sunday and will be spit roasting a goat as well as having a full menu available.  Dave is joing his family and friends for food around midday.
    The Alonissos Taverna will be closed for the Easter weekend but will reopen on the following Friday 13th.  No way Gerry would be out eating there as she was very superstitious.
    Dave's blood pressure has pulled down after 6 days of tablets and is back into the normal range.
    Lovely day yesterday with morning sunshine and some cloud during the day with the wind picking up strongly during the evening but dying away overnight.  This morning is warm with sunshine and blue skies and a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 1st:
    Grand opening ceremony tonight at 7.30pm of the new headquarters of the Dimos Society (Σύλλογος) of the Atletics Group.  The headquarters is in an ex-supermarket, passed the newsagents in Patitiri which has been renovated and converted.
    'Unorthodox Easter' greetings and good wishes from Alonissos to family, friends and all our visitors to Ivicourt.com and readers of 'Breaking News' from around the world.  A small group of us are going to the Alonissos Village taverna at 1pm to eat and celebrate.  Orthodox Easter here on Alonissos is next Sunday 8th.
    Today is the start of Holy Week (Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα) in the Greek Orthodox church which ends on Saturday night.
    There were 18 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos and we practised 4 dances for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on the 23rd and then 12 people stayed on and practised 5 dances for the trip to the island of Syros on the 27th.  Next dance class tomorow at 8pm in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos.
    Another lovely day yesterday with a mix of sunshine and cloud with the wind picking up during the evening with the air cooling down.  We again had a lovely sunset and the evening sky had a lovely bright full moon and a starry night sky.  Overnight the wind picked up really strongly and is still blowing hard this morning.  We have a warm and hazy start to the day with blue skies.
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) to all our family and friends and also to all our visitors to Ivicourt.com and readers of 'Breaking News' from around the world.
March 2018

  • Saturday 31st:
    Greek dance practise in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6pm for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd.
    Dave's final test results came in yesterday and the Prostate (PSA) results were normal and the urine sample tests were perfect.  So, Dave is dealing with his wonky liver and the cardiologist Dr. Vouzas is dealing with his wonky heart.  In 5 days the regime of tablets has reduced Dave's blood pressure dramatically, down to the bottom limit of hypertenson and top limit of normal blood pressure.
    Another glorious day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze during the day which picked up a little early evening.  We again had a lovely sunset and the evening sky had a lovely bright moon and a starry night sky.  This morning is warm with overcast skies and misty with a breeze blowing and a feeling of dampness in the air.
  • Friday 30th:
    Dave's blood test results were overall excellent except for a couple glitches and Dave has to provide an urine specimen for testing this morning.
    The first night of GITs production of Mamma Mia will be 8pm for 8.30pm so that the Greek people working in the evening can come along and watch the show.  The other 3 nights are still 7pm for 7.30pm.
    Tick season is upon us again and one was found on tortoiseshell female who has recently adopted us.
    A glorious day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine but the breeze had a chill edge in the Old Village.  We had a lovely sunset and the evening sky had a lovely bright moon and loads of stars.  Gloriously warm start to the day this morning with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing with a cool edge to it.
  • Thursday 29th:
    The Society (Σύλλογος) of the Atletics Group in the Dimos have rented an ex-supermarket, passed the newsagents in Patitiri, and this has been renovated and converted to be used as the headquarters of the society.  The grand opening is at 7.30pm on Sunday and Evangelitsa, one of the dance group's best female dancers, came up to Mary's last night to deliver everyone an invitation to be at the opening ceremony!!
    There were only 3 tables of contestants for the 6th Fun(d) Raising Group's 'Pointless' quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village last night.  Everyone enjoyed the evening which was a wonderful success because Dawn and Netty had put in such a lot of hard work.  Thank you to Mary for again allowing her bar to be used for the quiz.  The 7th Fun(d) Raising Group quiz will be on Wednesday 25th April at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm.
    Dave didn't go to the dance practise yesterday as we had the Fun(d) Raising Group's quiz but Dave is shattered after the intensity of the dance classes over the passed 2½ weeks.  No dance classes until Saturday at 6pm in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos.
    Dave's blood pressure has improved significantly since Monday morning and Dr. Vouzas has now put him on a 2 week programme of medication to stabilise his blood pressure.  The results of yesterday morning's blood test have been fast tracked to be available this morning.
    Another cloudy day yesterday with the morning rain arriving into the afternoon and during the late evening we had some light drizzle with a cloudy and chilly end to the evening.  This morning we have a mix of blue skies and sunshine with some cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 28th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos to practise for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd.
    The 6th Fun(d) Raising Group's quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm based on the TV show 'Pointless'.
    Dave is off to Patitiri this morning see Maria for a blood test at 10am and then to see the cardiologist Dr. Vouzas.
    There were 20 people yesterday for the dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd.  The only dance not yet practised is the Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) dance.
    Lovely warm day yesterday with the sky clouded over by 6pm but the morning breeze died down during the day.  This morning cloudy and overcast with a cool mist and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 27th:
    The 6th Fun(d) Raising Group's quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tomorrow from 7pm based on the TV show 'Pointless'.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos to practise for Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day) on April 23rd.
    Mixed bag of weather yesterday with a generally pleasant day but cloud and a heavy mist moved in during the afternoon with the wind dropping away during the day leaving a clear and starry night.  This morning is dry and sunny with blue skies and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Apologies:  For the very late update to the website.  Dave had an appointment this morning with the cardiologist Dr. Vouzas about a matter that was concerning him but it appears that problem wasn't a problem at all but he had some tests done and is now being treated for high blood pressure.  A blood sample will be taken on Wednesday and we will know the results on Thursday morning.  Fingers crossed.
  • Monday 26th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos for the dancing on the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    2. Tuesday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos for the dancing on Άγιος Γεώργιος (Saint George's Day).
    3. Wednesday 6th Fun(d) Raising Group's quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm based on the TV show 'Pointless'.
    4. Thursday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos for the dancing on the islands of Syros and Corfu.
    5. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance practise in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 30 dancers in Macedonian costumes for the dancing at National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) yesterday.  The bad weather miraculously cleared up mid-morning and by the time we danced it was quite pleasant.  After the dancing we went for a photoshoot on the harbour and then Dave joined friends at the Archipelagon in Patitiri for lunch.  The dancing went really well, the ladies costumes were stunning and Yorgos had so many lovely comments about the dancing and the spectacle in the amphitheatre.  After a drink at the Alonissos Cafe Dave went up to Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village for a meze with Yorgos and ended up dancing in the taverna for another hour as more than half the dance group were in there eating.  He then went up to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) for some quiet time and ended up back home 12 hours after he left in the morning.  Life on Alonissos!!  A page will be posted up in due course.  Greek dance class in the school gym tonight in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm tomorrow to practise the dances for Syros and Corfu.
    A day of mixed weather yesterday with morning cloud then mid-morning drizzle followed by a cloudy afternoon with some sun and a cloudy and windy evening.
  • Sunday 25th:
    The clocks went forward by 1 hour this morning at 3am to signal the start of summer on Alonissos.
    National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) today in Greece and you should wish all your Greek friends "Χρόνια Πολλά".  There will be a service at the church of Agia Paraskevi in Patitiri this morning and then a service at the war memorial opposite the Dimos offices mid-morning.  This will be followed by dancing in the amphitheatre by the children's dance group and the Alonissos Dance Group, weather permitting.  There will be a photo shoot of the Alonissos Dance Group in their costumes on the harbour front when weather permits.
    There were 30 people yesterday for the dance and marching practise in the amphitheatre in Patitiri with Yorgos for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) and it has all come together nicely.
    We heard by word of mouth that Panos and Marina will be closing the Black Cat in Patitiri from the start until around the end of April.
    A nice day yesterday but the cloud built up during the afternoon and by 10pm a storm hit with thunder and lightning and torrential rain.  At least it should water the island and clean off the fine Sahara sand covering the cars.  This morning we have a cloudy and overcast start to the day but at 9am it's dry with a light breeze blowing.  Fingers crossed.
  • Saturday 24th:
    Greek dance and marching practise in the amphitheatre in Patitiri with Yorgos around 4.30pm for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) tomorrow.
    There were 28 dancers yesterday for the dance and marching practise in the amphitheatre in Patitiri with Yorgos for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) and it generally went very well.  Just one or two small things to be ironed out.
    We had a very pleasant day yesterday and this morning we have blue skies, sunshine and some cloud around with a light breeze blowing.  Unfortunately it looks as if rain is coming in overnight and into most of the morning tomorrow.
  • Friday 23rd:
    We again had a dance class of two halves yesterday with a very good practise for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th with 27 dancers for the session and then for the remaining 15 dancers, for the dancing in Syros and Corfu, the session went very well.  Greek dance practise in the amphitheatre in Patitiri today with Yorgos around 5pm for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on Sunday.
    The Sunset Bar, off the OTE turn towards Vouno, has now reopened and they are open from around midday until late evening.  Dave went in there last night after the dance class for a last drink.
    A fairly miserable day yesterday with the breeze picking up very strongly during the day and the mists getting worse as the day went on with drizzle in the late evening.  However, this morning is bright and sunny with blue skies but with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 22nd:
    Start of the Mega Sale at Claudia's shop Loulaki, near to the bank in Patitiri.  The shop will be open from 10am - 2pm and the sale is also on tomorrow, Saturday and Monday.
    There were 25 dancers for the class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we practised dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th and 16 people stayed on to practise for the dance trip to Corfu in the first week of May.  We now all have our costumes for the dancing on Sunday.  Greek dance class in the school gym tonight in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm.
    Another very nice day yesterday with it clouding over during the late evening with some light drizzle.  This morning we have a cloudy start to the day with low level mists and a strong breeze blowing with the sun breaking through the cloud cover.
  • Wednesday 21st:
    Tomorrow starts the Mega Sale at Claudia's shop Loulaki, near to the bank in Patitiri.  The shop will be open from 10am - 2pm and the sale is also on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
    Dance session tonight at 8pm with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri to practise dances for both National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th and the Corfu dance festival.  The dance group has also been invited to travel to the Greek island of Syros at the end of April to dance at the Apollon Theatre.
    Very nice day yesterday with a lovely warm evening and a sky full of stars and this morning we have sunshine and cloud with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Loulaki:  Claudia's shop, near the bank in Patitiri, is having a Mega Sale on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Monday 26th March from 10am to 2pm.
  • Tuesday 20th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri tonight with Yorgos from around 8pm for the dancing at National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    Strange day yesterday with the weather as we had a generally pleasant day but with mid-morning and late evening rain.  This morning is dry and sunny with blue skies but we have a strong wind blowing but in a direction that is not affecting here in the Old Village.
  • Monday 19th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Thursday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos for the dancing at National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    2. Saturday Greek dance practise in the amphitheatre around midday with Yorgos for the dancing at National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    3. Sunday Clocks go forward by 1 hour at 3am to signal the start of summer on Alonissos.
