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February 2018

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

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