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Title: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 28, 2014, 12:13:57 PM
Good morning all!

As the new season approaches we thought it might be a good idea to start a daily update thread for San Stef.
Now we are regularly in the village, and like others, preparing for the summer, we see lots of projects and activity happening.

The idea is a daily insight into village life, be it new businesses opening, established businesses improving, local events, the ever changing beach, even just the weather, just a snippit a day to keep everyone up to date on whats going on, and whet your appetites for your visits to this lovely little resort.

And, if theres anyone on the forum considering the possibility of a holiday to San Stef, hopefully we can encourage you to come and visit us!
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Post by: H A S on March 28, 2014, 01:00:00 PM
Good looking forward to daily updates.
Harry
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Post by: Westward on March 28, 2014, 01:01:44 PM
Wonderful idea.  Love to know the daily weather and watch the temperature increase day by day.
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Post by: Woodman on March 28, 2014, 03:40:55 PM
Fab idea, you can only tell so much from the webcam! It'd be good to hear about what's going on in the village, whether there's been any more erosion of the beach and of course a daily weather update!
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Post by: rilo57 on March 28, 2014, 03:42:50 PM
Sounds a good idea to me...we are staying end of august and would gladley visit if we knew where.....
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Post by: D@G on March 28, 2014, 05:23:23 PM
Hi Hippopots,

We visited you last June, the young 'un decorated a plate and she is thoroughly looking forward to visiting you again in August.

Can we expect any changes to Hippopots shop for this coming season?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 28, 2014, 08:42:55 PM
Thanks for the positive replies!
Hi D@G, there will be some changes at Hippopots, lots of new stock, and we've got a little bit of decorating to do. We're abit behind some of the businesses, but our landlord has spent the winter doing building work above us, so we've waited for him to finish his work before we start.

However, plenty of others have been busy.
 
The building that houses Patricia's hair and beauty has had a total exterior paint job...not a small undertaking, but it looks great!

And further along the same road, heading towards the church, the old Sundowners Bar, is, as has been mentioned on the forum, having a big overhaul.....will be interesting to see how that progresses.

Plenty of other things happening which we'll keep you all posted on.


Today has been a little overcast with a few showers, the tail end I think of an amazing thunderstorm we had yesterday, followed by a hailstorm that settled in places, resembling snow!
But the sun is forecast for the weekend, so can't complain!  :)
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Post by: Jules on March 28, 2014, 09:13:31 PM
Thanks for that Hippopots. Love knowing what is going on
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Post by: Waspman on March 28, 2014, 10:36:22 PM
Is Hippopots on the corner by Athens bar and Spiros Bikes.
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Post by: Jules on March 28, 2014, 11:11:17 PM
Yes it is
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Post by: Mary and Geoff on March 29, 2014, 09:17:35 AM
What a great idea will look forward to the daily updates, thank you  :) :) :)
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Post by: babs56 on March 29, 2014, 05:26:59 PM
brilliant idea will look forward to daily updates x
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Post by: WINKIE on March 29, 2014, 07:11:16 PM
Great thread :),thank you for posting.Such a long drag until June  :'( to see our little piece of heaven again.
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on March 29, 2014, 07:50:20 PM
Our little boy loved to wave at the dog last year (usually when him and his dad were on their way for a pint!)
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Post by: hippopots on March 29, 2014, 08:16:31 PM
Well, after a couple of grey, overcast, thundery days, San Stef has been back to its usual glorious self today. The sun is just setting on a day of endless blue sky. With no haze, the Diapontia Islands could be clearly seen, as could the Albanian mountains.

The rain we had here settled as snow in Albania, with the mountains looking like they've had a dusting of icing sugar sifted over them, beautiful.

Darts were being played in 3 W'S this afternoon. As the only bar open this winter in the village, they can be quite a popular spot for locals. Incidently, Chrisanthos and team won the Arillas/San Stef winter darts league this year. And Margarita and her darts partner Spiros beat myself and hubby in the mixed pairs competition a couple of weeks ago. They do like their darts in 3 W'S!!

   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 30, 2014, 08:23:35 PM
Another glorious day today, the sea is a wonderful shade of turquoise, and there were a couple of 'sunday boaters' spotted out enjoying the great conditions.

Today we say 'congratulations' to Akrotiri who has been listed as one of the top 10 restaurants in Corfu by theculturetrip.com !

It may be a little walk up to visit them, but its worth the effort, as the views from their premises are amazing, back down over San Stef on one side, and over to Arillas and Gravia Island from the other.
When you get to the top, you can relax with a nice cold drink, and of course can always stop for another somewhere else when you've come back down into the village!! ;)
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Post by: Lesley on March 30, 2014, 10:01:10 PM
It certainly was a beautiful day today and the island did the first direct flight arrivals from UK proud with blue skies and 23c officially summer when those long awaited direct flights start.......
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Post by: Jimbo on March 30, 2014, 10:54:36 PM
It's great to hear that you're still there and making those beautiful frogs and lizards. We were hoping that you would be.
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Post by: chrissie d on March 30, 2014, 11:45:31 PM
Hello Hippopots , our daughter is looking forward to visiting you again when we come for our two weeks in July.
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Post by: Teamnickos on March 31, 2014, 11:43:31 AM
Really enjoying the updates - thankyou
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Post by: Silverstar on March 31, 2014, 01:16:37 PM
Great idea to do this Hippopots - its' invaluable to all of us who like to know what is going on in the village.

Looking forward to seeing you again on 18th August :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 31, 2014, 08:29:33 PM
Hi All,

Yep Jimbo, we're here again for 2014, and hopefully longer, as we love it so much!!
Lots of frogs and lizards again from us, as well as lots of new pieces, some already painted by us, and some available for painters who like to do their own, like Chrissie D's daughter.

We're not the only shop looking to have a larger selection of gifts this year.
Vasia has moved for 2014, just across the road from their old location.
They are now next to 2 Stars ,in the old surgery building. Work has been ongoing to create a lovely new premises, with much more space than they had before. Much effort has been made to make their new shop look very smart.

Once again a beautiful sunny day, with just a slight breeze and a few clouds.  :)   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 01, 2014, 09:47:28 PM
Another nice day today, although slightly hazy this afternoon.

Also a little bit of breeze, so was a little windswept walking along the beach late this afternoon, although the sound of the waves rolling in is a sound I love.

The sea breeze did not deter Havana Bar however, where the beachfront woodwork was all receiving a fresh lick of green paint, and the wooden slats that connect the steps to the beach we all laid out in the sand, and being rubbed down for their paint job.
Also, new handrail posts are in place, to aid you down the steps to the beach, and back up again after a few bevvies at the beach bars!
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Post by: Jules on April 02, 2014, 12:56:49 AM
Thanks for all the updates  :)
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Post by: Jimbo on April 02, 2014, 01:18:02 AM
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Also, new handrail posts are in place, to aid you down the steps to the beach, and back up again after a few bevvies at the beach bars!

It really is time for a lift.

Have they sorted out the kiddies' death slide in front of Mango Bar yet?
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Post by: Woodman on April 02, 2014, 12:37:29 PM
I think its time that whole play area was removed, when we were there in Sept 2012 it was home to a massive wasp nest
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 02, 2014, 09:12:32 PM
Another beautiful sunny day.....there's a theme developing here! 8)

Just a little breeze, but the sea much calmer than yesterday.

The kiddies play area outside Mango is looking the same as last year.......as for the wasp nest, I'm terrified of the beasties so not going to get close enough to see if still there!!

The path to the beach by the side of Mango got a little bit of a pounding during the winter storms, with abit of a drop off the end to the beach. It's amazing how nature can shift the sands. But afew weeks ago there was a digger hard at work, and now it has all been built back up again, so another good access down to that glorious sandy beach.
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Post by: Lesley on April 03, 2014, 06:24:15 PM
Hi Hippopots I was over in San Stefanos today as it's great to have the supermarket open there (next door but 1 to you) saves a journey into Sidari, popped into 3W's for a frappe -but did notice there seems to be a few empty units along the centre part.  There is a for rent sign on the Ice Cream parlour next door to you, that's a pity I enjoyed their ice creams last summer...... Looks like Acabar are getting ready for summer they seemed to be busy working as was George at El Greco's it's looking good too with his new design and colours.....
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 03, 2014, 07:42:01 PM
Yes Lesley's right, El Greco's is going to look great this summer....so much work gone on there over the winter.

And yes, sadly Yiannis, Maria, and their ice creams and waffles will not be next to us this year. We were hoping for new neighbours, but at the moment I think we may well be on our own.

However, I did hear a rumour that there may be someone new in the former Binios Travel office next to Bar 38. Haven't seen any work in progress yet, but watch this space.

We also bought some paint today to do a bit of decorating in our shop. Everyone is working hard prior to the season to spruce everything up, so we need to do our bit to keep up!!

Been a little mixed weatherwise today. Started sunny, went cloudy this afternoon, and now is back to sunshine again.

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: dibully on April 03, 2014, 07:59:35 PM
My Grandson will be devastated he will be on his first visit to the village in August and was looking forward to vising the ice cream parlor after his evening meals
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Post by: Rod on April 04, 2014, 05:41:36 PM
Great updates hippopots, keep them coming.  Looking forward to our fortnight holiday in June.
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Post by: hippopots on April 04, 2014, 10:32:41 PM
Hi All,
Didn't make it down to the village today, but we were there at dusk yesterday, dropping paint off, then took the dog for a quick run on the beach.
Work for the day was just winding down, with a couple of guys in overalls sat outside San Stefanos supermarket relaxing and chatting at the end of their working day.
After the waves of a few days ago, the sea yesterday was as flat as a millpond.

However, today has been a little overcast, and slightly cooler, and now the wind has really got up, so could be a bit choppy at sea again!

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 05, 2014, 10:20:30 PM
Woke up to the sound of rain this morning, but was only a short sharp shower, followed by a lovely sunny day again.

Spring is definately here, there is so much colour around the village at the moment with all the wild flowers and blossom. Lots of lovely yellow, pink and purple flowers. This really is such a pretty time of the year in Corfu.
And the frogs could even be heard in the stream by Barras....a sure sign the season is nearly upon us.
They do confuse our poor dog though....he's convinced there should be ducks down there!!

 
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Post by: Dupnica on April 06, 2014, 09:44:30 PM
 Stavroula's back!! Just seen her on the webcam.Of course it could be son or daughter of Stavroula,not quite sure how long spiders live.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 06, 2014, 10:02:17 PM
Ha, Ha, yep, just looked too, and she's there! Not too big that she obstructs too much of the camera though!!

Lots of lightening last night, with today being a mix of rain, sun, and thunder! Still, without the rain we wouldn't have the lovely flowers.
The weather has created some quite impressive waves, with 4 surfers taking advantage of the conditions today.

In between showers work was still in progress in the village, even on a Sunday.
Some of the signage from Binios Travel was being removed today, ready for the next tenant, who I was informed today should be Dimitris and Manos Car Hire, moving across the road from their previous office between the Chinese and Zorbas.
And San Stefanos supermarket had their fridges out, doing a good spring clean behind them.
With less than a month to go before the season really gets going, everyone is working towards everything being ship shape!

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Post by: hippopots on April 07, 2014, 06:35:56 PM
Just got back from the village, and it was a real hive of activity today.
The weather is glorious, warm and sunny, and everyone appears to be taking advantage of it.

Today seemed to be the day the shops were getting organised, ourselves included.
Vasia, Tereza's, Elizabeths, Perditas, Margarita supermarket, and ourselves were all in our premises today, organising stock, and getting things in place.

We were doing a spot of decorating, as was Yiannis, at Yiannis Gyros, who was giving the framework of his outside covers a lick of paint. Haven't seen Yiannis all winter so it was really nice to say Hi.   

And the sunshine meant the pressure washers were being put to good use at El Greco, and Olympia.
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Post by: Dupnica on April 07, 2014, 07:07:00 PM
Hippopots I know there is a lot of work going on where Vasia used to be,do you know what it's going to be?
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Post by: Dupnica on April 07, 2014, 07:20:42 PM
 I've been wondering if there is a way that we could recognize other Forum members when we are in San Stefanos,those that want to be recognized that is. It seems a shame that we could be sitting near someone in a taverna, whose posts we have enjoyed during the Winter,and not even know it.
 We can't go around with name badges on like we did when we started school.Anyone got any ideas?
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Post by: Westward on April 07, 2014, 07:35:07 PM
That's a good idea.

Apart from school trip labels,  Probably saying hello to everyone maybe a bit strange to non forum folk. 

Perhaps we say. Hello there. And the response should be  And hello to you too.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 07, 2014, 07:44:57 PM
Vasia's old shop has been incorporated into El Greco....
The bar has been totally transformed, with walls knocked out, new bar built, new doors, new paint job, and today a good ole hose down with a pressure washer!
Always amazes me how quickly things get done here. When we returned in January, the only difference was that Vasia had gone.
A few weeks later we walked by to see the side wall of El Greco gone, and the whole thing resembling a building site.
Fast forward to today, and its all just about done, and it's quite different to how it looked last year.
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Post by: Sellsy on April 07, 2014, 08:59:13 PM
I've been wondering if there is a way that we could recognize other Forum members when we are in San Stefanos,those that want to be recognized that is. It seems a shame that we could be sitting near someone in a taverna, whose posts we have enjoyed during the Winter,and not even know it.
 We can't go around with name badges on like we did when we started school.Anyone got any ideas?
Think I recall a few forum regulars tried a wrist band approach to recognise forum members a few years back, not sure how successful it was, sure some stalwarts of the forum may be able to confirm / recall?
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Post by: Dupnica on April 07, 2014, 09:42:49 PM
Vasia's old shop has been incorporated into El Greco....
The bar has been totally transformed, with walls knocked out, new bar built, new doors, new paint job, and today a good ole hose down with a pressure washer!
Always amazes me how quickly things get done here. When we returned in January, the only difference was that Vasia had gone.
A few weeks later we walked by to see the side wall of El Greco gone, and the whole thing resembling a building site.
Fast forward to today, and its all just about done, and it's quite different to how it looked last year.
Another noisy bar with tribute acts?I hope not.
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Post by: Dupnica on April 07, 2014, 09:53:59 PM
 Stavroula's back again tonight,bless her,maybe there are mosquitoes about now,carry on Stavroula catch as many as you can before we get there.
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Post by: rgreen1604 on April 07, 2014, 10:38:03 PM
Perhaps baseball caps forum written on the back
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Post by: Jules on April 07, 2014, 10:41:32 PM
Tony Cox did the wristband thing which were also mozzie repellent. Still got mine somewhere .... Don and Tony also had bright yellow t shirts with website name printed on.
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Post by: stressed0506 on April 07, 2014, 11:26:59 PM
It was suggested a couple of years ago that we wore wristbands. I made several friendship bracelets in shades of green ( for some reason it was the suggested colour.) I think I left them at Glenn's but can't remember! I have always thought that it would be good to recognise forum members.
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Post by: Dupnica on April 08, 2014, 01:08:46 AM
Perhaps baseball caps forum written on the back
I don't think so!!
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Post by: Jimbo on April 08, 2014, 01:19:00 AM
The wristbands didn't quite work because most of us forgot to wear them. Nothing to do with drinking, of course.

How about some sticky labels? I could get some printed quite cheaply. The sort you just slap onto your shirt/blouse/jacket/tits?
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Post by: Silverstar on April 08, 2014, 04:07:47 PM
Just caught up on this thread and am saddened by the news that Yiannis will not be there this year!!

He was amazing with Nate my little boy last August and as a family we went there every evening after our post dinner stroll for coffee's and icecream and Nate used to go and stand with Yiannis behind the counter and generally try to wreck his shop and he never once looked annoyed and was quite taken with him.

On our last night he stood in the street and waved to Nate all the way down until we turned the corner by the bakery - will really miss them this year!!

On the positive side, I will let Nate loose in Hippopots more often this year.... :)
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Post by: Dupnica on April 08, 2014, 07:04:52 PM
The wristbands didn't quite work because most of us forgot to wear them. Nothing to do with drinking, of course.

How about some sticky labels? I could get some printed quite cheaply. The sort you just slap onto your shirt/blouse/jacket/tits?
Good thinking Jimbo I had the same idea,either sticky labels or a little badge with S.S.F. on it.If we have the labels can they be small
 and tasteful please,we ladies won't want to go about with a stonking great label on our chests.




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Post by: hippopots on April 08, 2014, 10:11:12 PM
Another sunny day today  8)

It's funny how when we get into April the weather suddenly starts to heat up. Although its been a very nice winter, with regular sunshine since mid February, its still been jeans and fleece temperatures. Then, this week its suddenly time for T shirts and cropped trousers!
And with the milder evenings come the sound of the crickets, and the spectacle of the fireflies randomly lighting up the garden. I'd never seen fireflies until I came here on holiday in May 2011, and I find them mesmerising.

Some of the hotels are in cleaning mode, opening up patio doors to give the rooms an airing, including Athina hotel and Nafsika.

This month is going by pretty fast, and I think alot of people are getting to work in earnest, so we can then all enjoy Easter festivities without worrying about having too much left to do after.
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Post by: Andrew on April 08, 2014, 10:26:43 PM
Thanks for the posts Hippopots nice to hear whats going on looking forward to our visit in September. :)
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Post by: Jimbo on April 09, 2014, 12:22:42 AM
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tasteful please

What else????? I'm on the case!
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Post by: hippopots on April 09, 2014, 10:03:20 PM
Well, think I spoke to soon about the temperature...today has been a little hazy, with a bit of a breeze, bringing the temperature down to 15 degrees this afternoon, according to the digital temperature guage situated at San Stefanos car hire. But still some sunshine, so mustn't grumble  ;D

But still plenty of work being done, more painting for us, stocking of shelves at Eleni supermarket, and tables and chairs stacked up tidily at Little Prince, all ready for the waiters to dance with this summer!
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on April 10, 2014, 01:49:08 AM
I wore my wristband for two weeks!!! Not telling you where Sellsy had his!
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Post by: RedroseMax on April 10, 2014, 08:55:17 PM
Just caught up on this thread and am saddened by the news that Yiannis will not be there this year!!

He was amazing with Nate my little boy last August and as a family we went there every evening after our post dinner stroll for coffee's and icecream and Nate used to go and stand with Yiannis behind the counter and generally try to wreck his shop and he never once looked annoyed and was quite taken with him.

On our last night he stood in the street and waved to Nate all the way down until we turned the corner by the bakery - will really miss them this year!!

On the positive side, I will let Nate loose in Hippopots more often this year.... :)

Just told our two,they have asked us to Cancel the Holiday  ;)
Shame,we used to let the kids eat while we let our evening meal settle
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Post by: hippopots on April 11, 2014, 02:08:22 AM
Well, after a very windy night last night, we had a very windy day! Myself and the dog got sandblasted on the beach this morning! With the wind coming straight off the sea, the waves were rolling in, resulting in a high tide.

Today saw more painting, with 'touching up' being done at Mediterranean Village, and sanding down being done at Thomas Bay.
I was chatting to an early tourist in Arillas this afternoon who commented on how everyone local they've met seem to be wearing paint splattered clothes....it's definately that time of year. The local hardware shops must be doing a roaring trade at the moment!

I wish Yiannis and Maria knew how people have commented on missing Grande Gelato this year....we'd loved to have had them as our neighbours again, but sadly its not to be. 
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Post by: Silverstar on April 11, 2014, 02:23:29 PM
Do you know why they have decided not to open this year?

It was so popular last year??
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Post by: IrisG on April 11, 2014, 02:28:05 PM
I'm really enjoying these updates, thanks.
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Post by: hippopots on April 11, 2014, 09:39:30 PM
Just a light shower this morning, followed by a breezy but sunny day. Fortunately not quite as windy as yesterday.

Silverstar, Grande Gelato decided not to return this year as, unfortunately, they were just not busy enough for what they required.

A walk around the 'older' part of San Stef revealed that the old Sundowners bar has had the front patio re-tiled, and is now painted a nice, clean white, instead of the dark terracotta it previously was. It is really nice to see quite a few buildings having a re-paint, and looking nice and smart....must do ours too, to keep up!!  ;)

 
 
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Post by: Ioanna on April 12, 2014, 08:28:06 PM
Any news on the Olive Press yet ?
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Post by: hippopots on April 13, 2014, 01:59:00 AM
Hi all,

Yet another sunny day, with just a hint of a breeze, this is such a lovely time of year. 8)

Ioanna, I've not seen anything happening at The Olive Press. I know it was advertised as available to rent, but I don't know if anyone has taken it, maybe someone else knows?

Didn't head down to San Stef today, but can report that when I drove out yesterday I did notice that the tennis courts have been done up, and now have a nicely painted green surface, crisply painted white lines, and a new net, so if anyone's feeling energetic....... 
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Post by: Jules on April 13, 2014, 02:38:48 AM
Heard the Olive Press may be either Italian or Indian restaurant
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Post by: rae21 on April 13, 2014, 07:19:58 PM
The Olive Press possibly opening up as a Indian Restaurant yes please  :)
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Post by: rae21 on April 13, 2014, 07:24:25 PM
Then again would it fit in would it work? Not so sure ???
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Post by: Jules on April 13, 2014, 07:31:24 PM
When we first went to San Stef in 2000 there was an Indian restaurant next to Aspa supermarket and the food was very nice but it is obviously no longer there so should that tell us something. Never tried the Chinese whilst it was there though .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 13, 2014, 07:37:17 PM
When we first went to San Stef in 2000 there was an Indian restaurant next to Aspa supermarket and the food was very nice but it is obviously no longer there so should that tell us something. Never tried the Chinese whilst it was there though .
I don't remember that,couldn't have been there very long,one of these "here today gone tomorrow"things.
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Post by: Jules on April 13, 2014, 07:54:14 PM
I don't remember that,couldn't have been there very long,one of these "here today gone tomorrow"things.
Think it was called Casablanca and you can just see a sign of the fact it was there . Was probably only there a short time. Aspa have extended in to the building now
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Post by: babs56 on April 13, 2014, 08:33:48 PM
Olive press still for rent so nothing going there yet
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 13, 2014, 09:19:25 PM
 Casablanca was never an Indian restaurant,Sam,Aspatsia and George's son used to run it ably assisted by Katy.George used to do the cooking and very good it was to.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 13, 2014, 09:41:06 PM
Sunny day today, with the temperature into the high teens.
Gone a little overcast tonight, so we may have a little shower later.
The sea is much calmer now, after the winds of last week, things seem to have settled back down to that lovely flat, calm sea, that reflects the sunsets so beautifully.

I will go for a walk to The Olive Press tomorrow to see if anything is happening there......

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on April 13, 2014, 10:21:08 PM
Casablanca was never an Indian restaurant,Sam,Aspatsia and George's son used to run it ably assisted by Katy.George used to do the cooking and very good it was to.
It was an Indian menu when we were there
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Post by: rilo57 on April 13, 2014, 11:23:31 PM
Yep,was defo an indian...we tried it,was not so good.guess thats why it wasent there long..
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on April 13, 2014, 11:26:10 PM
Perros does curry nights and apparently they are to die for!
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Post by: rae21 on April 13, 2014, 11:33:01 PM
Wow staying at Perros this year for the first time hopefully curry fix sorted cheers Gavlah :D
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Post by: Jules on April 13, 2014, 11:33:51 PM
Yep,was defo an indian...we tried it,was not so good.guess thats why it wasent there long..
Thanks for that. Thought I was going mad for a minute
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Post by: Jules on April 13, 2014, 11:34:47 PM
Have heard good reviews of Perros curries
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Post by: Bristle Boy on April 14, 2014, 12:19:43 AM
Perros does curry nights and apparently they are to die for!

When we were in San Stef in 2010 (our last visit) we had a beef curry at Perros (just fancied a change from Greek one night) and it was superb - beautifuuly cooked and tender beef, in a pretty hot curry sauce. Rice and chips - worth a visit.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on April 14, 2014, 12:51:31 AM
Hey Ray,we are next door at jasmine pool..guess we might get the aromas blowing in the wind
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Post by: rae21 on April 14, 2014, 01:17:07 PM
Don't worry rilo will avoid the mutton vindaloo :) We are at Perros end of July for a fortnight when are you at Jasmine?
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Post by: Lesley on April 14, 2014, 03:22:08 PM
Yep just driven into San Stefanos on back road (Stousa) the tennis courts look amazing........
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Post by: Lesley on April 14, 2014, 03:26:47 PM
The ATM outside Paula's shop is now working for summer great news but so far no news on the Thomas Bay one as with the one in Arillas and Avliotes was taken away over the winter when several banks merged.....will keep you updated on this....... and couldn't believe it as went to a Greek bank today (nearest one here is Acharavi) to change up money (as didn't realise the ATM was working in San Stefanos at the time) and their service charge for GBP to Euros was 7 euros!!!!! amazingly expensive.......
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Post by: cambridge on April 14, 2014, 04:26:29 PM
Any action at Manthos?
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Post by: hippopots on April 14, 2014, 07:01:43 PM
Another beautiful sunny day today.  8)

Took a walk past Olive Press today, and no sign of any work...

Nothing happening at Manthos, unless you count my dog trying to chase a cat near there! But I expect they will be up and running for the season.

Pressure washer out today at Elizabeths Jewellers, cleaning their canopies, and scrubbing the pavement!

And cleaning down of furniture happening at Tasty Corner too. Must admit, I'm looking forward to seeing the gyros turning again, here, and at Yiannis......
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Post by: Dupnica on April 14, 2014, 07:17:30 PM
Any action at Manthos?
What sort of action are you expecting?Things haven't changed much for years but that's part of the charm.It's the Original Greek Taverna.
If you have never eaten there please don't be put off by the exterior which can only be described as "shabby chic".Once you pass through that
archway you will be made welcome and perhaps invited into the kitchen to see what's cooking. It's the perfect place to eat on a balmy evening.
 You can enjoy your meal while watching the sunset.At lunchtime it's a short walk off the beach and you have a view of the whole bay.
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Post by: rilo57 on April 14, 2014, 07:27:06 PM
Hey Ray,we are at jasmine from august 24th, so will not be shareing whats blowing in the wind..pitty,but you can give us some updates of whats cooking
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Post by: Woodman on April 14, 2014, 08:23:06 PM
What sort of action are you expecting?Things haven't changed much for years but that's part of the charm.It's the Original Greek Taverna.
If you have never eaten there please don't be put off by the exterior which can only be described as "shabby chic".Once you pass through that
archway you will be made welcome and perhaps invited into the kitchen to see what's cooking. It's the perfect place to eat on a balmy evening.
 You can enjoy your meal while watching the sunset.At lunchtime it's a short walk off the beach and you have a view of the whole bay.

Completely agree! Our in laws who stay regularly in Arillas came over to join us for a day and we sat and spent a lazy lunch with fabulous sardines and octopus.  We did the return leg at Brouklis in Arillas, another excellent meal, well worth a 45 minute walk over the hill!
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Post by: rae21 on April 14, 2014, 08:27:42 PM
Will do rilo have a great holiday  :)
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Post by: Dupnica on April 14, 2014, 09:57:00 PM
Completely agree! Our in laws who stay regularly in Arillas came over to join us for a day and we sat and spent a lazy lunch with fabulous sardines and octopus.  We did the return leg at Brouklis in Arillas, another excellent meal, well worth a 45 minute walk over the hill!
Woodman,next time you go to Arrilas why not try Armourada,another family run,unpretentious taverna.Lovely people and delicious food cooked by Kiki the mother who also runs the supermarket across the road.
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Post by: Ioanna on April 14, 2014, 11:21:50 PM
I agree with Dupnica , both Armourada (Arillas) and Manthos' are traditional laid back tavernas  . Nobody makes you feel that you have to vacate the place when you have finished eating both have got a very relaxed atmosphere . If you haven't tried them they are well worth a visit !
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Post by: rilo57 on April 15, 2014, 01:02:13 AM
Thanks Ray,,,,,hope you enjoy peros.
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Post by: cambridge on April 15, 2014, 12:18:29 PM
I'm very familiar with the Manthos Taverna, but I have a sneaky suspicion there may be a subtle change this year.
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Post by: teambunny on April 15, 2014, 01:05:06 PM
I'm very familiar with the Manthos Taverna, but I have a sneaky suspicion there may be a subtle change this year.
What do you think `might be happening? We're another couple who love the Manthos especially on Weds and Sat for the lamb, chicken and pork on the spit. :D
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Post by: Papapetros on April 15, 2014, 02:30:35 PM

I'm very familiar with the Manthos Taverna, but I have a sneaky suspicion there may be a subtle change this year.


Manthos and 'subtle',come off it,the two do no mix!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Jimbo on April 15, 2014, 03:54:45 PM
Does that mean O Manthos won't be cadging fags?
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Post by: Jaxbubbles on April 15, 2014, 04:15:36 PM
Is manthos okay. what kind if changes. That's our favourite place in town. Only change I would like to see is proper chairs.
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Post by: Ioanna on April 15, 2014, 05:23:28 PM
Manthos would not be Manthos if he didn't sneak your cigarettes , the chairs are certainly an improvement on the old upright wicker seated type but we cannot expect too much progress after all he is the 'old traditional taverna' ! As for any changes - have you seen any pigs flying lately ?
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Post by: Jaxbubbles on April 15, 2014, 05:36:13 PM
As long as he is okay. And it's business as usual I can put up with the plastic seats😃 however talking about change last year he did get new flags for his boat and new cushions for the sun beds! 😎
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Post by: cambridge on April 15, 2014, 06:36:50 PM
Watch that space.
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Post by: Dupnica on April 15, 2014, 07:03:50 PM
Manthos would not be Manthos if he didn't sneak your cigarettes , the chairs are certainly an improvement on the old upright wicker seated type but we cannot expect too much progress after all he is the 'old traditional taverna' ! As for any changes - have you seen any pigs flying lately ?
Manthos doesn't sneak cigarettes he blatantly helps himself,but he is going to be dissapointed if he tries to help himself to mine this year
 as I've given up,only hope my resolve holds when I'm sitting there with a glass of something cold after a nice meal.
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Post by: Ioanna on April 15, 2014, 07:28:49 PM
Some people have no willpower !! lol
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Post by: Ioanna on April 15, 2014, 07:31:41 PM
Some people Dupnica have no will power !!! lol
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Post by: hippopots on April 16, 2014, 01:37:22 AM
Evening all,

A slightly cooler day today, with a little bit of a breeze.

Thunder, lightening and rain have just started, and apparently there is going to be bad weather tomorrow.
The good thing is, if there is, it never lasts long here!
I personally don't know about any changes at Manthos.....all looks the same at the moment, guess we'll all just have to wait and see!
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Post by: rilo57 on April 16, 2014, 02:31:29 AM
Just been in touch with Spiros at Nafsica,the big change is there will be a cigarette machine in place so when Manthos asks,for a fag and customers say   ohhhhh its my last one,he can proudly guide you to the machine,extract your lolly and guide you through the process of making a purchase and then ask for a fag for showing you what to do..a true business man..yammmmmmasssssss
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Post by: Ioanna on April 16, 2014, 02:28:08 PM
I have just been talking to Manthos and there are no surprises to be found at his taverna! When asked if there are any changes his reply was no !! He said that he has got to get everything cleaned up ready for Easter so that interprets as ' Costa  will be busy '
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Post by: richnsare on April 16, 2014, 09:22:24 PM
Re. Perros Curries:

Well, we can certainly recommend Stefanos' curries, he does a mean Lamb Madras or Vindaloo. If you like it hot, just ask him for extra fresh chilies, they have a few chili plants around the pool and he'll happily harvest a few for you. Also, go for the pita bread option, it's almost like naan bread!!
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Post by: hippopots on April 16, 2014, 11:01:31 PM
An overcast, and (almost) chilly day today, hopefully it won't last too long though!

Wasn't down in the village today, but did hear a rumour last night that there may be a new tenant in the old Chinese this year.
I don't know how definate this is, as it was a bit 'I heard it through the Grapevine', but someone has painted the outside paintwork, changing it from red to white.
Watch this space all, I'll keep you posted.

Also, I'm very interested to hear the great reviews of the curries at Perros.....now I know where to go to get my curry fix this summer! 
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Post by: rae21 on April 16, 2014, 11:43:36 PM
Loving the updates hippopots keep them coming looking forward to saying hello I  the summer :)
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Post by: rilo57 on April 17, 2014, 12:28:19 AM
Yep,this curry thing is realy pulling my strings...im a real indian foodie,and here in Belgium you dont find a curry house,so when im back in the Uk a curry is usually high on the list.hope its blowing down wind from Jasmine while we are there otherwise wont get my greek fix.
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Post by: cabmufc on April 17, 2014, 02:44:29 AM
Loving this daily blog!!!..and people will start going very soon..it is now the start of our journey back to paradise in Sept after 3 yrs away..starting to get very real!! ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: hippopots on April 17, 2014, 09:51:11 PM
Well, today started a little cloudy, turned into rain, then by 4pm we had lovely sunshine once again!

Bits of cleaning going on today.
There was some pressure washing happening at Yiannis Grill Room, and a hosing down of the patio at Silver Star.

And there was also some work going on at Waves Taverna, where they were re-doing the roof of the beachside outside seating area.

Other than that all was quite quiet....I think everyone is getting ready for the Easter festivities!   
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Post by: hippopots on April 18, 2014, 10:15:53 PM
Another overcast day today, must be because it's bank holiday time!

All quite quiet in the village today, although there was some painting of doors and windows going on at Silver Moon.

There are a few visitors travelling around, I think they're probably visiting for Easter. We met a very nice Italian couple on the beach this afternoon, walking their dogs, who had come over for the festivities.

The famous 'pot smashing' happens in Corfu Town tomorrow....take a look on Google, it's a huge event!
We're not going , but will be going to the Midnight service in Afionas, which is candlelit, followed by fireworks & dynamite (!) at Midnight. We went last year, and it was a great experience.
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Post by: hippopots on April 19, 2014, 09:49:23 PM
All fairly quiet in San Stef today, on this Easter weekend.

San Stefanos supermarket was open, and busy stocking up their shelves with new product lines for the summer. They have, as Lesley has mentioned, been open all winter, which has been very handy. They are closed for the next 2 days, and very much looking forward to it.

Planting was also taking place in new flower borders at Paralia apartments.

Saw some preparations taking place for tomorrow....the charcoal grill was being brought out from the rear of Athens bar, and the lamb on the spit was being prepped next to Town Pizza (apologies to any vegetarians), but I reckon there will be a gorgeous aroma of lamb slowly cooking tomorrow!
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Post by: hippopots on April 20, 2014, 08:31:29 PM
Easter Sunday in San Stefanos, and all was quiet, no work happening today, and quite right too!

Lamb was roasting on the spit by Town Pizza, and smelt delicious. On our drive down from Arillas, there was a lovely aroma filling the air....Happy Easter everyone. 
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Post by: BarbaraG on April 20, 2014, 10:05:27 PM
Thanks for the updates Hippopots, and a happy Easter to you and to everyone on the forum!
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Post by: Ioanna on April 20, 2014, 11:09:28 PM
Thanks for the updates Hippopots, and a happy Easter to you and to everyone on the forum!
yes I agree it is great to have an informative link , a very happy Easter to all
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Post by: Andy7 on April 21, 2014, 12:15:14 PM
Love the daily blog Hippopots keep it coming

Weather has been very mixed in Corfu this week hope it will be better when we visit next month.

Andy
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Post by: hippopots on April 21, 2014, 09:14:10 PM
A little breezy today, but gorgeous sunshine too, and an increase in temperature  8)

People still celebrating Easter, so all is quiet, apart from the random dynamite that's echoing around the hills. I'm not sure of the significance of this, and how it relates to Easter...I expect Lesley may know?
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Post by: abbo on April 22, 2014, 01:12:25 PM
Loving these daily updates! Must pack my tennis racket lol  :P
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Post by: Lesley on April 23, 2014, 07:58:53 PM
Having asked around 3 Kafeneions in the village re the dynamite I am told it is from old customs prior to the fireworks which most do now...hence they keep the old customs and explode this stuff ....wow my house shock numerous occasions specially yesterday Tuesday for the village of Avliotes Litania Parade.......????? ??? ;) 8)
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Post by: hippopots on April 23, 2014, 09:56:55 PM
Thanks Lesley, must say the dog is glad its stopped now!
Sorry folks for missing yesterdays update...we have just moved, and are awaiting our internet connection. So this update comes courtesy of three w internet bar....any excuse for a beer eh!
Well, yesterday was still pretty quiet, post easter, then today it was like everyone was out!
First people we saw today was Niko from Ozzy oil,and Shane of zest for life, both back from oz, and busy on the gardening at ozzys. Sandra, Kerry, and the rest of the family will be following in June.
Spiro and Ari's, our neighbors at spiro bikes were around, also doing the gardening, pruning all the trees and shrubs where they keep the bikes and quads.
Lots of painting happening at Athens bar and silver moon, and cleaning at aspa supermarket, an summer dreams bar.
And,as for ourselves, lots of sorting stock and trying to find homes for everything!
Will try and post daily, depends on how often I can sneak to three w for a beer, although hopefully we will have our own connection soon!
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Post by: Dupnica on April 23, 2014, 10:39:36 PM
Having asked around 3 Kafeneions in the village re the dynamite I am told it is from old customs prior to the fireworks which most do now...hence they keep the old customs and explode this stuff ....wow my house shock numerous occasions specially yesterday Tuesday for the village of Avliotes Litania Parade.......????? ??? ;) 8)
That probably explains why some of the old men are minus a few fingers.
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Post by: Andy7 on April 24, 2014, 02:16:16 AM
Can you imagine the Health and Safety brigade here if people started letting off dynamite!

They would have a fit and you would be arrested by armed police.

My son us getting married in San Steph in July and we were offered dynamite, I suggested fireworks might be simpler!

Andy
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Post by: Jimbo on April 24, 2014, 02:38:47 AM
You live with dynamite every day. Don't tell her I said that!
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Post by: Googleberry1811 on April 24, 2014, 03:51:04 PM

My son us getting married in San Steph in July and we were offered dynamite, I suggested fireworks might be simpler!

Andy

We got married in San Stef last year Andy and had the fireworks, it was certainly a spectacle, a strong breeze set them all off at the same time and although my guests were impressed I think the rest of the village thought they were under attack!!!
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Post by: Ioanna on April 24, 2014, 04:25:37 PM
Having asked around 3 Kafeneions in the village re the dynamite I am told it is from old customs prior to the fireworks which most do now...hence they keep the old customs and explode this stuff ....wow my house shock numerous occasions specially yesterday Tuesday for the village of Avliotes Litania Parade.......????? ??? ;) 8)
I was watching a video that was on Face Book showing the Avliotes Litania Parade suddenly there was an almighty explosion as the band was marching through the village , setting off numerous car alarms . It certainly made me jump !!! Another use for dynamite which I have personally witnessed is to stun fish , this I understand is highly illegal !

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Post by: hippopots on April 26, 2014, 09:06:05 PM
Hi folks,
Still waiting for our internet connection,  so today's update is courtesy of internet at the night owl in afionas!
Well, the last few days has seen alot of work going on. Everything is being scrubbed, painted, or pressure washed!
Everyone is at it, Athens bar, zorbas, Thomas bay, summer dreams, little prince, two stars, zest for life, and us, to name a few!Our landlord enjoys pressure washing so much, he very kindly did our cars too.
Tasty corner is also open for business, and doing quite a brisk trade.
Will do another update when on line Again
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Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on April 26, 2014, 09:45:38 PM
looking foward to seeing the village come to life and eat at tasty corner on wednesday for our 4 day long weekend trip
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Post by: hippopots on April 27, 2014, 06:37:05 PM
Just briefly on line, so a quick update......I so need my own internet!
Anyway, it may be Sunday, but we are still working, getting ready for next weekend, when I think many will be open.
Shane was at zest for life today, cleaning all his crockery, and Olga's travel was setting up.
All tables and chairs are in place in two stars, and the sound of Strummer's and pressure washers fill the air.
A slightly overcast morning has given way to a gorgeous sunny hot afternoon.....summers here!
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Post by: hippopots on April 28, 2014, 10:16:09 PM
Another quick update courtesy of three w internet.
Unfortunately not good weather today, wet until mid afternoon, but the sun did manage to peek through by the end of the afternoon.
There are a few early guests here, and with tour operator flights starting this weekend, more will soon be arriving.
Tables and chairs suddenly appearing ready for guests arrival.
Barras is now all set up, and lots of cleaning happening at little prince.
Nothing much happening at the old sundowner now.....it seems to have come to a halt, although there is work going on in the old Chinese.....
Manthos and kamini bar were also cleaning, inside and out, despite the weather.
Hopefully the weather will pick up soon.
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Post by: Rover on April 28, 2014, 11:05:19 PM
"Work at the old Chinese......" My word, what can this mean? What will appear?
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Post by: Andy7 on April 29, 2014, 12:52:03 AM
You live with dynamite every day. Don't tell her I said that!

Already told her Jimbo and she has an explosive personality!

You will need to buy Gill a Carafe of wine at the Little Prince to calm her down ;D ;D

Andy

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Post by: Andy7 on April 29, 2014, 12:54:53 AM
Another quick update courtesy of three w internet.
Unfortunately not good weather today, wet until mid afternoon, but the sun did manage to peek through by the end of the afternoon.
There are a few early guests here, and with tour operator flights starting this weekend, more will soon be arriving.
Tables and chairs suddenly appearing ready for guests arrival.
Barras is now all set up, and lots of cleaning happening at little prince.
Nothing much happening at the old sundowner now.....it seems to have come to a halt, although there is work going on in the old Chinese.....
Manthos and kamini bar were also cleaning, inside and out, despite the weather.
Hopefully the weather will pick up soon.

We were in Kassiopi en-route to San Steph this time last year and it was sunny and 30c!

What a difference a year makes :'(

Andy
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Post by: Woodman on April 29, 2014, 11:56:20 PM
Keep looking at the log range forecast for our arrival in 3 weeks time, but slightly concerned by the low temps at the moment.  Are we worrying too much?!

http://www.accuweather.com/en/gr/aghios-stefanos/1274957/may-weather/1274957?monyr=5/1/2014
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Post by: hippopots on April 30, 2014, 12:37:16 PM
Morning all,
Woodman, I wouldn't worry to much, the long range is not always correct, and you will still be in San stef, whatever the weather!
Yesterday was wet and dull, until mid afternoon when the sun reappeared, and today is gloriously sunny, just a little breezy.
So, work has stopped again at the old Chinese, so who knows if anyone is opening there!
Mediterranean village are busy cleaning, and Spiro is polishing all his quads and scooters.
Velantis and Dora are at San Stefano car hire this morning, getting set up, and tsaros cars are all gleaming ready for use, and their pool has just been re filled.
So much going on.....to quote Nikos at Athens bar, we all need to open to have a rest!!
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Post by: hippopots on April 30, 2014, 07:33:33 PM
Yay we are back on line with our own internet  ;D

Met CHRIS NO2 today, as he and his wife just arrived today, and have gorious sunny weather.

