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November 2017

  • Tuesday 21st:
    We had some light morning rain yesterday and the wind picked up during the day but eased off towards the evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some cloud with a noticeable chilly breeze blowing in the Old Village.  At the moment the forecast seems to be very good up to the middle of next week.
  • Monday 20th:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm.
    We had a very productive meeting with Katerina and Irini yesterday in the Corali bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri and we know exactly what they need for the children's fun events at the school in December on Friday 8th from 4 - 9pm and Saturday 10th from 11am - 4pm.  Another meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 6th December at 2pm in the Corali bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri to tie up loose ends.
    Yesterday we had rain mid-morning to mid-afternoon then we had a break in the weather and a lovely clear evening sky.  This morning we have some sunshine and mainly cloud with the wind blowing and gusting very strongly.
  • Sunday 19th:
    Meeting with Katerina and Irini today at 12 midday inside the Corali bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri to find out what the school PTA are trying to organize aa a Xmas event for the children at the end of the first week of December.  At the moment it is unclear as to exactly what they want to do but, if anyone else would like to join us then please come along.
    There were 23 people at the dance class with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were no new dances for Dave but a nice selection of slower and faster dances.  What was absolutely lovely was that Yorgos changed one of the dances and put in some turns, which Dave was teaching to his partner as he knew the pattern from another dance, and a Greek friend came over from the other side of the circle and she whispered in Dave's ear "you are the 2nd best teacher in the room".  Greek dance class this evening in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm with Yorgos.
    Yesterday it drizzled from mid-morning to mid-afternoon then we had a break in the weather until late evening when it started to rain heavily.  This morning is grey and overcast and pouring with rain.
  • Message From Debbie and Chris:  We're trying to organise a festive lunch at the Black Cat in Patitiri.  It will be similar to the one we had the year before last, with a starter, choice of 2 main dishes and a pud.  We need to discuss menus, price and numbers with Panos and Marina and so we'd be grateful if you could confirm by return of email to us, as soon as you can, whether you will be coming or not.  Once we know the cost, we'll let you know, as we shall need the money in advance and drinks to be paid for on the day.  Look forward to hearing from you.
  • Saturday 18th:
    Meeting with Katerina and Irini tomorrow at 12 midday at the Corali bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri to find out what the school PTA are trying to organize aa a Xmas event for the children at the end of the first week of December.  At the moment it is unclear as to exactly what they want to do but, if anyone else would like to join us then please come along.
    Greek dance class with Yorgos this evening in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening from 6 - 7pm.
    Dave had a really crap morning yesterday as it was 10 weeks to the day that Gerry died and he thought he'd lost Gerroula.  Dave went down the Megalos Mourtias road with both dogs off leads and everything was OK until we were opposite Ralph and Margella's house, when Tassie unexpectedly went up a small pathway in the hedgerow and Gerroula followed.  About 10 minutes later Tassie came back from a different direction and no Gerroula.  Dave went up the path into the open fields where the banks lead down a very steep valley.  Calling and whistling Gerroula led to nothing so Dave went home with Tassie, totally distraught to phone around and organize a search party, only to find she had already gone home, through the top and side gates and was indoors waiting for a treat!!!  So, Tassie's attempt to lose Gerroula failed and how she found her way home, when this was the first time down the road, is beyond belief.  Dave's guardian angel who sent Gerroula on her 40 days is looking over us.
    Dave has uploaded Chapter 16 of Gerry's Story to the website which covers Gerry finishing her OU degree and our next holiday in Greece and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    Panos and Marina have now opened the Black Cat in Patitiri with Adonis working there and the Archipelagon opposite is still opening and serving food and drinks.  In the Old Village the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) is open all day every day and the Alonissos Village taverna is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week.
    The forecast rain never arrived yesterday and the wind dropped and the day improved as it went on with a damp but calm evening.  This morning is overcast but dry with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 17th:
    Greek dance class tomorrow in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm with Yorgos.
    Dave took Gerroula out in the car with a collar and lead on for the first time yesterday during a break in the rain around 1pm.  We visited Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village and she ran round the taverna chasing a stone.  At the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village she stayed on the lead and although OK she bit through it 4 times and had to be re-tied up again, and again, etc.  The extending lead is now half the length it was but Pointer puppies are full of energy!!  Mary had cooked some Φασολάδα (traditional Greek haricot bean soup) and she gave Dave a large pot for his lunch and it was absolutely to die for.  It was so filling he didn't need to cook in the evening.
    There are problems with the Patitiri live webcam at the moment and Dave has spoken to Angelos, the Deputy Mayor, who was unaware of the situation.  We will leave the link on the front page of the website at the moment, but if nothing is done to get the service back we will remove it.  Dave will have a word with Takis tomorrow, at the dance class, to see if he can action anything as he is the Chairman of the Council.  They don't seem to understand that people like to just look at the harbour front in Patitiri when they can't be here on Alonissos.
    The recent floods and deaths of at least 16 people near to Athens are particularly poignant for us because when we drive back to the UK we pass the turnings to these towns off the Athens to Patras motorway and one of these places is Megara where Yorgos has taught all his students a lovely dance from Megara called Ελενίτσα (Elinitsa).
    Another soggy and grotty day yesterday with thunder and lightning starting along with heavy rain mid-morning.  The rain eased mid-afternoon as did the wind but then we had rain and the wind picking up with thunder, lightning and very heavy rain overnight.  This morning has started dry and overcast but much brighter than yesterday but we still have a strong wind blowing and gusting.
  • Thursday 16th:
    Dave has uploaded Chapter 15 of Gerry's Story to the website which covers Gerry continuing with the OU and our next holiday in Greece and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    A generally miserable day yesterday with the rain starting around 2.45pm but then clearing after around 2 hours.  The wind dropped away during the day and we had a damp but calm evening but all the rain barrels are now full.  The wind picked up overnight and is still blowing and gusting strongly but there was no more rain overnight and this morning is dull and overcast with a dampness in the air.
  • Dave:  Has been contacted, via Yorgos his dance teacher, by a Greek friend Katerina who we have known for around 15 years.  The school PTA are trying to organize a Xmas event for the children at the end of the first week of December.  At the moment it is unclear as to exactly what they want to do but, there will be a meeting on Sunday 19th at 12 midday at the Corali bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri with Katerina and Irini, who teaches English at the school, Netty and Dave and, if anyone else would like to join us then please come along.  This is a community event for the children and it is good that we have been asked to be involved in whatever way we can.
  • Wednesday 15th:
    Dave has revised, with some additional text and photos, Chapter 13 of Gerry's Story and posted this up to the website, along with Chapter 14 and these can be accessed from the front index page of the website.  Also each file has been dated now on the main Gerry's Story page.
    Dave met up with Yorgos at lunchtime yesterday and had a lovely couple of hours together chatting about life in the sun on the back terrace of the taverna and also about the trip to Veria and the future of Greek dancing on the island.
    Gerroula is growing on an almost daily basis and now things that were inaccessible about 3 weeks ago are having to be moved off lower surfaces!!  The 2 kittens, Lily and Lawrie, are finding it difficult because she plays with them as she would her siblings and they are rather more delicate than puppies of around 10 weeks old.  Tassie the Terrier is coming to terms with her but Gerroula has so much energy you forget what it's like having a puppy in the house.
    The car ferry Express Skiathos is now running 4 times per week with an additional trip now to Alonissos on Tuesdays.
    A lovely and warm day yesterday with the cloud clearing during the morning leaving clear blue skies during the afternoon.  This morning we have a grey and overcast start to the day with a strong breeze blowing and a noticeable dampness in the air.  We are forecast rain over the next few days.
  • Tuesday 14th:
    Dave met up with Yorgos at lunchtime yesterday and he said that Takis had a phone call from a Greek dance group in Veria, near to Thessaloniki, who want the Alonissos dance group to visit and perform for them.  Close by is the ancient city of Vergina (Aigai) and under a massive tumulus is the underground burial place of Phillip 11 of Macedonia, who was the father of Alexander the Great, buried in a huge solid marble vault along with many other royals buried in the area.  We visited when staying with Dimitiris in Langadas some years ago and the museum is absolutley stunning and is a must see if you are anywhere in the area.  Whether this ultimately comes off we will see but Yorgos said that on Saturday we will have details at the dance class!!!
    Dave has revised with some additional text and photos Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 10, Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 of Gerry's Story and posted this up to the website and they can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    A strange day yesterday with the morning sunshine and cloud giving way to grey cloud and rain during the afternoon, which wasn't forecast, but the evening wasn't particularly cold so Dave didn't light the wood burner.  This morning we have sunshine and cloud with a noticeable breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Monday 13th:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance classes in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm.
    Around 10.15 last night the lights flashed on and off a few times and then we had a total blackout for around 30 minutes.
    There were 19 people at the dance class with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were 2 new dances which Dave will get details of this morning.
    Lovely morning and evening yesterday but cloudy during the day and this morning we have sunshine and cloud with the wind blowing and gusting occasionally.
  • Sunday 12th:
    Greek dance class this evening in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm with Yorgos.
    Yesterday was a very poignant day for Dave because coincidently 11 years ago at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we had just parked outside the cathedral of Troyes in France having left England to drive over to Greece and start our life here on Alonissos and we stood with all the shopkeepers in the street to observe a minute's silence as the cathedral bells tolled.
    There were 26 people at the dance class with Yorgos at the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and there were no new dances for Dave but an interesting selection of dances.  There were a few newcomers, mainly teenagers, who lets hope will be the future of Alonissos for traditional Greek dancing.
    Work has now started on the new big gymnasium in Patitiri and all the outside area has been cleaed and levelled and there were 2 Dimos trucks parked inside the grounds yesterday evening.  If the dance classes get much larger then we'll probably need to use the new gym!!
    Yesterday was a very nice day for the time of year with a heavy dew in the evening.  This morning is mostly overcast with some blue sky and sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Saturday 11th:
    Greek dance class with Yorgos this evening in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm.
    Today is Remembrance Day to commemmorate the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at 11am in the morning when traditionally now a 1 minute silence is observed.
    Dave had a lovely lunch out at Dora and Vangelis' house with Demi and Netty where, as always, Dora grossly overcatered!!  In the evening Dave had a few ouzos and started going through the missing photo albums.  There are some lovely photos of Gerry, family and friends and it makes one remember what you've had and not only what you've lost.
    A lovely day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and cloud giving way to a lovely calm and starry evening.  This morning is warm and sunny with quite a lot of high level cloud around and a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 10th:
    Greek dance class tomorrow in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm with Yorgos.
    Dave has uploaded Chapter 13 of Gerry's Story to the website which covers Gerry starting back with the OU and our next holiday in Greece and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    A very nice day yesterday with a mixture of sunshine and cloud leaving a calm and clear but very damp evening with a heavy dew.  This morning has started in an identical way to yesterday morning.
  • Thursday 9th:
    Dave took Gerroula to see Dimitris the vet yesterday and he was happy with her walking and he checked her heart and temperature and she got a clean bill of health.  Gerroula had her first inoculation and she is due back for the second in around 1 month.  Dimitris noticed how much she had grown in just 2 weeks.
    The rain came in early yesterday around midday but then cleared after around 2 hours.  This morning we have a mix of blue skies and sunshine with cloud with a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 8th:
    November is one of the loveliest months on Alonissos because the weather is still good, the island is quiet and relaxed and there are a few places open to eat and drink.  If you are out having a drink then someone will join you but everyone is only just a phone call away.
    Dave made a start sorting out the kitchen yesterday as there are things that only Gerry would have used in there.
    A lovely and warm day yesterday with a mix of sunshine and cloud.  This morning we have a mix of cloud and blue skies with a light breeze blowing but it looks like we are forecast a little rain this evening.
  • Tuesday 7th:
    There has been trouble with our Internet server recently where we could receive e-mails but not send them.  This looks like it may have resolved itself, so Dave will try to get back to people who have mailed him recently as soon as he can.
    Dave, Jan and Val sat outside the Corali on the port area of Patitiri yesterday lunchtime and, with the chairs and tables under the large umrellas in the sun, it had the feeling of a Parisienne street café.
    Sofia and Ivan's shop IRIDA, close to the bank in Patitiri, reopens this morning between 10am - 2pm and 5 - 8pm with a winter collection of clothes and especially quality knitwear for women.  Go in and have a browse around the new winter stock.
    A lovely day yesterday with the morning cloud clearing to leave a hot sunny afternoon with clear blue skies.  This morning we have a cloudy and overcast sky with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 6th:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Saturday and Sunday Greek dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm.
    Sofia and Ivan's shop IRIDA, close to the bank in Patitiri, reopens tomorrow 7th between 10am - 2pm and 5 - 8pm with a winter collection of clothes and especially quality knitwear for women.  Go in and have a browse around the new winter stock.
    The power was off yesterday for the whole morning and came back on again around 12.15pm.
    Lovely day and evening yesterday and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with small patches of cloud with a light breeze blowing.
  • IRIDA:  Close to the bank in Patitiri will reopen on Tuesday 7th between 10am - 2pm and 5 - 8pm with a winter collection of clothes and especially quality knitwear for women.  Go in and have a browse around the new winter stock.
  • Sunday 5th:
    Greek dance class this evening in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm.  Dave won't be there as he has a dinner engagement but this was squared with Yorgos at lunchtime.
    Dave has revised Chapter 8 of Gerry's Story and posted this up to the website along with Chapter 12 which covers the time up to the death of Dave's father Sid in 1992 and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    There were 23 people at the dance class at the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday with Yorgos and, it was an easy session for Dave as, all the dances were ones danced with the non-Greek group in Taverna Panselinos the Old Village during many summers.  There was a nice mix of newcomers, people who dance because they enjoy dancing and those who dance at the festivals.
    Dave had undisturbed sleep last night because, for the first time, Gerroula slept downstairs on the sofa.  Then she came upstairs around 7am to snuggle next to Dave for a couple of hours.  Her damaged left leg has now improved to the point that she can now get down the stairs faster than Dave can!!
    Yesterday was a miserable day with grey cloud with rain for most of the morning and afternoon until after 4pm when the rain stopped and the sky brightened with the strong wind easing off as the day wore on.  This morning has been calm with a mix of blue sky, sunshine and cloud.
  • Saturday 4th:
    Power Outage tomorrow from 7am - 1pm which will affect the islands of Alonissos, Skopelos and Skiathos along with part of the Pelion peninsular, so no update to the website until early afternoon tomorrow.
    Greek dance class this evening in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm.  Yorgos damaged his left shoulder, which is in a sling, so we will probably be practising one arm dances!!
    Dave went up to commune with Gerry yesterday and she hasn't drunk any of the ouzo left for her but the rosemary plant that Dave put there for remembrance is not only doing well but flowering.
    Gerry the puppy has been renamed Gerroula (little or small Gerry) as many people are having difficulty coming to terms with the puppy having the same name as Gerry.  Gerroula is growing rapidly and becoming very boisterous and chewy.  She is obviously teething and has been clearly taken away from her mother and siblings far too early and, heading for 8 years old, Tassie the Terrier is having difficulty coming to terms with an 8 week old puppy in the house.  Gerroula is due a visit to Dimitris the Vet next week but seems to back to full mobility after falling off the balcony.  This is a picture of Gerroula in a quiet moment and long may they continue.
    It was a weird day as Gerry died 8 weeks ago yesterday and Dave had this feeling that he was missing a box of photo albums, but couldn't remember where they were, and has turned the house upside down looking for them.  Gerroula started to kick off in the bedroom in the early hours of the morning, around the time Gerry died, and woke Dave up who had an epiphany moment and suddenly remembered where the box was.  Clearing a load of old carnival stuff out from the top apothiki there was a large red toy box with a blue lid full of photo albums, including our wedding album, and photo envelopes.  There are some lovely photos some of which will become part of Gerry's Story.
    A lovely hot day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and barely a breeze, giving way to a lovely sunset and a calm evening.  This morning at around 5.30am thunder and lightning started and 4 hours later we have a completely grey sky with rain and a strong chilly wind blowing.  This weather is forecast to clear overnight.
  • Power Outage:  On Sunday 5th from 7am - 1pm which will be affecting the islands of Alonissos, Skopelos and Skiathos along with part of the Pelion peninsular.
  • Friday 3rd:
    Yorgos is back from Athens so Greek dance classes start tomorrow in the school gymnasium in Patitiri from 6 - 7pm.
    Dave has revised Chapter 9 of Gerry's Story and posted this up to the website along with Chapter 11 which covers getting Cassie and our next holiday in Greece and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    The weather got better and better yesterday as the day went on with the cloud clearing during the afternoon and in the evening it was calm and clear with a glorious Aegean sunset.  This morning we have a misty start to the day with some sunshine and a lot of thin high level cloud cover.  The forecast suggests we may be in for some rain tomorrow.
  • Thursday 2nd:
    A page for Oxi Day 2017 has been posted up and can be accessed from the Oxi Day or Whats New pages.
    The shipping companies must have been reading Breaking News because miraculously we have sea departures on Openseas but, guess what, the flying cat which was timetabled to run all November has been taken out of service!!  Anyway, the car ferry Proteus is running tomorrow and Sunday to Mandouthi and then not again in November.  The flying dolphin is running every morning except Saturday from Alonissos to Volos with a later morning departure on Sunday and the car ferry Express Skiathos is running from Volos to Alonissos on Thursday, Friday and Sunday with a later afternoon departure time on Sunday.
    Into November and we have a dearth of things going on until Jan and Tony's quiz for the Fun(d) Raising Group at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village on Wednesday 29th.
    Nice morning yesterday but during the afternoon the sky clouded over and blocked the sun but the wind dropped in strength leaving a cool evening.  This morning we have a mainly cloudy start to the day with some blue sky and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 1st:
    Today is Dave's name day as this is the day of Saint David of Evia and also because Father Gregorias (Παππούλης) came from the Monastery of Saint David to Alonissos.  If you come across Dave today then wish him "Χρόνια Πολλά".
    We have just under 700 euros in the Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading fund and negotiations have been opened to get an ambient, cold and hot water dispenser installed in the Medical Centre and casket tressles for the church next to the cemetary.  The first one was Gerry's prime project before she died and the second is Dave's project.
    Like yesterday the air is very clear and you can see details on the mountains of Evia and the Halkidiki peninsular and Mount Athos were visible from the Old Village yesterday.
    Yesterday was another lovely glorious day with the morning cloud clearing to leave a hot sunny afternoon with clear blue skies with the wind dying down during the day to leave us a lovely calm evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine over the Old Village with some high level thin cloud but the wind has picked up overnight and is blowing quite strongly.
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
October 2017

  • Tuesday 31st:
    Fianl performance of 'The Chosen', a psychological thriller, performed by 4 members of GITs starting 7.30pm at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this evening.  This is a fund raising event and all the proceeds will go to the Trussell Trust and Caritas, supporting food banks in UK and Greece.  If, any are available, then tickets are 5 euro to include a glass of wine.  Be there for 7pm to get drinks as the bar is closed during the performance.
    Dave went to 'The Chosen', a psychological thriller, last night at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village and what an excellent evening of entertainment.  The scenary and the audience seating was very well organized and the 4 onstage players Debbie, Guy, Jane and Nigel gave a really excellent and faultless performances and were brilliantly supported by the backstage team of Philippa, Simon and the 2 Sue's along with the publicity team of Huw, Panos and Renée.  The audience tonight are in for a very special treat.
    We saw Panos yesterday evening and he said that he and Marina would be opening the Black Cat in Patitiri for the winter from around Friday 10th November.
    On Openseas it appears that after today there are no timetabled car ferry or flying dolphin sea departures to Volos from Alonissos and the car ferry Proteus runs on Wednesday 1st, Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th November but only to Mandouthi on Evia and then stops running.  At present from November 6th we only have a flying cat departure at 6am every day between Alonissos and Volos.
    Like yesterday the air is very clear and you can see details on the mountains of Evia and the Halkidiki peninsular and Mount Athos were visible from the Old Village yesterday.
    Yesterday was another lovely glorious day with the morning cloud clearing to leave a hot sunny afternoon with clear blue skies with the wind dying down during the day to leave us a lovely sunset.  This morning we have a grey and overcast sky with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Monday 30th:  This week we have the following event:
    1. Monday and Tuesday 'The Chosen', a psychological thriller, performed by 4 members of GITs at 7.30pm in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.  This is a fund raising event and all the proceeds will go to the Trussell Trust and Caritas, supporting food banks in UK and Greece.  Tickets are 5 euro to include a glass of wine.
    If you are going to 'The Chosen' in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village then tickets have all but gone for tomorrow night but are available still for tonight.  Be there for 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
    Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading end of season event went off very well yesterday with lots of visitors who bought lots of books.  We still have a healthy stock of books for next year.
    Dave posted up Chapter 10 of Gerry's Story this morning which covers Martin and Brenda taking over our local pub and our first holiday in Greece for 8 years and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    Yesterday was a glorious day with the morning cloud clearing to leave a hot sunny afternoon with clear blue skies with the wind dying down during the day but picking up again during the evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with small patches of cloud but with a strong wind blowing.
  • Sunday 29th:
    Tomorrow is the first of 2 nights of 'The Chosen', a psychological thriller, performed by 4 members of GITs at 7.30pm in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.  This is a fund raising event and all the proceeds will go to the Trussell Trust and Caritas, supporting food banks in UK and Greece.  Tickets are 5 euro to include a glass of wine.  Space (and seats) will be limited and tickets should be ordered in advance by phone from Renée on 24240 65833.  See poster for details.
    Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading end of season event at our house Villa Aliki in the Old Village from 12 noon today.  All the book stock will be available to view and donations for books will be happily accepted.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
    Dave had undisturbed sleep last night because, for the first time, Gerry slept most of the night on her bed which is a pillow on a cardboard box.  Her damaged left leg has now improved to the point where can now get down the stairs unaided.
    The clocks went back by one hour at 2pm this morning to signify the start of winter on Alonissos.
    The Oxi Day celebration went off well yesterday around the war memorial opposite the Dimos offices and, although the weather was not very nice and there was always a threat of rain, in around 40 minutes everything had been done and dusted.  We will post up a page in due course.
    A pleasant morning yesterday with grey cloud rolling in during the morning and the wind increasing in strength during the afternoon and evening with rain coming in during the afternoon leaving a cold and chilly evening.  This morning we have a strong wind blowing with a chilly edge to it and mainly cloud with some blue sky and the sun trying to break through.
  • Saturday 28th:
    The clocks go back by one hour at 2pm tomorrow morning to signify the start of winter on Alonissos.  Tomorrrow is also Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading end of season event at our house Villa Aliki in the Old Village from 12 noon.  At present the weather looks OK.  No fixed donation price just take from the stock and donate what you want.  Most of the James Patterson and Jeffrey Deaver books were reserved yesterday.
    Oxi Day and a public holiday in Greece.  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.
    Gerry the puppy is improving day by day and is able to get around much more on 4 legs now.  This is a blessing in disguise as she is absolutely bonkers when not asleep which, frankly at the moment, is not often enough.
    Down in Patitiri the Corali Bar (Comfy Chairs) has started putting up great big umbrellas for people to sit under outside the bar.  Today the shade was needed as the sun was quite intense on the skin.
    There are now sea departures on Openseas between Alonissos and Volos from 1st November for Flying Cat 6 until the end of November and now the car ferry Proteus for Wednesday 1st, Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th November.
    Dave posted up Chapter 9 of Gerry's Story this morning which covers our moving into our first 2 homes and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    A lovely hot day yesterday with barely a breeze but plenty of blue skies and sunshine, giving way to a beautiful sunset and a calm evening.  This morning is very pleasant with a lot of low level misty cloud floating over from Skopelos but with quite a strong wind blowing.
  • Friday 27th:
    Tomorrow is Oxi Day and a public holiday in Greece.  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.
    Early afternoon and Dave posted up Chapter 8 of Gerry's Story which covers our moving in together as a couple and our wedding and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    Prior warning that the clocks go back by one hour at 2pm Sunday morning to signify the start of winter on Alonissos.  This is also the day of Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading end of season event, weather permitting, at our house Villa Aliki in the Old Village from 12 noon.
    The weather got better and better yesterday as the day went on and in the evening it was calm and clear with a beautiful Aegean sunset.  This morning we have a mix of blue skies and cloud with some sunshine and with just a very light breeze blowing.  The current forecast for the weekend and into early November is currently good but temperatures are starting to fall.
  • Thursday 26th:
    The 1st Fun(d) Raising Group quiz of the winter was held at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village last night but due to the weather only 10 people turned out making 3 teams.  We themed the general knowledge quiz on months of the year along with 2 table rounds.  Over 80 euros were added to the group's funds from the evening.  The next Fun(d) Raising Group quiz is at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm on Wednesday 29th November and hosted by Jan and Tony.
    Dave took Gerry to see Dimitris the vet yesterday and he seemed happy with her walking and that she was starting to weight bear on the leg.  Gerry will have some inoculations around the end of the first week of November and Dimitris said he would check on progress then.  He said that she was probably born around the first 2 weeks of September, so Gerry's birthday has been set on Gerry's birthday September 7th.  Although currently the size of a Jack Russell Dimitris thinks she could be a type of hound like a pointer.
    This morning Dave posted up Chapter 7 of Gerry's Story which tells of the time after the death of her dad Fred and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    A very grey damp and overcast day yesterday but with much less rain than forecast and the wind varying in strength during the day.  This morning we have a grey and overcast start to the day with dampness and a feeling of rain in the air with a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 25th:
    1st Fun(d) Raising Group quiz of the winter at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight at 7pm, hosted by Dave (and Gerry).
    Yesterday evening Dave posted up Chapter 6 of Gerry's Story which tells of how we met and can be accessed from the front index page of the website.  Due to the huge size of the single file there are now individual chapters on the Gerry's Story page.
    The air was very clear yesterday morning and details on the mountains of the island of Evia could be clearly seen and also all three fingers of the Halkidiki peninsular were visible from the corn circles on the main road before the start of the Old Village.
    A warm day yesterday with morning sunshine giving way to a cloudy afternoon and evening with distant rolls of thunder and some lightning over Evia around 8pm and around 9pm it started to rain more than 12 hours earlier than forecast.  We had rain overnight and this morning is currently dry but mostly cloudy with some areas of blue sky and some sunshine.
  • Tuesday 24th:
    1st Fun(d) Raising Group quiz of the winter at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tomorrow at 7pm, hosted by Dave (and Gerry).
    There were not enough people for a dance class yesterday and so there will be no more dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos until the season starts next year.  Yorgos is leaving today for his final test in Athens tomorrow and doesn't know when he will return, as this depends on the results and how his consultant wants to proceed with any treatment.
    Taverna Archipelagon is still open in Patitiri for food and both Panos and Andy will be reopening the Black Cat and Helios Foodbar respectively during November but no set dates yet.  In the Old Village the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) is open for food and drinks all day and the Alonissos Village Taverana is open Friday and across the weekend.  Taverna Panselinos is effectively closed until the end of November except for 'The Chosen', a psychological thriller, performed by 4 members of GITs on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st, doors open from 7pm.  If Yorgos is not back then Sonia is in charge of the evening, so no problems there!!
    Sea departures are starting to get posted on Openseas and from the start until the end of November Flying Cat 6 will be leaving Alonissos every day at 6am and returning from Volos at 1.30pm.
    A lovely morning yesterday but slowly grey clouds rolled in during the afternoon and it started to rain for around 2 hours around 5pm, not heavily, but 24 hours earlier than expected.  This morning we have blue skies with some patchy high level cloud around and a light cool breeze blowing.
  • Monday 23rd:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11am.
    2. Wednesday 1st Fun(d) Raising Group quiz of the winter at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm, hosted by Dave (and Gerry).
    3. Saturday Oxi Day and a public holiday in Greece.  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.
    4. Sunday Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading will have an end of season event, weather permitting, at our house Villa Aliki in the Old Village from 12 noon.  All the book stock will be available to view and donations for books will be happily accepted.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 11am.
    Gerry is recovering well after her accident and is back to her normal self but there is a problem with her front left leg which at the moment she can't weight bear on properly.  She is also still very needy and clingy and it makes one think that she was removed from her mother and siblings far too early.
    Yesterday was a glorious day with some mid-morning sea mists and a very calm but damp evening.  Overnight we had a heavy due and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with light high level cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 22nd:
    We are trying to organize a dance class tomorrow morning with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 11am.
    We have an injured puppy on our hands and at the moment are not sure of the extent of the damage.  Dave went out yesterday first with Tassie in the morning and left Gerry in the house and she went upstairs on the balcony and then came down the stairs when Dave came back and called her.  Late morning Dave went out shopping and called Gerry when he got back but she didn't come downstairs but was yelping and barking upstairs.  Somehow she managed to fall from the upstairs balcony onto the plaka below (at least 2 metres) and her left paw is obviously a problem and we don't know the extent of any other problems with the other paws and joints.  When Dave went out to the cemetary yesterday to see Gerry he took Gerry with him and also out to Jan and Tony's yesterday evening.  She had a comfortable night on the bed with Dave but is sleeping a lot and is probably in pain and maybe still in shock.  We will try to organize a visit to the vet's next week to determine the extent of the damage.
    This morning Dave has posted up Chapter 5 of Gerry's Story which can be accessed from the front index page of the website.
    A lovely day yesterday with the wind dying away during the day leaving a lovely calm and starry evening.  This morning we have blues skies and sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing.  The weather is still not looking good for the middle of next week.
  • Saturday 21st:
    This morning Dave has posted up a page for Gerry's Story which can be accessed from the front index page of the website.  This is an ongoing project but these are the first 4 chapters.
    Dave had a quiet day yesterday and spent most of the time writing a couple of chapters of 'Gerry's Story' so the chapter on Gerry's 1972/1973 adventure to Australia is now complete.
    Six weeks today that Gerry was buried and Dave is going up at 12 noon to commune with Gerry and photograph the flowers on the grave as construction work is starting and Dave has collected and paid for the letters for the headstone when it arrives.
    We had a short power outage yesterday afternoon around 2.45pm.
    There are still no sea departures on Openseas between Alonissos and Volos from 1st November!!
    A lovely hot day yesterday with barely a breeze but plenty of blue skies and sunshine, giving way to a beautiful sunset and a calm and starry evening.  Overnight we had another night of heavy dew and this morning we have blues skies and sunshine with some patchy cloud around and a noticeable breeze blowing with dampness in the air.
  • Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading:  Will have an end of season event, weather permitting, at our house Villa Aliki in the Old Village on Sunday 29th of this month from 12 noon.  All the book stock will be available to view and donations for books will be happily accepted.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  This is the day the clocks go back 1 hour at 2am to signify the start of winter on Alonissos.
  • Friday 20th:
    Live Greek Music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 9pm tonight, with Pete on Bouzouki, Chester on Guitar, Stelios on Accordion and hopefully a guest appearance by Vangelis on Bouzouki.
    Dave had a 3 in the bed this morning when, sometime not long after sunrise, Gerry managed to get on the bed and snuggled up behind Dave on the top of the quilt cover and a couple of minutes later Lily came in and curled up on the end of the bed.
    Glorious day yesterday with acres of sunshine and a lovely calm and starry night.  We have another lovely warm start to the day with sunshine and a light breeze blowing.  The current forecast for the weekend and into the middle of next week is currently good but Tuesday to Thusday could be a bit soggy.
  • Live Greek Music:  At the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 9pm tomorrow, with Pete on Bouzouki, Chester on Guitar, Stelios on Accordion and hopefully a guest appearance by Vangelis on Bouzouki.
  • Thursday 19th:
    Due to various circumstances our Internet was cut-off but Dave paid the bill today and Mary at the Arhondostasi in the Old Village phoned Hellas On Line and we are back up and running now.
    No other takers for the puppy so we have a new addition to the household.  Gerry is quite fiesty but Tassie seems to be ok with her and our kitten Lily has been play fighting on the sofa with her.  She needs a collar and lead so she can be walked but he seems to be settling in.  Dave made her a bed in the downstairs studio bedroom last night, where Dave is sleeping, and she went right through the night without a problem.
    Yorgos from Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village will be back on Alonissos tomorrow but has to be back in Athens on Tuesday for a final test.
    A lovely day again yesterday with some cloud building during the day but plenty of sunshine leaving another lovely calm evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and some thin and patchy high level cloud.
  • Wednesday 18th:
    Dave, Terry (without Janet), Lyn, Jan and Tony went up to the cemetary yesterday and celebrated Gerry's life over some drinks around her grave and then went back, for drinks and meze, to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village.  Gerry will be very pleased we communed with her and Dave laid 3 bouquets of silk flowers on the grave from our dear friends Brenda and Gill & Frank.  Work has started on the grave but is currently held up as the headstone hasn't arrived from Volos.
    When we were having drinks at Mary's yesterday she discovered that someone had dumped a puppy and if was hiding under her car.  A darling little female and probably not more than a couple of months old.  If there are no other takers for the puppy then it is coming here to Villa Aliki to be named Gerry.
    A lovely day again yesterday with plenty of sunshine and a lovely evening.  This morning we have again have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and some thin and patchy high level cloud.
  • Tuesday 17th:
    Today is 40 days from the day that Gerry died on Friday 8th September so the website has been taken out of mourning and at 12 midday Dave will share an ouzo with Gerry.
    All change right along the harbour front in Patitiri as every bar and taverna has been told to remove the outside pergolas with their tables and chairs or face a massive fine.  Instead of a fixed structure they are apparently allowed to have large umbrellas.  How this will affect their business remains to be seen.
    Dave spoke with Yorgos from Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and he had one last appointment yesterday evening and was hoping to return to Alonissos today.
    Dave is still sleeping in Gerry's bed in the downstairs studion bedroom and has a companion every night in the shape of our kitten Lily who sleeps every night on the end of the bed.
    A lovely day again yesterday with a light breeze blowing and plenty of sunshine during the day leaving a lovely calm evening.  This morning we have, like yesterday, blues skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 16th:
    The reason we are feeding a load of cats around the house at the moment appears to be because Lee and Bibi from the Yoga Centre are away at the moment.
    The visiting doctors held their final consultations yesterday morning and then left on the 12 midday flying dolphin.
    A lovely day yesterday with the wind picking up during the morning and then dying away during the day leaving a lovely calm evening with a beautiful sunset.  This morning we have a blues skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 15th:
    Meeting this evening of the Old Village Cultural Society at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm.  Please come along and air your views on events for the coming year.
    A group of visiting doctors, with differing specialties, are currently on the island providing free consultations at the Medical Centre.  A Greek TV film crew will be at the Medical Centre this morning doing a report on the event and the Dimos, and also the doctors at the Medical Centre, would like a big turn out of people.
    A lovely day yesterday with the wind dying away during the day leaving a lovely calm and starry evening.  This morning we have a mix of blues skies and cloud with a very light breeze blowing.
  • HELP NEEDED:  A group of visiting doctors, with differing specialties, are currently on the island providing free consultations at the Medical Centre.  A Greek TV film crew will be at the Medical Centre doing a report on the event tomorrow and the Dimos, and also the doctors at the Medical Centre, would like a big turn out of people.  If you have time tomorrow morning, Sunday 15th, please be at the Medical Centre no later than 8.45am.  Anything that shows Alonissos in a good light will help to promote the island.
  • Nick Elliott:  Our long time friend and neighbour on Alonissos has written and published his second book Dark Ocean which, along with his first book Sea of Gold are both available from Amazon.  Check out the links.  The storyline is that a World War II wreck lies beneath the South China Sea.  Is her cargo worth killing for?  Marine claims investigator Angus McKinnon is summoned to Hong Kong, his personal city of ghosts, where a local shipowner and his beautiful daughter need his help.  But their claim on a mysterious cargo lost during the War is not as simple as they say, and the cold case abruptly heats up when Angus’s old friend and mentor is violently murdered back in Greece.  Haunted, obstructed and plagued by self-doubt, Angus soon finds himself trapped in a web of international intrigue that draws him to the typhoon-lashed South China Sea and the shocking discovery of a plan to attack Hong Kong and hold Asia Pacific – and the world beyond – to ransom.  But the trail doesn’t end there…
  • Diary Date:  'The Chosen', a psychological thriller, will be performed by 4 members of GITs on Monday and Tuesday 30th and 31st October at 7.30pm in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.  This is a fund raising event and all proceeds from the performance will go to the Trussell Trust and Caritas, supporting food banks in UK and Greece.  Tickets are 5 euro, to include a glass of wine, but space (and seats) will be limited so tickets should be ordered in advance from Renée by phone on 24240 65833.See poster for details.
  • Saturday 14th:
    Dave hasn't seen Cemetary Sid around the house since coming back from England and is getting worried about him, as he is at 11 years old and never been in the best of health, due to his difficult start in life.
    Unexpectedly Flying Cat 6 has returned to provide a 6am service between Alonissos and Volos but there are currently no timetables for sea departures on Openseas after the end of this month.
    A lovely warm day yesterday with not much of a breeze blowing but plenty of blue skies and sunshine, giving way to a beautiful sunset and a calm and starry evening.  This morning we have blues skies and sunshine but the wind has picked up overnight and is blowing quite strongly this morning.
  • Diary Date:  The Old Village Cultural Society has reconvened with Stathys, our neighbour, as chairman and Mary's Yorgos as the vice chairman.  The first meeting will be at 7pm in the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village where views about events for the coming year will be welcomed.
  • Friday 13th:
    Gerry, like her mother Alice, was very superstitious and was always reluctant to do anything on this day.
    Parking regulations have been lifted on the harbour front in Patitiri so basically, within reason, park anywhere.
    Apparently yesterday there was an earthquake that rocked Alonissos around 1.45am in the morning and around 5.2 on the Richter scale was quite a strong quake.
    We have a warm start to this morning with blue skies and lumps of white cloud around with a light breeze blowing.  The current forecast for the weekend and the whole of next week is currently looking really good.
  • Thursday 12th:
    No Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow as Yorgos is in Athens having health checks but Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village is open for business as usual with Takis cooking until Yorgos gets back, probably over the coming weekend.
    Dave returned this afternoon on the Express Skiathos car ferry from Volos after a successful trip to the UK with the 2 bears Ted and QP as his travelling companions.  They were short on conversation and useless at navigating but then those 2 things were Gerry's forte.  Our car Dyna sailed through its MOT (KTEO) and brought us back safely packed to the gunwhales with shopping.  Enjoyable as the trip was the absence of Gerry in the car, chatting and recalling past memories, drinking ouzo together with Gerry rolling her wafer thin cigarettes and not being there in the hotel rooms we stayed in together in the past simply amplified the emptyness, although Gerry was there in spirit.
    Tassie was really pleased to have Dave back and the 2 kittens were all over him like a rash.
    Dave has written some travel notes which will be posted up sometime over the weekend.
    The curse of 2017 continues with the death on Friday 6th, after a short but serious illness, of Maria who was known affectionately to some Alonissos non-Greek residents as 'Fat Maria', from her supermarket days, and to others as 'Goat Maria' for her recent raising of goats at her small holding above the corn circles before the start of the Old Village.  She was a real Alonissos character and will be sorely missed.  RIP Maria.  Before this on Monday 2nd came the unexpected news that one of Dave's rock heroes Tom Petty had unexpectedly died at his home in Florida aged 66.  He had a musical career spanning 40 years and sold 80 million records as a solo artist and with his group the Heartbreakers.  Tom had just completed his last tour which, having fractured a hip before the tour started, he refused to cancel so as not to let his fans down!!  This is how the 90,000 Florida Gators fans in the stadium on October 7th honoured their Gainsville native.  Of all the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs about people and life 'The Wild One, Forever' is special for Dave about Gerry. RIP Tom.
    Jan took Tassie the Terrier to the "Poodle Parlour' last week and Villa Aliki now has a barking dog and not a barking sheep.
    When Dave left Alonissos 3 weeks ago there were 4 cats around the house; the 2 kittens Lawrie and Lily, Cemetary Sid and Frankie Magoo.  In a recent text Jan said she was feeding 14 cats around the house, presumably because all the local eateries have closed for the winter, and the little 4 legged furry's had demolished an entire 20kg sack of dry cat food in 2 weeks!!
    When Dave left Igoumenitsa yesterday at 8am it was a cool and overcast morning at 10 deg C (50 deg F) but by late morning the cloud cleared and the temperature had doubled.  By mid-afternoon in Volos there was blazing sunshine with blue skies and sun temperatures in the mid 20's C (~ 80 deg F).  This morning at 9am, when the Express Skiathos car ferry left Volos, there were blue skies and the sun has shone all day leaving a beautiful clear and calm evening with a lovely sunset.
    A very belated kαλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
September 2017

  • Friday 22nd:
    There were 5 of us started the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning and Ros and Mark played 5 Greek dance songs live for us to dance to.  After the break Ros joined us and so 6 of us finished the class to an interesting and eclectic group of dances.
    Dave is leaving this afternoon on the car ferry Myrtidiotissa for Agios Konstantinos for the annual holiday through Italy, Switzerland and France to stay at Brenda's house, close to where we lived in the village of Broom in Bedfordshire.  Our car Dyna will have her MOT (KTEO) on Monday 2nd October and Dave, after a major shoparama, will hopefully be back to Alonissos on Thursday October 12th, depending on the ferry situation.  As in previous years we apologise that there will be no updates to the website during this time.  As you will understand dear readers, this has been an especiallly difficult year, with the loss of Gerry and 2 very close and dear friends in the UK, so some serious catharsis is needed.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos at 11am.  Let's see what the 'Dance Master' has in store for Dave's last session!!!!
    With some generous donations of money and for books yesterday 'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' has now accumulated 428 euro and this afternoon will be the final day that the books will be outside the house.  One day after Dave's return to Alonissos from the UK, and towards the end of October, we will host a 'Dave and Gerry's Winter Reading' afternoon so everyone can buy their winter reading with some drinks and snacks.
    MarineTraffic showed yesterday afternoon that Flying Cat 4 has resumed a service between Volos and Alonissos and is off to Volos this morning.
    Great evening yesterday in the Old Village with a group of us eating at Taverna Astrofegia, where Chef Demi produced the most mouth watering rare fillet steaks, and then to Taverna Panselinos where Ros and Mark played and some of us danced.
    The views across the seas yesterday were absolutely amazing.  Not only were the facets on the mountains of the island of Evia opposite visible but all the fingers of the Halkidiki peninsular could be clearly seen and Mount Athos itself looked huge, although almost 100 kilometers away, and details on the island of Skyros were clearly visible.
