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April 2017

  • Wednesday 26th:
    Final Fun(d) Raising Group winter quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Jan.
    A very nice day yesterday with mostly blue skies and sunshine with the breeze dropping away during the evening leaving a lovely sunset.  This morning we have a calm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze.  The weather forecast currently looks good up to and right across the weekend and into next week.
  • Apologies:  For the recent lack of updates to the website but our Internet connection died late Sunday evening.  Les came round this morning and it appeared that the router had thrown a wobbler for no apparent reason but is now functioning.
  • Taverna Archipelagon:  In Patitiri have a series of spring and summer meal deals starting on Friday 28th of this month.  Mezes Bites, available every lunchtime and evening, gives you the choice from a selection of freshly prepared mezes with 4 small plates plus bread and a glass of house wine, ouzo or tsipouro and all for 8 euro.  This is an easy way to sample a range of this famous Greek selection of nibbles that traditionally accompany drinks.  The Main Meal Deal every Friday evening for 10 euro consists of a fish, meat or vegetarian plate from the selection of the day and includes a starter and a glass of house wine, ouzo or tsipouro.  Individual meals or a shared platter for larger groups are available and beer and a selection of bottled wines are available at an additional cost.
  • Tuesday 25th:
    Tomorrow evening we have the last Fun(d) Raising Group winter quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Jan.  The 1st Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz will be on Wednesday 31st May at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by us, Dave and Gerry.
    Tassie the Terrier went off to the 'Poodle Parlour' this morning to have her winter coat removed so she will be more comfortable in the summer heat.
    Gerry's oncologist George e-mailed all the relevant paperwork on Sunday evening so Dave is off today to the Medical Centre to get the last official stamp and hopefully we can get the blood tests done in Patitiri tomorrow.
    Yesterday we had a pleasant day with the cloud clearing and the wind dropping during the afternoon to leave a calm evening with a lovely sunset.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some thin high level cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Annie Green's:  Comments on the Last Night.  If you read Dave's Report of the first night's performance, he pretty much pre-emps what I would have said here.  Although there was nearly a full house for the last night, the audience, whilst appreciative in that they applauded and laughed, were not as enthusiastic as the audience on the first night.  The Cast however produced some excellent acting, singing and dancing.  Just to mention a few there was Puck [Debbie] who led us beautifully and saucily through the story.  There was some great acting by Netty, Demisthenes, Doug, Renee, Sara, Nigel, Dimitris and Nicky [a lovely Damsel in Distress].
    Then there was the "Play within the Play" ably led by the talented and very funny Lyn who always lights up the stage when she appears.  With her was Nick Bottom [Julia], this part was made for her, such good acting and so cheeky, there was Snug [Dinah] who wowed the audience with her rap-type character [give us more].  Snout [Sue], Starveling [John] and Flute [Huw] all gave hilarious performances.  It was great to see new faces in the cast and Titania [Jane] and Oberon [Guy] were perfect as the King and Queen of the Fairies and they were really great throughout the play not only in the acting but the singing and dancing too.  Titania was ably assisted by her three Fairies [Sue], [Dinah] and [Renee].  I must not forget another new face in the cast, smiling proudly and looking every inch the "Little Indian Prince" he portrayed was Yiorgi Bellos who clearly loved his time in the production.
    Who else, well, mention should be made about all the backstage helpers, particularly [as always] Chester who always amazes everyone with his talent for the painting of the sets.  Again his trees looked as though you could really climb them.  Then there is the sound operator Dawn, operating the lighting Simon, various members producing the clever and colourful costumes, hair and makeup, again some members multi-tasking and Panos looking after the photography and video.  Is the Bar important? of course it is, and this year was looked after by Jan Moon.
    Again, the best till last so they say, this production as the programme states was adapted and directed by Philippa Smith from the original by William Shakespeare.  Philippa, may we see much more of your extraordinary talent in producing performances which I know some people both Greek and English attend more than once.  Many congratulations.  Lastly, as it states on the programme beneath a lovely photo of Nik "This show is dedicated to Nik Ivison, a founding member of GIT's, a true thespian and friend to many".
  • Monday 24th:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Wednesday 26th Fun(d) Raising Group quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Jan.
    Saint George's Day yesterday went off really well with a very large gathering of people for the church service and the festivities afterwards.  The smell of souvlaki's on the BBQ filled the air as Father Lucas started proceedings by leading a group of 50 dancers in the Saint George's day dance Αγ Γιώργης Αρκαδία holding the icon of Saint George from the church.  After the dance Christina's younger and older dance groups performed 3 dances each and then Dave had the privilege of leading the 26 strong adult dance group out to front and perform the dance Βλάχα Νάξου.  After the last of the 5 dances had been completed many people left but others remained to enjoy the sun and eat their food together.  A fabulous morning and a lovely sense of community.  We will post a page and some videos in due course.
    Flying Dolphin Erato appears to have gone out of service for the time being so we currently have a catamaran and car ferry between Alonissos and Volos with a car ferry between Alonissos and Agios Konstantinos.
    Glorious day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine and afternoon sun temperatures in the mid 20's deg C (high 70's deg F) although the wind had a chill edge to it for most of the day.  The wind picked up overnight and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some light cloud around but the wind is blowing and gusting quite strongly.
  • Sunday 23rd:
    Saint George's Day today and a public holiday in Greece.  There will be a morning service at the church of Agios Georgios up the island towards Yerakas followed by a celebration with souvlaki's and drinks available to buy and traditional Greek dancing from the 2 children's groups and the adult dance group.  The dance group has been told to arrive between 10.30 - 11am.  Take a picnic and some drinks and enjoy the celebrations and the beautiful weather.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 17 people practiced each of the 6 dances for today.  Christina had the 2 childrens groups there so we could practice the Saint George's day dance Αγ Γιώργης Αρκαδία together.
    We have hopefully sorted out with Gerry's oncologist George to fax the paperwork for Gerry's blood test to Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.  If all goes well we will have the blood tests done next week.
    Yesterday we had a few spots of rain during the morning but the weather improved as the day went on and the wind dropped to leave a clear evening with a nice sunset.  This morning has started clear and bright with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 22nd:
    Saint George's Day today and a public holiday in Greece.  There will be a morning service at the church of Agios Georgios up the island towards Yerakas followed by a celebration with souvlaki's and drinks available to buy and traditional Greek dancing from the 2 children's groups and the adult dance group.  The dance group has been told to arrive between 10.30 - 11am.  There is a surprise addition to the dance group who will lead the first dance which is a traditional dance for Saint George Αγ Γιώργης Αρκαδία.  The weather looks good so take a picnic and some drinks and enjoy the last coming together of the community before the tourist season starts in the first week of May.
    Final night of the GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with doors and the bar open at 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 19 people practiced each of the 6 Saint George's day dances.
    Two hour Greek dance session today with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm for those dancing at Saint George's Day tomorrow.  Yorgos has been pushing everyone to the limit recently and it will be a surprise if anyone is left standing to dance tomorrow!!  The adult group will be dressed in white tops and black trousers but this doesn't mean they will be providing a waiter/waitress service after the dancing has finished.
    Another very pleasant day yesterday with a mix of sunshine and cloud with the wind picking up strongly during the evening.  This morning we some blue skies and sunshine but there is a lot of cloud around and the wind is still blowing and gusting strongly and, like yesterday, has a bit of a chill edge to it.
  • Friday 21st:
    Penultimate night of the GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with doors and the bar open at 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.
    Greek dance session today with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm for those dancing at Saint George's Day on the 23rd.
    Very pleasant day yesterday with a mix of sunshine and cloud with the wind picking up strongly into the evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with patchy high level cloud and the wind is still blowing and gusting strongly.
  • Annie Green's:  Comments on the First Night.  First Night, and another success.  Well done Philippa and all involved.  Something different, but still fun, something to show how versitile some of the actors really are, some, such as Julia Browne, (where did that big voice come from)?  Dinah Sinclair and Lyn Ivison and (lovely to see) several new actors, but no I will save comments about these and other very talented members of the Cast until after the final night on Saturday.  So I won't say too much or it will spoil it for people with tickets for the rest of the week.  NOT GOT A TICKET YET? Do get one and be prepared to lose yourself in fantasy and laughter.  Remembering too that this was dedicated to the memory of Nik Ivison who always entertained us all so much.
  • Thursday 20th:
    Second night of the GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with doors and the bar open at 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.
    We went to the opening night of the GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' yesterday and it was everything one would expect from a talented director and a talented cast.  The players were excellent, the costumes and scenery were wonderfully made and the script and dance choreography outstanding.  One must also not forget the 'backroom' crew who contributed the sound, lighting, effects, collected tickets and ran the bar.  The only shame was that there weren't more people in the audience as Alonissos is starved of live theatre and it doesn't come much better than this.  See Annie Green's report above.
    We have finally loaded the video clips of the adult dance group performing in the amphitheatre on National Day on March 25th.  An icon has been put on the Independence Day page and the page can also be accessed from the What's New page.
    We had problems yesterday getting the latest paperwork for Gerry's blood tests, so we are waiting now for Gerry's oncologist George to fax paperwork from Athens.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 19 people practiced each of the 6 Saint George's day dances twice.  Things are really now starting to gel.  Greek dance session with Yorgos tomorrow in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm to practice the dances for Sunday 23rd.
    The weather yesterday was very similar to Tuesday except the wind has died away overnight leaving a mix this morning of blue skies and high level cloud with a light breeze blowing and the sun trying to break through the cloud cover.
  • Wednesday 19th:
    First night of the GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' tonight at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and the bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.  See poster for details.  Jan and Dave are working the bar tonight where there will be a donation box for the drinks as GITs cannot charge for the drinks within the confines of the Dimos offices.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 20 people danced the 6 Saint George's day dances.  Yesterday we learnt the Saint George's day dance Αγ Γιώργης Αρκαδία.  Greek dance session with Yorgos today in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm to practice the dances for Sunday 23rd where the final piece of the jigsaw is the end of Hasapiko.
    A changeable day yesterday with mostly blue skies and sunshine in the morning then the breeze dropped and it became overcast and cloudy during the afternoon with a strong cold wind blowing up which is still with us this morning along with blue skies and sunshine.
  • Tuesday 18th:
    Tomorrow evening sees the first night of the GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and the bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.  See poster for details.
    Greek dance session today with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm for those dancing at Saint George's Day on the 23rd.
    Yesterday we had a warm but cloudy morning then mid-afternoon the heavens opened and we had thunder and torrential rain for over an hour and during the evening the wind picked up strongly.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some odd patches of cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • A Reminder:  That the GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' opens at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri on Wednesday with the doors and the bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.  Due to high demand entrance cannot be guaranteed without a ticket.  For tickets contact Renée on 24240 65833 or by e-mail at 'reneemoens@ymail.com'.  See poster for details.
  • Monday 17th:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd GITs 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri with the doors and the bar open from 7pm and curtain up at 7.30pm.
    2. Sunday 23rd Saint George's Day and a public holiday in Greece with a celebration with food and drink available and traditional Greek dancing at the church of Agios Georgios up the island towards Yerakas.
    Easter Monday in Greece and a public holiday so probably the only shop open for any time will be Voula's cigarette shop at the top of the main street.  We are having a quiet day today after the excesses of yesterday and have arranged to meet Netty at the Alonissos Cafe in Patitri for a relaxed drink.
    We had a fabulous day yesterday starting with drinks in Paleohorafina at Voula and Yorgos's house around a table on their outside patio in the sun.  Both Yorgos and the Greek family across the road were getting the BBQ's going to cook the meat.  After about an hour we headed down to Megalos Mourtias beach where around 40 people had congregated and were getting stuck into an array of salads and a variety of BBQ'd meats.  We left around 2pm and headed up to Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.  A table of Greek and non-Greek friends were already there eating and we sat with Yorgos' parents and his son on a separately laid table.  The Easter soup (Mαγειρίτσα) was lovely and the spit roasted goat just fell off the bone.  Panayiota from Plataeia Christos had also been cooking so there was acres of food to go around.  We found a small area inside the taverna for some Greek dancing and we left after about 3 hours with a portion of soup for today, a portion of spinach pie from Panayiota and a foil container of goat meat for us and some bones for Tassie the Terrier.  Unfortunately, we had such a wonderful day that we were totally wired all evening and so we sat and watched catch-up TV and didn't get to bed until 3am this morning!!
    After a sunny start yesterday it clouded over but by midday the cloud had cleared and we had a lovely hot and sunny afternoon with a clear and starry evening.  This morning has started with cloud and a light breeze with some haziness due to early morning sea mists.  The forecast for today suggests we are due some late afternoon and early evening rain.
  • Sunday 16th:
    Easter Sunday here in Greece and also in the UK so we wish all our non-Greek friends and family 'Happy Easter' and to our Greek friends 'Χριστός Aνέστη'.  We are celebrating with drinks around Voula and Yorgos's house in Paleohorafina around 12 noon, then down to Megalos Mourtias beach where there will be a big group of non-greek friends having a beach BBQ and then mid afternoon up to the Old Village for Easter soup (Mαγειρίτσα) and spit roasted goat with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos.
    We noticed posters in Greek put up around Patitiri saying that the Sunset Bar has reopened, as from last Saturday, and will be open for business from 3pm until midnight.
    Yesterday was very hot in Patitiri for the time of year with mid afternoon sun temperatures over 30 deg C (touching 90 deg F).  This morning has started with a mix of blue skies and cloud with a light breeze and some haziness due to early morning sea mists.