Lots of people opening this weekend, including, I believe, Beachcombers, and Yianni's gyros has just put his sign out to say opening on Friday.
We're all getting there....nearly all ready for summer 2014!!  8)
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Post by: hippopots on May 01, 2014, 06:43:09 PM
Today sees a slightly overcast day, but when the sun breaks through it is HOT!
We're all waiting for the clouds to disappear for the summer, and hopefully they will oblige soon.
The village has really come alive now...scooters and quads all out at Spiros and Pegasus, all the supermarkets are open, and all signage, and tables and chairs are out at Mediterranean Village, Zorbas, Barras, El Greco, Silver Star, Two Stars, Little Prince, Kamini Bar, Silver Moon, and Yiannis, plus Town Pizza, Tasty Corner, and Manthos are now open.
Summer Dreams were doing a big cutting back of their pam trees this morning, so will probably soon be open too.

Lots of vehicles coming and going, delivering all the goodies required for the openings that will be happening tomorrow!

This afternoon saw the May Day party at the Arillas brewery, just at the top of the hill between the 2 villages. A little bit of a practice run for the main beer festival to be held in October, it was a nice afternoon, with souvlaki and sausage at 1.50euro each, plus FREE BEER! Add to that a local (ex-pat) band to listen to, and a good time was being had by the nice mix of Greeks, Brits, Germans etc that were there. We really should have been doing the last minute finishing touches to our shop, but hey, it was our last day off til October!   
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Post by: Ioanna on May 01, 2014, 06:54:13 PM
What is one extra day Hippopots - it has to be done !
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Post by: hippopots on May 02, 2014, 11:00:27 PM
Yay, summer has started  8)

A lovely sunny day, perfect for the arrival of the first UK tour operator guests.

New faces began appearing in the village around lunchtime, (the people who did their own transfers), followed by the arrival of the first coaches around mid afternoon.
Many hotels welcomed their first guests of the season today.

Alot of us have been doing our last few jobs this morning, to be all ready for arrivals.
Others will be open I am sure within the next few days

Yiannis Gyros welcomed some regulars tonight, and there were a number of people enjoying the rays of the evening sun on the front terrace of Thomas Bay.
 
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Post by: hippopots on May 03, 2014, 10:26:23 PM
Oh dear, I spoke too soon about summer arriving.....today has unfortunately been a wet one :-[
Unusual for May, but hopefully won't last too long!
There were quite a few people braving the weather this morning, but by this evening it was a little quieter after a downpour at about 5pm.
But there were still people enjoying a drink in Barras, and the first customers for Beachcombers for 2014 were already seated just 10 minutes after their opening tonight.
Disappointing weather for everyone today, but there is still plenty of good food, good beer, and friendly welcomes here in San Stef come rain or shine  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 04, 2014, 10:45:58 PM
Well, as one first time visitor to San Stef remarked to us today...it's been 4 seasons in 1 day!
The morning started off quite bright, and warmer than yesterday.  :)
Lunchtime/early afternoon saw thunder, lightening, and amazingly heavy rain.  :o
After this the sky cleared, the sun came out, and it was lovely.  8)
Followed by unfortunately more rain tonight, and a drop in temperature  :(

Hopefully the weather will improve soon. In the meantime nearly all shops are now open, so lots of nice things to browse at when the weathers not at its best.
As you work your way round the village there is the olive wood shop on the road in from Arillas, then on towards the beach where you'll find Vasia, Terezas, Pele & Maria, and Taste of Life gift shops, before you reach Crystal Daisy gifts, and Perdita Glass by the beach.
Come along past Thomas Bay, and you have a choice of Elizabeth jewellery and bags, Hippopots ceramics, more jewellery at Sparkles, next to Glass slipper gifts. Include the 4 supermarkets, and theres plenty of shopping to keep you occupied on the not so beachy days 
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Post by: Jules on May 04, 2014, 10:51:36 PM
Thanks for all these updates
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Post by: Andy7 on May 05, 2014, 11:12:46 AM
Well, as one first time visitor to San Stef remarked to us today...it's been 4 seasons in 1 day!
The morning started off quite bright, and warmer than yesterday.  :)
Lunchtime/early afternoon saw thunder, lightening, and amazingly heavy rain.  :o
After this the sky cleared, the sun came out, and it was lovely.  8)
Followed by unfortunately more rain tonight, and a drop in temperature  :(

Hopefully the weather will improve soon. In the meantime nearly all shops are now open, so lots of nice things to browse at when the weathers not at its best.
As you work your way round the village there is the olive wood shop on the road in from Arillas, then on towards the beach where you'll find Vasia, Terezas, Pele & Maria, and Taste of Life gift shops, before you reach Crystal Daisy gifts, and Perdita Glass by the beach.
Come along past Thomas Bay, and you have a choice of Elizabeth jewellery and bags, Hippopots ceramics, more jewellery at Sparkles, next to Glass slipper gifts. Include the 4 supermarkets, and theres plenty of shopping to keep you occupied on the not so beachy days 

Went to Kassipoi for lunch yesterday and it was bright and warm with not a drop of rain, got back to the Romanza which had been lashed by a hail storm at lunchtime, crazy weather!

Andy
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Post by: Sellsy on May 05, 2014, 11:29:36 AM
Hail stones at the Romanza! What's going on Andy? I have a brand new B&Q snow shovel,unused, yours for €5,make sure you move the towels from around the pool before you start shovelling! Hope it settles down soon.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 05, 2014, 11:34:17 PM
Horray sunshine today 8)
A little breezy, which means the air temperature is a little cooler, and the waves are rolling in on the beach....but no rain!

Just about everywhere is now open, and more people have been arriving today, so the village is coming alive for the season.
We've met quite a number of 1st time visitors over the last few days, all of which have said how they are really liking it here, which is great. Think the number of regulars may increase if their comments are anything to go by.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on May 06, 2014, 02:13:53 AM
Went to Kassipoi for lunch yesterday and it was bright and warm with not a drop of rain, got back to the Romanza which had been lashed by a hail storm at lunchtime, crazy weather!

Andy

Ther's no hail or rain here in Tenerife


Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on May 06, 2014, 02:19:21 AM
Have a good time you two - - sorry we couldn't meet up this time - - as you know - - forgot to ask - - how is the new Knee now?
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Post by: hippopots on May 06, 2014, 11:17:14 PM
A gloriously sunny day today, so lots of happy people walking around! Hopefully the weather has now changed to summer for the next 5 months.

Shane opened zest for life for it's first day of the season today, and Acabar were cleaning all their furniture, so probably won't be far behind.

It's still a little cool in the evenings, so if you're coming soon, it may be an idea to bring something to keep a little warmer when going out at night, but it won't be too long before the nights will be lovely and warm, and the sound of crickets fills the air.
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Post by: Westward on May 06, 2014, 11:21:58 PM
What's the mozzie situation / forecast for the next two weeks?
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Post by: Waspman on May 06, 2014, 11:49:55 PM
Have a good time you two - - sorry we couldn't meet up this time - - as you know - - forgot to ask - - how is the new Knee now?

The knee's good thank Tony
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Post by: hippopots on May 07, 2014, 11:44:37 PM
A beautiful sunny San Stef today, and a warmer evening saw some late afternoon walkers on the beach, and more people out and about tonight than on previous evenings this week.
Condor opened this evening, and this afternoon Summer dreams were cleaning furniture, so I suspect will be opening shortly.

Even the pavement has been receiving a make over, with the curb being re-painted in bright yellow....so no excuses for falling off the edge after a few ouzo's!  :P
 
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Post by: hippopots on May 08, 2014, 12:01:45 AM
Oooops, sorry westward, forgot to mention the mozzies!

Not many around at the moment, but its best to be prepared, especially if, like me, you're their favourite snack.
The plug in's really help to keep them from your room, and are readily available in the supermarkets here. It also helps to close patio doors at dusk, as this is when they like to invade! 
I also use a repellent in the evenings, and don't use any perfumed products.

They can be little pests, but if you take precautions, hopefuly you won't get too much of a problem with them
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Post by: Westward on May 08, 2014, 01:22:34 AM
Thanks for the mozzie update. I've bought up Boots stock of repellents, Rollons , wristbands and plug ins.

I'm ready!
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Post by: hippopots on May 08, 2014, 11:38:42 PM
Another sunny day, so luckily the guests who came last Friday for a week have had some great weather after last weekend!
Nearly everyone open now. Saw Glen from Aquarius Bar earlier, who said he wil probably be opening tomorrow, just a few last minute jobs to do.

I used the laundry service next to the olive wood shop for the first time, and would just like to mention how efficient they were. Got a big bag of washing done (approx 5 kilos ) for 8 euros, washed only, and it was all washed folded and packed when I returned just over an hour later. For 12 euros they will dry and iron it for you too....a great service if you don't want to bring loads of luggage!   
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Post by: Jules on May 08, 2014, 11:56:57 PM
Totally agree about the laundry service. Have used them the last few years and they do a great job.
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Post by: hippopots on May 10, 2014, 12:40:21 AM
Today saw another lovely sunny day.....hopefully there's a pattern forming here!
One of the main tour operator changeover days today, so lots of comings and goings of coaches, and more new arrivals.
No sunbeds on the beach as yet, although Manthos has some in his garden area outside his taverna.

Bar 38 and Aquarius Bar both now open too, so I think that is just about everyone open for the season now...lots of choices to enjoy a lovely cold beer on a hot day!
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Post by: Caz on May 10, 2014, 11:18:15 AM
Has Kosta opened up Fantasea yet? We come out in a week and last year he wasn't' open  till after we got home we had to wait till our next visit  in  September.
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Post by: Westward on May 10, 2014, 04:54:46 PM
I think the webcam lens needs a wipe.  Or the weather is that sh*tty!  Hope not!
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Post by: hippopots on May 11, 2014, 12:27:51 AM
Hi all, think the webcam lens must need a wipe, cos the weather is gorgeous!

Quite a few sitting enjoying an afternoon drink in the sun at Athens Bar this afternoon.
Plenty of new arrivals yesterday, and a few burnt shoulders today....its easy to forget how powerful the sun can be here.

Fantasea wasn't open afew days ago when I walked by, but I will take a look tomorrow, and report back.

Saw the funniest thing today....there are 2 dogs that always wander the village together, a little black and tan spaniel, and a sandy coloured 'corfu special' (short legs, long coat, curly tail). They live up the hill near Kapitanios, and Tereza's. and we saw them every day last season, when they'd stop in to say Hi to our dog Bod, take a quick drink from his bowl, then carry on their journey. Today, I was walking back down the hill, and as I passed Kapiatanios the little spaniel came out, stopped just past the pool entrance, barked twice, and out trots her little mate! They then proceed down the hill together to the village centre!! So cute!
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Post by: Andy7 on May 11, 2014, 02:28:51 AM
The tan spaniel is owned by the Teresa's and last week he would lead us back to the Romanza to be rewarded with a biscuit or two.

One night he was waiting for us outside the Athens Bar at 2am so he must have enjoyed the biscuit!

Andy
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Post by: Jules on May 11, 2014, 12:21:21 PM
The Teresa dog is the sandy coloured dog with a curly tail and his name is Bo. He has been part of the family for a good few years now
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Post by: BarbaraG on May 11, 2014, 12:29:16 PM
Looking forward to meeting the little chap in September!
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Post by: Dupnica on May 11, 2014, 02:39:51 PM
 A few years ago we decided one day to walk up to Avliotes As we passed Olympia a little dog joined our expedition and followed us all the way to Ilias Taverna.We had lunch there and the dog had a drink of water.After a leisurely meal we set off on our walk back to San Stefanos with the dog trotting behind.It was a warm day and several people stopped their cars to offer us a lift(the Greeks never understand why we walk for pleasure) we had to refuse because we couldn't abandon the dog so far from home Our canine companion followed us back to San Stefanos and we left him back where he started outside Olympia.
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Post by: Jimbo on May 11, 2014, 03:31:58 PM
That's the wonderful thing about dogs. They join in. They love a walk. They'll scout the land and warn of danger. They'll come and check on you.

A walk without a dog is nice, but a walk with a dog can be wonderful.
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Post by: Dupnica on May 11, 2014, 09:25:51 PM
Still on the subject of dogs there was never one like Billy,Manthos' German Shepherd.He formed a bond with our granddaughter when she was very young which was lovely to see.Every day he followed us to the beach and lay in the shade watching over her while she played in the sand and sea.He would pull her out of the sea by getting hold of the frill on her swimsuit if he thought she had been in long enough or was getting too excited.He was so gentle with her but woe betide anyone who got too close.In the end Kostas(sunbeds) had to ask Manthos to keep him at the Taverna as he was scaring off potential customers and chasing scooters.  Most nights he slept outside our apartment and most mornings he was still there..
 She called him "Billy darling" and there was a mutual trust and affection between them and she never abused his good nature .
 Sadly old age and arthritis caught up with Billy,as it does to us all,and he lay down and died peacefully in front of the Church,what more fitting place for such a wonderful dog. Manthos buried him up on the headland beside the little fisherman's Church.No there will never be another one like Billy.
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Post by: hippopots on May 12, 2014, 01:25:36 AM
Dupnica, what a lovely story!
There is a new dog in the village this year....Jack the lab.
He appeared a couple of months ago, and is a lovely, gentle dog.
He wanders the village every day, follows people on their strolls around the village, gets fed by various locals, and at night often sleeps on our dogs bed outside the shop.
Just got back from a nightcap at Aquarius, where he was curled up on their decking.
 Today was another sunny one. 8)
Took a walk over the headland to Arillas today, and met quite a lot of walkers, heading in both directions. The path is pretty narrow in places, but fortunately just about still passable, and makes for a nice walk, and some beautiful views down to both Arillas and San Stef. Hopefully the path will remain passable (even if it has to be moved slightly more inland,) as it is nice for people to be able to walk from one village to the other.   
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 12, 2014, 01:23:18 PM
Bring back Vlad with his two sets of teeth!
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Post by: tonyco1 on May 12, 2014, 02:06:08 PM
Three sets - one in his rear end too to ward off attackers - -
Jaws like a pre-historic monster...
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Post by: Jimbo on May 12, 2014, 02:48:16 PM
I thought that was Gavin...
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Post by: tonyco1 on May 12, 2014, 03:01:14 PM
Oh - aren't we talking about Gavin then...
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Post by: Dupnica on May 12, 2014, 06:21:25 PM
 Hi Hippopots,we used to have a Labrador so I know what a lovely temperament they have.We never encouraged Manthos' dog by feeding him I've seen what happens to some dogs in the Winter in Corfu when they eat poisoned food whether by accident or design.
 Glad you enjoyed your walk,I will be avoiding the cliff path as it has become so narrow over the years and I am afraid of heights.We now take another route after having our Fanta at Gravia.
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Post by: hippopots on May 13, 2014, 01:05:17 AM
A sunny, though slightly hazy day today, but still beautifully warm.

With the opening of Acabar today, I think just about everywhere is now up and running for the 2014 season.
Tour operator changeover day again today, so the departure of some guests, and the arrival of new guests keep the coaches busy.
Quite a lot of people walking around during the day, but still quiet evenings, but I'm sure with more people arriving each week, the bars will all soon be pretty busy.
There are still lots of lovely wildflowers in bloom, and the olive trees are also flowering, leaving a thin coating of yellow pollen dust over things. By the looks of the trees, it could very wel be a bumper crop later in the year!
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Post by: hippopots on May 14, 2014, 12:12:32 AM
A slightly overcast day, with a literally 1 minute shower thrown in this afternoon.....not enough to make people run for cover though!
Lots of people waking around today, and we met Swedebasher and Mrs Swedebasher today for the first time, which was very nice.

After yesterdays transfers, there are lots of familiar faces re-appearing....so nice to catch up with peope we met last year.
Many people were heading around the village today to greet the locals they know from all their previous visits.
Thats one of the things that makes this place special......

 
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Post by: Jimbo on May 14, 2014, 02:11:05 AM
Thanks for that. Keep the reports coming. And make some frogs!
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Post by: Dupnica on May 15, 2014, 12:23:28 AM
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My clever grandson has managed to post some photos of Afiones taken a few years ago.
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Post by: Dupnica on May 15, 2014, 12:32:19 AM
 Hi Hilary any news on whether Noula is contemplating doing a trip to Afiones?
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Post by: hippopots on May 15, 2014, 12:38:32 AM
Hi All, tonights report comes from a very windy San Stef!
The day started overcast, then brightened up, then the wind picked up, with a couple of heavy showers this evening, and now is hopefully blowing itself out, to, (fingers crossed) give us a nice day tomorrow!

Still, the slightly cooler weather is being enjoyed by plenty of walkers, some heading over the cliff to Arillas, others I spotted this afternoon heading back from Avliotes.

Unfortunately tonight is very blustery, so it's a quiet village we've just walked through this evening.

Lovely photos Dupnica, and Jimbo, lots of frogs available!     
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Post by: hippopots on May 16, 2014, 01:16:39 AM
Well, another windy day here today. Started off wet, but by the afternoon the sun was shinging down on us again, all be it with the wind still blowing!
Plenty of people wandering around this afternoon, and enjoying a drink in some of the bars.

As my parents have been here for a week, we've had the opportunity to go out a little. This evening we ate at Beachcombers for the first time, and have to say it was absolutely delicious. Lovely fresh, home cooked food, and no problem catering for my caeliac Mum. In fact, every taverna she's been to this week ( Mediterranean Village, Little Prince, 2 Stars, Night Owl in Afionas, and Beachcombers) have all had no problems providing her with a choice of suitable dishes.
 Due to the weather we sat inside, which was very pleasant, but I can imagine how lovely it would be to sit outside on a warm evening, either there, or in any of the other tavernas on the beach. 
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Post by: hippopots on May 16, 2014, 11:25:56 PM
Sunny day today, but still a little cooler than is expected at this time of the year. We have been reliably informed that summer starts on Monday!
My parents left today after a lovely week at Little Prince, where they were well looked after.
Shane at the juice bar made some lovely rolls and a salad for them for the journey, so they won't go hungry on the way home!

A few showers this evening has meant it has been a ittle quiet again in the bars tonight....hopefully the nice balmy evenings will be upon us very soon!
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Post by: hippopots on May 17, 2014, 11:26:21 PM
Slightly overcast start to the day, but turned into sunshine later.
There were some brooding black clouds over the hills towards Corfu town, but stayed nice and dry here.

Great to see some familiar faces today after yesterdays flights....welcome back all!

The grill room near Bar 38, which was called 'delicious' last year, has just re-opened, with the owner of the building, Sophia, at the helm. So now back to three grills again, with Yiannis Gyros, and Tasty Corner at either end of the road to Avliotes, and this one in between.
And good to see things a little busier this evening....quite a few people watching the FA cup final, and non football fans enjoying dinner.
And tonight is Keith Mitchell's first stint of the season in Athens Bar, pretty sure he'll be there reguarly through the summer.
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Post by: tonyco1 on May 18, 2014, 02:48:44 AM
Thanks for your updates
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Post by: Sellsy on May 18, 2014, 11:10:38 AM
Great thread this Hippopots, I am sure many are like me, trying to transfer your updates and detail to their minds eye, imagining the scene, bringing back memories.Your updates are much appreciated,they certainly add to the anticipation and excitement of our pending holidays! Ps have you seen any San Stef badges yet?
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Post by: dibully on May 18, 2014, 01:59:10 PM
Love getting the daily updates Hippopots somehow makes things a bit more real  8)
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Post by: Ioanna on May 18, 2014, 02:27:35 PM
Hi Hilary any news on whether Noula is contemplating doing a trip to Afiones?
Yes Hilary , a few of us are waiting with baited breathe for news of Afionas trips !!!
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Post by: hippopots on May 19, 2014, 12:02:09 AM
Hi all, thanks for the replies.... :)

Today saw a sunny, warmer day. There was still dark clouds looming to the East, but they stayed there, so we had a nice dry day.

There has been work going on behind closed doors at the old Chinese restaurant premises, and I can confirm today that it is going to be an Italian restaurant.
They are hoping to be open within the next 2 weeks, having to wait for final paperwork to come through. One thing about Greece.....you have to have lots of patience when it comes to paperwork, as there's always lots of it!!
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Post by: hippopots on May 19, 2014, 12:03:36 AM
Ooops, forgot to say, not seen any badges yet....I believe they can be found at Nafsika Hotel.
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Post by: Mary on May 19, 2014, 02:50:31 PM
Really enjoying your posts, so excited 5 weeks today, Pamela says it helps make it come alive Thanks see you soon.  ;D 8)
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Post by: hippopots on May 19, 2014, 11:48:10 PM
An overcast day, but everyone keeps saying things are hotting up this week.
The wind has dropped completely, and this evening the sea was like a millpond, just lapping gently at the shore.

The unseasonal weather did unfortunately bring with it a huge ammount of seaweed to the beach. This happens every winter/spring and usually this is all cleared by now, but due to the weather conditions, it has been held back. No point clearing it all for another huge ammount to re-appear the next day.
However, this evening when taking the dog for a walk, I viewed the beach from the slipway in front of Fantasea, and work has started on piling the seaweed up with the JCB, with the truck parked up ready to take it all away. The beach north of Havana has had no seaweed problems, and has been nice and wide, and soon hopefully the whole beach will be it's usual glorious self, once the after effects of Mother Nature have been removed.
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Post by: Jules on May 20, 2014, 12:00:45 AM
Thanks for the updates on the beach  :)
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Post by: tonyco1 on May 20, 2014, 01:07:21 AM
Thanks & please keep up the beach updates  - it's a worry when you want a beach holiday..
are you in the shop opposite corner to Spiros bikes? - we must pop in and say hello late june...
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Post by: Woodman on May 20, 2014, 11:45:05 PM
Hi, we arrived today and the beach is in a really sorry state towards Waves and where the bridge was (it's gone too). There's now a wall of seaweed between waves, Manthos and the sea which going to take weeks to clear. With half term next week, a lot of new visitors to SS are going to get a really bad impression of the beach, which will be such a shame.  The seaweed spreads as far down as. Mango before it stops.
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Post by: hippopots on May 21, 2014, 12:46:21 AM
Yes Tony, we're by Spiros bikes, please come in to say Hi, it's really nice meeting everyone!

A lovely sunny day today, started a little bit cloudy, but that soon cleared by lunchtime, leaving us with a beautiful afternoon, and a gorgeous sunset.

With regards to the beach, there is still a lot of seaweed, thanks to Mother Nature, but it is being cleared....we saw two truckloads being taken away today!
The bridge is removed at the end of the season for winter.....the stream changes course and size with the different weather conditions, so it wouldn't stay in place.

The beach beyond Havana is lovely and wide, and hopefully the seaweed issue will be gone soon.

Lots of people enjoying different entertainment tonight. Mistral was pretty busy, as their Greek music night proved popular. Condor guests were enjoying a Motown tribute, and there were people strutting their stuff at Bar 38's Latin dance night. Nice to see such a variety of entertainment, and of course there's plenty of other bars if you just fancy a quiet drink.
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Post by: Lesley on May 21, 2014, 11:31:41 AM
The beach to the right of us here at Vicky's is clear and today the water-sports guys look like they are trying to get the platform loaded.......
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 21, 2014, 11:57:08 AM
Will pop into Hippopots when we're over in July. My little boy used to always stop and wave to the dog last year when he went for a cheeky lunchtime pint at Glenns!

Lets hope that beach gets sorted out asap
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Post by: Lesley on May 21, 2014, 12:38:53 PM
Looking over the wall of Vicky's and yes the platform is now in place. The sunbeds and umbrellas outside Mango are almost full as well.
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Post by: Woodman on May 21, 2014, 05:34:03 PM
Seaweed update - I stood beside one of the piles outside Waves this morning and it's higher than me (I'm 5'9"). I saw one lorry load taken away at about 10.30 and nothing since. The only sunbeds available are outside Mango.

Gorgeous day on the beach today. We walked the full length of the beach after lunch and were surprised that the rocks from last year have been covered up by sand, so the beach now goes on for even longer!

Next tough decision is whether it's Zorba's, 2 stars or Little Prince tonight...
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Post by: Woodman on May 21, 2014, 06:23:10 PM
Lots of photos of the beach (and seaweed!) have been added (not by me) to the San Stefanos Avliotes page on Facebook.
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Post by: hippopots on May 22, 2014, 12:05:46 AM
An absolutely gorgeous sunny, hot day today 8)

The village was fairly quiet during the day today, probably lots of people taking the opportunity to chill out by the pool, and top up the tans!

This evening people were out and about enjoying the evening sun....a fair few sat in the last of the sunlight outside Kamini bar, and tavernas were all doing a good trade.
The new Italian restaurant has its signage up.....it's called 'Quattro', and may well be open soon.

As Lesley said, sunbeds now outside Mango and Havana, and the platform for watersports has been floated into place. Yes, there is still seaweed at the other end of the beach, but work is ongoing to sort it out.....in the meantime if you walk along the beach towards the north end, there is no problem with it, and the beach is quite wide here too.
Long may the glorious weather continue! :D
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Post by: Ioanna on May 22, 2014, 11:29:31 AM
Thankyou Hippopots for bringing the village to all of us who are not out in Aghios Stefanos yet - not long now though , will pop in and see you .
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Post by: hippopots on May 22, 2014, 10:31:50 PM
Sunny, sunny, sunny!!
Wonderful weather today, which was particularly nice for the guests who are leaving tomorrow, as for some of their stay it had been a little cloudy, so always good to end on a high!!

Lots of people taking advantage of it today, hiring quads and scooters from Spiros, and also Pegasus.

This evening there are lots of people strolling around, and the evening temperature is warming up too, so makes it very pleasant to be able to sit outside one of the bars and enjoy a drink, as some were doing at Summer Dreams early evening.

We've met some lovely people this week, some regulars, and also some newbies, who, despite some not so seasonal weather earlier, have had a good time. One thing that is regularly commented on is the friendliness of the village....this is so nice for us all to hear!
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Post by: hippopots on May 23, 2014, 11:58:13 PM
Another sunny one today....think summer is definately here now.

Lots of comings and goings on changeover day.....it's amazing watching the coaches get around the tight corners, especially when turning down to the Athina hotel. We watch with bated breath anticipating the sound of metal scraping along our wall, but so far its not happened!

Bar 38 has put a weather report out on their front wall, which I imagine they will be doing all season....very handy if you don't have an app on your phone, or, if like us, you have a phone that doesn't do apps!

 
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Post by: hippopots on May 25, 2014, 12:24:01 AM
Oooops, after saying yesterday summer was definately here, we woke up today to overcast skies. But the sun broke through by mid afternoon, so all was not lost.
And whilst it was a little cloudy, it appeared many were taking the opportunity to do some walking.

This evening many people out, there are quite a lot of families here for half term.

Also, some lovely news today.
I'm sure many of you will join us in congratulating our friend Spiros, of Spiros Bikes, and his wife Maria, on the safe arrival of their second son today, a new baby brother for Nikos. Mum and baby are doing well! 
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Post by: Jules on May 25, 2014, 12:27:04 AM
That is really good news about Spiros and Maria. There are some photos on his Facebook page of the new arrival
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Post by: Karen on May 25, 2014, 02:36:43 PM
Thank you Hippopots for starting this thread and all who have contributed, I feel like we are there already! We are back end of June, staying at Stamatis 8)
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Post by: hippopots on May 26, 2014, 12:40:21 AM
Thanks Karen!
Today started hot and sunny! It did cloud over a little in the late afternoon, and we've had a couple of little showers this evening, but nothing too much, and it did clear the humidity that we had today.

We started our day as 'customers' today, enjoying a full cooked breakfast with some friends at Condor. They are the closest place that does breakfast to our shop, so we didn't have far to go back to work after filling our tums. The good news is there are other places dotted around the village also doing the full fry-up experience.....2 Stars, Little Prince, Silver Moon, Tsaros and Kamini to name a few, so where ever you're staying theres somewhere close by to satisfy that craving for some bacon and eggs!

 
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Post by: hippopots on May 27, 2014, 12:08:25 AM
Good evening all!

Another beautiful sunny one here in San Stef today  8)

I don't want to say too much about the beach issue, as I know its being discussed on another thread, but would like to mention that I had an afternoon break on the beach today, just by Havana Bar. Lots of people on the sunbeds by Mango, and plenty of people enjoying the sand northwards. Sea was beautiful and warm.

Silver Star having a busy evening with an Elvis singer, and now the evenings are warming up nicely its very pleasant to sit outside. I noticed today that Nikos at Ozzy Oil has now put tables out in their lovely garden for al-fresco dining.     
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Post by: hippopots on May 27, 2014, 11:03:59 PM
Another lovely day today, a little hazy to start, but then sunny and hot 8)

The village is feeling quite lively tonight, lots of people of all ages and nationalities around.
We notice that at the beginning of the season, most guests are from the UK, then gradually other nationalities start to arrive too, and its nice to hear lots of different languages, and essentially everyone enjoying themselves.

Good news ( that you may have seen on the thread about the beach), is that when I took doggy for a walk to the church and back this evening at 9.15pm, there was a JCB and the truck working hard on the beach, then on the walk back I was passed by the truck full to the brim with seaweed, taking it out of the village...pretty sure that wasn't to be his last trip of the evening either!
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Post by: Jules on May 27, 2014, 11:16:16 PM
Excellent new re the sea weed
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Post by: hippopots on May 29, 2014, 12:00:59 AM
Today started hot and sunny, became a little cloudy by later this afternoon though.

Have just heard that there may be storms on their way....hopefully not, but if so, there are plenty of bars and tavernas open in the daytime in which to while away a few hours!

As mentioned on the beach thread, work is on going to clear the seaweed....
It has been an unpresedented ammount that has washed up this year, due to the weather, then problems with clearing. Well done and a huge thank you to Noula for helping to get things moving! Unfortunately things don't always run smoothly or as easily in Greece as they do in the UK.....but we're all hoping to see it gone soon!
 
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Post by: StevenM on May 29, 2014, 03:52:17 PM
Enjoying your updates ... keep them coming  :)

4 weeks on Monday until we arrive, looks like its been unseasonably cool and wet in May so hoping its more settled when we arrive - I'm sure it will be.
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Post by: Andy7 on May 29, 2014, 05:12:50 PM
16c and raining in San Steph and the weather looks awful on the webcam, however, the beach is being cleaned quickly which is good news.

Andy
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Post by: hippopots on May 29, 2014, 10:39:43 PM
Tonights report comes from a rather damp San Stef.

The rain came this afternoon, as predicted, and whilst its a little wet, its not cold.

The newest restaurant in the village opened this evening....Quattro Italian, in the ex Chinese Restaurant premises.
I haven't seen a menu as yet, but their board outside promises fresh home made pasta, which sounds rather nice.

It's a little quiet here tonight, but as its raining a little, and some people are travelling home tomorrow, I imagine many are frequenting their hotel bars and restaurants tonight.
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 29, 2014, 10:44:56 PM
Is it doing Pizza?
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Post by: Waspman on May 29, 2014, 11:05:02 PM
Great updates Hippopots, much appreciated, thanks
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Post by: hippopots on May 31, 2014, 01:06:57 AM
Another nice sunny one today. A cooler breeze this evening, but not cold enough to stop people enjoying eating outside.

The new Italian has a menu outside. Looks very nice, fresh pasta, salads etc, no pizza....but as there are great pizza available from Town Pizza its easy to get that pizza fix!

Abba tribute being enjoyed at Condor, Latin Dance night at Bar 38, and football on in various bars, so plenty of options for a night out, not forgotten the quieter bars at Kamini, Acabar, Aquarius, and 3 W's if you just fancy a drink.

Busy at Athens Bar tonight, with plenty of people there to wish the best of luck to Nikos and Kasia, who are getting married tomorrow! Fingers crossed for a beautiful sunny Corfiot day for them!
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Post by: Jayne h on May 31, 2014, 02:11:09 AM
Thanks for the great updates Hipopots, wishing Nicos and Kasia good luck on their marriage, a lovely couple they are and well suited to each other. Will be there next Friday ourselves, hope to see them then.
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 31, 2014, 11:02:15 AM
Damn!!! I find Town Pizza ok but they just can't replicate the thin and crispy base. Bit doughy
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Post by: hippopots on June 01, 2014, 02:23:10 AM
A nice sunny day, just a little breezy.

Today saw the wedding of Kasia and Nikos, from Athens Bar. Lots of guests started to congregated at around 10am, and the groom, looking very smart in suit and waistcoat left at around 11am. A coach arrived to pick up most of the guests, to take to the ceremony. It was so nice to see everyone all dressed up, especially people who are usually dressed so casually.

The bride left at just gone midday, and looked beautiful in a white, strapless dress, with flowers in her hair. Just before she left, Yiannis, from the Gyros place opposite let off some dynamite, and shots from his shotgun, in true Greek fashion!

A little late with todays post, as we closed a little earlier than usual, and popped over to Arillas for a beer, and to catch the second half of a gig by 'The Worried Men', a four man band consisting of local retired ex pats. They're very good, and played at Nafsika earlier in May. If they come to San Stef again, I'll let you know.     
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Post by: cabmufc on June 01, 2014, 03:51:24 AM
What sort of music do they play?....Love a live band!! 8) 8)
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Post by: hippopots on June 02, 2014, 12:47:45 AM
Nice sunny one again today, with a little bit of a breeze! :D
Cabmufc, the worried men play a bit of blues, a bit of country, a bit of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, etc. They generally play through May and June, then have a break until Sept, as one of them returns to the UK.

Good news for fans of Sunset Bar....I know some people were asking if it was going to open this year.
Well tonight was their opening night for this year. Tables, chairs and parasols all out on the patio, with candle lanterns on the tables. All looks very nice, and the menu looks good too.

 
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Post by: hippopots on June 03, 2014, 01:06:50 AM
A slightly hazy day, but nice all the same!

Many people out and about this morning, doing their last minute shopping and saying their farewells. And nice to hear people saying 'see you next year'.

This evening many were enjoying the last of todays sun whilst enjoying a meal on the terrace of Yianni's grill room, and most restaurants were all doing a good trade.

Had a couple come into our shop this afternoon, having just arrived. Last year they came over on the bus from Sidari for the day, and were telling me then how this seemed such a nice friendly place to stay....this year they've come here for a fortnight, staying for 2 weeks at Vicky apartments. Another 2 San Stef converts!!   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 04, 2014, 12:42:50 AM
Very warm today, quite humid.

This afternoon there were some ominously dark clouds hanging over the hills inland, but here it stayed dry  :)

Many people at the quiz night at Thomas Bay this evening for their pop music and TV quiz. They hold their quizzes twice a week, and they are very popular.

And the frogs are in fine voice tonight in the stream next to the hotels and beside Acabar....they're quite tuneful too, but hopefully don't distract the quizzers too much!
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Post by: Jules on June 04, 2014, 01:00:15 AM
Thanks again for the daily updates. it's great to hear about the everyday things going on  :)
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Post by: Ioanna on June 04, 2014, 11:21:18 AM
Thanks again for the daily updates. it's great to hear about the everyday things going on  :)
Between the forum and Facebook it is as if we are permanently at our 'other home' . Thankyou .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: crsfaz on June 04, 2014, 02:32:24 PM
Hi hippopots,
Great updates and weather info! Keep them coming.. Always good to know what's going on in the village.. See you in a month :-)
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Post by: amanda j on June 04, 2014, 09:09:52 PM
Hi Hippopots . Loving the updates makes our holiday feel that little bit closer :D Looking forward to July ...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 05, 2014, 01:05:19 AM
Nice hot day today, and the sun is getting that 'Greek intensity' about it.
Still a little cool in the evening, but I did go for a walk tonight in just a T-shirt, and it wasn't cold. Sorry, let me re-phrase that! No cardigan over my T shirt....

Quite a number of people were enjoying the morning sun and a bite to eat at 3 W's this morning. We've not eaten there yet, although have been for drinks many a time, but I've heard Margarita does a mean ommelette!

A walk around the older part of the village this evening saw the tavernas and restaurants there doing pretty good trade, it's very atmospheric to eat at one of the places there, listening to the sound of the waves, and after dark seeing the twinkling of lights on the Diapontia Islands   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on June 05, 2014, 03:07:34 AM

Cabmufc, the worried men play a bit of blues, a bit of country, a bit of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, etc. They generally play through May and June, then have a break until Sept, as one of them returns to the UK.


 
So they might be around playing whe we arrive in Sept??...bring it on!! :D :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: xxmullinsxx on June 05, 2014, 10:46:42 AM
Hi there all, we will be visiting barras apartments in 3 weeks 4 days  :) and we are so excited ( we have a 6 yr old ! )  hope the beach is sorted as I cant really tell from the webcam  ::) see you there x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: LouiseB on June 05, 2014, 12:25:15 PM
Hi Mullins we will be at Barras in 5 weeks !!!!
There has been lots of action on the beach and it was all cleared...I think seaweed is being washed up but keep seeing the digger regularly clearing it again xxlet me know how the Barras is and if the pool is ok temperature wise....we have a 5 yr old xxx
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: xxmullinsxx on June 05, 2014, 12:54:47 PM
Hi louise ( its helen by the way ) never been before but my mom and dad have been a few times and love san stefanos ! So youll be there the end of our last week then thats brill x my little boy will be very pleased theres someone to play with  :D the pool had better be warm cuz im a right wimp lol
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Post by: LouiseB on June 05, 2014, 01:11:18 PM
I hope it's ok ......someone has commented that it's about 15 degrees brrrrrrrr but that you can use most pools in San stef.....also suggested Athina pool next to the beach.....5euros a sunbed but you get a receipt which u can then use for food / drinks .
Hoping there's no need for that but at least there are options!!!!
Look forward to seeing you there !
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: xxmullinsxx on June 05, 2014, 03:39:23 PM
Ha ha I hope it gets hotter than that ! But by the time we go the sun will be hotter and the pools got to be warmer than 15 degrees x very excited now with tne thought of just chilling by the pool x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on June 05, 2014, 04:26:22 PM
I doubt if any of the pools are as cool as 15o in July! Certainly not in my experience.
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Post by: rilo57 on June 05, 2014, 05:18:06 PM
There is a nice childrens pool at silver star,opposite athens bar .always nice and warm,also has a small water slide.your welcome to use any pools,just buy a few drinks or a snack and everybody is happy..by the way its only 150 mtrs or so away from where you are staying
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: xxmullinsxx on June 05, 2014, 05:21:29 PM
That sounds brill, thanks ! But ive never been in a cold pool in greece so im sure it will be fine
mind you my little one wont sit still for long so we will probably have a look around x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on June 05, 2014, 11:07:35 PM
You'll be glad of a cool pool believe me!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 06, 2014, 12:51:14 AM
Nice and sunny again today, with a lovely clear view across to the Albanian mountains.

Good news is that the seaweed problem has been cleared, and the beach is lookin' good! Must take a trip down there again soon, as the water was lovely and warm last week.

For those that have no walking problems, a nice place to go is at the top of the headland between here and San Stef. Theres the Akrotiri, with its gardens, to stop for a drink or a snack, and also, between there and the little chapel theres another little place to stop for refreshments....the name escapes me now, but whats nice is they have some great swinging seats to sit, right at the edge of the cliff, with fantastic views to Arillas.
And don't forget that the door to the little chapel is usually open, so its possible to take a look inside. If you're up on the cliff, take a look.
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Post by: Dupnica on June 06, 2014, 01:16:01 AM
Nice and sunny again today, with a lovely clear view across to the Albanian mountains.

Good news is that the seaweed problem has been cleared, and the beach is lookin' good! Must take a trip down there again soon, as the water was lovely and warm last week.

For those that have no walking problems, a nice place to go is at the top of the headland between here and San Stef. Theres the Akrotiri, with its gardens, to stop for a drink or a snack, and also, between there and the little chapel theres another little place to stop for refreshments....the name escapes me now, but whats nice is they have some great swinging seats to sit, right at the edge of the cliff, with fantastic views to Arillas.
And don't forget that the door to the little chapel is usually open, so its possible to take a look inside. If you're up on the cliff, take a look.
The name of the other little bar is Eriana,best not to swing too high on the swinging seats or you could end up in Arillas quicker than you think.
Don't forget Gravia  another lovely place to enjoy some refreshment.It is at the top of the pathway that leads down to Arrilas and overlooks the island also called Gravia.
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Post by: hippopots on June 07, 2014, 12:41:52 AM
Thanks Dupnica, for the name, and reminding us about Gravia....you're right, another lovely place on the cliff, with views to die for!

Took myself off to the beach this afternoon for a chance to enjoy the sun and sea. Lots of people there, on sunbeds outside Mango, and Waves, and quite a lot of cars parked indicating visitors from other resorts.
The sea was refreshing, and quite a few waves were rolling in due to a breeze (fortunately not a chilly one!). There was even enough surf for the two kite surfers that arrived. Made for quite an interesting afternoon watching them.

The daytime temperature at the moment seems to be settling nicely at around the mid 20's mark, according to the display on San Stef car hire opposite us. Last year I remember watching it creep up daily as the season progressed into July and August, hitting 40 a few times, before edging down again in September.   
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Post by: Waspman on June 07, 2014, 01:34:07 AM
The name of the other little bar is Eriana,

I may be wrong but I thought it was called Arianna, after the owners daughter!
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Post by: Teamnickos on June 07, 2014, 12:17:56 PM
Do you reach Arianna and Gravia by carrying on past Akrotiri (if reaching Akrotiri past the Tsaros and up the hill) ?
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Post by: WINKIE on June 07, 2014, 12:22:54 PM
Apologies for going a little off topic with this,is it possible to reach Akrotiri by quadbike,we are there on Friday for a week, and wifey has a knee injury,and insists on visiting for the view and a refreshment?.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 07, 2014, 12:33:55 PM
Easy by quad, head towards Arillas, take a right turn where you see the sign "Gravia Bar" at the top of the hill turn right onto the gravel track and Akrotiri is about 150 yards on your right.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on June 07, 2014, 01:46:52 PM
Easy by quad, head towards Arillas, take a right turn where you see the sign "Gravia Bar" at the top of the hill turn right onto the gravel track and Akrotiri is about 150 yards on your right.


Very much appreciated sir,thank you. :)
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on June 07, 2014, 05:38:06 PM
Or go straight up behind the Juice bar, past the Tsaros and turn left at the top of the hill
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Post by: Waspman on June 07, 2014, 06:14:25 PM
Or go straight up behind the Juice bar, past the Tsaros and turn left at the top of the hill

Bit steep for a quad Gav?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on June 07, 2014, 07:58:03 PM
Do you reach Arianna and Gravia by carrying on past Akrotiri (if reaching Akrotiri past the Tsaros and up the hill) ?
When you get to the top of Tsaros hill turn right for Erianna or Arianna if you prefer to call it that, and turn left for Gravis.
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on June 07, 2014, 10:52:50 PM
Nah it's fine Waspy. We did it a couple of times.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 08, 2014, 01:14:59 AM
When you get to the top of Tsaros hill turn right for Erianna or Arianna if you prefer to call it that, and turn left for Gravis.

