On the road to Damascus….

Well, my journey’s begun…… Waving Skiathos a fond farewell for another year, I took to the ominously darkening skies (very delayed, in a gale force wind!) and, following a brief overnight stay night in Athens, finally touched down at Heathrow … Continue reading

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Kalo Paska!

It was Mark Twain who said: “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” Well, that’s certainly true of this year ! I have never known such changeable … Continue reading

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Fruit of the Loom

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.” – Maya Angelou ‘Moroccan Rug Weavers’ acrylics on canvas, 102cm x … Continue reading

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Keeping Good Company…

Hello Everyone, Happy New Year or Xronia polla! Christmas at home in London is always such a busy and wonderful ‘family’ time and this year, thankfully, was no exception.  We had the added thrill of sharing the festivities with good … Continue reading

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Olives: From Tree to Table!

“Except the vine, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive.” – Pliny (AD 23-79) Following on from my last post……Three days (of intensive olive picking) later, we had ten heavy sacks (weighing … Continue reading

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Soapboxes, Surprises, Syrups, and Salsa!

Here we are, mid-November already and the winter nights are drawing in but, despite the clocks having gone back and the days being so much shorter, the leisurely pace we all enjoyed at the end of the season has suddenly … Continue reading

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Protected: A Fairytale Greek Wedding – Skiathos Style!

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2nd Annual Folk Dancing Festival

Summer festivities are well-underway. Unfortunately I missed the Choir Festival with all the visiting choirs from around the mainland – I believe it was a spectacular event. However, last night, I did manage to catch the final performance of the … Continue reading

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Well I Never!

Once again, Skiathos has surprised me…. Just across the road (literally less than 50 yards) from Villa Nicara, is my local corner shop or ‘supermarket Yadim’: It’s a small roadside convenience store, unremarkable in almost every way. It carries the … Continue reading

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Mourning, Miracles & Magic. Xristos Anesti!

Hello again! I don’t know about you (and if you’re very religious or a regular church go-er it’s unlikely you’ll be able to relate to this) but over the last few years, for me anyway, Easter has become a bit … Continue reading

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Back to basics and ‘KALO PASKA!!

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus HELLO EVERYONE, I’M BACK!! I returned to a freezing cold, windy and very wet Skiathos and unable to locate my key-holder … Continue reading

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“Yvonne’s World”

‘Yvonne’s World’ Digital painting by Beth Edwards (1stAngel) How many times have you heard this: “Attention! Ladies and Gentlemen. This store will be closing in 20 minutes. Please proceed immediately to the nearest checkout with your purchases and exit through … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas, Sailors and Sweets

Earlier this week,  as I was walking along the ‘paralia’ in the Porto Limani (old port): I approached the  ‘St. Nicholas’, one of the larger tourist boats moored alongside, to find an excited crowd had gathered.  It’s owner, Mr Kyriakos … Continue reading

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Almost Heaven….

I know I risk becoming boringly repetitive –  but the fact is that even after 30 years of coming to Skiathos (somewhere so small, relatively,  that I feel there can’t be anything left to discover) I’m continually amazed how it … Continue reading

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