Well, would you believe it Philip? I've just been on the Skiathos Boomerangers Facebook page and the aforementioned Dennis has posted there, complete with a photograph, two hours ago. That shows where his loyalty lies, but I bet he will still expect us to wave to him on the Skopelos webcam! Uh! Bob
Hey you selfish lot, what happened to human kindness milk and sympathy for a brave person overcoming great trials and tribulations?
OK. The flight took off pretty much on time and I got my ham and cheese melt and six Baileys. Captain's announcements were as unintelligible as always - we got a few words now and then, but nothing worth paying attention to! We landed on scheduled time and to be honest, I thought the photo of the lavvy queue would keep you all going for long enough for us to settle in.
We ate at Vareli, where Vera had kleftiko and I had sea bass, following our tzatziki starter. I had earlier in the day put myself outside sundry alcoholic beverages to celebrate my safe negotiation of the skies, so I felt unable to cope with any more and had two glasses of pineapple juice. With Vera's litre of water, our bill came to €41.35.
Off to bed at about 9pm and the next we knew it was 6:30am this morning, with the moon fast disappearing and the sun about to break forth. Being newbies (it was eight weeks since we were last here) it took us some time to get moving and we set off to the beach at 7:30. Slightly overcast sky, but it felt warm enough. To my huge pleasure, I got into the sea quite easily, but not actually Big Girl's Blouse. I took it gently and had Vera look at my leg several times to check that the dressing was holding the sea out and my leg in. What a wonderful pleasure!
Feeding a few snacks to the goats on the way back, we showered the salt away and got down to the task of amateur nursing, changing my dressing in a combined exercise - successfully! I took iPhone photos to send back home for scrutiny (Vera's daughter is a nurse in Surgical).
And off to town - quite late - we caught the bus at 11am and were the last to board - Vera hanging round the driver's neck and I was on his knee changing the gears and thumbing my nose at all the next bus stops, telling him they could walk! We had been urged to go to Chef to Chef for breakfast, so in we went and asked an empty room if we could possibly have breakfast. After consultations with the kitchen, Yes, we could. We had breakfast menu 2, same as 1, but with vegetable omelette instead of egg and bacon. Sorry, I can't remember the menu list, but it was great and cost €8 each. Our only complaint (which we kept to ourselves) was the tea tasted disgusting - we'll have coffee next time!
At the bottom of Papadiamantis, we turned off to give our heartfelt thanks to the shopkeeper who had called the emergency services for my accident in July. He was pleased to have helped and was horrified to learn that I'm still not over it. Then off to Pan jewellers for a necklace. Then to the Bourtzi for beer (actually two beers, both of them for me) and a frappé.
All day, I wore my Facebook Boomerangers ribbon hanging very prominently from my hat - not a flicker of recognition anywhere - so it's come off now.
Salt and Pepper tonight - kalamari for Vera and ribs for me. With one beer (Vera's water is free there) the bill was €31.50. So we continue to ask ourselves how people can call it expensive. Maybe because we don't have cocktails? We only have one course, because hot rolls and dips are free and with the size of portions on the main courses, we simply would not be able to eat anything more.
We isolate ourselves, so that when we get back together, no one is missing
Good to hear that you had a good flight. I don't know what happened to Flightradar but it showed your flight coming in to land, then climbing up again, overshooting the runway, before reversing back down to land! Really impressive, but then they do say that only the best pilots are allowed to fly in to Skiathos. I'm a fan of Varelli's as well. Rosemary and George are so hospitable and their food so good. You must be delighted that you were able to get into the water for your morning dip. You mentioned buying a necklace - for yourself or for Vera? What a shame that no one recognised your Boomerangers ribbon. Would it be worth trying again, but with a different deodorant? Here's hoping that you both have a great time, with no acrobatics this time! Bob
Absolutely excellent news you managed to venture into the sea, I think many of us boomerangers have been wishing,fingers crossed you would achieve your goal. I think lack of response to boomerangers ribbon could be down to the fact, many newbees to forum,myself included do not know significance of displaying said item. Perhaps a lesson in boomerang etiquette is required. I suspect it must have been a tad emotional when you thanked shopkeeper, but good on you, not many would have made the effort. Looking forward to future posts from you, hope weather stays kind to you for extent of your holiday
Bit of a setback tonight - I sent back photos of the leg and Vera's daughter isn't completely happy. So I have change dressing to a different one tomorrow which won't allow me to swim - tomorrow morning may be my last swim for some time.
So so back to today. Glorious swim at 8am, complemented by a couple of flights of skittery fishes. Nice chat on the beach afterwards with an American lady - don't blame me, I didn't vote for him! Reminds me that we are away from all that mouth stuff for a fortnight.
We went into town on the lady conductor's bus, she recognised me and threw up her hands in despair, but not really. We chatted happily for most of the journey - the bus wasn't packed like yesterday. I helped her out with stop numbers and names, to some chuckles. The return journey later was also with her, so we continued the pleasantries. Her name is Katerina, or Kathy.
In town we found just the perfect dresses and stuff, then moved on to Nikos bar for gyros, frappe and beer. Another stroll to find some more perfect dresses, then up to the Bourtzi for frappe and beer. Not a single sign of Kate. Being Sunday, it was busy and several tables were hogged by the selfish ones who buy a coffee and spend an hour or more on the free wifi. Speaking of which, I'm not bothering with free wifi - it's nowhere near the 4G speeds and I have enough allowance on my contract to cover my needs.
We ate tonight in Jasteri, very pleasant staff and excellent food - top class tzatziki then sea bass fillet for Vera and chicken fillet a la creme for me. With large water for Vera and large beer for me, €36.
We are still using the remains of the Euros we took home in July. I had over 600 accumulated over the years, so that's a lorra lorra beers in credit.
Dresses, frappe, beer I can see a pattern emerging. Perfect dresses on first days shopping, or flicking as I call it, my good lady seems to spend hours walking round shops flicking through clothes on the racks. Cannot argue with fact you have accumulated a decent wedge of beer tokens,and feel duty bound to use them. Glad to see you are airing on side of caution with regards to your wound, at least you have been able to enjoy your daily constitutional to some extent. Hope you both continue to have a great holiday,look forward to your next update