Or even Gravia!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 08, 2014, 01:20:38 AM
Hot and sunny today  8) Dare I say summers here (as it seems whenever I have said that so far the clouds appear!).

Penty of live music in different bars this evening, a bit of a San Stef 'battle of the bands'

There's the Tom Jones/Robbie Williams tribute in Condor bar, Elvis tribute at Silver Star, Splinter Band at Thomas Bay, and Keith Mitchell in Athens bar....plenty of choice if you like live music with your drink!

And of course the frog chorus is still going strong in the stream....

And the England game is on in a few places, including Barras and El Greco, with of course many more being shown over the coming weeks!  
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 08, 2014, 01:35:19 AM
Nah it's fine Waspy. We did it a couple of times.

When we came to see you at Tsaros last year I thought the quad would was going to do a somersalt
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gordonc on June 08, 2014, 11:02:30 AM
Well, we arrived back on Friday to the usual welcme from everyone. Weather has been lovely and sunny so far, a little cooler in the evenings than usual. Beach is looking ok walked along yesterday. Costas does not have sunbeds out below the Havana yet, still a bidding war going on apparently.

Prices for food and drink seem to be the same as last year, specials usually 7 euros with a glass of 9 euros for three courses, Shane in good form at the Juice Bar. Car booked for three days from Valantis ar San Stef car hire, 100 euros, all insurance included.

Just had breakfast at the Little Prince, up to Akrotiri for lunch, it's a hectic life here!
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Post by: Dupnica on June 08, 2014, 01:55:11 PM
Sorry Waspman,hit the wrong key. Still getting used to using a new tablet.
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Post by: Waspman on June 08, 2014, 04:46:11 PM
Sorry Waspman,hit the wrong key. Still getting used to using a new tablet.

We al do it sumtimes Dupnica
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on June 08, 2014, 09:05:20 PM
That's the steepest bit Waspy. Get to there and it gets less steep as you go up!
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Post by: hippopots on June 09, 2014, 01:12:19 AM
Another nice, hot and sunny day  8)
It did get a little cloudy early evening, and pretty humid, so we were expecting maybe a thunderstorm, but it didn't materialise, which was good.

The beach was busy this afternoon....being Sunday, there were a fair number of Greeks enjoying the seaside, as well as the visitors.

This evening there was quite a few people having late dinner, in Yiannis Gyros, as well as the newer grillroom next to Bar 38. Last year this opened under the name of 'Delicious', this year there has been a change of name, and change of ownership, with Sophia, who owns the building (and used to have a gift shop in the same premises), at the helm. 
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Post by: Waspman on June 09, 2014, 01:48:58 AM
What's the name of the new grill room Hippopots?
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Post by: hippopots on June 10, 2014, 01:38:28 AM
Evening all....another late one, due to treating ourselves to a meal out with friends at Beachcombers....and very nice it was too.

Waspman, I think the new grillroom is called Lubrano's.You know how you walk past somewhere everyday, and kind of register the name, then can't quite be 100% sure.....but I can check tomorrow!!

Lovely hot sunny start to the day, but by late afternoon the dark clouds were looming, with the odd rumble of thunder. By 7.30pm we had thunder, lightening, and a downpour, but it didn't last long enough to ruin anyone's evening....in fact we had quite a nice light show whilst eating dinner.

Hopefully that will now clear the air for a good day tomorrow. The sky was amazing colours tonight, as the sun went down there were some shades of purple in the sunset, absolutely stunning
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Post by: cabmufc on June 10, 2014, 02:51:04 AM
Please,please keep these daily updates coming as it keeps me so in touch until its finally our turn in Sept!!!! :D :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 11, 2014, 01:13:14 AM
Well, after last nights brief storm, today has been hot, hot ,hot!  8)

The village was pretty quiet this afternoon, as it seemed the best place to be was on the beach or by the pool.

This evening was busy, with most of the bars doing a good trade, entertainment wise there was karaoke in Thomas Bay, and Katie Perry tribute in Condor.

Quite a few heading to Aquarius for a quiet drink, and a number of people sat in amongst the gorgeous roses in Summer Dreams garden.

A new structure has appeared on the side of Olympia, I'm guessing probably in place to be covered to make a nice shaded area under which to sit. Their garden area to the side of the restaurant also looks really nice, with comfy seats in which to sit is you just fancy a drink.
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Post by: hippopots on June 12, 2014, 01:11:43 AM
Hot and sunny again today!
However we have come to the conclusion that maybe the thermometer on the digital display at San Stef car hire is on the blink, as that has so far not gone above 24 degrees, and it was definately hotter than that this afternoon!!

Still quite a number of people on the beach at 7pm tonight, dipping their toes in the sea.....

Quattro, the new Italian restaurant is doing a steady trade, and is getting some excellent reviews. Not tried it ourselves, but have been told by four different people what great meals they had there .Good to see another empty premises filled, as its never nice to see things closed down. Hopefully we will all have a good season, and the village as a whole will continue to thrive.  :) 
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Post by: Waspman on June 12, 2014, 01:54:53 AM
That thermometer must be be wrong Hippopots as it's been about 23 degrees in UK today

For the sake of all forum members you really must try Quattro (the new Itilian restaurant) and give us an independent/local review.

I'll see you in Ag Stef in July, if you know me!!

Thanks for the updates
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Post by: hippopots on June 13, 2014, 01:13:15 AM
Pop by and say 'Hi' Waspman...always nice to meet everyone!

Another hot one, and sunny until about 6pm, when it did cloud over slightly, but not enough to worry about.

Sorry but todays update is short and sweet. I haven't actually left the shop today due to gippy tum, not caused by any local establishments I hasten to add!!
So an afternoon in bed, and an evening in the shop quietly painting. And with me not eating, hubby had the perfect excuse to treat himself to a gyros from Yiannis!!

Should hopefully be fine again tomorrow, so will go for a wander and hopefully be more in touch with whats going on!!
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Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on June 13, 2014, 01:16:44 AM
Get well soon
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Post by: Jules on June 13, 2014, 09:49:21 AM
Hope you feel better today  :)
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Post by: Gordonc on June 13, 2014, 03:29:27 PM
Sat at the new enlarged El Greco just now having just enjoyed a Mythos and a great sausage pita. Bright and sunny and hot again today, v. warm on beach yesterday, all sunbeds taken by about 10.30. Kostas beds should be back on Saturday, this will ease things a bit. Anyway, time for a frappe now I think
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Post by: hippopots on June 14, 2014, 01:26:19 AM
Feeling back to normal today....must of been one of those nasty 24 hour bugs!  >:(

So this afternoon I took myself off to the beach for a swim, and a snooze, and it was lovely. Despite being a changeover day, with many people coming and going, it was pretty busy there, with sunbeds being well used at Waves, Athina, and Mango. Lots of people in the water too.

This evening there was plenty of choice of places to watch the footy, including Barras, El Greco, Athens Bar, and Silver Star, but if its not your thing Acabar doesn't appear to be showing it, and Bar 38 were hosting their popular latin dance night tonight.

The temperature has really notched up now...no need for cardigans or jackets after dark any more! In fact, I popped down to the beach tonight too, just to dip my feet in the cool sea! I can highly reccommend it, with the waves lapping gently, and the full moon reflecting off the sea, I can't think of a better place to be  :) 
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Post by: Andy7 on June 14, 2014, 04:07:21 PM
There is now an official weather station in Arillas which will give an accurate temperature in the Village and San Steph will be very similar. The website also has a great webcam from the Horizon Hotel.

http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IKERKIRA2

Andy
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Post by: hippopots on June 15, 2014, 01:17:37 AM
Hot and sunny again  8)

Well, whether you like the football or not, it's being shown in most places tonight....probably due to the fact Greece were playing earlier, and England are due to play in less than an hour.

Lots of yelling, and groaning was coming from Athens Bar earlier, as Greece lost 3 - 0  :-[
And in various businesses (ourselves included) people could be seen keeping track of what was happening via the internet. Was a shame Greece lost, as I think there would have been much merriment and tooting of horns had they won!

Many of the bars were busy tonight, and people are out and about late, as there is the opportunity to watch England in many places. Some bars have other entertainment on first....Elvis in Silver Star, Robbie Williams in Condor, and Keith Mitchell in Athens Bar, but virtually all are advertising the England Game later.
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Post by: hippopots on June 16, 2014, 01:36:25 AM
Another nice sunny day today, just a slight breeze this morning to take the heat off a little, but this dropped by afternoon.

Took a walk along the beach just before darkness fell this evening, and it was just beautiful. The sea is very calm, the sun was setting, and there were a couple of sailing boats bobbing about just out to sea.

Was nice to sea all the beachfront tavernas doing a good trade tonight.....the start of the season couldn't have been easy for them, with the seaweed, and the breeze that always seemed to be blowing in off the sea. But now the beach is back to its usual high standard, and the weather has improved, Waves, Beachcombers, Mistral, and Manthos were all busy tonight. And the smells wafting out from their kitchens were making my mouth water! 
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Post by: Jules on June 16, 2014, 09:39:04 AM
Glad to hear good news for the beachside tavernas at last  :)
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Post by: hippopots on June 17, 2014, 12:22:21 AM
Sunny one again today, with just a slight breeze coming from the east, to take the edge off the heat.....good sunburning weather though  :o

Seen a few red bodies walking around this afternoon!

The sea is lovely and calm at the moment, and this morning, walking towards the beach, looking down from the bend in the road, just past Olympia, over the roof of Perditas, the sea had that most gorgeous turquoise hue.

A little quieter out and about this evening, although lots of cheering could be heard from Athens Bar earlier. I think they may have had a few German guests having a beer whilst watching the footie.
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Post by: debra on June 17, 2014, 12:51:06 AM
Oh, how I can see that turquoise hue in my minds eye.............
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Post by: amanda j on June 17, 2014, 01:34:40 AM
Also loving the new beach brollies that looked to be going up this evening. Are they the lovely rush ones that rustle in the breeze? :)
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Post by: amanda j on June 17, 2014, 01:37:03 AM
Whoops meant to say I am with you Debra seeing that Turquoise in my minds eye. Holiday needs to come quicker still have a month to wait...
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Post by: hippopots on June 18, 2014, 01:09:21 AM
yes Amandaj, the new beach brollies are made of straw, they look fab.

Unfortunately today they probably got more use keeping people dry! Yes, unbelievably for mid June we woke up to rain this morning!
It did improve as the day went on, drying out, still with some cloud, but pretty warm.
Then this evening another couple of showers came our way....hoping tomorrow Corfu weather will be back to its usual glorious self  ::)
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Post by: Waspman on June 18, 2014, 01:12:14 AM
Can you send us some rain Hippopots, we desperately need some down south
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Post by: laurenandsam on June 18, 2014, 04:53:16 PM
No we don't need any rain in the south
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Post by: Caz on June 18, 2014, 07:02:02 PM
And we certainly don't want it up north
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Post by: Waspman on June 18, 2014, 11:43:56 PM
No we don't need any rain in the south

Yes we do!
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Post by: hippopots on June 19, 2014, 01:32:04 AM
Good news, the rain was gone from here today....not sure if its headed your way waspman, but its not here anymore, much to the relief of people on holiday, especially the poor souls who flew in Monday night!!  ;D

Consquently the beach was busy by 10.30 this morning. Lots of cars parked up, and most sunbeds looked pretty full too.
There must be quite a number of people staying here at the moment, because as well as a busy beach, I encountered busy roads whilst driving to the post office in Kavadaddes....lots of quads and scooters around. Both Spiros and Pegasus are doing pretty good trade at the moment!

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Post by: Waspman on June 19, 2014, 01:38:24 AM
Definitely not reached us yet Hippopots, more's the pity, a bit too dry here at the moment, you can tell I'm gardener. See you soon!
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Post by: amanda j on June 19, 2014, 07:46:55 PM
I need the rain too Waspman the allotment doesn't water itself and I will have biceps like Popeye unless it rains soon!  :)
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Post by: hippopots on June 20, 2014, 01:53:40 AM
Well, don't know if you guys got the rain, but we have it here again.....VERY unseasonal!!

The day began nice and sunny, just a few white fluffy clouds drifting about.
By 5.30pm there were some very ominous black clouds coming in from off shore, along with a wind getting up, resulting in much battening down of the hatches......Spiros took his bikes in, Yianni took his menu off his front wall, and secured his PVC windbreaks, and Elizabeths pulled down the shutters. Not ones to ignore local advice, our ceramics got pulled in close to the shop front too.

Fortunately the wind was not as bad as anticipated, and after a 10 minute torrential downpour, the clouds passed over, and people could once again go out and enjoy their evening.

The England game was watched by many tonight, we personally went next door to Athens Bar. We were going to try and stay up for the Greece game, but more thunder is rumbling around now, and we have a very stressed dog when the weather is like this!

But hopefully this storm will pass ready for a good day tomorrow!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 20, 2014, 02:00:22 AM
Send some rain over here please Hippopots
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Caz on June 20, 2014, 03:59:12 PM
Do we take it it's windy today? No umbrellas up on the webcam
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on June 20, 2014, 05:00:40 PM
What's the matter with you Waspman? Didn't you have enough rain over the winter months? 10 days of little or no rain and everyones starts to worry. Enjoy it. You'll be up to your waist in water before you know it.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on June 20, 2014, 11:43:39 PM
What's the matter with you Waspman? Didn't you have enough rain over the winter months? 10 days of little or no rain and everyones starts to worry. Enjoy it. You'll be up to your waist in water before you know it.

Agreed, if Waspman says that again, I will personally put a hose pipe up *** ****

We have had enough rain in the last 2 years to last 100.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 21, 2014, 12:36:09 AM
Yes Caz, it was a tad windy today..probably the remnants of last nights storm.
But the sun still shone, and the air was really clear, making the islands look much closer than they actually are.

Plenty of surf too, with a few people jumping waves this morning.

Took a walk this evening and there is a change in how things look near Sunset Bar. Only about a week ago I was thinking how their sign, although tall and neon lit, was getting lost behind loads of reeds and pampas grass. Well, all that has been cut right back, in fact the whole field between Sunset and Sparkles/glass slipper has been cut, so now from the road, you can see all the way across to Maria and Spiros apartments, Vickys, and the entrance to Delfino Blu. Not only that, but tonight you could also hear the waves crashing onto the beach, its amazing how much that tall grass was blocking out!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 22, 2014, 01:10:18 AM
Well the wind died down today, leaving us with glorious sunshine, and perfect conditions for the beach and pool 8)

I popped down to the beach this afternoon for an hour, and it was really busy....lots of sunbeds taken everywhere, and loads of people enjoying the sea, which was lovely and warm, and much calmer than yesterday!

Pulling in the crowds tonight are the Elvis tribute at Silver Star (he's proving to be very popular), Tom Jones/ Robbie Williams tribute in Condor, Splinter Band in Thomas Bar, and Keith Mitchell in Athens Bar.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on June 22, 2014, 03:31:04 AM
Have to wait until September for our holiday but love to hear what's going on in San Stef.  Does anyone know what's happening at Silver Star this year - do they have any entertainment and also is Groucho around this year?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 23, 2014, 12:51:26 AM
Hi Diane13, Silver Star has a regular Elvis tribute this year.Not normally my thing, but the guy has a great voice, and is proving popular.
Groucho is playing tonight at El Greco, and last night was playing alongside Keith Mitchell in Athens Bar.

A beautiful hot and sunny day again today. Many already down on the beach by 10am this morning, the temperature was already steadily rising....

Shane was busy making sarnies at the juice bar this morning. He said Kerry (Ozzy Oil) returns this week, and Sandra comes back at the beginning of July, so soon he can hand baking duties back to her! He's not normally the cake maker, but I think he's done a fab job during her absence.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on June 23, 2014, 01:06:20 AM
Thanks for the info - we used to watch Jerry James at Silver Star and was very sad to hear about his wife - not everyone's cup of tea but it was a bit of nostalgia and not to be taken too seriously.  Don't want to wish the Summer away but can't wait to return in September - just love the place  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 24, 2014, 12:44:58 AM
Guess what...hot and sunny again!! 8)

Think the thermometer on San Stef car hire digital display is working correctly now, as it was reading 29 late this afternoon. It may have gone above this, but I did take a sneaky break down to the beach so didn't see the temp mid afternoon.

Apparantly there was a cracking night had by many last night at 3 W's bar, with a Beatles tribute band keeping many entertained dancing the night away. I understand this may be a regular booking, so if you like the fab 4 could be worth checking out.

Met Tony and Linda Cox this afternoon. They popped by the shop to introduce themselves, and have a chat. So nice to put faces to names.

Went for a wander to the beach this evening, and it was one of those 'I wish I'd brought my camera' moments. The sunset was stunning. A brilliant orange setting sun, surrounded by a sky in hues of orange and purples. The sea was more like a lake it was so calm, and the reflection of the sun cast a bright orange 'path' across its surface. If you like sunsets, you will never be disappointed with the ones we get here, but this one was one of the best I've ever seen.

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 24, 2014, 01:53:30 AM
Hot and sunny here to, about 25C down south, a bit cooler up north I suspect
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on June 24, 2014, 02:25:58 AM
A bit further south we had 27c here in Belgium and we need rain.have 2 cherry trees and they are short of water,rhubarb is suffering,strawberrys are over.raspberry canes are good but fruit very small.have a well for garden but thats almost dry.bring on some rain....
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on June 24, 2014, 02:37:03 AM
Peaked at 18 on the NE coast. Nice day, though - one small shower.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 24, 2014, 12:32:07 PM
Rain badly needed in UK as well as Belgium
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on June 24, 2014, 12:34:10 PM
Best perform your rain dance then.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on June 24, 2014, 01:18:07 PM
Nowt wrong with a couple of sprinklers!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: spesh49 on June 24, 2014, 01:56:07 PM
Rain badly needed in UK as well as Belgium

Really !!!! Dont we get enough ? Lets enjoy the sun while we have it
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on June 24, 2014, 01:58:08 PM
We have sprinklers for the grass via a pump from the well,but when the well is almost dry,errrmmm  no other options..  apart from expensive water via the meter...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: gillie on June 24, 2014, 03:50:59 PM
Watered runner beans this morning - then the heavens opened and it's been raining ever since! Wish we could send it down south, while you were all flooded out earlier in the year we had one of the driest winter and springs I can remember! Oh well, no gardening for me this afternoon. Here is Hull by the way!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 24, 2014, 04:42:35 PM
Must be Jimbo's Gillie then! Hope he's saving his money!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on June 24, 2014, 10:27:39 PM
Well someone certainly did a raindance in Norfolk this afternoon.
Thanks for the fantastic updates Hippopots
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 24, 2014, 11:37:15 PM
Woke up this morning around 6am, and it was quite gloomy and overcast...uh oh I thought, but by the time I woke up again at 9am (it's the late nights you know!), the sun was once again blazing down!

Lots of new faces today, and some familiar ones too, which is nice.
Met Mary today for the first time, with her friend, I'm so sorry, but I've forgotten your name!!! :-\  They are looking forward to 2 lovely girly holiday weeks in the sun.

This evening there were lots of people around, some with Greece shirts on, showing their support for our fab Greek friends.
The bars are all showing the match tonight....if Greece win I think it may be a little noisy later on!!
We are heading to Afionas, to watch the match with our Greek friends at The Night Owl. We are dropping off some wine jugs we've painted for them, so we don't need too much of an excuse to stop for a beer and cheer on Greece!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on June 25, 2014, 12:43:39 AM
 I can hear Jimmy from here after their first goal of the tournamant.Athens bar will be bouncing
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jacksi on June 25, 2014, 01:53:30 AM
Bet it's amazing there tonight now - good luck to Greece!!  So wish I was there right now!! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on June 25, 2014, 02:10:06 AM
So hope Greece are still in it when we arrive
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on June 25, 2014, 02:22:29 AM
Wish I'd been there tonight. Greece playing attacking football????? Not seen since the Trojan Wars.

The odd thing is - I was far more nervous tonight watching Greece than I was watching England. Defending 1-0 is never easy. Greece were in, and then they were out at 1-1. The minutes were ticking over. I could hardly bear to watch the penalty, but superb take by Samaras. And before that, some terrific shots hitting the crossbar. Wow.

If they play like they did tonight they could make it to the semi-finals.

Yammas yammas yammas Hellas!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jacksi on June 25, 2014, 02:35:23 AM
I felt exactly the same Jimbo - but should be used to that watching city every home match !!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 26, 2014, 01:25:58 AM
Well, watching the football last night was fab. We weren't in the village, but up in Afionas with friends. It was especially fun watching their very enthusiastic 12 yr old son literally jumping for joy when they won!
We got back into San Stef at around 2am, and there were people still in El Greco, and of course Athens Bar...to be fair I'm surprised we didn't hear Jimmy's cheering from Afionas! Plus a few people getting their gyros fix at Lubrano's, Tasty Corner, and Yiannis.

So, today was scorching this morning. This afternoon on the beach there was a slight but very welcome breeze. Good news...the sunbeds are now out by Havana Bar, so lots of lovely comfy sunbeds for everyone!

It was slightly hazy this evening, making for an unusual sunset, not the intense colours we normally get, but beautiful with the haze over the sea.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: D@G on June 26, 2014, 01:29:26 AM
I'm guessing "lubranos" is the place opposite Hippopots, was called "delicious" last year?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: LouiseB on June 26, 2014, 09:04:42 PM
Looked very cloudy on the webcam today ...hope they dissapear soon :) ...2weeks tomorrow and can't wait
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 26, 2014, 11:16:38 PM
Hi D@G, Lubrano's was called Delicious last year, and is situated just along the road from us, opposite Mediterranean Village.
It's now owned and run by Sophia, who owns the building, and used to have a gift shop in the same premises.

Yes, overcast today, but still hot, actually quite humid.
Still plenty of people on the beach this afternoon, and taking a dip to cool off.

Akrotiri was closed for a wedding today, and this afternoon, whilst enjoying a frappe at the Juice Bar, and passing some time with Shane, we saw some of the wedding party congregating at Summer Dreams for pre wedding drinks and photos in their lovely rose filled gardens. It was lovely to see people all dressed in their finest for the occasion.

The wind picked up briefly late afternoon (bizarely at approx the same time as it did last Thursday), but hopefully it didn't affect the wedding.
Tonight seems quite quiet in resort, but have just seen Mary and Pamela (won't forget your name again, promise!!) heading out for the evening, amongst others having a wander.



Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 27, 2014, 11:22:18 PM
And we're back to sunshine again today:)
Although quite a breeze coming off the sea this afternoon, which kept the temperature to a nice level, and also made for some quite big waves coming in.

The area behind Aspa supermarket, at the Mai Tai boxing school is all being set up for tomorrows annual 'explosion' mai tai boxing competition.
Consequently there are a fair number of young men arriving in the village to take part, and doing training, running around the streets of San Stef.
Last year the event attracted a large number of spectators, so I would expect tomorrow night to be pretty busy! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 29, 2014, 01:08:51 AM
Lovely hot sunny day today....still a little breeze coming in off the sea, but it's keeping the temperature to a nice comfortable level.

Many people on the beach this afternoon, with lots of cars filling up the parking area.

So tonight sees the mai tai boxing, which is still happening as I type.
Gates opened at 7pm, with the first fight scheduled for 8pm. Before it began, we were treated to a parade down the main road from Tasty Corner end to the location of the boxing behind Aspa, by a marching band from Avliotes. Bands are a big thing here in Corfu, and the Avliotes one looked very smart in their white uniforms, with red trim.

Then, as the evening has gone on, more and more cars have arrived, full of spectators, resulting in some interesting double parking in places.
The event itself sounds a lively affair, with music, commentary, and air horns being blown regularly.....think it will be busy there for some time yet!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 30, 2014, 03:41:25 AM
A late night/early morning post today...due to the football.

Poor Greece, equalised in the last minute (typically Greek, always last minute!!), only to sadly go out on penalties after extra time.
Went to cheer Greece on at the Night Owl in Afionas again, and it was a subdued San Stef we drove back into....although there were alot of local scooters parked outside Yiannis and Athens Bar.

A gorgeous sunny, hot day again today  8)
The beach was busy again this afternoon, as many locals were out, also ejoying the beautiful weather.

Met 3 more forum members today, Bee, Ioanna, and Dupnica. So nice to meet people whos posts we've read.

Off to bed now, more tomorrow  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 01, 2014, 01:18:00 AM
A very slightly cooler start to the day today, but beautiful none the less.
Lovely weather for taking the dog to the stream by the beach for his daily frog hunting....he never catches one, but he has great fun trying  :D

This evening saw a busy El Greco, (with music not too loud), and Silver Star also doing well.
And down in the older part of the village, Kamini had quite a lot of people enjoying a quiet drink on their patio, and the tavernas  having no problem with seating people outside beachside, now the evening temperatures are very comfortable.
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 02, 2014, 01:12:57 AM
Hot again!
The temp guage opposite is still only registering 26 degrees....it's definately lying now! We are easily looking at daily temperatures in the 30's.

Had to pop out today to do some chores, and drove back down into San Stefanos from Avliotes.
It never fails to take my breath away coming down that hill, past Romanza and Kapitanios, then when you get to Tereza's, the view across the beach is just gorgeous.
A fellow British resident said to me last year 'the day I fail to be impressed by that view, is the day I need to go back to the UK'.

A very pleasant warm evening tonight, no need for long sleeves anymore, and plenty of places to sit outside and enjoy al fresco eating and drinking!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 02, 2014, 11:25:11 PM
Hot hot hot today!  8)

I ventured to the beach this afternoon, and it was packed.
Lots of cars parked up, sunbeds busy (but still some left so plenty to go around), and a lovely calm, warm sea.

Was fun watching someone paragliding, and 3 people being bumped around on the doughnuts!

A word of warning though....as the season progresses the sun is getting intense. Had my factor 50 on, and was only down there for 45 minutes, and its fair to say I have a  bit of a glow this evening!


 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on July 03, 2014, 12:21:43 AM
See you soon Hippopots
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on July 03, 2014, 09:45:48 AM
Thanks for all your updates. Can't wait until end of August.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on July 03, 2014, 06:48:24 PM
 Enjoyed meeting you Hippopots and having a chat.See you again in September when my Chelsea mad friend comes to order her Chelsea plaque.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 04, 2014, 12:16:38 AM
Hot and sunny again today.
It was very calm this morning, with the sea looking more like a lake, with just a few rippling waves lapping at the shore. A bit of a breeze came this afternoon, which was lovely and refreshing, and created a few waves, but still great to swim in.

This evening hubby went to Sunset, to play in a darts match, and has just returned saying what a great place it is.
Ashamed to say that neither of us has been in before. I know last year there were a few comments on the forum about how quiet it was. Unfortunately no-one likes to go into an empty place....

But I must say, that right from when they opened this year it looks so much more inviting than last season. Lots of dining tables out on the front patio, with candles flickering at night, and nice new parasols.
Although Pete didn't eat there, 3 people he was with did, and said the food was great.
Friendly owners/staff and nice clean surroundings.....definately one to try before the end of summer. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 05, 2014, 01:13:01 AM
Guess what...hot and sunny again!

The Mistral wind did pick up this afternoon though, blowing in off the sea.
I went to the beach for about half an hour, and had a quick dip, but the sea was quite choppy this afternoon, so didn't venture too far in. Luckily it's so shallow for quite a distance, you'd have to go a long way to get out of your depth.  :o

Saw Kerry from Ozzy Oil today, she flew back in on Wednesday evening, and this morning was working her way around the village, catching up with everyone. I'm sure she's already back to work at the restaurant!
And her Mum Sandra returns tomorrow, so expect to see her at the juice bar soon.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Sellsy on July 05, 2014, 05:47:33 PM
Thank you for the daily snap shots Hippopots, really enjoy the little pictures you create for us as we sit here in the rain ! ( you happy now  Waspman!  ) Sounds like everything is in full swing which is great,  just over two weeks for us, so fingers crossed you continue with your ' it's hot again' theme. Cheers.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 05, 2014, 08:30:36 PM
Spoke to Mrs Hippopots briefly this aft as we left Aquarius. McKenzie loves Bod the dog.
Also thanks to Waspman for turning up in his Waspman top and letting Kenz sit on the quad. Lovely people and good to see em again.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 06, 2014, 01:24:03 AM
Nice to meet Gavlah1973 and Waspman today.
Mckenzie can come and see Bod anytime....he expects cuddles off of everyone!

And it turns out Waspman is a fellow 'moonraker', from the same neck of the woods in the UK as us.

Beautiful hot sunny day again today.
And the sea was totally different today. After yesterdays surf, it was back to its placid self again, just gently lapping at the shore. Much easier to swim in!

Went for a walk to the beach tonight, then onwards up the slope towards the church, and back through the 'old' village. Everyone was pretty busy, lots of people out and about. Fantasea had quite a lot of people sitting outside, enjoying the view across the bay. It's nice to see the lights twinkling away on the Diapontia Islands.
Coming back through to the 'newer' part of the village, there was choices of live music in Silver Star, Thomas Bay, Condor, and Athens. Also quite a few people heading down to Aquarius.....nice place to sit and have a drink if you're not into live music.
   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: alken on July 06, 2014, 09:24:39 PM
Looking forward to meeting you Hippopots next week.........
 :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 07, 2014, 01:03:07 AM
Hi alken, pop by anytime, its always nice to meet folk!

Beautiful and sunny again, although that temp guage opposite is still saying 25 degrees. It's definately lying, it feels so much more like 30+ now!

The sea was a little choppy this morning, but by this evening when I took the dog for an evening dunk in the stream it was very calm again. Still quite a number of people on the beach at 8.30pm, waiting with cameras to capture another San Stef sunset.

Alot of the tavernas were doing well tonight. Many people sat in Olympia, where they can enjoy a meal whilst capturing the last of the sun as it starts to set. Little Prince was also busy, entertaining guests with the Greek dancing. I always admire the waiting staff that do this every night, both there and in Zorbas, as they dance with as much energy in the heat of July and August as they do on the fringes of the season when its cooler. Very impressive!
   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 08, 2014, 01:00:49 AM
Very hot today...definately feels like the temperature ramped up that little bit more.
I took the dog for an earlier than usual evening stroll at around 7pm, and it was still incredibly hot!
And still plenty of people in the sea enjoying it  ;D

Nice to see Sandra back at the Juice Bar, having arrived back less than 48 hours ago! Shane's had her baking cakes already....although he did do a very good job in her absence!

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 09, 2014, 02:39:26 AM
A late night/early morning post, having just returned from Athens Bar after watching Brazil get a pounding from Germany in the football!

Hot again, and sunny this morning. It did go a little hazy this afternoon, and very humid, but by early evening there wasn't a cloud in the sky again.  8)

More younger families are arriving now, which is a clear indication of the start of the school summer holidays. Its such a great place to bring children. We were talking to a family who came to paint today, who's young son has made numerous friends whilst here. This is so much a resort that attract friendly people!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 10, 2014, 02:08:08 AM
Temperature rising every doay now....summer is most definately here!!

The power was off for us for this morning until early afternoon for maintenance. This seemed to involve work at the electric pole by the stream between Thomas Bay and Barras. They seemed to be installing/ repairing the overhead cables, which at one point involved a man pulling the wire tight by using a big rope!!
Luckily when maintenece is scheduled, notices are posted on teegraph poles, so we all know its going to happen...quite helpful if your business involves cooking, or in our case, firing a kiln!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 10, 2014, 11:59:05 AM
Saw them working on that....... health and safety out of the window!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 11, 2014, 12:36:07 AM
Health and Safety in Corfu.....whats that??!

Hot again, no surprises there  ;D

Beach was busy today, with plenty of people soaking up the rays.
I've spoken to quite a few people this week who've hired a boat for the day, and had a really enjoyable day out. A nice idea for a different day out.

There's also a group of young Greek people here this week, on what appears to be a youth group holiday. They arrived a few days ago carrying instruments, and can be heard practicing in their apartments along the track opposite our shop.....fortunately far enough along the track to not be heard unless you walk along there, especially as they regularly have drum practice!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 11, 2014, 12:48:01 AM
BIG thunderstorm just started! Very refreshing, but we've now got one terrified doggy  :(
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Post by: crsfaz on July 11, 2014, 02:30:46 PM
Hi, just a quick post to say it was lovely to meet you yesterday. And keep up the good work :-)
Crs&Charl x 
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Post by: hippopots on July 12, 2014, 12:11:03 AM
Thanks Crs&Chrl, thanks for stopping by, it was really nice to meet you too. And thanks for the compliments regarding this thread, it's amazing for me to hear how people enjoy my little ramblings!

So, after last nights thunderstorm, which was right overhead here and Arillas, but fortunately didn't last too long, todays temperature this morning was slightly cooler than of late, with a bit of a breeze coming in. Still plenty hot enough, but a little bit more bearable for anyone fancying a walk instead of the beach.
And quite a few were prefering to do some last minute shopping today before they left, certainly Elizabeths, and ourselves were quite busy, and there were plenty of people waking past with bags from Vasia and Pele and Marias too.

Tonight was busy earlier on, but gone a bit quieter now...possible early nights for the new arrivals, although I can hear karaoke in full swing in Condor....currently a pretty good rendition of M People's 'Moving on Up' being belted out! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Bee on July 12, 2014, 12:23:00 PM
I love your ramblings to Jackie.  It was lovely to meet you and Peter and thank you so much for my little cat, she is gorgeous.  I'm sorry I can't remember how to post a photo on here or I would put one up.

Love Bee x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Sellsy on July 12, 2014, 04:11:54 PM
36000 views and going strong Hippopots, I am sure many people log on primarily for their daily updates! Most popular thread by a mile, well done and thanks. We will pop in to say hello soon, we arrive on the 21st ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on July 12, 2014, 11:09:41 PM
I will second that was nice to meet you in April will try painting in sept
Chris no 2
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 12, 2014, 11:54:30 PM
Thanks folks.....and Bee, glad to hear you and the cat got home safely!!

Well, unfortunatley can't report on anything far from our place, as I somehow managed to strain my back, just by getting out of a chair today, so haven't been anywhere.
Managed to do a bit of painting, but spent a bit of time out back of the shop with a heatpad on my back.......not particularly ideal in temperatures of 30+, but it did help.

Hopefully I will be a bit more mobile tomorrow.

But I can report that theres lots of young families of all nationalities here now, many of whom I think probably arrived yesterday, school holiday time is definately upon us.  8) 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy on July 13, 2014, 12:57:46 PM
Sorry to hear about the strained back....ouch! A massage from your other half will help :)
Debbie and I look at webcam shots daily and see the beach pretty busy nowadays. We've walked that stretch so many, many times. Lovely memories!
Can't wait to return 1st September.

Best wishes to all our friends in the village
Andy, Deb and Hannah the dog lover
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 13, 2014, 02:06:10 PM
We noticed last week how full the sunbeds were, but there is a stretch of beds that aren't out (not sure who's they are as we don't use that end of the beach). Also the tide was in a lot of the time, so sunbeds appeared a bit squashed up.  The beach at the far end was much wider this year, so there were many more people down there.  We had a fantastic time, as always and met many people from previous years, which is always great!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 14, 2014, 01:54:06 AM
Nice and sunny again  8)
Slightly less humid than of late, which made it feel comfortable today.

Managed to venture a little further today, if slightly tentatively!
I was brave enough to take doggy to the beach this evening, and too be fair he didn't drag me along quite as much as usual!

Many out for dinner tonight, then some heading on to bars to watch the world cup final, and some heading back to accommodation, probably to try and avoid it!
Just about every bar was showing it, and our bar of choice to watch it tonight was Condor.
I reckon there are probaby a few jublient Germans around!

And in true British tradition, now its finished, many people have headed straight to Tasty Cormer, Lubranos, and Yiannis to finish off the evening with a gyros!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on July 14, 2014, 02:12:39 PM
Great atmosphere in the Nafsika bar for the final. Shame it went to extra time, as we all had to buy more drinks!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 14, 2014, 11:59:13 PM
A slightly cloudy start to the day, but still nice, hot, beach weather.

Had chats today with Jimbo and Mrs Jimbo, Waspman, and Gavlah, who was not looking forward to leaving this afternoon, and is already counting down to returning in September!

Just taken a short evening stroll. Thomas Bay bar busy tonight, athough it is changeover, so people coming and going. There's a very good singer in El Greco tonight, a guy with his guitar, by the name of Duffy. Had a good voice, and there were a fair few people there enjoying his music. Not someone I've heard of before, but he was pretty good to listen to.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 15, 2014, 10:33:14 PM
Well, today started with a thunderstorm waking up a fair few people at around 4am this morning. Quite a bit of thunder and lightening, lasting for about an hour. 
This resulted in a rather overcast day, but still pretty hot, and also dry. Aparently it was very wet in South Corfu today, and there was flooding in Thessalonika on the mainland, the result of an unusual July storm passing through the Balkans, so we got off lightly!

Back on the mend, so I managed to walk as far as Fantasea this evening. Glad I did, as, despite the cloud, the sun had broke through, to provide a lovely sunset and cast an orange glow over the village. Despite it being a little breezy, all the tavernas in the older part of the village were doing quite well this evening.
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Post by: abbo on July 16, 2014, 05:47:17 PM
Great updates, keep them coming
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Post by: hippopots on July 17, 2014, 01:02:37 AM
Back to the more expected sunshine today, and no more thunderstorms....horray!

The village seems quite quiet during the day at the mo, but having seen how few quads and scooters both Spiros and Pegasus actually have left, I think I've worked out why! Nice to see that people are out and about exploring this lovely island.

Just been for a later than usual walk tonight. By this time most tavernas are finishing up, with just a few diners left, but the bars are still warming up. Bar 38 had ive music tonight, and was quite busy.

One of the many things that makes this resort so special is how safe it is. Hubby stopped in at a friends bar this afternoon in a different resort just a short bus ride away, and they were telling him how this year they've had real issues with drunken behaviour, and vandalism of their signage, by drunks of various nationalities.
We've just walked all through the village, and all we've witnessed is people having a relaxing drink, and enjoying themselves. No drunks, no agressivenes, no hassles......  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on July 17, 2014, 09:36:05 AM
That is one of the biggest things for many people that we don't get bad drunken behaviour and vandalism. A happy resort in all aspects  :)
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Post by: Andy on July 17, 2014, 07:24:52 PM
It's why people keep coming back.
It's also good to read What's Happenin' in the village. We can all associate with it?

Andy & Debbie
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Post by: hippopots on July 18, 2014, 12:01:24 AM
Another lovely day, afew white fluffy clouds looming over the mountain inland, but here it was nothing but glorious sunshine all day
Hubby took the dog for a walk along the beach this morning, then climbed up the track towards Romanza, to walk back down the road. Unfortunately he didn't realise the path went straight in to the Romanza, so had to do a quick skirt around the pool with dog in tow....oooops! However, he did say the pool was pretty busy, and that the hotel restaurant was advertising the delicious sounding spit roast chicken for tonight.

This evening  on my walk I bumped into Waspman and Mrs Waspman just leaving Bar 38, and heading to Yiannis Grill Room for dinner...hope you had a good meal.

Still quite a lot of people on the beach tonight at just around 8pm, and some still in the sea. And the sun was setting a glorious orange down behind the islands....beautiful!   
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Post by: hippopots on July 19, 2014, 12:15:36 AM
Hot and sunny again, although a little bit of a breeze did pick up this evening.

Had some friends arrive today, fo their first visit to Greece, so gave them a little guided tour around the village this afternoon. They were impressed with the menu prices, and are looking forward to trying some Greek dishes, although thay have also put 'having a Cream Tea' at the juice bar on their list too!

Still plenty of coaches coming and going this evening, which we could watch from our vantage point whilst having a cocktail at Silver Star. Acabar quite busy tonight, with people taking advantage of their pool table, and plenty of people milling around finding their bearings, with school hols just starting there are quite a lot of family groups arriving now, and I think some may be first timers, who will hopefully enjoy the resort as much as the regulars!
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Post by: hippopots on July 20, 2014, 01:26:29 AM
A very hot start to the day today!  8)

Very little cloud in the sky, but a little bit of breeze again as the day wore on heped to make the temperature more comfortable.

Now we have friends here we're getting the chance to spend  a little time doing holiday things, and this evening we joined them at Condor Bar for the Tom Jones/Robbie Williams night.

We often get to hear the singing from our shop, but have never actually been to the bar whilst he's on, and he was quite good at getting the audience involved and up for a boogie!
 
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Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on July 20, 2014, 02:01:25 AM
Love the reports live from San steph was great to meet you in April can't wait till sept
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Post by: Jules on July 20, 2014, 02:13:38 AM
When do you go in September Chris?  :)
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Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on July 20, 2014, 11:22:57 AM
1st jules
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Post by: Jules on July 20, 2014, 02:37:35 PM
At last we may see you then Chris. We arrive 29th August  :)
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Post by: hippopots on July 21, 2014, 12:08:59 AM
Will be good to catch up with you too Chris in Sept.

Guess what....hot again!! ;D
The sun is pretty strong too, my friends daughter has a very rosy glow tonight, despite being slathered in factor 50 waterproof, and wearing a T shirt in the pool.

I was lucky enough to sneak out from work this afternoon to join them at Barras pool, where they are staying. It's not the biggest pool, but it was lovely and quiet. They say they've often had it to themselves, like their own private pool!
And despite it being by the road, I didn't notice any traffic noise whilst I was there.
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on July 21, 2014, 09:17:11 PM
Good news - the beach by Waves/Mistral/Manthos has widened quite a bit over the last few days. Spiros at Mistral reckons it's added 5/6 yards.
The seaweed is almost deposited on the beach now the wind has dropped, and provided somebody can be persuaded to collect it, it should be fine. Part of the problems this year seem to come from the strange local government system here. The elections were weeks ago, but the outgoing politicos remain in power until August 31st - and they appear not to be going gracefully.

Meanwhile - another beautiful day - hot sun, warm sea, cold beer and wonderful food.

Oh, and yesterday I sat at Hippopots painting a large fat frog with Hull City football strip. Jackie was immensely kind, but really I should have got the seven-year old Greek child at the next table to do it. I developed an unusual technique, best described as Ceramic Primitive. When I was about fourteen I planned to be one of the world's great painters, but now I doubt if I'd get a job demonstrating emulsion painting in B&Q.
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Post by: Jacksi on July 22, 2014, 12:26:17 AM
Jimbo - does your frog have the new kit on?
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Post by: Teamnickos on July 22, 2014, 12:40:24 AM
Good news - the beach by Waves/Mistral/Manthos has widened quite a bit over the last few days. Spiros at Mistral reckons it's added 5/6 yards.
The seaweed is almost deposited on the beach now the wind has dropped, and provided somebody can be persuaded to collect it, it should be fine. Part of the problems this year seem to come from the strange local government system here. The elections were weeks ago, but the outgoing politicos remain in power until August 31st - and they appear not to be going gracefully.

Meanwhile - another beautiful day - hot sun, warm sea, cold beer and wonderful food.