    4. Sunday Independence Day on Alonissos with a service at the church of Agia Paraskevi in Patitiri in the morning and then a service at the war memorial opposite the Dimos offices mid-morning followed by dancing in the amphitheatre by the children's dance group and the Alonissos Dance Group.
    There were 29 dancers for the class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we practised dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th and 16 people stayed on to practise for the dance trip to Corfu in the first week of May.  Greek dance class in the school gym tonight in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm tomorrow to practise the dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    A day of mixed weather yesterday with morning cloud then rain around lunchtime followed by clear afternoon skies and sunshine with a heavy evening dew and a night sky full of stars.  This morning is generally overcast with a very light breeze.
  • Sunday 18th:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 25 people for the dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and for the first half of the session we practised dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th then 14 people stayed on to practise dances for the trip to Corfu in the first week of May.  The dances are starting to come together now.
    A nice day yesterday with a evening dew and a starry night sky and this morning we have an overcast start to the day with a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 17th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening at 6pm.
    Dave went up to see Gerry yesterday around midday and Mount Athos was visible in the distance as Dave was sat with Gerry on the side of her grave.
    After communing with Gerry yesterday and having a drink with Mary at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village Dave went to see Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos.  The bad news was that there were 2 dozen young scouts from Skiathos in there with 4 leaders eating and drinking.  The good news was that they left so much of their chicken and potatoes cooked in the oven, that after Yorgos had taken out a load of chicken for the local cats, there was 2 days of food for Tassoula and Gerroula!!  Dave will pressure cook the bones and the girls can have the soft ones for another meal, along with the stock, and they say it's a dog's life!!  Dave's hoping to be reincarnated as a Goofy Wheaten Terrier or a Pointer.
    The cloud cleared during the day yesterday and the wind dropped in strength during the day and the evening was very calm and still.  This morning we have an overcast but not particularly cold start to the day with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 16th:
    We had a dance class of two halves yesterday with a very good practise for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th to start the session but then for the remaining dancers for the dancing in Corfu it just didn't go so well.  We only managed to dance 3 of the 6 dances and in Dave's opinion the couples turns are too complex and similar in the 3 Syrtos dances and we are all getting confused.  Greek dance class tomorrow and Sunday in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos and then maybe 3 or 4 sessions next week for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    Another lovely day yesterday with the breeze easing off during the day leaving a clear and starry but cool evening.  This morning is overcast and cool with a breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 15th:
    Dance session this evening at 8pm with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri to practise dances for both National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th and the Corfu dance festival.
    Spring Sale starts today at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida, near to the bank in Patitiri.  The shop will be open from 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm but closed on Sunday.
    Another lovely day yesterday with the breeze easing off during the day and this morning we have clear air and clear blue skies with sunshine and a light cool breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 14th:
    Tomorrow starts the Spring Sale at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida, near to the bank in Patitiri.  The shop will be open from 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm but closed on Sunday.
    Today the news reported the death of one of the great scientific thinkers of our time Professor Stephen Hawking.  Although crippled bodily with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, he continued in the words of the Moody Blues song "Legend Of A Mind" to fly his 'astral plane' in his field of cosmology.  He was one of those very special people who could take an incredibly complex area of science and make it understandable to everyone and this is a very special gift that very few high flying scientists possess.
    There were 16 people for a very intense dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we practised 6 dances for the dance festival on the island of Corfu on May 5th and 6th.  Next dance session tomorrow at 8pm with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri to practise dances for both National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th and the Corfu dance festival.
    According to Openseas.gr we have Flying Dolphin Erato back in service between Alonissos and Volos from Tuesday April 17th.  We will wait and see but not hold our breathes!!
    Very nice day yesterday with a lovely warm evening and a sky full of stars and this morning we have a lovely warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing and gusting with a chill edge to it.
  • Tuesday 13th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri tonight with Yorgos from around 8pm for the dancing in Corfu on May 5th and 6th.
    Lovely day yesterday with the wind picking up in strength during the late afternoon and into the early evening.  This morning is dry and sunny with blue skies but we have a strong wind blowing and gusting.
  • Monday 12th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Tuesday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri at 8pm with Yorgos for the dancing in Corfu on May 5th and 6th.
    2. Thursday Spring Sale starts at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida, near to the bank in Patitiri.  The shop will be open from 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm but closed on Sunday.
    3. Thursday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm to practise the dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    4. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6pm.
    Dave managed the unenviable task of finishing the page for Gerry's Grave today and this has now been posted up to the Gerry's Pages area of the website.
    The Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village will be open late today and the same again tomorrow as Mary has to go to Skopelos and has problems with the ferry departures, so now Yorgos will open in the afternoon after working but there will be no food until Wednesday.
    Late update to the website this morning because Dave had a meltdown, for no apparent reason, but is now back on track.
    There were 33 dancers for the class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we practised a wide range of dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th and for the dance trip to Corfu in the first week of May.  Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm tomorrow to practise dances for the dancing in Corfu on May 5th and 6th.
    Another absolutely glorious day yesterday with acres of blue sky and sunshine with a heavy evening dew and a sky full of stars.  This morning is a mix of sunshine and cloud but misty with a very light breeze.
  • Irida:  Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop, near the bank in Patitiri, are having a Spring Sale on both last summer and winter's collections for 2 weeks starting on Thursday 15th and ending on Friday 30th with most items priced between 9 - 29 euro.  There will be clothes for both men and women for sale.  The shop will be open from 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm but closed on Sunday.
  • Sunday 11th:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    Dave finished the evening yesterday with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village and Yorgos put on some traditional Greek dance music and, the inevitabale happended, and we were dancing into the early hours of the morning.
    Taverna Archipelagon in Patitiri has re-opened although Dave doesn't know yet whether this is only at weekends or during the day, so some research needs to be done.
    There were 29 people for the dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and for the first half of the session we practised festival dances and for the last half of the session we went through the 6 dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    A lovely day yesterday with a heavy evening dew and a sky full of stars with the Constellations of the Plough and Orion clearly visible in the night sky.  This morning we have a lovely warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and thin high level cloud with a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 10th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening at 6pm.
    Dave went up to see Gerry yesterday around midday and got some lovely photos of the grave which will be posted up to the website in the next couple of days.  As Gerry was buried on a Saturday Dave will go up today at midday, which is the time the service started on Saturday September 9th last year.
    Flying Dolphin Erato is still moored in the port of Volos and currently we don't have another highspeed vessel in service, but the car ferry Express Skiathos comes back into service as from tomorrow morning at 8am from Volos to Alonissos.  However, you still can't leave the island early morning so you can't get off and back to Alonissos in one day which means leaving the day before for appointments, travel, etc.
    The cloud cleared during the day yesterday and the wind dropped in strength during the day and the evening was calm and starry.  This morning we have very clear air again with blue skies and sunshine with a very light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 9th:
    Greek dance class tomorrow in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos to practise the dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    Hard to believe that a large group of people were at the cemetery 6 calendar months ago today as we laid Gerry to rest with her favourite book 'Anne of Green Gables' then went off for a celebration of her life together.  Dave is going up at midday to be with Gerry and take some photos of her grave which has now been finished by Yorgos who works at the cemetery.
    Dave had a very cathartic day yesterday taking a glass of ouzo from the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village and sharing it with Gerry, by drinking a small amount himself and then pouring the same amount onto her grave.  Jan, Lyn, Netty and Val had joined Dave but stayed at Mary's to give Dave time on his own with Gerry.  After finishing our drinks we went down to Taverna Panselinos and Yorgos cooked us some wonderful food, so we could all celebrate International Women's Day together, Dave touching his feminine side, having our drinks outside in the sun and then eating our food inside the taverna.
    Another lovely day yesterday with the cloud clearing away during the late morning giving us blue skies and sunshine but mid-afternoon the wind picked up in strength.  We had clear air so Mount Athos was visible on the Halkidiki peninsular and so was a lot of detail on the mountain ranges of the island of Evia.  We had a blustery but beautifully clear and starry night and this morning is dry and calm with overcast skies but lovely clear air again.
  • Thursday 8th:
    International Women's Day today and the Alonissos Village taverna and Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village will be open tonight, as they have reservations, and the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village will also be open for food today.  Dave is going to lock the top gate of Villa Aliki this evening and not venture out until tomorrow morning!!
    Yorgos who works at the cemetery has put the lettering on Gerry's headstone and at midday today Dave, and a few friends, will be sharing an ouzo with Gerry.
    Gerry died 6 months ago today and, can you believe this, Dave woke up this morning at 4.06am which was almost the same time he woke up 6 months ago to find Gerry had passed over to the other side.  Dave had not been thinking about this, so it must have been entirely subconscious.  Also, there was some very light rain shortly afterwards, around 4.30am, as if the heaven's were weeping for her loss.
    Glorious day yesterday and when Dave went up to the Old Village at 11.30am, the external temperature monitor in the car was reading 20 deg C in the shade.  This morning we have a mix of blue skies, cloud and sunshine with a breeze blowing with a bit of an edge to it.
  • Wednesday 7th:
    International Women's Day tomorrow and Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village will be open but Dave has been warned that if he comes up in the evening Sonia will probably have him doing a striptease on one of the tables!!
    Gerry's birthday 6 months ago today and also the name day in the Greek Orthodox church of Saint Laurence (Άγιος Λαυρέντιος Μαγνησίας) and Laurence was the name of Gerry and Nik's eldest brother who died of cancer at the age of 26.  Yorgos who works at the cemetery is hopefully putting the lettering on Gerry's headstone today.  At midday tomorrow Dave will be sharing an ouzo with Gerry amongst friends with Gerroula.
    There were again 28 dancers for the class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we practised 6 dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th straight off, with no break, followed by 3 festival dances.  Dave has his name down for the dance group going to Corfu in May and is so looking forward to dancing off the island and it is at least 25 years that Dave and Gerry had a holiday in Corfu, so it will be nice to revisit the island.
    Very nice day yesterday with a lovely warm evening and a sky full of stars and this morning we have a lovely warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 6th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri tonight with Yorgos from around 8pm to practise the dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    Not only was the weather strange yesterday but so was Gerroula.  She was quite clingy for most of the day and late morning she went outside, while Dave was sat on the sofa with a drink, and she took her collar off the window ledge where is was residing because it was too big for her neck and she kept pulling it off.  She rushed into the lounge and jumped up on the sofa and dropped the collar beside Dave and then sat down looking at him, as if to say the time is right for this to go back on.  Dave put the collar over her head and she had a mad 5 minutes then fell deeply asleep and the collar is still on her this morning.  Maybe it's because she wanted to come up to the cemetery on a lead tomorrow with Dave to be with Gerry!!  Who knows or can understand animal instincts?
    Strange day yesterday for the weather with it brightening up late morning and then we had some light rain for a short while early afternoon.  The wind died down during the day, but the rain started up quite heavily again late yesterday evening.  This morning is dry, but the ground is still wet, with mainly blue skies and a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 5th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Tuesday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm to practise the dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    2. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6pm.