    A hot and humid day yesterday with a noticeable breeze blowing during the day which lessened during the afternoon but left a warm and cloudy evening.  Overnight the wind picked up and gusted really strongly and this morning is noticeably cooler with blue skies and cloud and the wind still blowing and gusting hard.
  • Thursday 21st:
    There were 7 people for what was a very lively and energetic dance class yesterday with Yorgos, even though it was really hot inside the taverna.  However, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session.  Greek dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.  This is Dave's last dance class before leaving for the UK tomorrow afternoon on the car ferry Myrtidiotissa.
    The final Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz yesterday evening at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village turned out to be a wonderful evening.  As always Philippa and Nigel's quiz was excellent and the whole of the outside terrace facing Skopelos was absolutely packed solid.  There was a wonderful atmosphere and the Fun(d) Raising Group probably raised their largest amount of money last night of any of the previous 9 quizzes.  Afterwards around a dozen of us descended on Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos for food and drink and to finish a lovely evening off in style.
    Apparently Flying Cat 4 broke down yesterday and we heard that the Express Skiathos car ferry was sent out to rescue all the stranded passengers on Skiathos who had flown in during the day.
    A very hot day again yesterday with most of the day calm and humid with a lovely sunset and a clear starry night.  The wind picked up somewhat overnight and this morning has started with blue skies and sunshine and a noticeable breeze blowing in the Old Village.  This morning the air is so clear that the facets on the mountains of the island of Evia opposite are visible.
  • FYI:  The Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village will be closed from Saturday 23rd September and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd October.
  • Wednesday 20th:
    Final Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz this evening at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Philippa and Nigel.  The theme of the quiz is 'What we did on our Holidays' and there will be some special SPOT PRIZES, especially flown over at great expense from The English Seaside!!
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 11am.
    Peri Orexios in the Old Village has now closed for the winter and Panos will be concentrating his kitchen time at the Black Cat in Patitiri.
    Apparently the car ferry Proteus broke down recently but according to MarineTraffic it left Volos this morning and is steaming down the Pagasitic Gulf towards Skiathos at 14.2 knots.
    We had a very hot and humid day yesterday with a nice breeze picking up during the afternoon with a lovely sunset and a calm evening.  This morning it's already hot and hazy with sunshine and acres of blue skies with just a light breeze.  From Friday onwards the weather appears to be becoming more like the September we know and love with lower temperatures and cloud with scattered showers.
  • Tuesday 19th:
    Final Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz tomorrow evening at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Philippa and Nigel.  The theme of the quiz is 'What we did on our Holidays' and there will be some special SPOT PRIZES, especially flown over at great expense from The English Seaside!!
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    Dave went up for the dance class yesterday with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village but between the half dozen of us there to dance we decided to cancel the class.  The funeral bells had been ringing all yesterday morning and when we got to the taverna, Yorgos told us that the father of Nikos from Taverna Eleonas at Leftos Yialos had died and his funeral was at 11am.  Although the mourners sat under the pine trees opposite the taverna we thought it disrespectful to have a dance session while they were grieving their dear departed loved one.
    Reservations for Gerry's books are coming in on a daily basis so, if there is anything you want from the book stock, get in quick as Dave is leaving for the UK on Friday afternoon.
    Yesterday was a hot and humid day with some morning sea mists around and only the slightest breeze during the day and evening.  We had a very hazy sunset and a very warm and balmy night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a pleasant breeze blowing.
  • Monday 18th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11am.
    2. Wednesday Final Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Philippa and Nigel.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 11am.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' donations are now within spitting distance of 400 euro for the summer in donations of money and donations for books.
    There were 11 of us yesterday for a lovely evening at Taverna Rizos in Kato Horafi with Kostas and Alexandra.  The evening weather was glorious, the company was wonderful and the food excellent as always.  Ros and Mark did 2 sessions of music and Dave danced a simple dance from Corfu, once on his own and later with Netty.
    The financial restrictions placed on withdrawals for those with Greek bank accounts has been eased somewhat.  Apparently, as from September 1st, individuals can now withdraw lump sums of up to 1,800 euros per calendar month, compared to a maximum of 840 euros every 2 weeks which existed previously.
    Yesterday was an absolutely lovely but humid day with a beautiful calm and very warm but damp evening.  Overnight we had a heavy due and this morning we have a hazy start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and a pleasant breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 17th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    Ros and Mark played beautifully yesterday evening under the pine trees opposite Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.  The weather was absolutely glorious and most of the tables were taken with diners or people sat with a drink and listening to the music.  A group of us are off to Taverna Rizos tonight around 7 - 7.30pm for a meal at Kostas' and, although not a music night, Ros and Mark are bringing their instruments if they choose to play for us.
    Dave has a stinking cold at the moment so if he sounds like 'Billy Goat Gruff' when he speaks you'll know why.
    Another hot day yesterday with the breeze picking up a little during the day and then dying out for the evening.  There was a lovely sunset and a clear and starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Gerry's Books:  Were very precious to her and she treated each one like a baby.  In the final stages of her illness, when she didn't have the strength to hold a book and turn the pages to read it, or even have a book stand on her due to the weight, she gave Dave strict instructions of what was to happen to the books.  So, Dave has first choice of what books he wants to keep for his own reading, which won't be a lot.  Secondly, Gerry wanted anyone who knew her and wanted either, a rememberance book or a set of books, to have them as a gift to read and enjoy as she did.  Gerry's booklist on Dave & Gerry's Pages is up to date and please let Dave know what you want reserved.  This year's 'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' money we hope will be targetted to putting a chilled water unit into the Medical Centre for both staff and patients to use.  Gerry wanted the balance of her books to get donations next, and in future years, to pay for the upkeep of the unit and, if there are surplus funds, to provide consumables that the Medical Centre may need as they supported Gerry wonderfully through all stages of the disease.
  • Saturday 16th:
    Ros and Mark playing live music tonight at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 8pm.
    Dave went to commune with Gerry yesterday afternoon and put a rustic wooden cross behind the pot that is planted with his rosemary for remembrance.  On the cross are details of Gerry's name, birth and death so that her grave doesn't remain anonymous until the work on the grave has been completed, which may take some time due to people's summer work commitments.
    There were 11 people for the dance class yesterday at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos and, as we had half a class of beginners, Yorgos lightened the load a bit and kept the dances simpler.  Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday morning with Yorgos at 11am.
    A very hot and humid day yesterday with not much of a breeze blowing for most of the day but giving way to a calm evening with a nice sunset and a starry evening.  This morning has started with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 15th:
    Ros and Mark playing live music tomorrow at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 8pm-ish.  Dave spoke with Stelios yesterday and tried to persuade him to come along and play accordion during the break in the music.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos at 11am.
    Parking regulations are still in force around the harbour front in Patitiri because tour boats are still coming to the island, fully loaded with passengers, from Skiathos and Skopelos.
    Dave collected the car from Vangelis in Votsi yesterday morning fully serviced and ready to go to the UK.  At present the plan is for Dave and Dyna (our Renault Modus Dynamique) to leave on the car ferry Myrtidiotissa to Agios Konstantinos on the afternoon of Friday 22nd and return to Alonissos from Volos on the Express Skiathos, fully MOT'd and shopped out, on the afternoon of Thursday 12th October.
    A hot and humid day yesterday with a light breeze blowing during the day and a nice sunset with a starry night.  This morning we again have blue skies and sunshine with a pleasant breeze blowing .  So far, touch wood, this is the best September weather in many a year with the forecast still showing sunshine for most of the next 10 days.  This is unusual for this time of year when the weather has been quite changeable in the past.
  • Diary Date:  Ros and Mark playing live music on Saturday 16th at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 8pm.
  • Thursday 14th:
    Dave arrived late for the dance class yesterday because he took the car down to Vangelis in Votsi to get a date from Vangelis for it's annual service before the trip back to the UK next week for the MOT.  Vangelis wanted to keep the car and get the whole service done in 1 day, with tyres and parts coming in on the afternoon dolphin.  So 5 started the dance class yesterday and 6 ended it and it was an interesting and varied session, although very humid inside the taverna.  Greek dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    A huge number of e-mail messages of condolences have been sent, as well as some absolutely lovely thoughts and words said about Gerry.  It would take forever to reply to every individual one but as almost everyone who sent a message logs onto the website, this is probably the best way of saying thank you for your kind messages of support and the lovely things that you have written.  Whether we have ever met or not makes no difference at all, in this time of deepest sorrow it gladdens the heart to know that Gerry touched so many people in so many different ways, without her even realising it.
    The bus timetable has changed and we have posted the new timetable onto the Alonissos Bus page
    A lovely hot day yesterday and most of the day was calm and humid giving way to a balmy evening with a lovely sunset and a clear starry night.  This morning has started with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Wednesday 13th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 11am.
    Dave intends to have Gerry's grave looking identical to that of her brother Nik and has spoken to the same people as before to organise the headstone, lettering and crosses.  As with Nik's grave please put on it any lovely stones you have as a personal memory from you.
    One of Dave's Angels of Mercy Lizzie left the island yesterday so Dave went down to the ferry port to say goodbye to her and husband Mark as they left on the car ferry Myrtidiotissa for Skiathos.
    We had a lovely hot day yesterday with the strong breeze dying away during the day to leave a lovely sunset and a calm evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and the air is very clear so the facets on the mountains of the island of Evia are visible.
  • Tuesday 12th:
    Dave went to the dance class yesterday with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village and gave Yorgos a list of dances to choose from for the session.  Nothing was too difficult and the other 9 dancers seemed to enjoy themselves.  Sitting outside was Dave's dance partner at the dance festival and Yorgos invited her in to co-lead one of the dances with Dave.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    Dave went up to the Aloni Beat gig last night in the Old Village and joined a large table of people eating and drinking under the pine trees at Taverna Panselinos.  The food was excellent and Dave, and 2 others, had fresh grilled swordfish which was cooked beautifully and really succulent.  There was a good crowd of people for the time of year and the Aloni Beat played very well and people were up dancing.  Debbie very kindly sang 'Make You Feel My Love' by Adele in memory of Gerry and during the break, again in Gerry's memory, 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' by Ian Dury and the Blockheads came booming out of the speakers as this was our wedding dance song.  A group of us went out and danced and it was a lovely and very special evening.
    An indication of what love people had for Gerry became clear when Dave learnt yesterday that our French neighbour Pascal had foregone his flight to Paris, gone onto standby and probably paid extra, just to be at Gerry's funeral last Saturday.  What a lovely gesture.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' has reached 365 euro after recent book sale donations.
    The morning cloud cleared yesterday leaving a hot, humid and hazy day until a strong wind picked up early evening and blew hard most of the night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine but with a strong breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Monday 11th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11am.
    2. Monday Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square as tonight's gig is dedicated to Gerry.
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square as tonight's gig is dedicated to Gerry.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 11am.
    Dave took all but 3 of the Angels of Mercy out last night to Taverna Astrofegia in the Old Village where we were hosted wonderfully by Yiannis and Emma and we had exquisite food cooked by Chef Demi.  Dave had a new special of the season Octopus Stifado which was succulent and divinely tasting.  We then ended the evening with a nightcap with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos.
    There were 14 people in the Milia Bay Apartments pool yesterday for the final Aqua Fit session of the summer.  Di kindly didn't beast us yesterday and afterwards the family brought out a huge cake for everyone to share.  Di starts the walking group this morning if anyone is interested in joining them.
    If anyone is concerned about how Dave is feeling at the moment then the title of a song by Pink Floyd 'Comfortably Numb' seems to sum it up exactly.
    Dave has put his Poem for Gerry along with John and Charlotte's Eulogy for Gerry onto our Dave and Gerry's Pages yesterday.
    According to Openseas there are further changes to the sea schedules:
    1. Flying Dolphin Erato remains in service to Volos through to the end of October.
    2. The car ferry Express Skiathos remains in service to Volos through to the end of October.
    3. The car ferry Proteus now goes out of service to Volos after Sunday 24th.
    4. The car ferry Myrtidiotissa goes out of service to Agios Konstantinos after Sunday 24th.
    5. Flying Cat 4 goes out of service to Volos after Saturday 30th.
    6. Flying Cat 6 has gone out of service.
    Yesterday was an absolutely lovely day with a beautiful evening.  This morning we have a noticeable breeze blowing and the skies are grey and overcast, which is not what is suggested by many of the weather forecasts.
  • Sunday 10th:
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm tomorrow night.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    Final Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting which Dave will get in large quantities.
    Gerry's funeral went off brilliantly well yesterday with somewhere between 100 - 150 people, of all nationalities, at the cemetary to pay their respects.  Father Luke chanted a beautiful service in English and then 6 pall bearers, chosen by Dave, carried the casket to Gerry's final resting place not far from her brother Nik.  After a short service at the grave side we all went to Taverna Panselinos and celebrated Gerry's life together.  Dave wrote a Poem for Gerry which Netty read for him and Philippa read an eulogy, sent by John and Charlotte, as they weren't on the island (this is wonderful and we will get an electronic copy soon).  Before the service Dave had prepared a table of photos of Gerry through the years, as well as flowers and cards from her friends.  Ros and Mark played live music on the outside terrace and the weather was perfect, not too hot and not too breezy.  A big thank you to everyone who contributed to giving Gerry a fitting send off, especially Yorgos who hosted the celebration and, not forgetting, the Angels of Mercy (and Guy) who gave Gerry comfort and quality of life in a way that preserved, to the bitter end, what dignity she had left in the most caring and the most compassionate of ways.  Things will never be the same without her.
    Poor Tassie the Terrier can't work out why Gerry is no longer in the house and keeps walking around as if trying to find her.
    Another hot day yesterday with the breeze picking up early evening and then dying away before midnight.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 9th:
    Probably the final Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Final evening of live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    The Angels of Mercy made their final visit yesterday to wash and clean Gerry and make her ready.  Dave chose her underwear and a lovely summer dress that was one of Gerry's favourites.  The ladies did her makeup and then Dave put her copy of 'Anne of Green Gables' under her hands and Gerry was all done.  Angelos and Yiannis from the Dimos brought the casket around to the house and once placed inside, and made comfortable, Gerry took her final ride in the Dimos open back truck to the cemetary chapel.  All the paperwork was completed quickly and efficiently by Nicky at the Dimos yesterday and Dave met Father Luke in Patitiri to give him the copy he needs for the service today.  Gerry rested overnight in peace inside the chapel and is waiting for everyone to arrive today for the service.  We've had a huge number of messages of condolences and so many people on the island are very distressed at Gerry's passing.  After the service we will all go to Taverna Panselinos.  This is the final one of Gerry's 4 last wishes that Dave promised to keep and the others were completed yesterday.
    A hot day yesterday with not much of a breeze blowing for most of the day but giving way to a calm evening with a nice sunset and a starry evening.  This morning has started with blue skies and some cloud around and a lovely breeze blowing.
  • Gerry's Funeral:  Will be at midday tomorrow, Saturday 9th at the chapel by the cemetary in the Old Village and then at Taverna Panselinos afterwards to celebrate her life.  Everyone welcome.
  • Gerry Died:  Peacefully in her sleep this morning, the day after her birthday, with Dave in the bed beside her and her childhood bear on her pillow.  After 9 years of fighting this terrible disease, the cancer may have killed Gerry but it was a Pyrrhic victory.  The cancer died with Gerry so it may have won the battle but it never won the war against her.  Following Greek tradition, after a death in the family, Dave has put the website into official mourning for 40 days from today.  My darling girl said she wasn't afraid of dying she just didn't want to leave me.  RIP Gerry.
  • Friday 8th:
    Penultimate evening of live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos at 11am.
    Gerry had a difficult day yesterday but a group of us celebrated Gerry's birthday with her and she had a small amount of 'fizz' at lunchtime.  Gerry got more and more restless as the afternoon went into the evening and Lyn stayed on quite late in case help was needed.  Yorgos left Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village to come down to see Gerry during the afternoon between one lot of tour buses leaving and the next ones arriving and then Rosie kindly came around to the house late evening.  Gerry talked a lot during the day and evening but oscillated between being lucid, delirious and hallucinating.  After some additional medication Gerry calmed and slept and was still asleep when Dave went to bed after midnight.  Christos the doctor from the Medical Centre came this morning to certify the death and write the death certificate and Dave will go down the Dimos this morning to sort out the paperwork for tomorrow.  She will be missed terribly by family and friends and everyone who came into contact with her.
    A hot day yesterday with a pleasant breeze blowing that picked up a little during the day and then died away during the evening with a nice sunset and a starry night.  This morning has also started hot with blue skies and sunshine but the air is almost completely still.
  • Gerry Made It:  To her 67th birthday today.  We have another bottle of cold 'fizz' in the fridge and an empty sports bottle for her to drink out of.  Given how stubbornly Gerry's fought the cancer, over the passed 9 years, it wouldn't surprise anyone that knows her if she's purposefully put all her remaining strength and effort into getting to today.
  • Thursday 7th:
    Greek dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Netty said her and Dawn's quiz went off really well last night with around 2 dozen people taking part and raising around 200 euro for the Final Fun(d) Raising Group to use towards community projects.
    After the other Angels of Mercy had left, Lyn stayed on so Dave could go to the KEP office to sort out his IKA.  Gerry dozed most of the afternoon taking fluids as she wanted but sometimes she is very lucid and other times almost delusional.  She is now have problems talking properly and swallowing liquids.  Netty again did a sleepover after the quiz in case there were problems with Gerry during the night and Dave needed an extra pair of hands.  Overnight Gerry had a restful night only waking just before 6am when some unknown drunken idiot called Dave's mobile on the floor beside the bed.  Gerry had some water and the pillows adjusted and then she slept until Dave got up around 8pm.
    A lovely hot day yesterday as, during the day, the remaining clouds cleared away with the sun shining beautifully and the wind dying away.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a nice breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 6th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Penultimate Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight at 7pm hosted by Netty and Dawn.
    Sofia and Ivan's shop Irida, between the Alkyon hotel and the bank, has a big summer sale starting this evening at 7pm.  Chester will be playing live acoustic music and there will be drinks and light snacks while you are enjoying yourselves looking around the high quality stock at discount prices.  There will be a party atmosphere so go along and enjoy the evening.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 11am.
    Gerry had a very sleepy day yesterday but had some celebratory Prosecco and had visits from Paddy and Lesley early afternoon and then later afternoon from Ros and Mark.  Netty did a sleepover in case there were problems with Gerry during the night.  Gerry was OK up until 4am when she needed some cordial and then talked in her sleep for over 2 hours until she woke for more cordial.  She then drifted off without a murmur and this morning is still sound asleep.
    We had a lovely day yesterday but during the late afternoon the clouds slowly built up with the wind picking up speed late evening.  Between 10 - 10.30pm the rain started and we had a massive storm with thunder rippling and crashing overhead and lightning strikes that illuminated the sky.  This morning the sun is shining and we have blue skies with some cloud around and a strong breeze blowing with a cool edge to it.  After the storm the air is again very clear so the facets on the mountains of the island of Evia are visible.
  • Today, Tuesday 5th:  Is our 36th wedding anniversary and we will celebrate, as best we can, with a bottle of Italian DOCG Prosecco Superiore but, unfortunately, no slap up meal in sight.  It's sad to reflect back to this time last year when John and Polly hosted a large 35th anniversary party for us at their lovely house in Vouno and Gerry seemed fit as a fiddle.  One year on and how things have changed!!
  • Tuesday 5th:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di today from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the dance class yesterday with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village and there were 10 of us for a tried and tested session of slower and quicker dances.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    Gerry had an uneasy day yesterday as she couldn't seem to doze or sleep properly.  Jane has now joined the Angels of Mercy who sorted Gerry out early so Dave could go to the dance class with Yorgos.  Gerry is now finding it very difficult to hold a glass or bottle to drink water from.  During the night Gerry Gerry needed water but couldn't get the glass to her lips so Dave had to get a straw for her to drink with.  This morning Gerry is restless and is having difficulty speaking.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' has almost reached 320 euro after generous cash and book sale donations yesterday.  We still have some stock but now mainly hard backs and large paperbacks which are less saleable.
    Hot day yesterday with the strong morning breeze dying away during the day to leave a lovely sunset and a calm evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • FYI:  We heard today that the live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village is continuing until Saturday night, September 9th, at the same time of 9pm.
  • Irida:  Sofia and Ivan's shop between the Alkyon hotel and the bank has a big summer sale starting from Wednesday 6th at 7pm.  Chester will be playing live acoustic music and there will be drinks and light snacks while you are enjoying yourselves looking around the high quality stock at discount prices.  There will be a party atmosphere so go along and enjoy the evening.
  • Monday 4th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Saturday Traditional live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11am.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    5. Wednesday Sofia and Ivan's shop Irida has a big summer sale starting at 7pm with Chester playing live acoustic music and drinks and light snacks available.
    6. Wednesday Penultimate Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Netty and Dawn.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 11am.  Dave is hoping to attend the class.
    Gerry is slowly sliding away and is less conscious than this time last week.  We spent some quality time together during the day with an ouzo and Gerry had visits from Sally in the morning and Ivan and Sofia in the afternoon.  The rest of the day Gerry just slept and dozed after the Angels of Mercy has sorted her out in the morning.  Gerry had another night without needing to wake Dave and is sleeping still this morning.
    We posted up the new municipal bus timetable which can be found on the Alonissos Bus page.
    Yesterday was a hot day with a strong wind picking up overnight.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a strong cooling breeze blowing and the air is clear so the facets on the mountains of the island of Evia are visible.