Oh, and yesterday I sat at Hippopots painting a large fat frog with Hull City football strip. Jackie was immensely kind, but really I should have got the seven-year old Greek child at the next table to do it. I developed an unusual technique, best described as Ceramic Primitive. When I was about fourteen I planned to be one of the world's great painters, but now I doubt if I'd get a job demonstrating emulsion painting in B&Q.
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Post by: Teamnickos on July 22, 2014, 12:41:26 AM
dean windass?

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Good news - the beach by Waves/Mistral/Manthos has widened quite a bit over the last few days. Spiros at Mistral reckons it's added 5/6 yards.
The seaweed is almost deposited on the beach now the wind has dropped, and provided somebody can be persuaded to collect it, it should be fine. Part of the problems this year seem to come from the strange local government system here. The elections were weeks ago, but the outgoing politicos remain in power until August 31st - and they appear not to be going gracefully.

Meanwhile - another beautiful day - hot sun, warm sea, cold beer and wonderful food.

Oh, and yesterday I sat at Hippopots painting a large fat frog with Hull City football strip. Jackie was immensely kind, but really I should have got the seven-year old Greek child at the next table to do it. I developed an unusual technique, best described as Ceramic Primitive. When I was about fourteen I planned to be one of the world's great painters, but now I doubt if I'd get a job demonstrating emulsion painting in B&Q.
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Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 22, 2014, 01:32:34 AM
Ah, Jimbo, I'm sure he'll look good when he comes out the kiln!

As Jimbo says, hot and sunny today, with a few dark clouds this evening.....but no rain, so no problem!

Just got back into the resort after a night out, and its still quite busy here. A few people ambling back to rooms, lots of people sat outside Thomas Bay (although a few may be heading home tonight), and still some enjoying a drink in the bars.
For a changeover night its quite lively, so that hopefully means lots of new arrivals! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 22, 2014, 06:34:29 PM
Our friends arrive in 10 days with their 6yo for their 1st visit.
We are going round to theirs on Sat to give them the low down. I'll make sure i point them in the direction of Hippopots!!
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Post by: Rover on July 22, 2014, 09:02:19 PM
Did Jumbo look OK when he came out of the kiln?
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Post by: Waspman on July 22, 2014, 09:03:41 PM
Our friends arrive in 10 days with their 6yo for their 1st visit.
We are going round to theirs on Sat to give them the low down. I'll make sure i point them in the direction of Hippopots!!

Tell them to be careful with their 6 year old around Waves Gav, you'll know what I mean!
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 23, 2014, 01:38:27 AM
That poor sign
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Post by: Jimbo on July 23, 2014, 11:01:38 AM
What's happening right now (10am) is that thunder is rumbling around and it's raining!
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Post by: Chucklebones on July 23, 2014, 07:42:49 PM
 :o oh wow thunder at this time of year? Enjoy a good storm. X
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Post by: hippopots on July 24, 2014, 12:35:08 AM
Sorry there was no update yesterday due to our internet going off last night. Ours works off an antenna, and has these occasional glitches in an otherwise great system.

As Jimbo has said, thunder rumbling around this morning, with a little rain. Apparently it was raining quite hard early this morning, but we slept through that!
It was a bit overcast until mid afternoon, then the sun broke through again. Lots of dark clouds inland, and apparently raining in Corfu town today, but it wasn't bad at all here, with a few people saying it was quite a nice respite from the heat.

A lovely clear sunset tonight, with people on the beach taking photos.
Busy restaurants tonight too, all in the old part of the village were doing well, and as well as the people in Zorbas and Little Prince, there were a fair few watching the dancing from outside too.
Met Sellsy and family today, on their way out for a meal,when they popped in to say 'Hi', which was nice. 




 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on July 24, 2014, 02:08:33 AM
Sunny and hot here in Southern  England
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Post by: StevenM on July 24, 2014, 12:22:04 PM
Same here in Edinburgh, Scotland. Hot and sunny which makes a nice change  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on July 24, 2014, 07:36:51 PM
Hot, sunny and blowy in Agios Stephanos today.

You can tell the school holidays have arrived - the pools are full of happy kids!

Looking forward to the live music at Nafsika tonight - they are brilliant - nice eclectic mix of blues, standards, sixties etc.
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Post by: D@G on July 24, 2014, 10:05:22 PM
Hot, sunny and blowy in Agios Stephanos today.

You can tell the school holidays have arrived - the pools are full of happy kids!

Looking forward to the live music at Nafsika tonight - they are brilliant - nice eclectic mix of blues, standards, sixties etc.

Good to hear there is plenty of kiddies about. Hopefully there'll be lots of friends for our 5 year old in 4 weeks time.
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Post by: hippopots on July 25, 2014, 12:37:19 AM
A hot sunny San Stef again, and quite a busy one too.
A power cut from 9 until 11.30 meant the generators kicked in for a couple of hours, but it wasn't long before everything returned to normal.

As Jimbo has said, there are quite a lot of families here now, of all nationalities, which makes for a nice ambience.

My visiting friends spent the day at the Athena Hotel pool, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They have, up til now been using the pool where they are staying at Barras, but just fancied a change of scene!

We went for early evening cocktails at Silver Star, before they had dinner, at 3 euros each during happy hour (7 til 10), it would be a shame not too! El Greco also has happy hour, and their cocktail list looks rather nice too!

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Post by: Teamnickos on July 26, 2014, 12:08:07 AM
Hot, sunny and blowy in Agios Stephanos today.

You can tell the school holidays have arrived - the pools are full of happy kids!

Looking forward to the live music at Nafsika tonight - they are brilliant - nice eclectic mix of blues, standards, sixties etc.

Have never seen live music in Nafsika, is it new for this season?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 26, 2014, 12:30:44 AM
Don't know who was playing at Nafsika teamnikos, maybe Jimbo can help us out??

Another very hot day saw me up and out at 8am this morning....thats very early for us! Was nice to see the vilage that early though, as people were starting to arrive for work, I was off out for the day  ;D

Another very hot and sunny one, and after warnng everyone to slap on the sunscreen I got caught out myself, and am positively glowing tonight!!

Seems very quiet tonight, but it's changeover, so people all on the move. We closed early to go out with our visitors, and have just returned from a very nice meal at Yiannis Grill Room, which was quite busy.
As we walked back to the shop though, all is quite quiet, waiting for the new influx of guests....     
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Post by: Waspman on July 26, 2014, 01:23:18 AM
Great to meet you Hippopots, took good photos of you with the head gear and glasses, see you both in September
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Post by: cabmufc on July 26, 2014, 02:22:28 AM
What dates in Sept Waspman..we go 5th to 19th,staying at Anatoli Apts  8) 8)
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 26, 2014, 11:06:00 AM
The music at Nafsica is a duo. Its on every Thursday.
They are very good. When we saw them they played everything from songs in the 60's to recent stuff. Well worth a look
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Post by: Jimbo on July 26, 2014, 12:00:40 PM
Yep - German lady with a terrific voice and a Greek man. Just two electric guitars and vocals, so no loud percussion.

They start around nine and go on until nearly midnight, so, although eating at Nafsika is an entirely sensible thing to do, you could just stroll up for a drink late evening.
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Post by: WINKIE on July 26, 2014, 02:08:17 PM
Never been in Nafsika,but planning to pop in on our September visit to San Stef.We will pass it on our nightly wobble back to Fedra  ;D.Have they Amstel on draught ?.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on July 26, 2014, 03:13:27 PM
Don't know about Amstel - they have draught Mythos.

If you're at Fedra Mare, go and eat at Nafsika. Some lovely people with two nice kids staying at Vangelis asked me where I recommended, and I pointed up to Nafsika and said "Try that!" They ate there almost every night for the next ten days...
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Post by: Waspman on July 26, 2014, 06:01:25 PM
After the huge breakfasts at Fedra Mare Winkie you probably won't be able to eat for the rest of the day.
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Post by: Dupnica on July 26, 2014, 06:25:59 PM
 I wonder if the singer at Nafsica could be Stefania Kaloudis,she is German and used to sing at Phoenix (now Ozzie Owl) with two other musicians.
 I have a CD that I bought from them when they played there.
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Post by: Waspman on July 26, 2014, 07:03:13 PM
Is Ozzie Owl a new taverna in Ag Stef?
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Post by: Dupnica on July 26, 2014, 07:13:09 PM
Is Ozzie Owl a new taverna in Ag Stef?
Sorry,meant Ozzie Oil of course but Ozzie Owl sounds quite good maybe they should change the name.
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Post by: Waspman on July 26, 2014, 08:15:49 PM
Sorry,meant Ozzie Oil of course but Ozzie Owl sounds quite good maybe they should change the name.

Yeh, as there are a few Scops owls in Ag Stef
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Post by: hippopots on July 27, 2014, 12:01:07 AM
Good evening all,

A beautiful day today. Hubby was up bright and early this morning at 6.30am, walking the dog on the beach! He said it was such a lovely time to be out and about....no-one else much around, other than in the bakery, and a couple of guys raking the sand on the beach, preparing it for the day ahead.
Later in the day there were plenty of people about, as last nights arrivals started venturing out.

This evening most restaurants were busy. Lots of people enjoying the Greek dancing at Little Prince, Nafsika busy, and there was something delicious looking being spit roasted at Manthos!
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Post by: Waspman on July 27, 2014, 12:18:21 AM
Yes Hippopots, Saturdays are popular for spit roasts in Ag Stef, Manthos is great as is Yiannis
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Post by: rilo57 on July 27, 2014, 12:49:40 AM
Cant beat a good spit roast.
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Post by: Dupnica on July 27, 2014, 07:40:00 PM
Yeh, as there are a few Scops owls in Ag Stef
What's a Scop?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on July 27, 2014, 07:56:17 PM
What's a Scop?

Scops is a type of owl
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 27, 2014, 08:10:23 PM
Most popular Owl in the UK is the Teat
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Post by: Andy on July 27, 2014, 09:00:47 PM
Ha-Ha!
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Post by: hippopots on July 28, 2014, 12:59:12 AM
A Very hot day today! And still well into the 20's even now.

Drove through Arillas today, and the beaches both there and here were busy, as Sunday tends to be a popular day for locals to hit the beaches too.

Just got back from an evening in Corfu Town (it's great having visitors, I get to do holiday stuff too!), and San Stef at 11pm is still a busy place tonight.....Live music in 3 W's, ots of table still busy in Ozzy Oil, and plenty of people out having drinks. Must be the lovely weather, people are happy to stay out and enjoy the nice temperatures!
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Post by: Waspman on July 28, 2014, 02:43:41 AM
Most popular Owl in the UK is the Teat

I think you've said that before Gav, buts still as funny as the first time,
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Post by: Waspman on July 28, 2014, 02:46:42 AM
Great updates Hippopots, keep them coming, will see you again in September.
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 28, 2014, 01:21:16 PM
Very much enjoy this diary of village life.

We'll see you in Sept when we have a cheeky week.
Im actually on a covert operation for Interpol..... tracking down an international insect murderer known as Waspman
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Post by: Waspman on July 28, 2014, 02:06:54 PM
Very much enjoy this diary of village life.

We'll see you in Sept when we have a cheeky week.
Im actually on a covert operation for Interpol..... tracking down an international insect murderer known as Waspman

Do you need any help Gav?
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Post by: Jimbo on July 28, 2014, 03:47:40 PM
Quote
Im actually on a covert operation for Interpol.....

You've just been sacked. Leave your night-vision glasses at reception.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on July 28, 2014, 06:48:53 PM
Been reading on FB,that the seaweed has returned  :'(. I was wondering if this happening a second time,was maybe to do with the dredging of the harbour,and dumping the weed out in the sea at Ericousa ?.Any thoughts on this folks ?.
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Post by: rilo57 on July 28, 2014, 07:29:29 PM
There is so much natural seaweed growth out in the sea that its only normal it comes up on the beach.you only need the wind to increase and the sea to get rough and bobs your uncle,more weed.Dont think dredging has anything to do with it.
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Post by: shawty1984 on July 28, 2014, 08:44:35 PM
There was a storm this morning too so I'm guessing that didn't help.
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Post by: hippopots on July 29, 2014, 02:09:29 AM
Good evening all,

Well today started with a 7am thunderstorm, followed by rain and wind, just so not the weather we'd expect in July!!
Put the kybosh on my planned trip to Othoni with friends, as none  of us have strong sailor stomachs!
But by 10.30am sky was clear, and the sun was shinin once again. The wind also dropped, leaving us with a hot, and quite humid day.

With regard to the aformentioed seaweed....unfortunately the stormy conditions does result in seaweed deposits on the beach, good ole Mother Nature likes to throw it at us here in San Stef.

But it is nothing like earlier in the year, just some near the stream area.

Just got back from a lovely meal at Ozzy Oil...a joint birthday celebration for myself and a friend...Kerry and Nikos provided us with a gorgeous meal, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening  :D
 
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Post by: Teamnickos on July 29, 2014, 04:18:00 PM
Glad you enjoyed your birthday celebration - and Happy Birthday!! thanks for the fantastic updates
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Post by: Steve B on July 29, 2014, 11:09:17 PM
Thanks for the updates hippopots. I really enjoy reading whats going on, and Happy Birthday, I hope you had a great day.
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Post by: Chucklebones on July 30, 2014, 01:13:49 PM
Hi Hippopots, thank you so much for your regular updates - seems there are more storms around for this time of year, we may catch one. Flying out on 11th Aug for 2 weeks.
Would you or any body else be able to suggest where we can hire a Suzuki Jeep - just for a couple of days say 13th 14th Aug. Thanks for your time. Xxx
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on July 30, 2014, 06:41:02 PM
My advice..... dont get a Suzuki jeep..... youll roast. Get a car with air con!!
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Post by: Waspman on July 30, 2014, 06:44:36 PM
Agree with Gav, met a family in July who hired a jeep, they said it was a mistake
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Post by: rilo57 on July 30, 2014, 07:36:11 PM
Totaly agree,did it once and never again.air co rules ok.
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Post by: hippopots on July 31, 2014, 12:28:01 AM
Evening!
Can't really comment on how good a jeep is/is not to drive, as I've never driven one.
However, I can say that there is a good choice of hire car places in the resort, San Stefanos car hire, dimitri and Manos, Tsaros, and you can aso rent through Olgas travel, and San Stefanos travel
I would recommend contacting them to book in advance at this time of year though, as they are pretty busy.

I was talking to someone today who wanted to hire a quad, and couldn't get one until Friday! And I think the car hire companies are just as busy.

Woke up to a hot, sticky day, which clouded over this afternoon, then ended with a thunderstorm about 5pm. Just a few drops of rain, and thunder for about half an hour. Such unusual weather this summer!!

There was another wedding today, hopefully not impeded by the storm.....everyone was looking very happy during their wedding meal at Little Prince tonight, so I'm sure they enjoyed their day.


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Post by: hippopots on August 01, 2014, 12:55:39 AM
Another thunderstorm at 3am this morning for a couple of hours, with lots of lightening, some low rumbles of thunder and a couple of very load thunderclaps, and driving rain! Talking to some customers today, most seemed to sleep through it, and woke up to another beautiful sunny day completely undisturbed by it....unfortunately we had a terrified dog quivering on the bed!

So after the storm it has been very hot today, and lots of people were enjoying the beach.

This evening was my friends last night before returning to the UK tomorrow, and I went with them to Summer Dreams for dinner, and for their Greek Night which they do every Thursday.
There were 2 couples in traditiional dress dancing, then they got us all up to have a go, followed by one of the girls belly dancing. And I have to say I've not laughed so much in ages when she dragged up my friend to belly dance with her.....he was totally up for it, and tears were rolling down mine, his wife's and his daughters cheeks!!
I have to say their dancing was very good, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. ;D
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Post by: Waspman on August 01, 2014, 01:12:03 AM
Strange weather this year, not usually so much rain/thunder storms hope it's better in September
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Post by: BarbaraG on August 01, 2014, 10:25:45 AM
Not just Corfu either. My sister has just returned from Croatia, and they had some spectacular storms there too.
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Post by: Sellsy on August 01, 2014, 02:38:18 PM
Strong winds and a fair amount of cloud again this morning in San Stef ,cancelled last nights sun set picnic on the beach due to wind and cloud, looks like tonight may be cancelled again, most unusual weather, t shirts and shawls required around the pool at the mo! Just have to tough it out at the bar!! ;D
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Post by: benson on August 01, 2014, 08:01:32 PM
Strong winds and a fair amount of cloud again this morning in San Stef ,cancelled last nights sun set picnic on the beach due to wind and cloud, looks like tonight may be cancelled again, most unusual weather, t shirts and shawls required around the pool at the mo! Just have to tough it out at the bar!! ;D

I stopped worrying about the weather a long time ago, yes it's nice to have 14 days of 35+ degrees and not a cloud in the sky. But hey oh, never takes the magic away.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 01, 2014, 11:28:22 PM
Yes, very strange weather this year, but its right its not just us, as weather has been odd all down the Adriatic, affecting Italy, Croatia, Bosnia etc, as well as Greece.
But as Sellsey says, the bar is always a good spot to retreat too is necessary!

Today started a little cloudy, but the sun shone through as the day went on.
Theres a little bit of a breeze tonight, but still a pleasant evening.

Waspman has posted a video on youtube, called my crazy agios (san) Stefanos friends 2014....perhaps he can post a link, as I'm hopeless at that sort of thing!
But if you get chance, take a look, regular visitors will recognise alot of faces. He managed to get a lot of us involved, he can be very persuasive you know!! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 01, 2014, 11:33:48 PM
OK, going to have a go at typing this link for youtube.
I'm hopeless at 'cut and paste', so hopefully I type it right

http://youtu.be/f-fl9RNnxtE
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Post by: Karen on August 02, 2014, 02:11:02 PM
Thanks for that hippopots, it took us right back to our holiday!!
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Post by: Andy on August 02, 2014, 03:23:30 PM
Familiar faces that we hope to see next month. Nice :D
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Post by: gillie on August 02, 2014, 07:36:57 PM
Brilliant! Amazing how difficult it is to recognize people!  ;D

Gillie
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Post by: hippopots on August 03, 2014, 01:00:17 AM
A gorgeous sunny day again today  8)

San Stef is now pretty busy, lots of new arrivals yesterday, and also lots of foreign reg cars arriving. August is renowned for being the month Italy goes on holiday, and this morning hubby spotted 8 Itaian reg cars parked on the beach!
Also plenty of German, Austrian, Swiss, Romanian, Bulgarian, and Serbian cars here, amazing how many choose to drive here.

This evening is still busy at Midnight, with Robbie Williams/Tom Jones act in Condor, and Keith Mitchell in Athens Bar, all other bars are doing well too, and a nice atmosphere in the village.

However Mozzies are out too....don't forget the repellent!! 
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Post by: Waspman on August 03, 2014, 01:23:23 AM
Waspman has posted a video on youtube, called my crazy agios (san) Stefanos friends 2014.....so thats who John Smith is!!!..Will have to get on the next video if your around in Sept!!!

Sorry, not me!
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Post by: loftyscot on August 03, 2014, 11:48:13 AM
Very clever video Waspman, we've not been since 2011 and it was nice to see friendly, familiar faces again, cheers.
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Post by: Andy7 on August 03, 2014, 01:32:00 PM
Just a note on the rather dodgy weather in SS recently, this is nothing new, I had my honeymoon in Corfu in late July 2002 and the weather was worse than it has been recently. I had a holiday in Kefalonia in 2006 and had a day of heavy rain in July while a holiday in a Parga in 2007 was interrupted by a day of rain in August.

My sister had 3 days of rain in Skiathos in July 2005 so this myth that it doesn't rain in Greece in high summer is just that.

I reckon the Greek Tourist Board like to make out it will never rain on your Greek holiday in summer but in reality that is not guaranteed.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 03, 2014, 02:04:41 PM
The area where it almost never rains in the summer is Rhodes. That's rocky, parched and sun-bleached (but still lovely).

Corfu is green and suitable for cricket precisely because it's wet. What is slightly unusual this year is that air temperatures have felt relatively low. In July it often felt more like September.

It rains in the Sahara occasionally, so I'm not going there!

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jacksi on August 03, 2014, 07:41:59 PM
We had rain in Skiathos for a few days, must have been around 2007, in July/August.  We arrived on the last day of a heat wave (it had been so hot they had had forest fires) and a few days after the heat wave broke there was torrential rain and it was dull and drizzly for a few days!!  Not what was expected at all!!
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Post by: hippopots on August 04, 2014, 01:01:45 AM
Pleased to report no rain today folks, just sunshine, and lots of it!

Many, many people on the beach today, as on a Sunday, alot of Greeks take the chance to go to the beach if they have any time off.

This followed on into the evening, with penty of people watching the sunset from the beach, and all the beachside tavernas were full tonight.
Still hot now at Midnight....really into the throes of summer now!   
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Post by: hippopots on August 05, 2014, 01:06:43 AM
Hot and sunny again today  8)

Not a cloud in the sky for most of the day, although a breeze did pick up this evening, giving a refreshing feel to the air.

Even though its a Brits changeover day today, San Stef is very busy tonight, with a packed Zorbas, busy El Grecos (who also had a singer on tonight), and quite a few in Acabar and Barras.

It's quite a different feel here in August, than it is either end of the season, due to the number of visitors, with many being young families, but there is still that lovely relaxed ambience about the place.
We were talking to a family today here for the first time, who are already planning next years visit!
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Post by: hippopots on August 06, 2014, 01:50:34 AM
Another glorious day here in San Stef.

Beach is very busy now, and the watersports are doing well too.

This evening there's a Freddie Mercury tribute in Condor, and a band still going strong in Athens Bar.

One of the unfortunate sides of living here is the number of stray dogs...some get lost, some get abandoned.
Anyone who visited in May might remember Jack, who after nearly 3 months on the street was collected by his owner.
At the moment we have a new street dog, a young alsation, with a lovely temperament, who appeared on Saturday.
Despite posting photos on line by myself and others, no-one has claimed him.
However, quite a few guests here have fallen for his charms, and it appears he's doing well for titbits on the beach! He also had a good grooming session from a lady who's here on holiday, this evening, to get rid of some matted fur.
Some of you very kindly donated food for Jack, which, since he hasn't been around I have stored ready for the next needy dog, so I'd just like to let you know that this one is benefiting from your generosity.

We're hoping that he may have somewhere to go soon, as a local is trying to find him a home with a relative.

There will sadly always be strays here in Corfu, but we're all doing what we can to help them.
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Post by: Jules on August 06, 2014, 09:35:57 AM
I remember back in 2000 on our first visit that there was packs of dogs roaming about which thankfully has eradicated. Still lots of kittens every year though unfortunately as much as I love them
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on August 06, 2014, 12:08:11 PM
Great updates again folks. In just under 5 weeks we'll be in the village. How long does it take to fire and glaze a pot? Want to let McKenzie paint a pot this time!
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Post by: hippopots on August 07, 2014, 01:25:43 AM
5weeks Gavlah..not too long to wait.

Allow 3 - 4 days to get a piece back after painting. If you can schedule us in near the start of your holiday we'll have plenty of time, and won't be stressing about getting it back to you......we don't really do stress these days, it's the San Stef effect you know  ;)

Slightly overcast start to the day today, so a few people went off walking, rather than the more usual poolside, or beach.

But it didn't take long to clear, leaving us with lots of sunshine again.

Its definatly cooler than last August, but to be fair thats not really a bad thing, as it was very hot last summer. With just some breeze this year its a lovely temperature, and it seems to be plenty hot enough for most!

Just done a late dog walk, and El Greco seems to be the venue of choice for many tonight. There was a 'Bruno Mars' tribute on earlier, who is pretty good, and he seems to have drawn in the crowd....now lots of people are enjoying some late night bevvies.

Around in the older part, all is quiet, with just Fantasea still open at this time of night. 
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Post by: Jules on August 07, 2014, 01:35:56 AM
Do the noise levels seem to have dropped from the various bars after people were saying some were far to loud
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Post by: WINKIE on August 07, 2014, 12:39:27 PM
Jules,as I posted in an earlier thread,the noise in June was ridiculous,especially El Greco,wasted a couple of evenings for a few people.Folks were leaving the Little Prince and heading to somewhere else,as their conversations were being drowned out,I do hope things have quietened down a bit.
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Post by: Silverstar on August 07, 2014, 03:40:30 PM
woop woop - a week on Monday and we'll be on our way to you.

Deffo going to bring Nate in to do a pot although still gutted that Yiannis and Maria are not opening the ice cream shop this year.

Where will my hubby and dad sit whilst us girls are buying up a storm in Elisabeths!!!  ;D
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Post by: Jimbo on August 07, 2014, 03:57:08 PM
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Where will my hubby and dad sit whilst us girls are buying up a storm in Elisabeths!!!

Athens bar is remarkably close...
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Post by: Silverstar on August 07, 2014, 07:11:49 PM
True Jim, but Dad and David loved sitting having waffles and coffee watching us ladies spend their cash!  ;D
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Post by: Jimbo on August 07, 2014, 08:00:47 PM
I call that masochism! Very sad about the ice-cream. It was great.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 08, 2014, 12:50:27 AM
Good evening all!

I have just noticed that this thread has been viewed 533 times since I posted just under 24 hours ago....GULP!!
Hope I'm still managing to keep you all up to date, and not boring people too much!!

Jules, it does appear to me that the noise levels in a certain area of the village have decreased, which I would think is good news for everyone. It was indeed very loud at one point, and unnecessarily so, but I think harmony has been restored, so now hopefully no business is suffering the consequences of anothers actions, which is how we all like it to be.

A hot one again today, but with a nice cooling breeze on the beach, where many have been spending their days on the sunbeds and in the sea.

With the time just coming up to Midnight, not many walking around, but lots of people in the bars enjoying some live music in Athens Bar, or a quieter drink in Acabar, and Aquarius, where I was informed this morning that Glenn has a rather nice bottle of chocolate tequila on the go!  ;D   
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Post by: BarbaraG on August 08, 2014, 10:49:33 AM
Wow, like the sound of the chocolate tequila! Hope there's some left by the time we arrive on 8th Sept!
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Post by: shawty1984 on August 08, 2014, 09:46:47 PM
Chocolate tequila must be the new thing in SS this year as Andreas from the Romanza had loads of it.
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Post by: hippopots on August 09, 2014, 01:23:18 AM
Another hot and sunny one today.

Lots of folks heading home today after some very enjoyable holidays, and at just gone midnight the coaches are still trundling through the village, picking up, and dropping off the next lucky lot of holidaymakers  :)

A glorious sunset preceeded a nice evening, with plenty of people out and about. Many people have commented in this last week about how the resort seems busier than last year, which I think might be true....busier, but not too busy  ;) 
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Post by: hippopots on August 10, 2014, 01:05:33 AM
Bet you can guess what the weather has been like again today!  8)

Met Gill C today, she came to say Hi before heading off up the track opposite us for a walk through the olive groves....hope they made it back OK!

Tonight the Avliotes Philharmonic Band played in the village, between Aspa supermarket and Athens Bar.
The band started to arrive about half eight, all dressed in their smart uniforms of black trousers with red stripe down the sides, and crisp white shirts.
They were also joined by some majorettes.
As most of the businesses here are owned by families from Avliotes, there is a nice lively atmosphere here tonight, with many locals down to watch, as many have family members in the band.

 
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Post by: dibully on August 11, 2014, 12:19:45 AM
Was lovely to meet you my Grandson loved painting his aeroplane thanks again for all the updates on here
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Post by: hippopots on August 11, 2014, 01:05:59 AM
Thanks Di, it was really nice to meet you, your husband, and your lovely grandson, loved the fact he painted it in his fave football team colours!

Another lovely hot and sunny day, in fact possibly hotter than ever today!

Many people by pools and in the sea to cool down.

Just been for a wander, and a paddle in the sea, to cool down ourselves...Athens Bar, Condor, and El Greco all busy, and Bar 38 doing pretty well too.

All the sand by the sunbeds in front of Delfino Blu was being raked nice and neat ready for the morning, we tried hard to keep Bod out the way so he didn't muck it up with his paw prints  :D
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Post by: Gill C on August 11, 2014, 07:45:27 PM
Nice to meet you,enjoyed our walk and made it back safely.We like to look for wildlife but only saw large toad in the olive groves and long snake sunning itself opposite 3Ws
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Post by: hippopots on August 12, 2014, 01:30:52 AM
Phew, today has been Hot Hot HOT!!!

Alittle bit of breeze on the beach, but quite still in the village, so it was feeling pretty warm!

Tonight is still quite busy....some people waiting to be picked up, and lots of new arrivals tonight who have been walking around, either getting their bearings, or saying Hi to friends from the village.

Think some must have arrived a little peckish, as Yiannis, Lubranos, and Tasty Corner all have late customers tonight. Most of the tavernas have now finished for tonight, but the bars are doing OK, with plenty of drinkers in Silver Star, and some in Kamini and Nafsika, when we just did our late dog walk.
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Post by: hippopots on August 13, 2014, 01:40:22 AM
Getting hotter...........and apparently there is a heatwave heading towards Greece in the next few days!!

Today must've been extra hot, as the temperature guage at San Stefanos Car Hire, which has been on the blink all summer and only registering 24 degrees even managed to push up to 29 today...meaning it must have been well into the 30's!!

The village is livelier later now too. Condor has their Boyonce tribute on, and has packed the place. Summer Dreams was still quite busy just after midnight too.

 
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Post by: hippopots on August 14, 2014, 12:55:25 AM
Woke up to gorgeouse sunshine, then at about half ten this morning a sea mist rolled in.

At first we were concerned it was smoke coming from Arillas, as it engulfed the headland between the 2 resorts, but the lack of smell, and a look at Arillas webcam showing their beach in a mist, confirmed that fortunately it was nothing more than sea mist!

And by lunchtime it was gone again, leaving us with a very hot and sunny afternoon.

This evening karaoke is proving popular at Condor, (we can hear the singing!), and meanwhile Aquarius has lots of regulars sat out on their patio enjoying a quiet drink/

 
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Post by: Sellsy on August 14, 2014, 11:00:44 PM
Thanks again for the daily news , we've been and gone to SS this year so the reports which once aided the countdown and anticipation levels have now been replaced by a tinge of sadness - as we can't get back any time soon .However your reports now  bring a sense of well being and understanding as you describe the comings and goings, we can picture the scene in our minds eye, so keep them coming. For the anoraks among us this thread has over 49,000 views ! and is well on the way to being the most viewed topic ever! No pressure then Hippopots !  ;D
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Post by: Waspman on August 14, 2014, 11:13:11 PM
Thanks again for the daily news , we've been and gone to SS this year so the reports which once aided the countdown and anticipation levels have now been replaced by a tinge of sadness - as we can't get back any time soon .However your reports now  bring a sense of well being and understanding as you describe the comings and goings, we can picture the scene in our minds eye, so keep them coming. For the anoraks among us this thread has over 49,000 views ! and is well on the way to being the most viewed topic ever! No pressure then Hippopots !  ;D

Well said Sellsy
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Post by: hippopots on August 15, 2014, 12:49:00 AM
Awww, thank Sellsy, kind words.

My inspiration for this thread came from our friend 'Eggy', who started a similar thread on arillas.com on 8th August 2007. Got a little way to go to catch up with his current views of 996,159 views, but he has got a 6 1/2 year head start, so who knows how many we'll have in 7 years time! ;D

So today has been hot and sunny, and no sea mist today. A bit of a breeze on the beach gave a little respite from the heat, but probably also some unexpected sunburn for some!!

Tonight there were lots of people out for dinner, maybe some on their last night. Most tavernas between here and the beach were very busy when I took the dog for a walk, with Mediterannean Village, Zorbas, 2 Stars, and Little Prince all packed, and Olympia, and Summer Dreams doing well too.   
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Post by: gillybean 2871 on August 15, 2014, 02:00:53 PM
Still reading your lovely posts and wishing I was there!   Just wanted to give a wee review of Hippopots!

We arrived in San Stefanos on 4th July.  On Sunday 6th we decided to have a few hours out of the sun and headed for Hippopots.  You made us feel most welcome and we loved our couple of hours with you, blethering about your life in San Stefanos, setting up your business, your time in Florida etc.  What interesting lives you both lead!! 

We each chose to paint a mug - 3 different shapes - and three very different outcomes!  Painting them in the shade was a lovely relaxing experience. 

We loved walking by every day and shouting hello to you and Bod, it felt like being at home!

We picked up our glazed mugs a few days later and were all delighted with them.  We'll treasure them forever as this was our first visit to SS.  Can't wait to come back next year and add something else to our handpainted collection!

(Can't seem to upload any photos but will post them to your Facebook page!  See you next year!)

Gill, Ralph & Leah!


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Post by: Silverstar on August 15, 2014, 08:56:28 PM
Fly out to SS on Monday evening and will swing by to see you on Tuesday night to unleash our 4 year old Nate on the pottery.............!  ;D
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Post by: hippopots on August 16, 2014, 12:19:06 AM
Thanks Gill, Ralph and Leah! Hope we didn't bore you with our love of San Stef! But this really is home now, and we can't help but be enthusiastic about the place  ;D

And Silverstar, will be nice to see you....just to let you know we try and do the painting in the afternoons / early evening, whilst its still daylight, as we do it outside on the front patio.

Well, guess what, nice and sunny again.

Had a lovely frappe at the juice bar this afternoon whilst watching the world go by....sitting in the shade there was a nice gentle breeze to help keep cool.

Then onto a very busy beach, for a quick dip in the sea. Loads of cars parked up, and packed in tight in the parking area. There were some nice waves too, not too rough, and the sea was a very pleasant temperature.

A beautiful sunset again this evening, viewed nicely by the people eating in the tavernas in the older part of the village, all of whom were pretty busy tonight. Plenty of people enjoying the view from Fantasea, and some delicious aromas coming from all the tavernas as I walked by.
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Post by: dibully on August 16, 2014, 12:55:41 AM
Just wanted to say thanks my Grandson loves his aeroplane he painted he says he will be back hext year
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Post by: hippopots on August 17, 2014, 01:38:10 AM
Thanks Di, glad he liked it. Have a safe trip home, and we'll see you all again soon!

Hot again, but with a lovely breeze again this afternoon, which took the edge off nicely.

Lots of people around this morning, including some first time visitors, getting their bearings. San Stef has a great repeat clientele (as we all know), but there seems to be alot of first timers this year, which is also nice to see.

At half past midnight, tonights various live music acts (in Condor, Thomas Bay, Acabar, and El Greco) have just finished, and many are now enjoying a drink afterwards.
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Post by: hippopots on August 18, 2014, 12:59:53 AM
Well, yesterdays breeze turned into a full blown mistral by this morning.....the wind was actually whistling through our doors!

Great for drying the washing, but maybe not so good for the beach! If you like surf, it has been great today, if you like it calmer and don't fancy getting sand blasted, sitting by one of the villages lovely pools was probably the better option for today.
Because although it's been windy, its most definately still been hot  ;D

Still enough breeze this evening for some of the tavernas to need to bring the plastic sidings into use, most noticably at Little Prince and the front glass was closed at Olympia....still nice and warm for eating out though, so can't complain!! 
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Post by: Jacksi on August 18, 2014, 07:04:57 PM
Hi - think we sort of met you when you was sat outside the juice bar the other day!! You were sat stroking Shane's dog who seemed to be falling asleep.  Had I realised it was you I would have said hi and thanks for all the updates!!!  There was another couple also there who was chatting to you so we didn't like to interfere but my husband was taken up with the dog!!  We are still in SS so if we get chance we will pop and say hi.
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Post by: Dupnica on August 18, 2014, 07:37:27 PM
 Oh how I hate that wind,especially when it goes on for days on end,think I'd rather have a good thunderstorm.
 Manthos is the person for forecasting the weather.You can be sitting there enjoying lunch on a lovely calm day and he'll say "Maestro coming"
 "How do you know"we ask,to which he replies "I look the sea, Maestro for three days" and our hearts sink.

 A similar thing often happens in the evening if we are eating there,"Tomorrow rain" he says and again we ask how he knows "I look the moon" he answers. The trouble is he's usually right,I suppose after years of looking at the sea and the moon he's become pretty profficient at predicting the weather.
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Post by: hippopots on August 19, 2014, 01:12:03 AM
Hi Jacksi, yes that was me giving Bailey a little doggy massage....

I try and take a little break each afternoon, sometimes to the beach, or if I fancy a frappe, I pop down to see Shane and Sandra, or on a Friday, Kerry and Gwen.
If you're still here, pop by and say Hi!


Today the wind had thankfully dropped to just a breeze again. Much nicer, quite refreshing, and better beach weather.
I agree Dupnica, the local Greeks are experts at predicting the weather, which is quite handy as we don't get Greek TV to see a forecast! But ask a local Greek what they think the weather will do, and they are usually correct!!

This evening still quite a few people out at just before Midnight....many in Condor for a Freddie Mercury tribute, and others enjoying a more quiet drink in Summer Dreams and Aquarius.
Have to say the temperature feels a lot cooler than expected for August.... Iremember some really hot nights last year, but this is much more comfortable for sleeping!   
 
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Post by: hippopots on August 20, 2014, 12:54:03 AM
All woke up to another glorious, sunny, hot day!

Perfect pool and beach weather today, where I think probably a fair number of yesterdays arrivals spent their first day.

A cooler evening again though, but its not stopping people from sitting outside Silver Moon enjoying a beer or 2. But it does feel a little quieter tonight than it has been recently, with Sunset just packing away the cushions off the chairs when we walked by about 15 minutes ago. Perhaps the cooler temperature has kept people to their hotels tonight, not that its cold compared to the UK!! 
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Post by: cabmufc on August 20, 2014, 02:13:35 AM
Great updates as always Hippopots.Has really kept the magic alive while we wait our turn on the holiday conveyor belt back to paradise in just over 2 weeks time!!Any chance of finding out from the amateur Michael Fish experts what the weather is going to be like for us when we get there on Sept 5th!!??
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 21, 2014, 12:34:41 AM
Ha Ha cabmufc, I'll check with my weathermen next door, Spiro and Aris, closer to the time, and see what they say, but hopefully this fab weather will continue!

No surprise, hot and sunny again  8)

Beach was pretty busy today, with the majority of cars parked there being Italian, August being the month that most Italians get leave from work.
Afew clouds rolled in off the sea early evening, but luckily no rain, so another pleasant evening too.

Thomas Bay was pretty busy tonight with a singer, have to say she had a lovely voice.

Then walking back past our shop and up past Sunset, the music deminishes, to be replaced by the chirping of crickets....a sound I always associate with Greece.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 22, 2014, 12:13:59 AM
I have just seen on another section of the forum reports of the death of a man at the beach today.

I don't have any information myself, only what I've read, but I feel we should perhaps not have a report today, but just say that thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
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Post by: hippopots on August 23, 2014, 12:50:42 AM
Woke up to another gloriously sunny day again today.

Quite a lot of people doing some last minute shopping before departing today, and new arrivals getting here by tea time.
Met 2 couples early evening who had only been here a few hours, and were loving it already....the magic of San Ste weaving its magic spell!

Not managed to get out for a wander tonight, as hubby is playing darts in Arillas, but the village has been quite busy in our area tonight, with plenty of comings and goings.
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Post by: hippopots on August 24, 2014, 12:35:36 AM
A very hot day today....way into the 30's.

And very little breeze, so definately the type of day to be spent in the water or in the shade!

Not many people wandering around in the daytime, but quite a few were taking quads and scooters out this morning to go exploring.

Tonight many enjoying the music of Keith Mitchell in Athens Bar, whilst plenty more joining in the Greek dancing at Thomas Bay.

Around the corner there were some late diners enjoying a quiet meal in Town Pizza, Yianni's and Ozzy Oil....surprising how, once you turn that corner towards Arillas, you leave the music behind, and it instantly becomes quieter....unless 3 W's has music on of course. But tonight it was more peaceful along that end of the village, perfect for a quiet meal, or a drink with Margrita at 3 W's.   

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 25, 2014, 12:12:04 AM
A very hot, and quite humid day today. This morning there seemed to be clouds forming over the mountains inland, and I did wonder if we were in for a thunderstorm, but it didn't materialise. In some ways it might have been nice, just to clear the air....mind you, I'm not wishing rain on anyone whilst they're on their hols!

And its still really warm tonight, resulting in many peope enjoying a nice bit of al-fresco dining.

As we come into what is probably the last week or two of the school holidays in the UK, there's still quite a number of families here enjoying their holidays, also still a nice mix of ages and nationalities, so this really is a truely international resort...but with a good choice for the good old British breakfast should it be required!! ;D 
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Post by: Dupnica on August 25, 2014, 07:54:29 PM
 We could do with some of your weather here just now. It's August Bank Holiday Monday and I'm sitting here with a sweater,warm trousers and my thermal socks on and I'm even contemplating turning the central heating on.It's been pouring down with rain all day and it's cold.
 Looking forward to some warm sunshine in San Stefanos next month,can't wait.

 You're right Hippopots it's nice to see the different nationalities all getting on together on holday.There have always been visitors from Gemany and Scandinavia but recently more from the Eastern Europe. 

 When the holidaymakers started to arrive fron the Czech Republic they used to travel by coach bringing with them all of their food together with the pots and pans to cook it in and plenty of beer and Vodka. They had very little money to spend,I believe there were limits on how much could be taken out of the country. Times have changed and they seem to be more affluent these days.
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Post by: Andy on August 25, 2014, 10:15:25 PM
My Deb's put the central heating an hour ago. Awful UK Bank Holiday weather. We can't wait be be in San Stefanos this time next week.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on August 26, 2014, 12:23:18 AM
My Deb's put the central heating an hour ago. Awful UK Bank Holiday weather. We can't wait be be in San Stefanos this time next week.

Must be a northerner, 21 degrees here.
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Post by: laurenandsam on August 26, 2014, 12:20:22 PM
I am a southerner but still lit a fire last night!
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Post by: hippopots on August 26, 2014, 04:59:35 PM
Oooops, just realised I missed doing a post last night!
We snuck off a little early (half ten), and went for a little drinkies and change of scene to Afionas.
Didn't roll back in until gone half one, but can report that Arillas was all asleep, but there were still some revellers here, in both Condor and Athens bar.

Yesterdays weather was beautiful (apologies to all of you who had terrible, but typical UK bank holiday weather!), and the beach was packed! The sea had taken on that gorgeous azure blue turquoise colour, and was lovely wan warm when I dipped my toes in on the way back from an afternoon stroll.

And yes Dupnica, you are right about the visitors from the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe. Whilst they have gone through difficult times not so long ago, now they are out and about enjoying all the San Stef has to offer.

Promise I'll do another update tonight.... 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 26, 2014, 06:46:09 PM
Must be a northerner, 21 degrees here.
It was actually warmer and sunnier in the North of Scotland yesterday than it was down here in the South East of England
 Aberdeen had 11.5 hours of sunshine we had a big fat 0 hours and it's still raining this afternoon.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 26, 2014, 07:54:41 PM
An earlier than usual update on this gloriously hot and sunny day.

Some of you will have already seen the following on facebook, but Shane from Zest for Life has also asked me to write it on here, so as many people as possible can be told his and Sandra's news.