    Thursday is International Women's Day and there will probably be a lot of women out eating in the evening and some tavernas may open especially for the occasion.  Thursday is also exactly 6 calendar months since Gerry left Dave and at midday Dave will be at the cemetery to share an ouzo with Gerry.
    There were 28 dancers for the class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we practised a wide range of dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th for the first hour then practised 2 festival dances for the dance trip to Corfu in May.  Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm tomorrow to practise dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    An absolutely glorious day yesterday with acres of blue sky and sunshine.  This morning is overcast and misty over the sea with a strong gusting wind blowing with a chilly edge to it.
  • Sunday 4th:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 28 people for the dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and again we had mainly dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    Very nice day yesterday and this morning we have a lovely warm day with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 3rd:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening at 6pm.
    Our Mimosa tree is in flower again so Dave went up to see Gerry yesterday and laid some Mimosa flowers on her grave.  Mimosa was always one of G's favourite flowers, from when we went to Nice for a long weekend many years ago, and they had a Mimosa Festival on the Côte d'Azur.  It's hard to believe that next Thursday will be 6 months since Gerry left Dave, there is simply no coming to terms with her loss.
    For all the years we were together Gerry did temporary work but in the last year before we left the UK, to come to Alonissos, Gerry took a full-time job at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) because the daughter of one of her cousin's was treated for cancer there from the age of 9, but sadly died before her 11th birthday.  This is a news item from the BBC website and this just goes to show how wonderful the staff are who work there with the children.
    Flying Dolphin Erato is still moored in the port of Volos and, Dave has been reliably informed, a Catamaran could be in service between Alonissos and Volos before any chance that the flying dolphin will run again.  Watch this space for information!!
    Another pleasant day yesterday with a cloudy sky but the chilly wind dropped in strength during the day but we had some drizzle during the afternoon, which was not forecast, and the evening was calm but overcast.  This morning we have blue skies and cloud with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 2nd:
    Greek dance class tomorrow in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 25 people for the dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we practised some dances for the dancing for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.  As there are so many people dancing the costumes will have to be rented so, after the session, everyone was measured for height, chest and waist sizes so the correct costumes can be ordered.
    Another pleasant day yesterday with the cloud clearing away during the late morning giving us some sunshine but mid-afternoon the skies clouded over again and the chilly wind dropped in strength.  This morning is dry with grey overcast skies and we have a light wind blowing with a chilly edge to it.  Our thoughts are with everyone who is suffering from these dreadful weather conditions across Europe at the moment and let's hope the situation improves very rapidly.
  • Thursday 1st:
    Greek dance class in the school gymnasium tonight in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    Dave's quiz for the Fun(d) Raising Group went off well at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village last night with a lovely atmosphere but sadly a disappointing turn-out of 10 people over 3 tables taking part.  The 6th Fun(d) Raising Group winter event will be on Wednesday 28th of this month and details will be forthcoming.
    A warm and pleasant day yesterday but the strong gusting wind had a chilly edge to it.  We had a lovely Aegean sunset last night and this morning is grey and overcast with a noticeable chilly breeze blowing.
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) to all our family and friends and also to all our visitors to Ivicourt.com and readers of 'Breaking News' from around the world.
February 2018

  • Wednesday 28th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 8pm tomorrow to practise the dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    The 5th Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm hosted by Dave and it's a general knowledge quiz themed on animals.
    Dave went up to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village yesterday afternoon, for a change of scenery, and had a lovely afternoon in the sun over a couple of drinks.
    Dave has added the music for a new version of the dance Καραγκούνα, Θεσσαλίας to the Greek Dance Music H - M page and the video to the Greek Dance Videos H - M page.
    Lovely warm and sunny day yesterday with the wind dying down during the day but the cloud cover increased into the evening although the moon shone through and we had one of two stars in the night sky.  Around 9pm last night the wind started to pick up again strongly and this morning we have blue skies with some cloud with sunshine and a noticeable breeze blowing and gusting.
  • Tuesday 27th:
    Tomorrow is the 5th Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm hosted by Dave and it's a general knowledge quiz themed on animals.
    Dave heard an interesting story about Flying Dolphin Erato yesterday that replacement engines are in Piraeus and will be brought up to Volos and the dolphin will be back in service within 4 weeks.  According to Openseas Flying Dolphin Erato will be back in service on Tuesday 17th April.  Can pigs fly?  We'll find out soon enough and, if they can, then watch out for the piggy poops raining down from the sky!!
    It appears from Openseas that the car ferry Express Skiathos comes back into service on March 10th and the car ferry Proteus is continuing to run, so we will have a ferry service every day except Saturday's.  The downside is that, as now, it will still be impossible to leave the island in the morning as both ferries don't leave the island until early afternoon.
    Grey and overcast for most of the day yesterday with the rain stopping late morning and the wind dying down during the day, but the rain started drizzling again late evening.  This morning is dry with mainly blue skies and a noticeable gusty breeze blowing.
  • Monday 26th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Wednesday 5th Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm hosted by Dave and it is a general knowledge quiz themed on animals.
    2. Thursday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from around 8pm to practise the dances for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    3. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6pm.
    There were 25 dancers for the class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and, other than 1 dance, the whole session was focussed on the dances for the performance at National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.  Yorgos estimated that there could be about 32 dancers in the amphitheatre after the service at the war memorial with 7 male dancers and 25 women dancers.  If this happens it will probably be one of the largest group of Alonissos island dancers ever to perform in public.
    Flying Dolphin Erato is still moored in Volos harbour and we have been reliably informed that the dolphin is being taken permanently out of service and that we should get the ferry boat running more days!!  This has apparently been confirmed by one of the travel agents on the harbour front in Patitiri that sells tickets for the flying dolphin.
    A cloudy and overcast day yesterday with the wind picking up strength early evening and then blowing quite hard late evening with the rain starting around 6pm.  This morning is grey and overcast with a strong gusting wind blowing with a chilly edge and we have already had some very heavy rain falling.
  • Sunday 25th:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 21 people for the dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we had mainly dances from Thessalia and Macedonia as some of these dances will make up the programme for the dancing for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    The rain stopped early afternoon yesterday but the wind then picked up and still had a chilly edge to it.  We had some light rain early evening but the wind eased down overnight.  This morning we have overcast grey skies with a chilly wind blowing but so far no rain.
  • Saturday 24th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening at 6pm.
    Flying Dolphin Erato is still moored in the port of Volos and, although supposed to be in service from Alonissos tomorrow morning, no-one seems to know what is going on.
    Not a great day yesterday but a reasonable air temperature for the time of year if you were sheltered from the wind which blew strongly all day and into the night.  This morning the wind is still blowing, although not gusting, but we have continuous grey skies and it is chilly and damp and it has been raining all morning.
  • Reminder:  5th Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village next Wednesday 28th from 7pm hosted by Dave.  FYI it's a general knowledge quiz themed on animals.
  • Friday 23rd:
    Greek dance class tomorrow in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    Dave has added a page for the School Xmas Fun Day 2017 to Dave and Gerry's page.
    There were 15 people for the dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri and we had mainly dances from Thessalia as these dances will make up most of the programme for the dancing for National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.
    Pleasant day yesterday with a mix of blue skies and cloud during the morning but mid-afternoon the skies clouded over, although like yesterday we had some sunshine with the occasional breaks in the cloud cover.  However, late evening the wind picked up and we had drizzly rain into the night.  This morning is dry with grey overcast skies and we have a chilly wind blowing and gusting quite strongly.
  • Thursday 22nd:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    Flying Dolphin Erato has still not come back into service and its last recorded position was moored in Volos port last Saturday at 4.33pm.  The car ferry Proteus has made at least one extra run to Alonissos to try to alleviate the situation.
    It was drizzly, misty and dismal yesterday morning and evening but during the day the wind picked up and died away and we had a little sunshine with the occasional breaks in the cloud cover.  This morning has been very odd so far with intermittent rain since sunrise and then by 9am the rain stopped and we now have a mix of blue skies, cloud and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 21st:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 8pm tomorrow.
    Dave made a few cosmetic changes to the website yesterday and split the accommmodation page into hotels and other rental properties such as villas, pensions and rooms.  A page for Carnival this year has been posted up to the website.
    There was an earthquake yesterday morning just before 6am which was 4.1 on the Richter scale and centred 10km deep and 10km NNE of the island.  Many people were woken with houses and beds shaking but, unusually, Dave slept right through it and only found out when talking to friends yesterday morning.  Probably the aftermath of Clean Monday at the Ouzeri Kamaki!!
    The rain stopped early afternoon yesterday and then started drizzling again late evening and the whole day was basically dull and miserable.  This morning we have a wet, cold and misty start to the day with a light drizzle falling and a light breeze with grey and overcast skies.
  • Tuesday 20th:
    Dave went up to the cemetery in the Old Village to be with Gerry yesterday around 10.30am and then walked along to the end of the road to an open area which is perfect for viewing sunsets.  There were around a dozen and a half people there and 3 kites in the air.  When Dave left to go to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) for a birthday drink there were 6 kites in the air but a lovely big black kite snapped in half while flying.  Dave had some of Mary's wonderful taramasalata with 'lagana' which is a flat-bread traditionally baked on Clean Monday and very similar to 'foccacia'.  After changing at home Dave went to the Ouzeri Kamaki at 2pm which was rammed solid with people and 14 of us sat down for ouzo, tsipouro and mezedes.  The food was excellent, as was the company, and we went through everything they had starting with dips and ending with a variety of shellfish and seafood including cuttlefish, small crabs and giant prawns.  Vangelis sang and was joined on bouzouki by a guitarist, a baglama player and Yorgos' brother Panayiotis on accordion.  Dave left around 5pm after a wonderful afternoon and it was just what was needed for his first birthday without Gerry.
    Flying Dolphin Erato appears to have done another disappearing act and there are rumours it's broken down again and there is no sign of it in service on OpenSeas until next Sunday at the earliest.
    A very pleasant day yesterday for Clean Monday (Καθαρά Δευτέρα) with the cloud breaking up during the morning giving some afternoon sunshine and enough wind in exposed places in the Old Village to fly kites.  This morning is damp, dull, chilly and raining with a breeze blowing and grey and overcast skies.
  • Monday 19th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday Clean Monday and a public holiday in Greece.  The Old Village Cultural Society are organising an event starting at 10am, at the corn circles next to the cemetery, with traditional kite flying and then food at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village.
    2. Thursday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 8pm.
    3. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6pm.