  • Sunday 3rd:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.  The time has changed as we are now low season.
    Last live traditional Greek music evening of the summer at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    The Angels of Mercy came around yesterday morning and sorted Gerry out and then she dozed for most of the day and evening but roused during the afternoon for a visit from Nigel and Philippa.  Gerry decided she wanted a banana to eat so Dave went down and bought some in the veg shop in Patitiri.  Gerry ate 6 pieces of banana which shows that she is still a stubborn bitch and is trying hard to fight this terrible disease that is overtaking her body.  Overnight she had a comfortable night and slept well.
    The municipal bus timetable has recently changed from high season to low season and we will paste up the new timetable as soon as we can.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' had a delivery of books yesterday afternoon from Nigel and Phillipa and Dave bought one of the books which meant that we have now reached our target of 300 euro for the summer.  However, we still have the remainder of September to get more donations for books.  Due to people's generosity we have a lot of books in stock now and so we have put out another 2 trays, making 9 trays of books in total.
    Another hot day yesterday with only the lightest of breezes blowing for most of the day and evening, leaving a clear and starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine but the breeze has picked up overnight and it is blowing quite noticeably this morning.
  • YOU HAVE:  Only the penultimate session tonight, Saturday, or the final night tomorrow, Sunday, to enjoy an evening of live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm before it stops for the summer season.  The 3 musicians are excellent and enjoying some of the Greek culture on this lovely island is what Alonissos is all about.
  • Saturday 2nd:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Penultimate session of live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    Gerry dozed for most of the day yesterday but had 2 sets of visitors and had our 2 kittens Lawrie and Lily as her constant sleeping companions.  Gerry again went through the whole night without waking Dave up and is fast asleep this morning.
    According to Openseas there are major changes to the sea schedules within the next 10 days:
    1. Flying Dolphin Erato goes out of service to Volos after Friday 8th.
    2. The car ferry Proteus goes out of service to Mandouthi and Volos after Friday 8th.
    3. Flying Cat 6 goes out of service to Volos after Thursday 7th.
    4. Flying Cat 6 goes out of service to Agios Konstantinos after Sunday 11th.
    5. Flying Cat 4 goes out of service to Thessaloniki after Saturday 10th.
    6. Flying Cat 4 starts a service to Volos on Sunday 11th.
    7. Flying Cat 4 goes out of service to Volos after Saturday 30th.
    8. The car ferry Myrtidiotissa goes out of service to Agios Konstantinos after Sunday 24th.
    There are no timetables after October 1st on Openseas at the present time.
    A hot day yesterday with not much of a breeze blowing for most of the day but giving way to a calm evening with a nice sunset and a starry evening.  This morning has started in an identical way to yesterday.
  • Friday 1st:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    NO Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos.
    Gerry had a sleepy day yesterday with a couple of visitors but went through the whole night without waking.
    Last month we recorded the highest number of visits to the website and also the largest number of pages hit since we started the website in 2004!!
    A hot day yesterday with a pleasant breeze blowing that died away during the evening with a nice sunset and a starry night.  This morning has also started hot with blue skies and sunshine but the air is almost completely still.
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
August 2017

  • Very Sadly:  We learnt yesterday, from his wife Chris, of the death of our very close friend Ian Kermath, who we first met 30 years ago when we moved into the village of Broom in Bedfordshire.  Ian was a lovely gentle man with a big physique, a big intellect and a big heart.  Although, by nature, not a garrulous man in company he was one of those people who had the inate ability to make every single word count.  Chris and Ian were due to visit us here on Alonissos with Brian, Sue and Brenda in early June this year but due to Ian's ongoing medical problems they were unable to travel.  Both our 2 dearly departed friends have played such an important part of our lives over the past 30 years and it seems inconceivable to us that in such a short space of time they are both no longer with us.  The curse of the year 2017 continues....
  • Thursday 31st:
    NO Greek dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    After the other Angels of Mercy had left, Lyn stayed on so Dave could go shopping because Gerry wanted a Micky to drink (chocolate milk drink from Gerry's childhood) and afterwards Gerry had a restful afternoon and evening.  Overnight Gerry had a restful night only waking up once.
    The rain stopped around 9.30am yesterday and during the late morning and through the afternoon the cloud cover cleared, the sun shone through blue skies and the wind died away.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 30th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    NO Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos as he is in Athens and probably no class on Friday either.
    Dave checked the 'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' pot yesterday afternoon and some kind person had put in a 10 euro donation without taking any books.  What a lovely gesture!!  We are slowly edging towards our 300 euro target for the summer.
    Gerry had a very sleepy day yesterday but was awake more often than in recent days and we had 2 sessions during the day of chatting and drinking ouzo together.  Gerry slept continuously all night even though it was raining outside and the wind was blowing and gusting strongly.  This morning Gerry is quite bright and has started the day with a cold coffee.
    We had a lovely hot morning yesterday but during the late afternoon the clouds slowly built up with the wind picking up speed late evening with rain starting, along with distant thunder, around 10pm.  Towards midnight the rain became heavier with distant thunder and lightning.  This morning we have a strong chilly wind still blowing with a grey overcast sky and the rain is still falling.
  • Tuesday 29th:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di today from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Gerry had a dozy day but a difficult evening yesterday and Dave had to call the Angels of Mercy down from the Aloni Beat gig in the Old Village to sort out a problem that only they can deal with.  During the night Gerry had pillow problems and also later breathing problems with the vapour from the mozzy machine in the air.  The 'Angels of Mercy' sorted Gerry out this morning but she seems sleepier and less coherent in her speech than of recent days.  She is surviving now only on water, orange juice and love.
    Very hot day yesterday with a pleasant breeze blowing that died away during the evening and this morning has also started very hot with blue skies and sunshine and little breeze in the morning but has picked up a bit towards lunchtime.
  • Monday 28th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Sunday Traditional live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10am.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Live Greek rembekika music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from 8pm followed straight after by traditional Greek music from around 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    Our two kittens Lily and Lawrie spend most of the afternoon and early evening sleeping with Gerry in the downstairs studio bedroom.  Lily especially curls up right againgst Gerry and they sleep together and it's almost as if she knows there is something not quite right, although she is only around 4 months old.  She was named after Dave's favourite aunt, who died of a spinal tumour, so maybe some of Aunt Lily's spirit has gone into this little kitten.  Lawrie was named after Lily's husband and he sleeps on Dave's bed to the side of Gerry's bed.
    Gerry had a small amount of food yesterday evening but had a restless night due to her general state of immobility because she can't move her legs and has to have that done for her.  Also simple things we take for granted like scratching an itch she can't do herself.
    We have updated Gerry's Book List yesterday which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page.
    Yesterday was a hot day with a strong wind blowing most of the day which eased off during the evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a pleasant breeze blowing.  The current forecast suggests overnight rain starting late Tuesday night and through Wednesday morning and gone by midday.
  • Sunday 27th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Our fantastic support team of Lyn, Lizzie and Netty came around yesterday morning, as every morning, and sorted Gerry out.  Although dozing for most of the day and evening, Gerry had visits from Wendy, Margella and her mum Christina when she was awake but unfortunately Gerry was fast asleep when Rosie called in.  Unlike recently we both had a very disturbed night last night.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' had a mega delivery of books yesterday afternoon, we think thanks to Ian and Anne, so we have used some of the new books to replace existing stock in the trays to add new variety.
    Another hot day yesterday with a nice breeze blowing for most of the day and then dying away during the evening to leave a lovely starry night sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a strong cooling wind blowing that has picked up overnight.
  • Saturday 26th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    This morning we updated the Alonissos On TV page.
    Gerry had a calm and peaceful night but remains extremely poorly and is now not eating enough to stay alive.
    Yesterday evening we had a lovely sunset followed by a starry night with the air so clear you could see the lights of the coastal villages on the island of Evia opposite.
    A hot day yesterday with a nice breeze blowing for most of the day.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a nice cooling breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Friday 25th:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tomorrow night from around 9pm.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    Gerry had a very comfortable night sleeping all the way through the night with no problems.
    Brenda and Seb went off to Skiathos this morning on Flying Cat 6 and should be enjoying a hearty breakfast now before heading to the airport for their flight back to the UK.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' is still going strong and we've currently had donations of 1 euro for over 250 books since the middle of May.  The money collected will go towards community projects organized by the Fun(d) Raising Group and we hope this will include a cold water dispenser for the Medical Centre.
    A hot and calm day yesterday with a lovely sunset and a clear and starry evening and this morning we have a hot start to the day with acres of blue skies and sunshine with a lovely breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 24th:
    Greek dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Gerry had a good night last night only waking up twice to have her pillows rearranged and later in the night for a drink of orange and water.  Guy came around for a chat and Gerry has been quite bright when awake but after being sorted out has slept a large part of the morning and afternoon.
    Delay in updating the website today with sorting out Gerry with Lyn and Netty, then getting Brenda and Seb to Milia Bay Apartments for the day and then a phone call from Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village who wanted to touch base, the time has just flown.
    A hot day yesterday with only a light breeze for most of the day and this morning we have we have a similar day to yesterday after the morning cloud cleared away.
  • Wednesday 23rd:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    8th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Mark.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.  Dave has given up the classes to be with Gerry.
    Brenda and Seb made it here yesterday afternoon but they had a very bumpy trip on Flying Cat 4 from Skiathos to Alonissos.
    Gerry had a restless night last night and 5 times during the night she had problems.
    During the day yesterday the clouds slowly moved away and the wind eased off leaving a clear and calm evening.  This morning is already sultry with a mixture of cloud and blue skies with a light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 22nd:
    8th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz tomorrow at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Mark.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di today from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    What a shame for the Aloni Beat that their live gig, outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village, was interrupted by rain which wasn't forecast to arrive until the early hours of this morning.  Next Aloni Beat gig is Monday 28th from 9pm outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.
    An extraordinary thing happened when Di came round the house to see Gerry yesterday afternoon.  Di gave Gerry a crucifix on a thin wooden beaded loop.  When Di was as the Monastery of Kyra Panagia on an excursion recently, the monk at the Monastery had approached Di and said specifically that this crucifix was for Gerry.  I'm sure we don't really know him and I don't know that he knows us so we are rather mystified but grateful for his thoughtfulness and his kindness in thinking of Gerry at this difficult time.
    Gerry had a comfortable night but it wasn't easy to sleep properly with a gale howling blowing outside.
    Our best friend Brenda is flying from the UK this morning with her son Seb for 3 days so they can spend some time with Gerry.  According to Windfinder it appears that around midday the wind should have eased enough that hopefully the plane can land.
    Flying Cat 6 went out this morning and Flying Dolphin Erato has just left Patitiri harbour at 8am about 1½ hours later than scheduled and is heading straight to Agnondas instead of Skopelos Town.  Obviously an indication that the weather will improve as the day goes on.
    A cooler cloudy day yesterday with the a strong wind picking up during the morning and then easing off early evening when grey clouds rolled in.  Dave put the 'Holiday Reading' to bed in the apothiki for the night to protect the books.  Late evening the wind picked up again blowing and gusting strongly and not long before 11pm it started raining heavily.  The rain stopped by the early hours of this morning but the wind carried on gusting very strongly blowing plastic chairs around the patio.  This morning the wind is still blowing and gusting strongly with a chill edge to it and we have grey overcast skies with patches of blue here and there.
  • Monday 21st:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Sunday Traditional live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10am.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    5. Wednesday 8th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Mark.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    Gerry had another comfortable night but her legs get stuck in one place, because she has no power in them, so they have to be moved for her during the night.
    We have updated Gerry's Book List which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page.
    Our best friend Brenda in the UK is coming over from the UK tomorrow with her son Seb for 3 days so they can spend some time with Gerry.
    Yesterday was another hot and sultry day with not much breeze around.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with blue skies and sunshine but with quite a lot of cloud around.
  • Sunday 20th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    This afternoon we have updated the Panagia Page and pasted up a page for the Panagia Videos 2017 which can also be accessed from the What's New page.
    Our fantastic support team of Lyn, Lizzie and Netty came around yesterday morning and sorted Gerry out, Renée brought round sugared doughnuts which are Gerry's favourite and and Les sorted Gerry's bed so she is now bolstered in place.  Gerry had a sleepy afternoon and a comfortable night but is finding breathing difficult in the current air conditions.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' now has a good varied reserve stock of books thanks to Ian and Anne, Guy and Jane and Annie and Les.  What also is lovely is that people are leaving their read paperbacks for us to sell on.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday with a warm breeze blowing for most of the day and evening.  This morning we already have a hot start to the morning with only a light breeze and acres of blue sky.
  • Saturday 19th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    Our fantastic support team came around yesterday morning and Gerry was quite bright for times during the day yesterday and actually asked for food for the first time recently.  Gerry slept very well last night and Les is sorting Gerry's bed out this morning after the ladies have sorted out Gerry.
    This morning we have pasted up a page for the Panagia 2017 celebration which can be accessed from the Panagia Page or the What's New page.
    A hot and sultry day yesterday with a nice breeze blowing for most of the day.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing but feeling somewhat sultry already.
  • Friday 18th:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.  Sadly, for the foreseeable future, Dave will not be attending the weekly dance classes.
    Lizzie, an ex-nurse, and her husband Mark came to the house yesterday afternoon and Lyn joined her so the 2 nurses could have a discussion about maintaining Gerry's comfort in bed.  Some interesting ideas surfaced, over a couple of glasses of wine, along with a very good idea from Mark.  Lizzie and Lyn adjusted Gerry's pillows and this appears to have improved matters.    Les is sorting Gerry's bed out this morning and Doug is coming over from Steni Vala to assess moving and handling.
    Overnight Gerry had a disturbed night with the wheezing and trying very hard to catch her breath started around 1am for 3 hours but after that everything was OK.
    Neither of us are getting around at the moment for obvious reasons so, apologies to you all, that we are not getting a lot of ongoing information.  Kindly Lyn is doing our shopping for us at the moment and Dawn collected our mail yesterday.
    Another batch of books for Gerry (Andrea Camilleri and Philippa Gregory) has arrived from Amazon Market Place so Gerry's Book List, which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page, has again been updated.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' is still going strong and we've currently had donations of 1 euro for almost 235 books since the middle of May.  Money collected will go towards community projects organized by the Fun(d) Raising Group.
    A hot day again yesterday with the morning and afternoon strong winds dying away leaving a calm and balmy evening.  Before sunrise the wind picked up quite strongly and this morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a nice breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 17th:
    Greek dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Gerry had a very bad night waking up around 4am wheezing and trying very hard to catch her breath.  There is something in the air affecting her asthma/hayfever at the moment.  Dave tried to sit Gerry up around 8.30am this morning and found blood leaking from the surgery scar area.  Two phone calls and 3 angels of mercy, Guy with Lyn and Renée, came to the house to help sort Gerry out.  Gerry is very weak and wasted at the moment but is sleeping comfortably.
    Another very hot day yesterday with the strong wind dying down during the day but picking up again strongly late evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a strong wind still blowing in the Old Village.
  • Wednesday 16th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.  Dave will not be attending the class.
    Gerry had a comfortable night last night and also the night before but, due to the prevailing weather conditions, she is very congested and wheezy and is having to resort to using an inhaler.  We are trying to get Gerry mobile and our resident moving and handling expert Doug has been asked for his help and experience to improve Gerry's quality of life.
    Panagia went off very well last night with a large crowd but the procession around the Old Village started around 1 hour late.  The dancing went well and the free goat and spaghetti arrived on an open back Dimos truck instead of being cooked locally.  When Dave left around 10.30pm a large group of people were syrtos dancing to the live band.  Another brilliant Panagia in the Old Village.
    A very hot and sultry day yesterday with a only a light breeze during the day but the wind picked up strongly overnight.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a strong wind blowing and gusting.
  • Tuesday 15th:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Today is the day of the Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary (Panagia) in the Greek Orthodox church and a public holiday in Greece.  In the Old Village there will be a re-enactment of a traditional Alonissos wedding, starting in the Village plateia outside Taverna Panselinos, around 7pm.  Everyone is encouraged to join the wedding entourage as it goes around the Old Village.  Afterwards, in the Village plateia, there will be Greek dancing, eating and drinking to a live Greek band playing.  The Alonissos Dance Group will perform 4 exhibition dances in the Village plateia sometime around 9pm.  Including Yorgos there will be 10 of us dancing and Dave will be at Taverna Panselinos around 8pm to get changed into his costume (Φορεσιά).
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di today from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There were 9 of us for the Panagia dance practice yesterday with Yorgos at the school gym in Patitiri.  We went through each of the dances and everything seemed fine for the dancing tonight.
    Another very hot day yesterday with the strong winds during the day dying away to a light breeze in the early evening.  This morning we have a hazy start to the day with sunshine and blue skies and patchy cloud around with a very light breeze blowing .
  • Dave & Gerry's Holiday Reading:  Is still a victim of its own success and we received donations between yesterday and today for 22 books which has again wiped out our reserve stock.  Dave has put out a last tray of hardbacks and softbacks but if anyone has any books that are surplus to requirements could we have them to raise money for community projects via the Fun(d) Raising Group.  We know you are all probably getting bored by this continual call for more stock but better for us to get money for them, than to have our apothiki full of 100's of books that no-one wants.
  • Monday 14th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Sunday Traditional live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10am.
    3. Tuesday Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary (Panagia) and a public holiday in Greece.  A traditional Alonissos wedding will be re-enacted, starting in the Village plateia outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village, from around 7pm.  Afterwards, in the Village plateia, there will be Greek dancing, eating and drinking to a live Greek band playing.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary (Panagia) in the Old Village tomorrow starting from around 7pm outside Taverna Panselinos.  Due to the current problems with Gerry's health, and the long time scale for the wedding re-enactment, Dave will not be part of the wedding entourage this year but will dance the 4 exhibition dances in the Village plateia sometime around 9pm with members of the Alonissos Dance Group.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Dance practice for Panagia at the school gym in Patitiri this afternoon from 4.30pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    Gerry had a comfortable night with no emergencies which is a blessing for her.
    We have updated Gerry's Book List which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page.
    Yesterday was another very hot day with the wind dying away during the day and then picking up again strongly during the evening and blowing and gusting hard over night.  This morning the wind is still blowing and gusting hard but we have blue skies and sunshine to go with the wind.
  • Sunday 13th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There were 8 of us for the practice for the dancing at Panagia yesterday and we went through the dances in around 30 minutes along with a syrtos dance to get people up and going, not that they will need any encouragment!!  Practice session today in the school gym furnace in Patitiri from 4.30pm.
    We had another very stressful night when around 4am the thin scar tissue opened again and bled everywhere over the bed.  Still, we made the most of it when Dave cut the T shirt off and packed and sealed the area with aseptic gauzes and then around 4.30am we sat on the bed together with an ouzo each while Gerry had a cigarette.  Like yesterday morning we had Jan, Netty and Lyn around the house and they have been brilliant in sorting Gerry out, who is currently bedridden.  Lyn's nursing experience has been invaluable in making Gerry so much more comfortable.  Guy came around the house yesterday morning and again this morning and his extensive medical experience and knowledge has helped enormously in organising what we do for the future.  Guy is liaising with the doctors in the Medical Centre and we hope the chair that Doug bought with the 'Race Night' proceeds will help to get Gerry out and around the house.  Guy told us about a palliative care group called Faros on Skopelos should Gerry, or anyone else, need emotional and psychological help from professionals.  Although people say 'just call me when you need help' it makes you realise that when you call them they react, any time of night and day, and this just reinforces what a very special island we are living on.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' is still going strong and we still have 6 trays of books outside the house in front of the apothiki.  We've currently had 1 euro donations for almost 200 books since the middle of May but, thanks to people's generosity, we now have a good reserve stock of books.  Money collected will go towards community projects organized by the Fun(d) Raising Group.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday with the breeze picking up late evening.  Around 4.30 - 5.30pm our car was parked in the direct sun outside the school gym in Patitiri and the external temperature reading was between 42 - 44 deg C (107 - 111 deg F).  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a strong wind blowing.
  • Saturday 12th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    Dance practice session for Panagia at the school gym in Patitiri from 4.30pm.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 5 experienced dancers for a varied set that Dave mostly taught and led as Yorgos was mainly otherwise preoccupied.  The next dance class will be at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday morning with Yorgos from 10am.
    We had a difficult night because we had to call out Nikos from the police and the on-call doctor Christos because Gerry lost the strength and mobility in her legs in the early morning trying to get out of bed.  Not sure what will happen today but this doesn't look to be a good sign.
    A very hot and sultry day yesterday with the breeze picking during the afternoon and then dying away during the evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a nice breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Friday 11th:
    Dance practice session for Panagia at the school gym in Patitiri from 4.30pm tomorrow.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    Tassie the Terrier has recently been to the 'Poodle Parlour' and in went 'Dolly the sheep' and out came "Shorn the sheep' but it is obvious that she is so much more comfortable now, in the sultry heat, with most of her thick coat removed.  Only about a 4 hour job this time!!
    Thanks to research by Doug and Sara we have updated the Steni Vala Tavernas page on the website.
    The evening sunsets have been very strange over the past couple of days because as the moon has risen above the horizon it has been orange in colour and then changed to yellow and then white as it has risen higher in the night sky.