So, in his own words;

' After 7 happy and successfu years of running 'Zest For Life' juice bar, Sandra and and Shane have decided to 'hang up our aprons' and retire!
As our future plans include travelling Australia in a caravan, decorating our present home for sale and scaling down to a smaller property....after peeling thousands of oranges and buttering loads of baguettes, and baking countless batches of scones and home made cakes.....and engaging in many friendly conversations and good natured banter about cricket and rugby, it's time to say Goodbye!

Of the hundreds of loyal customers and friends we have made, we will take away many fond memories and will cherish forever our San Stefanos days.'

I spent an hour or so chatting to Shane and Sandra yesterday afternoon over a frappe, and they are very excited about this next chapter in their lives. The travelling is something they have wanted to do for a while, and now is the right time for them to do it!

They were 2 of the first people we met here. When we came on holiday to Arillas in 2011, one day we walked across the headland and arrived at the juice bar gasping for a drink. During that holiday, and our subsequent trip that Sept, we had many a coffee at the juice bar, and told them of our plans to live here. They'd probably heard this dream many times before, and humoured us! When we actually pitched up in 2013, they were, and always have been incredibly supportive, and we will miss them lots when they go, but at the same time are happy for them to be moving on to pursuing one of their own dreams!

I would also like to say, on behalf of Kerry and Nikos, that this does NOT mean that Ozzy Oil is closing too....although they now spend the Winters in Oz, they will be back here in San Stef as normal next year.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on August 27, 2014, 01:13:06 PM
Ahh that's both a shame, and very exciting for them. A lovelier couple you couldn't hope to meet, a shining example of living life to the full with a smile in your heart and for everyone they meet.

Any ideas when they will actually draws sticks?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 28, 2014, 01:05:29 AM
abbo, they plan to leave at the end of September.

Guess what, clear blue sky and hot once again!  8)

Plenty of cars down on the beach again today, and many enjoying some sea and sand.

Tonight is a very comfortable temperature, and as we took the dog for his late night stroll through the village, plenty of people enjoying some drinks, some with music in the newer part of the village, with quite a number tonight enjoying the peace of the older part, with many sat outside Kamini and in Nafsika.

I was chatting to someone today who is here for a wedding tomorrow.
There have been quite a number here this year, but I think it would be hard to find a better setting if you want a Greek wedding.
Last week a couple came here to get married, and they'd never even visited San Stef before....just contacted Sally to plan it all for them!
We met them a few days before, and fortunately they were loving it here, then saw them just after, and they said everything was perfect! Hopefully the weather will be kind for tomorrows couple......nice and sunny, but not toooooo hot  ;) 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on August 28, 2014, 03:05:20 AM
180 posts Hippopots....make it 189 and we will be coming to say hello as we finally get the call to step off the holiday conveyor belt into paradise!!  8) ;D 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Broonie on August 28, 2014, 03:47:44 PM
Hi hippopots really enjoy your daily updates ,might just see you in October again ,you painted us the springer spaniel last summer remember us ? Hope all is well in lovely san steph
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 29, 2014, 12:12:18 AM
Not long now cabmufc, not long  ;D

Hi Broonie, yes we remember you, hopefully see you again in October, we'll be here for at least the first 2 weeks, maybe a little longer before we head back to the UK for about 5 weeks.

So, an incredibly hot start to the day today, one of the hottest so far.

By later this afternoon the breeze had got up, which did actually give a little respite, but did cause a little bit of sandblasting on the beach!

This evening its still a little breezy down by the beach, but quite calm elsewhere. Summer Dreams was very busy tonight, with people enjoying their Greek night, and joining in the dancing.

And although Olympia had their front glass panels closed, there were a few who opted for Al Fesco dining there tonight, as the most breeze was further down by the beach and along the road to the port.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on August 29, 2014, 02:06:32 AM
Thanks again for all the daily updates Hippopots. Will arrive in San Stefanos tomorrow for 2 lovely weeks in our favourite resort. Will pop in and say hello  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 30, 2014, 12:34:31 AM
Hey Jules, have a safe journey, come and say Hi when you're passing, it will be nice to meet you.

So, another hot one again today, with the breeze having dropped to just a little waft in the air, lovely!

Friday changeover sees quite a number of people on the move today, including Steven B of the forum, who popped bye to say farewell before getting a very late transfer back to the airport.
This evening feels quite quiet, but then thats often the case on changeovers, but the karaoke is going down a storm in Condor.
Don't know who was singing 'Gold', by Spandau ballet along there earlier, but he was pretty good!!

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 31, 2014, 12:56:52 AM
Hot again, and lovely and sunny too  8)

All was pretty quiet in the village today, to hot for many to be wandering around methinks!

Tonight is a busy Saturday night here in San Stef, with something for everyone.....live music in Athens Bar, Condor and Thomas Bay, cocktails and quieter drinks in Acabar, Aquarius, El Greco, and Princess Bar, and tranquility in Summer Dreams, Nafsika and Kamini.

So good to have something for every taste!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cornishmaid18 on August 31, 2014, 01:07:37 AM
Hi there
Just to let you know that Isla's turtle and the "crane" both made it safely home! Thanks for the expert packing!!
Helen
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on August 31, 2014, 07:07:15 PM
Hi there new to site but not to san stef
Trying to book next year for me and my wifes 10th wedding anniversary but Having probs getting apartment due to flights out of dublin Sunday and wednesday at mo .Do you know of any apartments that would do Sunday to Sunday or wednesday to wednesday .uesed fly out from Gatwick then lived in uk Many thanks will7777 .love the updates
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on August 31, 2014, 07:19:47 PM
Christina appts does sunday to sunday as we leave on the 14th so new peeps can come in
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: farrelly on August 31, 2014, 07:49:02 PM
We had problems last year, our flights were Thursday we managed to get booked through Fantasea Thursday to Thursday so he may do different days to the normal Monday or Friday.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on August 31, 2014, 11:08:22 PM
Thanks for that stade at Anatoli apartments a good few times  ::)we could book whot day we Whonted .but fancy a change if pos
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 31, 2014, 11:35:51 PM
Hi will777, sounds like you're getting help with a few options.
Also try contacting corfuselections, run by Lesley, who is on here, and works at Vicky apartments. She works with quite a few of the independants in the village regarding bookings, so I'm sure will do her best to help.

So, today has been yet another hot one, with gorgeous clear blue skies  8)

Met Jules and her husband today, who popped in to say Hi, on their way to the juice bar.

The village feels a little quieter during the daytime now, I feel there are maybe less cars, quads, and scooters on the roads. Although there was a quad that went passed this afternoon sounding like a very loud dying bumble bee! It did sound a little poorly, so hopefully didn't belong to Spiros or Pegasus!

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Steve B on August 31, 2014, 11:46:00 PM
It was nice to meet you both on Friday. Keep up the updates as it makes coming home a little easier.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 01, 2014, 03:25:39 AM
Yes nich gelo from you all thank you Will let you all know  how we get on

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 01, 2014, 11:28:58 PM
Hi Helen, thanks for letting up know the turtle and crane/heron got back OK.....bubble wrap is our best friend!!

Well, today started nice and sunny, a little cooler than of late.

Quite a few people had mentioned that we have storms coming, and by late afternoon it had started to cloud over, and the wind started to pick up.
At 10.30pm it's very windy, so hopefully that may blow any potential storms away!
So tonight, all bars and tavernas have their windshields put to good use, and we've decided to call it a night before any pieces get blown over!

Lots of people back today, some from last year, and some from earlier in the year, its been lovely having people popping in to say Hi.  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 02, 2014, 10:21:44 PM
Well, what happened today was rain, and lots of it!

Big thunderstorm in the night kept alot of people awake, and I'm sure was not pleasant for those travelling either to or from Corfu last night.

This morning started a bit overcast, but with some very ominous black clouds over the sea.
By 11am the heavens opened, and we had some torrential rain, then it stopped, then it started again, then stopped, some hardy souls braved coming out, then it started again!!
By late afternoon it finally stopped, and lots of mopping up was in order from us all before evening trade.

People started venturing out for some early dinners tonight, probably just in case it started again, and possibly because they needed a change of scene.....
But, none of us can do anything about the weather, so when on holiday the best thing to do is just sit back with a nice cold Mythos (or something similar!), and just relax, as tomorrow is another day, (and hopefuly not a wet one!!!)
It's not the normal weather for this time of year, but has been the result of a weather frront moving across Europe, so hopefuly the sun will be back tomorrow.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on September 02, 2014, 10:31:44 PM
Just the same weather down south and looks like its starting all over again.gardenos beach is a war zone.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Bristle Boy on September 02, 2014, 11:52:24 PM
Looking at weather model output charts for next few days indicates Corfu and the Adriatic, Balkans, Italy are in firing line for thunderstorms.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on September 03, 2014, 12:05:54 AM
Yep,not good.we use buienradar.be  always seams to be accurate.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 04, 2014, 12:59:04 AM
Very happy to say normal weather for the time of year has returned to San Stef, and today all rain macs and umbrellas were replaced by hats, sunglasses and suncream  8)

I think after yesterdays storms everyone was determined to get out there and enjoy the sunshine, as quads and scooters were leaving Spiros and Pegasus in quite large numbers this morning, then the village became pretty quiet whilst everyone else was soaking up the sunshine!!

This evening we have just returned from our late dog walk, and most of the restaurants are all done for the night, so many had early dinners, followed by drinks. Where depends on what they fancied.....Keith Mitchell in Athens, Glenns company in Aquarius, football in Barras and El Greco, Karaoke in Condor, the company of the smiling Margarita in 3w's, or a quiet relaxed drink in Summer Dreams or Kamini.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 05, 2014, 01:27:47 AM
A rather mixed day today, started off sunny, then turned to rain by 11am for a couple of hours, then you could see the lovely blue sky coming on from the sea, giving us all a nice bright and sunny afternoon.

This evening is very warm, and although we've just had a light smattering of rain just now, it's still very pleasant to be out and about.

Afew people still around, having a night cap or two in the bars, but overall quite quiet out there now. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on September 05, 2014, 03:41:26 AM
Hope its finally taken a turn for the better as we finally step off the holiday conveyor belt at around midnight tomorrow!!!!..Its been a long wait and look forward to calling in and saying hello to you.Thanks again for your daily updates that have made the months of waiting a lot more bearable!!  8) 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 06, 2014, 12:40:52 AM
Hope you've had a good journey cabmufc, pop in and say Hi, when you've unpacked and chilled out!!

Rain early this morning gave way to a lovely sunny Corfu day, just a few fluffy white clouds, but nothing to spoil a day at the beach or pool.

Now its 'back to school' time, so the ambience of the village changes once more, with very few children here now, and many couples.
Also, restaurants are busier later into the evenings now, as the families with young children invariably go out to eat earlier than just adults, so where many tavernas were closing up at 11 a week or 2 ago, many were still in full swing at 10.45pm tonight.

Alittle light rain falling just now, but nothing much to worry about, and if it comes avernight, then we still get nice sunny days!  ;D 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 06, 2014, 12:27:10 PM
 ??? HI does anyone know if Angela apartments just above Anatoli aparments  are tacking booking for next year only have EMAILED the 3 or 4 times and still know reply many thanks will
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 06, 2014, 12:36:47 PM
What's Happinin in Corfu, reports of lots of rain and storms, even this morning so I hear. I hope it improves soon.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on September 06, 2014, 02:02:32 PM
Yep heavy rain again thismorning
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 06, 2014, 08:27:31 PM
Just a quick update to say that I've just heard that, unfortunately due to the rain, the Arillas wine festival has been postponed until tomorrow  :(

Lets hope it brightens up soon!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 06, 2014, 08:41:04 PM
It appears there's more rain in Ag Stef than the UK at the moment, not very usual for September, last year in Ag Stef was great.
I think they should postpone the Arillas Wine Festival until next weekend, much more convenient.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 07, 2014, 12:25:29 AM
Yes, afew disappointed people regarding the wine festival....hopefully it will take place tomorrow.

Whoever made the decision to postpone definately got it right, as there was a torrential downpour this evening!
As Waspman says, so very unusual for this time of the year!!

Met Winkie and Mrs Winkie yesterday, which was nice, and I must send apologies to cabmufc, who arrived last night, and has twice been in to say Hi, and both times I've been unavailable....once due to dog walking duties this morning, and then again this evening, when I was talking to my parents on skype!
Hopefully we'll get chance to say Hi properly soon!!

So, fingers crossed for sun tomorrow  ::)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on September 07, 2014, 03:32:21 AM
Rain in Corfu in September is not unusual!

Indeed, more rain falls on Corfu Town in September than Manchester, OK its usually during heavy thunderstorms with many days of dry, hot weather in between but this weather is typical for September.

The total average rainfall for Corfu Airport in September is 72mm for Manchester its 65mm!

http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=14661

I have been to San Steph many times in September and have seen many thunderstorms but I have also known a fortnight of totally dry, sunny, hot weather, its pure luck. This year the high pressure over the UK has brought dry weather here but pushed low pressure systems into the Eastern Med. hence the storms.

Next week these systems move away so the weather will be hot and sunny again for at least 10 days.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 07, 2014, 04:45:57 AM
Have bin meny times in late September and yes it is pot luck that time of year .Had à late flight in one year from Gatwick and landed in a big thunderstorm with  my wife and 3 kids .taxi driver said that we were Lucky to land in corfu due to the storm.Got to san stef checked in to appartement got small ones into bed and the power cut all the dark .have one more day of rain in 2 weeks lovely Holiday hot and sunny for the rest of the time had à lovely time despight the star ...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 08, 2014, 12:51:48 AM
Good news....not a single drop of rain today, hoorray  :)

So today was a pool day for many, etting the chance to soak up the sunshine.

And the postponed Arillas wine festival took place tonight, hopefully a good time was had by all who attended.

Finally said  proper hello to cabmufc today, and also Gavlah and family returned today for another week.

This evening sees people in some of the bars watching the football, and quite a lot in Thomas Bay watching tonights entertainment.
The older part of the village was quite quiet tonight, although there were a few in Nafsika and Kamini.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on September 08, 2014, 04:29:00 PM
Good to see you ....... Be in tomorrow to let McKenzie paint something!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 09, 2014, 12:24:41 AM
And another day with no more rain....things are definately looking up!  ;D

There were a few white fluffy clouds this morning, and a gentle breeze, so all in all a perfect Sept day.

Said afew farewells today, the people leaving today have not had the best weather, but spirits were still high, and they will still be returning again, which is great to hear....even in the rain San Stef delivers a nice relaxing holiday!

Tonight the football seems to be popular, England playing Switzerland, and plenty of people watching the match in Barras, El Greco, Condor, and 3 w's
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Steve B on September 09, 2014, 12:46:04 AM
Good to hear Barras is still busy. We had another lovely 2 weeks there.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 10, 2014, 01:12:35 AM
Another nice San Stef day again, plenty of sunshine and lovely temperature.

Met BarbaraG today, who popped in to say Hi, after arriving yesterday, and Gavlah and family came by so McKenzie could do some painting....and a good job he did too!!

This evening sees a busy Condor Bar, with a Rod Stewart tribute on, and the tavernas just finishing at just before Midnight.
Doggy had a good run on the beach, then as we wandered back, there were afew having a nightcap with Glenn at Aquarius.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 11, 2014, 12:34:17 AM
The weather is making up for being a bit dodgy last week, as we have had yet another lovely day, plenty of sunshine, and nice temperatures.

Plenty of people enjoying the beach, and for anyone who was here last week too, its great to be able to enjoy lazing by the water without watching out for rainclouds!!

This evening saw quite a few busy restaurants, with Mediterranean Village, Zorbas, 2 Stars Little Prince and Olympia all doing a good trade tonight  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 11, 2014, 11:07:02 AM
Not so sure the good weather will last that long now Hippopots, hearing lots of thunder over the islands and forecast of thunderstorms for 2 days.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Woodman on September 11, 2014, 12:26:34 PM
just seen an update from a Facebook friend there this morning - " storm again :-( " 

Mother in law comes out for a fortnight in Arillas tomorrow - she won't be happy!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 11, 2014, 03:28:16 PM
Yes, thunder and lightning from 11am this morning and very heavy rain, forecast to last quite a long time.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BarbaraG on September 11, 2014, 03:48:07 PM
Just been to Sidari on the bus. Big mistake, got absolutely soaked to the skin waiting for the bus back! Luckily I'd over-ruled my husband and packed cagoules!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on September 11, 2014, 05:23:19 PM
Meteo Europe are actually tweeting about this storm system over Corfu. It's a hefty MCS (mesoscale convective system) apparently
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on September 11, 2014, 11:45:04 PM
The problem is that the massive high pressure over Northern Europe that is giving the UK it's extended summer is forcing rain bearing weather systems in to the Med, this has occurred repeatedly this summer and has also resulted in a very poor grape harvest in the wine producing areas of Italy.

Until that high pressure moves expect more thunderstorms in Corfu.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 11, 2014, 11:55:22 PM
Thanks Andy, look forward to further thunderstorms!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 12, 2014, 12:36:21 AM
Well, there's really only one way to describe today, and thats WET!!

Poor Barbara G, don't envy you waiting for a bus in that rain!

The day started dry, but by 10am the first rumbles of thunder could be heard, and the dark clouds started to descend. By Midday it was pelting it down, with big cracks of thunder!
This lasted until late afternoon, so unfortunately the day was a bit of a washout, with many keeping to their hotels.
However, it has stayed dry this evening, so people have been able to venture out in the dry for dinner.

The weather really hasn't been on its best behavior so far this Sept, and whilst it has put a bit of a dampner on some holidays, plenty of people have just taken it their stride, and said it hasn't put them off coming again, which is good to hear, as next year, you never know, it will probably be glorious!!  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 12, 2014, 10:35:10 AM
Friday 12th September 9.30am. Pouring with rain, thunder and lightning now and all night long, don't think anybody could sleep. Forecast to last on and off until Monday.
Another day confined to the hotel me thinks.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Ioanna on September 12, 2014, 01:34:25 PM
According to the forecast that I have just seen the weather should improve now but with overnight rain on Saturday - I arrive Sunday lunchtime so fingers crossed ! At least it will be SS weather !!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 13, 2014, 12:29:06 AM
Yep, as Waspman said this morning, raining at 9.30, until about 11ish, then it started to improve.....Mr and Mrs Waspman made it out on their quad!
Also met ukouzo12 who popped in to say Hi.

Weather got better as the day progressed, so by this afternoon we had lovely blue sky, and the sun was shining..yippee!!  8)

This evening is a little quiet, but it is a changeover day, so thats not unusual....plenty doing the quiz in Thomas Bay, which is generally a popular night.

I've stopped looking at the forecast now, what will be will be, but as Ioanna, and plenty of people here have said, it's San Stef weather, which is still better than being at work!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on September 13, 2014, 06:38:01 PM
The weather is going to improve quickly in Corfu on Monday as the northern Europe High Pressure begins to recede and the low pressure currently over Greece moves out towards the Black Sea.

Expect sunshine and 27c from Monday onwards, just one more dodgy weather day to go.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 14, 2014, 12:18:43 AM
A lovely day today, sunny with just a fe wispy clouds, and nice comfortable temperatures.

Whats happening right now is an amazing light show over the Diapontia islands, courtesy of Mother Nature.
Just taken awalk down to the beach to watch it, and anyone who has been eating in any of the beachside tavernas, or have balconies overlooking the beach have been treated to incredible lightening lighting up the sky, and coupled with the clouds, giving of the most gorgeous flashes of oranges and greens!

It's certainly an up side of the storms, as it's a beautiful sight.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on September 14, 2014, 01:33:56 AM
Been watching from manthos hope it dies down as off home soon by by San steph

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on September 14, 2014, 02:04:31 AM
Have been watching updates with interest - we will be in San Stefanos on Monday -can't wait - rain or shine!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on September 14, 2014, 04:27:00 AM
Have been watching updates with interest - we will be in San Stefanos on Monday -can't wait - rain or shine!


That's the day to arrive as you should get a week of excellent weather.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 14, 2014, 11:06:29 PM
Well, the incredible lightening show last night turned into the most incredible thunderstorm overnight. As the storm moved in over Corfu, we had the lot.....sky lit up by sheet and fork lightening, high winds, loud thunder overhead, and rain coming down sideways!!

For anyone on facebook, if you can find Giannis Mazis photography page, there are the most amazing photos that he took, all taken from Arillas/San Stef.

So after a sleepless night for many, today started a little overcast, but soon brightened up to a lovely sunny day.
Although still overcast this morning, it didn't stop people heading to the beach to grab a sunbed ready for when the sun came out.

Tonight the air is very still, without even so much as a slight breeze here on the strip, so hopefully we're in for some good weather again now!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on September 14, 2014, 11:46:04 PM
It hammered it down at Corfu airport today! Around 1pm. Fork lightening all round the airport!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 15, 2014, 11:34:02 PM
Lovely and sunny again today, just a few fluffy clouds in the sky.

Quite breezy though, especially by this afternoon.

A quite quiet day in the village, as more people left for home again today.

Also, more couples here now than young families, so the village does take on a more sedate feel.

This evening sees slightly cooler temperatures, with a few choosing to bring an extra layer just in case they feel it slightly. Still great weather for sitting out though.

And a great view of the stars tonight due to a very clear sky.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on September 16, 2014, 01:05:18 AM
The next week or so looks fantastic. 80f mild evenings and light winds. Perfect
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on September 16, 2014, 01:11:57 AM
Thursday & Friday appear to be storms....
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 17, 2014, 12:10:46 AM
Today has been another lovely sunny one, with a little bit of a breeze, which perhaps kept a few people off the beach, and closer to the swimming pools.

Quite a number of people out for pre dinner drinks this evening, in Silver Star and Summer Dreams, and playing pool in Acabar.

The sea this evening had a lovely blue hue to it, with a few frothy waves rolling on in, and the sun was just setting behind just a couple of clouds on the horizon.....a beautiful San Stef day!  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 17, 2014, 10:19:54 PM
A slightly cooler day today, not too cool, but enough to keep me from going no further than dipping of toes in the sea this afternoon.

Beach was fairly busy, with people relaxing on the sunbeds, but only a couple of people seemed to venture into the sea, as a sea breeze made it feel a little cooler.
However, go back 10 feet to behind the fence at the Athina, and the temperature went up!

After being battered somewhat by recent storms, and the changing path of the stream, the bridge has now been restored back to its former glory, which is nice.

Little Prince is playing host tonight to a wedding party, and is decked out on one side of its restaurant with balloons, and swags of material, in true Greek style.

Just waiting for the fireworks later to round of their celebrations...another Greek tradition.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 18, 2014, 11:49:34 PM
Hot, sunny, very few clouds in the sky today, what more could we wish for today?  8)

Very little breeze too, so much nicer on the beach, and the sea 'as warm as a bath' as someone described it to me earlier!

Slightly cooler evenings now, resulting in Mr Hippopots actually putting a fleece on tonight.....he must be turning Greek, cos he's gonna be a lot colder back in UK when we pop back next!!

A few people out having some drinks tonight, with a couple in Sunset, and quite a lot in Aquarius, they're having quite a busy one tonight....Glen must have the chocolate tequila out again!!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on September 19, 2014, 12:42:03 AM
It's getting to that time of year when no matter how warm the days are in San Steoh the nights turn cool. The upside is you don't need air con!

The endless summer in the UK will end soon as well so Autumn is rapidly approaching across the whole of Europe.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 20, 2014, 12:19:13 AM
Gorgeous, hot and sunny day today.

This afternoon an hour at the beach beckoned, the sea was as still as a pond, and beautifully warm.

A little cloud cover at about 5pm saw a few people on the move from the sunbeds, but it didn't last too long.

This evening Barras and Yiannis Grill Room both doing a very good trade.

Coaches still coming and going, and struggling to get down to Athina hotel due to a car parked right on the corner...quite entertaining watching Yiannis from Yiannis Gyros, and Nikos from Athens Bar trying to guide a reversing coach around a very tight corner without taking the front off the car, or squishing Nikos against our wall!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 21, 2014, 12:14:23 AM
A little bit overcast this morning, but still turned into another lovely day
Comfortable temperatures for walking in now, which showed by the number of people I saw walking up the hill out towards Arillas when I drove up that way this morning.....maybe off to do a brewery tour?!

This evening the village feels much busier than last night, so maybe plenty of new arrivals last night.

Meditteranean Village, Zorbas, Nafsika, and Beachcombers all doing a good trade tonight, then there's a choice of music with Michael Buble/Robbie Williams at Condor, Karaoke at Thomas bay, and Keith Mitchell in Athens Bar (who has, at this precise moment just broken into a guitar rendition of 'Zorba the Greek')!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 21, 2014, 10:28:17 AM
Spotted you walking the dog J  we were in Manthos, also extremely busy last night
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 22, 2014, 12:49:48 AM
Good to hear Manthos was also busy....I didn't get too much chance to look, I was too busy trying to stop Bod from chasing the cat (or should that be preventing Bod from getting a swipe round the nose from the cat??!)

Nice and sunny again today, with a haze over the islands and Albania this afternoon. The mainland was invisible, and the islands just a faint outline. But lovely on the beach.

Spent a very pleasant hour enjoying a frappe with Shane and Sandra at the Juice Bar....their last day will be Saturday, so if you're here and want to wish them well, make sure you go to see them by then.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 23, 2014, 12:17:25 AM
A very pleasant September day today, lots of just slihtly hazy sunshine, again making for a great beach or pool day.

Started to cloud over by early evening, and there were just a few drops of rain ( and I do literally mean just a few!) so nothing to ruin anyones evening.

Early evening saw early cocktails being enjoyed in Silver Star, Acabar and El Greco, and early meals being taken in Mediterranean Village, with both Yiannis ( grill room and Gyros) busy later on.

Lots of people wandering around earlier, but is quite quiet now, with coaches once again doing their pic up/ drop offs for one of the main changeover days.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 24, 2014, 02:08:27 PM
A delayed update for yesterday, as I wrote it out last night, then my internet decided to play up just as I posted....just realised it didn't actually post.

So, for yesterday....

The mistral wind came in full gusto yesterday morning, and there was much battening down of the hatches, and bringing in of menu boards and shop stock.
The wind was whipping the sand up on the beach, but a few were braving a walk, and one hardy couple were using the car as a wind break.

The wind died down by early evening, meaning it bacame another lovely evening for eating al fresco.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 24, 2014, 11:51:00 PM
Well, the mistral has all gone again today, so we're back to plenty of sunshine, and a nice calm sea.

Took an early evening walk up the hill behind the juice bar, lovely views of the setting sun from the top.

Tsaros had a fair few people enjoying a drink at their poolside bar, and there were afew people heading out to dinner, although overall everywhere seems quiet tonight, so maybe people are choosing to stay at their hotels this evening.

The cooler evenings are more the norm now, and the temperature guage at San Stefanos car hire is currently saying its 6 degrees!! Definately proof that when we were all melting in August and it was registering 24 degrees, it was without a doubt incorrect!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BarbaraG on September 25, 2014, 11:05:22 AM
Hi Hippopots! We meant to call in again for a chat before we went home, but somehow ran out of time! It was lovely meeting you again and after 3 days at home we're so glad we can keep in touch via your updates with what's going in in SS! Already planning our next visit. Oh and thanks for the tip about the Hungarian Beatles at 3 Ws - we really enjoyed their show. See you next year hopefully!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on September 25, 2014, 12:53:04 PM
Just spied Mrs Pots walking her dog near the juice bar!! Threatened storms staying away so far today.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 25, 2014, 09:57:54 PM
Rain forecast for Friday, welcome back Jimbo!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 25, 2014, 11:29:21 PM
Hi BarbaraG, it was nice to meet you too....see you next year!

Hey swedebasher the storms didn't stay away long did they!  :-[

Think maybe that Mr Waspman took the sun home with him this morning, as an overcast start to the day threatened a storm, resulting in only a few brave souls on the beach this morning.

By lunchtime there were some very dark clouds looming over the headland between here and Arillas, and the wind started to pick up...sure sign rain was coming, and sure enough by 2pm it was raining sideways.

Fortunately, although it's stayed overcast all day, the rain cleared by 4pm, meaning people could head out again.

This evening Little Prince and Zorbas nice and busy, and Motown tribute has just started in Condor.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 25, 2014, 11:39:17 PM
Sunny from Saturday onward. I arranged that.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 26, 2014, 11:12:31 PM
Well done Jimbo, thats what we like to hear!  :D

Today has been mainly sunny, with some wispy clouds, but that pesky mistral wind is back again!

So quite a breezy day and evening.

More changeovers today, so more new faces, and some familiar one back again  :)

Everyone has the wind breaks down tonight, and necessarily so, nearly got blown away when I walked around the corner towards the beach just past Olympia!

Little Princess Bar has closed for 2014, but as they are linked to Little Prince hotel, they do tend to open later and close earlier than elsewhere, as the hotel also has facilities.

Although we're near the end of September, there's still a good number of people here, out enjoying drinks and dinner. Things will start to slow down really as we go into October, but its a nice time to come if you just fancy a quiet break, and of course there's the added bonus of the beer festival at the Corfu brewery just up the hill towards Arillas, which is on from 8th - 12th October.  ;D

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 28, 2014, 12:04:04 AM
Nice sunny day today, just a few wispy clouds, but nothing much to speak of, so plenty of people heading to the beach or the pool today.

It was Shane and Sandra's last day at the juice bar today....and this morning they were nice and busy! So no chance to wind down, and a sure sign that they will be missed, but we all wish them well.

Got a bit breezy again tonight, resulting in most people having to eat inside rather than al fresco, then heading on for a drink after.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on September 28, 2014, 05:09:08 PM
Nice sunny day today, just a few wispy clouds, but nothing much to speak of, so plenty of people heading to the beach or the pool today.

It was Shane and Sandra's last day at the juice bar today....and this morning they were nice and busy! So no chance to wind down, and a sure sign that they will be missed, but we all wish them well.

Got a bit breezy again tonight, resulting in most people having to eat inside rather than al fresco, then heading on for a drink after.

Good to hear, just left a very cool and dull Santorini and now in Athens airport en-route to San Steph. Santorini was nice but it just wasn't SS so looking forward to chilled nights, great food and no idiot Far-East tourists!

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 28, 2014, 05:16:17 PM
It's a lovely day. The wind has gone, the sun's shining, and the sea's calm. About a week of this forecast. Hurray!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 28, 2014, 11:38:08 PM
Yep, as Jimbo says, today has been lovely....wall to wall sunshine, hardly a cloud, increase in temperature, and a nice calm sea.

Quite a few enjoying a sunday fry up in Condor this morning, and with Barras offering a sunday roast tonight, there's an alternative or 2 for anyone missing home cuisine!

A glorious sunset this evening preceded a slightly chilly night, but nothing more than expected at this time of year, although not many wandering around.
Hopefully Jimbo's right on his forecast and we still have plenty more sunshine to come before the end of the 2014 summer season.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on September 29, 2014, 06:21:24 PM
Yes, looking good till the weekend so making the most of the quiet Kapetanios pool to enjoy the warm sunshine.

It was sooo nice to have lunch for two with a beer each without having to remortgage the house!

Santorini was pretty but it was a one off trip, SS has so much more to offer.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on September 29, 2014, 06:27:43 PM
Enjoy Andy...raining cats an dogs here.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on September 30, 2014, 01:38:05 AM
Are you there from mid June next season ??
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 30, 2014, 09:52:25 PM
Ooops, sorry all, didn't do a post for yesterday.
We did a sneaky night off for a meal with friends, didn't get back til 2am.  ;D

But yesterdays weather was gorgeous, as was todays, with lots of clear blue sky, and very little breeze, lovely!!

Things are a little quieter now, with yesterdays departures, more people left than arrived, and a couple of businesses have decided to finish for this year....the juice bar, on Saturday, Sunset on Sunday, and Acabar was closed last night and tonight. Although he hasn't packed away his patio furniture as yet, so maybe he's keeping his options open....

But still lots of choice for food and drinkies, and with less people, a nice quiet beach to enjoy! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on October 01, 2014, 07:34:11 PM
Remarkable deep blue sky above San Steph today with the air having the crystal clear clarity you only get in autumn, temperature about 25c in the afternoon so warm enough for most people with just a light breeze.

Friday onwards does not look as good with more cloud about but you can't complain. What I have noticed this September/October is how green Corfu is compared with most years, the landscape is more like early May than September and of course this is down to the frequent spells of heavy rain earlier in the month.

The green countryside combined with the blue sky and bright sun has given the island a beauty that painters and poets would love, superb.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on October 01, 2014, 10:40:01 PM
Oh, that's lovely Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 01, 2014, 11:39:51 PM
Yep, Andy7 is right, the island is very green at the mo, due to Sept storms, and does look absolutely gorgeous!

Today, bright, sunny, calm, and hot!
Plenty of room on sunbeds on the beach this afternoon, and the sea was a lovely temperature when I went for a little dip this afternoon.

A beautiful sunset this evening too, with the sun glowing almost red as it hit the horizon, casting a golden glow over the village.

A number of people enjoying the view from Kamini tonight, and there was an aroma of yummy spit roast coming from Manthos.
Also, nice to see Acabar back open again tonight....tis not the end of the season yet!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 02, 2014, 12:11:45 AM
They're not kidding. Yesterday a cold wind started in the afternoon and the evening was very chilly.

Today was about as perfect as it gets at this time of the year. The sky defined blue, the sea was gentle, and the breeze was just the warm breath of a baby's whisper.

Spent the day at the Nafsika pool - beautiful as always, and only two others there. The great sight was George coming in with his Zimmer frame and walking an entire circuit of the pool. He's doing fantastically well. Bit scary watching him going down steps and thinking "What if he falls?", wanting to help, but then realising he doesn't want help.

The air stayed warm enough to eat outside tonight. Wonderful.

This time of the year you have to take every day as it comes - but maybe that's a great life rule.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: dibully on October 02, 2014, 02:40:01 AM
That's great news about George Jimbo x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: StevenM on October 02, 2014, 05:55:48 PM
Yup great news about George. We were out in July when he was housebound and frankly it didn't look good. Must be a great relief to Spiros and Theodora to see George on the mend.

All being well looking forward to seeing him next season.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 02, 2014, 11:38:07 PM
Yes,as Jimbo says a beautiful day today, not a cloud in the sky until later this afternoon, when a little bit of cloud cover came in off the sea.

A warmer evening also sees plenty of people eating outside, with 2 stars and Little Prince both being particularly busy tonight.
Things are winding down a little, and tomorrow sees another changeover. However, I have just heard that one of the larger hotels only has 3 less rooms of people arriving than leaving, so thats good.

Have heard a few reports of a stormy weekend, but weather has been so good this week, fingers crossed thats wrong!!   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Silverstar on October 03, 2014, 03:36:18 PM
Great news about George, Jimbo

Me and mum popped into his apartment to see him at end of August and he was still bedridden and looked very frail.

However Abbi did say that they hoped he would be up and about within a month which seems to be the case and he has the winter to recuperate so good news  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 03, 2014, 06:48:43 PM
 Just got back after seventeen lovely days in San Stefanos. Met up with a lot of old friends and enjoyed long lazy lunches sitting in the sun and

 catching up with their news.Even met Mr and Mrs Waspman but unfortunately didn't catch sight of Jimbo(where were you hiding)?

 The first week was lovely and we were able to eat outside most evenings,if it wasn't windy,the second week although the days were warm the

 evenings started to get a bit chilly so eating inside was more comfortable.
 
 I was surprised at how busy the village was the first week, never seen so many visitors there at that time of the year but during our last few
 days it was very much quieter and tavena owners were counting the days till they closed for the Winter.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 03, 2014, 10:04:59 PM
Glad to see you got home OK Dupnica, and had a nice time.

Although there was talk of storms today, the weather held out to be bright and sunny, and pretty hot. 8)

More people leaving today, and probably less arriving means the village is now winding down a little.

Silver Star were covering their outside lights with plastic bags this evening, (a sure sign of closing around here) and, whilst still serving drinks, are probably going to finish this weekend.
Across the road, El Greco was closed at 7pm, so quite possibly they have decided to finish for the season too.

There is an autumnal feel in the air, but with the sun set casting a rosy glow over the village, it is a beautiful light.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 04, 2014, 10:38:56 PM
 Despite talk of storms due to come today was another lovely warm sunny one....think rain may be on the way though  :(

But for October this last week has been really lovely.

Things are quietening down here now, but thinking back to this time last year, there are more businesses open longer this year, which is good news.

Silver Star has definately closed up for 2014, all lights are off, and tables and chairs stored away, but pleased to say that El Greco are back open again tonight! Perhaps they just fancied a night off yesterday! Other than that, currently all other bars, tavernas, shops, and car/scooter hire are still open and trading.

So fingers crossed for an incorrect forecast and some more sunny days, especially as preparations are well underway at the Arillas brewery just up the hill for the Corfu beer festival, which is starting on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 05, 2014, 01:06:32 AM
Hi J weather forecast for San Stef doesn't look good for next few days, hope it's wrong, not much better in UK Might see you in Wiltshire in the winter?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 05, 2014, 12:22:04 PM
Sunday morning. It started raining on schedule in the small hours. It's not heavy, and not windy, so it's a damp grey English day outside.

Met the farellys from the forum last night at Nafsika, and had a good drink and chat.

Rest of the day looks like crosswords, football and I can get on with my knitting...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 05, 2014, 10:34:24 PM
Well, the rain came today, and unfortunately has not stopped all day  >:(

It's just been a damp, grey and at times thundery Sunday, and not surprisingly all very quiet in the village.

Big lightening flashes happening right now, so time for us to close the doors for the night, and hope for a drier day tomorrow!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 06, 2014, 01:29:42 AM
Well, the rain came today, and unfortunately has not stopped all day  >:(

It's just been a damp, grey and at times thundery Sunday, and not surprisingly all very quiet in the village.

Big lightening flashes happening right now, so time for us to close the doors for the night, and hope for a drier day tomorrow!!

Lovely in Wiltshire today J
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 06, 2014, 03:43:13 PM
It hasn't stopped raining all night. It's 2pm and a storm has been circling for twelve hours, now. It was flat calm, but there's now a breeze picking up, just ensure that the rain gets blown into the faces of the very few brave souls who have ventured out.

We've done two cryptic crosswords this morning, eaten toast, listened to the thunder and the constant waterfall sound of the torrent pouring out of the sky.

All Thomas Cook places close today. Silver Star's closed. El Greco is probably closed. How long the remaining tavernas will stay open will be interesting to see.

There's a certain camaraderie between the last survivors which is enjoyable. We are the brave few stranded on a desert island which is determinedly irrigating itself into Kew Gardens, but fortunately the natives are kind enough to feed us, albeit as they count down the remaining few days until Thomson, Ryanair and Easyjet cart us all off and leave them in peace to eat proper Greek food, reacquaint themselves with their families, watch the telly, and argue.

Very pleasing to note that it's raining in Wiltshire and forecast to rain all week, whereas here the summer returns on Wednesday for a glorious finale to the season. My libation to the gods last night evidently worked!

Yammas to all... 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 06, 2014, 06:56:05 PM
Yep, forecast to rain all week in Wiltshire but the combined total is about half of that forecast for Ag Stef tomorrow, good luck!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 06, 2014, 07:09:42 PM
 Be thankful you're not travelling home today,apparently it's chaos at Corfu airport.Not only is the weather causing delays but there is a European

 Air Traffic Controllers strike to add to the misery.Flights are delayed from the U.K. particularly to France and Greece.I have just this moment heard

 from two of our friends who have been waiting for their flight since earlier today that they are about to be bussed to a hotel. They also said that

 some people were being put on ferries to Halkidiki and catching flights from there.

 BA are not sure if the situation will be worse tomorrow not only will there be a "knock on" effect from the problems today but they will be

 compounded by a 48 hour general strike in Spain.WHAT A NIGHTMARE!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 06, 2014, 10:47:10 PM
Yep, been another wet and windy one for most of today, with plenty of thunder and lightening thrown in for good measure until early afternoon.

The rain stopped by late afternoon, and I do believe I spotted just a little hint of sunshine around 5pm....it was little mind, blink and you'd probably miss it!!  :D

As Jimbo says, things definately winding down....the summer feels like its gone really fast.

Most tavernas are still open, although I think this weekend coming will be crunch time for most....it's hard to stay open, especially when you're dealing with food, when there are so few people around.
We will be here til the 17th, although we will be stocktaking cleaning etc, before we head back to sunny Wiltshire.

I'll keep the reports going until we depart, then once we return at the beginning of December I'll probably do one a week until season preparation starts in earnest next Spring. (If you want me too that is!).

Eeverything crossed for some sunshine tomorrow!


Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 06, 2014, 11:45:29 PM
And I'll keep the weather reports for Wiltshire coming J
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BarbaraG on October 07, 2014, 12:03:25 PM
Oh yes please keep the reports coming Hippopots to help us get through the miserable winter here!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 07, 2014, 04:24:54 PM
Weather forecast for Wiltshire Wednesday October 8th:

Rain. 55oF.

Forecast for San Stef:

Sunny. 75oF.

So there!

Oh look, the sky's going blue.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 07, 2014, 07:40:24 PM
Hope nobody visited Corfu Town today, Facebook shows it flooded, shops and tavernas.
Sunny and dry here in Wiltshire, just going to have a BBQ
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 07, 2014, 08:03:31 PM
Sunny and dry in San Stef as well, I'm delighted to say.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 07, 2014, 08:10:45 PM
 Be careful you don't set fire to your woolly scarf and gloves Waspie!!
 
Our friends who were due to fly home yesterday lunchtime and were eventually bussed to a hotel for the night were due to fly home at 4pm today,,

hope they did. All you want to do at the end of the holiday is to get home as quickly as possible not hang about Corfu airport for days.
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on October 07, 2014, 11:51:13 PM
Please keep the updates comin from SS - I Love hearing whats going on and am looking forwards to coming back next year.  Does anyone know how Dolly the dog is? We wanted to bring her home with us  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on October 08, 2014, 12:08:29 AM
Thank you so much for the daily reports - have really enjoyed reading them when we are so far from SS.  Don't know about Dolly the Dog but have been wondering how the little grey and white cat with the broken tail who was always around just past Sunset.  We used to feed her/him like so many others.  Hope it will be OK
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on October 08, 2014, 12:36:36 AM
Yes, I used to feed the little family of kittens next to little prince.  Made lots of animal friends aswell as human friends on holiday, my son seems to talk about Bailey, Bod, Dolly as much as the children he met! 

Hope everyone in San Stef has a lovely relaxing winter x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 08, 2014, 01:40:38 AM
Well, after another wet night and morning I am happy to report that the sun came out today at about 2pmish!! Horray! 8)

So finally people could get out and about without getting soaked, and there is no doubt that the sun shining makes us all happier!!

Saw clips on facebook, and on a local news channel this evening of a flooded Corfu Town...they had even worse rain than us!

But hopefully that is it, especially as there have been many people working hard to prepare for the beer festival which starts tomorrow night.

Tonight saw the closure of Zorbas and Ozzy Oil for 2014, but still a good choice of places open.