    Clean Monday today so wish all your Greek friends "χρόνια πολλά" and also Dave's birthday so if you come across him wish him "καλά γενέθλια και χρόνια πολλά" (happy birthday and may you live many years).  One request, please don't sing "when I'm 64" to him but give a thought to Gerry who won't be celebrating with Dave today but who set a reminder on her mobile phone for Dave, before she died, so that she would be with him in spirit.  Dave is going to the Ouzeri Kamaki at 2pm with his dance teacher Yorgos, Yorgos' family and friends and also sister-in-law Lyn.  On a sad note it is 3 years today that our beloved late island priest father Avraam died on Skopelos and we should spend a little time remembering what a huge impact he had on this island in the short space of time he was with us.
    Carnival went off brilliantly yesterday thanks to the school PTA who did a wonderful job of organising the event at such short notice.  There was a large turnout of children all dressed in costume as were most of the parents.  We had a music truck and a souvlaki truck and the procession left the school around 12.50pm and went around passed the church and arrived at the harbour around 1.30pm.  Everyone congregated there and didn't proceed any further and after eating and drinking things broke up around 3pm.  The children had a great time and so did Dave and Mike who were dressed in their Crusdader Knights outfits and so many islanders came up to Dave and commented about the fact that we were there, dressed and taking part with them.  A page will be posted up to the website in the next few days.
    Our young Mimosa tree is in flower again and this is because the air temperatures have been so high this winter the plants have not gone into dormancy.  The almond, apricot and cherry trees are now in full blossom across the island and our satsuma orange tree is about to flower.
    A very pleasant day yesterday for Carnival with a light breeze and the cloud breaking up during the morning giving some afternoon sunshine.  Into the afternoon we had some sunshine and nice temperatures for mid-February.  This morning is grey and overcast with only a light breeze which is not great for flying kites!!
  • Sunday 18th:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.  Dave will not be dancing as he has a pre-arranged post-Carnival Crusader Knight meal at the Black Cat in Patitiri at 6pm with Mike and Carol.
    Carnival for the children in their costumes starting outside the school at 12 midday today and going down to the harbour and back up the main street or around in a circle via the church depending on the weather.  Anyone who wants to join in with the children are welcome.  Dave and Mike are both going down in their Crusader Knight costumes as a show of solidarity to the school PTA who have taken over Carnival this year from the Dimos.  According to the poster for Carnival there will be souvlakis, beers and soft drinks available to buy.
    There were 20 people at the school gym in Patitiri yesterday evening for the dance class with Yorgos.  We again had a very varied and challenging mix of dances made more challenging because Yorgos couldn't get the music system working so we danced with him, in the centre of the circle, holding his iPhone in the air playing the music.  Never a dull moment on the island of Alonissos!!
    Dave made some amendments yesterday to the front page of the website to bring the pages relating to Gerry under one Gerry's Pages icon.  Also the Kalamakia Tavernas page has been written and so work is completed on the Eating Out On Alonissos page.
    A pleasant day yesterday although the wind had a chilly edge to it but we had a calm evening with a heavy dew and a very starry sky with both the Constellations of Orion and the Plough cleary visible over the Old Village.  This morning we have a still cold and damp start to the day with a grey and overcast cloudy sky and a light breeze with a chilly edge to it.  At least it's not raining for Carnival.
  • Saturday 17th:
    Carnival Day on Alonissos tomorrow for the children starting outside the school at 12 midday and processing down the main road passed the bank and down to the harbour.  Depending on the weather the procession will either come back up the main road or circle around the other road passed the church and back to the school.  Adults are welcome to join the children.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening at 6pm.
    Yesterday we had a cloudy but pleasant and dry day with the very chilly high winds in the morning dying away during the day leaving a light evening breeze.  This morning we have a mix of blue skies with sunshine and cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Carnival Arrangements:  Have changed again because the school PTA have taken over Carnival from the Dimos.  Carnival is on Sunday 18th for the children and will start outside the school at 12 midday.  They will process down the main road passed the bank and down to the harbour.  If the weather is good the procession will proceed up the other street, passed the Black Cat, and around passed the church in a circle and back to the school.  If the weather is not good then the procession will go back the same way, passed the bank, and back to the school.  Ekaterina spoke to Dave yesterday evening at the dance class and said that anyone was welcome to come and join the children on Carnival Day.
  • Friday 16th:
    Due to the high winds this morning Flying Dolphin Erato has not left Alonissos for Volos but is due to run tomorrow on its twice monthly Saturday scheduled service.
    There were 18 people for a very high octane dance class yesterday with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri.  The class was from 8 - 9pm and around 7.30pm the rain eased off down to a light drizzle.  Half way through the dance class the heavens opened and it hammered down with rain until after we left.  Around three quarters of the dances were from either Macedonia or Northern Greece and Dave was told by Yorgos some time ago that dances from these areas would make up the programme for the dancing on National Day (Εθνική Εορτή) on March 25th.  Next dance class tomorrow at 6pm with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri.
    Yesterday was very much a stay at home day so Dave made some 'Spicy Bean Soup' but with Borlotti beans instead of Haricot beans.  Dave actually preferred this because the Borlotti beans retain more texture that the Haricot beans.  Les came in for a large part of the day and all the computing equipment has now been relocated from one of the upstairs bedrooms to the lounge and Les tidied the appliance leads in the kitchen to reduce the amount of 'spaghetti' on the work surface.  Awful day for being outside but very productive for being inside.
    Dreadful day yesterday for the weather with the wind getting stronger and the rain heavier through the day and into the night.  Sometime between midnight and sunrise this morning the rain stopped, so currently it is dry with grey overcast skies but we still have a strongly gusting chilly wind blowing that is forecast to die away slowly during the day.  The forecast for the weekend looks OK but from Tuesday onwards it currently looks like another mixed bag of weather.
  • Can You Help:  Miles, who is the son of our dear friends and neighbours Jill and Dave in the Old Village of Alonissos?  He has submitted half of his first book to a publishing website with the hope of publication but needs reviews and especially votes to get him through.  The company website appears to have accessibility problems so you need to put the following link 'www.inkitt.com/stories/scifi/198452' into Google Chrome as Dave has found that IE9 on our tower PC and Safari on his iPad have functionality problems.  There is a blue 'write a review' button at the top of the first page under the picture and a 'thumb' at the bottom of the page to vote for it.  You can create an account directly or via Facebook and Google.  Please help to encourage a budding author if you enjoyed the story.  Dave is NOT a reader but was enthralled by the story and read the complete half book in one sitting and has voted for it and written a review.
  • Thursday 15th:
    Carnival on Sunday has been compeletely cancelled and apparently the only thing that is happening is a children's party in the school this Saturday.  It's as though the whole island has just switched off and can't be bothered, but for what reason?  We need to know how to overcome this malaise that seems to have set in.
    Apparently there is a fund raising event for the Blood Donor Group at Taverna Panoulis, overlooking the bay in Votsi, on this coming Saturday night.  Dave didn't see any posters advertising the event yesterday while shopping in Patitiri, but has ordered some raffle tickets through Yorgos as Dave has a dance class on Saturday evening.
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    Dave went up to the cemetery around lunchtime yesterday and laid a new red plant on the front of Gerry's grave as his Valentines present.  Afterwards Dave went to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village and with Julia, Lyn, Renée and Val we had a lovely lunch together sat outside in the glorious sunshine.  We were there for most of the afternoon until the sun starting going down over Skopelos and the temperature started to drop.  What a great way to spend Valentine's Day in such lovely company without Gerry.
    Dave has just about completed the next chapter of Gerry's story covering 1999 and will sort out the photos over the weekend.
    The wind slowly died down across the day yesterday and we had a glorious day with blue skies and sun and ending in a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we had rolls of thunder after sunrise and the sky is completely grey and overcast with the rain starting to fall around 8.30am.  The wind is due to pick up strongly during the day and overnight into tomorrow morning and it appears that Flying Dolphin Erato didn't leave Alonissos for Volos this morning.
  • Doug and Sara:  Are having a clear out and have some items for sale.  Ladies black and pink wetsuit size 12 and mens black wetsuit size LM.  Both never been used so offers over €15 per item.  Offers on a new stove used only 3 times which cost €270 and offers over €30 on a half size guitar with case in good condition to suit a child.  Watch this space as more to follow.
    Also, a well behaved 2 year old Carnival Dragon who is free to a good home.  Contact Doug or Sara on 24240 66117.
  • Wednesday 14th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos at 8pm tomorrow.
    Saint Valentine's Day today and Dave will go up to the cemetery around lunchtime to be with Gerry, his 'valentine' of 38 years this year.  Afterwards Dave is going to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village to have lunch with Julia, Lyn, Renée and Val.
    For those who want to eat out today the Helios Foodbar (Andy's), above the harbour in Patitiri, will be open from 6pm with a special Valentine's Day dish and a free dessert after the meal but check availablility with Andy on 697 971 4461 so as not to be disappointed.  Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos will also be open from around 6pm as he has a table of 24 booked for this evening.  Mary at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village will be open from late morning as usual for food and drinks as will Panos and Marina at the Black Cat in Patitiri.
    Flying Dolphin Erato went off to Volos this morning even though the wind is blowing strongly and the sea looks very choppy.
    We lost the sun during the late morning and early afternoon yesterday as the cloud cover increased.  The wind strength built up during the afternoon and by the evening we had high winds with strong gusts which blew all through the night.  This morning we have lovely clear blue skies and sunshine but the wind is still blowing and gusting quite strongly and has a noticeably chilly edge to it.
  • Diary Date:  The Old Village Cultural Society are organising an event on the 19th, Clean Monday, at the corn circles next to the cemetery, with traditional kite flying and food, some of which will be cooked outside.  The event will start at 10am and, is of course, dependant on the weather.  If the weather is not good then the whole event, minus the kite flying, will take place at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village.
  • Forthcoming Event:  The Helios Foodbar (Andy's Bar), above the harbour in Patitiri, will be open from 6pm tomorrow for Valentine's Day.  There will be a special dish of the day and a free dessert after the meal, and of course, romantic music and deco.  If you want to eat please book a table in advance on 697 971 4461 so as not to be disappointed.
  • Tuesday 13th:
    The music for the dance Μέρμηγκας-Σταυρωτός Πυλάρου, Κεφαλονιά has been added to the Greek Dance Music H - M page and the video to the Greek Dance Videos H - M page this morning.
    Flying Dolphin Erato turned on its GPS tracking system yesterday morning and returned to Alonissos during the day yesterday.  Flying Dolphin Erato resumed a normal service to Volos as from this morning.
    Yesterday the cloud cleared during the morning and by the afternoon we had blue skies and glorious sunshine with a calm and clear evening.  This morning has started with the sun shining through high level cloud cover with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 12th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Thursday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 8pm.
    2. Saturday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6pm.
    3. Sunday Carnival Day on Alonissos with only the school children dressing up and parading this year.
    There were 22 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday evening and we had an interesting mix of dances with some that will be for the upcoming festivals.  Saturday and yesterday we tried a new dance Μέρμηγκας-Σταυρωτός Πυλάρου, Κεφαλονιά which is a combination of one of our older dances and a brand new one.  Everyone found it difficult on Saturday but nailed it yesterday.  The next dance class will be on Thursday evening at 8pm with Yorgos in the school gym in Patitiri.