  • Saturday 15th:
    Easter Saturday and the evening service with the lighting of candles ceremony at midnight at the church of Agia Paraskevi in Patitiri.  The 'Eternal Flame' is brought onto the island by boat and taken to the church.  At midnight Father Luke will light the first candles and then the light will be passed, from one white candle to the next, all through the congregation.  It is the custom to carry the candle home, without the flame going out, and use it to make the sign of the cross above the door, on the door frame, in smoke.  The smoke cross is left there throughout the year to show that the light of the Resurrection has blessed the home.  The Lenten fast is broken at midnight and people will head off to eat.
    A lovely day yesterday with mostly blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  This morning we have woken to blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and some intermittent high level cloud.
  • Friday 14th:
    Easter Friday (Μεγάλη Παρασκευή) is a public holiday in Greece so most of the businesses are closed but the supermarkets and food shops should all be open from around 12 noon.
    Gerry's oncologist George called yesterday and said that they would like Gerry to have another week's rest from the chemotherapy tablets and then repeat the recent 5 blood tests.  As 1 week falls on Easter Monday George has agreed for the blood to be taken next Wednesday with results available on the Friday.
    According to Openseas the car ferry Express Skiathos will be back in service between Volos and Alonissos on Friday 2nd June and, on the same day, Flying Cat 4 will be back in service between Thessaloniki and Alonissos.
    The weather forecast for Saint George's Day on Sunday 23rd has come onto the radar and is currently looking good for the morning service and celebration at the church.
    Yesterday was probably the hottest day of the year so far with late afternoon sun temperatures in the high 20's deg C (mid 80's deg F) and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and a heat haze over the water towards the islands of Evia and the Two Brothers.
  • Thursday 13th:
    Tomorrow most places will be closed but the supermarkets normally open around 12 noon after the morning church service.
    We got Gerry's blood test results yesterday and 1 test result was about the same as 2 weeks ago but the other 4 tests results showed a noticeable decrease and we hope this is good news for Gerry.  The results have been sent to Gerry's oncologist George in Athens and we hope to find out today how we wants to proceed, prior to the Easter holidays.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 14 people danced the 5 Saint George's day dances.  Three dances have now been nailed and one needs a little more work and the group needs to learn the end of Hasapiko.
    Glorious day yesterday with afternoon sun temperatures in the mid 20's deg C (high 70's deg F) and this morning we have a beautifully warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 12th:
    Greek dance session with Yorgos today in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm to practice the dances for Saint George's Day on the 23rd.
    Panos and Marina have closed the Black Cat in Patitiri for around 1 month and will probably reopen sometime in early May.  Panos and Adonis have been doing work on Peri Orexios in the Old Village recently.
    A lovely day yesterday with mostly blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  This morning we have woken to blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and this weather looks set for the next few day up to Easter.
  • Tuesday 11th:
    Last day of the mega sale today at LOULAKI Boutique, next to the National Bank of Greece in Patitiri, from 10am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm.  Claudia hopes to see you all there and she will be providing bite size snacks and refreshments.
    Free tickets are now available for the GITs Panto Play of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd (inc).  For tickets contact Renée on 24240 65833 or by e-mail at 'reneemoens@ymail.com'.  See poster for details.
    Taverna Tzitzifia at the end of the harbour area in Patitiri is open for business and Evangelia has reopened her supermarket with is right next door to the taverna.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 17 people danced the 5 Saint George's day dances.  Greek dance session with Yorgos tomorrow in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm to practice the dances for Saint George's Day again.
    Glorious day yesterday with sun temperatures in the mid 20's deg C (high 70's deg F) and the breeze dying away to leave a wonderful Aegean sunset as this picture shows.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some light high level cloud and a light northerly breeze blowing.
  • Monday 10th:
    LOULAKI Boutique mega sale starts today, next to the National Bank of Greece in Patitiri, between 10am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm.  Claudia hopes to see you all there and she will be providing bite size snacks and refreshments.
    Gerry has her blood test this morning and results should be available on Wednesday.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the Group 2 session where 10 people danced the 5 Saint George's day dances with other dances to keep the group on their toes.  Greek dance session with Yorgos today in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 4pm to practice the dances for Saint George's Day on the 23rd.
    Beautifully calm, warm and sunny day yesterday with a lovely sunset and this morning we have a lovely warm start to the day with acres of blue sky and sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Fun(d) Raising Group:  Spring Bazaar on Wednesday 10th May in the Community Centre in Patitiri opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi.  They would be most grateful for any items of clothing, brick-a-brack etc.  They will be setting up the bazaar on the morning of Tuesday 9th and will gladly receive any contributions then.  If you have any large items please take, and bring, a photograph which can be displayed.  Times to follow.
  • Sunday 9th:
    LOULAKI Boutique mega sale starts tomorrow, next to the National Bank of Greece in Patitiri, between 10am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm.  Claudia hopes to see you all there and she will be providing bite size snacks and refreshments.
    Holy week (Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα) starts today in the Greek Orthodox church and ends on Saturday 15th with the midnight lighting of the candles where the priest proclaims 'Christ is risen' (Χριστός ανέστη) and response from the congregation is 'Truly he is risen' (Aληθώς Aνέστη).  After this there are fireworks and the Lenten fast is broken.  During the evening service on Easter Friday the congregation follow the bier from the church and along the harbour front and then up the main street and back to the church.
    The car ferry Proteus has started service today between Volos and Alonissos and the car ferry Myrtidiotissa has now resumed a daily service from Agios Konstantinos to Alonissos.
    Dave roused around 7.20am this morning and the power was already off and we had power back on again around 12.30pm.
    Gerry felt the earth move yesterday and it appears we had a magnitude 4 seismic event centred 31km NNE of Alonissos at a depth of 10km under the sea.  In the last 24 hours there have been another 4 seismic events in the area ranging from magnitudes 1.7 - 2.8.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the Group 2 session where 11 people danced once and then repeated the 5 Saint George's day dances with 4 other dances thrown in for good measure.  Greek dance session with Yorgos today in the school gymnasium in Patitiri for Group 1 from 5 - 6pm and Group 2 from 6 - 7pm.
    The day just got better and better yesterday as we progressed from the afternoon into the evening with plenty of sunshine and the wind dying away during the day leaving a beautiful sunset.  This morning is calm and clear with blue skies and sunshine and we can see a lot of detail on the mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite and the snow capped peak of Mount Dirfis.
  • LOULAKI Boutique Mega Sale:  Takes place on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th, next to the National Bank of Greece in Patitiri, between 10am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm.  Claudia hopes to see you all there and she will be providing bite size snacks and refreshments.  See poster for details.
  • Saturday 8th:
    Power outage tomorrow morning affecting the whole island for around 5 hours between 7am until 12 noon.  There will therefore be no early update to the website.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the Group 2 session where 9 people danced 5 dances - Βλάχα Νάξου, Κοτσάκια Νάξου, Μπαλαριστός Μυκόνου, Ολμαζ Μικράς Ασίας and Τo Πρότo Χασάπικo which we assume are the dances, along with a special Saint George's day dance, for the 23rd of this month.  Greek dance session with Yorgos today in the school gymnasium in Patitiri for Group 1 from 5 - 6pm and Group 2 from 6 - 7pm.
    Dave completed the paperwork for Gerry's blood test yesterday, so the blood test will be on Monday morning and results on Wednesday morning.
    The cloud thinned during the day so we had a mix of sunshine and cloud until around 5pm in the afternoon when it started to rain until late evening.  This morning has started with a strong breeze still blowing with blue skies and sunshine.
  • Planned Power Outage:  Affecting the whole island on Sunday 9th of this month for around 5 hours between 7am until 12 noon.
  • Friday 7th:
    Greek dance session with Yorgos today in the school gymnasium in Patitiri for Group 1 from 5 - 6pm and Group 2 from 6 - 7pm.
    We heard that Taverna Tzitzifia on the end of the harbour front in Patitiri are planing to open tomorrow.
    Very pleasant day yesterday with a high level cloud cover rolling in and out all day so the temperature was changing when the sun was covered by the cloud.  During the evening the wind picked up and it became cloudy and this morning we have a strong wind blowing with grey cloudy skies with the sun trying to break through the cloud cover.
  • Thursday 6th:
    Greek dance session with Yorgos tomorrow in the school gymnasium in Patitiri for Group 1 from 5 - 6pm and Group 2 from 6 - 7pm.
    We heard back from Gerry's oncologist George yesterday and the news is generally good but also a little problemmatic.  The blood test and CT scan results have shown that the general situation with the cancer is continuing to be stable and this is a very good sign.  However, the CT scan has picked up a small progression in the right side where Gerry had a biopsy done last year.  George wants Gerry to continue having a break from the chemotherapy tablets and then repeat 5 indicators in the blood tests on Monday 10th and send him the results.  After this we hope a decision will be made on how they want to continue Gerry's treatment.
    The rain and cloud disappeared mid-morning and we had a lovely day with blue skies and sunshine until the cloud rolled in early evening.  This morning we have a mix of cloud and blue skies with sunshine and barely a breath of wind.
  • Wednesday 5th:
    It appears that travel agencies can now sell tickets for all the ferry companies operating locally, so if you are travelling on and off the island with different companies you can get all your tickets in the same place.  When we went off to Volos recently we got both our Aqua Lines ferry tickets out and our Hellenic Seaways catamaran tickets back from Albedo Travel in Patitiri.
    Taverna Tzitzifia on the end of the harbour front have recently been painting tables outside and presumably are getting ready to open for the summer.
    A lovely day yesterday with mostly blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  Things changed overnight when it rained and this morning we have grey overcast skies with a light breeze blowing and it's raining again.
  • Tuesday 4th:
    A lot of cloud around yesterday with some sunshine but the air temperature was always very pleasant.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some light cloud and almost no breeze blowing making it very hazy over the water towards Evia and the Two Brothers.
  • Diary Date:  Race night at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar in Patitiri on Thursday 11th May, hosted by Doug and Sara, in aid of the Medical Centre.  Time to be arranged.  Marianthi will be organising a raffle, also in aid of the Medical Centre, and raffle tickets can be bought up to and also on the night.  Please come and support Doug and Sara's initiative as the Medical Centre is an essential but underfunded service to the community of Alonissos.
  • Monday 3rd:
    Tassia's taverna in Steni Vala will be opening all day for the summer from next Sunday, April 9th.
    The big beach clear up is done and everything apparently went well.  Kiki Anagnostou, President of the Tourism Development and Promotion Committee, sends her thanks and appreciation for everyone's help and support.
    We went down to the Medical Centre fund raising event yesterday afternoon at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala.  Although not rammed there were probably around 100 people there but such a lovely atmosphere.  We had a very nice lunch of 2 salads, rice stuffed tomato (it's Lent) and home cooked giant beans.  Local musicians played and Dave joined in with some of the Syrtos dancing.  We left after about 3 hours with the party still going strong.  Let's hope the Medical Centre raised a healthy amount of money.
    There were 9 of us down at Megalos Mourtias beach yesterday and, to be honest, there wasn't a great deal of rubbish on the beach but 'many hands make light work' and it got sorted quite quickly.
    Beautifully calm, warm and sunny day yesterday and this morning we have a cloudy start to the day with some blue sky and the sun breaking through the cloud.
  • Sunday 2nd:
    Fund raising event this afternoon for the Medical Centre at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala from around 2pm.  There will be food and live music in the ticket price along with a raffle.
    Beach cleaning this morning and teams will meet outside the Dimos at 10.30am, to be allocated beaches unless already allocated, and to collect black bags, gloves etc.  A small group including us are cleaning Megalos Mourtias beach.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the Group 2 session where 15 people danced an interesting and eclectic range of dances as Yorgos is trying to put together a set of dances for Saint George's day on the 23rd of this month.  None of the dances were new to Dave as they had all been danced in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village during the summer dance classes.
    News from Steve and Chrissy that work has finished on Nikos' taverna in the Old Village and it reopened Friday as the Allonissos Village taverna and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Kostas who runs the taverna speaks very good English and has many different dishes on the menu.
    Taxi Spiros has changed their Merdedes taxi so look out for a new dark grey Vauxhall taxi on the island.
    The car ferry Proteus comes back into service between Volos and Alonissos next Friday and the car ferry Myrtidiotissa will start a service between Agios Konstantinos and Alonissos.  The car ferry Express Skiathos is currently not timetabled to run between Volos and Alonissos before June 2nd.
    Another lovely day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and the wind dying away during the day leaving a lovely sunset.  This morning is calm and clear with blue skies and sunshine and this morning you can see the snow on Mount Dirfis on the island of Evia opposite.
  • Saturday 1st:
    Fund raising event tomorrow for the Medical Centre at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala from around 2pm.  There will be food and live music in the ticket price along with a raffle.  We are going up to Taverna Panselinos at midday today where Yorgos will try to organise our tickets.
    Beach cleaning day tomorrow and teams will meet outside the Dimos at 10.30am, to be allocated beaches unless already allocated, and to collect black bags, gloves etc.  A small group including us are cleaning Megalos Mourtias beach.
    Greek dance session today with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri for Group 1 from 5 - 6pm and Group 2 from 6 - 7pm.
    Gerry had a blood test last Wednesday morning by Maria in Patitiri and a CT scan at the clinic in Volos the following day.  We will scan and e-mail the results to Gerry's oncologist George in Athens over the weekend so he has them for Monday morning and then we will know how we wants to proceed.  Although we don't know the overall picture it was quite clear that the results for the CA15-3 cancer marker level had dropped by around 20%, since the first week of January, and we hope this is a sign that the chemotherapy tablets are doing their job.