Nellie....am I right in thinking Dollie is the dog opposite Condor?? If so she is fine, barking a greeting everytime we walk past with Bod. As for the cats, it is harder in Winter, but locals do feed them as much as possible. Unfortunately it is a never ending cat population, due to so many strays and no neutering, but everyone here does their bit in Winter to keep them fed. I'm really taken with the kitten opposite Olympia, but anyone who's witnessed Bod's behavior when seeing a cat will know why we can't adopt one!!


Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 08, 2014, 01:48:19 AM
Lovely reports Hippopots, you're a credit to Wiltshire! Hope to see you soon. Let us know when you have any displays in our area. PM me.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BarbaraG on October 08, 2014, 11:44:05 AM
Good to know the locals feed the cats in winter. I too was really concerned about the little grey & white kitten by the Sunset taverna and his/her beautiful black companion who made many passers-by jump out of their skins by suddenly appearing out of nowhere and emitting a loud cry! I wish I could have brought them home with me, but even if I could have smuggled them on the plane, I don't think my budgie would have been too pleased!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 08, 2014, 10:16:03 PM
Well, now the storms have passed, it really cleared the air!

This morning the sky was blue, the sea crystal clear, lapping gently at the shore, and the air so clear Albania was looking really close.

Quite a lot of people out and about today...after 3 days of storms everyone was heading to the beach, or taking a walk, enjoying what has been a beautiful October day.

As the sun was setting this evening, there was a sailing boat anchored just off shore, would have made a great photo if I'd had my camera!

The beer festival starts tonight, hopefully it will be a great sucess...we're hoping to head up there on Sunday night.  :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 09, 2014, 07:23:14 PM
Well - It's ten past six in the evening and 81oF after a sublimely beautiful day - the kind of day that's hot but not too hot.  The sea was, to use the cliche, glassy, and, before tomorrow's mass exodus, the beach was being put to full use.

Equally lovely was the peace at Nafiska pool, with swallows (or swifts)  darting across the water.

I'm pleased for those who only arrived last Friday, because Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were so awful they probably wished they'd stayed at home.

We're lucky. We can do this again tomorrow. Before that - going to Hippopots to buy another frog!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 09, 2014, 07:34:28 PM
Jimbo, I'm surprised at you not knowing the difference between swifts and swallows, swifts don't dart across the water and I expect they have all left Ag Stef by now.
It will be swallows or house martins, long tail = swallow, short tail and white rump = house martin.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cambridge on October 09, 2014, 07:57:45 PM
Have to say that the web cam images today have made me envious of anyone who's there at the minute.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 09, 2014, 09:15:41 PM
To me, birds are just things with feathers that crap on my car! I can do robins...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 10, 2014, 01:01:38 AM
Well, Jimbo's summed it up.....an absolutely glorious day.

The sun shone all day, lovely temperature, that actually went up later in the afternoon!
With virtually no clouds in the sky, the sunset was glorious, setting with a beautiful reddish glow.

Everyone is gradually winding down now....Fantasea and Kamini are now closed, and Mistral and Waves were closed this evening, although I'm not sure if they are still open in the daytime, as some sunbeds are still out on the beach in front of their respective establishments.

But there is still places to eat in the older part of the village, with Manthos, Nafsika, and Beachcombers still open.

However, with departures tomorrow, I feel this weekend will see a lot of places closing for the season. Ourselves, we are officially closing on Saturday, but will still be around doing stock checks, cleaning etc until we depart next Friday.....the summer has gone so fast!  :o
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 10, 2014, 09:40:44 AM
There was a distinctly party atmosphere at Little Prince last night as they performed the last dances of the season. Everyone was smiling and laughing, and just about the entire restaurant got up and danced hand in hand. LP closes after the last bus leaves today at 17:45.

Pavlos was cutting the hedge outside Zorba's earlier in the evening!

Another beautiful day has dawned. We can spend it by sea and pool until we leave at 16:45. It really is the best way to depart.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on October 10, 2014, 12:39:42 PM
Safe trip home Jimbo,thank you too,for your daily reports.Going to be a long winter now,with Hippopots returning next week,I,m going to miss all that goes on in the village.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 10, 2014, 07:57:24 PM
Has been a beautiful suuny day again today, so Jimbo got the chance to catch the last few rays before departing  8)

As he said, Little Prince has now closed, as well as Olympia, Bar 38 and Lubranos.

However, we still have Yiannis, Tasty Corner, 2 Stars, Condor, Beachcombers, Nafsika, Manthos, Aquarius, Mediterranean Village, Acabar, Athens Bar, and 3W's still open.

The beach is beautiful right now....lovely calm sea, and no crowds.

We are now taking on a distinctly Autumnal feel, the light as the sun sets is stunning, and everything is running at a slightly slower pace, as we all wind down to winter time!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 11, 2014, 08:10:28 PM
 I may be mistaken but when I looked at the webcam it seemed as though Kostas still had some sunbeds out at the far end of the beach.

 I don't blame him the weather is still good and there are still a few visitors there.The free sunbeds must affect his income,doesn't seem fair,

 wish they would go back toy the old system.

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 11, 2014, 08:40:26 PM
The free sunbeds are only allowed on the harbour side of the stream, at Waves, Mistral and Manthos.

I reckon, from observation, that about 99% go the other way. They do not think that life is possible in the old part of the village, or that it even exists. They think that vast sea-monsters inhabit the small drifts of innocuous seaweed that tend to end up there, not realising that wading through two yards of tiny leaves into crystal-clear water has immense aphrodisiac properties, and promotes general health and well-being.

Kostas has probably done okay, judging from reports of the density of the August population.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 11, 2014, 09:30:05 PM
The weather is gorgeous, and yep, sunbeds are still out....outside Manthos, Mistral, Waves, Athina and Havana.

It's also perfect weather to be using them! Places on the beach are still open in daytime, so still possible to have a lunchtime drink by the sea.
The sunset this evening was truely stunning.

2 Stars, and Barras have now closed, but forgot to mention yesterday that Town Pizza is still open, and Lubrano's has re-opened...it's a little like musical tavernas!

All is pretty quiet now, but the beer festival is proving to be very successful....we think we might go and sample it ourselves tomorrow night  ;D 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Broonie on October 12, 2014, 12:32:55 AM
Just come back from a great week in the village ,we like to sunbathe on the beach ,and walk and talk to many friends ,we have used costas for years ,come lunchtime we may go to mistral or waves or Havana ,so jimbo we can cross the great divide and make our own choice ,I don't grudge any of my 7.50 euro ,next year is our 20th
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 12, 2014, 02:38:38 PM
 I do know where the free sunbeds are but they have only become free in the last two years and although August is the busiest month it is only one

 month out of a very short season. Most people will nor pay for something they can get free even if they have to walk a couple of hundred yards.

 Do the beach side bars in Sidari have free beds does anyone know? I doubt it.

 We always stay in the old part of the village and never venture any farther than Olympia in the evenings,there are plenty of eating establishments

 at that end of Agios Stefanos to satisfy our requirements.

  Many of the local residents are saddened at what is happening to what was once a peaceful haven and fear what the future holds.One restaurant

 owner voiced his fears to us saying he thinks it will become worse that Sidari.What will we do if it does? Will we continue to go there or will we seek pastures new I wonder.

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 13, 2014, 09:40:13 PM
Another 2 glorious hot and sunny days.

Didn't do a write up for yesterday as we had a day off ourselves, and felt like we were on Holiday too!

We walked over the headland to have a frappe with a friend in Arillas, then after leaving a warm doggy at the shop for a snooze we chose Mistral for lunch, where we could idle away the time watching people enjoying the beach and the sea.
Then, in the evening we had a lovely meal at Beachcombers, where Sue is chosing to stay open for a little longer, to give people another option fo dinner....and she had quite a few people in so hopefully it's going to be worth it for them.

The village really is on wind down now, with only Beachcombers, Summer Dreams, Quattro, Town Pizza and Yiannis Gyros open for dinner, other than Nafsika, Thomas Bay, and Athina. Although there are still people here, virtually all are staying half board, so its very hard for the restaurnts to keep going.
Gift shops are still open, but I expect will call it a day soon.....we will finish on Wednesday, before returning to the UK Friday.
So, there will be a couple more posts, then I'll do periodic ones during winter, to keep everyone going until next year! ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on October 13, 2014, 11:24:22 PM
Thanks for all your reports and hard work during the Summer.  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on October 13, 2014, 11:55:40 PM
Another 2 glorious hot and sunny days.

Didn't do a write up for yesterday as we had a day off ourselves, and felt like we were on Holiday too!

We walked over the headland to have a frappe with a friend in Arillas, then after leaving a warm doggy at the shop for a snooze we chose Mistral for lunch, where we could idle away the time watching people enjoying the beach and the sea.
Then, in the evening we had a lovely meal at Beachcombers, where Sue is chosing to stay open for a little longer, to give people another option fo dinner....and she had quite a few people in so hopefully it's going to be worth it for them.

The village really is on wind down now, with only Beachcombers, Summer Dreams, Quattro, Town Pizza and Yiannis Gyros open for dinner, other than Nafsika, Thomas Bay, and Athina. Although there are still people here, virtually all are staying half board, so its very hard for the restaurnts to keep going.
Gift shops are still open, but I expect will call it a day soon.....we will finish on Wednesday, before returning to the UK Friday.
So, there will be a couple more posts, then I'll do periodic ones during winter, to keep everyone going until next year! ;D

Wil you be spending most of winter in the UK or San Stef?

I know where I would rather be!

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on October 14, 2014, 11:21:53 AM
thanks very much for all your posts, I really enjoyed them (and read them out to my hubby every day!)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: dibully on October 14, 2014, 01:06:27 PM
Hope you enjoy your time off Jackie my Grandson has already been planning what his going to paint next year his aeroplane takes pride of place on his window ledge p.s love reading the posts everyday
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 14, 2014, 06:22:42 PM
Thank you Jackie for taking the time to update us on the happenings in Ag Stefano's we are going to miss the daily bulletins. Enjoy your Winter,look forward to reading your weekly diary.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cambridge on October 14, 2014, 06:45:25 PM
Good on you, you became our very own conduit right into the village from all our remote locations, and I for one still read them even whilst I was there.

Well done, a sterling effort.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 14, 2014, 07:42:44 PM
 I think we're all going to miss our daily "fix" from Jackie maybe we can persuade Waspman from Wiltshire to give us a bulletin from there.
 NO,NO,FORGET I SAID THAT. :o
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Chrissyann on October 14, 2014, 07:56:37 PM
Thanks for all the posts, thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with all the news from SS after our visit,  (way back in June!)  will look forward to any posts to keep me going until next years visit. :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 14, 2014, 09:02:48 PM
Awww, thanks everyone! It's been a great summer, we've loved meeting everyone, and have made some great new friends.

We're on wind down ourselves now, cleaning, and packing up to drive back to Wiltshire on Friday. Time to catch up with friends and family, get some more stock, and fulfill pre-orders ( anyone who's ordered, we'll be in touch end of Oct, if you want to order anything for Christmas, just let us know!).

Then, come the end of November, we'll be heading back to Corfu, to enjoy the rest of the winter!

As , as this will be the last post for a while, I thought I'd do a little 'Ode to San Stef 2014', so here goes....

ODE TO SAN STEF 2014

'So, as we come to the end of another great year,
Yay, time for a rest, you probably think we all cheer,
Yes we're all tired, but we love where we are,
Welcoming guests from near, and afar.

First guests started arriving in April and May,
What a friendly resort, we hear most people say,
Days spent on the beach, soaking up sun,
Then out in the evenings, enjoying some fun.

Mother Nature was mean, and brought us seaweed,
A bit of a problem, we really didn't need,
Bear with us, we asked, and we'll clear it away,
Leaving a perfect beach, upon which children can play.

June and July brought the football, shown in most of the bars,
With everyone hoping their team would be stars,
But England went out, and then Greece went out too,
Grown men and women crying in their beer could be heard, boo hoo!

August was hot, and busy to boot,
Tribute acts in the bars, and karaoke, a hoot,
If you prefer it more quiet, I reccommend heading towards the old port,
Quieter bars to enjoy the sunset, whilst drinking a short.

September brought storms,thunder, lightening and rain,
If you're here on your holidays, a bit of a pain,
But gave plenty of time to make new friends and talk,
Then when it stopped, perfect weather for a walk.

This year we said 'farewell' to Sandra and Shane,
San Stefanos' loss is Australias gain
We all wish them well for their retirement break,
No more coffees to serve, nor cakes to bake!

As we near the end of the season its time to reflect,
On good times we've had, experiences we collect
We've had San Stefanos babies, weddings, and sadly some passing,
The people may be gone, but the memories of them are everlasting.

As winter draws close,we'll all change how we work
No more 14 hour days are definately a perk!
But they'll be olive picking, and maintenence of quad bikes and cars,
Re- stocking shop shelves and cleaning of bars.

Come April next year, everything will be sparkling and clean
To welcome you all here in 2015!

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on October 14, 2014, 09:42:01 PM
Hi Hippopots hope you  have a lovely break and hope you keep up the daily reports next year.
Regards Harry
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 14, 2014, 09:44:38 PM
That brought a tear to my eyes. :-[
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on October 14, 2014, 10:34:20 PM
Marvellous
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy on October 14, 2014, 10:59:24 PM
Thanks jackie. That was lovely and even brought a tear to this old geezer.
Travel safe to Wiltshire and return to keep us all updated on the village.

Debbie and Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on October 15, 2014, 06:31:57 PM
I see the palm brollies near The Waves have been removed!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 17, 2014, 07:34:06 PM
 Those if you who walked to Arrilas earlier in the year will no doubt have seen The Mermaid on the sea front.  When we were there in June someone

 had preserved her modesty by putting a bikini top on her,just a bit of harmless fun.  However when we walked there in mid September the mermaid

 had vanished,no she hadn't dived into the sea and swum away!!  It seems that during the summer she had been repeatedly vandalised.Her fingers

 and tail were broken off and some idiot stabbed her with a chisel or something similar,the base was also sprayed with paint. Makes you wonder what

 goes on in some people's heads. She has now been removed from her plinth and should be back fully repaired next year,maybe they'll position her

 somewhere safer.

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on October 27, 2014, 04:38:20 PM
Really missing the news and updates from San Stef    :(
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 27, 2014, 07:57:12 PM
I believe some of the larger hotels in Agios Stefanos are still open and still have guests staying.The evenings seem to be getting rather chilly there
I wonder if they have any kind of heating in the lounges and dining areas. If not I hope people have taken a supply of woolly socks and sweaters I think they'll need them.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on October 27, 2014, 08:48:59 PM
Really missing the news and updates from San Stef    :(


Me too, going to be a long winter,so quiet on here now  :'(.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 27, 2014, 09:04:00 PM
I think most places closed on Friday.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 27, 2014, 09:48:49 PM
The last Thomson flights return Friday 31st October. I suppose they have to cater for half term.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 27, 2014, 11:43:42 PM
Currently back in the UK, catching up with friends and family, and collecting lots of new stock for 2015. When we get back at the start of December, I'm planning to try and do a weekly update through the winter, then back to daily when we all start preparing for next year's season.  :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 28, 2014, 09:41:03 PM
Lovely to hear from you Jackie, enjoy your time at home look forward to your posts when you go back.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 29, 2014, 01:05:29 AM
What' happenin in Woltshire, lovely and sunny today.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on October 29, 2014, 12:57:57 PM
Cloudy and rain in East Flanders
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on October 30, 2014, 10:24:35 AM
Still sunny here, a quick drive around resort yesterday and Dimitris Gift Shop was still open (by the Juice Bar), the supermarkets too as well as 3W's there were a few holidaymakers enjoying a walk along the high road and beach and some more on the road down towards the harbour.  8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 31, 2014, 05:54:35 PM
Still sunny here, a quick drive around resort yesterday and Dimitris Gift Shop was still open (by the Juice Bar), the supermarkets too as well as 3W's there were a few holidaymakers enjoying a walk along the high road and beach and some more on the road down towards the harbour.  8)
lovely day here in sunny Hertfordshire just been sitting out on our verandah .Good to hear that there still a few visitors in Agios Stefanos.It must be perfect walking weather and there is still so much to enjoy. The hills will be covered in heather and the olive groves carpeted in wild cyclamen. Lovely!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on October 31, 2014, 08:43:56 PM
About 18 degrees in Norwich today - absolutely lovely  8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 31, 2014, 09:40:07 PM
We got up to 22 degrees but it could be much cooler next week, still it was nice while it lasted.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on November 01, 2014, 08:52:30 PM
Nice to hear there's still some visitors in San Stef.

Warm and sunny in Wilts, but missing home!!

Will be back in 4 weeks  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on November 02, 2014, 12:53:35 AM
 Had bbq today,was 24c but went cool around 6.wood stove burning now
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on November 09, 2014, 08:25:52 PM
Should be back in San Stef 3 weeks today, but had a little bit of San Stef in Wiltshire today, having bumped into Mr and Mrs Waspman!
Lovely to see them both, even if we were all wrapped up in our winter woollies instead of suntops, t - shirts and flip flops!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on November 09, 2014, 08:53:18 PM
Nice to see you both again, all the best for your long trip back to Corfu, see you both next year.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 10, 2014, 12:06:25 AM
Small world isn't it?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on November 11, 2014, 12:47:42 PM
It is indeed Dupnica. We are staying with Pete's parents whilst we're here, who live about 5 miles from Waspman.
Just seen on facebook some photos of Chrisanthos from 3 W's, Stefanos who works at 2 Stars, and Spiros (son of 2 Stars) at the darts in Wolverhampton, on Sky Sports. Hope they brought their raincoats!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on November 16, 2014, 04:19:23 PM
Had a lovely couple of days in Southwold, Suffolk. Couldn't leave without buying bottles of Mythos from the Adnams store.  :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 16, 2014, 10:31:13 PM
Good beer, Adnams. I know the brewery well: I wrote an episode of "Hazell" set in Southwold that involved the brewery!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on November 17, 2014, 12:20:28 AM
Really? Nice one Jimbo. I loved Hazell!!!  Yes Adnams is an excellent brewery, Ghost Ship is the current favourite of hubby and me. I went on a brewery tour in the summer - really good.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 17, 2014, 12:53:48 AM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hazell-The-Complete-Series-DVD/dp/B0042PG0R6/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hazell-The-Complete-Series-DVD/dp/B0042PG0R6/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

Something retro for the long, dark winter evenings! My episodes are "Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost" and "Hazell bangs the drum."

The second one taught me to be careful with directions if there was a possibility of going on location. There's a scene on a small cargo boat with a party. Hazell is the (awful) drummer in the (awful) band.

I was roped in to join the party on the night-shoot in the old London docks. I was chatting up one of the extras and told her I was the writer. Normally, this elicited responses like "Will you write me a great part in something?" accompanied by a hint of knicker-dropping.

This time she went over, picked up a script, turned it to the scene, and shouted "Did you write THIS?"

INTERIOR BOAT - NIGHT

THE BAND SOUNDS LIKE SHIT AND THERE'S A LOAD OF UGLY SCRUBBERS WAVING THEIR FLABBY BITS ABOUT.

No point denying it, so I went off the catering wagon and had a bacon buttie.

Hazell would probably have said "Yeah, darling. I've already complained to the casting director that there's too many beautiful girls here. Fancy being in a movie?"
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on November 17, 2014, 01:12:58 PM
Ah some more Adnams fans! I have been going to the brewery for 40 years to get their bitter, even before they branched out. Its 30 miles from me so when my work took in Southwold that eased a long car trip. Nowadays if you order over £50 from the shop online you get free courier delivery, so that makes bottles of bitter work out at £1.50 a pint. They do all their range online including the small barrels. Tenbeech will probably be slavering at the thought  ;D

http://cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk/
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 17, 2014, 02:09:36 PM
Brilliant. I'll be getting some mini-casks for Xmas.

Thinks...

Maybe sooner.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 28, 2014, 09:46:48 PM
Safe journey back to Corfu Jackie hope you don't run into any bad weather on the way. Look forward to hearing all the news from Agios Stefanos.It will be good to read something interesting as this forum is getting a bit boring at a moment.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on November 29, 2014, 12:11:25 AM
 Maybe we should all make an effort so it not Boreing !
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on November 29, 2014, 01:50:04 AM
Nothing here Dup, they're all on Facebook
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 29, 2014, 04:28:35 PM
There's not much on Facebook, either. Everybody's too busy fighting over TVs in Tesco.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 29, 2014, 07:30:58 PM
 What a disgusting show of pure greed that was,people trampling over each for a widescreen television! That's one American import we can do without.
 Changing the subject,Easyjet are taking a long time to release their flights for September,still only available until the 7th,I'm sure they were on earlier than this last year. Ryanair are taking bookings up until October.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on November 30, 2014, 07:37:21 PM
We made it home!  :D

Left a dark, damp and slightly foggy Wiltshire at 5.30am on Friday, took the ferry from Dover to Calais, then headed all the way down through France. Van started to make a bit of a scary noise about 3 hours into France, but some investigation resulted in us realising it was the suspension complaining about the weight it was carrying, rather than the engine about to blow up!!
Made it through the Mont Blanc tunnel just before Midnight, then, after a bit of sleep motored on down to Ancona, to catch the ferry to Igoumenitsa. Had a 4 hour delay, due to a Greek strike 2 days earlier, but hey, these things happen in Greece!
Woke this morning to a warm day, a bit blustery on the boat, but it blew away the cobwebs!
Off the ferry at the International terminal, then a quick dash to the domestic terminal, and just made it onto the ferry to Corfu. A very pleasant 2 hour crossing saw us arrive in a warm and sunny Corfu town at around 2.30pm today.

Now made it to the house we rent in Winter, and its great to be home!!

We will probably head to San Stef tomorrow, to give Bod a long anticipated walk along the beach, so updates will soon resume.....not everyday again until about April, but certainly on a regular basis.  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy on November 30, 2014, 07:54:25 PM
Hi Pete, Jackie and Bod

Pleased to see you home again without too much trouble on the way.
We will look out for your posts to the forum on a more regular basis now😊

Best wishes from
Debbie and Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Bristle Boy on November 30, 2014, 08:26:43 PM
What a disgusting show of pure greed that was,people trampling over each for a widescreen television! That's one American import we can do without.
 Changing the subject,Easyjet are taking a long time to release their flights for September,still only available until the 7th,I'm sure they were on earlier than this last year. Ryanair are taking bookings up until October.

Easyjet flights for rest of September and up to late October are due out this week i believe.
Last year they were released 1st week of December because i booked our usual Sept flights to Portugal then.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 30, 2014, 09:09:09 PM
Thanks for that, I'll make sure I check every day.
Pleased to hear you got home safely Jackie and Andy,you made good time you must be exhausted. Have a great Winter,look forward to hearing from you.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 30, 2014, 09:13:55 PM
Sorry, had a senior moment then meant to say Pete and Jackie. How did Bod enjoy the journey?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BarbaraG on December 01, 2014, 12:13:00 PM
Wow, don't envy you that journey Hippopots, but how nice it must be to see the sunshine after the miserable damp UK weather! Looking forward to your updates next year to carry us through till the summer.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cambridge on December 01, 2014, 07:46:15 PM
Wow, Hippopots, I on the other hand do envy your journey.

You must be a bit more hardcore than us though because your journey sounds like only a two sleeps journey, where as we managed to spin it out to a 5 sleeper trip!

One day when I get a moment I will post the full story of our trip down and back to Corfu this year. It was a real adventure and we wouldn't have missed it for the world. Even getting the car trashed by a red Suzuki jeep whilst it was parked up in SS didn't take the shine off the experience. The car yes, but the experience no.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on December 01, 2014, 07:59:31 PM
 Yes we're still waiting Cambridge!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on December 01, 2014, 09:18:30 PM
 Yes cambridge,its still high on my want to do list so any info would be very welcome.Hope your recent trip went well?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on December 01, 2014, 11:11:41 PM
Yep Cambridge, we are hardcore (read crazy!!), as we do one night taking in turns to drive taking naps in the van, then the 2nd night on the boat. By doing it this way we don't have to worry about finding a hotel thats dog friendly, and we also drive through Italy overnight, when its quiet! The first time we came we hit Milan at 5pm.....bad idea! Also, with a van full of stock, I do get a little paranoid about leaving it parked up overnight.

So today we woke up to a slightly overcast, breezy, but very mild day.
We had planned to take Bod to the beach this afternoon, but could see the waves crashing on the shore in Arillas, and figured there may not be a very large beach at the moment, and once the rain started this afternoon, we put the plan on hold!

But we did go to San Stef this afternoon, to unload all our stock.
As you can imagine it was very quiet, and the wind was getting up, causing the couple of flags that Spiros bikes left up to flap violently. Nice to see San Stefanos supermarket open on their reduced winter hours, as its very handy for locals to not have to travel far to pick up a few provisions.
And also saw Nikos from Athens Bar, who was busy doing a bit of maintenence.
Atrip to the beach will hopefully happen soon, but tonight its raining and thundering, so possibly not tomorrow.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on December 03, 2014, 02:47:54 AM
Hi Jackie.Great that you are back "home" again and cant wait for your weekly? updates through the next 3 months.It will keep us all going until countdown starts properly again next March!!..Looking forward to seeing again you next July xx 8) 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: dibully on December 03, 2014, 09:49:10 PM
Glad you made it back safely Jackie
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on December 04, 2014, 12:22:49 PM
Well, the storm whipped up as promised on Monday night, bringing with it thunder and lightening. Tuesday was wet and thundery all day, but yesterday we woke up to lovely clear blue sky, and temperatures similar to a British summers day.  ;D
As the afternoon progressed the clouds came in over the Diapontia Islands, and the thunder and rain returned.
We went to San Stef last night, for a few games of darts at 3 W's. There were also a few locals having a drink in El Greco, as these are the 2 bars open in the winter.
Took Bod for a late night walk before going home, and it never fails to amaze me how quiet it is here in winter....we can happily walk down the middle of the road and see no-one!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on December 10, 2014, 02:43:39 PM
Well, the thunderstorms of last Wednesday lasted on and off until Monday morning! But all has been calm for the last few days, and the weather has taken a great turn for the better, with sun shine all day yesterday, and a sunny, but slightly overcast day today.

Popped down to San Stef this morning, and had a lovely walk along the beach. The stream has taken a dramatic turn to the lest, with it emptying into the sea in front of 'Waves'...not actually seen it head in that direction before!

The storms of last week has washed up some seaweed, but once again past Havana, the beach is seaweed free, and pretty wide, with the sea gently lapping at the shore.

Walking along past the path up to Romaza, we were amazed to see goats clinging to the side of the cliff! Fortunately Bod didn't spot them and try and give chase.....

Abit of maintenence going on at Athina Hotel, and some work happening at Mango Bar, and the building next to Delfino Blu...will be interesting to see if that will be all done by this year, as the pool area there has been unfinished for a while.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on December 14, 2014, 06:22:59 PM
Wow, 14th December, and today we have been walking round in T shirts and sunglasses! An absolutely glorious day  8)

However, despite the sunshine, Christmas is coming!

A trip to San Stef this afternoon saw a lovely decorated Christmas tree at San Stef supermarket, and a snowman and santa guarding the door of 3 W's!

It's our first Corfu Christmas this year, and I wasn't sure how much in the way of Christmas lights would be displayed.....I love seeing places all lit up, and was thinking I might miss that this year. But a trip to Roda last night saw us passing numerous properties on the way all decked out with festive lights. And so pretty they all look too! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on December 22, 2014, 06:42:45 PM
Another gorgeous sunny day here again....has been sunny for about a week now! 8)

Popped to San Stef to give Bod a nice run on the beach. The stream has moved back more towards its usual direction now, and is just about narrow enough in one place to leap across without getting wet feet!

Walking past Olympia it was interesting to see building work going on....it looks like they are creating a nice new seating area out the front, by moving the folding glass doors further back. Should make a nice place to watch the world go by in the summer.

Aside from seeing Nikos working outside Athens Bar, bumping into Lesley in San Stef supermarket (beats battling around Tesco any day!), and seeing Glenn and Maria from Aquarius passing by in the car, all is quiet and peaceful.
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Post by: Dupnica on December 22, 2014, 07:48:08 PM
 Hope you enjoy your first Christmas in Corfu and best wishes to all forum members.
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Post by: hippopots on December 30, 2014, 11:42:18 AM
Well, our first Corfu Christmas has been lovely. We spent Christmas Eve afternoon with friends and aquaintances, sat outside a friends house in Afionas, overlooking the village and sea. The weather was absolutely amazing, we were all in T shirts and sunglasses! Christmas Day was slightly overcast, but we did still manage to take Bod for a walk on the beach, although we did only get as far as Arillas, rather than San Stef.
Boxing Day became cooler and cloudier, then from then on the weather went downhill rapidly, with thunder, lightening, high winds, and rain lashing down! We woke on Sunday AM to the news of the ferry that had caught fire en route to Italy, and was about 45 miles off the coast of San Stef. Watching the waves crashing against the rocks, and with the wind whistling around the house, we followed the story on line and on TV. The fear the passengers, crew, and rescueers must have been feeling is hard to imagine.

And now we have dry, but very cold weather, with the possibility of snow forecast for tomorrow....what a difference a week can make!! 
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Post by: Dupnica on December 30, 2014, 07:25:08 PM
 Pleased to hear that you had a good Christmas Jackie.We have been following the news about the stricken ferry,it must have been terrifying for those on board and now we have heard on the news today about the boat off the Corfu coast that may have gunmen on board.You must all be glued to the television keeping up with everything.
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Post by: hippopots on December 31, 2014, 05:29:32 PM
Popped down to San Stef today for the last 2014 walk on the beach. The sun was shining, but I have to say it was definately on the chilly side!
The storm we had on Sunday has taken its toll on the beach....quite a large ammount of seaweed, which is only to be expected after such a storm, and the poor old boat outside Manthos is a little more battered than it was before.

San Stefanos car hire have moved out of their office opposite us (they will still be on line, and in Sidari next year), and a metal framework for a canopy has been erected outside both their old office and the shop next door to it...we're curious to see who we'll have as over the road neighbours next year.

I'd just like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has followed my little blog this year. When I started it I had no idea how popular it would be, and how many lovely people I'd meet as a result!
Hope to see you all again in 2015...I'll keep up the writing, hope I won't bore you all too much!


A very happy and healthy new year to you all!! :D 
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Post by: H A S on December 31, 2014, 05:55:36 PM
Hi Hippopots a happy new year to you and everyone in San stef looking forward to the daily reports in 2015.
Regards Harry
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Post by: diane13 on December 31, 2014, 06:29:50 PM
Happy New Year Hippopots - have loved reading your updates
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Post by: Dupnica on December 31, 2014, 07:22:55 PM
 Can't remember which shop was beside San Stef car hire,wonder if they are planning another bar or something similar across the road.
 If you get another big storm wouldn't be surprised if it takes Manthos' old boat away with it.He bought it with plans to make it into a fish restaurant but that never materialised.
 Hope you have a happy and successful New Year Jackie,good wishes for 2015 to all forum members
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Post by: Andy on December 31, 2014, 07:27:24 PM
Happy New Year Jackie, Pete and Bod. Good to see you back in San Stef and blogging.
Our Hannah and Richard moved in to their new house recently and your Mythos Bottle Cap has a place on their wall. Richard and Hannah then got engaged Cristmas Day, and my Debbie is over the moon. Things are moving at a pace now so don't be surprised if we all turn up in 2015 for a wedding!

We wisn everyone we know and associated with San Stefanos a Wonderful New Year.

Andy, Deb, Hannah, Richard and Rudi the Pup
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Post by: dibully on January 01, 2015, 03:59:32 PM
Happy New Year Jackie, Pete and Bod keep the updates coming see you in July
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Post by: abbo on January 01, 2015, 10:33:37 PM
When you say San Stef Car Hire do you mean Valantis & Dora?
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Post by: hippopots on January 02, 2015, 11:49:59 AM
Hi All, well, 2 lovely days of sunshine so far....fantastic start to 2015!

Congratulations to Hannah and Richard...I can imagine you're looking forward to a lovely wedding Andy and Debbie! Would be great if they decided to get married in San Stef...remember there's plenty of people in the village who are very experienced in organising a wedding :)
And if not, there's always the honeymoon to consider!!

Yes Abbo, Valantis and Dora have closed their office in the village. Valantis was telling us last summer they do most of their bookings on line, so they decided the office was surplus to requirements. They can still be contacted on line to hire from, plus there are other options still in the village, so should still be plenty of cars to go round.
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Post by: abbo on January 02, 2015, 12:36:10 PM
Ahh that's a shame, always liked to catch up with Valantis on my morning strolls. I assume Thannassis must have know this was imminent as I know he's getting more cars this season.

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Post by: Gavlah1973 on January 04, 2015, 12:57:51 PM
Thanassis is the new Arfur Daley!
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Post by: abbo on January 06, 2015, 08:09:19 PM
Thanassis is the new Arfur Daley!

Ha Ha, i bet he wears a sheepskin in winter
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Post by: hippopots on January 10, 2015, 06:19:45 PM
Well, we've had a week of wonderful sunny days now...not bad for January!
Chilly at night though, so lighting of the fire is a definite requirement.

We headed down to San Stef this afternoon and had a lovely walk along the beach. It's currently really wide, would be fab if it is like that in the summer!
All is very quiet in the village, although work is progressing on the front of Olympia restaurant, where they are hoping to put around 10 outside tables this summer for al fresco dining.
Also, some have been taking advantage of this great weather to do some gardening, with some pruning of trees going on, with piles of palm fronds at Summer Dreams.

Hoping this sunshine continues....getting quite used to sitting outside!  8)
 
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Post by: hippopots on January 25, 2015, 06:12:42 PM
Well, after almost a week of wet weather, it was lovely to see some sunshine today, giving us a chance to head to San Stef and enjoy a walk along the beach  :)

Haven't been down for about 10 days, and during that time some people have been quite busy.

The dividing wall between the old San Stef car hire office and the empty premises next door has been knocked through, to create one larger premises.
More shopping options for this summer we think, as the building belongs to Athina and Stefanos, owners of Elizabeths. and Condor Bar.

Walking past Vicky's towards the steps down to the beach, we noticed that Paralia Apartments are doing some work creating a new entrance to their parking area, and there is finally work progressing at the apartments on the other side of Delfino Blu. Still not sure if they are part of Delfino or not, but the part finished pool area is receiving attention, with the start of what looks like a pool bar being built. Will be nice if this get finished this year.

We had a great walk all along the beach, then foolishy thought we could cross the stream, mad idea really with the ammount of rain we've had these past few days!
After deciding we'd never be able to jump it without getting very soggy, we cut through along the side of Athina Hotel, which has itself been the recipient  of a great spruce up, having received a paint job around all the exterior of the hotel.

And, finally there has been a little bit of demolition. Next to Tasty Corner was a single storey building, of apartments....half of this has been bulldozed. Not sure why, will be interesting to see what happens next!     
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Post by: cabmufc on January 25, 2015, 07:25:17 PM
Although Facebook seems to dominate things at the moment still love to come on here and get my much needed San Stefanos fix with your posts Jackie!!..Great to be able to picture what your describing..Nearly..but not quite!! as good as being there!!..Keep them up and they are much appreciated! x :) :)
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Post by: WINKIE on January 26, 2015, 07:51:34 PM
Agree with you Carl,much better for me on here,(no facebook), personally speaking of course.Thanks for the updates Hippopots,having fun trying to picture all these places you mention.Will see them in person in June,oh, and you too. :)
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Post by: hippopots on February 01, 2015, 01:24:09 PM
After 2 days of howling winds and rain coming down sideways, it was great to wake up to blue sky today. Still pretty windy, but at least we could get out the house, and head down to San Stefanos.
The good news is that there looks to have been no damage from the ferocious storms, although there currently is no beach to walk along. Poor Arillas seems to have taken the brunt, with the seafront road currently impassable from one end to other by car, due to a huge number of large pebbles, and a very high stream
But it looks worse than it actually is.....those pebbles will soon be re-located back to the beach, and all the debris cleared away by hard working locals.
As for San Stef, the waves were rolling in, and crashing over the old port, but all is well there.
Interestingly there appears to be something going on inside the Olive Press.....wonder if there will be a new taverna? Time will tell.
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Post by: amanda j on February 02, 2015, 01:58:44 AM
Popping on here in the evening to look at the webcam and seeing the storms that have been hitting Sansteph has been quite scary, It must be awful for those living in the village. To see the beach disappear and storm debris past the blue box  omg! I agree Arillas has had it bad . Yesterday at times you could not see the stone boat jetty . Hope everyone stays safe x
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Post by: rilo57 on February 02, 2015, 10:30:16 AM
Yep was realy bad.saw a video of Arillas yesterday,the front beach road looked like a disaster zone with all the stones washed up onto the road..lets hope there was no major damage done..


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Post by: SCFCMARK on February 02, 2015, 11:52:14 PM
its always good to get on this site, always great information and friendly banter, really hope everyone stays safe  and the summer is much kinder this year.
really missed the wide beach last year, so hope it comes good this year.
got another 2 weeks this year, this time my father is with us (san stef virgin) and the second week my son and daughter and their families join us, so hope everything is good.
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Post by: rilo57 on February 03, 2015, 01:13:13 AM
Im sure all will be ok for the season.all thelocals work hard to ensure our holiday is as pleasurable as possible. Guess the usual sea weed issue will arrise but thats a political problem as regards removal of it from the beach...
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Post by: abbo on February 04, 2015, 08:29:42 PM
Well I hope the seaweed problem is dealt with before the season this year, not in June like last year. It was awful and we had newcomers with us. They wanted to use Arillas beach as a result
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Post by: hippopots on February 06, 2015, 08:14:23 PM
Lots of stormy weather at the moment, plenty of wind and rain, intermingled with thunder at night.....hopefully we'll get all the storms out the way before the start of the season this year, then we can all enjoy continuous sunshine all through the summer!! 8)
Despite the high tide we did manage a walk on the beach today, just from the road by Margaritas apts and Perditas, along to mistral, then took the pathway up to the road between Mistral and Manthos...any further and we would definately of had wet toes!
Work is ongoing inside the Olive Press. Not much done outside as yet, although the front wall has gone, leaving the patio area open to the road. Will it be rebuilt?? We'll have to wait and see.  ;)

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Post by: hippopots on February 10, 2015, 09:33:06 PM
Well the sun came out today, although we have quite a chilly air temperature, I think it's the coldest I've known in the 2 years we've been here,

But after some wet days, it was a chnce to try and walk along the beach again, but the tide was really high again, so we only got from the steps down next to Havana to the stream, and that included clmbering over rocks by Paralia to avoid soggy feet!

All is still fairly quiet, although there is building work still progressing at Delfino Blu, and San Stefanos supermarket is doing a fairly regular trade....nice and handy for us locals to have the shop open all year round!
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Post by: hippopots on February 17, 2015, 07:26:59 PM
Took advantage of another gloriously sunny day to pop to San Stef, to collect a few things from our shop, but also to enjoy a nice walk along the beach. The tide was out much more than last week, but we still couldn't get too far along the cliffs...only managing to get as far as the path to Romanza before the sea made the walk impossible.
So we headed back, and managed to cross the stream, courtesy of a plank of wood, then walked up the slope in front of Fantasea.
Some building work is going going on at Manthos Taverna....there is some renovation of part of the building, with a new roof and some rendering on the part furthest away from the entrance, looking quite smart.
Also, lots of carpentry work going on at the Olive Press....
And finally, building work is commencing next to Tasty Corner, where half the building to the left was demolished a few weeks ago. A lady who lives here now said it had been the first place she stayed when first coming here in 1985! 

 
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Post by: WINKIE on February 17, 2015, 10:47:16 PM
Thanks so much for the updates Hippopots,very much appreciated.Manthos may be making repairs to the roof of the building,I believe it was damaged in a recent storm.
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Post by: Buttons1 on February 22, 2015, 12:41:58 AM
Really enjoying the updates. I can see it all in my mind! I will be very interested as to what is going next to Elizabeths and also the Olive Press. We ate there many many years ago (11), which was the last time we visited before twice last year (and twice this year too). We have decided that we are going to have to be more adventurous and eat out more in the village!
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Post by: hippopots on February 22, 2015, 12:26:32 PM
Buttons1, so many lovely places to eat in the village, we haven't even tried them all yet, and we live here! But we do enjoy hearing the reccommendations from our customers when they're here. The problem we have is that in Winter everyone is closed, then in summer when everyone is open, so are we! We only have the excuse to go out to eat when we have visitors, and then only 1 of us at a time! Although we do make an exception for our birthdays, and anniversary  ;)

Well, after 2 weeks of glorious sunshine, today is wet and windy. We popped to the village a couple of days ago, and managed to get further along the beach for a lovely walk. All was pretty quiet.....due to the power being off from 8.30am - 2pm, not much could be done, although foundations have already been laid for the building that is replacing the demolished one between Tasty Corner and Yiannis Grill Room, so I wouldn't be surprised to see that all done by the start of the season.

Tomorrow is 'Clean Monday', which signifies the start of Lent here. There is a tradition of kite flying on the beaches tomorrow, but if the weathers like this, kite surfing could be possible! This is the 3rd year we've been here for Clean Monday, and every one has been grey and damp.....typical Bank Holiday weather really!!
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Post by: amanda j on February 23, 2015, 08:43:03 PM
Lovely to have another update on village life Hippopots  :) . Our holidays seem so far away (end of July) keep popping on the life webcam for a beach inject! Hippopots , I did see 3 brave souls trying to fly a kite on the beach webcam today but they were only there for 10 minutes...it looked pretty stormy- the beach that had reappeared was almost covered in water again. In Oxfordshire today we have had wind, rain, snow, sleet and very, very briefly the sun :-\
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Post by: hippopots on February 24, 2015, 01:07:14 PM
Yes Amanda J, Clean Monday was pretty stormy, with some very heavy showers. Saw some photos of children of friends trying to fly kites on San Stef beach, so may have been them!
This is our 3rd Clean Monday here, and every one has been the same weatherwise!

Alot of San Stef people went to Avliotes Carnival, which despite the rain I believe was a great success, judging by photos. As for us, we stayed in the warm and dry, enjoying a Clean Monday afternoon dinner at Amourada in Arillas, in the company of Greeks and ex pats, a lovely afternoon/evening.
And today, the sun is shining once again  8) 
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Post by: Jimbo on February 24, 2015, 03:13:56 PM
Thanks, Jackie.
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Post by: Chrissyann on February 27, 2015, 05:53:10 PM
Has anyone heard if there is any news on Corfu Airport, has there been any progress?  :)
 
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Post by: swedebasher on February 27, 2015, 06:37:38 PM
About what??
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Post by: hippopots on February 28, 2015, 12:03:26 PM
Swedebasher, I think what Chrissyann might be refering to is that it was up for sale last year, along with some other state owned airports.
I'm not 100% sure, but think it did get sold, maybe Lesley knows??