    A hot and sultry day again yesterday with the morning and afternoon breeze dying away leaving a hot and sultry evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 10th:
    Greek dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We had paperwork done yesterday for Gerry's blood test but we are still trying to sort out her CT scan paperwork, as we currently don't have a senior doctor in the Medical Centre to authorise the scans.  As always, Eugenia was so kind and helpful and spoke to Gerry's oncologist Anna in Athens yesterday about the situation.  Anna was not at the hospital, so Dave will hopefully sort out the details her this morning.
    We are coming up to the weekend before the celebration of Panagia and if the island isn't already full up with visitors it's likely a load more are going to arrive.
    We were told recently that an ex-bar has reopened as a gyros outlet behind the beach in Patitiri, next to the gift shop and Taverna Ostria.  Initial comments seem to be favourable and we will investigate in due course.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday with the wind blowing strongly during the day but dying down during the late afternoon to leave a nice breeze for the evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a pleasant breeze blowing in the Old Village.
  • Diary Dates:  The Aloni Beat will be playing live music oustide Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm on Monday 21st and Monday 28th August.  Be there or be square.
  • Wednesday 9th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    7th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Jane.
    No Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today so Dave will see you all on Friday morning at 10am.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday with a nice breeze picking up during the day and a lovely sunset but not enough breeze to stop everyone still sweltering in the heat.  Overnight however the wind picked up very strongly and this morning, although we have blue skies and sunshine, the air is very misty across the sea and the wind is blowing and gusting very hard.
  • Very Sadly:  We learnt yesterday, from his wife Sue, of the death of our very close friend Brian Jones, who we first met 30 years ago when we moved into the village of Broom in Bedfordshire.  Brian was a lovely, gentle man and a wonderful husband, father and grandfather to his family.  He was cutting down trees for a friend on Saturday, felt unwell and was admitted to hospital on Sunday morning and never made it through Sunday night.  He and his wife Sue visited us here on Alonissos regularly every 2 years and Brian, his wife Sue and our friend Brenda were here staying at the house in early June this year.  2017 has been a dreadful year so far and we can only hope that 2018 arrives a.s.a.p and gives us all a much better time.  We all understand that shit happens but this year it seems to have been in abundance and we still have another 4 months to go to the end of the year!!!!
  • Tuesday 8th:
    7th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tomorrow at 7pm hosted by Jane.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di today from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There were 7 of us for the Panagia dance practice yesterday at the school gym in Patitiri.  We went through each of the dances twice but Βλάχα Νάξου was cut short as we all seem to have the dance banged to rights.  Next practice session on Saturday 12th at the school gym in Patitiri from 4.30pm.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 7 of us for a very enjoyable and energetic mix of older and newer dances.  No Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow so the next one is Friday morning at 10am.
    The Alonissos Dance Group will perform 3 dances outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village for Panagia.  One dance will be a watered down version of Συρτός Κυκλάδων that was danced at the 3d Alonissos Dance Festival.  Another will be Βλάχα Νάξου to some different music and then a dance Κάθε Που Πάω Στο Χωριό which is a traditional island dance that we don't think has ever been danced in public on the island before.  The music tracks have been put onto the Greek Dance Music A and Greek Dance Music B pages.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday with the breeze dying away to nothing in the late evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine but its very hazy out to sea but we have a nice breeze blowing.
  • Monday 7th:  This week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Sunday Traditional live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10am.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    5. Wednesday 7th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Jane.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    The Aloni Beat will be playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm tonight.  Be there or be square.
    Dance practice for Panagia at the school gym in Patitiri this afternoon from 4.30pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    Thanks to Jan our book reserve has been topped up and we have filled all the empty spaces in the trays on the apothiki.  We have now a dozen or so books in reserve, however, this doesn't mean that we have sufficient books to see us through for the next month.
    Another very hot day with the breeze dying away during the day leaving a lovely starry evening sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 6th:
    Tomorrow the Aloni Beat will be playing live music ouside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm tonight.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There were 8 of us for the practice for the dancing at Panagia and we went through the dances but Yorgos has now added additional turns into 1 of the 3 dances, just as we thought we'd got it perfect!!  Practice session tomorrow at the school gym in Patitiri from 4.30pm.
    'Dave and Gerry's Holiday Reading' is still going well and we currently have 6 trays of books outside the house in front of the apothiki.  We've currently had 1 euro donations for over 170 books since the middle of May but again we have no more reserve stock and if anyone has books they don't need or want anymore then we would be grateful for them.  All money collected will go towards community projects organized by the Fun(d) Raising Group.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday and this morning is already hot with blue skies and sunshine with a lovely breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 5th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    There is a memorial music evening for Nik at Taverna Rizos this evening from 7.30pm.  The taverna is down a path, near the donkey track, off the road that links the main road near the OTE turn to the Nereides hotel at Paleohorafina.  Everyone welcome.
    Practice sessions for the exhibition dancing at Panagia started yesterday afternoon at the school gym in Patitiri which was like an oven.  There were 6 of us for the session and we practiced 3 dances which are visually lovely to watch but not over difficult to dance.  Practice session today at the school gym in Patitiri from 4.30pm.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 8 of us for a very light and gentle set of dances.  The next dance class will be at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday morning with Yorgos from 10am.
    A very hot and sultry day yesterday with the breeze picking during the afternoon and then dying away during the evening.  This morning we again have a mix of blue skies and cloud cover with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 4th:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    A hot and sultry day again yesterday with the breeze picking during the afternoon and then dying away during the evening.  This morning we have a mix of blue skies and cloud cover with a light breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 3rd:
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 8 of us for a varied and interesting mix of dances.  Yorgos said he was being easy on us and then did the dreaded dance Zaramo.  The next dance class will be at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Gerry was totally wasted yesterday and spent most of the day reading and sleeping in bed.
    We have pasted up a page for the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival Videos and this can be accessed via the 'Alonissos Dance Festivals' icon on the front page of the website or via the What's New page.
    We have a change to the recycling system as new rectangular metal bins are appearing near to the plastic blue recycling bins and these new metal bins are for glass only.  So no more glass in the blue plastic bins.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday with the morning winds dying down during the day to leave a calm and balmy evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a nice gentle breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 2nd:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Live traditional Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from around 10am.
    Dave saw the classic superyacht Nahlin leaving Alonissos this morning heading towards Agnondas on Skopelos.  The vessel was built in 1930 and is currently owned by Sir James Dyson.
    Hot day in Volos yesterday with a nice breeze during the day but with the wind picking up late evening.  This morning on Alonissos we have blue skies and sunshine but with a strong gusting wind that has a cool edge to it.
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) for yesterday from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
July 2017

  • Brilliant News:  For Gerry that she hasn't needed surgery for the dislocated shoulder.  We arrived mid-morning at the ANASSA Clinic in Volos yesterday and, we have to say, the staff there were absolutely wonderful.  After having tests with a lung specialist, cardiologist, having chest X-rays taken and an INR blood test we waited to see the orthopaedic surgeon George Gatos.  We had recent full blood tests and CT scan results for him and then, after checking all the results, he manipulated and articulated Gerry's shoulder and said he was surprised by the amount of mobility she had since he last saw her 2 weeks previously at the Asklepeion Clinic in Skopelos.  He then ordered 2 X-rays taken of the shoulder and fracture and then we, along with another 2 clinic orthopaedic doctors, looked at the X-rays and we could all see clearly that the fracture area had calcified already and that the ball had gone back into the bottom of the socket.  George said that in his opinion surgery wasn't necessary and said to us to have another X-ray done at the Medical Centre here on Alonissos in 15 days time and photograph the scan and send it to him by e-mail, so he could asssess how things were progressing.  So, for 9 years of fighting breast cancer and its metastatic spread, it seems that Gerry's system is still in pretty good nick but the thoughts and prayers and good wishes from everyone here and around the world still make a big difference and long may they continue.
  • Diary Dates:  There will be traditional live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village every evening from around 9pm starting on Tuesday 1st August and ending on Sunday 3rd September.  Also Aloni Beat will be playing live music oustide Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm tomorrow Monday 31st and Monday 7th August.
  • Sunday 30th:  Next week we have the following events:
    1. Monday to Sunday Traditional live Greek music at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village from around 9pm.
    2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10am.
    3. Monday Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    4. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    5. Saturday Memorial music evening for Nik at Taverna Rizos from 7.30pm.  Everyone welcome.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We are off to Volos tomorrow on the 6.40am Flying Cat 6 and don't know when we will be back as it depends on how Gerry's surgery goes.  Therefore, there will be no updates to the website before next Thursday morning at the earliest.  Sorry for the inconvenience but needs must.
    We heard from Gerry's oncologist Anna yesterday and she said that the hepatic function is better than last month's so that's a good sign!!  We are now waiting for how she wants to proceed with the chemotherapy treatment.
    Gerry had a good day and a good night yesterday with no more problems, so at least we didn't have to bother the doctors at the Medical Centre.  Dave e-mailed Gerry's orthopaedic surgeon George about the problem and he has replied to say he will check out the affected area tomorrow at the clinic.
    Another very hot day with only a light breeze blowing for most of the day but we had a hazy sunset and a starry evening sky.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 29th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We got Gerry's blood test results yesterday morning and e-mailed the results to Gerry's oncologist Anna yesterday afternoon.  Gerry hasn't taken any chemotherapy tablets for around a month and although the cancer marker has gone up significantly, the elevated level of the SGOT liver function test that Anna was very concerned about has dropped by ⅔rds, which may be an indication of drug toxicity.  We will wait to see how she wants to proceed after the surgery in Volos next week.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday but was called home by Gerry before the class started.  An area at the end of the cancer surgery scar line had started bleeding and we had to get the doctor and ambulance up to the house.  At the Medical Centre the doctors were brilliant and ran a series of tests which we all fine and put Gerry on a saline drip.  After 3 hours they packed the area and made a pressure pad and let Gerry come home.  Everything was fine last night and Gerry had a good night's sleep.  It was probably worse than it seemed because of the massive escape of lymph fluid from the area.
    Yesterday morning and again this morning the air is very clear and all the facets on the faces of the mountains on the island of Evia opposite are very clearly visible.
    Another lovely hot day yesterday with the morning breeze dying away during the day but then picking up again during the evening.  This morning is already hot with blue skies and some cloud around with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 28th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10am.
    We will get Gerry's blood test results today and they will be e-mailed to Gerry's oncologist Anna this afternoon so she can decide how to proceed with the chemotherapy treatment.
    We had confirmation yesterday that Gerry's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon with the orthopaedic surgeon Dr. George Gatos.  We'll leave on Flying Cat 6 on Monday morning and Gerry will be admitted into the ANASSA Clinic.  The tests will be performed on Tuesday morning and if all goes well Gerry, hopefully, will be discharged some time on Wednesday, so that we can return on Flying Cat 6 at 4pm.
    The front of the harbour area where the tour boats and Flying Cat 6 comes has now become a restricted area and there are now parking restrictions in place along the rest of the harbour front.
    A lovely hot day yesterday morning with the breeze dying away during the afternoon and the cloud cover building to leave a calm and very overcast and sultry evening.  Like yesterday the wind picked up overnight and this morning we have a mix of blue skies and cloud cover with a cool wind blowing and gusting.
  • Thursday 27th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 6 of us for a varied and interesting mix of dances.  The next dance class will be at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Dr Yorgos made a home visit yesterday and managed to get a sample of blood from the back of the hand on Gerry's broken arm.  The results will be available tomorrow morning.  We are still awaiting confirmation of the surgery next week.
    We have updated Gerry's Book List which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page.
    Another very hot and sultry day yesterday with some cloud moving over during the afternoon and a nice breeze picking up.  Overnight the wind has starting to blow and this morning is much cooler than of recent days with a strong cooling wind blowing and gusting and a mix of blue skies and cloud with the sun shining through.
  • Diary Date:  There will be a memorial music evening for Nik on Saturday 5th August at Taverna Rizos from 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday 26th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Today is Agia Paraskevi and the name day (Oνομαστική Εορτή) of the patron saint of the island of Alonissos.  There will be a big service in the church of Agia Paraskevi in Patitiri this morning.  If you would like to read about her life then follow this link to our information page about her on our website.  When you meet any Greek friends today you should wish them 'Χρόνια Πολλά', in English 'long life', but literally ('many years').
    6th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by John and Charlotte.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from around 10am.
    Hopefully Dr Yorgos will make a home visit today to take blood and we are still awaiting confirmation of the surgery next week.
    We have posted up page for the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival 2017 to the website.  We will eventually post up a page of dance festival videos.
    An extremely hot and sultry day yesterday with little or no breeze during the day and a light breeze picking up late evening with a hazy sunset but a lovely starry evening.  Yesterday mid-afternoon, when we left Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village, our car's external temperature gauge was reading 40 deg C (105 deg F).  This morning is hot and sunny with blue skies and a lovely light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 25th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di today from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 6 of us for a fairly gentle session of mainly older dances.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    We have updated the Alonissos Bus page with the current bus timetable.
    Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village is organising with Dr Yorgos for a home visit tomorrow to take blood and we should then have the results on Friday so that Dave can e-mail them to Gerry's oncologist Anna to determine how to proceed with the chemotherapy treatment.  George, the orthopaedic surgeon, is organising Gerry's surgery for next Tuesday, 1st August, so we will leave on Flying Cat 6 on Monday morning for Gerry to be admitted for tests prior to the surgery.  On Monday Gerry will have a blood test and have consultations with a cardiologist, a pneumonologist and an anaesthetist and if all goes well could be out of the clinic on Wednesday.
    We had another very hot and sultry day today with the breeze only picking up a little in the late evening.  This morning we have a hot and hazy start to the day with again, like yesterday, hardly a breath of air.
  • Monday 24th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10am.
    2. Monday Aloni Beat playing live music ouside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    3. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    4. Wednesday Name day of Agia Paraskevi who is the patron saint of the island of Alonissos.
    5. Wednesday 6th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by John and Charlotte.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 10am.
    Dave went to Milia Bay Apartments yesterday for the Aqua Fit class and there were 18 people in the pool with Di for a great session with a brilliant rock segue to exercise to.
    We are hoping to get a blood sample taken from Gerry for her oncologist in Athens today and then contact the orthopaedic surgeon to organise the surgery on her dislocated shoulder.  Gerry is not in a lot of pain but is very fed up with the situation and her lack of mobility.
    Very hot and sultry day yesterday with little or no breeze around for most of the day and this morning has started hot and sultry with clear blue skies and hardly a breath of air.
  • Sunday 23rd:
    Tomorrow the Aloni Beat will be playing live music ouside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Another very hot day yesterday with the breeze dying away during the afternoon leaving a sultry evening.  This morning is already hot with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Saturday 22nd:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 10 of us for an interesting and varied mix of old and new dances.  The time has now changed for the height of the summer and the next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday with Yorgos will be from 10am.
    We have updated Gerry's Book List which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page.
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday with the morning breeze dying away during the day leaving a sultry evening.  This morning is already hot with blue skies and some cloud around with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 21st:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Dave spoke with Sarah yesterday and she said that the Aloni Beat gig outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Wednesday evening went really well.  Aloni Beat will be playing the same venue this coming Monday from 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    We've had 2 kind donations of bags of books so we now have some reserves for 'Dave & Gerry's Holiday Reading' but any more will be gratefully received.  We are now in sight of the 150 euro mark in donations for books.
    A lovely hot day yesterday with the breeze dying away during the day to leave a calm and sultry evening.  This morning is lovely and hot with blue skies and barely a breath of breeze.
  • Thursday 20th:
    There was no dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and the next one will be tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We have heard back from Gerry's oncologist Anna in Athens and she has said the first priority is the surgery and a blood test if possible, then a CT scan when Gerry has recovered.  We will try to get the blood taken tomorrow by Dr. Yorgos and then make arrangements with Dr. George Gatos for the surgery as soon as we can next week.
    A lovely hot day yesterday with a nice breeze leaving a lovely sunset and a starry evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a lovely breeze blowing.  The weather for the week ahead looks lovely.
  • Wednesday 19th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tonight from around 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from around 10.30am.
    As the day progressed yesterday the weather improved because the wind dropped and the cloud cleared and we ended up with a lovely starry night sky.  This morning we have a lovely hot start to the day with clear blue skies and sunshine with a nice breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 18th:
    Aloni Beat playing live music outside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow from around 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We had rain and cloud for most of the morning yesterday but the rain stopped around midday and the strong winds eased and the cloud lightened during the afternoon.  For the rest of the day it was cloudy and windy with occasional rolls of thunder.  This morning we have a cloudy and overcast start to the day with a strong wind blowing with a noticeable dampness in the air.
  • Monday 17th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    2. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    3. Wednesday Aloni Beat playing live music ouside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 9pm.  Be there or be square.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 10.30am, weather permitting due to the high winds and torrential rain forecast.
    Dave went to Milia Bay Apartments yesterday but didn't do the Aqua Fit class due to his dodgy back.  However, there were 8 ladies in the pool with Di and a great music segue followed by a lovely social get together with all the latest island gossip!!
    Our 'Dave & Gerry's Holiday Reading' books in aid of the Fund Raising Group has gone really well so far and, in the 2 months since we started, donations of over 140 euro have been collected for the books on our top apothiki.  We have 5 trays of books out but are running low on reserves at the moment, so a call has gone out for help as we are now only just entering the height of the season on Alonissos.
    A 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival Page is starting to take shape and kind friends have sent their photos of the first evening but if anyone has any other photos, of any of the 3 days, that we may use on the page then maybe you would be kind enough to let us have them.  We obviously can't use every photo but every one used on the website will be fully credited to their owners.
    Even with the high winds it appears that this morning Flying Cat 6 left Alonissos and the car ferries Proteus and Express Skiathos left Volos.
    The heavy morning cloud cleared yesterday to leave a mix of sunshine and cloud but late afternoon a thick cloud cover returned and the wind picked up strongly with a cool dampness in the air.  In the early hours of this morning a storm passed over with thunder and lightning, gale force winds and absolutely torrential rain.  Around 10am now and the rain has stopped but the grey clouds hold the threat of more rain and the wind is still gusting strongly.
  • Sunday 16th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am, weather permitting.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We have updated Gerry's Book List which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page.
    Another very hot day yesterday but overnight the wind picked up and this morning we have a strong cool breeze blowing and a lot of cloud about.  The coming weather still looks bad with high gusting winds and rain forecast for Monday and part of Tuesday.
  • Diary Dates:  Aloni Beat playing live music ouside Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from around 9pm on Wednesday 19th and Monday 24th.  Be there or be square.  See poster for details.
  • Saturday 15th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 3 experienced dancers for an interesting mix of old and new dances.  Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday with Yorgos from 10.30am depending on the weather.
    The bus timetable has changed as of Thursday and we will post the new timetable up to the website as soon as possible.
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday with the morning breeze dying away during the day but picking up late evening.  Yesterday afternoon around 5.30pm, when Dave went shopping in Patitiri, the car's external temperature gauge was reading around 40 deg C (105 deg F).  This morning is already hot with blue skies and some cloud around with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 14th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    We have e-mailed Gerry's oncologist Anna in Athens with the outcome of our meeting with George the orthopaedic surgeon in Skopelos.  We are currently waiting to hear back from her as to how she wants to proceed with chemotherapy treatment in light of the need for surgery to Gerry's dislocated shoulder.
    Another boiling hot day yesterday with the afternoon breeze picking up during the day but then dying away late evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a noticeable breeze blowing and temperatures are forecast to fall across the weekend towards a wet and windy Monday.
  • Thursday 13th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We had a good trip over to Skopelos yesterday to the Asklepeion Clinic, which is along the ring road towards the top of Skopelos Town.  We met with Dr. George Gatos who took Gerry's medical history and then had some X-rays done to assess the damage.  He appeared to be happy with the alignment of the fracture but not so happy with the dislocated shoulder and has suggested Gerry has surgery in Volos, sooner rather than later, to have a Retrograde Intramedullary Nail inserted to make sure Gerry recovers as much of the mobility in the joint as possible.  We will e-mail Gerry's oncologist Anna and start discussions.
    Another very hot day yesterday with the afternoon breeze picking up during the day but then dying away late evening.  This morning is already hot and humid but it looks like the weather will break on Sunday night and into Monday.
  • Wednesday 12th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    5th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm tonight hosted by Michael and Nicola.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from around 10.30am.  As with Monday Dave will probably not attend until Gerry is sorted out.
    Gerry has an appointment at the Asklepeion Clinic in Skopelos this afternoon at 4.15pm to see an orthopaedic surgeon.  We are off from Alonissos on Flying Cat 4 at 2.15pm and back from Skopelos on Flying Cat 6 at 7.10pm.
    It was chaotic in Patitiri harbour yesterday lunchtime with lots of the visiting festival dance groups waiting to leave on the 2 car ferries and the Flying Cat.
    Another very hot day yesterday with a light breeze blowing and this morning has started just like yesterday morning.
  • Tuesday 11th:
    5th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm tomorrow hosted by Michael and Nicola.
    Gerry has an appointment at the Asklepeion Clinic in Skopelos tomorrow at 4.15pm to see an orthopaedic surgeon and we hope for a good outcome.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We watched the last 2 days of the Alonissos Dance Festival on the live streaming from the port webcam and the whole festival has been a fantastic spectacle that has been so well organized and executed by the Cultural Society of the Dimos headed by Panayiotis (Takis) Tsoukanas, with help from all the sponsors of the festival.  With groups coming from as far afield as Crete and Cyprus we think that Alonissos is well and truly on the dance map.  Thanks also needs to go to Yorgos Bellos, who developed the dances and trained the Alonissos Dance Group, and also to all the helpers who eased everything along so seemlessly.