    Yesterday's meeting in the Dimos theatre was well attended and Petros the Mayor listened to the complaints about the flying dolphin and flying catamaran before explaining what he, the council and the mayor's of Skopelos and Skiathos had been doing to improve the situation.  It appears we are stuck with the unreliable flying dolphin during the winter until it is totally kaput because Hellenic Seaways will not run the flying catamaran in competition as it is not financially viable because the dolphin, when it runs, is cheaper and faster and therefore gets all the passengers.  There will again be 4 car ferries serving Alonissos during the summer months with 2 from Volos, the ferry from Skyros via Kymi on Evia and a new ferry the Express Nefeli running a daily service from Agios Konstantinos.  The flying dolphin will be here during the summer as will Flying Cat 5 which will provide a service to both Agios Konstantinos and Volos.  It is not yet clear if Flying Cat 4 will be running from Thessaloniki to Alonissos this year.
    The day improved dramatically yesterday with the strong morning wind reducing to almost nothing by early afternoon and the rain stopping.  The cloud broke up during the afternoon and we had some sunshine and we were treated to a calm and starry night sky.  This morning we have a mix of cloud and blue sky with the sun shining through as the clouds move with a stiff breeze blowing with a chill edge to it.
  • Sunday 11th:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    Meeting in the Dimos offices in Patitiri this morning at 11am concerning Flying Dolphin Erato and its continual on-going problems.
    There were 18 brave and hardy souls who arrived at the school gym yesterday evening in the torrential rain for the dance class with Yorgos, who is pushing everyone hard.  We again had a very varied and challenging mix of dances.
    Apparently Carnival is not going ahead for the adults this year due to a lack of interest by the communities in getting costumes and making floats.
    Dreadful day yesterday with the wind getting stronger and the rain getting heavier through the day.  Early afternoon a mist settled and totally obliterated all the buildings in the Old Village for over an hour.  The mist cleared and during the evening the wind strength eased and the rain stopped.  Around midnight the rain started again and the wind picked up blowing and gusting quite strongly.  This morning we have a cold, damp and miserable start to the day with the wind still blowing and gusting and the rain still falling.  Hopefully, if the weather forecast is correct, tomorrow and Tuesday look much better days.
  • This Evening, Saturday 10th:  Dave received a phone call in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village around 9pm from a Greek friend Maki to say that there will be a meeting in the Dimos offices in Patitiri, tomorrow, Sunday 11th at 11am concerning Flying Dolphin Erato and its continual on-going problems.  Maki asked Dave to circulate the date and time of the meeting to his non-Greek friends which he was doing until he managed to use up all the credit on his mobile phone.  Dave promised her to get the message on the website tonight and hopefully most of you will have been contacted but please pass the message around.
  • Unbelievable News:  From Yorgos in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village last night that it appears that this year's Carnival on Sunday 18th has been cancelled and there will only be a parade for children in costume.  No idea whether this is to do with lack of interest or lack of money but since our first Carnival in 2007 the only time it was cancelled was 22nd February 2015 which was 3 days after the death of our beloved island priest Father Avraam.
  • Saturday 10th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening at 7pm.
    There were 22 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday evening and we had a very lively and energetic session with quite a few couples dances.
    Yesterday we had a cloudy but pleasant day with a light breeze blowing.  We had rain in the early hours of this morning before sunrise and it has been raining and drizzling most of this morning from around 8am.  The forecast for the next few days looks pretty mixed.
  • Friday 9th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening at 7pm.
    Flying Dolphin Erato broke down yesterday morning and managed to limp into the harbour at Glossa on Skopelos.  We have no idea where it is now or when it will be back in service again.
    Openseas.gr has been revamped and whatever they have done to the website it now will only appear to load in Google Chrome and not in our copy of Internet Explorer 9.
    A glorious day of sunshine yesterday with acres of blue skies with a lovely starry evening sky.  This morning is dull with an overcast cloudy sky and a light breeze blowing with a chilly edge to it.  The air is quite clear so you can see the snow on Mount Dirfis, which is much less than a couple of weeks ago, on the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki.
  • Thursday 8th:
    Greek dance class tomorrow in the school gym in Patitiri from 7pm with Yorgos.
    Τσικνοπέμπτη ('Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat') today and, in the Old Village, Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos will be open from around midday, the same with Mary at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) and Vassilis at the Alonissos Village taverna will be open from 5pm but as he is there doing the prep for the evening he will serve grilled meat from midday onwards if anyone turns up and wants to eat.
    The weather yesterday was similar to Tuesday with a mix of sun and cloud for most of the day ending in a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we have a clear blue sky with a noticeable easterly breeze blowing with a chilly edge to it.
  • Wednesday 7th:
    Τσικνοπέμπτη ('Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat') tomorrow and, in the Old Village, Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos will be open from around midday, the same with Mary at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) and Vassilis at the Alonissos Village taverna will be open from 5pm but as he is there doing the prep for the evening he will serve grilled meat from midday onwards if anyone turns up and wants to eat.
    Dave went up to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village yesterday where Mary helped Dave sort out the cloak for his Carnival costume, which WAS, at that point, fully completed.  Stupidly, Dave left his downstairs bedroom door open this morning and Gerroula went in and chewed through the cord and ripped it out of the top of the cloak.  She also took the bag of toilet rolls out from the bathroom and shredded one of those over the bed and the patio outside!!  Pointer puppies are just so much fun to have around the house.
    We had blue skies and sun with some cloud for most of the day yesterday ending in a clear and starry night sky.  This morning is cloudy but dry with a noticeable easterly breeze blowing with a chilly edge to it.
  • Tuesday 6th:
    On Thursday for Τσικνοπέμπτη ('Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat'), in the Old Village, Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos will be open from around midday, the same with Mary at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) and Vassilis at the Alonissos Village taverna will be open from 5pm but as he is there doing the prep for the evening he will serve grilled meat from midday onwards if anyone turns up to eat.
    Gerroula fell asleep on the sofa last night stretched out with her 2 babies and she is 22 weeks old on Friday and this picture will show you how big she has now grown.
    Dave has just about finished his Crusader costume for Carnival on Sunday 18th and will be at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village after midday today as Mary is standing in for Gerry and helping Dave finish his cape.
    Yesterday got better as the day went on and by the afternoon we had mainly blue skies and sunshine with a calm and clear starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some cloud around and a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 5th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Friday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri with Yorgos from 7pm.
    2. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    The music for the dances Αμπελοκουτσούρα Ικαρία and Μαλεβιζιώτης Κρήτη were added to the Greek Dance Music A - Z and Greek Dance Music H - M pages and the videos to the Greek Dance Videos A - Z and Greek Dance Videos H - M pages this morning.
    There were 17 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday evening and we had a very diverse mix of slow and fast dances.  We again danced 'Συρτός Τζιας' as this will be one of the dances for the summer festival in July.  The next dance class will be on Friday as Thursday is Τσικνοπέμπτη ('Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat') and a day on Alonissos and all Greece when tavernas and families will be grilling or spit roasting meats.
    Again cloudy and overcast most of the day yesterday with some occasional sunshine but, as forecast, the strong overnight wind reduced to almost nothing by early afternoon.  We had some showery rain for about an hour from around 5.30pm but late evening we were treated to a starry night sky.  This morning, according to Windfinder, should be warm with bright sunshine and, guess what, we have grey overcast skies and it has rained this morning.
  • Sunday 4th:
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    Dave went up to Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village last night at 8pm for the cutting of the cake (βασιλόπιτα) ceremony for the Athletics Group of the Dimos.  When Dave entered the taverna it was virtually deserted but by 9pm, when Father Lucas blessed the cake and the Athletics Group, the taverna was so rammed solid with people that it was almost standing room only!!
    There were 29 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday evening and we had a very varied and challenging mix of dances.  One of the dances 'Συρτός Τζιας' Yorgos announced would be one of the dances for the summer festival in July.  Yorgos couldn't get his laptop to work so he used the music from our website for the dances.
    Correction to a post about the Alonissos Village taverna on Friday.  Apparently they have changed their weekend opening hours and are only open Friday and Saturday in the evening but still open from midday on Sunday.
    Cloudy and overcast most of the day yesterday with a bit of sunshine with the occasional break in the cloud cover.  However, it was never that cold because the increasing strong winds during the day and into the evening were southerly.  The wind blew and gusted hard overnight and this morning is still blowing strongly but is due to rapidly decrease in strength during the day.  We still have an overcast cloudy sky today but the forecast for the next couple of days looks better.
  • Saturday 3rd:
    The Athletics Group of the Dimos will have a cake (βασιλόπιτα) cutting ceremony at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tonight at 8pm, after the dance class, for good luck for the year.
    Greek dance class tonight in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    The phones in the Old Village are playing up at the moment as OTE are doing something to the phone and Internet lines.
    Yesterday we had a cloudy but pleasant day with a light breeze blowing.  The wind picked up overnight and we had rain in the early hours of this morning before sunrise.  The day has started overcast with a strong breeze blowing and occasional gusts but at the moment the rain has abated.
  • Ouzeri Kamaki:  In Patitiri, near to the bank, will be opening from midday today and will be open for food and drinks every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until further notice.
  • Friday 2nd:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri tomorrow from 6pm with Yorgos.  This will be immediately followed by a cake (βασιλόπιτα) cutting ceremony at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village for the Athletics Group of the Dimos to give good luck for the year.
    In the Alonissos Village taverna Panselinos, the Alonissos Village taverna and the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) are all open for food and drinks from midday today and across the weekend with the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) open all week.
    There were 22 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday evening and we had a very good session with a nice mix of dances from slow to fast.
    A glorious day of sunshine yesterday with midday sun temperatures in Patitiri around the mid - high 20's C (low 80's F).  We again had a huge evening moon in the sky after a lovely sunset with a few stars in the night sky.  This morning is dull with an overcast cloudy sky and a noticeable breeze blowing.  However, the air is so clear you can see the snow on Mount Dirfis and the other snow capped mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki.
  • Thursday 1st:
    Greek dance class in the school gymnasium tonight in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    Jan's quiz for the Fun(d) Raising Group went off really well at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village last night with 18 people over 5 tables taking part.  Around 150 euros was raised for projects in the community.  The 5th Fun(d) Raising Group winter quiz will be on Wednesday 28th of this month and will be hosted by Dave.
    Both Lily and Lawrie were 'done' during the recent visit of a charity vet and both are home safely but Lily, after invasive surgery, is very quiet and sleepy at the moment.  Guy said that 58 male and female cats were dealt with in 3 days, including half a dozen big male bruisers from Patitiri.  Lots of hard work for the vet and all the helpers but a fantastic achievement.