All I do know is that it is business as usual, well it was when I picked up/dropped off friends a couple of weeks ago.
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Post by: swedebasher on February 28, 2015, 01:15:50 PM
Hasn't Tsipras put a stop to all privatisations? Mr Google did not come up with anything about a sale.
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Post by: Chrissyann on February 28, 2015, 04:49:36 PM
Yes Hippopots that was it, I just hadn't seen any mention of it since last year and wondered if we were in for any delays this year!
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Post by: Lesley on March 01, 2015, 12:37:32 PM
No updates from here either...... All the same at the airport presently.  Will let you know if I hear anything otherwise. Nothing on local news recently relating.
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Post by: Jimbo on March 01, 2015, 01:10:11 PM
The privatisation was cancelled by the Syriza government on February 15th. It had been agreed with a German company by the previous government.
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Post by: Woodman on March 06, 2015, 07:22:19 PM
Had a quick look on the webcam today - where's the beach gone!?  Weather forecast sounded pretty awful, so I guess that's the cause of the high water and lack of sand.
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Post by: Jimbo on March 06, 2015, 08:25:56 PM
They've had violent storms and abnormal rain. There's a landslide on the harbour road. It'll sort itself out.
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Post by: hippopots on March 08, 2015, 05:35:50 PM
After a very wet and windy Thursday and Friday, things improved yesterday, and as the sun's come back out today we headed down to San Stef, and the beach.
The weather has been harsh, resulting in a very wide stream/river, and some beach erosion, but as Jimbo says, nature will sort it out, (along with a little help from the JCB) before the start of the season.
But, despite the weather, it does feel like Spring is here, as the wild spring flowers are in full bloom, the nights are drawing out a little, and there were sheep with their lambs on the grass behind Barras.
All is very quiet in the village, as its Sunday. But the recent work at The Olive Press has resulted in a new roof over te front patio, and new wooden railings along the front.
Once we get into April, I expect we'll all start getting stuck in, with a break for Easter of course, so the daily updates will start again soon, to try and keep you all up to date  ;)       
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Post by: Chrissyann on March 09, 2015, 01:11:45 PM
Thanks hippopots. I will look forward to all the updates , it will keep me going until our visit in June  :)
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Post by: Silverstar on March 09, 2015, 03:25:09 PM
Does that mean the Olive Press has been sold and will be re-opening this year?
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Post by: hippopots on March 10, 2015, 06:50:14 PM
Hi Silverstar, I don't know if the Olive Press has sold or been rented ,but yes, it will have someone trading there this year. Nice to see it opening again.
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Post by: Silverstar on March 11, 2015, 08:39:48 PM
Brilliant - always good to have a new restaurant to try especially if Quattro isn't reopening this year.
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Post by: hippopots on March 13, 2015, 06:39:08 PM
A lovely sunny, slightly breezy day today, so we headed to the village, to the shop and beach. The sea had that beautiful pale turquoise hue, with the deeper blue further out, giving it a two tone effect.
The sun brought plenty of us out, using the opportunity to do some work. Athina Hotel, and Athens Apartments had all their windows flung open, to give the premises a nice airing, and there was painting and fence staining happening at Margaritas apartments.
'Elizabeths' shop will be extending into next door to its premises, into what was an empty shop last year, and things are coming along nicely there.
And we're getting our paint tomorrow, and if the weathers good, will be starting our own decorating.......everyone is making a start, and we don't want to get left behind!!   
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Post by: amanda j on March 13, 2015, 08:01:27 PM
 Lovely to hear about the people being more visible after the quiet of winter, and the village being aired and painted. It makes the holidays and being back where we feel most relaxed  just that bit closer  :)
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Post by: Sellsy on March 13, 2015, 08:54:24 PM
Thanks for the updates Jackie, much appreciated. Next time you're feeling energetic can you pop up the clay path to the Romanza?!   ;D I believe a new upstairs bar and first floor sun deck is near completion , could do with your expert eye for a progress report on aesthetics etc . Hope your painting goes well!
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Post by: dibully on March 14, 2015, 02:46:39 AM
Thanks Jackie makes things seem more real interested to know how things are coming on at the old Olive Press Restaurant and what it's going to be
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Post by: Nellie on March 14, 2015, 11:38:44 PM
I love hearing Jackies updates - Thank you!! and love picturing Bod having a good run on the beach.  Cant wait to be back - quite a long wait as we arent over until August but the updates and pictures on fb will keep me going  :)
 
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on March 14, 2015, 11:59:48 PM
I've seen pics on FB Kev. Looks good. Would be a great spot to do a running jump into the pool after 3 carafes of wine at BBQ night
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Post by: hippopots on March 15, 2015, 06:20:03 PM
Well, as planned, a sunny weekend saw us decorating the shop, and enjoying some nice walks along the beach, much to Bod's delight.
There was even someone sat on the beach today, enjoying the sunshine with a book.

Work is progressing at various places around the village, with some gardening at Athens Bar, work on the changed frontage to Olympia, and the building between Tasty Corner and Yiannis taverna going up fast!

Also decorating going on in the old Olive Press, which this year will have a name change to Beer o' Clock, and will be a bar, and Grill. The new owner ( Spiro, owner of Efi's Apartments )  is planning to bring in a large choice of beers to choose from...hence the name, and will be doing grill room food alongside, with seating both inside and out.
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Post by: Teamnickos on March 16, 2015, 11:17:47 AM
Enjoying the updates, thank you. Beer Oclock sounds good! Will be nice to have another bar at that end of town
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on March 16, 2015, 06:49:45 PM
Not a beer drinker myself but don't see the point of a large selection when most people seem to drink Mythos or the local brewery beer.But I hope they do well nevertheless.
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Post by: Jimbo on March 17, 2015, 02:46:24 AM
Can't say the name attracts me much. In fact, it repels me rather a lot.
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Post by: swedebasher on March 17, 2015, 01:16:50 PM
Poor name indeed, and it is a fact that a lot of decent beers do not travel very well (Lager is not a decent beer!!). I well remember an awful John Smith bitter in Rhodes- flat and tasteless. I will stick with Corfu beers thank you.
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Post by: Rover on March 17, 2015, 02:52:25 PM
Not the best of names, but a "decent beer" is one which you like the taste of. This is not necessarily what someone says that you should like. Beer, like food, is subjective. Enjoy what you actually like.
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Post by: cambridge on March 17, 2015, 07:22:47 PM
Yes it's a crap name.

I like the idea though of someone providing some more interesting beers, above and beyond the Mythos, Amstel, etc. stuff. Where they'll get those from, and how they'll travel, I've no idea.

I tend to make a bee line for the Corfu beers, but still feel they're just a touch short of the mark, and they ought to brew a really hoppy style beer, perhaps that's coming. "Craft" beer, and pubs serving craft beer and gourmet burgers etc., is certainly a booming market in the UK, and "craft" beers have been added to the basket of goods used to measure the UK's inflation rate. So good luck to Beer o'clock, despite the awful name.
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Post by: IrisG on March 17, 2015, 08:11:11 PM
Definitely don't like the name, hope the beer's better!
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Post by: rilo57 on March 17, 2015, 08:20:52 PM
Well i totaly agree the name is rubbish..And living in the country of beer i doubt it will come close to providing anything special..But must say i enjoy a long cool Mythos served in a frosted glass..
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Post by: debra on March 17, 2015, 08:32:25 PM
Be positive folks.......................could be really good and a great addition to the old part of the village
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Post by: IrisG on March 17, 2015, 10:35:23 PM
Don't get me wrong, any new bar is great, but the name belongs more in Kavos or Sidari.
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Post by: holloga on March 17, 2015, 11:52:16 PM
The building between Tasty Corner and Yiannis - do you know what they are building?    Re Beer o'clock - don't think the name matters, it's the beer and the food that count.  Agree it will be nice to have another bar in the old part of the village, so good luck to them.
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Post by: Cheddar on March 18, 2015, 10:36:21 AM
Name of the bar is immaterial really, as long it's got a great atmosphere, a warm welcome, cold beer and tasty food it will be a very welcome addition to the old part of the village and all the more reason to venture (not that it's a great distance !), down there.

Good luck to them and I'll see them in September.
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Post by: Tredegar Boy on March 18, 2015, 04:15:19 PM
Well Cheddar your picture/moniker takes me back. As a 19 year old having just watched Madness on Top of the Pops in 1979 singing The Prince I was doing that dance around my living room. Went and bought One Step Beyond straightaway and a long-time love affair was born.

Great to see.
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Post by: Teamnickos on March 18, 2015, 04:45:23 PM
When I said it sounded good I did mean having a new bar sounded good, not the name  :-[
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Post by: Jules on March 18, 2015, 10:41:27 PM
Agree about the name being rubbish but we will just have to look past the name and hopefully enjoy the beers and food
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Post by: Andy7 on March 19, 2015, 01:16:50 AM
Anything is better than an empty shop front and if they sell decent beer and have WiFi they will get my custom! Good luck to Spiros and the team. Andy
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Post by: Jimbo on March 19, 2015, 11:49:11 AM
Nectar would have been a better name - the drink of the gods!
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Post by: Cheddar on March 19, 2015, 12:52:42 PM
Hi Tredegar Boy,

Same here my friend, been lucky enough to have seen The Specials, Selecter and The Beat all recently and all still worth a night out to see them ! We had a local Ska band called Skatacus to play at our joint 50th Party 3 years ago and that converted a lot of our family and friends - great music, great times !
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Richard/Jackie/Nathan on March 20, 2015, 11:42:39 AM
I'm off to see The Beat in October on same bill as From the Jam and the Undertones - will really take me back to my youth!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on March 23, 2015, 12:17:21 PM
All beers travel well apart from cask due to shelf life. Anything in bottle or keg will be fine. Just hope to god we don't see Carling, John Smiths etc on the bar!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on March 23, 2015, 12:26:39 PM
  Yes,English pi#s beer as my family call it.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on March 23, 2015, 04:14:41 PM
There's an old joke: Don't take the p*** out of Watneys - it's the only flavour it's got!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rod on March 23, 2015, 08:11:44 PM
Beer O Clock eh?  I can't wait.  I'm going to wear my favourite football top and practice my Karaoke.
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Post by: peter on March 23, 2015, 09:50:23 PM
i wonder if they will have mc ewans export lol ;D
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Post by: debra on March 24, 2015, 12:02:28 AM
No Please - no football shirts!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: rilo57 on March 24, 2015, 12:37:52 AM
 Or white lightening ?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: amanda j on March 24, 2015, 01:18:07 AM
 Beer O'clock is definitely an unfortunate name...I wonder if the name can be  changed (maybe to Jimbo's suggestion!) before opening up for the season?  The proposed name just brings bad, noisy destinations/resorts and everything that comes with them to mind for me. I guess we will have to wait and see... :-\
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on March 24, 2015, 11:12:14 AM
Hope it's got Grimbergen Rilo!
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Post by: hippopots on March 24, 2015, 11:20:16 AM
Gosh, that name sparked debate....
My guess is the bar will be frequented by people who always come to San Stef, people who come to relax, enjoy a drink with friends old and new, and love the resort.
Spiro is a local man, who won't be looking to attract a different type of visitor, but should the name inspire trouble he's more than capable of nipping it the bud...he's not known locally as 'Big Spiro' for nothing!

Well, the weather has been a little bit hit and miss lately, with gorgeous sun followed by cloudy days, but the air temperature is definitely warmer, so Spring is on its way!
Building work is progressing quickly by Tasty Corner...although I'm still not entirely sure what its going to be, watch this space!

Sunday afternoon saw a gathering of locals, both Greek and ex pat, at 3W's bar, to celebrate the 25th Wedding Anniversary of a British couple who live here part time, well more here than UK now, who have become part of our little community. Margarita at 3 W's did a fabulous buffet, a great time was had by all, and it was lovely to see people who we've not seen since the end of last season! With the season fast approaching it was nice to have a chance to relax together before work starts in earnest! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on March 24, 2015, 01:31:05 PM
What I don't like about the name is that, for me, it clashes with the ambiance of the old village, which is quieter in tone than the "new" area. "Bira Bira" would be okay, since it's Greek!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on March 24, 2015, 03:19:57 PM
Yes Gavlah.some cold Grimbergen would go down well.one of my favourits.have some in my fridge at the moment Grimbergen  Optimo Bruno.to be treated with respect at 10%.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on March 24, 2015, 07:42:06 PM
All beers travel well apart from cask due to shelf life. Anything in bottle or keg will be fine. Just hope to god we don't see Carling, John Smiths etc on the bar!

John Smith might be there Gav!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rod on March 24, 2015, 08:42:02 PM
I do hope everyone realised my tongue was firmly in my cheek regarding footy tops and karaoke.  However, as I am the one who frequents this forum, I tend to relay the goings on in San Stef to the wife and she is totally aghast at the name of Beer O Clock.  Silly really I know but she is adamant that she wont set foot in the place.  I think she may be a snob.  We've only been together 25 years and I've only just found out.   ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on March 29, 2015, 01:33:30 PM
Just seen some pics of the Olympia frontage alterations, very smart it is.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 29, 2015, 03:06:58 PM
Yes Swedebasher, you're right, the new frontage of Olympia looks great, work has been on going there over the Winter, and the result looks fab, giving a lot more outdoor space for al fresco dining.

The new building next to Tasty Corner is going up fast, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly these things get done here!

And today the sun is shining, and the sea looks gorgeous....just in time for the first people to arrive, now the direct flights have begun.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on March 29, 2015, 09:43:52 PM
Where did you see them Swedebasher? We love Olympia
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 30, 2015, 12:53:31 PM
Just looked back to page 1 of this thread, and realised I started it on 28th March last year! 1 year on, and nearly 100,000 views!

Never believed it would be so popular when I started. Thanks to everyone who follows my little ramblings, I hope that I'm helping to keep you up to date with goings on in San Stef, and will endeavor to carry on doing so.  :)

Today is another sunny one, Spring has definately sprung.....


 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: debra on March 30, 2015, 01:36:42 PM
You are doing an amazing job Hippopots - always keen to read your posts.......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on March 30, 2015, 02:08:45 PM
Where did you see them Swedebasher? We love Olympia
A friend of mine was in SS last week and took them.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on March 30, 2015, 02:52:14 PM
 Yep realy enjoy..have to pop in this year to say hello.you can meet your Belgian cousins with the same surname
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on March 30, 2015, 04:28:37 PM
Ah, ok thanks. I wondered if you saw them online. We're really looking forward to seeing the improvements - but have to wait til July
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Broonie on March 30, 2015, 10:35:33 PM
Look forward to your updates ,cheers us up on a cold scottish day ,the springer spaniel you did for us has pride of place ,will see you in early June.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Mary and Geoff on March 31, 2015, 10:22:39 AM
Love the update,s thank you  :) :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 31, 2015, 12:59:22 PM
An absolutely gorgeous day today, clear blue skies, warm and sunny.

Plenty of work going on today, with pressure washers out at Athina and Little Prince, and painting at Nafsika.

Athina hotel is making changes this year, as they are re-opening their snack bar by the pool, and have opened it up to the beach, by changing the fencing around the pool area. So now it will be easy to access from the beach, but the pool area will still be sheltered and private.

And I think the first visitors have arrived, as we saw some people wandering around, out and about enjoying the sunshine  8) 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on March 31, 2015, 02:52:34 PM
 ;D ;D ;D--ITS STARTED!!..Paradise is open for business!!..See you in 93days.Thanks Hippopots for keeping us going with a warm glow through winter as we prepare to visit our second home again!! xx
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on March 31, 2015, 03:02:37 PM
Great to know that things are happening despite the massive uncertainty about the future of Greece in the Eurozone.

My Hippopots frogs are smiling!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on April 02, 2015, 01:01:00 AM
Booked on the 05.55 from Gatwick tomorrow staying 3 nights in Corfu Town, so will be popping over to San Steph for a look around, first proper holiday booked in May.....can't wait!

Great to hear that the Athina has reopened the pool bar, will greatly enhance the pool area which is still one of our favourites, hopefully they will still have the 5 euro per day rule this summer to keep the freeloaders out.

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on April 02, 2015, 12:15:51 PM
Jumbo has mentioned the Eurozone crisis, and it seems that something will have to happen in the next few days. What is the general feeling regarding this in the village?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on April 02, 2015, 02:57:54 PM
I can only imagine that it's divided and probably very anxious.

For those on the forum who are unaware of it, Kathimerini - approximately Greece's equivalent of the Guardian - has a very good on-line English edition:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/ (http://www.ekathimerini.com/)

In a telling phrase today it describes Greece as having "one foot out." Billions of Euros a day are flowing out of the banks and the Eurozone creditors are not impressed with the speed of progress by the government in coming up with sensible suggestions.

My heart, and I'm sure yours, goes out to our dear friends in the village in this time of extreme crisis.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 02, 2015, 07:10:10 PM
Thanks for providing the link Jimbo.
To be completely honest I personally catch snippets on news of the financial situation here, and have not got into any deep discussions with anyone else in the village. As far as I am concerned it's business as usual, and all we can do is wait and see. There has been alot of discussion on various facebook pages about people emptying their Greek bank accounts (probably as much a reaction to what happened in Cyprus last year as anything else).
But whatever happens, one thing that you can be sure of is the usual warm welcome you will always get here.....'keep calm and come to Greece'!!

Today has been gloriously sunny, but with a bit of a breeze which has just kept the temperature slightly cooler.
Lots of people working today, painting going on at the laundrette, El Greco, Elizabeths, and ours, with 2 Stars busy trimming back and tidying up their greenery.
Saw two of the first of this years guests,  who arrived on Sunday....we did the typical Greek thing, and had a conversation in the middle of the road when they saw me whilst driving past!     
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 04, 2015, 05:25:34 PM
Yesterday was gloriously sunny for the most part, and today started off well, but has now become slightly overcast....rain and thunder is forecast for tomorrow, so maybe it's on its way.......

San Stef is feeling busier now, as work is progressing. Lots of cars and scooters tooing and froing, we're not used to that, as in Winter we can walk in the middle of the road if we want!

More pruning today at 2 Stars, and pool scrubbing at Barras. Windows being cleaned at Elizabeths (lucky people have shutters which keep them clean anyway), ours need a good ole scrub before May!

   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 06, 2015, 11:48:14 AM
Well the rain came in fits and starts during the day yesterday. We didn't get to San Stef, having been waylaid in Arillas to celebrate a friends birthday, but we did manage to dodge the showers to give Bod a run on a very blustery Arillas seafront. Judging by the waves that were crasshing on the shore I imagine the tide was pretty high in San Stef too.
The thunderstorm came crashing through about 1am this morning, the sun has been out, but clouding over a little. Hopefully good weather is on its way for the Easter festivities this coming weekend. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 10, 2015, 03:13:38 PM
And summer is here, just in time for Easter!  8)

Yesterday was sunny, but there was still a mistrael wind, so if you weren't somewhere sheltered it was still quite cool.
However, today is glorious....no clouds, no wind, a calm, beautiful turquoise sea. Perfect!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jacobandjon on April 11, 2015, 03:17:42 PM
And summer is here, just in time for Easter!  8)

Yesterday was sunny, but there was still a mistrael wind, so if you weren't somewhere sheltered it was still quite cool.
However, today is glorious....no clouds, no wind, a calm, beautiful turquoise sea. Perfect!

Hey, thanks for the update. Been to San Stef a couple of times now, coming back for the hat trick in Sept. Previously been with the kids but this year will be the first time with just the wife and me. Cant wait  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on April 13, 2015, 09:17:08 PM
Easter - Here in Avliotes, Agios Stefanos the Easter will finish as always with the celebrations in the village of Avliotes on Tuesday with the Litania Parade so tomorrow as in this Tuesday 14th April normally around 11.00am ish the village will be open, coffee shops, and the tavernas so if you are here on your holidays don't forget to pop by and see the local customs and parade ......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 14, 2015, 11:07:50 PM
Fire flies are flashing, and frogs are croaking.....summer's here folks!

Beautiful blue skies for the whole of Easter too, what more could we ask for!

We're moving down from Afionas to San Stef on Thursday, to get ready for the season. It's going to be a busy couple of days for us, after which daily reports will commence.
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Post by: Jimbo on April 15, 2015, 01:24:33 AM
Excellent, Jackie. We're all looking forward to it.
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Post by: WINKIE on April 15, 2015, 11:12:36 AM
Thanks Jackie, first port off call on here,is your village updates. :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on April 15, 2015, 07:31:25 PM
  Yes we realy enjoy hearing about the day to day goings on in the village.
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Post by: Jules on April 15, 2015, 10:28:26 PM
Looking forward to them Jackie :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 18, 2015, 07:32:00 PM
Well we have moved down for the summer, but unfortunately our internet antenna has been damaged over the winter so we are waiting for it to be fixed, which means reports will not be daily just yet :(
However, lots going on, so here goes!
I am currently having a drink in 3Ws, with the lovely Margarita using her WiFi. The bar has  been re painted outside and looks fab!
Other places getting a coat of paint are Thomas Bay,  and Athens bar, and also the Juice bar is getting spruced up.
The hotel next to Delfino Blue is all systems go with about 15 guys all working on it, and Havana Bar is also getting ready.
Walking along the beach today, we noted that Manthos,s boat has gone having been badly damaged during the winter storms.
There is work going on at Silver star, would be lovely if it were to open this year, as we all thought it wouldn't be.
Tasty corner opens tonight, to keep us all in gyros and souvlaki whilst we work!
Gary and Billy from San Stefanos boat hire are hard at work getting all the boats ready for the season.
So its all systems go here....more reports to follow, depending on internet connectivity!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on April 19, 2015, 11:51:56 AM
Thanks Jackie. Hopefully good news then re Silver Star  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on April 19, 2015, 12:01:53 PM
Hi
Thanks Jackie for the updates - I love to hear whats going on in the village and we are counting down the days until our holiday.  We will be popping in to paint a pot again, and say hello to you both and Bod.  I cant quite believe its the start of the season again!!
look forwards to hearing whats going on out and about xx
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on April 19, 2015, 09:53:35 PM
Thanks once more Jackie, see you 7 weeks tomorrow  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 20, 2015, 09:44:33 PM
Yay, internet is back on....having been switched off at the shop for 6 months it appeared it required an update to work.

Well, its been a very windy one today, that mistrael wind is blowing in off the sea, but thats not stopped work in the village.

A trimming of palm trees was taking place over the weekend, outside Sparkles and Aspa, so that all looks nice and neat now.
Silver Moon is being prepped, and paintbrushes were out in Zorbas this morning, and also at the Eleni's supermarket opposite Thomas Bay yesterday.
We also saw Michelle from Elizabeth's this morning....having arrived this weekend, she's already getting stuck into sorting out stock.
And our frontage has just had a major pressure washing courtesy of our landlord, He's been building upstairs over the winter, so very kindly comes and gives us a good clean up before the season gets under way!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Woodman on April 21, 2015, 01:56:40 PM
Sadly we won't be coming to San Stefanos this year, but continue to watch the forum and webcam with fond memories.  You mentioned the hotel next to Delfino Blu - do you know what its going to be called or if its an extension of DB?  When we stayed there 2 years ago, we understood it was a separate hotel.  I understand the DB are building a spa of some kind too?  I know Kostas divides opinion on this forum, but it would be nice to know what he's up to!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 21, 2015, 08:02:28 PM
Hi Woodman, sorry we won't be seeing you here this year  :(

As for the hotel next to Delfino, I don't know for definate if it is separate or not......I've heard that it possibly is, but I don't know for sure. If a name goes up, I'll let you know.

Well, another sunny day, but still very windy.
Whilst getting sandblasted walking along the beach this morning, we noticed that the little building next to Vickys, that overlooks the beach is being worked on. Lesley tells me it has been left alone for years, but is commercial use, so we'll keep our eyes peeled on that one, to see whats going on!
Paralia apts has made a lovely stone entrance, which matches in nicely with Delfino's next door, and paintwork is being prepped at Sunset.
And Spiro and Aris were next door today, cleaning and maintaining quads and scooters, and putting their signage back up ready for Summer.  8)   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 22, 2015, 08:53:38 PM
Another gloriously sunny day, and fortunately the wind has died down to just a slight breeze, so much better!

Preparations for the season are forging ahead......2 Stars and Vasia have put their signs back out, after taking them in for protection from the Winter weather, and stock is being unpacked and put on shelves in Vasia and Elizabeths,

And today was the turn of the Athens Bar palm trees to be cut back, the chainsaw is still running as I type! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on April 23, 2015, 04:36:44 PM
Loving the updates Jackie, thanks.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 23, 2015, 08:58:48 PM
Nice and warm and sunny this morning, we had some hazy cloud this afternoon and there were rumours of rain coming, but no sign of it yet.

Wandering down to the beach this morning, we saw the pillars at Silver Star being given a fresh lick of paint, nice to see that it will be open after all this year.
Lots of strimming going on behind Perdita's shop, and exterior painting also being done at Yiannis restaurant, and also Yiannis Gyros.
And Glenn was re-varnishing wooden posts outside Aquarius....the weather is so wearing to exteriors of buildings here over the Winter!

Also saw Sue and Kimon, of Beachcombers, who said they will be opening on Saturday 2nd May.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on April 24, 2015, 08:10:03 PM
Won't be long now until the season is in full swing.
Would like to wish everyone a great season ahead :) :) :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 25, 2015, 09:45:32 PM
The slightly hazy clouds of yesterday cleared up today, and by mid morning we had lovely sunny weather once again.

Everyone busy busy, getting ready, so many cars parked on the main road through towards Avliotes, as everyone turning up to work, and deliveries arriving.

This morning Mediterranean village was getting cleaned through, and windows were being washed.
Dimitri at Acabar was spotted for the first time this year, getting his bar set up.

There is also some work going on behind Perdita's....there's been an unused outside bar there, but this year its had a paint job....maybe another watering hole opening this year????

Pools have been/are being filled at Kaptanios, Terezas, and Stamatis, and lots of cleaning going on.

There are visitors here already, and quite a few hire cars around, and with Town Pizza, 3W's El Greco, and Tasty Corner all open, things are slowly getting underway.
We are heading for a 1st May opening, maybe a day or 2 earlier if we're ready...... 
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Post by: cabmufc on April 26, 2015, 04:01:45 AM
Every update brings a happy smile to my face!!..Thanks Jackie and will call in and say hello 10 weeks today!! x  8) 8)
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Post by: Chrissyann on April 26, 2015, 05:09:56 PM
As the season is about to start may I wish all our friends is SS a happy and profitable  season. :D
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Post by: hippopots on April 26, 2015, 08:50:57 PM
Lovely and sunny again today, we're so spoiled with the weather at the mo, long may it continue!
Well, thats the last chance for any of us working in San Stef to have a Sunday off until October, but there was still plenty being done.
Niko was putting finishing touches to new steps that have been installed at the side of Athens Bar patio.....easy access to the road to Athina, via Spiros bikes, and only 3 steps so not too many to fall down after a few ouzos!  ;D
Painting and jet washing at Yiannis gyros, Mediterannean Village, and Zorbas, and pools filling up at Athina and Barras.

There was a big truck on the beach this morning with a trailer on the back that had off loaded the JCB, so hopefully the beach will be prepped after its Winter pounding soon.
Oh, and good news for those with young kiddies....the 'death slide' in front of Mango has gone. No more sliding off the bottom onto a 3 foot drop! :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: amanda j on April 27, 2015, 01:33:01 AM
Thankyou for all your updatesJackie. Would like to wish everyone in San Stephanos a happy , healthy and prosperous season . Looking forward to July ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: dibully on April 27, 2015, 03:41:16 AM
Hope all the businesses in the village have a successful summer and especially you Jackie thank you for the updates can't wait to see you in July x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 27, 2015, 08:20:36 PM
Thanks for the best wishes.....we're all beavering away, getting ready, and looking forward to welcoming visitors both regular and new to this lovely village!

Preparations and cleaning was underway at Olgas this morning, and Sunset was also being prepped.

Just back from an evening stroll with doggy, walking up 'that' hill past Tsaros, where the pool area looks all ready, and very inviting. Also, lots of crates of Mythos there too...... ;D

On the way back, noticed that all the tables and chairs are set up ready in 2 Stars, and I also stopped to have a chat with the chap who's taken on Silver Star. He said he's planning to open sometime between 1st and 10th May, and is going to be offering, as well as bar drinks, coffees, tea, cakes, waffles and probably ice cream.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 28, 2015, 10:10:01 PM
Woke up to rain this morning, but it didn't last long, and by 10am the sun was out once again.

ATM has returned to Thomas Bay, so with the one at Crystal Daisy, we're back to 2 in the village again, which is good.
Sunbeds and umbrellas are up and ready at both Barras and Athina.

Work going on inside Bar 38, all being cleaned, ready to welcome people.
The Juice Bar has put some nice wooden edging around their patio, with one bit looking like it may be a little area to sit at too.
Taste of Life, the gift shop next to the Juice Bar was being sorted out this evening, and all the supermarket have been stocking up their shelves. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: D@G on April 28, 2015, 11:02:43 PM
Great to have the daily updates back Jackie!

When do the first Thomson/Thomas Cook flights arrive for the season?

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on April 29, 2015, 01:56:15 AM
Friday I think
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gordonc on April 29, 2015, 08:35:13 PM
Great to hear the place is coming to life. It's nice to hear that someone has taken on the Silver Star as it's a big space! Should be good if they're doing coffees, cake ice creams etc. as I always felt it needed a little something extra for during the day. Also good to hear that the Juice bar is taking shape, it's a favourite spot of ours although we'll miss spending time with Shane and Sandra! Everything else sounds really positive and I hope all our friends have a really good season.

Only 36 days to go for us to return to The Little Prince, email sent today to book taxi from the airport, tickets printed off, API info done, more euros bought from John Lewis Edinburgh at 1.3650, sipping an ice cold Mythos as I type. Would feel like we're there except temperature is about 8 dgrees, mixture of sun and showers. Bring on the 5th of June :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gordonc on April 29, 2015, 08:37:38 PM
Should have said, thanks Jackie for the updates, they are really appreciated, the two bowls you did for us last year are much in use for breakfasts etc. Will be in to see you soon.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: crsfaz on April 29, 2015, 11:23:18 PM

great updates as always Jackie,  just thought I'd throw my hat in the ring with my: Can't wait to be there! roll on June 29th! my brother and family along with my mother and father have only gone and booked to go BEFORE myself this year! I only introduced them to the sanctuary of San stef last year and now ill be here working whilst being subjected to there holiday pics, gutted. on the plus side of course by the time there tans have all but faded. I'LL be on my way! :) see u all soon...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 30, 2015, 10:34:45 AM
Oooops, just realised I forgot to do a post last night......twas a long day, but we're now ready to open tomorrow, so we feel a little smug! ;D
Tables and chairs are all in place at Olympia and Nafsika too, and preparations going on at Beachcombers and Fantasea.

 The first of the Thomson and Thomas Cook guests arrive tomorrow, and we're all looking forward to seeing regulars, and newbies, hope everyone has a fab 2015!

We're having our last day off today, so a little trip to Corfu Town is on the cards, to pick up a few things, and enjoy our last opportunity to go out together til October.  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: dibully on April 30, 2015, 11:21:21 AM
Hope you have a successful season Jackie see you 6th July  8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on April 30, 2015, 12:50:05 PM
The weather forecast models look fantastic for the next 10 days so those early raiders are in for a real treat.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cassells on April 30, 2015, 01:32:49 PM
I live reading your updates everyday. Roll on 23rd July xx
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Post by: Broonie on April 30, 2015, 02:10:40 PM
Great updates , they feel quite real as good as webcam ,only 5 weeks until we fly out ,looking forward to meeting all our friends again ,what's the news on the beach this year ,is kostas around again ?,last year he was in a right state I think it was late June or he got his beds out ,anyway counting the sleeps.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on May 01, 2015, 12:07:33 PM
I suspect that the"elephant " is about to appear in the room. Today the Greek government are struggling to pay pensions. This, I believe,is just the start of a whole series of issues, some of which are going to impact on all of us who are expecting to holiday in Greece. It seems that something must "give" in the next few days.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 01, 2015, 05:35:52 PM
Lots of negotiations this weekend. A deal may be imminent. The Greek government has backtracked on many issues, at last.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cambridge on May 01, 2015, 05:56:19 PM
They're naturally gifted negotiators!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 01, 2015, 10:39:39 PM
And we're off!!!

Kalo Mina, 1st May is here, and the first of the tour operator flights arrive today, meaning the coaches start rolling into town!

First visitors started arriving by early/mid afternoon, and there will be a few more tonight, as the last flight in is 10.45pm.

Aspa is open for provisions, as well as San Stefanos supermarket, with the others looking like they will be open soon.

Vasia, like ourselves, opened the doors today.

Not all bars and tavernas are open yet, as its still early days, but from tonight, Romanza, Yiannis Gyros, Mediterranean Village, Tasty Corner, Thomas Bay, Barras, Town Pizza, 2 Stars, and Nafsika are all up and running. Not been up the hill to Kapetanios and Tereza, but if they're not open tonight, I'm sure they will be very soon.

And for drinks, as well as in the tavernas and hotels, 3 W's and El Greco are open.

The Juice Bar opened today, with an ice cream freezer and a nice shiny coffee machine, and were doing a good trade this afternoon. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on May 02, 2015, 04:21:08 PM
Great to hear so many are already open . Who is running the Juice Bar please?  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Westward on May 02, 2015, 10:45:34 PM
Nom nom. Ice cream freezer.  I'm coming.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 03, 2015, 09:50:48 AM
Morning all, sorry for lack of update last night, but the computer had a paddy, and froze! Now its had a rest, it's happy again! :)

Jules, I think your question has been answered elsewhere, but for others, the Juice Bar is now being run by Maria, who worked at Ozzy Oil.

T'was slightly overcast for most of yesterday, clearing by late afternoon, so new arrivals did get to see a little sun! 

Yesterday Dimitra and Manos car hire, and Olga's travel office were open, as well as Perdita's glass, and also the wood shop.
And the evening saw the opening of Beachcombers, who were quite busy on their first night.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 03, 2015, 10:57:32 PM
Lovely warm and sunny day today, all the clouds are gone  ;D

All the supermarkets are now open, so wherever you stay, there's always going to be one pretty close by.

This evening both Mediterranean Village and 2 Stars were quite busy, and there were a few enjoying drinks in El Greco.

Silver Moon/Stamatis was a hive of activity this afternoon, so think their first guests may be arriving tomorrow.

More coaches due tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see who has opened up by tomorrow evening.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on May 04, 2015, 02:43:07 AM
Jackie your daily updates makes me feel like Im there already as I picture everything going on!!Thanks xx 8) 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 04, 2015, 10:43:51 PM
Another lovely sunny day, although we did have some sea mist roll over the headland from Arillas....looks a little eerie, always reminds me of the old horror film The Fog!!

But that cleared pretty quick, leaving a lovely still day.

A few more businesses opened today, Silver Moon looks all set up and open, and Peli and Maria's shop opened today too.
Havana is up and running, and tables and chairs are set out ready at Mistral.

Acabar has re-painted their front balustrading, now an eye catching purple and orange!

Athens Bar are still working hard this evening, as they are opening tomorrow night.

I walked down to the beach this evening, and it was one of those gorgeous San Stef sunsets.......the sun was a brilliant orange, reflecting on a very calm, turquoise sea, which was gently lapping at the shore. The light was amazing, the Albanian mountains had a slightly purple hue. A beautiful vista, accompanied by the sound of the frog chorus in the stream !
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: crsfaz on May 04, 2015, 11:33:12 PM
You certainly paint a beautiful picture... The sunsets are truly amazing.. 8 weeks today. And counting!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 06, 2015, 01:43:04 AM
Well ,the weather is certainly being kind to the first influx of guests this year, as we enjoy another lovely sunny one! 8)

JCB's on the beach today, straightening the stream from it's meandering route, that had taken it right over towards Waves, so parking area now back in place.

Little Prince is getting set up ready for guests this Friday and tables all set out at Yiannis taverna, so they should be opening soon.

Mistral also looks like its ready to open anytime too....think this Friday will probably see most of the businesses open, as the next lot of visitors arrive.

I walked out the village tonight, up the hill going towards Arillas, and the fireflies were out in force, especially across the fields, they really are so pretty!

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: amanda j on May 06, 2015, 07:33:47 PM
Lovely updates Jackie. The beach is looking good again ;D . The sea is so calm on the webcam amazing ! I love the fireflies they are so pretty and mysterious , will miss them this year as we come high Summer .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 06, 2015, 10:58:08 PM
Beautiful sunny day again today, what a fabulous start to this Summer!

You're so right amanda j, the beach is looking great. The JCB's have been hard at work, and the stream is now running a straight line into the sea. A few tyre treads in the sand, as you'd expect after this work, but they will soon flatten out.

The area in front of Manthos taverna is looking lovely this evening, they've been hard at work sorting out after the battering of Winter storms....sadly the boat didn't survive  :'(

And, we are getting new neighbours! The shop next to us will be opening soon, selling ice creams, coffees, waffles, crepes etc...there goes my waistline!!  :o
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on May 07, 2015, 12:53:50 AM
Absolutely delighted the beach is in order this year before half-term, it was a shame last year as we brought 5 newbies and they all wanted to be in Arillas. Great work!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: RedroseMax on May 07, 2015, 03:44:55 AM
Beautiful sunny day again today, what a fabulous start to this Summer!

Y

And, we are getting new neighbours! The shop next to us will be opening soon, selling ice creams, coffees, waffles, crepes etc...there goes my waistline!!  :o

Thats great news,our kids loved it there 2 years ago,perfect place to go after our evening Meal
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: carl nottingham on May 07, 2015, 07:47:02 PM
We arrive on the 15th are most things open now and also where is the best place to see the fire flys in the evening
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: crsfaz on May 07, 2015, 10:20:16 PM
Yeah. Ice cream palour re opening.. :-)

And, we are getting new neighbours! The shop next to us will be opening soon, selling ice creams, coffees, waffles, crepes etc...there goes my waistline!!  :o
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Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 07, 2015, 11:28:17 PM
Carl Nottingham, things all opening up, by the 15th I would expect that all regular businesses should be just about open.....
However, there are a couple of new ones too, which may still be doing last minute prep.

The fireflies are most prolific around grassy areas, so anywhere thats got plenty of greenery.....and if there's little street lighting, you'll see them even better. I was surrounded by them when walking out towards Arillas, past Jasmine, Perros etc...magical!

So, a little overcast to start with today, but cleared to a fine and warm afternoon.

Forgot to say last night that Patricia's hairdressers is now open and taking clients, and Elizabeths opened yesterday, with their new section looking great, with some lovely clothing.

Tonight saw the opening night at Zorba's, tables and chairs all in place ready at Beer O Clock, and the steps outside Taste of Life gift shop having a scrub down, ready for opening tomorrow.

Coaches arriving tomorrow (and my parents too!).....hope the weather stays nice!  8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on May 08, 2015, 10:13:43 AM
The Times this morning reports potential tax increases on tourism in Greece. Not good news for anyone. Price increases will just drive people away?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: amanda j on May 08, 2015, 12:32:22 PM
Like you Jackie when we saw the fire flies they were if you walk down the slope by the tennis court ( by Jasmine and Perros) in amongst the olive trees and long grass by the bridge. Magical.

Rover I really hope the taxes don't put people off  :(. I feel the lovers of Greece will still come to the islands but it may put some off. Having said that the holiday prices for next year are really good so tourists gain before we go out :).

Noticed yesterday euro price was lower again at 130 (and less) but after yesterdays election the rate is increasing today and around 134plus just now with the supermarkets preorder online.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on May 08, 2015, 01:02:13 PM
Increasing taxes will not increase the number of visitors? I do not know when or even if the increase will happen, but Greece certainly has a monumental cash flow problem. This is the problem, and sending different people to meetings will not change this fundamental issue.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 08, 2015, 02:09:16 PM
If the VAT rate goes to a standard 18% it will still be less than the 20% we pay in the UK.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on May 08, 2015, 02:17:31 PM
But may be higher than we expected when we booked. Might need a little more cash this year.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 09, 2015, 12:34:51 AM
Another wonderful day here again today, sun shining, slight breeze, no clouds!

I'm not one to get into political debate, but I know there's been a lot of speculation in the press recently regarding the Greek economy, taxes etc. As Rover says, there has been talk of a slight increase in taxes on food and accommodation, but bear in mind this has been coupled with, as Jimbo says, an across the board VAT rate of 18%. Whilst this means that it may go up a couple of % in some places, others of us will be able to reduce prices, as gift shops like ourselves currently have to pay 23% of our takings in VAT.....I'd love a reduction to 18%! The phrase 'swings and roundabouts' springs to mind......

There seems to be so much about the economy here in the UK press, a lot of which will probably never be implemented, so don't worry, be happy, and just enjoy the sunshine!  8)

Lots of coaches rolling in tonight, and the village is coming to life fully now. Tonight saw the opening of Condor Bar, Little Prince, Olympia, and Yiannis taverna. The launderette is also up and running.
Preparations underway at Summer Dreams, tables and chairs out at Silver Star, and Bar 38 looks like they are just about ready too.
Glenn told us Aquarius was opening tomorrow, but his sign is lit up tonight, so may be open tonight...

The Juice Bar is staying open into early evening, and Beer O Clock is opening tomorrow, bringing more places for a drink to the older part of the village.

Lots of people seem to be arriving, so here's hoping we all have a wonderful Summer here in San Stefanos!



Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on May 09, 2015, 12:08:42 PM
Thanks again Jackie,so looking forward to seeing you and San Stef,four weeks come Monday.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 09, 2015, 12:18:16 PM
Current Greek VAT rules are very complicated:

* Standard rate 23%
* Reduced rate on pharmaceuticals and food 13%
* Reduced rate on books, newspapers, magazines and restaurants 6.5%

So if a standard rate of 18% is passed it would mean a 5% increase in the cost of food in supermarkets, and, more significantly, an 11.5% increase in restaurant prices.

What does this mean in prices?

A meal in a taverna costs E 10.0 BEFORE VAT.
The bill at 6.5% = E 10.65
The bill at 18%  = E 11.8

Looking at it this way, adding just over a Euro to a meal is not too heavy a price to pay to help keep Greece in the Eurozone...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Broonie on May 09, 2015, 12:52:22 PM
Don't think the vat will make any difference to us ,it's still very cheap to eat and drink in San steph ,plus the bonus of the people both British and Greek our idea of bliss roll on June the 5 th .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: crsfaz on May 09, 2015, 01:33:59 PM
Hi Jackie,
just read that beer o'clock opening, first time I've heard of this bar. Where abouts is it please?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: thejoneses on May 09, 2015, 04:03:57 PM
Beer o clock is the old olive press , across road from beachcomber next to nafsika. Great food there when giorgiou was doin the charcoal cooking .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: crsfaz on May 09, 2015, 04:47:37 PM
Ah.. Nice one. Thanks. Will no doubt be trying it. :-)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 09, 2015, 09:59:57 PM
Another gorgeously sunny day again today, and a 'red sky at night' sunset.

Lots of new arrivals walking around this morning, many new faces, and also many regular visitors, which is lovely.