    We are again in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures soaring during the day with high humidity levels.
    Very hot day yesterday with the breeze dying away to nothing late afternoon leaving a hot and sultry evening.  This morning we have a very hot and hazy start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 10th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday Final day of the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival in Patitiri from 8.45pm.
    2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    3. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    4. Wednesday 5th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Michael and Nicola.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 10.30am.
    We went up to see the dance rehearsals in the Village Plateia yesterday in the Old Village and saw Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos.  He said that so many people had told him how much they enjoyed the dances on Saturday night and how well the Alonissos Dance Group performed, given the complicated nature of the dances compared to the other groups that night.
    Gerry has an appointment at the Asklepeion Clinic in Skopelos on Wednesday at 4.15pm to see an orthopaedic surgeon.  This has worked out really well as we can go out on Flying Cat 4 at 2.30pm and back on Flying Cat 6 at 7pm and Gerry has no ferry stairs to climb.
    Although Dave didn't go to the Aqua Fit class with Di yesterday at Milia Bay Apartments pool Jan said that the pool was absolutely rammed with people.
    We had another expensive motor launch in Patitiri harbour yesterday called Lady Marina which has left this morning.
    Another very hot day yesterday with the afternoon breeze dying away to leave a very sultry evening.  This morning is hot and sunny with blue skies with a light breeze blowing.
  • Breaking News:  The live Patitiri webcam streaming has changed address on YouTube but we have updated the link on the front page for this evening's dancing.
  • FYI:  David Barker has an ongoing summer exhibition of his paintings and works of art called 'Towards Geometry' outside the Aerides Bar, run by Yiannis and Maria, in Plateia Christos in the Old Village.
  • Sunday 9th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    The first day of the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival in Patitiri went off very well last night although the number of dancers brought across on boats seemed endless and, with the flag pageant, made it a very long night when all you want to do is get on the stage and dance.  We will post up a page in due course.  Today from around 11am tonight's dancers are in the Old Village for a practice session in the Village Plateia (where the bus stops) along with a cheese pie making master class.
    Another very hot day yesterday with the morning breeze dying away during the day.  This morning we already have a very hot start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Breaking News:  The live Patitiri webcam is now operating and is updated on the main page of the website but there appears to be only picture and no sound.
  • Saturday 8th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    First day of the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival in Patitiri tonight starting around 7pm.  The Alonissos Dance Group will be first on stage around 8.45pm.  View the festival programme.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday but we all went straight to the harbour with the 4 musicians to dance on the stage.  All 30 dancers were there and it was a different session as the group played our dance songs at a different speed, so we had to accommodate the timing of the turns.
    Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday and there were 5 dancers for an interesting mix of dances.  Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Our 2 kittens are going and growing strongly but are very different in temperament.  Lily is affectionate but quite independent but Lawrie is probably the naughtiest and neediest male kitten we have ever had.
    The huge white luxury yacht Ouranos came back into Patitiri harbour yesterday evening as we were practicing on the stage for the dance festival.
    The Alonissos Port Live Streaming on YouTube doesn't appear to the working at the moment but let's hope it's OK for tonight!!
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday with the afternoon breeze picking up during the day but then dying away late evening.  This morning is already hot with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 7th:
    First day of the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival in Patitiri tomorrow starting around 7pm.  The Alonissos Dance Group will be first on stage around 8.45pm.  View the festival programme.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and 25 dancers turned up for the session.  We again practiced the first 2 dances twice and the final dance once.  Tonight's dance practice is in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 6.15pm when we will be dancing to the live musicians playing.  If the stage is built then Yorgos is threatening to take everyone down and practice on the harbour front in Patitiri.
    We are still waiting for an appointment for Gerry to see an orthopaedic surgeon at the private Asklepeieon Clinic on Skopelos.  Gerry had a much better day yesterday.
    Posters and banners for the dance festival have been put up on the harbour front in Patitiri.
    Another lovely hot day yesterday with the afternoon breeze picking up during the day but then dying away late evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 6th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am today.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    News from Karen that the live webcam should be back on line tomorrow hopefully with sound for the festival.  Karen has also sent the festival programme for everyone to view.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and 27 dancers turned up for the session.  We again practiced the first 2 dances twice and the final dance once and the next dance practice is in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 4.30pm.
    Lovely hot day yesterday with the afternoon breeze picking up during the day but then dying away late evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine and a nice breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 5th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday and 24 dancers turned up for the session.  We again practiced the first 2 dances twice and the final dance once and the next dance practice is in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 4.45pm.
    Gerry is doing OK but is naturally frustrated with her limited mobility and manoeuvrability and we are still trying to get her an appointment at the Asklepeion Clinic in Skopelos to see an orthopaedic surgeon.
    A mix of sunshine and cloud yesterday with a nice breeze blowing and a pleasantly warm temperature.  This morning we have the sun shining with blue skies and cloud with a nice light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 4th:
    Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and 26 dancers turned up.  We practiced the first 2 dances twice and the final dance once and Yorgos has now made some additional last minute alterations and stopped shouting the changes, so we are now on our own.  Next dance practice in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 4.30pm.
    Dave went to the Medical Centre today to get Gerry's blood test paperwork and it was chaos in there with, it seems, an increasing number of visitors to the island with bite and moped accident problems.
    On Saturday, the first day of the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival in Patitiri, the Alonissos Dance Group will be first onto the stage to dance at around 9pm.
    The heatwave broke yesterday and we had very strong gusting wind pick up during the afternoon and rain overnight which has taken the air temperatures down but increased the humidity levels.  Today we have a mix of sunshine and cloud with a nice breeze blowing.
    Happy Independence Day to all our American visitors to the website wherever you are in the world.
  • Monday 3rd:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    2. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    3. Saturday and Sunday First and second day of the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival in Patitiri from 7pm.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There was a dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 10.30am.  Dave didn't attend the dance class as Gerry had a very slow morning.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and 24 dancers turned up.  We practiced the first 2 dances twice and the final dance once but it was so hot that everyone lost the will to live after 45 minutes.  Next dance practice in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 5pm.
    We have updated the Alonissos Bus page with the current bus timetable.
    There were 14 people for the Aqua Fit class with Di yesterday at Milia Bay Apartments pool where the water temperature was like a sauna.  Dave had a dip before the start but is protecting his back for the dancing on Saturday.
    On Thursday 11th May Doug and Sara organised a Race Night at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar in Patitiri in aid of the Medical Centre.  Follow this link to see the carry chairs purchased from the proceeds.  The one on the left will be kept at the fire station and used by the first response teams and the one on the right will be kept at the medical centre to bring people up from street level, cars, etc, to the medical rooms.  It just goes to show how one small effort, from 2 people on one evening, can bring such a huge benefit and also improve the quality of life on Alonissos.
    We had no electric supply this morning, hence the late update to the website, but the supply came back on again around 11am.  This was a programmed outage from 8 - 11am.
    Another intensely hot day yesterday but overnight the wind picked up and today the wind has been intermittently blowing and gusting all day which has taken the air temperature down a few notches.
  • Sunday 2nd:
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 5pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Another ridiculously hot day yesterday with little of no breeze and afternoon sun temperatures peaking in the mid 40's deg C (around 115 deg F).  This morning we already have a very hot start to the day but the heatwave is due to break tomorrow.
  • Saturday 1st:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 4.30pm.
    Another very hot start to a heatwave day and the intensity and oppressiveness of the air and the atmosphere is difficult to describe unless you are experiencing it.  Everyone is just simply melting in the heat!!
    Kαλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
June 2017

  • Friday 30th:
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 4.30pm.
    Gerry had a very restful night and is a bit wrecked but OK this morning.  Dave went to the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village today but protected his back by limiting the dances he did as Gerry can't get off of chairs, sofas, etc., so has to lifted off.  There were therefore 4½ dancers for the session in a very hot taverna.  Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    This morning has again started intensely hot and when Dave left for the dance class at 10.30am this morning the car's external temperature indicator was already reading an amazing 41 deg C (105 deg F) in the full sun.  Rumour has it that the weekend is going to be even worse with temperatures above the mid 40's deg C.
  • Thursday 29th:
    We went off on the morning catamaran to Volos and didn't have the greatest of times in the hospital.  The orthopaedic doctor had clearly got out of bed the wrong side and was shouting at staff, patients and everyone including us, spoke no English and was clearly pissed off that Dave's Greek wasn't good enough to understand his rantings and ravings.  We had to get another X-ray done in the hospital and then, interestingly, when he realised we weren't tourists (who he probably thought had fallen off a moped), but lived and had a house on Alonissos, his whole demeanour changed.  The outcome is that Gerry is supposed to go back in 2 weeks with X-rays of the fracture and the dislocated shoulder but in the meantime has to keep the arm in a sling.  At present the jury is out as to whether we go back to see him again or find another orthopod.  That said the entire trip was made so easy by the wonderful crew of Flying Cat 6 who simply couldn't do enough to help and deserve all the praise it's possible to heap on them.
    It was intensely hot in Volos and the afternoon breeze never picked up to make it 10 times worse.  Leaving the Alonissos Cafe at around 10.30pm last night the temperature was still around 30 deg C (around 86 deg F).
  • Unfortunately:  Trying to get onto a garden swing yesterday Gerry has managed to fracture bones in the top of her good right arm and dislocate her shoulder  It's hard to believe that with everything else going on she now has to cope with this!!!!!!!!!  Anyway, a brief chat with Guy and a session with the doctors and the nurse at the Medical Centre in Patitiri, who were absolutely brilliant, Gerry is off tomorrow to see a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Volos hospital who will hopefully sort her out.  Sadly, there will be no more updates to the website until we are back home from Volos.
  • Wednesday 28th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    4th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Amanda and Paul.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 4.30pm for the dance session and 24 dancers turned up.  We went through the dances for the festival and this time Dave had 2 different partners.  Other than the odd human mistake the dances went off perfectly.  The group are ready now and all that is needed is dotting the I's and crossing the T's.  The next dance practice for the festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is tomorrow at 4.30pm.
    The municipal bus started running yesterday and the driver's name is Odysseus.  Tickets can't be bought on the bus but are available from agents in the Old Village, Patitiri and Steni Vala.  We will post up the timetable in due course.
    We have finally got our act together and posted up a page for the Alonissos Challenge 2017.
    Another intensely hot day yesterday with the breeze easing off during the afternoon but then picking up again during the evening and then dying away.  This morning is hot and sultry already.
  • Tuesday 27th:
    4th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm tomorrow hosted by Amanda and Paul.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 4.30pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We heard back from Gerry's oncologist Anna this morning and she wants Gerry to have one week's further rest from the treatment and then another blood test next week.  Anna also wants the CT scan done at the same time so they will have a complete picture and then will know how to proceed with her treatment.
    There were 6 people for a relaxed and very enjoyable dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a set of dances mostly from when we first started dancing together 5 years ago.  Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    We are currently in the grip of a heatwave with temperatures around 40 deg C (105 deg F) during the day and Greek friends have told us it will continue for at least the rest of the week.
    Intensely hot day yesterday but with a nice cooling breeze which then died away to nothing late afternoon leaving a hot and sultry evening.  This morning we have a very hot and hazy start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 26th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    2. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    3. Wednesday 4th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Amanda and Paul.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Today is Dave's name day (Ονομαστική Εορτή), after Saint David of Thessaloniki, and if you come across Dave today then wish him 'Χρόνια Πολλά'.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 10.30am.
    A bus timetable starting from today has been posted up at various places but we were on the outside terrace of Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village after the dance class and, guess what, no bus running!!
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and 20 dancers turned up.  We practiced all the dances and things are now coming together nicely.  Next dance practice in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is Tuesday from 4.30pm.
    There were 10 people for a very enjoyable and not too difficult Aqua Fit class with Di yesterday at Milia Bay Apartments pool where both the water and air temperatures were lovely.
    Intensely hot day yesterday, and the hottest day of the year so far, because when Dave left the dance practice yesterday afternoon at 5.30pm the external temperature gauge in the car was around and just over 40 deg C (105 deg F).  This morning is hot and sunny with blue skies and a nice cooling breeze blowing.
  • Sunday 25th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening from 6 - 7pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Another gloriously sunny and hot day yesterday with a breeze picking up during the day but then dying away to leave a lovely clear but sultry evening.  This morning we have a nice breeze blowing again with an already hot start to the day and an abundance of sunshine and blue skies.
  • Saturday 24th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Meeting for volunteers for the Dance Festival at 7.30pm in the Dimos theatre this evening.  The talk will be in English.
    Gerry has a new oncologist Anna Tsiara and Dave will e-mail her the blood test results today which look a mixed bag but we don't see the overall picture.  We will wait to hear from her next week as to how she wants Gerry's treatment to proceed.
    Dave went out and back on the Flying Dolphin Erato yesterday and got Gerry's next batch of Capecitabene chemotherapy tablets from the main pharmacy in Volos.
    Another gloriously hot day yesterday with almost no breeze leaving a hot but humid afternoon and evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 23rd:
    Gerry had blood taken on Wednesday by Maria and the results were available today from Dr Yorgaki.  As Dave was in Volos they were collected by Yorgos from Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 4.30pm for the dance session and 14 dancers turned up.  We practiced all the dances at least twice and the steps are there it's now about coordinating the turns.  The next dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is Sunday from 6pm.
    A very hot and humid day yesterday with afternoon sun temperatures going above the mid 30's C (high 90's F) with some light rain late evening and this morning when Dave left for Volos it was very warm and calm with blue skies.
  • Meeting:  For Dance Festival volunteers at 7.30pm on Saturday 24th June in the Dimos theatre.  The talk will be in English.  This year is going to be much bigger and much better than last year and the Dimos need all the help they can get.  There are a variety of jobs to be done so don't feel shy, something will suit you.  If you can only volunteer for one day that likewise is fine.  So please, all hands on deck and let's make this a fantastic event for the island.
  • FYI:  Akis will be playing live guitar music at the Helios Foodbar (Andy's) in Patitiri this evening.
  • Thursday 22nd:
    There will be no morning update to the website tomorrow as Dave has to be on the 6.30am flying dolphin to get Gerry's next batch of Capecitabene chemotherapy tablets from the main pharmacy in Volos.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday afternoon for the dance session and 20 dancers turned up.  We went through the 3 dances for the festival twice and Dave had another female partner.  Towards the end of the session Yorgos took everyone outside to dance Συρτός Μπάλος Τζιάς in two circles, instead of one, with the two circles doing the same dance steps but in a different sequence.  The next dance practice for the festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is today at 4.30pm.
    There were 4 experienced dancers for the dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a nice selection of dances, mostly related to dance festivals.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    The municipal bus has not yet started running but we heard a rumour yesterday that the bus may start running within the next few days.
    While writing this update a large super yacht has sailed across the water between Alonissos and Evia from Skopelos Town and, according to Marine Traffic, has gone into Patitiri harbour.  The vessel is called Belita and is 50 metres long.
    Yesterday was gloriously hot and sunny and probably the hottest day of the year so far.  When Dave left the dance practice yesterday afternoon at 5.30pm the external temperature gauge in the car was reading 39 deg C (102 deg F).  This morning is very calm and warm with the sun shining and acres of blue skies.  The sea across towards the Two Brothers is very hazy but looking across to the island of Evia you can see all the details and facets on the face of the mountain ranges.
  • Wednesday 21st:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 4.30pm for the dance session and 14 dancers turned up.  We went through the 3 dances for the festival twice each and this time Dave had 2 different partners.  The next dance practice for the festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is today at 4.30pm.
    The 'green eyed bugs' (striped horseflies) are back so be careful as a bite from one of these can be very nasty.  The ones with the green eyes are the females which makes them very much more noticeable.
    Another lovely hot day yesterday with the breeze easing off during the afternoon leaving a warm and still evening and a lovely starry night sky.  This morning is hot and sunny with blue skies and little or no breeze blowing.  The current forecast up to and across the weekend and into next week looks like wall to wall sunshine.
  • Tuesday 20th:
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 4.30pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There were 6 experienced dancers for an excellent dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced an eclectic mix of dances, some that haven't seen the light of day for some time.  Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    During the afternoon yesterday the air cleared and not only could we see detail on the mountain ranges of the island of Evia but also detail across the sea on the mountain ranges on the island of Skyros.
    According to the Alonissos Dance festival website it appears that there will be 23 groups coming on to the island between the 8th - 10th July to dance along with the Alonissos dance group.  On July 9th there will also be a master class in Cretan dancing.
    We understand that the Dimos have secured money to finish the work on the new gymnasium which will be a fantastic asset to the island.
    The Skyros car ferry Achilleas has started a service 3 times per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between Skyros to Kymi on Evia then to Alonissos and on to Skopelos Town and then returning the same way back to Skyros.
    A cloudy and warm day yesterday morning with plenty of afternoon sunshine and a wonderful sunset.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and the air is still incredibly clear.
  • Monday 19th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    2. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 10.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and 19 dancers turned up.  Dave had a different female partner for this session but things are going very well and everyone is gelling together now.  Dance practice in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos tomorrow from 4.30pm.
    Taverna Rizos has reopended for the summer and this taverna is down a dirt track off the road that links the Patitiri/Old Village road to the Nereides hotel at Paleohorafina and is close to where the donkey track intersects this road.  Look for and follow the signs.
    During the morning yesterday the cloud cleared and the sun shone and the wind dropped and then in the afternoon the cloud came back and the wind picked up.  During the evening the cloud cleared again but the wind didn't die down.  This morning is quite breezy but we have blue skies and sunshine with some patchy lumps of cloud around.
  • Sunday 18th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 10.30am.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening from 6 - 7pm.
    Weather permitting we have an Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Yesterday we updated 2 songs and added new music to the Greek Dance Music H - M and Greek Dance Music N - Σ pages.
    The morning was beautifully sunny and hot yesterday but during the afternoon the high level cloud lowered the temperature and upped the humidity levels.  Early evening the wind picked up and the cloud rolled in and we had some rain late evening for around an hour.  This morning we have a strong wind blowing and gusting with grey overcast skies and the sun trying to break through the cloud.
  • Saturday 17th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There were 4 experienced dancers for the dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a varied selection of older and newer dances, ending up with both the old and new Hasapiko's.  The time has changed as from Monday when dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos will be from 10.30am.
    Some of the sea timetables have changed recently with Flying Dolphin Erato now back in service between Alonissos and Volos and Flying Cat 6 running a service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Alonissos and Agios Konstantinos.
    Guy has contacted around to say that Tsoukalia beach has already been cleaned.
    We have updated Gerry's booklist and this can be accessed from the What's New page.
    During the day yesterday the wind dropped and the cloud cleared and we had a lovely hot but humid afternoon and evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 16th:
    Open meeting with the Mayor and his team at 11am at the Dimarxeio in Patitiri.  This is an opportunity for non-Greek residents on Alonnisos to hear what is happening on the island and discuss any concerns.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 4.30pm for the dance session and 25 dancers turned up.  We practiced all the dances at least twice and there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.  The next dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is Sunday from 6pm.
    A very hot and humid day yesterday with afternoon sun temperatures going above the mid 30's C (high 90's F) with some light rain late evening and this morning is cloudy and warm with a light breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 15th:
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 4.30pm.
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There was a packed rear outside terrace at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village last night for a challenging general knowledge quiz delivered by our friends Brian and Sue.  The evening raised a very healthy amount of money and everyone seemed to have a really enjoyable time.  The 4th Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village is on Wednesday 28th at 7pm and is hosted by Amanda and Paul.
    Renée's ASAP book sale, ouside her house in the Old Village, raised an amazing 175 euro which is really good going for 4 hours.
    There were 5 experienced dancers for the dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a more complex selection of dances, ending up with both the old and new Hasapiko's.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    The municipal bus has not yet started running a service between Patitiri to the Old Village and to Steni Vala and we heard a rumour last night that the bus may not be running until next month.
    A very hot day yesterday with a lovely breeze blowing during the day but late evening the wind picked up and we had thunder and lightning with some light rain.  Overnight we had a massive thunderstorm with powerful lightning flashes and torrential rain.  This morning is breezy with blue skies and sunshine.
  • Help Required:  If you are free and able, a small team is needed to help clean up Tsoukalia beach this Sunday from 9am before it gets too hot.  Black bags etc will be available and it should not take too long if there are enough people.
  • Wednesday 14th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    The 3rd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by our friends from England Brian and Sue.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 11.30am.
    ASAP book sale (English, German, Dutch) from 10am - 2pm in the Old Village in front of Renée's house number 60 (follow the blue Alonnisos Challenge signs).  1 euro per book with ASAP bags and cards also available.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 4.30pm for the dance session and 21 dancers turned up.  We had the best session yet with all 3 dances going very well and after dancing each of the 3 dances twice, Yorgos closed the session early!!  Most of the footwork is just about there but the thing that needs work is to get all the pairs of dancers to coordinate the complex sets of turns.  The next dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is tomorrow from 4.30pm.
    Another very hot day yesterday with afternoon sun temperatures in the mid 30's C (mid 90's F) with a warm and still evening and a lovely starry night sky.  This morning is hot and sunny with blue skies and a noticeable warm breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 13th:
    Tomorrow is the 3rd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by our friends from England Brian and Sue.