    Very warm and pleasant day yesterday but very misty and damp in the morning and again in the evening.  We had a lovely sunset and starry night sky with a glorious big moon glowing but not as impressively as in other places around the world.  We had another heavy dew overnight and this morning is damp and misty again with a noticeable breeze blowing and blue skies with sunshine.  It looks like a mixed bag of weather from tomorrow and over the weekend.
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) to all our family and friends and also to all our visitors to Ivicourt.com and readers of 'Breaking News' from around the world.
January 2018

  • Wednesday 31st:
    Greek dance class tomorrow evening in the school gym in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    The 4th Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm, hosted by Jan.
    Amazingly Lily arrived back at 10am yesterday morning jumped up onto a chair and then on the table and settled down on the tea towels in the cat box.  On went the lid and she was off to the vet to be done.  Jane said all went well and she is due back today.  Lawrie is making himself scarce at the moment still!!
    Last day of January today and at least it's leaving us this year in better fashion than last year.  So far the current weather forecast for the first week of February looks half decent but things change rapidly here.
    We had another glorious sunny day yesterday with midday temperatures in the sun in the mid - high 20's C (low 80's F).  We had another lovely sunset yesterday evening and a clear and starry night sky.  This morning is misty with a heavy dew on the ground but again we have blue skies and sunshine with only the lightest of breezes blowing.
  • Tuesday 30th:
    The 4th Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quiz tomorrow evening at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm, hosted by Jan.
    The charity vet is working today and tomorrow and guess what?  The box is ready on the dining table and both of the kittens Lily and Lawrie had taken to the hills!!  How do they instictively know when a vet hits the island and you can guarantee that Thursday morning, when the vet has stopped working, they'll be back.
    Yesterday was an absolutely glorious day with acres of blue sky and sunshine and midday temperatures in the sun in the low 20's C (low 70's F).  We had the most amazing Aegean sunset yesterday evening and a clear and starry night sky.  This morning we again have blue skies and sunshine with only the lightest of breezes to just rustle the leaves on the trees.
  • Monday 29th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Wednesday The 4th Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 7pm and hosted by Jan.
    2. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    No Greek dance class last night and when Dave spoke to Yorgos yesterday he was so distraught because not only had they just buried his mother-in-law on Saturday but an old lady who was their next door neighbour in Patitiri died yesterday.  It never rains but it pours.
    There is a charity vet working today, tomorrow and Wednesday at Guy and Jane's house if you have non-domestic cats that need to be treated, spayed or neutered.
    The cloud cleared yesterday and the sky brightened with a light breeze and a clear and starry night.  We had a heavy dew overnight and this morning is very calm with blue skies and sunshine but the sea mists are so thick that the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki is totally shrouded in mist and it's like it has completely disappeared.
  • Sunday 28th:
    Dave has not heard from Yorgos after his mother-in-law's funeral in Thessaloniki yesterday so the assumption is that there will be no dance class tonight.  Also, there is a note on the front door of Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village in Greek to say that the taverna is closed across the weekend.
    A mix of cloud, blue skies and sun yesterday with a light breeze and this morning is dry but with grey continuous cloud cover and only a slight breeze blowing.
  • From ASAP:  A charity vet from the U.K. will be working at Jane and Guy’s next week from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st.  This is for stray cats only.  If you know any animals that need neutering and can catch them please ask Jane, Guy, Sue or Julia for a box.  We can collect but it would be much more helpful if they could be delivered to the house.  If anyone would like to help in the clinic that would be great, just let Jane or Guy know when you are free.  URGENT - If you have any cat boxes or the trap box please return to Jane, Guy, Sue or Julia as soon as possible.  These are needed urgently in order that we can exploit all posssible opportunities to catch as many unowned cats as possible while we have the vet here.
  • Saturday 27th:
    Apologies for the late update to the website but Dave got up around 8.15am this morning to no electricity in the Old Village.  Around midday Dave went down to Patitiri and still no power in the Old Village.  Dave arrived back home around 2.30pm and all was back to normal.
    Final day of the BIG SALE on this winter's collection at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida near the bank in Patitiri.
    Dave was in the Corali bar today and had to chance to speak with Petros the Mayor about installing a water dispenser into the Medical Centre, which was one of Gerry's dying wishes that Dave had to promise to keep.  Petros said it would not be a problem and we now know how we must proceed with the formalities and our dear friend Voula in Albedo Travel in Patitiri is on the case to get things sorted.
    The mother-in-law of Yorgos from Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village died yesterday morning in Thessaloniki and the funeral was organised for today.  Our thoughts go out to Yorgos, his wife Meropi, his son Yorgis and the rest of the family on this sad day.  No dance class tonight and unlikely there will be one tomorrow given the circumstances.
    Yesterday we had a chilly day with a mixture of cloud, blue skies and sunshine, with a light breeze blowing, and today has been pretty much the same.
  • Friday 26th:
    Penultimate day of the BIG SALE on this winter's collection at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida near the bank in Patitiri.
    No dance class with Yorgos yesterday evening and unless he returns from Thessaloniki before the weekend the dance classes tomorrow and Sunday will also have to be cancelled.
    Flying Dolphin Erato left for Volos this morning but has not been out of the harbour for the past 2 days.
    A day of cloud and sunshine yesterday with the wind gently easing down during the day and evening with a nice sunset and a few stars in the very late night sky.  This morning is chilly with a noticeable breeze blowing and we again have a mix of blue skies, sunshine and cloud.  The forecast for the week ahead looks good so far.
  • Thursday 25th:
    At 7pm tonight, at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village, the Cultural Society of Alonissos are having a ceremony of cutting a 'Βασιλόπιτα' (Saint Basil's bread) to give good luck for the year.  Everyone welcome.
    Third day of the BIG SALE on this winter's collection today at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida near the bank in Patitiri.
    The Greek dance class tonight has been cancelled because Yorgos' mother-in-law is critically ill in hospital in Thessaloniki and the family went off yesterday on the car ferry Proteus to be with her.  Whether the weekend dance classes go ahead we will see.  Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village will be open as usual tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday with Sonia running the bar and Lily in the kitchen until Yorgos returns.
    Dave went up around 5pm yesterday to the cemetery for the funeral of Petros the Mayor's father.  Dave (and Gerry) have known Petros and his sisters Angeliki and Maria for over 15 years since we bought Villa Aliki in 2001/2002.  Dave also dances with Petros' sister Maria, his daughter Ioanna, his nephew Kostas and 2 of his nieces.  His sister Angeliki and her daughter Ekaterina took care of the house until we moved over permanently and before we moved here in 2006 we flew over from England to the joint wedding of his niece Ekaterina and her brother Yiannis and again for the baptism of Ekaterina's first child.  A sad and difficult time for the whole family.
    A day of 2 halves yesterday with cloud in the morning until early afternoon and thereafter blue skies and sunshine leaving a clear and starry evening after a nice sunset.  The only constant thing was the strong cold and chilly wind that blew all day.  Last night the wind was still blowing strongly and this morning the wind is still blowing with a chilly edge to it but has eased off in strength and we have a mix of cloud, blue skies and sunshine.
  • Forthcoming Event:  Tomorrow evening at 7pm, at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village, the Cultural Society of Alonissos are cutting a 'Βασιλόπιτα' (Saint Basil's bread) to give good luck for the year.  Everyone welcome.
  • Wednesday 24th:
    Greek dance class tomorrow evening in the school gym in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    Second day of the BIG SALE on this winter's collection at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida near the bank in Patitiri.
    We had a complete power outage last night around 10.20pm which lasted for around one hour.  Dave lit all the candles and it was actually quite nice just sitting quietly in candle light with a drink and surrounded by 2 dogs and 5 cats.
    Dave went shopping yesterday and bought a bottle of the ΠΑΤΡΑΪΚΗ red wine from the Proton supermarket.  For just over 3 euro for a 1.5 litre bottle this is definitely a cut above other red wines at the price and was dry but light and fruity.  Needless to say Dave will have to sample the rosé next.
    Flying Dolphin Erato didn't leave Alonissos yesterday due to the high winds and during the late morning changed its mooring to the opposite side of the harbour where the freighters normally dock.  The dolphin hasn't left Patitiri today either but the car ferry Proteus is running.
    We had a grey and overcast day yesterday but, hallelujah, the rain stopped around 11am followed by the wind speed dropping to nothing more than a strong breeze.  Overnight the wind picked up again and is blowing strongly this morning.  The skies are overcast with the sun trying to break through but at least its dry.
  • Tuesday 23rd:
    The BIG SALE on this winter's collection at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida near the bank in Patitiri starts today.  This morning there will be an opening day Desperate Housewives Party from 10am with drinks, snacks and gifts.
    While shopping in the Proton supermarket in Patitiri on Saturday Dave came across a new line of wines in plastic 1.5 litre bottles.  The wine brand is called ΠΑΤΡΑΪΚΗ and comes from Patras.  Dave bought a bottle of the dry white to try and in his view this white is probably the best white wine he has ever tried from a supermarket in a plastic bottle.  Next on the agenda is the red.
    Due to the storm force winds yesterday Flying Dolphin Erato stayed in the port of Aloni adn the car ferry Proteus stayed in the port of Volos.
    Yesterday was an absolutely dismal day with very cold gale force winds blowing most of the day and only really easing down late evening and into the early hours of this morning.  Overnight it started to rain again and it rained intermittently all night until around 8am this morning.  The day has started cold and miserable with grey, dull and overcast skies and now around 9.30am it's already started raining again.  We just have to get over today as the forecast is improving for the next few days up to the weekend.
  • Monday 22nd:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Tuesday to Saturday BIG SALE on this winter's collection at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida near the bank in Patitiri.  Tuesday there will be an opening day Desperate Housewives Party from 10am with drinks, snacks and gifts.
    2. Thursday Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    3. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    BIG SALE on this winter's collection at Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop Irida, near the bank in Patitiri, starts tomorrow morning at 10am.  On the opening day tomorrow there will be a Desperate Housewives Party from 10am tomorrow with drinks, snacks and gifts.
    Dave went to the annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala yesterday and Chef Nikos told Chef Demi that he was catering for 200 covers!!  The whole inside of the hotel was rammed solid with tables and the 2 salads and the chicken giovetsi were perfect.  Netty collected an award on behalf of the Fun(d) Raising Group for their donations to the Athletic Club of Alonnisos last year.  The live musicians started playing when most of the food had been delivered to the tables and the dance floor was packed solid with people dancing.  An absolutely wonderful event and what a shame only 6 non-Greek people bothered to turn up to support the Athletic Club of Alonnisos to help raise funds for the year.  The atmosphere in the hotel was electric and Dave would not have missed it for the world.
    These are some pictures taken of Gerroula and Tassie a couple of days ago when Dave got a rare moment of peace and quiet in the house.
    Cloudy and overcast for most of the day yesterday with a few breaks in the cloud when the sky brightened with some drizzly rain early evening.  The wind speed picked up overnight and started to blow hard and during the night we had intermittent squally showers.  This morning is pretty miserable with a grey and overcast sky and a very chilly 8 Beaufort gale force wind blowing but for the moment, as forecast, the rain has stopped.