    We had a pleasant day yesterday with a mixture of sunshine and cloud in Volos but windy around Alonissos when we returned on Flying cat 6.  This morning we have sunshine and blue skies but with a noticeable breeze with a cool edge to it.
    Καλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
March 2017

  • Wednesday 29th:
    Fun(d) Raising Group quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Julia.
    There will be no updates to the website for a couple of days as we are heading off to Volos this afternoon on the car ferry Myrtidiotissa.  Gerry has a CT scan booked for 10.30am tomorrow morning and we will be back to Alonissos on Friday evening aboard Flying Cat 6.  Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
    Gerry did a master class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village in making perfect poached eggs.  Yorgos loved them so much they may become an item on the taverna breakfast menu for the summer.
    A very pleasant day yesterday with some cloud cover during the afternoon and this morning we have a lovely start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.  Seems like a perfect day for sailing off to the mainland.
  • Tuesday 28th:
    Fun(d) Raising Group quiz tomorrow at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Julia.
    From the Greek national lottery draw yesterday the complete PADI Open Water diving course and qualification donated by Ikion Diving was won by ticket number 707 belonging to Mrs Iliana Papamichou.  Captain Nikos has asked us to publicly to thank everyone who bought tickets for the scout raffle.
    The rain was gone by mid-morning yesterday and the wind started to ease down with the rest of the day a mixed bag of cloud and some sunshine.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine back again with some peripheral cloud and a light breeze blowing.  The weather looks good now up to and over the weekend.
  • Let's Do It:  Beach cleaning day this year is next Sunday, 2nd April.  As in previous years, teams will meet outside the Dimos to be allocated beaches and collect black bags, gloves etc.  If you would prefer to go straight to a beach and send someone to pick up supplies, could you let Guy know which beach and how many are going.
  • Monday 27th:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Wednesday 29th Fun(d) Raising Group quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Julia.
    Greek national lottery draw this evening and we will find out who has won the complete PADI Open Water diving course and qualification donated by Ikion Diving.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were 10 dancers for the Group 2 class to start learning dances for Saint George's Day on Sunday April 23rd.  Due to the limited time to practice Yorgos went through a set of dances with nothing new for people to learn, just to clean off the rust.  Classes as usual next Saturday and Sunday for both groups.
    A lovely morning and afternoon yesterday but towards the evening the wind picked up and it clouded over.  It started to rain sometime during the night or early hours and it has been raining this morning.  The skies are currently grey and overcast and we have a strong chilly wind blowing.
  • Sunday 26th:
    Independence Day (Εθνική Εορτή) went off seamlessly yesterday in the glorious sunshine.  The ceremony at the war memorial in Patitiri started around 10.30am and when it had finished the school children, adult dance group and scout groups marched to the beat of the scout drum band.  Afterwards in the auditorium the two children's dance group and the adult dance group performed traditional Greek dances.  We will post up a page with photos and videos in due course.
    The Alonissos Cafe on the harbour front in Patitiri has now reopened for the summer and we were lucky to get a table there yesterday after the dancing had finished.  There was the most wonderful atmosphere along the front with families out to enjoy the public holiday and the sunshine.
    Yesterday was the day of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in the Greek Orthodox church and, we didn't realise, a day when it is customary for Greek people to eat battered fish with garlic sauce.
    Another glorious day yesterday with acres of blue sky and sunshine and a lovely sunset.  This morning we have clear blue skies and sunshine with barely a breath of a breeze.
  • Saturday 25th:
    Clocks go forward 1 hour tomorrow morning, Sunday 26th, at 2am to signify the start of summer on Alonissos.
    Independence Day (Εθνική Εορτή) today and a public holiday in Greece with the shops likely to be closed.  After the morning service in the church of Agia Paraskevi there will be a service around 10.30am at the war memorial opposite the Dimos offices in Patitiri.  After the service will be the traditional marching display and then performances of traditional Greek dancing in the amphitheatre by Christina's childrens dance groups and Yorgos' island dance group.  We would be gratefu for any photos or videos anyone takes of the events.
    Dave went down to the amphitheatre in Patitiri at 4.30pm yesterday and everyone Greek dancing today turned up for the practice.  We started off with marching practice then had one practice of each dance except Τo Mήλο Αρβανίτικο Θράκη which some of the group asked for a repeat run through.  Everyone dancing has put in a huge effort and are looking forward to dancing in the sun with hopefully a large audience in the amphitheatre.
    Dave completed all the paperwork for Gerry's next set of tests yesterday and so the current plan is for the blood test on Monday morning, results on Wednesday morning, off to Volos on Wednesday afternon, CT scans Thursday morning, results Friday morning and back to Alonissos on Friday afternoon.  Early April we will find out how Gerry's oncologist George wants to proceed.
    Another lovely clear, warm and sunny day yesterday with a slightly chill breeze in the Old Village but with a calm evening and a clear and starry night.  This morning has started with a light breeze blowing and blue skies with thin and scattered high level cloud.
  • Unfortunately:  The Greek national lottery draw result was posted up yesterday but ticket number 1680 was unsold and so the scout raffle draw is rolled over to the next lottery draw on Monday 27th.
  • Friday 24th:
    Independence Day tomorrow and a public holiday in Greece with the shops likely to be closed.  After the morning service in the church of Agia Paraskevi there will be a mid-morning service at the war memorial opposite the Dimos offices in Patitiri.  Following the service will be the traditional marching and then displays of traditional Greek dancing in the amphitheatre by the childrens groups and the adult group.
    Dave went down to the amphitheatre in Patitiri at 4pm yesterday and all but one of the entire group that will Greek dance on Independence Day tomorrow turned up for the practice.  Each of the dances were practiced twice and then during the short break we had a quick marching practice.  The dance positions and the marching positions were organized and there is a final practice in the amphitheatre in Patitiri today at 4.30pm.
    Glorious day yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine and Dave took some pictures of the beautiful Aegean sunset over Skopelos and towards Evia.  This morning we have woken up to blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze and wonderfully clear skies.  The snow capped peak of Mount Athos on the Halkidiki peninsular has been visible recently.
  • Thursday 23rd:
    Greek dance practice this afternoon with Yorgos in the amphitheatre in Patitiri at 4pm for the group performing on Independence Day this Saturday.
    We don't yet have a posting on Captain Nikos' Facebook page to find out the winning number of the scout fund raising raffle but we will put the information on Breaking News asap.
    A very pleasant day yesterday with more cloud during the morning and more blue sky during the afternoon with a nice sunset to end the day.  This morning we have clear blue skies and sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing but the air is still so clear that the snow capped peak of Mount Dirfis on the island of Evia can be seen across the water.
  • Wednesday 22nd:
    Greek dance practice tomorrow with Yorgos in the amphitheatre in Patitiri at 4pm for the group performing on Independence Day this Saturday.  All the fine details of the performance will be ironed out along with a run through of the dances in the venue.
    Greek national lottery draw this evening and we will find out who has won the complete PADI Open Water diving course and qualification donated by Ikion Diving.
    The sea mists cleared during the morning in the Old Village yesterday and then we had an absolutely glorious day considering we are only in the third week of March.  This morning we have an overcast sky with a gentle cool breeze blowing and the sun trying to shine through the cloud cover.  The weather still looks perfect for Saturday but next Tuesday is looking like we need to batten down the hatches with severe gale to storm force winds and torrential rain hitting the island.
  • Tuesday 21st:
    Tomorrow is the Greek national lottery draw and we will find out who has won the complete PADI Open Water diving course and qualification donated by Ikion Diving.
    Gerry's last day of the current course of chemotherapy tablets today and we are hoping to get the blood test done tomorrow by Maria in Patitiri and next Thursday morning Gerry has a CT scan booked at the clinic in Volos.
    It was so lovely and warm yesterday around midday that we went up to Taverna Panselinos to see Yorgos on various matters.  Dave was in shorts and a T shirt and, because they feel the cold, the Greeks were in jeans, jumpers and jackets!!  We sat on the outside patio area and, for us, it was almost as if summer had arrived early.
    The air yesterday morning was so clear we could see the snow on Mount Dirfis on the island of Evia and also the snow capped peak of Mount Athos on the Halkidiki peninsular and the sea around the Old Village was like a mill pond.
    Another beautifully warm day yesterday with a lovely sunset and this morning the heat of the sun is sufficiently strong that parts of the Old Village are shrouded in sea mists.
  • Nicky and Chris:  Have an old wooden, white painted, double wardrobe that they want to get rid of.  It is in reasonable condition and they have taken it apart, so it would need putting together again.  It is free to anybody who might care to come and collect it.
  • Monday 20th:
    Dave went to the Cretan dance masterclass yesterday evening in the new school gymnasium in Patitiri and this place is huge compared to the one we normally use for dance practices.  Yiannis was clearly a fantastic dancer and he taught 3 dances Χανιώτικος, Σιγανός and Πεντοζάλης which, with repeats of the first 2 dances, lasted 1½ hours.  He talked about the culture of Crete and the background to the dances and went through the steps carefully and slowly before we danced them.  With around 3 dozen experienced and seasoned dancers taking the class it clearly made his life a lot easier than with raw beginners.  Many stayed on for the second half but Dave left having had a wonderful experience which hopefully will be repeated on Sunday April 30th.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday morning and there were 23 dancers practicing the 6 dances for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  The group is just about there now, other than a few minor hiccups.  Next practice for the group is on Thursday at 4pm in the amphitheatre in Patitiri and this is where the reality starts to hit home.  Dave now has his island outfit (φορεσιά) for Saturday consisting of black socks, huge baggy blue pantaloon trousers, a very thick linen shirt and a white sash.
    The morning cloud cleared very quickly yesterday and we were left with a beautifully calm, warm and sunny day.  We have again woken up to a warm morning with a light breeze, sunshine and blue skies with thin and scattered high level cloud.  This spell of good weather is forecast to continue up to the weekend and well into next week.  The weather forecast for Independence Day this Saturday looks very good at the moment.
  • FYI:  Andy has temporarily closed the Helios Foodbar in Patitiri as he has work to do on the outside seating area as a result of snow damage in January.  Andy will let us know when he is due to reopen.
  • Sunday 19th:
    Three hour master class on Cretan dances this evening at the new school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 9pm.  Cost is 10 euro per hour and Dave is going for the first hour for a taste of what is on offer.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the Group 2 session where 18 people practised the 6 dances for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this morning at 11am.
    Another very nice day yesterday with the wind dying away during the day leaving a lovely sunset.  This morning is calm and overcast and warmer than the last few days.  The air is so clear this morning you can see the snow on Mount Dirfis on the island of Evia opposite.
  • Saturday 18th:
    Greek dance practice tomorrow with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri at 11am for the group who will perform in the auditorium on Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.
    Three hour master class on Cretan dances tomorrow at the new school gymnasium in Patitiri.  Ten euro per hour and time tba.
    Tomorrow is Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Dates for the Fun(d) Raising Group's summer quizzes have been posted up to the Alonissos Noticeboard this morning.  The first quiz is on Wednesday May 31st at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by us, Dave and Gerry.
    We had a 15 minute power outage this morning at 7.45am just as Dave had started updating the website.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were 16 people for the practice and Yorgos, one week from the performance, is now starting to get very minutiae about the dances.
    Lovely day yesterday except the wind had a chilly edge all day but dropped away into the evening leaving a beautiful clear and starry night.  This morning has started in the same way as yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a lighter breeze that still has a chill edge to it.
  • Friday 17th:
    Greek dance session with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for the group dancing in the amphitheatre in Patitiri at Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.
    All our cats and the dog are having a flea and tick spot-on as the ticks seem to be rife at the moment.  We get ours sent from the UK as it is far cheaper than buying it here, especially if you have quite a few cats to treat.
    The cloud cleared through the day yesterday and the wind eased down leaving a calm and clear night.  This morning we have woken up to blue skies and sunshine with a gusty breeze that has a chill edge to it.  The Greeks have a saying 'ο ήλιος έχει δόντια' which means 'the sun has teeth'.
  • Thursday 16th:
    Greek dance session with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow from 5 - 6pm for the group dancing in the amphitheatre in Patitiri at Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.
    Dina's supermarket in Patitiri is closed at the moment and we were told she would be closed for around 10 days in total.
    A day of 2 halves for the weather yesterday with drizzly rain for most of the morning but then the cloud cleared during the afternoon and we had a pleasant end to the day.  Overnight the wind has picked up and this morning it's blowing and gusting quite hard and we have a lot of high level cloud with the sun trying to break through.
  • Wednesday 15th:
    Chef Demi managed to pursuade one of the butchers to get some liver ordered, which is something that is never normally available on the island.  That in itself is a triumph but to get the liver here during lent, when most Greeks on the island are not eating meat, is amazing.  Dave went down to Patitiri to buy some yesterday and it looked really good quality.  It's now a difficult choice of whether we start with liver and onions, liver casserole or liver stroganoff but what a lovely choice to have (if you like liver that is).
    A very pleasant day yesterday on Alonissos with a mix of sunshine and cloud and this morning has started with a sky full of cloud and a light breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Tuesday 14th:
    The Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar on the harbour area in Patitiri has reopened after a short break and the Alonissos Cafe was having deliveries yesterday, indicating that Panayiotis and Nikos will be opening soon.  We also saw βασίλης (Billy) from Taverna Archipelagon around Patitiri yesterday morning so the taverna is either now open or opening soon.