    ASAP book sale (English, German, Dutch) tomorrow from 10am - 2pm in the Old Village in front of Renée's house number 60 (follow the blue Alonnisos Challenge signs).  1 euro per book with ASAP bags and cards also available.
    Aqua Fit session today at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and 21 dancers turned up.  We practiced all 3 dances for the dance festival in July and things are definitely pulling together now.  Dance practice in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos this afternoon from 4.30pm.
    There were 11 of us for an excellent dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a nice selection of old and new dances.  Next dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    A lovely hot day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and a lovely sunset.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a nice breeze blowing.
  • Monday 12th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    2. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    3. Wednesday 3rd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Brian and Sue.
    4. Wednesday ASAP book sale (English, German, Dutch) from 10am - 2pm in the Old Village in front of Renée's house number 60 (follow the blue Alonnisos Challenge signs).
    5. Friday Open meeting with the Mayor and his team at 11am at the Dimarxeio.  This is an opportunity for non Greek residents on Alonnisos to hear what is happening on the island and discuss any concerns.
    Aqua Fit session at Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 11.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and 22 dancers turned up.  We practiced 2 dances that are definites for the dance festival in July and 2 dances from Xios that are possibles and then Yorgos took 2 of the ladies to demonstrate another possible dance from Xios Πυργούσικος Χίου.  Dance practice in the school gymnasium in Patitiri for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival with Yorgos this evening from 6 - 7pm.
    Flying Dolphin Erato is currently out of service and a new timetable is currently awaited.
    We had some intense rain yesterday morning but by midday the rain had stopped and during the afternoon the skies cleared but the wind picked up.  This morning is quite breezy but we have blue skies and sunshine with some patchy high level cloud around.
  • Diary Date:  ASAP book sale (English, German, Dutch) from 10am - 2pm on Wednesday 14th in the Old Village in front of Renée's house number 60 (follow the blue Alonnisos Challenge signs).  1 euro per book with ASAP bags and cards also available.
  • Sunday 11th:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening from 6 - 7pm.  Good news that the very difficult dance Ελενάκι Καρσιλαμάς Λήμνου has been ditched.  Dave will find out about the new dance this evening.
    Weather permitting there is an Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool today with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Another really hot day yesterday with a lovely sunset.  This morning at 7am a thunderstorm rolled in and it started to rain and we have grey and overcast skies with almost no breeze but its warm and humid.
  • Open Meeting:  With the Mayor and his team at 11am on Friday 16th at the Dimarxeio.  This is an opportunity for non Greek residents on Alonnisos to hear what is happening on the island and discuss any concerns.  If you have any particular issues you would like to raise, let Guy know in the next few days so that any information can be available.  Everyone is welcome.
  • Saturday 10th:
    Aqua Fit session at the Milia Bay Hotel pool tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dawn has e-mailed around about extra electricity charges that will come into force and the extra costs amount to an increase of around 60%, e.g. if your bill was 108.65 euro then the extra charge is 69.12 euro!!  Thanks to Dawn for circulating the information.
    During the day yesterday the wind dropped and the cloud cleared and we had a lovely afternoon and evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 9th:
    Dance class for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 4.30pm.  Dave will not be attending as we have friends arriving and leaving on the afternoon ferries.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    Dave spoke with Gerry's oncologist George yesterday and he was happy with the results of the recent blood tests and wants to continue with the Capecitabine tablets.  He also said that he will be away from the hospital for a while, as he is taking his final exams, and so another oncologist will be taking over Gerry's treatment.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 6pm for the dance session and 22 dancers turned up.  We again only practiced the 2 syrtos dances for the festival and both Συρτός Κυκλάδων and Συρτός Μπάλος Τζιάς are starting to come together now.
    There still appears to be no parking restrictions on the harbour front in Patitiri which have normally started by now.
    The rain died out mid morning leaving a mixed day of cloud and sunshine with the cloud increasing during the evening and the wind picking up strength.  This morning the wind is still blowing and gusting strongly but we have some blue sky and sunshine with a lot of cloud around.
  • Thursday 8th:
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6pm.
    First Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    There were 15 of us for a very enjoyable dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a nice and varied selection of slow and quicker dances, ending up with Zorba's.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    A very warm and humid day yesterday with variable amounts of sunshine and cloud during the day.  This morning we have a warm start to the day but the skies are grey and overcast and we have a light drizzle of rain falling.
  • Wednesday 7th:
    First Aqua Fit session at the Leftos Yialos pool with Di tomorrow from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 11.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 4pm for the dance session and 24 dancers turned up.  We only managed to practice the 2 syrtos dances for the festival in 1½ hours with the gymnasium like a furnace.  The dance Συρτός Κυκλάδων went well except for the last section but Yorgos added extra turns into the dance Συρτός Μπάλος Τζιάς and it took probably at least a dozen attempts to get the dance anything like it should be.  The next dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos is tomorrow from 6pm.
    Another very hot day yesterday with afternoon temperatures in the sun around the mid 30's C (mid 90's F).  The breeze picked up a bit during the evening and this morning is hot and sunny with blue skies and a light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 6th:
    First Aqua Fit session today at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon with Yorgos from 4pm.
    The Mobile Blood Unit will be arriving on the island today with blood donor sessions this afternoon and evening and tomorrow morning until around midday.
    There were 11 of us for a very enjoyable dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced the same selection of dances before and after the break, one of which was a new dance from Thrace.  We also danced Συρτός Κυκλάδων with the 1st of the 4 turns which went very well.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    A lovely hot day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and a lovely sunset.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with virtually no breeze blowing and some hazyness over the water towards the Two Brothers and the island of Evia.
  • Monday 5th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    2. Tuesday and Wednesday The mobile blood unit will be on the island from Volos.
    3. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Aqua Fit sessions with Di at Hotel Yalis, Leftos Yialos and Milia Bay Hotel pools respectively from 10.30am.
    The Mobile Blood Unit will arriving on the island tomorrow with blood donor sessions in the afternoon and evening and on Thursday morning before it leaves on the afternoon car ferry. First Aqua Fit session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi tomorrow with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos tomorrow from 4pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 11.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday at 6pm for the dance session and 21 dancers turned up.  We practiced 3 dances for the dance festival in July and 2 dances are coming together now but the other dance from Limnos needs more work.
    Gerry starts her 2nd course of chemotherapy today and we are waiting to hear from her oncologist George about the recent blood test results.
    The Alonissos Challenge went off really well yesterday with a large number of runners and walkers taking part.  The temperature, with the cloud cover, was perfect and Dave and Netty walked together the opposite way around the 10km course, coming down 'heart attack' hill from the Chrissy Milia road to Milia Bay beach.  After a drink stop at Milia Bay Apartments bar, and a chat with Vivian and Andreas, they arrived back to Patitiri in around 2 hours 20 minutes.  As always the event was brilliantly organised by the Dimos and we look forward to next year.
    Dave saw Ria yesterday in Patitiri at the Alonissos Challenge and she said that Taverna Megalos Mourtias at the beach is now open.
    Cloudy and warm for most of the day yesterday with the skies clearing early evening leaving a clear and starry night.  This morning is quite breezy but we have blue skies and sunshine with a lovely warm start to the day.
  • Sunday 4th:
    Pentecost (Holy Spirit Day) celebrated in the Greek Orthodox church today.
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening from 6 - 7pm.
    Alonissos Challenge Day with running and walking events starting from 8am on the harbour area of Patitiri.  The 31km run starts at 8am and all the other events start at 8.30am.  Dave will be walking the 10km course the opposite way around.
    After collecting our Alonissos Challenge packs yesterday we eat in Patitiri and then went up to Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with the intention of spending an hour or so there.  Unfortunately the atmosphere in the taverna was so good and the Aloni Beat played so well, with people up and dancing, that we ended up staying there all night.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday afternoon for the dance practice and 18 dancers turned up.  We practiced 4 dances for the dance festival in July because not all the dances are working and one can be ditched before the festival.
    It appears that neither Flying Cat 6 nor Flying Dolphin Erato are leaving Alonissos today.
    Another very hot day yesterday with afternoon temperatures in the sun over 35 deg C (high 90's F).  The breeze picked up during the evening and this morning is grey and overcast but very warm and humid.
  • Saturday 3rd:
    Aloni Beat playing live music at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tonight from 8.30pm.
    Alonissos Challenge packs available from the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri this evening between 6.30 - 8.30pm.
    Dance class for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this afternoon with Yorgos from 4pm.
    First Aqua Fit session of the summer takes place today at the Milia Bay Hotel pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Gerry had blood taken by Maria at Doctor Yorgos' practice on Wednesday and we got the results yesterday and Dave e-mailed them to Gerry's oncologist George in Athens.  We will hear from him early next week but the results, on comparison, appear to be very much better than recent tests and we are hoping that he will have positive news for Gerry.
    There were 10 of us for a great dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we had lots of fun with a very eclectic mix of dances ending with the new Hasapiko.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    Another absolutely glorious day yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with some cloud forming and the breeze picking up during the evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some thin high level cloud and barely a breeze blowing.
  • Friday 2nd:
    Aloni Beat playing live music at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow from 8.30pm.
    Collect your Alonissos Challenge pack from the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri tomorrow evening between 6.30 - 8.30pm.
    Dance class for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 4pm.
    The first Aqua Fit session of the summer takes place tomorrow at the Milia Bay Hotel pool with Di from 10.30am due to the Alonissos Challenge on Sunday.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    Both the car ferry Myrtidiossa and the car ferry Express Skiathos have come back into service from Agios Konstantinos and Volos respectively and the big Flying Cat 4 has started its service to Alonissos from Thessaloniki.  We also have the car ferry Proteus, Flying Dolphin Erato and Flying Cat 6 continuing to run between Volos and Alonissos.
    Parking restrictions on the harbour front in Patitiri normally start early June and, although as yet nothing has happened, Alonissos Challenge day may see their introduction.
    We have added the dance Συρτός Μπάλος Τζιάς to the Greek Dance Music N - Σ and Greek Dance Videos N - Σ pages and the music and YouTube video can be accessed via the What's New or Dance Alonissos pages.
    The Mobile Blood Unit will be arriving on the island next Tuesday 6th with donor sessions in the afternoon and evening and leaving Wednesday 7th with donor sessions during the morning.
    Another glorious day yesterday with acres of blue sky and sunshine with the breeze dying away during the day, leaving a lovely calm evening.  This morning we have a lovely warm start to the day with sunshine and blue skies and a light breeze blowing.
  • Thursday 1st:
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    There were 6 of us for an excellent dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we started the session with a new dance from the island of Tzia (Kea) called Συρτός Μπάλος Τζιάς.  Fortunately Yorgos only did the syrtos half of the dance!!  We then danced a nice selection of dances, some of which have not seen the light of day for quite a while, ending up with Zorba's.
    The 2nd Fun(d) Raising Group's summer quiz drew around 2 dozen people to the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village yesterday evening for our 'male christian name' themed general knowledge quiz.  A big thank you goes to Mary and Yorgos for hosting the quiz night which raised 155 euro.  This money has paid for a new photocopier in the school which died recently just before the exam season starts.  The 3rd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz will take place at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village on Wednesday 14th from 7pm and hosted by our friends Brian and Sue.
    A reminder that Sunday is Pentecost (Holy Spirit Day) in the Greek Orthodox church and Alonissos Challenge Day with running and walking events starting from 8am on the harbour area of Patitiri.  The 31km run starts at 8am and all the other events start at 8.30am.  If you haven't already registered then see Panayiotis in the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri and collect your pack from there on Saturday evening between 6.30 - 8.30pm.
    The huge white luxury yacht Ouranos is still around and is currently moored off Milia Bay.
    Another glorious day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and this morning we have a lovely warm and hazy start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a noticeable breeze blowing.
    Καλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
May 2017

  • Wednesday 31st:
    2nd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village this evening at 7pm hosted by us, Dave and Gerry.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 11.30am.
    There is a huge white luxury yacht moored in Patitiri port at the moment where the freighters usually dock.  The yacht is called Ouranos and is 50 metres long and 9 metres wide.  Follow this link to the SuperYachts.com website for a picture and some information.
    We had a lovely hot day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and a wonderful starry night and this morning we have a beautiful blue sky with the sun shining and the air so clear that the facets on the mountain range on the island of Evia opposite are clearly visible.
  • Tuesday 30th:
    2nd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village tomorrow evening at 7pm hosted by us, Dave and Gerry.
    There were 9 of us for a fun packed dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a different selection of tried and tested dances along with the cut down version of Συρτός Κυκλάδων and the new Hasapiko to finish off.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    We heard from Andi yesterday that the Helios Foodbar, overlooking the port of Patitiri, will reopen its doors for the summer today.
    A very pleasant day yesterday with sunshine and some cloud around in the morning and with the wind dying down during the day.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and some hazyness over the water towards the Two Brothers.
  • Monday 29th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    2. Wednesday 2nd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Dave and Gerry.
    3. Saturday First Aqua Fit session with Di at Milia Bay Hotel from 10.30am.
    4. Saturday Aloni Beat playing live music at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village from 8.30pm.
    5. Sunday Alonissos Challenge Day with running and walking events starting from 8am and 8.30am respectively from the harbour area of Patitiri.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 11.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and 21 dancers turned up.  We practiced 3 dances for the dance festival in July and Συρτός Κυκλάδων has been pretty well 'banged to rights' now but the other 2 dances still need a lot of work and Yorgos is still changing the dances, even though there is only about 5 weeks to the festival.
    Seven people turned up with Di at Milia Bay Hotel yesterday but Aqua Fit was cancelled due to the weather and Di has also cancelled the Tuesday and Thursday sessions at Hotel Yalis and Leftos Yialos pools this week as the water temperature is too cold.  The first Aqua Fit session of the summer at Milia Bay Hotel pool with Di will be from 10.30am on Saturday due to the Alonissos Challenge on Sunday.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Fairly grotty day yesterday with the rain stopping during the afternoon and the wind picking up overnight.  This morning is quite breezy but we have blue skies and sunshine with some cloud around and the forecast looks good for the rest of the week and across the weekend into next week.
  • Sunday 28th:
    Dance practice for the 3rd Alonissos Traditional Dance Festival in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos this evening from 6 - 7pm.
    Weather permitting the first Aqua Fit session of the summer takes place this morning at the Milia Bay Hotel pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday morning for the dance practice and 19 dancers turned up, even though it was raining hard around 11am.  We practiced 3 dances for the dance festival in July Συρτός Κυκλάδων and Ελενάκι Καρσιλαμάς Λήμνου and a new dance, which Dave's dance partner Aneza told him was the traditional wedding music and dance on Alonissos.
    A reminder that next Sunday 4th June is Pentecost (Holy Spirit Day) and also the Alonissos Challenge day with running and walking events starting from 8am on the harbour area of Patitiri.  The 31km run starts at 8am and all the other events start at 8.30am.  Collect your pack from the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri on Saturday 3rd June.
    Our 2 kittens Lily and Lawrie have got their paws well and truly under the table now but poor Tassie the Terrier is probably heading for a nervous breakdown.  She clearly knows they're not puppies but her maternal instinct is driving her nuts to continually want to mother them.
    The weather was a day of 2 halves yesterday with an overcast and rainy morning then from midday we had a cloudy but bright and sunny afternoon.  A storm rolled in during the evening with thunder and lightning and we had overnight rain.  This morning is grey, overcast and wet with a breeze blowing and a continued threat of rain which is good for the island but not for its visitors.
  • Saturday 27th:
    First Aqua Fit session of the summer takes place tomorrow at the Milia Bay Hotel pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos this morning from 11am and tomorrow evening from 6 - 7pm.
    There were 4 of us for a very enjoyable dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a selection of tried and tested dances along with the cut down version of Συρτός Κυκλάδων.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village on Monday with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    We have created a page with pictures of Nik's grave so that members of the family can see where Nik rests in the Old Village cemetary.  If anyone is paying their respects to Nik then please take a nice stone and place it in the centre of the grave along with the others.
    A big thank you to Nick and Pam for letting us know that the camera above the port of Patitiri is streaming and we have updated the link on our front page and added a link to the camera overlooking Votsi harbour.
    After the initial heavy shower yesterday morning we had a day of sunshine and cloud although the breeze picked up and had a coolness off the sea.  Early evening the clouds rolled in and overnight it started to rain.  We've had rain already this morning but there are few patches of blue sky amongst a lot of grey cloud.
  • Friday 26th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 11am.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village this morning with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    A reminder that the First Aqua Fit session of the summer takes place on Sunday at the Milia Bay Hotel pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    We are now the proud parents of 2 lovely kittens (a boy and a girl) that were abandoned at one of the bins along the island.  They are around 9 weeks old and have been named Lily and Lawrie after Dave's wonderful aunt and uncle.  They have settled in very well and Tassie the Terrier sits whimpering at them as she wants to get in and mother them.
    Lovely day yesterday with the forecast rain once again didn't appear.  However, around 7.30am this morning the heavens opened and we had a short, sharp and heavy shower.  The morning skies are grey and overcast and there is barely a breath of a breeze but the sun is trying to shine through the cloud cover.
  • Thursday 25th:
    First Aloni Beat gig of the summer season this evening at the Corali Bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri from around 9pm.
    There were 6 of us for a very enjoyable dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village yesterday where we danced a selection of dances from this year's Independence Day performance along with a cut down version of Συρτός Κυκλάδων from the programme for the 3rd Alonissos Dance Festival.  Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village tomorrow with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    We have updated Gerry's Book List which can be found on the About Us page or accessed from the What's New page.
    A pleasant day of cloud and sunshine yesterday with the cloud cover increasing as the day went on but the forecast rain never materialised.  A warm and cloudy start to this morning with some sunshine around and a light breeze blowing with also a forecast of some rain today.
  • Wednesday 24th:
    First Aloni Beat gig of the summer season tomorrow at the Corali Bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri from around 9pm.
    Dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos this morning from 11.30am.
    We have added a new dance Μενεξέδες και Ζουμπούλια Μικρά Ασία to the Greek Dance Music H - M and Greek Dance Videos H - M pages and the music and YouTube video can be accessed via the Dance Alonissos or What's New pages.
    The car ferry Achilleas starts back into service between Skyros, Kymi on Evia, Alonissos and Skopelos Town on Thursday 15th June.  It looks like we will again this summer have 7 vessels docking at Alonissos comprising 4 car ferries, 2 catamarans and 1 flying dolphin!!
    We had a lovely hot day yesterday with cloud rolling in during the evening and the breeze strengthen.  This morning we have a mix of sunshine and blue skies with some high level cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.  According to Windfinder the weather looks a bit showery and changeable over the next few days.
  • Tuesday 23rd:
    Dance class tomorrow at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos from 11.30am.
    We heard from Chef Demi late morning today that Taverna Astrofegia in the Old Village will open its doors for the summer on Thursday 1st June.
    Chef Demi has advised us that Taverna Astrofegia in the Old Village may not open as planned on Thursday due to the weather forecast for that evening and he will let us know the revised date.
    Dave went to Volos for the day yesterday and successfully managed to get a box of Gerry's chemotherapy tablets Capecitabine.  Gerry starts her next round of treatment tomorrow week.
    A very pleasant day yesterday with sunshine and some cloud around in the morning but we had a lovely sunset to end the day.  This morning we have a very warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine and a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 22nd:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Thursday First Aloni Beat gig of the summer season at the Corali Bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri from around 9pm.
    2. Sunday First Aqua Fit session of the summer at the Milia Bay Hotel pool with Di from 10.30am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and there were 21 dancers turned up.  We practiced 2 dances for the dance festival in July Συρτός Κυκλάδων and Ελενάκι Καρσιλαμάς Λήμνου as some people hadn't practiced the recent changes to the dances.
    A glorious morning yesterday but as the afternoon progressed the cloud cover increased and the wind picked up and a storm rolled in with rain and thunder and a fantastic lightning show for around an hour.  This morning we have blue skies and some cloud around.
  • Sunday 21st:
    Weather permitting Dave is off to Volos tomorrow to collect Gerry's chemotherapy tablets so there will be no update to the website.
    Change of time for the dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos which is now from 12 noon today.
    News from Chester that the Aloni Beat are kicking off the summer season with a gig down at the Corali Bar (Comfy Chairs) in Patitiri on Thursday 25th May from around 9pm.
    We dropped into the Nereides hotel yesterday in Paleohorafina and the work is finished and the hotel is open but the kitchen will open from Monday onwards.
    A reminder that next Sunday is the first Aqua Fit session of the summer at the Milia Bay hotel pool with Di from 10.30am.  Cost is 5 euro for a 1 hour beasting.
    Lovely and warm day yesterday and this morning we have a warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with some patchy cloud around.
  • Saturday 20th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos tomorrow morning from 11am.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and there were 19 dancers turned up.  We practiced 3 dances for the dance festival in July and the syrtos dance Συρτός Κυκλάδων has just about been mastered but the dance Ελενάκι Καρσιλαμάς Λήμνου now needs to be concentrated on.  The third dance is a couples free dance akin to a waltz which is very interesting.
    Flying Cat 6 went out yesterday morning at its usual time and then returned from Volos at 8.30pm arriving at Patitiri harbour around midnight having collected all the Friday arrivals into Skiathos airport heading for Skopelos and Alonissos.
    Yesterday and again this morning the air is very clear and you can see definition on the faces of the mountains on the island of Evia opposite and yesterday Mount Athos and both of the other 2 fingers of the Halkidiki peninsular could be seen from the corn circles below the Old Village.