  • Sunday 21st:
    Annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos today at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala starting at 1.30pm.  There will be 4 of us at a table to enjoy the food, drink, live Greek music, Greek dancing and the company of over 100 people.  What better way is there to enjoy a Sunday lunchtime?
    Dave's name is on the list for the trip to dance in Corfu and his dance partner Amy is also going so we can practice together here and then dance together on Corfu.
    There were 31 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday and we had a lovely selection of dances, all of which Dave knew.  Takis entrenched himself firmly in the centre of the dance circle so Dave had to lead all the dances and 3 times Yorgos got Dave to come into the centre of the circle to help him demonstrate the dance steps.  Dance class next Thursday at 8pm with Yorgos at the school gym in Patitiri.
    Dave met Andy in the veg shop yesterday and he said that the Helios Foodbar, above the port in Patitiri, is now open from 6pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until he changes to opening every day.
    Dave has 2 lovely photos of Gerroula with the 2 kittens Lily and Lawrie which will be posted up to Breaking News tomorrow morning.
    Cloudy but dry all day yesterday with the breeze picking up late evening but dying away during the night.  We had a heavy dew overnight and this morning the skies are grey and overcast with a light breeze blowing.  Tomorrow we are forecast some light rain and gale force winds during the day.
  • Saturday 20th:
    Annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos tomorrow at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala starting at 1.30pm.  The price is 10 euro per person for the food with drinks extra.  For tickets call Christina Malamateniou on 697 209 4203.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri this evening from 6pm with Yorgos.
    Yorgos will be opening Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today from around midday and intends to open from midday every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until he changes to opening every day.
    Barring accidents, Dave will be going with the Alonissos Dance Group to dance at a festival on Corfu thanks to the kindness of Jan and Tony who have agreed to take the 2 dogs while Dave is away.  The group will travel to Corfu on Saturday May 5th, dance twice in one location on Sunday 6th, dance twice in a different location on Monday 7th and travel back to Alonissos on Tuesday 8th.
    Glorious day yesterday with acres of blue sky and sunshine with a beautiful sunset and a clear and starry night sky.  The air was so clear last night you could see lights on the coastal towns on the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki.  This morning is grey and overcast with a light breeze blowing.
  • Irida:  Sofia and Ivan's clothes shop, near the bank in Patitiri, are having a BIG SALE on this winter's collection for 5 days only.  The sale starts on Tuesday 23rd and ends on Saturday 27th and the shop will be open from 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm.  There will be an opening day Desperate Housewives Party on Tuesday 23rd from 10am with drinks, snacks and gifts.  Come and join the party and check out the bargains on offer in the shop.
  • Friday 19th:
    The Alonissos Dance Group have accepted an invitation to dance at a festival on Corfu during the first week of May.  This is the first time the group have danced at a festival outside the Sporades.
    We heard that Kyriaki will be opening the Old Village Book Shop tonight where you can peruse the books and sit and chat with a coffee or a glass of wine.
    Yorgos will be opening Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village shortly but has to finish some work around the taverna first.
    There were 19 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday who braved the high winds to get to the school gym in Patitiri.  We had a very lively and exhilarating session with a mix of newer and older dances.  Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri tomorrow from 6pm with Yorgos.  The Sunday dance class has been cancelled due to the annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos starting in the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala.
    Dreadful day yesterday with severe gale to storm force winds blowing all day into the early evening when the wind dropped away rapidly leaving a lovely sunset and a clear and starry night.  We had one mid-morning power outage for 45 minutes but other than that the electric stayed on all the time.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing, with a chilly edge to it, and the air is so clear you can see the snow capped mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki.
  • Thursday 18th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri from 8pm with Yorgos.
    Don't forget that the annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos will take place this Sunday 21st at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala starting at 1.30pm.  The price is 10 euro per person for the food with drinks extra.  For tickets call Christina Malamateniou on 697 209 4203.  Get in early if you want to go to the party as these events are normally sold out.
    The Carnival crusader costume is coming on nicely and Carnival is only 4 weeks away this Sunday.  The shield and head band will be finished today and Dave found a YouTube video of how to make a cape from a piece of material, so a white flat sheet is going to be sacrificed.
    Dave is definitely NOT going out today as the last time we had gale force winds, a few years ago, he stupidly took the dogs out down the Megalos Mourtias road and got blown over by a gust of wind and broke one of his little toes!!
    Very nice day yesterday with a mix of cloud and sunshine with the cloud dispersing during the afternoon leaving a clear and starry evening after a nice sunset.  The Constellation of Orion was clearly visible over the Old Village again last night.  Last night the wind started to pick up and blew hard overnight.  This morning we have North-Northwesterly winds gusting 9 - 10 Beaufort (severe gale to storm force winds) and its carnage out there.  It sounds like the tiles are being ripped of the roof and recycling is strewn all over the terrace where all the bags have been blown over.  The metal roof on the wood store in the downstairs garden has been ripped off along with its wooden supports!!  From the top balcony a plastic chair and 2 cat baskets have gone and heavens knows where they will end up and there are bits of paper and materials flying through the air.
  • Wednesday 17th:
    This morning Dave added Gerry's Music page to the Dave and Gerry's Page with her all time 4 favourite songs.
    Yorgos at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village is fishing regularly at the moment and Mary had some lovely fresh Gopes yesterday.  Dave had a drink with sister-in-law Lyn and, after Lyn had left and resumed Bobby's walk, was then joined by Val and Mary fried a fish for each of us as an ouzo meze and they were fresh and absolutely delicious.
    Dave has ordered his tickets for the Annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos on Sunday and there will be 4 of us eating - Dave, Val, Netty and Chef Demi.  It should be an excellent afternoon as Chef Nikos will be cooking at the 4 Seasons Hotel.
    As the day progressed yesterday we had increasingly more blue sky and sunshine with the cloud diminishing and we had a glorious sunset and a calm and starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some high level cloud and a breeze blowing.
  • Apologies:  For the recent disruption to the website.  Dave finished the Saturday morning update and was replying to some e-mails when for 1 minute the power went off and then back on again.  Even though we have a very large anti-surge device on all the leads to the PC it refused to boot and an orange light was flashing on the front panel to indicate a problem with the power supply.  Les braved the elements and came around to the house in the afternoon and took the PC away to try and fix the problem.  Yesterday Les had booted the PC and phoned Dave for the password and this morning Les brought the PC back in full working order.  How blessed are we to have a computer genius on the island.
  • Tuesday 16th:
    Gerroula had a very quiet day yesterday by her normal standards and other than a couple of short bursts of activity slept a lot of the day.
    Yesterday was grey, overcast and chilly all day with drizzly rain starting early afternoon and continuing until early evening with the wind easing down during the day to leave a calm but damp night.  This morning we had a light shower before sunrise and we have a mix of mainly cloud with intermittent blue sky and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 15th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    2. Sunday Annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos starting at 1.30pm in the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala.  The price is 10 euro per person for the food with drinks extra.  For reservations call Christina Malamateniou on 697 209 4203.
    Dave didn't make the dance class with Yorgos yesterday as he fell asleep on the sofe with Gerroula and slept through the alarm and 2 ten minute snooze alerts before waking up in time to go out to the Alonissos Village taverna for an evening meal.  Dave will get it in the neck from Yorgos!!
    The wind dropped during the day yesterday as forecast but the day was grey and overcast other than a few breaks in the cloud when the sky brightened.  This morning we have a grey and overcast start to the day with a light breeze blowing.  On Thursday we are forecast to have have winds gusting 9 - 10 Beaufort (severe gale to storm force winds) and on the radar is the same for next Sunday where it will also be raining.
  • Sunday 14th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri this evening from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 18 people for the dance class with Yorgos yesterday who braved the high winds and rain to get to the school gym in Patitiri.  We had 2 new dances Αμπελοκουτσούρα Ικαρία and Μαλεβιζιώτης Κρήτη along with some older and more familiar dances.
    We had short intermittent power outages yesterday all day yesterday into the early evening, one of which took out our PC.
    Due to the high winds and rain Flying Dolphin Erato relocated from Patitiri harbour to the safe harbour of Glossa on Skopelos and the car ferry Proteus delayed its departure from Volos by two hours to allow the high winds to ease off.
    Soggy morning yesterday with bucket loads of rain stopping late morning but then started up again mid-afternoon into the evening.  The wind picked up strength during the day and from late afternoon onwards was blowing and gusting very strongly.
  • Saturday 13th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri tomorrow evening from 6pm with Yorgos.
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri this evening from 6pm with Yorgos.
    Although yesterday was a strike day by the Seamen's Union Flying Dolphin Erato went out to Volos yesterday morning and returned to Alonissos yesterday evening around 5pm.
    Another grey, overcast and miserable day yesterday with the rain continuing until into the early afternoon and the wind starting to pick up speed during the evening.  At 2.45am this morning Dave was woken by a massive clap of thunder and torrential rain falling.  The same thing happened at 6.15am although this time there were massive strikes of lightning illuminating the sky.  The storm came back again around 7.30am and at 9am the storm has returned for a 4th time with torrential rain, thunder, lightning and increasingly strong winds.  The skies are so grey, overcast and misty this morning that both the island of Evia and the end of the island of Skopelos are blanketed and invisible at the present time.
  • Diary Date:  The annual party for the Athletic Club of Alonnisos will take place on Sunday 21st January at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala starting at 1.30pm.  The price is 10 euro per person for the food with drinks extra.  For reservations please call Christina Malamateniou on 697 209 4203.  Get in early if you want to go to the party as these events are normally sold out.
  • Friday 12th:
    Greek dance class in the school gym in Patitiri tomorrow from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 3 attendees at the Carnival meeting at the Corali bar in Patitiri yesterday and Di may not be here on Carnival day.  So, the outcome is that, for the first time in more than 12 years, there will be no float entered by the non-Greeks on the island for Carnival.  Dave and Mike have agreed a theme, and how to costume it, and will be going to Carnival as a pair of Crusader Knights.
    Miserable day yesterday with rain between mid-morning and mid-afternoon and dull overcast skies all day.  It started raining heavily during the night and woke Dave up twice before sunrise with the rain clattering on the studio roof tiles.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with grey overcast skies and it has started to rain again.  The weather forecast on Windfinder looks absolutely abysmal for tomorrow with incessant rain all day and the wind picking up overnight tonight and blowing and gusting 8 - 9 Beaufort (gale to severe gale force winds) tomorrow afternoon.
  • Thursday 11th:
    Carnival meeting today at the Corali bar in Patitiri around 1pm and if you are interested in taking part in the fun this year please come along with some ideas or alternatively e-mail to dave@ivicourt.com any ideas you may have.  Carnival day is Sunday 18th February and is about 5½ weeks away.