    A lovely and warm day yesterday with the chilly wind reducing in strength during the day.  The wet plaka shows we had some overnight rain and this morning we have a mix of grey cloud across to the Two Brothers and blue sky and sunshine over the Old Village and Skopelos.  As far as the wind goes there is barely a breath of air.
  • Monday 13th:
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were 22 dancers for the Group 2 class to practice the 6 dances for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  The group are starting to gel now and only the dance Τo Mήλο Αρβανίτικο Θράκη needs extra work.
    Yorgi's birthday party was another mad 2 hours but we came out unscathed.  There was loads of food, the Greek chipmunks streaming over the Internet with tinsel and streamers everywhere from the giant cannons and gun poppers.  Yorgos made a cake in the form of a kick boxing ring with a glove in the centre and Yorgi came over with his new guitar and played his Greek song to us before we left.
    We are not entirely sure what happened with Flying Dolphin Erato yesterday but it arrived into the harbour in Patitiri around 7pm yesterday evening, over 2 hours late, but at least the people travelling to Alonissos arrived here.
    A weird day for the weather yesterday with grey overcast skies and rain in the morning giving way to blue skies and sun in the afternoon and then some rain in the evening.  The wind eased during the day yesterday and is still blowing this morning but we have blue skies with some cloud and the sun is shining.
  • Sunday 12th:
    We have an appointment today at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village as Yorgos' son Yorgi was 10 years old last Thursday and he has a birthday party starting around 11.30am this morning.  We will join loads of screaming kids, large party poppers blasting and the Greek chipmunks streaming over the Internet and as its raining they can't go outside!!  Yorgi is learning to play guitar so Lyn has given us one of Nik's acoustic guitars as a present from us.  Yorgos said that Yorgi has learnt one Greek piece of music and is now turning his hand to 'Eye of the Tiger' by Survivor.
    Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    We went up for the blessing and cutting of the Βασιλόπιτα (Saint Basil's cake) for the 'Dance Organization' of the Dimos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday evening and the taverna was rammed solid.  Father Luke blessed the cake which was then cut by Petros the mayor of Alonissos.  We left after 10pm to release our table to waiting diners.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday to join the end of the Group 1 session and then 18 people in the Group 2 session practised the 6 dances for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Another miserable soggy day yesterday with strong winds and overcast skies with intermittent rain for most of the day, although we had a break from the rain in the evening.  The wind is blowing and gusting this morning and we again have grey overcast skies and rain.  The bad weather is due to blow itself out by midday but, looking at the sky and hearing the wind blow, we doubt anyone will be holding their breath.
  • FYI:  Tonight a group from Larisa 'Blue Matter' will be playing live rock, pop, funk and blues music at Boheme bar behind the beach in Patitiri.
  • Saturday 11th:
    Tomorrow is Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were 16 people for the practice and Yorgos thinks a group of 20 dancers will perform in the auditorium in Patitiri for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  There will be 6 dances Φεσοδερβέναγας Ήπειρoς, Ζαίκο Μακεδονίας, Συμπεθέρα Ν.Φλώρινας, Τα Τσιμαντριανά Κορίτσια Λήμνου, Συρτός Κυκλάδων and Τo Mήλο Αρβανίτικο Θράκη.  The 2nd dance Ζαίκο and the 6th dance Τo Mήλο are the most awkward and will need more work to perfect them.
    Miserable soggy day yesterday with overcast skies with drizzle and rain for the morning and afternoon then a break from the rain until late evening.  The wind picked up strongly overnight and is blowing and gusting very strongly this morning.  Again we are starting the day with grey and overcast skies and rain is forecast to be with us until tomorrow morning.
  • GITs:  Will present a 'Panto Play' of 'A midsummer Night's Dream' at the Dimos theatre in Patitiri from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd April with curtain up at 7.30pm.  Hopefully William Shakespeare will be happy with the GITs adaptation of his play in the way only GITs can.  Who ever thought William Shakespeare would get Philippa'd!!
  • Friday 10th:
    Greek dance session with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for the group dancing in the amphitheatre in Patitiri at Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.
    A Greek friend of ours has some olive wood for sale which, when seasoned over the summer, will be fantastic to burn next winter.  If anyone is interested please let us know and we will put you in contact.
    We have been informed that the GITs website is no longer live on the Internet as the group are concentrating their resources into the Gits Facebook page.
    Sea departure timetables from Alonissos change significantly at the end of the month.  From Alonissos to Volos we have Flying Cat 6 starting on Friday 31st March and the car ferry Express Skiathos starting on 2nd April.  The car ferry Proteus is starting from Alonissos to Volos on Friday 7th April and on the same day the car ferry Myrtidiotissa starts a daily service from Alonissos to Agios Konstantinos.  It also appears that Flying Cat 4 will run between Alonissos and Thessaloniki again this year starting on 1st June.
    We had rain all day yesterday other than a couple of hours either side of midday and it was still raining when we went to bed.  Overnight the wind has eased back but it is still very grey and overcast this morning and around 8am it has started to rain again and rain is forecast for tomorrow.
  • Thursday 9th:
    Greek dance session with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow from 5 - 6pm for the group dancing in the amphitheatre in Patitiri at Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.
    We popped in to see Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday afternoon and he said that 71 women were now arriving to eat and drink and he was tearing his hair out trying to rearrange the tables and chairs to fit them all into the taverna.
    The finishing touches should have been done yesterday to Gerry's brother Nik's grave and we are hopeful the headstone will arrive on the freighter today.
    All done for us now with the 1st Alonissos Scout Group annual fund raising raffle as we have managed to get reservations and sell 380 tickets and Dave got a last book of 80 unsold tickets from Captain Nikos yesterday morning to mop up the outstanding requests.  Thank you so much for your generosity in supporting the Alonissos Scout Group.  We will post the winning number and the owner of the ticket on Breaking News as soon after the Greek National Lottery draw on Wednesday March 22nd as we can get the information.
    A very yucky and soggy day yesterday with intermittent rain for most of the day and even some small bits of hail during the morning.  The wind eased as the day went on and before sunset the snow on the top of Mount Dirfis, on the island of Evia opposite Alonissos, was clearly visible and so were the lights from the coastal towns in the dark of the evening.  We had thunder and lightning around midnight and overnight the wind has picked up.  This morning overcast and dull with grey skies and it's raining again with a strong chilly wind blowing.  The forecast for up to and over the weekend still looks pretty rainy and dismal but next week is looking good.
  • Wednesday 8th:
    Today is International Women's Day and the organisation is asking women to "be bold for change".  Some of the ladies are going out in Patitiri tonight and Yorgos has 61 Greek ladies booked to eat from 8pm at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.
    Gerry starts her next round of chemotherapy today so with taking 7 tablets a day you will probably hear her rattling as she walks.
    The morning cloud cleared yesterday late morning and thereafter we had blue skies and sunshine but the cloud came back in the late afternoon and the wind started to blow up.  This morning the wind is still blowing and the skies are mostly cloudy and overcast with patches of blue sky in the distance.  Rain is forecast from this morning through to Saturday night.
  • Tuesday 7th:
    We are getting Gerry's brother Nik's grave sorted out and plans have been made for the structure of the grave and hopefully shortly we will be ordering a headstone.
    Dave spoke with Gerry's oncologist George yesterday and she has another 2 week course of the chemotherapy tablets Capecitabine and then he wants a full blood test with cancer markers and a CT scan at the end of the month to know how to proceed thereafter.
    A lovely and warm day yesterday and, although it clouded over during the afternoon, the cloud cleared into the evening and we had a lovely calm and starry night.  This morning is dry and we have cloud and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 6th:
    We went up for the pasta night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri last night and as always the food was excellent but, although there was a lovely atmosphere, it was a quiet evening due to Lent.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were 24 dancers for the Group 2 class.  Yorgos did a few general dances to start with then focussed on the dances for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  Next Friday there is a Greek dance session with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm only for the group dancing in the amphitheatre in Patitiri on Independence Day Saturday March 25th.
    Another bright and sunny day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing, leaving a clear starry night and a heavy dew.  This morning has started lovely and warm with the sun shining, blue skies with some light high level cloud and a light breeze blowing.  Today and tomorrow look fine but currently rain is forecast for the rest of the week.
  • Sunday 5th:
    Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the Group 2 session and 20 people were there to dance.  Yorgos concentrated solely on a group of dances from which a selection will be made for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    A glorious day yesterday with temperatures in the sun, during the middle of the day, well into the 20's C (mid 70's F) with a slight breeze all day.  We had a calm and starry night with a heavy dew and this morning has started again with blue skies and sunshine with hardly a breath of air.
  • Saturday 4th:
    Tomorrow is Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were 7 dancers for the Group 2 class and Yorgos has started to focus on the dances for Independence Day on Saturday March 25th.  Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Guess what!!  We have not rested on our laurels with the 1st Alonissos Scout Group annual fund raising raffle and we have managed to get reservations for another 60 tickets in the past couple of days, so we have now sold 360 tickets.  If anyone still would like tickets then please contact us as this is a very good cause for the island and dear to our hearts.
    Our e-mail system has been a bit dodgy recently with the problem apparently with our Internet provider's server and not with us, so apologies for delays in getting back to those who have contacted us.
    Lovely day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with barely a breeze all day, leaving a calm and starry night but with a very heavy dew.  This morning has started again with blue skies and sunshine with hardly a breath of air.  The weather is due to change over the weekend and next week looks decidedly soggy at the moment.
  • Friday 3rd:
    Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Things are starting to liven up in the next couple of weeks.  We have heard that Alex may open the Gyros shop, opposite the bank in Patitiri, tomorrow and Taverna Archipelagon are looking to open next week with the Alonissos cafe opening the week after.  It looks like Alonissos is starting to wake up after the winter hibernation.
    The wind crashed and bashed for most of the morning yesterday and then early afternoon it started to ease off and by late afternoon the gale had completely blown itself out.  The cloud slowly cleared during the day leaving lovely blue skies and sunshine with a beautiful Aegean sunset and a star filled night sky.  The air was so clear last night you could see lights from the coastal towns on the island of Evia opposite Alonissos.  This morning we have sunshine and blue skies with thin high level cloud and a very light breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 2nd:
    Greek dance sessions tomorrow with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.  The focus will now be on the dances for the group who are going to dance on the morning of Independence Day on Saturday March 25th in the amphitheatre opposite the Dimos offices.
    Maria took a sample of Gerry's blood yesterday morning and the results will be available tomorrow morning.
    A very pleasant day yesterday with little or no breeze and the morning cloud cleared to leave sunshine and blue skies during the afternoon and early evening.  Exactly as forecast the wind picked up late evening and it started to drizzle, although the air temperature wasn't that cold when Dave walked Tassie the Terrier out around 10.30pm.  This morning is dry and the air is very clear but along with blue skies and cloud we have a howling gale blowing and gusting.
  • Wednesday 1st:
    We have posted up the Carnival page this afternoon to the website.
    Gerry finished her 2 week course of chemotherapy tablets on Monday and yesterday Dave got the paperwork from the Medical Centre for the blood test, which we hope to have done this morning by Maria in Patitiri.  Results should be available by the end of the week and we will scan and e-mail them to Gerry's oncologist George in Athens and see how we wants to proceed.
    The weather improved as the day went on yesterday and during the afternoon we had blue skies and sunshine and barely enough breeze to rustle the leaves on the trees.  This morning we have a damp and hazy start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and light high level cloud with again hardly any breeze blowing.
    Καλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
February 2017

  • Tuesday 28th:
    We had an e-mail today from our lovely friend Alexandra in Germany who has scooped up our last 20 tickets for the Scout Group annual fund raising raffle.  Having sold 300 of the 2,000 available tickets we are not going to rest on our laurels and, with around 3 weeks left to the national lottery draw on the 22nd March, if more tickets need to be reserved or sold we will hassle Captain Nikos and get him to access however many further tickets we need.
    Our dear friend and Alonnisos Insider Jeff kindly put our picture of Mount Athos on Facebook and he sent us an e-mail yesterday saying that the picture had recieved an amazing 1,250 views!!
    We have ordered another book of 100 tickets from Captain Nikos for the 1st Alonissos Scout Group annual fund raising raffle.  We have reservations for 80 tickets and we would like to sell the other 20 tickets and then we are done.  Tickets at 1 euro per ticket and the money raised will be used to fund scouting activities and equipment on Alonnisos.  Let us know if you would like tickets to support the scouts on Alonissos.
    We forgot that yesterday, Clean Monday, is the traditional day for Greeks to fly kites, not that it mattered as there wasn't enough wind to ruffle your hair let alone fly a kite.  However, mid-morning our dear friend Yiannis, who runs the Aerides bar in Plateia Christos in the Old Village with his lovely wife Maria, came around to the house with a kite.  He made this for us last year but unfortunately we were in Athens for Gerry to have treatment, so he stored the kite which he made in red, white and blue colours for England with long tails in the same colours.  Let's hope the weather is right to fly the kite next Clean Monday.  This is the kite without the tail unfurled.
    Guess what, it's tick season!!  Through all the snow and dreadful weather the little blighters have survivied and we found that 2 of our cats had them yesterday.
    A dry but overcast day yesterday with the sun trying its best to shine in the early afternoon and with barely a breath of wind all day.  This morning is dry and overcast with no noticeable breeze at all.
  • Monday 27th:
    Clean Monday today and the start of Lent in the Greek Orthodox church.  There will be a celebration at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala today from 2pm with local musicians and four musicians from Rhodes providing entertainment.  Mezes available during the afternoon.
