News letter from Glossa Houses
Hello from Glossa, Skopelos
Whilst much of Europe and North America is in the grip of a cold winter, here on Skopelos the first signs of spring are visible. The wild anemones are putting out their pastel petals in the olive groves, the anthemis daisies are brightening up the footpaths and the sulphur-yellow Bermuda Buttercups shine above their astonishingly bright green trefoil leaves.
Between now and the end of March, there will be plenty of rain to keep our island green and perhaps even a touch of snow, but once the year has turned, the seasons turn too. By early February the spectacular display of the almond blossom will be starting. But some quieter advance guards are on the march. The scented flowers of the Mousmoulia (Loquat) tree appear before Christmas and many of the fruit-laden orange and lemon trees also have blossom in time to welcome the New Year.
Inevitably, perhaps, our first visitors of 2011 will be walkers. We have expanded our popular set of picture walking maps which were extensively road tested (and off-road tested) last season. Our guests find a spring walking break in Glossa can really shorten the winter and the amazing display of spring flowers can certainly lighten your step.
On a related subject, the island has a new mayor, Giorgos Michaelis. He seems to be very forward-thinking and has a particular interest in promoting the use of Skopelos’s forests – almost unique in the Greek islands – for trekking and sustainable traditional agriculture, both firmly linked to quality tourism. So our walking picture maps will doubtless support this enterprise, and come into wider use. But there are still going to be secluded forest paths and quiet beaches for many years to come!
As you may know, Therese and Iannis gave up the Astarti Café, by the school, at the end of the summer. (Their daughter Machi has had her baby – a little girl called Joanna). The other good news is that a local young couple have taken on the Café and are planning to offer pizzas and speciality Greek dishes. We expect it to be open well in time for Easter, which this year is the same date in the Western and the Orthodox calendars.
Best wishes from Glossa in Skopelos
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