    Dave went shopping yesterday to Patitiri and then went up to to Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village for a drink and a catch-up with Yorgos.  Yorgos told Dave some very disturbing news that Hellenic Seaways have been taken over by Attica Group who have bought the entire minority shareholding from Grimaldi Group.  The disturbing news is that it is rumoured that Attika Group don't think that running vessels down the Sporades is financially worthwhile and we could therefore lose the services of both catamarans, from Volos and Thessaloniki, along with the car ferry permanently!!!!
    Again yesterday was cloudy with the sun occasionally shining when the cloud thinned leaving a still and calm but quite a chilly evening.  There was a very heavy dew overnight and this morning we have another overcast and cloudy and misty start to the day with a very light breeze and a lot of dampness in the air.
  • Wednesday 10th:
    There is a planned strike by the Seaman's Union from one minute past midnight this Friday morning for 24 hours.  Flying Dolphin Erato is the only departure from Alonissos and it is currently unclear as to whether the dolphin will run in the morning.
    Carnival meeting tomorrow at the Corali bar in Patitiri around 1pm and if you are interested in taking part in the fun this year please come along with some ideas or alternatively e-mail to dave@ivicourt.com any ideas you may have.  Carnival day is Sunday 18th February and is about 5½ weeks away.
    This morning Dave posted up a slection of 5 of Christina's dances from the pre-Xmas lessons.  The dances are Βλαχοπούλες Κεφαλονιάς, Παναγιώτα Μακεδονία, Ροϊδο Κεφαλονιά, Σαρίγουζ Πόντος and Τρεχάτος Μακεδονίας.  The music can be found on the Greek Dance Music A - Z, Greek Dance Music N - Σ and Greek Dance Music T - Ω pages respectively.  The videos of all the dances can be found on the Greek Dance Videos A - Z, Greek Dance Videos N - Σ and Greek Videos Music T - Ω pages respectively.
    Yesterday evening Dave posted up the page for Epiphany 2018 to the website.
    Gerroula went to see Demetrios the vet yesterday but Dave cocked up the appointments dates and we were a week too early!!  Geroula weighed in at 13½kg over 3 weeks so she is still growing and putting on 1kg per week.  Heart and temperature were fine and she had her last innoculation and next month she will be chipped.
    Apparently there are reports that Flying Cat 4 will not be providing a service between Thessaloniki and Alonissos this summer, which could be a major loss to the summer visitor trade to the island.  Watch this space.
    Dave met Yorgos at the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) in the Old Village yesterday lunchtime and he confirmed that Greek dance sessions would resume this Saturday in the school gym in Patitiri at 6pm.
    Cloudy again yesterday with the sun occasionally shining when the cloud thinned leaving a still but quite a warm evening for the time of year.  This morning is grey and overcast and quite chilly with a strong breeze blowing.
  • Carnival Meeting:  At the Corali bar in Patitiri on Thursday 11th around 1pm.  If you are interested in taking part in the fun this year please come along with some ideas or e-mail to dave@ivicourt.com any ideas you may have.  Carnival day is Sunday 18th February and is about 5½ weeks away.
  • Tuesday 9th:
    Gerroula is off to see Demetrios the vet today for her check-up and it will be interesting to see how her weight has gone up in the past 5 weeks.
    Cloudy yesterday with the sun occasionally shining when the cloud thinned leaving a still and chilly evening.  We have a chilly start to the morning with a grey and overcast sky with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 8th:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Thursday Carnival meeting at the Corali bar in Patitiri around 1pm if you are interested in taking part in the fun this year.
    2. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gym in Patitiri from 6pm with Yorgos.
    There were 15 people for drinks and 13 people for lunch at the Alonissos Village taverna yesterday to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Lyn's husband and Gerry's brother Nik's death.  The 7th was also Gerry's last full day on earth before she died in the early hours of the 8th.  There was a lovely atmosphere in the taverna and everyone was well fed and watered.  Dave had lamb's liver which was cooked to perfection.
    A lovely day yesterday with a mix of blue skies and cloud for most of the day with a clear starry night.  This morning we have a grey and overcast start to the day with a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 7th:
    First anniversary of the death of Lyn's husband and Gerry's brother Nik today and the first anniversary of the start of the worst winter weather on Alonissos in living memory.  A group of us are going to the Alonissos Village taverna at 1pm for some food and libation.
    The Blessing of the Water service on the harbour front in Patitiri started around 11am yesterday and went off very well.  There was a sizeable crowd on the harbour front in the blazing sun to watch 4 boys, 2 girls and 2 men jump into the water to retrieve the cross, which one of the boys got.  We will post up a page as soon as possible.
    Yorgos is back from his Xmas and New Year break in Thessaloniki today and Greek dancing classes should start up again next Saturday at 6pm in the school gym in Patitiri.
    Another lovely day yesterday with blue skies and blazing sunshine with a light breeze all day and a lovely clear and starry night.  The Constellation of Orion was clearly visible over the Old Village last night.  This morning we have woken up to sunshine and blue skies with a light breeze blowing and some thin and scattered high level cloud.  There was such a heavy dew overnight that the ground this morning looks like it's been raining and you can feel the dampness in the air.
  • Saturday 6th:
    Epiphany today with the Blessing of the Water service on the harbour front in Patitiri from mid-morning (~ 10.30am-ish).  Wish all your Greek friends 'χρόνια πολλά' when you see them today.
    Last year tonight at midnight was the start of the snow and the worst winter weather on Alonissos in living memory and tomorrow is the 1st anniversary of the death of Lyn's husband and Gerry's brother Nik.
    Lovely day yesterday for the first week of January with blue skies and sunshine and a lovely starry night.  This morning we have woken up to sunshine and blue skies with a light breeze blowing.  Again this morning the air is so clear you can see the snow capped mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki.
  • Friday 5th:
    Epiphany tomorrow with the Blessing of the Water service on the harbour front in Patitiri from mid-morning.  The shops are normally closed in the morning and then some will open after midday.
    Miserable day yesterday with rain between mid-morning and mid-afternoon with a chilly wind blowing.  The cloud disappeared early evening and we had some stars in the sky late evening with the wind dying away to little more than a breeze.  This morning we have woken up to sunshine and blue skies with some thin high level cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 4th:
    The weather is still looking good for Epiphany (Θεοφάνεια) with the mid-morning Blessing of the Water service on the harbour front in Patitiri on Saturday 6th.
    Dave had a quiet day around the house yesterday but today it's down to Patitiri to shop.
    The weather improved dramatically during the morning yesterday and between mid-morning and mid-afternoon the cloud disappeared and for the rest of the day we had blue skies and sunshine with a lovely sunset and the wind going down to only a breeze.  The ground is very damp this morning and we have continuous grey cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 3rd:
    After joining 7 others for a lovely lunch and social gathering, at Andrew and Val's house yesterday, Dave went up to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village to round off the lunch session.  Mary has improved dramatically since New Year's Eve and was so much more her old self and had so much more colour in her face.  Also, looking out from the front balcony towards the Halkidiki peninsular, Mount Athos was not only visible but looked about twice as big as normal.  Clearly something to do with the strange air conditions at the moment.
    Apparently in Patitiri yesterday only Dina's supermarket was open, even though yesterday was not officially listed as a public holiday in Greece.  Some Greek friends said the shops would be open and some said they wouldn't, so it's clear no-one has any idea of what is happening.
    Due to inordinately clement weather since summer ended we have an array of spring and summer plants out at the moment which should have all gone dormant.  We have white summer and yellow winter jasmines both in flower at the same time and the roadsides are littered with yellow daisies and Bermuda buttercups.  All 3 types of Osteospermums (white, pink and purple), which are normally dormant by October, are in full bloom and the rose bushes are blooming again.  There are masses of yellow German ivy flowers cascading over walls and our grape vines have started to bud and our large lemon tree is starting to flower again.  This is because the air temperature over the past few months, and until now, has barely dropped below double figure in Centigrade and has led all the plants to believe its spring in January.  We probably won't get any flowers at the normal time because they'll all be worn out!!
    The weather improved dramatically during the morning yesterday but by mid-afternoon it had clouded over, although the wind dropped leaving an overcast evening but again with barely a breathe of air.  Overnight the wind picked up dramatically and we had some light rain during the early hours of the morning.  This morning is overcast and dull and we have a very strong and chilly wind blowing and gusting from the North.  We have this weather today and tomorrow and then from Friday into next week the weather looks better.
  • Tuesday 2nd:
    Dave has posted up Chapter 18 of Gerry's story today which covers our summer holiday to Tolon on the Peloponnese and our first holiday together in Nice in the South of France.
    Apparently, even though told by some Greeks that today was a public holiday Ioanna's supermarket will be open today, which means the rest of the shops will be open.  Not sure about the bank and the Post Office though.
    Sat outside the Corali bar (Comfy Chairs) yesterday, with Lyn and Netty, and it was just so beautifully warm.  When getting in the car to drive home the outside temperature indicator was reading just over 20 deg C (about 70 deg F).
    Touch wood, the weather forecast for the Epiphany celebration looks really good at the moment with a light breeze and sunshine.  This is in stark contrast to many previous years when the weather has been cold, miserable and windy.  As usual there will be no sea departures, as the flying dolphin doesn't run on Saturday and we have no car ferries on that day.
    Absolutely gloriously sunny day yesterday with only a light breeze during the day and a calm night with barely a breathe of air.  This morning has started with a mix of blue skies, cloud and sunshine with a strong southerly breeze blowing and a noticeable dampness in the air.  Again this morning the air is so clear you can see the snow capped mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki.
  • Monday 1st:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Saturday Epiphany with the Blessing of the Water service on the harbour front in Patitiri from mid-morning.
    The shops in Patitiri will be closed today and most are likely to be closed tomorrow but that is their choice and so some may be open.
    Dave met Lyn and Julia for an early evening meal at the Alonissos Village taverna last night after going to the cemetery to see Gerry.  Dave was going to the Arhondostasi (Mary's bar) to eat but Yorgos has not been well and Mary has been so poorly they had to get Doctor Yorgos out to her the evening before last.  Anyway, Dave drove passed the door and they were inside so he had one drink with them and they closed around 9pm.  Dave went home, fed the dogs and had a few drinks while watching Ramsay's Hotel Hell on YouTube with the iPad to see in the new year.
    Hopefully the party at the Corali bar (Comfy Chairs) went off well last night and Dave is going down there for a drink with Nettie and Lyn at midday today to see if he has won any raffle prizes.
    We had almost 90,000 visitors to the website last year and over 25,000 returning visitors which are the highest numbers ever since records began in 2004.
    A glorious day yesterday with acres of blue sky and sunshine and the wind dying down through the day leaving a wonderful Aegean sunset and beautifully calm and starry evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  The air is so clear this morning that you can see all the snow capped mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Villa Aliki.
    We wish you Καλό Mήνα (have a good month).
    HAPPY NEW YEAR:  To all our family and friends and also to all our visitors to Ivicourt.com and readers of 'Breaking News' from around the world.
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