    Carnival on Alonissos was celebrated yesterday with the rain holding off and, for the end of February, the air temperature was quite pleasant.  There were 4 floats including ours and the procession left the Dimos offices around 2.30pm lead by the police car.  Dave had to give the introduction for our float to the crowd in Greek and English, which was a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Alonissos Marine Park.  We had free drinks and nibbles along the way from Ouzeri Kamaki and the Elin Oil petrol station passed the newsagents and also the lovely Marianthi, at the Corali Bar on the harbour front, had put jugs of free wine and nibbles for our group on the counter at the back of the bar.  Dave circle danced on the harbour and then left the procession at the top of the road as it headed off to Votsi.  A disappointing turn out of people, which was probably caused by the continually changing weather forecasts, but everyone who took part had a brilliant time.  We will post a page onto the website as soon as we can.
    Cloudy and overcast during the day yesterday and this morning is cloudy and overcast but dry with a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 26th:
    Celebration of Clean Monday at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala tomorrow from 2pm with local musicians and four musicians from Rhodes providing entertainment.  Mezes available during the afternoon.
    Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    Carnival Day on Alonissos and the floats will meet outside the Dimos offices in Patitiri at 1pm but we are going early to Netty and Demi's house beforehand to organize the float before joining the other floats.  The float was put together yesterday outside Jan and Tony's house in the Old Village by Tony, Craig and Mike et al. and will look fantastic when it arrives outside the Dimos offices.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the Group 2 session but only 6 people danced and we had an interesting and varied set of dances but due to a baptism party in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village (or that Yorgos had run everyone ragged in ¾ of an hour) the session was curtailed to 45 minutes.
    Another pleasant day yesterday with a mix of sunshine and cloud but the cloud increased during the day as the wind dropped away and we had some light rain during the late evening.  This morning is grey and overcast with a light breeze and sea mists around the Old Village making the air very damp feeling.  The rain was forecast to end around 8am this morning with the rest of the day dry, so let's keep our fingers crossed so that Carnival can go ahead this afternoon.
  • Clean Monday:  Celebration at the 4 Seasons hotel in Steni Vala from 2pm on the 27th with local musicians and four musicians from Rhodes providing entertainment and mezes served during the afternoon.
  • Saturday 25th:
    Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri tomorrow from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    Tomorrow is Carnival Day on Alonissos and the floats will meet outside the Dimos offices in Patitiri at 1pm but we are going early to Netty and Demi's house beforehand to organize the float before joining the other floats.  Today's forecast for tomorrow is now looking good with a cloudy but dry day forecast until late evening.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and joined 11 people for the final 2 dances of the Group 1 session.  There were 11 dancers for the Group 2 class and we had a very wide ranging and eclectic mix of dances.  Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Lovely day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with the breeze easing during the day to leave a calm and starry night.  The breeze has picked up overnight and this morning we have a hazy start to the day with light high level cloud that is stopping the sun from shining fully on the righteous (as well as the unrighteous of course).
  • A Big Thank You:  To everyone who has so far subscribed for tickets for the 1st Alonissos Scout Group annual fund raising raffle.  Initially we were given one book of 100 tickets to sell and thanks to your generosity we have sold an additional book of 100 tickets and we are waiting on another book to fulfill the remaining 50 reserved tickets.  We can get additional tickets as required so please contact us if you haven't got tickets but would like some to help the scout leaders who provide a very important focus for the children of Alonissos.  The draw will take place on 22nd March and is tied into the Greek national lottery draw.
  • Friday 24th:
    Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Posters have been put up by the Nautical Society of Alonissos for a pre-Carnival party at Boheme Bar tonight behind the town beach in Patitiri.  There is a small entrance fee but unfortunately the posters don't say when the party is supposed to start.
    Carnival on Sunday is looking a little dodgy as the weather forecast appears to be changing on an daily basis and so all we can do is get prepared and see what happens.
    Dave walked Tassie the Terrier out yesterday morning and at the corn circles before the start of the Old Village you could clearly see the snow capped peak of Mount Athos.  This is a picture Dave took later on in the morning.  The picture quality is not brilliant as the distance between Alonissos and Mount Athos is over 100km and a high lens zoom is needed on the camera to capture as much detail as possible.
    Another glorious day yesterday with acres of sunshine and blue skies with temperatures into the mid 20's C in the sun in Patitiri.  We had another stunning Aegean sunset with the breeze dying away leaving a clear and starry night with the coastal towns on the island of Evia visible where there was no night light pollution.  This morning we again have blue skies and sunshine to start the day and the air is still very clear but a strong breeze has built up overnight and is blowing this morning.
  • Thursday 23rd:
    Yorgos Bellos is expected back to Alonissos on Flying Dolphin Erato this afternoon so there should be Greek dance sessions tomorrow evening in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Nigel delivered an excellent general knowledge quiz yesterday at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village themed on the traditional wedding anniversary gift list, starting with cotton for round 1 and ending with pottery for round 8.  There were 5 tables of players and a fantastic atmosphere during the evening.  The next Fun(d) Raising Group quiz is Wednesday 29th March at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Julia.
    Carnival posters have gone up around Patitiri and everyone will be gearing up for the big day on Sunday.
    Absolutely glorious day yesterday with acres of sunshine with blue skies and temperatures up to 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) in the sun in Patitiri.  We had a stunning Aegean sunset with a clear and starry night.  This morning is warm and sunny with a light breeze blowing and the air is so clear you can see the snow on Mount Dirfis and the other mountain ranges on the island of Evia opposite Alonissos.
  • Wednesday 22nd:
    Fun(d) Raising Group quiz this evening at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Nigel.
    We are starting to pull together our outfits and props for Carnival on Sunday and the weather forecast is still looking good.
    The morning cloud cleared early afternoon and thereafter we had blue skies and sunshine with the wind easing down a couple of notches to leave a lovely sunset.  This morning is like the first day of Spring with blue skies, the sun shining and a light breeze.the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village.  The air temperature is already quite warm and the birds are cheeping away merrily.
  • Tuesday 21st:
    Fun(d) Raising Group quiz tomorrow evening at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Nigel.
    A reminder that we have tickets for the 1st Alonissos Scout Group annual fund raising raffle which is tied into the Greek national lottery draw on the 22nd March 2017.  The prize this year is a complete PADI Open Water diving course and qualification (value 450 euro) donated by Ikion Diving.  The prize IS transferable in case you win but don't dive and if already qualified the winner can exchange the prize for another PADI course and qualification.  Tickets at 1 euro per ticket and the money raised will be used to fund scouting activities and equipment on Alonnisos.  Let us know if you would like tickets and support the scouts on Alonissos.
    A cloudy day yesterday with the rain stopping mid-morning and some sunshine early afternoon with the wind easing off during the day and into the evening.  This morning is dry and overcast with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Monday 20th:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Wednesday 22nd Fun(d) Raising Group quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Nigel.
    With the air temperature rising recently during the day to between 12 - 18 degrees C the roadsides are starting to get some colour with small yellow daisies and orange marigolds in flower along with yellow bermuda buttercups.  The leaves of the wild fennel are starting to show above the ground and the almond trees are starting to come into bud.
    We understand that Taverna Nikos in the Old Village has been rented out by the owners to a restaurateur from Thessaloniki and work is going on at the moment to refurbish the inside of the taverna and paint the outside before opening.
    The weather for the Alonissos Carnival next Sunday afternoon is still looking good which will be a boost for the islanders after such a dreadful start to the year.
    There have been at least 2 funerals in the past 5 days and on both occasions a black hearse took the coffin to the cemetary.  Apparently the Dimos own the hearse and so the long held tradition of coffins going up to the cemetary in a Dimos open back truck has sadly ended.
    A cloudy but warm day yesterday but late evening the wind picked up and it started to rain and it has rained intermittently all night.  This morning the skies are grey and overcast and we still have intermittent rain and a strong breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 19th:
    Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    A bittersweet day today as it is both Dave's birthday and also 2 years today that our beloved island priest Father Avraam died.  He did so much for Gerry in the early stages of her fight against cancer and was also instrumental in reviving both Greek theatre and traditional Greek dancing on the island.
    Today is Carnival Sunday and the school children will be dressed and parading in their Carnival outfits in Patitiri ready for next Sunday which is Carnival Day on Alonissos and the day before the start of Lent in the Greek Orthodox Church.
    The Dimos are still working hard to clear the debris from the snow last month.  During the past week huge quantities of pine branches and leaves have been put through a shredder at the top of Patitiri and into a massive dumper truck.
    Another lovely day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.  This morning is cloudy and overcast with a light breeze and the sun trying to break through the cloud cover.
  • Saturday 18th:
    Tomorrow is Pasta Night at Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
    Today is the first 'Saturday of the Souls' day (Ψυχοσάββατo) in the Greek Orthodox Church with a second one on the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday.  Today remembers those who may have died young, in foreign lands, at sea, in the mountains and hills or simply due to poverty and who had not claimed their arranged memorial.
    Lovely day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine but there was a noticeably cool edge to the breeze.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some high level cloud around and a very light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 17th:
    No Greek dance sessions with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri this weekend as he went off to Athens on the flying dolphin this morning.
    It looks like we are in for a pleasant weekend and week ahead and Carnival day on Sunday 26th has just come onto the Windfinder screen and at the moment the weather for the day is looking good.
    The day got better yesterday as the morning cloud disappeared and the wind died down leaving blue skies and sunshine with an amazingly star packed night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and a feeling of dampness in the air.
  • Thursday 16th:
    Today in Greece is Τσικνοπέμπτη and is the 'Thursday of the Smoke of Grilled Meat' and is celebrated 11 days before Clean Monday and the start of Lent.  The name derives from the Greek words τσίκνα, which is the smell of roasting meat, and from Πέμπτη which means Thursday.  If you love meat then this is your day!!
    Absolutely glorious day yesterday in Volos with acres of sunshine and blue skies which made shopping so much more of a pleasure.
    Dave went off the Volos to get Gerry's Capecitabine tablets to continue her chemotherapy treatment and it was a bumpy ride out, with the flying dolphin coming down off it's skis along the coast of Skopelos, but a much less bumpy ride back.
    Glorious clear and sunny day yesterday with the breeze easing off during the day.  This morning we have blue skies and cloud to start the day with a light but chilly breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 15th:
    Great Valentine's evening yesterday at Andy's Helios Foodbar in Patitiri.  Dave had the special which was beautifully casseroled beef and mushroom in a 'to die for' sauce and Gerry had the chicken curry.  Andy decorated tastefully with hearts (not real ones) and fresh flowers on the tables.
    The morning cloud cleared during the afternoon and we had blue skies and sunshine with the wind easing down a couple of notches to leave a clear starry and chill evening.  This morning it was still breezy and with the clear sky we had a glorious sunrise with the sun a ball of bright red fire above the horizon.
  • FYI:  The 1st Alonissos Scout Group are having their annual fund raising raffle and just like last year the draw is tied into the national lottery draw on the 22nd March 2017.  The prize this year is a complete PADI Open Water diving course and qualification (value 450 euro) donated by Ikion Diving.  The prize IS transferable in case you win but don't fancy this opportunity and if the winner is already qualified the prize can be exchanged for a PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Rescue Diver or PADI Specialist Diver course and qualification.  The scouts are aiming to sell around 2,000 tickets at 1 euro per ticket and the money raised will be used to fund scout activities and equipment on Alonnisos.
  • Tuesday 14th:
    Dave has to go off the island to Volos to get Gerry's chemotherapy tablets and tomorrow looks the most likely day.  If this is the case then there will be no early morning update to the website as the flying dolphin leaves Alonissos at 6.30am and returns around 4.45pm.
    Valentine's Day evening at the Helios Bar in Patitiri with a welcome glass of sparkling wine on the house and a free valentine's dessert.  There will be also a special main course for people who like something else and, of course, a romantic atmosphere and music.  We have a table booked for 7.30pm.
    The car ferry Myrtidiotissa has sailed from Volos and is heading towards Alonissos.  There is nothing to indicate that Flying Dolphin Erato left for Volos this morning.
    Another mainly cloudy day yesterday with a very chilly wind blowing and this morning has started pretty much like yesterday with a cloudy sky and patches of blue sky and rays of sunshine with the wind still blowing and gusting.
  • Monday 13th:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Tuesday 14th Valentine's Day evening at the Helios Bar in Patitiri with a welcome glass of sparkling wine on the house and a free valentine's dessert.  There will be also a special main course for people who like something else and, of course, a romantic atmosphere and music.
    There were over 100 people for the Blood Donor's Group fund raising event yesterday at the 4 Seasons Hotel in Steni Vala.  Nikos served 3 different salads and plates of feta cheese as starters followed by melt in the mouth goat spaghetti and a slice of lemon sponge cake as a dessert and all this for 10 euros per head.  As always the raffle was well supported and islanders had generously donated almost 140 prizes including 2 donations of free travel by the captain of the car ferry Proteus.  The Alonissos Dance Group performed 5 dances which have been practised at the recent weekend dance sessions.  A lovely way to spend an afternoon on Alonissos and we hope the Blood Donor's Group made a lot of money to support their work.
    The car ferry Proteus is on its way to Alonissos for its last trip for the present time and the car ferry Myrtidiotissa has sailed from Agios Konstantinos and is currently moored in the port of Volos.  There is nothing to indicate that Flying Dolphin Erato left for Volos this morning.
    Another unpleasant day yesterday with grey skies and a strong cold wind blowing all day and into the evening.  This morning the wind is still blowing hard but it's much brighter than the past few days with a cloudy sky and patches of blue sky and rays of sunshine.