    Glorious day yesterday and this morning has started with sunshine and blue skies with a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 19th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri this evening with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm.
    Flying Cat 6 has left this morning for Volos and will be able to collect the Friday transfer people on the way back, assuming they are at the port when the catamaran leaves Skiathos at around 4.20pm.  We heard yesterday that the Wednesday stranded transfer people are likely to be brought over on the Skiathos tour boat this morning.
    We had strong gusting winds all day yesterday but the forecast rain never appeared.  The skies started to clear during the late afternoon and the wind has eased overnight and this morning we have blue skies with some patchy high level cloud but the strong breeze has a cool edge to it.
  • The Dimos:  Has secured funding for a cat neutering programme for the island, and has agreed it with Niki and Dimitris, our local vets.  The programme is for a limited number of operations between now and the end of August.  If successful, it can be repeated.  All animals will have their ears clipped and ASAP is responsible for finding the animals.  ASAP have boxes and traps available and can approve any suitable male or female cat if you let Julia or Guy know.  Cats have to be more than about 6 months old.  It is great that the Dimos is taking some responsibility for animal welfare on the island and so ASAP want to do their best to make the programme successful.  If you need any further information, please contact Julia or Guy.
  • Thursday 18th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm.
    No obvious sign of any vessels moving around the Sporades today but Openseas is suggesting that Flying Cat 6 will go out to Volos and back tomorrow.  The first car ferry to the island will be the Proteus on Sunday but it appears that Flying Dolphin Erato will be back in service from Alonissos to Volos on Monday.
    The 1st Fun(d) Raising Group's summer quiz drew an almost full house at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village yesterday evening for Sue and Simon's excellent general knowledge quiz.  A big thank you goes to Mary and Yorgos for hosting the quiz night.  The 2nd Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village is our quiz on Wednesday 31st from 7pm.
    A day of cloud and rain yesterday with the strong wind in the morning increasing in strength into the late evening.  The rain has abated this morning but the wind is still blowing and gusting strongly.
  • Wednesday 17th:
    1st Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz tonight at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Sue and Simon.
    The Seaman's union strike continues today and neither of the 2 car ferries or the catamaran have left port this morning.
    Information from Guy about the wood is that the Dimos has a contract with a logging company to help clear up after the damage caused by the snow in January.  The company provides equipment and staff and is clearing away larger damaged trees in the forests which can't easily be reached normally.  They are also skilled in forestry management and so will be giving some much needed attention to some of the pine forests.  The deal is that they take the wood as payment and so it is not costing the Dimos (i.e. all of us!) anything.  There is still plenty of wood for firewood for several years.  The Dimos has got extra funding to employ a team of workers through the summer to clear up debris and they are now at work.  There is a huge amount of work to do and the fire risk is a big worry, so they are concentrating on areas where the risk is greatest at the moment.
    We had a warm and very pleasant day yesterday with cloud rolling in during the evening and the wind picking up in strength.  Overnight the wind started gusting strongly and intermittent rain started in the early hours of the morning and this weather continues is looking to be set for the next 24 hours.
  • Tuesday 16th:
    1st Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz tomorrow at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Sue and Simon.
    Seaman's union strike today and it doesn't look as if there's much shipping moving around the islands this morning.
    It's very sad to see that lorry loads of large tree trunks, that could have been cut and used for winter fuel on the island, are being taken down to the port and shipped off to the mainland on one of the freighters.
    Lovely day yesterday with acres of sunshine but the wind was rather confused in strength and direction.  This morning we have a cloudy and overcast start to the day with a breeze blowing with a cool edge to it.  Tomorrow evening and Thursday are looking a little on the soggy side at the moment but we need some rain.  The forecast for the weekend weather and into next week is currently looking really good.
  • Monday 15th:  This coming week we have the following event:
    1. Wednesday 1st Fun(d) Raising Group summer quiz at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village at 7pm hosted by Sue and Simon.
    Due to lack of numbers the dance classes in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos will be suspended for a few days.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session which fortunately didn't turn into a blood bath!!  There were 17 dancers turned up and Yorgos changed the end of the syrtos dance Συρτός Κυκλάδων which made it more easy to dance but then changed some of the earlier steps.  After 45 minutes almost everyone had got the dance so then he started on a dance called Ελενάκι Καρσιλαμάς Λήμνου which is being simplified because the original is quite a complicated dance.
    We have added the dance Κοντούλα Βλάχα Θεσσαλία to the Greek Dance Music H - M and Greek Dance Videos H - M pages and the music and YouTube video can be accessed via the What's New page.  This was the final dance performed in the amphitheatre on National Day on March 25th.
    A glorious day yesterday with intense sunshine and mid afternoon sun temperatures peaking around 35 deg C (around 95 deg F) with a calm evening and a beautiful sunset that wrapped around the island from east to west.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some thin and patchy high level cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Doug and Sara:  Send a big thank you to everyone who supported the Race Night at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar in Patitiri last Thursday evening.  The proceeds and kind donations amounted to 300 euro and they are talking to the staff of the Medical Centre as to how the money should be spent.
  • Sunday 14th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm this evening.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session and it was one of the strangest ever.  There where 16 people and all we managed to attempt in 1 hour was 1 dance.  Yorgos has added a final twist (literally) to the syrtos dance Συρτός Κυκλάδων which no-one, even the most experienced of the Greek dancers, seemed to come to terms with.  It should be an interesting session this evening!!
    Great news from Di that Aqua Fit is starting at the end of the month.  The first session will be on Sunday 28th at the Milia Bay Apartments pool and then the pattern is the same as in previous years with a Tuesday session at the Hotel Yalis pool in Votsi and a Thursday session at the Leftos Yialos pool.  Lessons are 1 hr being beasted to rock and roll and popular music.  Start time is 10.30am and the cost is still 5 euros per lesson with loyalty cards and offers for the regulars.
    The Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village is still closed and will reopen on the afternoon of Monday 15th.
    We dropped into the Nereides hotel yesterday in Paleohorafina to find out when they would be opening.  They are still finishing some building work around the pool area, which looks amazing, but Kostas said that the hotel and the kitchen should be open next Friday.  Kostas gave Dave a sample of their home made red wine to try and it was extremely good.  This is brilliant news that they will soon be open but doesn't help with Sunday lunch today which is now transferred to the Archipelagon (Billy's) in Patitiri.
    Lovely and warm yesterday but it remained cloudy and misty for most of the day.  The wind picked up strength overnight and this morning we have a blustery start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with some thin and patchy high level cloud.
  • Saturday 13th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm this evening and tomorrow evening at the same time.
    There were 3 people for the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos yesterday and, because of the small numbers, Dave persuaded Yorgos to start on the new Hasapiko that he is teaching to the group in the evenings at the school gymnasium in Patitiri.  By the end of the session we had done half the dance which was very good going.
    We understand that the Race night at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar in Patitiri on Thursday went off really well and, after a few initial technical problems, Doug and Sara helped to raise over 300 euro to provide consumables for the Medical Centre which is a brilliant result.
    It was warm and cloudy for much of the day yesterday and this morning has started in a similar vein except we have dense sea mists, so much so that you wouldn't know that the island of Evia existed as it is totally shrouded as is the islands of Skantzoura and Skyros.
  • Friday 12th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm.
    Dance class in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon today.
    We understand that the Fun(d) Raising Group Spring Bazaar raised over 1,200 euro for projects in the community on Alonissos which is the largest amount ever raised in one day.
    The lovely weather continued yesterday during the day but clouded over into the evening.  This morning we have a warm start to the day with an overcast and cloudy sky amd a light breeze blowing.
  • Advance Warning:  The Pan-Hellenic Maritime Federation (PNO) has decided to launch a 48-hour strike for all ships next week.  The strike will start at 00:01 hours on Tuesday May 16th and end at 24:00 hours on Wednesday May 17th.  This means that Flying Cat 6 and both car ferries will not operate between the mainland and Alonissos during this time.
  • Thursday 11th:
    Dance class tomorrow in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon.
    Race night this evening at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar in Patitiri hosted by Doug and Sara in aid of the Medical Centre.  First race starts at 7.30pm and 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.
    We understand that Panos has now opened Peri Orexios in the Old Village for the summer.
    There were 4 people for the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos yesterday and we had an interesting selection of dances including a new dance from Crete which went on for so long we were glad to be saved by Yorgos' mobile phone ringing!!
    Another lovely day yesterday with plenty of sunshine but the breeze in the Old Village had a cool edge and kept increasing and decreasing in strength.  We had a calm evening and a lovely sunset and this morning we have woken to a beautifully warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with some scattered high level cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • FYI:  We have taken over running the 'Books on the Wall' from Jan this year and 3 crates of 'Holiday Reading' will be outside the house in front of the apothiki.  As always, a donation of 1 euro per book will be gratefully received and all money collected over the summer will go to the Fun(d) Raising Group for various projects within the community.
  • Wednesday 10th:
    Race night tomorrow evening at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar in Patitiri hosted by Doug and Sara in aid of the Medical Centre.  First race starts at 7.30pm and 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.
    Fun(d) Raising Group Spring Bazaar today in the Community Centre in Patitiri opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi from 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 7pm.
    Dance class today in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon.
    Very good news for Gerry from her oncologist George yesterday that he wants her to continue with another 3 full cycles of the Capecitabine chemotherapy tablets (9 weeks) but on a reduced dose of 5 tablets per day, rather than 7 per day as before.
    Rather unexpected weather yesterday with sunshine and blue skies in the morning then the wind picked up during the afternoon and it clouded over.  The cloud cleared and then we had more sunshine and blue skies but around 8.30pm a mass of grey cloud rolled in and for about 1 hour we had heavy rain with thunder and lightning.  After this everything calmed down and this morning we have woken to a warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with some scattered high level cloud and a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 9th:
    Fun(d) Raising Group Spring Bazaar tomorrow in the Community Centre in Patitiri opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi.  Times are 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 7pm.  If you have any items for the bazaar they can be dropped off this morning between 10am - 12 noon.
    Dance class tomorrow in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon.
    After the dance class yesterday we sat on the outside terrace of Taverna Panselinos and the Trans Bus brought the first boat trip visitors of the summer up to the Old Village, who were on an excursion from Skiathos to Alonissos via Skopelos.
    There were 5 people for the dance class at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos yesterday and we had a nice selection of well tried and tested dances.
    The weather improved yesterday as the day progressed with the cloud clearing and the sun shining strongly with the wind dropping during the afternoon to leave a lovely calm evening and a starry night.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some cloud around and a light breeze blowing.
  • Monday 8th:  This coming week we have the following events:
    1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Dance classes in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon.
    2. Wednesday Fun(d) Raising Group Spring Bazaar in the Community Centre in Patitiri opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi.  Times are 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 7pm.
    3. Thursday Race night at the Corali (Comfy Chairs) bar in Patitiri hosted by Doug and Sara in aid of the Medical Centre.  The first race starts at 7.30pm and Marianthi has organised a raffle, also in aid of the Medical Centre, and raffle tickets can be bought up to and also on the night.
    Dance class today in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 13 people were worked really hard by Yorgos who has added a third set of turns to the syrtos dance Συρτός Κυκλάδων.
    A day of contrasting weather yesterday with morning cloud and a couple of patches of rain and then in the afternoon the cloud disappeared and we had blue skies and intense sunshine with temperatures in the sun peaking around 37 deg C (98 deg F).  We had a lovely sunset but the wind picked up during the late evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine with some light high level cloud but there is still a noticeable breeze blowing.
  • FYI:  Some news about tavernas.  The Avrogiali (Paskali's) behind the town beach in Patitiri opened for the summer as of yesterday.  The Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village will be closed from today, Sunday 7th, and will reopen on the afternoon of Friday 12th.  Taverna Astrofegia in the Old Village will open its doors for the summer from the evening, weather permitting, of Thursday 25th and Taverna Ostria at the end of the harbour front in Patitiri was getting its tables and chairs out yesterday and will obviously be opening for the summer within the next few days.
  • Sunday 7th:
    Three hour master class on Cretan dances at the new school gymnasium in Patitiri.  Ten euro per hour starting from 7pm.
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 6 - 7pm this evening.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the 5 - 6pm dance session where 10 people danced a lovely selection of dances including some of the recent dances from the National Day and Saint George's Day celebrations.  As something new Yorgos has added an extra dimension to the syrtos dance Συρτός Κυκλάδων with a different set of turns for the partners and we also practiced the new ending steps for Hasapiko.
    If you want to register for the Alonissos Challenge this year on Sunday 4th June, which is Pentecost in Greece, then go and see Panayiotis in the Alonissos Cafe in Patitiri.  Just put your name and T shirt size on the appropriate form.  Dave and Netty are doing the 10km walk the opposite way around, as we have both made a contract to grow old disgracefully, with a drinks stop at the Milia Bay Apartments on the way back.  Gerry has been registered for the 31Km multi-terrain run!!!!!!  The only bit of reality is her T shirt size but Panayiotis thought it was absolutley hilarious given Gerry's mobility problems.
    The tick season is coming to an end but beware that there are a lot of mozzies and 'no see ums' (biting midges) that have just started to appear and we have both been attacked recently.  Jungle Formula or equivalent is good to ward them off and Ammonia based bite sticks seem to deal with the bites when you get them.  These are available in the chemists and some of the supermarkets.
    We have uploaded a page relating to the recent national adult scout leaders course on the island which can be accessed either via What's New or the Scouting On Alonissos page.
    Yesterday and again this morning the air is very clear and you can see definition on the faces of the mountains on the island of Evia opposite and yesterday Mount Athos and both of the other 2 fingers of the Halkidiki peninsular could be seen from the corn circles below the Old Village.
    Another glorious day yesterday with mid afternoon sun temperatures peaking around 35 deg C (around 95 deg F) with a calm evening and a lovely sunset.  This morning we have a calm start to the day with the sun trying to break through the high level cloud cover and a few patches of splodgy rain.  The weather forecast for the next week is looking really good still.
  • Saturday 6th:
    The third and final master class on Cretan dances is due to take place tomorrow at the new school gymnasium in Patitiri but so far we haven't heard any details of the event.
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri with Yorgos from 5 - 6pm this evening and tomorrow evening at the same time.
    There were 6 people for the first dance class of the year at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos yesterday and we had a nice relaxed session with an interesting choice of dances and then afterwards a group of us enjoyed the wonderful weather and had a lovely social get together on the outside terrace.
    We had a lot of sea mists around yesterday morning in the Old Village but it was very hot during the mid afternoon when sun temperatures rose into the low 30 degs C (around 90 deg F).  This morning has started with blue skies and sunshine with some scattered high level cloud and a light breeze blowing.
  • Friday 5th:
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 5 - 6pm.
    Dance class in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon today.
    The lovely weather continued yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and a lovely sunset and clear starry evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine again with some thin and dispersed high level cloud with a light breeze.
  • Thursday 4th:
    Dance class in Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village with Yorgos around 12 noon tomorrow.
    The first summer visitors to Alonissos should have arrived yesterday with the start of charter flights into Skiathos airport.
    We got Gerry's blood test results yesterday morning and we will scan and e-mail the results to Gerry's oncologist George in Athens today and then wait for his call to see how he wants to proceed with Gerry's treatment.
    Another glorious day yesterday with temperatures in the sun equal to the hottest so far this year.  We had a calm evening and a lovely sunset and this morning we have again woken to a beautifully warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Wednesday 3rd:
    A small group of us are planning a dance class with Yorgos at Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village around 12 noon on Friday if anyone wants to come and join us.
    Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village is now open all day starting between 11.30am - 12 noon and both Panos at Peri Orexios in the Old Village and Andy at the Helios Foodbar in Patitiri have told us they are aiming to open for the summer on or before Wednesday 10th.
    Lovely day yesterday although the breeze had an edge to it coming off the sea in the Old Village.  This morning we have, like yesterday, a very warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.
  • Tuesday 2nd:
    Flying Cat 6 left Alonissos yesterday afternoon at 3pm and returned late evening and, during the afternoon, the car ferry Myrtidiotissa left Alonissos for Agios Konstantinos and the car ferry Proteus left Glossa bound for Volos.
    The weather improved yesterday as the day progressed with the cloud clearing and sun shining with the wind dropping during the afternoon to leave a lovely calm evening.  This morning we have a very warm start to the day with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing.  The weather forecast currently looks really good up to and across the weekend and into the middle of next week but let's hope the lack of rain doesn't cause problems for the summer.
  • Monday 1st:
    Labour Day in Greece and a public holiday so most of the supermarkets and shops on Alonissos will be closed.  Tratitionally today people pick flowers and use them to create a May Day wreath that will hang on their door until it goes dry.
    As expected there are no vessels moving around the Sporades today with Flying Cat 6 in Patitiri harbour on Alonissos, the car ferry Myrtidiotissa moored in Skopelos harbour and the car ferry Proteus moored in Glossa harbour on Skopelos.
    There has been a national scout adult leaders course taking place on the island over the last few days and Dave was invited to the church of Agios Panteleimonas in Votsi for a presentation ceremony.  Various awards were given out including certificates to members of the Fun(d) Raising Group for their support of the Alonissos Scout Group.  Dave took some pictures and we will put a page together in due course.
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where again 15 people danced a very interesting and lively but different set of dances.  Yorgos has reinvented the final part of Hasapiko and introduced the group to the new steps yesterday.
    Odd sort of day yesterday with the morning cloud and sea mists clearing to leave a bright and sunny day but then some cloud and sea mists reappeared during the evening.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing with a mostly cloudy sky with some blue sky and the sun trying to shine through the cloud.
    Καλό μήνα (have a good month) from Dave and Gerry to all the visitors from around the world to our website.
April 2017

  • Sunday 30th:
    Tomorrow is Labour Day in Greece and a public holiday so most of the supermarkets and shops on Alonissos will be closed.  Stock up on cigarettes and tobacco today as Voula is closed all day tomorrow.
    Today is a special day in the Greek Orthodox church being the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing women (Κυριακή των Μυροφόρων).
    Dave went to the school gymnasium in Patitiri yesterday for the dance session where 15 people danced a very interesting and lively set of dances.  Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 5 - 6pm.
    Another glorious day yesterday with temperatures similar to the past couple of days.  This morning we have a light breeze blowing and as the sea mists shrouding the Old Village are clearing we can see its a cloudy start to the day and we have some light drizzle starting.
  • Saturday 29th:
    Don't forget that most of the shops and supermarkets will be closed tomorrow and again on Monday which is Labour Day in Greece and a public holiday.
    It has been reported on Greek Travel Pages that the seaman's union will go on a 24 hour strike on Labour Day May 1st and no ferries are expected to leave their ports.
    Master class on Cretan dances today at the new school gymnasium in Patitiri.  Ten euro per hour starting from 6pm.
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri today with Yorgos from 5 - 6pm.
    Yesterday afternoon was very hot in Patitiri with mid afternoon sun temperatures touching 30 deg C (86 deg F).  This morning has started with a mix of blue skies and thin high level cloud with a light breeze and some haziness due to early morning sea mists.
  • Friday 28th:
    Master class on Cretan dances tomorrow at the new school gymnasium in Patitiri.  Ten euro per hour starting from 6pm.
    Dance class in the school gymnasium in Patitiri tomorrow with Yorgos from 5 - 6pm.
    The Fun(d) Raising Group have one summer quiz spot left on Wednesday 23rd August which require hosts if anyone is interested in presenting a quiz.
    There have already been quite a few yachts moored in Patitiri recently, with people up and down from the supermarkets with bags.  Taverna Panselinos in the Old Village has been open from 9am - 9pm from Monday to Thursday this week as a joint seminar between a Greek university and european universities has been held there.
    Two funerary bells were tolling for a lot of the morning and afternoon yesterday.
    The lovely weather continued unabated again yesterday with blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing and a lovely sunset and clear starry evening.  This morning we have blue skies and sunshine again with a light breeze blowing.  The forecast is still very good across the weekend and in to early May.
  • Thursday 27th:
    There was almost a full house at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village yesterday evening for Jan's excellent Fun(d) Raising Group quiz which was very cleverly themed on occupational surnames.  Almost 200 euro was raised on the evening and a big thank you goes to Mary and Yorgos for hosting the winter quizzes.  The summer quizzes will also be held at the Arhondostasi (Mary's Bar) in the Old Village starting on May 17th with a quiz by Sue and Simon.  Money raised by the Fun(d) Raising Group goes to community projects and has been used in the past to buy books for the school, equipment for the scout group and consumables for the Medical Centre.  Recent and current projects include money to buy more costumes for the Alonissos Dance Group, more consumables for the Medical Centre and some additional equipment for the scout group.  The next fund raising event will be the Spring Bazaar in the Community Centre, opposite the church of Agia Paraskevi in Patitiri, on Wednesday May 10th.
    We have loaded some video clips of the adult dance group performing at Saint George's day on April 23rd.  An icon has been put on the Greek Dance page and the page can also be accessed from the What's New page.
    Gerry had her blood tests done yesterday morning by Doctor Yorgos and we will get the results tomorrow morning.  We will scan and e-mail the results to Gerry's oncologist George in Athens and then wait for his call to see how he wants to proceed with Gerry's treatment.
    Lovely day yesterday with acres of blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing in the Old Village.  We had nice sunset and a clear and starry evening.  This morning we have again woken to blue skies and sunshine with a light breeze blowing with some haziness due to the sea mists.
  • 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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