  • FYI:  Kyla has sent us information about a documentary short film '4.1 Miles' by Daphne Matziaraki that was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award.  The film is about a coast guard captain operating between the island of Lesvos and the Turkish coast and the struggle to cope with the migrants crossing the Aegean sea.  Follow this link to 'Vimeo' to watch the video.
  • Sunday 12th:
    Annual Blood Donor's Group fund raising event today at the 4 Seasons Hotel in Steni Vala from 2pm.  The Alonissos Dance Group will be performing so Dave will have to take his dancing shoes.
    According to MarineTraffic is looks as if Flying Dolpnin Erato hasn't left for Volos this morning due to the high winds.  Life on Alonissos, Skopelos and Skiathos has become far more difficult since Hellenic Seaways withdrew Flying Cat 5 from the Sporades across the winter.
    There were 17 people for the Group 1 and 16 people for the Group 2 dance sessions with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and both were quite hard and challenging sessions.  The sessions next weekend may be cancelled if Yorgos has to go to Athens but we will know tomorrow.
    The car ferry Proteus goes out of service tomorrow between Alonissos and Volos but according to Openseas the car ferry Myrtidiotissa, which currently runs between Agios Konstantinos and Alonissos, will take over the run between Volos and Alonissos from Tuesday 14th.  A timetable for March for this ferry has yet to be posted.
    Another grey and overcast day yesterday with a very cold wind blowing strongly all day.  This morning is again grey and overcast with the chilly wind still blowing and gusting quite strongly.
  • Valentine's Day:  Andy has a special evening at the Helios Bar in Patitiri on Tuesday 14th with a welcome glass of sparkling wine on the house and a free valentine's dessert.  There will be also a special main course for people who like something else and of course a romantic atmosphere and music.  For reservations please call Andy on 24240 65667 or 697 971 4461.
  • Saturday 11th:
    Annual Blood Donor's Group fund raising event tomorrow at the 4 Seasons Hotel in Steni Vala from 2pm and if you want tickets speak to Yorgos Bellos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village a.s.a.p as tickets for this event sell out VERY fast.  We have our tickets and have reserved a table for 7 people.
    Greek dance sessions this evening with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.  Yorgos has asked the Group 2 dancers to go early to dance with the Group 1 class this evening.
    There were 9 people for the Group 2 dance session with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and we had an eclectic mix of dances but Δάφνο (Αρβανίτικο Θράκη) and Τo Mήλο (Αρβανίτικο Θράκη) were on repeat, so these are likely to be festival dances during the year.
    Another grey and miserable day yesterday with drizzly rain starting during the late afternoon and the wind strength intensifying as the day progressed.  This morning is, guess what, grey and overcast with a strong wind blowing!!  Sound familiar?
  • Wonderful News:  For Gerry this morning from her oncologist George in Athens.  George said that the recent CT scan results show that the cancer has continued to remain stable and Gerry is to continue treatment with the Capecitabine tablets.
  • Friday 10th:
    Greek dance session tonight with Yorgos from 6.15 for Group 2 at the school gymnasium in Patitiri.
    Meeting about the Carnival preparations today at the Corali (Comfy chairs) in Patitiri at 12 noon.
    Grey and overcast for most of the day yesterday with some bright patches during the early afternoon.  The wind has picked up overnight and this morning we have a dull and grey overcast start to the morning with a strong breeze blowing.
  • Blood Donor's Group:  Annual fund raising event on Sunday 12th at the 4 Seasons Hotel in Steni Vala from 2pm.  If you want tickets speak to Yorgos Bellos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village a.s.a.p as tickets for this event sell out VERY fast.  We don't know the ticket price but it includes a 3 course meal cooked by Chef Nikos who is one of the best chef's on the island.  There will be live Greek music and dancing and this is not an event to miss.
  • Thursday 9th:
    Meeting about the Carnival preparations tomorrow at the Corali (Comfy chairs) in Patitiri at 12 noon.
    Gerry's scan results were scanned and e-mailed to her oncologist George this morning so we will wait to here what happens next with Gerry's treatment.
    We had a call mid-morning yesterday from ACS Courier's to say that they had Gerry's scan results and we had to pay 13.90 euro for their collection in Volos from the clinic and the cost of transportation on Flying Dolphin Erato to Alonissos, which is cheap compared to an overnight hotel say in Volos.
    Cloudy yesterday with rain from late morning to mid afternoon.  This morning is again grey and overcast with a chilly breeze blowing and a dampness in the air.
  • Diary Dates:  News this morning that the Fun(d) Raising Group's winter quizzes for this year will be held at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village on Wednesday February 22nd, Wednesday March 29th and Wednesday April 26th hosted by Nigel, Julia and Jan respectively.  Please come along and support the quizzes as a lot of hard work goes into each quiz.  The Fun(d) Raising Group would also be glad of donations for the raffles.
  • Wednesday 8th:
    Don't forget we have a meeting about the Carnival preparations this Friday at the Corali (Comfy chairs) in Patitiri at 12 noon.
    We wait with bated breath to see whether there is any news on Gerry's scan results from ACS Courier's today.
    Cloudy and calm yesterday but with some brighter weather during the early afternoon.  This morning is grey and overcast with a light breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Tuesday 7th:
    We had the CT scans done yesterday at the clinic in Volos and we are testing a service whereby they will get ACS Courier's to collect the results, which are available this morning, and have them sent over by dolphin or car ferry to the ACS Courier office in Patitiri.  This meant we could go out and back in one day and we will see if the service works.
    The wind died away during the night but intermittent heavy rain started around 4.30am and before sunrise we have heavy rain again with a massive clap of thunder, which seemed to be almost over the Old Village.  This morning the skies are overcast and grey with a threat of further rain and the air is fairly still but cool and you can sense the dampness in the air.
    Cloudy and overcast for most of the day yesterday although around midday in Volos the skies brightened for a short while.  In Volos there was a light breeze blowing but unknown to us the wind picked up during the afternoon between Skiathos and Alonissos and we had a very unpleasant trip back on Flying Dolphin Erato.  The dolphin was bouncing and lurching around between Skiathos and Glossa and we stayed a long time in Skopelos Town so we thought we might be stuck there overnight.  Eventually the dolphin left and we arrived back on terra firma in Patitiri better late than never!!
  • Monday 6th:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Friday 10th Carnival meeting at the Corali Bar (Comfy chairs) in Patitiri at 12 noon.
    We are off to Volos on Flying Dolphin Erato this morning for Gerry to have a long overdue CT scan and back on the dolphin this afternoon with the results to arrive on Alonissos during the week via ACS Couriers.
    There were 22 people for the Group 2 dance session with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and we had another varied and interesting mix of dances with the exception of a new dance which no-one seemed to grasp or even have a particular liking for and hopefully is best forgotten.  Greek dance sessions next weekend with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.
    Another pleasant day yesterday with a cloudy evening and a lovely orange glow in the sky with the wind dying down into the night.  This morning is very calm but at 5.30am it is too dark outside to know what the sky holds in store for us.
  • Sunday 5th:
    There were 16 people for the Group 2 dance session with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and we had a varied and interesting mix of dances mostly from the north of Greece and the islands.  Greek dance sessions this evening with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.  Dave will go to the Group 2 session this evening with Gerry who wants to see some of the new dances.  We are then heading straight after the session to Andy's Helios Bar for some pasta.
    According to Openseas the car ferry Express Skiathos will come back into service between Alonissos and Volos from Sunday 2nd April and will initially run every Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  There still seems little information about the new car ferry that was supposed to start running.
    Another very pleasant day yesterday with the wind picking up quite strongly during the evening.  This morning we have a mix of blue skies and cloud with the sun shining and the wind blowing and gusting quite strongly.
  • Saturday 4th:
    Greek dance sessions this evening with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.  Dave will go to the Group 2 session this evening.
    The air is very clear this morning and this is the view of the snow capped mountain ranges on the island of Evia from our upstairs balcony.  You can see the snow covered peak of Mount Dirfis to the left of the picture.
    Another lovely day yesterday that felt like spring during the afternoon and this morning we have cloudy skies with a light breeze blowing but the morning temperatures are very pleasant for the first week of February.
  • Friday 3rd:
    Greek dance sessions tomorrow with Yorgos from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2 at the school gymnasium in Patitiri.
    The Alonissos Dance Group has been invited for a 5 day visit to the island of Crete.  We are waiting for the itinerary but initially the group will be in Hania for 2 days and then ending the visit in Rethymnon.  The visit is from March 31st to April 4th and Gerry is determined to make sure her treatment doesn't interfere with the trip as she is so looking forward to visiting Crete with the dance group.
    Yesterday Yorgos booked a CT scan for Gerry in Volos for Monday morning at 11am and what is brilliant is that the clinic can courier over the results to the ACS Courier's office in Patitiri, so we can go out and back on the same day.
    An absolutely lovely day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine and only a breath of a breeze and this morning is very calm, warm and sunny with a lot of sea mists around due to the warmth of the air.
  • Thursday 2nd:
    What is a little disturbing at the moment is that, according to Openseas, after Monday 13th of this month there are no more scheduled departures for the car ferry Proteus between Alonissos and Volos and apparently no other car ferry scheduled to take its place.  Up to the end of the schedules on Sunday 19th March the only timetabled departure is Flying Dolphin Erato.
    Our friend Ivan came around yesterday and cleared all the olive branch debris near to the house so all the local walkways are now clear.
    We are both on the road to recovery but still very congested and bunged up with this dreadful cold.
    We have a cat Frankie Magoo who has learnt a trick from Tassie the Terrier.  If Tassie wants to come in she always scrapes her paw on the double terrace doors and, if we are on the sofa, we open the main front door and whistle and shout her name and she trots round the corner and in the door.  Frankie, who has always been the strangest of cats, knows his name and he now scratches on the terrace doors and when we open the main door and whistle and shout his name he comes around as well.  We've heard of catfish but is there a catdog?
    Bang on forecast yesterday with the breeze dropping and the cloud clearing early afternoon leaving sunshine and blue skies and a lovely Aegean sunset.  This morning is very calm with a mix of blue skies and cloud and the sun is shining.
  • Wednesday 1st:
    Due to the events of last month our website recorded the largest ever number of page hits of 17,901 in a single month beating the previous record of 17,867 in May 2013.  Compared to January 2015 the number of visitors and page hits last month increased by 50% and 70% respectively.
    The weather improved as the day went on yesterday and during the afternoon the wind abated and we had some occasional blue sky and sunshine and this morning we are back to a overcast cloudy sky but with only a light breeze blowing.
    Καλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
January 2017

  • Tuesday 31st:
    Last day of the month and what a month it's been.  The worst snow, destruction of trees and disruption to island life in anyone's living memory and there are quite a few islanders whose memory stretches back a very long way.  The New Year certainly came in with a bang!!  Let's see what February holds for the island.
    Due to the events of the month our website has record the largest ever number of visitors in a single month beating the previous record of 9,480 in March 2013.
    Dry and overcast for most of the day yesterday although around midday the skies brightened for a short while and the wind picked up as the day progressed.  This morning is the same as yesterday with grey and overcast skies and a chilly breeze blowing.  Tomorrow and into the weekend the weather is forecast to improve.
  • Pasta Night:  At Andy's Helios Bar in Patitiri will be every Sunday night from 6 - 11pm with all pasta dishes priced at 5.50 euro per plate.
  • Monday 30th:
    We heard, but not from the horse's mouth, that Vangelis is now opening Ouzeri Kamaki in Patitiri over the weekend with live music on Saturday night.
    Dave didn't attend the dance class yesterday due to his stinking cold.  Not sure either of us can ever remember having a cold hit us so badly as this one has.
    Cloudy and overcast yesterday with a breeze blowing with a chill edge to it.  The wind picked up overnight and has a cold edge to it and the skies, like yesterday, are grey and overcast with a threat of some rain.
  • Sunday 29th:
    It looks like Flying Dolphin Erato has been fixed and left Alonissos this morning for Volos.
    Dave didn't attend the dance class yesterday due to his stinking cold and at present the jury is out on tonight.
    Another bright and dry yesterday with the wind easing down during the afternoon to leave a lovely calm evening.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with grey cloudy skies and the sun breaking through the cloud cover.  The weather is forecast to dramatically improve this coming week and into and across next weekend with no rain and light winds with temperatures increasing rapidly.
  • Saturday 28th:
    Greek dance sessions with Yorgos in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.  We both have stinking colds at the moment so Dave will see how he feels tonight before deciding whether to dance or not.
    Yorgos has reopened Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village and will be open from around midday every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This afternoon the kickboxing club have Father Luke blessing and cutting a βασιλόπιτα (Saint Basil's bread) at the taverna for good luck for the coming year.  Tomorrow afternoon Yorgos has a birthday party.
    Flying Dolphin Erato broke down yesterday at sea between Alonissos and Skopelos and had to limp back into Patitiri harbour.  The dolphin doesn't run today so let's hope they can sort out the problem for tomorrow and next week.
    Not a bad day yesterday but with a bitterly cold strong wind that eased down as the day went on.  This morning is quite calm with a mixture of blue skies with cloud and the sun trying to shine through the cloud cover.
  • Friday 27th:
    Greek dance sessions tomorrow with Yorgos from 5 - 6pm for Group 1 and from 6 - 7pm for Group 2.  The venue has yet to be decided.
    A very cold strong wind blew for most of the day yesterday with drizzle and dampness in the air.  This morning has started with a cloudy sky and the sun trying to break through with the wind having eased off somewhat this morning.
  • Thursday 26th:
    Yorgos made it back by the skin of his teeth on Tuesday so there should be some Greek dance classes over the coming weekend in the school gymnasium in Patitiri, depending on whether there is water damage in the taverna that he needs to sort out.
    The Rainbow quiz seemed to go off very well yesterday evening at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village with 3 tables of contestants.  We won a raffle prize and there was much laughter when Dave chose a pair of socks and Dave is never normally seen in socks, even in the winter.  That said, Dave has been looking for a pair of socks to wear with his dance shoes and these could very well fit the bill.
    We had a very good meeting yesterday about Carnival next month and we have agreed a theme and Tony and Craig have volunteered to organise the float.
    It rained yesterday into the afternoon and when the rain stopped the wind promptly picked up.  This morning we have a grey overcast sky with a strong wind blowing but it is currrently dry at the moment.
  • Wednesday 25th:
    Carnival meeting this evening at 6pm in the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village followed by our quiz for the Fun(d) Raising Group.
    We had a power outage just after 9am yesterday and when Dave took tassie the Terrier for a walk there was a large truck behind the house with Panayioti, from the electric company, in a hydraulic platform rewiring the electricity post outside Wil and Marianne's house.  The power was back on within half an hour.
    Bleak day yesterday with rain in the morning and after a break around midday it rained almost continuously all afternoon and into the evening and the wind picked up in strength.  This morning we have grey overcast skies with a strong breeze blowing and it is still raining but only a drizzle at the moment.  At the moment the forecast still looks good from Friday onwards.
  • Tuesday 24th:
    Carnival meeting tomorrow at 6pm in the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village followed by our quiz for the Fun(d) Raising Group.
    We had some rain on and off during the morning yesterday with a dry afternoon and evening and the wind dying down as the day progressed.  This morning we have a chilly breeze blowing and grey and overcast skies with drizzly rain already started.
  • Monday 23rd:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Wednesday 25th Carnival meeting at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 6pm in the Old Village.  Please come with any ideas you may have to be discussed or if you can’t make it to the meeting then please let Di have your ideas to put forward on your behalf.
    2. Wednesday 25th Fun(d) Raising Group quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by Dave and Gerry.
    Apologies for the late update to the website but somewhere between 2 - 7am this morning the power to the Old Village went off and power was returned around 10.30am.
    There was an 'Alonissos Chainsaw Massacre' in Patitiri this morning with 2 gangs of workers, 2 large dumper trucks and a bulldozer clearing the huge pine trees, at the Votsi/Old Village junction and next to ElectroNet in Patitiri, that came down in the snow.
    No dance classes over the weekend as Yorgos is still in Thessaloniki but Dave spoke to him yesterday and he is expecting to return on Flying Dolphon Erato tomorrow evening.
    A dry and generally OK day yesterday but overnight the cloud rolled in and this morning we had a cloudy and overcast start to the day with a strong breeze with drizzly rain starting mid-morning.
  • Sunday 22nd:
    Due to the wind dying down Flying Dolphin Erato left Alonissos this morning for Volos.
    As we had such a pleasant day yesterday all you could here for most of the morning and early afternoon was the buzzing of chainsaws as people were out and about cutting fallen trees.
    Another bright and dry yesterday with the wind easing down during the evening and leaving a lovely starry night sky.    This morning we have blue skies with cloud and sunshine with a breeze with a chill edge to it.  Tomorrow through to Wednesday the forecast looks rainy but after that the forecast is currently for the weather to dramatically improve across next weekend and into the following week.
  • Diary Dates:  A reminder that it's our quiz for the Fun(d) Raising Group this coming Wednesday 25th at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village and working with Di we thought this would also be an ideal time to have a carnival meeting beforehand at 6pm.  Following the brilliant efforts last year with Doug and Sara’s dragon we have a big effort on our hands to top it!!!  The carnival is in 5 weeks time on Sunday February 26th.  Please come with any ideas you may have to be discussed or if you can’t make it at 6pm then please let Di have your ideas to put forward on your behalf.
  • Saturday 21st:
    As Yorgos is still in Thessalonkiki it is unlikely there will be any dance classes this weekend unless Christina decides to take them instead.
    The car ferry Myrtidiotissa ran yesterday as we saw it from the house as it was steaming along from Patitiri heading towards Skopelos Town.
    Not a bad day yesterday with no rain and the sky brightening up during the day with the wind easing down a notch or two during the evening and overnight.    The wind is blowing strongly this morning and we have blue skies with cloud and the sun is shining.
  • Friday 20th:
    We have added a page this afternoon so you can see a small localised area of the snow damage that has devastated trees and bushes on the island.  The damage in the more rural areas is very extensive and will take months to clear.
    Andy has now reopened the Helios Bar overlooking the port area of Patitiri after bad structural damage to the outside pergola.  The debris has been cleared and the Dimos are going up today to cut the damaged trees.  Andy is open from 6pm every evening except Monday when he is closed all day.
    The car ferry Myrtidiotissa is due to start running a service from Agios Konstantinos on the mainland to Alonissos as from today.  According to Openseas the ferry will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  There are no timetables up after the middle of February.
    The wind gusts were so strong yesterday morning that when Dave was walking Tassie the Terrier near the corn circles, close to the Old Village, he was hit in the chest by a massive gust of wind that physically knocked him back 3 steps.
    Hopefully Gerry's new blood samples went off on the Proteus yesterday and we may get the results this evening.  Dave also managed to get the additional script of the CT scan yesterday and we may be off next week to Volos depending on the weather.
    Strange weather yesterday with very strong cold winds with mainly clouds but occasional sunshine, a heavy downpour around midday and some afternoon drizzle.  This morning has started dry and overcast with the wind still blowing strongly.
  • Thursday 19th:
    We still have units of the Greek army here with trucks and bulldozers to help to clear the devastation around the island as our Dimos simply doesn't have the manpower to cope with this level of destruction of trees down across roads and in the forest areas.
    Gerry had her blood test done yesterday and the samples should go off on the car ferry Proteus today and we hope to get the missing results on Friday evening.  Unfortunately the CT scan paperwork doesn't look complete so Dave will have to go back to the Medical Centre before the end of the week.
    Up until early afternoon yesterday the weather wasn't too bad then the heavens opened and thunder and lightning surrounded us and all during the day, until passed midnight, we had intermittent drizzle and heavy rain with rolls of thunder.  This morning we have a grey overcast sky with a strong wind blowing but it is currrently dry at the moment.
  • Advance Notice:  Next Wednesday 25th there will be a Fun(d) Raising Group quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) at 7pm in the Old Village hosted by us, Dave and Gerry.
  • Wednesday 18th:
    We are hoping to get the last of Gerry's blood tests done today in Patitiri.
    There are still some vestiges of snow around the hillsides and valleys of the Old Village this morning which we thought would have gone with the rain yesterday.
    Strange day for the weather yesterday with a mix of cloud, some sunshine, rolls of thunder around 3pm in the distance and afternoon rain.  The ground is wet outside but we have a dry and cloudy start to the day with a light breeze blowing.  At the moment the forecast for the next few days looks windy and soggy.
  • Tuesday 17th:
    Alonissos is still a state of devastation and we haven't been into the forest areas but given the state of the Old Village, Patitiri and its environs it could take months to clear the broken branches and fallen trees.  We have seen different electric company vehicles around the roads and a Bobcat digger was still clearing piles of snow from the road passed the newsagents in Patitiri yesterday.
    Flying Dolphin Erato didn't leave Alonissos yesterday but this morning it has gone off to Volos.
    We now have a new senior doctor at the Medical Centre so any treatment that needs to be done can be organised.
    We had some rain on and off during the day yesterday and this morning is currently dry with cloudy skies and surprisingly still quite a lot of snow around given how the temperatures have risen over the last couple of days.
  • Monday 16th:
    We need to get missing blood tests done today and then try to organise a CT scan on the mainland so that Gerry's oncologist George in Athens can restart her treatment.
    The car ferry Proteus is due to visit Alonissos today and we hope that lorries will bring in vegetables and supplies for the supermarkets which have dwindled in the last week that the snow has hit Greece.
    No Greek dance classes over the weekend as Yorgos Bellos is still in Thessaloniki but he should be back by the end of the week.
    Even though it has been raining on and off for almost 12 hours there is still a lot of snow around in areas where it hasn't been cleared.
    The wind picked up overnight and it has rained intermittently all during the night and in to this morning where we have a dull start with grey overcast skies.  The forecast looks generally soggy for most of the coming week and into the weekend.
  • Sunday 15th:
    Tomorrow's rain came early this evening with a short and sharp downpour of torrential rain and then a gap before it started raining again.  Hopefully the rain will help to clear the last of the snow from the island as some people are still cut off due to the drifted snow.
    We had good weather today for Nik's funeral which had a somewhat quirky start but thereafter everything flowed perfectly.  Father Luke performed the service in the chapel next to the cemetary which he chanted, rather than read, which made it that little bit more special.  There were around 50 people to see Nik laid to rest with bunches of flowers and sprigs of rosemary and everyone in turn put 3 trowels of soil on top of the coffin for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  After the interment we went back to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) for drinks and snacks.  Chester gave a lovely eulogy for Nik and, although we had a power cut part way through the proceedings, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  We are planning to have a remembrance evening on Sunday February 19th so that all the people on the island who couldn't be with us today can celebrate Nik's life in verse and song.  This will take place at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 7pm.
    Just driving down to Patitiri and up to the Old Village the degree of devastation of olive and pine trees is unbelievable.  Dave has seen pine trees with the girth of their trunk over 1 metre in circumference laid on their side with the roots showing!!!!  Members of the Greek armed forces have been drafted on to the island to help with clearing the roads and bringing supplies to those people who are still cut off in isolated areas of the island.
    Nik's funeral today at the cemetary in the Old Village at 12pm midday followed by drinks and snacks at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) for the mourners to celebrate his life and his passing to 'The Great Gig in the Sky'.  We will be taking rosemary for remembrance to put on his coffin.
    We have a mix of blue skies and cloud this morning with the sun trying to shine and a light breeze blowing which has a slight chill edge to it.
  • Saturday 14th:
    We have posted a page with some picture of the snow that hit Alonissos from Saturday 7th and a week later has still not cleared.
    Due to the terrible weather over the past week we know that some people who would want to attend the funeral may not be able to due to the snow.  We have spoke to Philippa and we are going to arrange a memorial evening for Nik at Taverna Panselinos where everyone can get together to celebrate his life and do readings, songs, poems, music or anything else that takes their fancy to remember a great guy who was a leading member of GITs, the Aloni Band and Aloni Beat.
    The funeral is set in stone for tomorrow at 12pm and because it is so difficult getting flowers on the isand we are taking stems of the herb rosemary as this is for remembrance.
    The thaw has continued during the day and evening and when Dave was parked outside Iouanna's supermarket around 1pm today the outside temperature was around 15 degrees Centigrade.
    Dave got all the paperwork signed at the Dimos and, although Nicky wasn't there, a phone call from one of her colleagues was enough to get everything sorted for tomorrow.  Leaving the office Dave drove up to Stephanos' veg shop and saw Father Lucas up the road.  He was on the phone and it transpired that Nicky was calling him to say that the paperwork had been completed and Dave was standing in front of him with the paper while he was on the phone to her.
    Dave got down to Patitiri to shop this morning and it took around 2 hours, not because of the devastation of trees down the road, but because so many people, both Greek and non-Greek, wanted to give their condolances and say how sad they were at Nik's passing.  It's only at times like this that you realise how much impact a person can have on a small community.
    After Dave spoke with Angelos the deputy mayor yesterday to say that we still had half a metre of snow behind the car a little Bobcat bulldozer appeared behind the house around 10am and cleared all the snow around our house and all the houses close by.  It just goes to show how blessed we are living on this island.
    We are hoping to get down to Patitiri today to shop and sort out the paperwork for Nik's funeral.  If not then Angelos the deputy mayor has said the paperwork will be given to Father Luke to be completed tomorrow prior to the service and interment.
    We had a power outage during the afternoon yesterday which lasted a couple of hours.  We had the bread maker going at the time and it hadn't quite finished the needing and proving phase when the power went off.  We restarted it and the whole cycle was repeated and when the loaf was done it tasted OK but looked like it had done 15 rounds with Mike Tyson!!
    Lovely day yesterday with light cloud cover and the wind speed increasing as the day went on and into the evening and overnight.  We had a clear evening with a lovely sunset and this morning the wind direction has changed from northerly to southerly so much more of a thaw has taken place overnight compared to Thursday night.  The wind is blowing strongly this morning and we have a mix of blue skies and cloud with the sun shining.
  • Gerry's Brother Nik:  Will be buried with full honours at the cemetary in the Old Village at 12pm midday on Sunday 15th followed by drinks and snacks at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) for the mourners to celebrate his life and his passing to 'The Great Gig in the Sky'.
  • Friday 13th:
    We have just posted up a page showing our lovely dog Tassie in the snow around the house on Saturday 7th January.  Tassie is most definitely a snow dog.  Follow this link to the page.
    Today is NOT a good day for Gerry as she is superstitious and Friday 13th or 'Black Friday', in the Christian faith, is considered to be a very unlucky day.  No one really knows the origin of the 'fear of Friday 13th' or 'Paraskevidekatriaphobia'.  The 13 people around the table for the last supper on the day before Jesus' crucifixion on the Friday is one suggestion and the other suggestion is when Philip IV of France had hundreds of Knights Templar arrested and put to death on Friday 13th October 1307.
    There is apparently massive devastation of trees around the island and our beautiful bottle brush, which was around 3 metres tall, is now a 1 metre stump and the central branch of our huge lemon tree has sheared off the trunk and is lying on the ground.  The big olive tree in Caroline's garden in front has 2 huge side branches sheared off the trunk and Malcolm and Viv's olive tree next door has also suffered damage.
    The car ferry Proteus came into Patitiri yesterday and Flying Dolphin Erato ran yesterday and has gone off to Volos this morning.
    The thaw continues but there is still a lot of snow around the Old Village which we hope will be gone by the end of the day.
    We have clear blue skies and sunshine this morning with a light breeze blowing in the Old Village and the weather looks good across the weekend but soggy on Monday.
  • Thursday 12th:
    The thaw has continued unabated today as the sun has been shining all morning and afternoon and this evening we had the most glorious Aegean sunset and we now have a full moon shining brightly in the night sky.
    Amazing how lovely the Greek people can be because our friend Ilias came up from Patitiri to clear snow from our house down to the wood store he built for us in our bottom garden.
    Tony managed to get the jeep out today and drove down to the top of Patitiri so we are now, thanks to him, the proud owners of a 2 litre bottle of Makedonikos Ouzo.  Yeia mas.
    Dave managed to get into the car this afternoon and the engine turned over without a problem which has been one of our biggest concerns since the bad weather hit on Saturday.  However, unless the snow had cleared sufficiently we may not be able to leave the house in the car until Saturday.
    We had a power outage around 1.15pm this afternoon which lasted just over 2 hours and then, other than a short glitch and touching wood, the power has continued ever since.
    Yorgos Bellos is still in Thessaloniki so it is unlikely that there will be any Greek dance classes this weekend in the school gymnasium in Patitiri.
    Dave had a call from Nicky at the Dimos this morning, who is completing the paperwork for Nik's death, to confirm details for the forms.  Assuming roads are passable and everything is OK the Dimos are suggesting the funeral service at the cemetary will be on Saturday.  The time of the funeral will be arranged with Father Luke.
    The air is very clear today and we can see all the snow covered mountain ranges on the island of Evia across the sea from our house.
    Other than a few minor glitches the power stayed on all yesterday evening and is with us this morning, hence the early update to the website.
    The thaw continues this morning and we have blue skies with some thin high level cloud and a light breeze blowing in the Old Village.  The forecast for the next few days looks fine at the moment.  That said there is still a huge amount of drifted snow around and we probably won't be able to get out today.
  • Wednesday 11th:
    Around 7pm now and having power restored we now have Internet connection to update the website and so far this evening the thaw has continued and it is still quite calm outside with no snow or rain.
    We have been putting the wood ash from our log burner onto the snow covered steps to our bottom garden where we have our log store.  This was a tip that Gerry heard on a download of a BBC Radio 4 podcast of Gardener's Question Time where one of the panelists said it helps to give more grip in the snow and ice and we can tell you that is definitely works.
    Dave spoke with Father Luke today and he is ready at any time to perform the burial service as soon as the paperwork is completed and we can all get to the cemetary.  He has a service in English he will read in the church next to the cemetary for non-Orthodox christians prior to the interment.
    We have heard that apparently the island is one of relative devastation with branches ripped from trees and trees down across roads, cars and houses.
    To preserve our last few precious bottles of mineral water we have been putting buckets on the outside terrace of the house to catch the water from the thawing snow so we can fill up the animals drinking bowls and flush the toilets.
    One saving grace today is that although the land line phone wasn't working the mobile network was active so we could at least contact each other.
    We have no water from our inside taps now as the water in the house is pumped up from our bottom apothiki and what pressurised water that was left in the system has gone.
    Around 1pm yesterday we had a power outage and this stayed with us the entire evening until we went to bed around midnight.  We had no power when we woke up this morning and power was eventually restored, with one or two glitches, about 3.15pm this afternoon.  We lit the log burner at 10am this morning to start to warm the room up and so we could have some hot drinks.
    The long waited thaw set in yesterday during the morning and it started to rain then a very strong gusting wind picked up and it started to snow.  There were rolls of thunder around 3pm in the distance and it wasn't until the late evening that the wind died down and the snow stopped falling.  We had a calm and dry start to this morning with grey overcast skies and we have had no more snow or rain and the thaw has really started to kick in.  Having said that the car is still covered in snow and we are snowed in with 1 metre high snow drifts.
  • Tuesday 10th:
    We are continually having power outages of a few seconds and this is causing some problems as it knocks the phone lines out and keeps switching off the Internet.
    A death certificate has apparently been issued and so we will start the process of organising Nik's funeral to be held when the weather improves.
    We had a massive number of people logging on the our website yesterday with a new daily record 663 visitors and a new daily record 1,238 pages viewed.
    There doesn't appear to have been a lot of snow fallen overnight from the way our outside terrace looks but some good news is that the temperature in the Old Village has clearly gone up a few degrees as there is evidence of a thaw in the snow and ice starting to take place.  This may be in some part due to the fact that the icy strong winds have eased back and the wind gusts are not battering the house.  However the sky is endless cloud this morning and a threatening grey colour and there may be more snow or hopefully rain on the way today.  The forecast looks decidedly better towards the end of the week.
  • Apologies:  For the lack of recent updates to the website but with the power outages throwing the Internet connection out the window and the untimely death of Gerry's brother Nik on Saturday afternoon things have been rather difficult over the past couple of days.
  • Monday 9th:
    We have run out of Ouzo which is a major disaster and guess what, to add insult to injury, it's started snowing again!!
    The police and fire brigade helped Lyn get back to their house this afternoon so if you want to contact her then you can use the land line number or send an e-mail.  Dave spoke to Lyn early evening and Gerry is on the phone now around 10pm Greek time and she seems to be coping as well as can be expected in the circumstances.
    Mid afternoon Kostas the policeman and the fire brigade went up to Nik and Lyn's house and removed Nik's body to the church next door to the cemetary.  Nik will lay in state there until the weather clears and we can sort out the paperwork with the Dimos and arrange with Father Lucas for the burial service.  Given the current weather forecast this will probably not happen much before the end of the week.
    This morning has been a constant exchange of phone calls between Dave and Nikos at the police station to organize having a death certificate signed.  We just can't put into words how fantastic the police here have been in dealing with Nik's death and all the formalities given difficult circumstances with the weather.
    Flying Dolphin Erato didn't run today but the car ferry Proteus managed to dock in the port of Patitiri.
    No Greek dance classes over the weekend as Yorgos Bellos is stuck on the mainland and the roads around the island are dangerous with the snow and ice.
    The wind picked up overnight and nothing much has changed with the weather this morning which is cloudy with a freezing cold wind blowing and thick drifts of snow and icy patches all over the Old Village.
  • Sunday 8th:
    Nik has become a posthumous media star as the death of an English man on the island of Alonissos was mentioned on Greek news.
    Dave went down into the garden to get some wood from the log store and the snow at the bottom of the steps was waist level and he had to dig the snow from the front of the store just to access the wood!!
    When we woke up this morning there was still no power, phone or mobile signal but the power was eventually restored around 2.30pm along eventually with the phone line and a mobile connection.
    This morning we have a strong chill wind blowing and grey overcast skies and although the snow had stopped falling it was so deep on our outside terrace that it was impossible to walk around between the 2 doors.  During the afternoon the wind eased down a couple of notches and we had an exchange of white snow cloud for grey cloud but no more snow fell.
  • Saturday 7th:
    Around 5.30pm today Jan and Tony came around the house to let us know that Gerry's brother Nik had died earlier in the afternoon.  With no means of communication Lyn had managed to shout for help and was heard by our dear friend Yorgos Simon who lives above Nik and Lyn in the Old Village.  Nik and Lyn had been in the kitchen together when Nik's legs crumpled and he feel to the floor.  Lyn tried CPR but to no avail.  A message was eventually got to Tony and Jan and also to our dear friend Nikos the policeman.  Dave and Tony took around 30 minutes to wade through the snow (normally about an 8 minute trip) from our house to be with Lyn and Yorgos who had stayed with her.  Nikos and Kostas from the police came to the house but the weather conditions were so bad that when they left it took them around an hour and a half to get back with the fire brigade.  Nik couldn't be moved but the fireman helped Lyn from the house to stay with Yorgos Simon at his house overnight.
    Dave took Tassie the Terrier out in the snow and she absolutely loved it.  She bounded around and rolled over in the snow and rubbed her face in it.  Dave took some photos which we will post up at some point in time.
    We had a power outage when we woke up and the Old Village was without power for the whole day and into the night.  The lights flickered on and off around midday for about 30 seconds and that was that.
    Today is the name day for all the Yiannis' in Greece being the Synaxis Day of Saint John the Baptist.
    The blessing of the waves ceremony took place yesterday around 10.30am on the harbour front in Patitiri.  There was a small but hardy crowd of people who watched two teenage boys along with Nikola the fireman dived into the water and Nikola was the one who retrieved the cross.  Dave took some photos and we will post up a page in due course.
    Snow was forecast for the early hours of this morning and it arrived with avengance.  When we woke up the whole of the Old Village was inches deep in snow with a bitterly cold wind blowing that was forming snow drifts in places!!  The snow continued to fall all day and into the evening just to make a bad situation worse.
  • Overcast and cloudy during the day yesterday with the cloud cover and wind speed increasing as the day went on and into the evening and there was a storm during the night which only Gerry heard.
  • Friday 6th:
    'Χρόνια Πολλά' to everyone as today is Θεοφάνια (Epiphany) and a public holiday in Greece with the shops closed today.  After the morning service in the church of Agia Paraskevi there will be the 'blessing of the water' service on the harbour front in Patitiri from mid-morning with boys jumping into the water to collect a cross.
    We got the blood test results yesterday but unfortunately the doctor left off some of the important microbiological tests and Gerry may need a further blood test before we know what will happen next with her treatment.
    Due to the strong winds Flying Dolphin Erato didn't leave Alonissos this morning so the earliest anyone can leave the island is now Sunday morning, depending on the weather.
    The excellent weather continued yesterday morning with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze but the wind strengthened during the day and the cloud rolled in but the air temperature was still warm for the time of year.  There was some rain overnight and this morning we have overcast skies and a chill wind blowing strongly with the sun trying to break through the clouds.
  • Thursday 5th:
    Tomorrow is Θεοφάνια (Epiphany) and a public holiday in Greece with the shops closed in the morning.  After the morning service in the church of Agia Paraskevi there will be the 'blessing of the water' service on the harbour front in Patitiri with boys jumping into the water to collect a cross.
    Although dates can vary we celebrate tonight as 12th Night, so Christmas officially finishes for us the day before Epiphany.
    We had the blood test done yesterday morning in Doctor Yorgos' private rooms in Patitiri, very quickly and efficiently, with the results available tonight around 6pm.
    The excellent weather continued yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze giving way to a clear and starry night.  The wind picked up during the early evening into the night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine again but its much breezier this morning than yesterday morning.  The threat of high winds and snow from Saturday into next week is looming closer.
  • Wednesday 4th:
    We will hopefully get Gerry's blood test done this morning but there were problems with the paperwork for the CT scan which Gerry's oncologist George in Athens will need to resolve.
    All the shops and businesses were open yesterday so life on Alonissos has returned to normal.
    The car ferry Proteus appears to have gone back to its pre-Christmas schedule running from Volos to Alonissos on Thursday, Sunday and Monday.
    We had a lovely day again yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze giving way to a clear but damp starry night.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with blue skies and sunshine and some high level cloud.  The air is so clear this morning that we can see the definition and the snow on the mountain ranges of the island of Evia opposite Alonissos.
  • Tuesday 3rd:
    Almost all the shops and businesses were closed yesterday although the Post Office and Dina's supermarket were open.  As New Year's Day fell on a Sunday the holiday day obviously transfered to the Monday.
    We had a lovely day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine and a calm, clear but damp starry night.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with blue skies and sunshine and a heavy dew on the ground.  We are still forecast dreadful weather with high winds and rain or snow from Friday and lasting most of next week.
  • Monday 2nd:
    Flying Dolphin Erato left for Volos this morning but the car ferry Proteus will not run from Volos to Alonissos until Thursday.
    Change day for the weather yesterday with rain starting around 10am and ending around 4 hours later when the clouds rolled away and we had blue skies and sunshine with a muted sunset and a clear starry night.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with blue skies and sunshine.  The current forecast is for the good weather to last until Thursday and then from Friday into the following week the weather looks awful again with high winds and rain or snow.
  • Sunday 1st:
    The shops in Patitiri will be closed today but are likely to reopen tomorrow.
    Due to the weather we didn't go out last night but saw in the New Year with a roaring log fire, the dog on the chair snoring, our cat Frankie Magoo on the sofa next to Dave snoring, a lovely bottle of DOCG Prosecco from Ioanna's supermarket and Andy Stewart singing 'Donald Where's Your Troosers' on the iPad.  You don't need to be crazy to live on Alonissos but it does help.
    The final ever 'Not The 100 Club' draw took place around 1pm in the Black Cat in Patitiri yesterday with Nigel and Philippa winning the last 100 euro draw prize.
    A pretty miserable day yesterday with overcast skies and sleety rain starting around midday and continuing for most of the afternoon and early evening.  As forecast, the strong cold wind died away as the day progressed to leave a light breeze.  Overnight the rain started up again and although intermittent was often quite heavy.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing and the rain has eventually petered out and the grey skies are starting to break up with some blue sky around.
    Καλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR:  From Dave and Gerry 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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