Beer O Clock opened today....I did try to take a look at the menu this morning whilst walking Bod, but unfortunately he spotted a cat, and anyone who's seen my dog's behavior when he sees a cat will understand why I didn't get to read it much! But I will try again, when on my own!

Sunset is busy prepping and cleaning, so will probably be opening soon, and our new neighbours have been cleaning and decorating, getting ready to open.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BAJ on May 10, 2015, 03:50:17 AM
Ref the potential VAT rates for restaurants, there are Four of us and lunch and dinner would be a rise per day of approx 15€, so 210€ extra over the two weeks. Thats the improvement in the exchange rate effectively wiped out!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 11, 2015, 12:49:03 AM
Lovely sunny start today, it went a little overcast this afternoon, but was still nice and hot.

Village has really come alive now....Sparkles jewellery shop is now open, as well as Manthos, and Mistrael.

No sunbeds on the beach as yet....all to do with the distribution of licences I believe, but there are some in front of the beach cafe at Athina, on their own land. Hopefully others will be able to put theirs out onto the beach soon.

One nice bit of maintenence that has been done is that the 2 lamp posts that fell in the last couple of years, 1 outside Athens Bar, and 1 outside Mediterranean Village, have been replaced, and a couple of others have been welded into place, to hopefully avoid any more mishaps!

Word on the street is that tomorrow we will be welcoming, along with other arrivals, a large group of approx 100 Soul music enthusiasts! Think some may already be here, as there is a Soul band on at Silver Moon this evening. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Kernowfox on May 11, 2015, 10:17:49 PM
Not great news BAJ but still better value than the pig swill turned out by English restaurants/pubs for equivalent prices
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BAJ on May 12, 2015, 12:23:13 AM
Very true Kernow!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 12, 2015, 01:29:42 AM
Well today started off sunny, then went a little cloudy this afternoon, followed by a few more hours of sunshine before the evening.
A little windy though, meaning a bit if a sandblasting on the beach, and quite a choppy sea.

More arrivals today, with the coaches starting to roll in this afternoon. Alot of the tavernas are getting busy, with Little Prince doing well tonight, and Giannis at 2 Stars seen welcoming old friends.

Think a lot of the soul music contingent have arrived, as there's partying going on at Silver Moon, pretty good music too!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 12, 2015, 02:22:11 AM
There seem to be some clarifications on the VAT proposals submitted to the Eurogroup. These are proposals demanded by Brussels, and, judging from the howls of protest by Greek tourism representatives, hardly what Athens wants to do.

Special rate on hotels to rise from 6.5% to 16%
Special rate for restaurants to rise from 13% to 19%

Nothing about this is definite or likely to be enacted immediately. Maybe I should point out that the special rate for German hotels appears to be 7%! Obviously, accommodation would be the hardest hit with a 9.5% increase. The impact on a restaurant bill of Euro 100 would be about Euro 5.

Athens payed 750m Euros interest to the IMF today, making the total interest paid in May nearly 1 billion. Note the word "interest." This does not help to pay off the sovereign debts. In my, admittedly biased, view this is a means to keep bankers in champagne. It doesn't help to grow the Greek economy, which has shrunk as a result of the austerity measures.

There are more positive signs after the EU finance ministers meetings today than there have been. I doubt if there will be any problems for tourism over the summer at all. We can help by eating and drinking as much as possible.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: spesh49 on May 12, 2015, 11:31:34 AM
 We can help by eating and drinking as much as possible

I am doing my bit Jimbo while I'm here
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Chrissyann on May 12, 2015, 12:21:56 PM
Thanks for the info Jimbo ! We shall certainly do our best to help ( eating , drinking & spending ) when we come in June. Why do Germany get a special rate ?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 12, 2015, 03:32:43 PM
Germany is not asking for loads of bailout money! In the UK we do not have special rates. It's zero or 20%.

It's all very complicated. As far as I know the EU regulations state that the basic VAT rate may not be less then 15%. But individual members may apply "special conditions." To me - naively - this is nonsense.

Every year that I go to Agios Stefanos I am amazed that the prices have not increased significantly. Down the road from me in the UK the price of meals and a glass of wine has risen significantly every year. Go to Paleokastritsa and a bottle of beer will cost almost twice as much, in my experience. This cannot carry on forever.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on May 12, 2015, 07:54:00 PM
 I hope Athens has kept enough in reserve to pay their public service workers at the end of this month or we could be in for a Summer of strikes with rubbish piling up in the streets,power cuts etc.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 12, 2015, 09:31:40 PM
They don't have much or any reserves! They used money in their IMF emergency account to pay the IMF... Crazy world.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Kernowfox on May 12, 2015, 10:58:17 PM
If Greece were a trading business ( be it PLC, limited company, LLP, partnership or individual, it would, by now, be in a legal state of insolvency.
What is being asked of Greece is unattainable. Punishment is being dolled out and it is not the wealthy Greek minority that are suffering.
I believe it is in Greece's long term benefit to give up the fight to cover interest ( barely). I think though they are waiting for its partners to put the knife to them, leave the euro, write of its debts.
Once over the proceeding mess ( 2 years ish) it can rebuild an economy based on positive cash flow from tourism.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on May 12, 2015, 11:59:23 PM
 WE WILL DO OUR UPMOST..
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 13, 2015, 01:08:50 AM
I agree with a lot of what Kernowfox says. But I believe that if Greece was going to leave the Euro, 2010 would have been the time. Two years of hell seems a little optimistic!

Austerity doesn't work. The Greek economy has shrunk enormously, when it's blindingly obvious that to repay debts economies have to expand.

But I think we are hijacking Jackie's blog. (Should that be hijackieing?)

I'll start a new topic tomorrow!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: carl nottingham on May 13, 2015, 11:25:04 AM
So on a better note ill try and spend some money while im there as we arrive on friday cant wait and thanks for the information on the fireflys  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Kernock on May 13, 2015, 05:23:16 PM
Just having a few days at AS to get in the groove for 17 of us invading the serenity we have at the moment.  Up the ‘Old’ part of the village the opening is slow and not too many eating in the evening.  Fantasea and Fedra not yet open but will be in action this weekend. Waves is only open for lunch and, again, that will change soon.

The startling difference is how the winter vagaries have affected the beach near Mango and Havana.  There is now a 2m ‘cliff’ below the shower and old play area at Mango and along by the old football area outside Havana.  The beach encroachment goes along to Kostas sunbed area so there will be many regulars having to find a different spot to stake out.  The area from Waves to Athena is pretty much the same (although a whole load of seaweed has been dumped on the beach by Waves after the Mistral last weekend).  The transformation of the beach reminds me of how the gales of 2014 in the UK affected some of the beaches on the SW coast – never underestimate the power of the wind!  I would hope Mango/Dolphn Blu make use of the unused concrete area and lay some Astro turf plus a bit of tidying, for their clientele.  The permanent umbrellas are all uprooted and in a heap on the edge of the beach.  Still, the sun shines and I am sure it will all be fine in the summer even if there is a massive loss of sand.  Apart from Athena, who have extended their boundary to include some sunbeds for hire, there are no beds out at the moment.  Angelos tells me the Council meeting is soon to carve up the allocation and set the price.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 13, 2015, 05:57:28 PM
Always baffles me as to why they don't get all this sorted a couple of weeks earlier!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 14, 2015, 01:36:26 AM
Lovely and sunny, and great temperatures again today  :D

Ref, the sunbeds......yes it baffles us to Gavlah! There is all Winter to get this sort of thing sorted, it must be so incredibly frustrating for the people who earn their living hiring the sunbeds.

Well, the village is pretty much all up and running now......Manthos is open, so is Kamini Bar and Fantasea, in the older part of the village, and all open in our end too, apart from the ice cream place next to us. All been cleaned and painted, so should open soon, probably waiting on paperwork too!

Silver Star is 'officially' opening on Saturday, but may be open tomorrow.
Beer O Clock had some diners in tonight......heard good reports about the food so far.

The Northern Soul fans are having a great time at Silver Moon, looks like its packed every night!   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 14, 2015, 10:01:24 AM
I don't think bidding for sunbeds starts until June.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Silverstar on May 14, 2015, 05:12:57 PM
Do we know what the ice cream parlour is going to be this year?

I was so sorry that Yiannis and Maria didn't open last year as we loved going there in the evening after our meal.   Still can't believe that Quattro isn't opening this year - bad times :(

Still really looking forward to coming out on 10th August though with the family :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: carl nottingham on May 14, 2015, 11:02:04 PM
Right all packed and ready to go tomorrow morning nice and early flight 6 o'clock tastey corner for a quick snack 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 15, 2015, 12:55:15 AM
Silverstar, the shop next to us is going to be ice creams again, along with desserts, coffees etc. It's not Yiannis and Maria back, it's someone else opening.

And talking of Silver Star, they opened tonight too, and its all looking very nice, with plenty of seating for that perfect people watching location on the corner!

Acabar now also open, and next door to them, what was Quattro has opened as a new restaurant. We had a quick glance at their menu, and its quite extensive, with plenty of Greek dishes. They said they will be open from 10am through to late.
2 Stars was very busy earlier, but when we went for a walk around 11pm, most places were quiet, apart from the Northern Soul party at Silver Moon, and some people enjoying a drink in Condor, and Athens Bar.

Carl nottingham, have a good flight, along with any others travelling tomorrow.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 15, 2015, 11:47:21 PM
A breezy day today, but still lovely and sunny. Nice and warm too, although the breeze makes it a little cooler tonight.

The coaches have been rolling in and out all day.

Just about everyone is open now, apart from Ozzy Oil, which will open when Kerry and Nikos return from Australia, and Summer Dreams, although they have been cleaning the last couple of days, so should be open soon.

Also, the little bungalow on the beach next to Vicky's is still being worked on, with Chilly Chilli, the new occupants due to open I believe in June.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on May 16, 2015, 07:09:02 PM

Great to read all of your updates  - we won't be there until September but can envisage what is going on through your accounts.  Does anyone know yet what will be happening with  Silver Star this season?  Happy Hols to everyone who is lucky enough to be in San Stefanos now  :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 16, 2015, 10:50:56 PM
Thanks Diane13, glad you're enjoying!

Silver Star has bee taken on this year by Spiro who used to work at Athina, and his wife. They had their 'official' opening this evening, and as well as being a bar, they are offering coffees and snacks.

Sunny again, but also breezy this morning, although this did die down a bit as the day progressed.

Lots of familiar faces around the village, as many regulars arrived yesterday.

The soul music fans are still having a great time at Silver Moon, and there's live music tonight at Condor, in the form of a Blues Brothers tribute.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on May 17, 2015, 02:06:24 AM
Thanks for the info Hippopots   ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on May 17, 2015, 02:07:53 AM
Realy enjoying the daily info.can picture the village coming to life.yammas
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 17, 2015, 11:32:42 PM
Yammas Rilo57!

Another beautiful sunny day.....any guests in May have had the most wonderful weather!  8)

Quite a few people wandering around today, and a number of first time visitors too, which is great, especially when they all tell us how much they're enjoying their holiday.

The new taverna, that has gone into the old Quattro had some people dining there tonight, and Beer O Clock is proving popular with locals and visitors too. Good to see 2 new businesses getting going.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on May 18, 2015, 03:15:39 PM
Is that my imagination or do I spot sunbeds..
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 18, 2015, 04:19:20 PM
They resemble sun-beds, certainly. But if you lie on them in the daytime you will experience horrible and frightening dreams.

They are part of a new government tourist initiative to bring vampires in from Transylvania. When the light goes the bats come, as you may have noticed. Beware of any bats wearing T-shirts with slogans like "Suck it and See," or "Mine's a Bloody Mary." The worst kind of vampire bats are those with tattoos, but fortunately they mostly go to Sidari or Kavos.

Be especially careful this year of any stunningly beautiful pale women in white dresses singing Karaoke in tune in Condor Bar late at night. If they smile at you in a seductive, toothy way, avoid phrases like "Hi babe, you're drop-dead gorgeous."

Wise advice is to take garlic and a crucifix with you in your hand-baggage. Light-weight crucifixes are now available in most Duty Free areas or on board Thomson flights, which are generally staffed by Undead.

Whatever you do, do not lie on these fake "sun-beds,"  and if you do, be sure not to fall asleep or you will undergo strangely hot sensations: these are the mark of the Beast, and you will experience delusions and strange skin-peeling as the bat-juice which infects them softens you up for night-feeding. Safe places after dark are: Little Prince, because they're frightened of Dimitris; Nafsika, because Spiros kills them with his Specials Board; and Aquarius, because Glenn's jokes make them curl up and fall into a heap of despairing dust.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rod on May 18, 2015, 05:32:26 PM
Quality Jimbo!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 19, 2015, 01:35:30 PM
Jimbo, you're writing style is so much like an author whose book I am currently reading, I thought for a moment you could be him writing under a pseudonym! However, yesterday I read a chapter where he said how he disliked Greece, so I guess you're not one and the same!!

 Change of timing of posts for the next few days....Mr Hippopots has gone away for a few days, which means its pretty late by the time I close up and go for a wander with Bod, after which I'm off to bed!
So posts will be the morning after, until he's back at the weekend.

Yesterday was a little overcast but still pleasant, but lightening was forking across the sky over Corfu Town way last night. We never had any storms here, but aparantly they had hail in Kassiopi and Acharavi.

All quite quiet last night at about 11pm, just a few drinkers around in Bar 38 and El Greco, and late diners in Zorbas, however there were people departing yesterday, with others arriving on later flights. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 19, 2015, 02:53:51 PM
I hope it's a good book, Jackie! Actually, my writing style changes depending on what I'm writing.

Any writer who says they don't like Greece is a fake writer, in my opinion. The entire region has been a kind of story factory for thousands of years. Look up at the stars and you will see constellations named by the ancient Greeks. For example - Lyra: Orpheus was a wonderful harp (Lyre) player. His wife Eurydice died, and Orpheus was granted the chance to descend into the underworld and bring her back, provided he never turned around and looked at her. When he arrived at the exit from the underworld he thought it was okay to see her, but she was still inside. She vanished from him for ever. After he was killed, Zeus took his harp and fixed it in the sky. In the summer, if you look almost straight up in a nice dark place, say the beach, you will see a very bright star - Vega - and Vega is part of Lyra, the constellation of Orpheus' harp.

Sun, sea, landscape, tasty food and all this wonderful richness of drama and stories. What's not to adore about the place?
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Post by: hippopots on May 20, 2015, 01:56:08 PM
I agree Jimbo.....we love being here. Good weather, beautiful landscapes, lovely fresh food, and of course the most wonderful people, who have made us so welcome and feel so at home.

Well, yesterday started dull and overcast, rather a shame for Mondays arrivals, but by mid afternoon the sun did its thing and broke through.  8)

By about 6pm the sky turned ominously dark over the mountains, and a few rumbles were heard. Half hour later the wind blew in, and we all started bringing in stock that was outside, and Spiro next door was straight up on the roof to rescue his flags!
But the rain and storm didn't last long, just enough to dampen down the dust, but not enough to dampen spirits, as people were happily still walking down into the village for dinner and drinks.
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Post by: hippopots on May 22, 2015, 12:14:07 PM
Sorry for hapahzard postings, Mr Hippopots back today, so normal service will resume!

Yesterday was quite overcast for most of the day, but not cold.

Still a good day for walking, and maybe taking advantage of a hike up the headland to partake of a drink. Spoilt for choice up there, with Gravia, Akrotiri, and the one who's name I always forget(!), with the lovely swinging seat overlooking Arillas. I've got friends arriving today, so I'm sure at some point we'll head up there, especially as one of them came last year and decided the swing seat was her 'happy place!'

Last night there was a new singer at Athens Bar. Following in the footsteps of the very popular Keith Mitchell is a big ask, but he sounded very good....his song choices were very similar to Keith, so if he's going to be a regular act, I think he'll do well. 
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Post by: Jimbo on May 22, 2015, 01:10:53 PM
The little shack place is called Erriana - after the little girl...
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Post by: hippopots on May 23, 2015, 10:02:58 PM
Thanks Jimbo....for some reason my mind goes blank with that name, I walked up there today with my 2 friends who are here for a week, and had a lovely hour chatting on one of their swing seats, with a most beautiful view over Arillas, whilst enjoying frappes, bliss!!

Well, yesterday was decidedly stormy....woke up at 6am to a howling gale, then later to a very overcast, cloudy, and windy day. We did also get a few spots of rain, but nothing too major.
However, by 4pm we were back to glorious sunshine once again.

Today has been sunny all day, and a rather balmy 25 degrees, so many were enjoying a relaxing day by the pool.

This evening sees karaoke at Thomas Bay, and Boy George tribute at Condor, or just a nice quiet drink watching the sun go down from one of the beach bars. 
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Post by: hippopots on May 25, 2015, 05:44:27 PM
Yesterday was aother lovely sunny day, just a few clouds in the sky.

Ozzy Oil's Nikos had been spotted in the village, along with daughter Chloe, and last night they had their opening night for the 2015 season, with quite a few diners there, eager to enjoy their food.

Now that they are open, as well as Fantasea and Summer Dreams, just about every business is now open, although our neighbours, who will be selling ice creams, coffees etc are still not quite ready, and also the new place by the beach Chilly Chilli are still getting ready.

Speaking of chilly, it was last night, so much so, that Glenn even put the heating on in Aquarius Bar! But hopefully thats just a little blip.   
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Post by: Bont Boyo on May 26, 2015, 05:11:20 PM
Hi, we are staying at the Vicky next month and were wondering what the new bar Chilly Chilli was like. Also what is Beer o'Clock like. Nice to hear that new bars are opening 8) 8)
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 26, 2015, 07:05:00 PM
Beer o clock looks great. Also has a decent menu. One unique point is that have Corfu beer available in 3L 'yard of ale' type things!
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Post by: rilo57 on May 26, 2015, 08:32:27 PM
 Wont have room for my grub if i drink one of those
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Post by: Jules on May 26, 2015, 11:27:24 PM
Food at Beer O'clock looks great on photos seen on Facebook. Chilli Chilly not open yet
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Post by: rilo57 on May 27, 2015, 01:36:19 AM
Nite owl over in Afionas is looking to be top of my new Restaurant to visit.hired a quad for a week so transport no problem
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Post by: Jules on May 27, 2015, 06:42:39 PM
Night Owl gets good reviews
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Post by: cambridge on May 27, 2015, 08:16:20 PM
Yes it's well worth a visit, or even two visits.
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Post by: Bont Boyo on May 27, 2015, 09:30:46 PM
Hi all, has anyone done the boat trip over to Ericussa?? We like a boat trip and as it goes from San Stef harbour thats even better. Just wondering whats over there?? As long as theres a cold beer thats all I need to know ! 8)
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Post by: rilo57 on May 27, 2015, 11:11:09 PM
No shortage of cool beers.go and enjoy
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Post by: Jimbo on May 28, 2015, 11:42:09 AM
Also a great series of views of the cliffs all the way to Sidari.
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Post by: jillm on May 28, 2015, 01:15:19 PM
Hi All
I am just new to this forum and haven't really used forums before so please excuse me.  My husband and I are travelling tomorrow to San Stefanos for 1 week and staying at the Rose Garden Studios.  We have never been to Corfu before and wondered if you could give us any helpful tips on where to eat, things to do etc.  My husband is 55 and I am 49.  We both love the sun, eating out and just generally relaxing.  Any tips would be appreciated.
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Post by: rilo57 on May 28, 2015, 02:44:20 PM
Hi Jillm.and welcome..So where you are staying is a comfortable 15 min stroll into the village.there are just 2 roads realy so you wont get lost.regards eating its what takes your fancy..there are no bad ones,its all down to personal taste..some people like the little prince and 2 star which are opposite each other and create a good atmosphere with some greek dancing every night.If you head to the older part of the village you find the restaurants a bit calmer.Nafsica Hotel,Manthos,Fantasea which is the last one before heading to the harbour which gives fantastic views.Then you have 2 down on thr beach both very nice.you can use any pool for free in the resort,all they ask is you buy a drink or two and maybe a snack.The beach is 1 klm long,very safe and shallow and no jelly fish  lol..sunbeds to rent last year were 7.50 euro for 2 beds and brolly..Just relax and enjoy,im sure you will be hooked just like the rest of us...
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Post by: jillm on May 28, 2015, 03:05:08 PM
Thank you rilo57.  We just can't wait now to get on that flight.  We  have been to Rhodes and Crete quite a few times but this is our first to Corfu. We enjoy the greek cuisine and as for buying a drink or 2 I don't think hubby will have a problem with that as we always enjoy a freezing cold mythos!!! 
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Post by: rilo57 on May 28, 2015, 03:20:39 PM
Well there are 4 good supermarkets to purchase refreshments,also will deliver for free if required..If your thinking of trips would recomend san stef travel,better deals than through your tour opperator..its situated on the little road to thr beach on the right .This is next to the only cash machine in the village,unless thomas bay hotel has one operating.
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Post by: jillm on May 28, 2015, 04:48:10 PM
thanks again.  So glad I found this website  :)
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Post by: rilo57 on May 28, 2015, 04:54:45 PM
 Jillm.if you go back to your first post and scroll back till you see a member  Jules..you will see a facebook link..join that and you will get the latest pictures and restaurants people have visited in the last week
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Post by: jillm on May 28, 2015, 05:47:27 PM
I will do.  I am actually in work but all I have done all day is try and research San Stefanos lol.  We are so excited just hope the weather is good :)
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Post by: rilo57 on May 28, 2015, 06:09:46 PM
I see your already on the facebook page...lol
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Post by: jillm on May 28, 2015, 06:10:07 PM
yes lol
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Post by: Lesley on May 29, 2015, 12:43:08 PM
Thomas Bay has a new ATM this summer......
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Post by: benson on May 29, 2015, 04:44:44 PM
Good News lesley, thank you. So back to 2 in the village now, however I'll bring Euros in cash and only use as a top up if required. Too many stories about the ATM maybe being an issue this summer.
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Post by: hippopots on May 29, 2015, 11:08:11 PM
Good evening all, apologies for missing a day or 2....I blame my friends who have been visiting, resulting in a few late nights!
Has been great fun though, as many a cocktail has been drunk in various establishments in the village, and all passed the taste test with flying colours!
They've now flown home, so back to work for me, and back to regular posts!

Well, the good ole mistral wind has graced us with its presence for the last couple of days, but hopefully is blowing itself out now....anyone who braved the beach in the last day or 2 would've been sandblasted!
Despite the wind, all seaweed has been piled up onto the lorry and taken away, and the wooden bridge is back across the stream, which is good news  :)

Lots of people enjoying the evening sun on the patio in front of Thomas Bay this evening, as a little more sheltered there, but also plenty in Nafsika, and they and others in the older part had put their plastic screening to good use this evening.
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Post by: Jules on May 30, 2015, 10:24:26 AM
Thanks for the updates again Jackie. Glad you have a good time with your friends  :)
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Post by: hippopots on May 30, 2015, 10:41:42 PM
Happy to say the wind has died down now, so we're back to a lovely sunny day today. Lots of regualrs here now, so lovely to catch up with people!

Newest addition to the village are our neighbours, the ice cream shop, who opened this evening, selling, as well as ice cream, waffles, coffees, desserts and drinks.

Plenty of people enjoying the sunset tonight, whilst dining at the beach front restaurants, Waves, Mistrael, and Manthos...nice to sit out now the wind calmed down.

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Post by: Carolg on May 31, 2015, 02:09:29 AM
I'm new to the forum but will be making my 6th visit to San Stef in a couple of weeks. It's lovely to read all the news of what's going on. Thank you hippopots for taking the time to do it
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Post by: Jules on May 31, 2015, 06:22:51 PM
Welcome to the forum Carolg. Its a great place to catch up with what is going on with Jackie's (Hippopots)updates :)
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Post by: hippopots on May 31, 2015, 10:13:22 PM
Beautiful and sunny for most of the day today, although it did cloud over a little this evening. But that said, there is a lovely red glow in the sky this evening.

Silver Star is doing quite a nice daytime trade, now they're offering coffees and waffles.

And this evening, 2 Stars and Little Prince were nice and busy, and Barras is having a quiz night tonight, think this is possibly a new venture for them, as I've not seen it advertised before.   
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 31, 2015, 10:55:29 PM
Thanks for the updates Jackie.

Just a mere 26 days till Hurricane McKenzie hits San Stefanos
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Post by: PeteJo on June 01, 2015, 09:45:47 PM
Hi all just started following the forum and it's great to hear what is happening in San Stef. We are counting down the days until we come back.... 32 days to we arrive.
Thanks so much for all the updates.
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Post by: hippopots on June 01, 2015, 10:47:17 PM
Welcome to the forum petejo, hopefully you'll find lots of info in all the threads.

Gavlah, looking forward to seeing your little whirlwind again!

Another nice sunny day for most of today, although it did go a little overcast this evening, and really quite humid....the doggy is pacing the floor, so possibly a thunderstorm on it's way??

Lots of people arriving today, the village really feels in 'summer mode' now especially as the watersports have started on the beach too. So if you fancy a boat, or any watersports, pop down and see what they offer.

We popped down to the older part of the village after work last night for a drink, we were surprised how many were around, a very popular area for visitors and locals after they finish work.   
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Post by: gorseinongirl on June 03, 2015, 01:39:07 AM
Well hellooo everyone - love this forum and love san stef!!

will be coming out towards the end of June - hopefully my fav sunbeds on the beach in front of the Vicky  apartments will be waiting for me??
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Post by: hippopots on June 03, 2015, 11:48:13 PM
Hi and welcome Gorseinongirl, hope you find all the forum helpful.

Yes, sunbeds are out on the beach, outside Waves, and Athina, and I'm pretty sure also outside Mango and Havana.

Well, last night saw a little bit of rain, but nothing much, after a few late afternoon rumbles of thunder, and some lightening after dark.
This cleared the air, resulting in a very sunny, hot day today. A little bit of breeze on the beach kept it a little cooler there, but in the village it was pretty hot  8)

The downside is that the mozzies are out in force, so don't forget the repellent.....I forgot to put mine on earlier, and got bitten, including on my finger!!! :-[ 
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Post by: hippopots on June 05, 2015, 12:09:26 AM
A slightly cloudy start to the day soon cleared, to give us lots of sunshine until about 6pm, when the clouds re-appeared for a while. Afew drops of rain came, bt it was only a light shower, then all cleared up again, and we had a bit of late sunshine to finish off the day.

Quite lively out tonight, with a choice of music in a couple of the bars, with a singer in Athens Bar, Blues brothers tribute in Condor, and regular Thursday night live music in 3 W's.
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Post by: hippopots on June 07, 2015, 01:08:16 AM
Missed a posting last night, but with good excuse, as we were enjoying ourselves at a wedding at Delfino Blu.

The ceremony on the beach was lovely, such a romantic backdrop with the waves lapping at the shore, and the sun setting behind the Diapontia Islands casting a beautiful golden glow over the occasion.

And it was hot!

Today was a little overcast, but was still lovely, with just a few drops of rain early evening clearing away to give us yet another lovely sunset.

All tavernas were doing well tonight, Little Prince looked totally full, with others, including Mediterannean Village, and Zorbas doing a good trade...plenty of people enjoying some Greek hospitality! 
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Post by: hippopots on June 07, 2015, 11:33:25 PM
Well, aparently there was a big storm at about 2am this morning......and we slept right through it!
We live about 5 miles inland so perhaps it wasn't so loud there, but lots of our customers today said it was a cracking Corfiot electrical storm!

And although quite sunny for most of today, it was still humid, and we did get  little clouding over this afternoon. However, once again this cleared, giving us a nice warm evening, and another spectacular sunset.

Quite a lot of people dining in the beach front tavernas tonight, enjoying the view. I love the way the sea turns an amazing aqua colour as the sun sets, so beautiful.


 
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Post by: Teamnickos on June 08, 2015, 11:25:59 AM
Sounds like it's pretty busy already! 4 weeks to go for us  :)
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on June 08, 2015, 12:53:10 PM
Great updates!!! Keep em coming, we all appreciate them. 16 days to go!!
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Post by: hippopots on June 09, 2015, 12:28:20 AM
Just a few wispy clouds this morning, but still a lovely hot day  8)
There was a couple of rumbles of thunder this afternoon, but it didn't materialise into anything more than that.

Whilst walking Bod this evening I spotted a new ATM that has appeared, at Tasty Corner, next to El Greco.....haven't checked if its been filled yet, but its supplied by a different bank to the other 2, so gives an alternative source of cash.

Many places busy early evening for drinks, including Silver Star, which is doing well with its new owners, Spiros and Irini.

We also had a power cut this evening....I was just coming back with our gyros from Yiannis, when the power blipped about 3 times, then went off completely. A few anxious faces, with worries about not being able to cook, and freezers being off, but luckily it didn't last too long, and all went back to normal quickly!
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Post by: dibully on June 09, 2015, 01:22:56 AM
Thanks Jackie for the updates only 4 weeks now for us
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Post by: rilo57 on June 09, 2015, 01:30:10 AM
6 weeks on friday...great updates,realy enjoy
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Post by: Jules on June 10, 2015, 11:08:09 PM
Thanks for the updates again Jackie. Still 12 weeks for us so it is great to hear what is going on
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Post by: hippopots on June 10, 2015, 11:55:35 PM
Good evening everyone, another lovely day again today  8)

A few rumbles of thunder last night, followed by a 1 minute torrential downpour saw people diving for cover, but it didn't last long, and cleared the air for another gorgeous day.

This time of year nearly everyone is a regular visitor, but we have spoken to a couple of 'newbies' this week, who have been really enjoying their stay, with one lady telling me she's never seen such gorgeous sunsets, with the way the sea changes colour as the sun goes down.

No live music tonight, just people enjoying a nice drink in the various bars.
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Post by: DougR on June 11, 2015, 07:31:07 PM
 Hi Jackie
 6 weeks today so the final countdown is underway. Looking forward to seeing all of our friends. Keep up the good work on the forum
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Post by: Sellsy on June 11, 2015, 10:29:17 PM
We arrive Sunday , I can feel the pottery painting session brewing already! This time with an ice cream parlour adjacent it might have to be a full tea set!
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Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on June 11, 2015, 11:09:58 PM
Us Sunday as well will be visiting as well
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Post by: hippopots on June 12, 2015, 12:42:21 AM
Hi Sellsy and Chris no2, looking forward to seeing you.
And Sellsy, we'll have the paint brushes ready for you!

Well, what can I say other than once again an absolutely lovely day. Many people commented on how hot it was today, and I must admit it did feel a tad warm this evening whilst walking Bod.

Broomie popped in today, and Winkie last week.....so nice to see forum members!

I also met a lady today who is here for the first time, for 4 weeks. She's already met lots of nice people, and said how everyone is so friendly.

She was looking for Elphida's, which I believe is hopefully opening very soon.

Restaurants and tavernas are getting busier now, and many are regularly enjoying the people watching and waffles at Silver Star.
Live music tonight at Athens Bar, with many enjoying it.
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Post by: hippopots on June 13, 2015, 12:55:22 AM
Another lovely hot bright sunny day  8)

Went for a wander along the beach this afternoon, and lots of people on the sunbeds soaking up the sun, or taking a dip in the sea.
Choice of sunbeds by Havana, Mango, and Vickys, Athena, Waves, and not on the beach in front of Manthos, but where his boat used to be, which gives people an elevated view.

Nice gentle breeze coming in off the sea too, which made it feel very comfortable.

This evening there was a slight haze out to sea, slightly obscuring the islands, but there was a lovely sunset, a calm sea, and someone on a stand up paddle board silhouetted against the backdrop.....must remember to take my camera to capture these lovely evenings!
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Post by: hippopots on June 14, 2015, 12:42:08 AM
A very hot day today, and wall to wall sunshine!

Village feeling very lively tonight, with plenty of people enjoying the bars, with a Boy George tribute at Condor, and Splinter Band at Thomas Bay.

As I walked along the beach at sunset, it was nice to see many of the tavernas in the 'old' village busy.....Beachcombers was full, and Manthos, Waves, Mistrael, and Fantasea all having a good ammount of custom.
Lovely aromas coming from Nafsika, Kamini had some people enjoying a drink whilst the sun set, and Beer O Clock had drinkers and diners, and also has a bright shiny new sign, so you'll all be able to find it. 
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Post by: Jimbo on June 14, 2015, 12:55:00 AM
Thanks, Jackie.
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Post by: hippopots on June 15, 2015, 12:40:50 AM
Absolutely gorgeous day again!

Very quiet in the village during the daytime, think everyone was on the beach or by the pools, and rightly so, as best place to be on a hot day on holiday!  ;D

Evenings busy, with plenty of people heading out for drinks and dinner. There was traditional Greek dancing at Athina tonight, and also live music at Summer Dreams.
Also quite a number of people enjoying a quiet drink on the terraces of Bar 38 and Aquarius.

Postings from myself will continue as normal until Wednesday, then there will be a gap until Fri 26th, due to us making an unscheduled, but very necessary trip to UK.
Apologies to anyone who we'll miss whilst away, but we'll be back!
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Post by: spikeyb on June 15, 2015, 10:53:55 AM
Thank you hippopots for my large gecko we managed to get it home in one piece, will send a pic once it's on the wall  :)
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Post by: carl nottingham on June 15, 2015, 04:55:08 PM
Does that mean athina have started having entertainment now then they never used to any
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Post by: Waspman on June 15, 2015, 09:28:24 PM
Back to good old Wiltshire eh Jackie?
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Post by: hippopots on June 15, 2015, 11:32:54 PM
Hi spikeyb, yes, please send us a photo of him in his new home!

Don't know if the greek dancing is a regular thing at Athina, but it was being done in traditional costume, so maybe it could be a regular thing.

Another hot one today, with a few clouds late afternoon, but they didn't linger too long.

Many coaches coming and going as its Monday, and it feels like the village is filling up!
However, with so much choice of lovely places to eat, no worries about not getting a table anywhere. And of course we have a couple of new places this year, Brusko, next to Acabar, and Wednesday sees the long awaited re-opening of Elphida's Bistro.  :D
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Post by: Teamnickos on June 16, 2015, 05:32:14 PM
Really looking forward to visiting Brusks and Elphida ! :)    have a good trip Jackie
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Post by: Teamnickos on June 16, 2015, 05:33:20 PM
OOps, just re-named Brusko !! ;D
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Post by: Jimbo on June 16, 2015, 05:35:55 PM
Not to mention Elpida!!!
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Post by: allanm on June 21, 2015, 07:44:01 PM
We have just got back from S.S. we had a fabulous time staying at the Athina,what a wonderful family.They made our stay so memorable. we have been coming to S.S. for 22 years,this was the best 2 weeks we have had in all that time.The greek night on a Sunday is great.very different from the others.
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Post by: H A S on June 25, 2015, 03:08:28 PM
Jackie get back soon as we miss your updates. 
Harry
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Post by: hippopots on June 26, 2015, 11:42:01 PM
We're back!
So lovely to be home again, and we received warm welcomes from our Greek neighbours......well, except for the ice cream shop that was next door to us, that opened 4 weeks ago, as we returned to find it all closed up, and they have gone whilst we were away!
It is always hard starting a business, but 3 1/2 weeks trading really isn't giving it a go!
Still, lots of great ice cream can still be found at the Juice Bar, and Silver Star, as well as ice cream freezers outside the supermarkets, so plenty of alternatives.

Went for a very blustery walk long the beach this evening, I was only gone just over a week, but missed the sand in my toes, and the sound of the sea, which tonight was crashing on shore.
Chilly Chilli, the new place opening on the beach next to Vickys, is still a work in progress, and now has a large timber framework on the front, which I'm guessing is possibly to make a covered seating area. They've been working very hard getting it ready, and hopefully will be opening soon.
Pictures, the newest hotel, next to Delfino Blu is looking very smart, with its pool area all landscaped, and an outside bar next to the pool. We've been watching the work being done there, and they had a big push on it in the Spring, so its great to see the results.
And Elphida's has now re-opened, to some great reviews, so another place to try for a meal.
All in all, things seem to be progressing well in the village, with the new places that are opening.  :)
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Post by: dibully on June 27, 2015, 02:35:52 AM
Glad to have you back Jackie hope everything went ok on your unexpected trip back to England see you n 10 days  :)
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Post by: H A S on June 27, 2015, 12:12:35 PM
Good to hear from you again welcome back
Harry
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Post by: swedebasher on June 27, 2015, 12:45:28 PM
Mrs Pots, what sort of menu is Elphida doing now- back to how it was when Dimitri was there and you had to book days ahead to get in, or some other?
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Post by: hippopots on June 28, 2015, 12:48:41 AM
Hi Swedebasher,

To be honest, I've not had a chance to see the menu at Elphida's, but if I can, I'll take a wander up there, and report back.

Another sunny day today, but still quite blustery on the beach, with plenty of white topped waves, so a lot of people stuck to the pools today.
Hope fully the wind will drop soon, as the tavernas on the beachfront are having to make good use of their plastic wind breakers!

Lively in the village tonight, with lots of choice of music, with Boy George tribute in Condor, a male/female duo in Athens Bar, and the very popular Beatles Tribute in 3 W's.
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Post by: WINKIE on June 28, 2015, 02:56:29 PM
Hi Jackie,so good to have you back on here,thanks again for all your work in keeping us informed of all that is going on in our favouritist place on earth.See you again in late August.

Mr & Mrs Winkie.  :)
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Post by: Waspman on June 28, 2015, 10:15:41 PM
Hi Jackie,so good to have you back on here,thanks again for all your work in keeping us informed of all that is going on in our favouritist place on earth.See you again in late August.

Mr & Mrs Winkie.  :)

What dates I late August Winkie & Moira? Think we might just miss you?
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Post by: hippopots on June 29, 2015, 12:25:44 AM
Slightly overcast at the start of this morning, but the sun soon broke through.

Fortunately the wind has dropped today, leaving us with just a slight breeze. The temperature does feel slightly below average for this time of year, but is still very nice, and as a couple of people have mentioned to us, it's way better than UK  ;D

3 very loud booms this afternoon made a fair few of us jump.....was the Greek tradition of using dynamite at a celebration. Could have been a wedding, or maybe a baptism, as its Sunday.

   
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Post by: WINKIE on June 29, 2015, 10:57:54 AM
What dates I late August Winkie & Moira? Think we might just miss you?

27th August Mr Waspman,for a week at the Fedra.I beleieve we just miss you again by a few days.Fingers crossed for next year,will leave a wee beer behind the bar for you sir  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 30, 2015, 12:09:43 AM
Another lovely sunny day.

Quite a number of people enjoying the beach this afternoon, although the sea was still a little choppy, so only a few brave ones venturing in!
That should settle down now the wind has died down.

As I'm sure you all know, Greece's economic situation has been all over the news today.......Greek news channels were on in some of the bars today, including Condor, Barras and El Greco, being watched by some locals.

None of us know what may happen economically, and I'm not going to even try and guess, but all I can tell you is that it's all business as usual here. The sun is shining, the beer is cold, no one has run out of money, and San Stefanos remains the beautiful, safe, and friendly place it has always been. So all I will say is ignore the scaremongering UK press, and come and enjoy! The only 'civil unrest' you're likely to experience here is people dancing in the street outside Condor on a Saturday night!     
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 02, 2015, 12:32:19 AM
So, last night there was a choice of music, with a duo in Athens Bar, and a Rod Stewart tribute in Condor, both of which were proving popular, with the village still lively at Midnight.

Today has been lovely and sunny, and the wind had dropped all day, resulting in a sea that was as calm as can be, with the sun glistening off it.....gorgeous!  :)

Tonight, the wind has blown up slightly, and there's been a few fashes out to sea, no rumbles of thunder though which is good.

Karaoke sounds popular at Condor tonight, and theres a singer doing a 'rat pack' tribute at 3 W'S too.
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Post by: hippopots on July 02, 2015, 11:57:06 PM
Woke up to another glorious sunny day, and pretty warm too! ;D

The beach was already busy when I took Bod for his daily dunk in the stream at 11am, with quite a number of cars parked up, a couple of boats going out, and a jetsji whizing about out at sea.

And with the sea back to its calm shimmering ways, plenty of people going for a paddle and a swim too.

Kerry from Ozzy Oil is also back, she was working her way through the village this morning, but it was taking her a while as she had so many of us to receive a 'welcome home' hug from!
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Post by: PeteJo on July 03, 2015, 06:47:34 PM
All sounds great, weather looks fantastic so can't wait until fly out. Sitting at home watching the clock tick round until we leave for the airport.
Flight leaves this evening so will be in Stan stefanos tomorrow morning, unpack and start enjoying ourselves.......
Can't wait to see all our friends. 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 03, 2015, 11:51:27 PM
Safe travels Petejo, you're coming to some gorgeous weather!
Sun is shining, and the sea is shimmering, another beautiful day in San Stef.

Time to travel home for many today, and the coaches have been rolling in and out of the village all day.
Lots of regulars arriving today, we've already seen lots of familiar faces.

Quite a few people enjoying a nice breakfast this morning, with 2 Stars and Little Prince serving a number of people, and also a few sat outside Silver Moon.

Lots of people around tonight, we're off to Beer O'clock for Mr Pots birthday........lucky for us they serve food late, so we can go after work, and not worry about keeping somewhere open just to serve us!!
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Post by: cabmufc on July 04, 2015, 04:12:43 AM
Hello Jackie.Just waiting for the taxi for our 6am flight back "home"!!Will call in and say hello first chance we get xx
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 05, 2015, 12:56:25 AM
Good to see you CABMUFC, you were looking relaxed within hours of getting here......thats the San stef effect!

Well, the only way to describe today is hot, hot ,hot!!! 8) We reckon its been the hottest day of the year so far, and Spiros and Aris of Spiros bikes agreed.
The best places to be today were either the pool or the sea.

Still, it does mean its also lovely weather for dining al fresco, and sitting outside a bar for a drink or 2
Beautiful sunset tonight so the tavernas overlooking the beach were a good place to enjoy it from.

Quite lively in the village, with music in Condor, and Athens Bar, but also places to enjoy a quiet one too, like Kamini in the old part, and a few people heading down to Aquarius too.
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 06, 2015, 12:09:37 AM
Once again we've had another glorious hot and sunny day  8)

And of course, sunny days bring with them fabulous sunsets, and tonights did not disappoint.

As the sun went down it created a lovely pinkish coloured haze, through which you could see the outline of Albania in the distance.

Then, as the sun dropped behind the islands, it turned a wonderful shade of red.

The newest addition to the village, Chilly Chilli beach bar opened today, with a party, which was going well when I passed this evening.
Situated between Athina and Vicky's, they have a terrace overlooking the beach, with a great view from their position above the sands. Nice to see the old building that was there renovated, and hopefully their hard work will be rewarded.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 06, 2015, 11:59:37 PM
HOT hot hot! We're having a such great weather at the moment! 8)

Lots of people on the beach this afternoon, with sunbeds outside Waves and Athina pretty full.
Also, plenty of people in the sea, and a couple of brave souls on one of the rings being dragged behind a speed boat!

 New visitors arriving today, including Mr and Mrs Waspman, who'd been up all night travelling, but still had the energy to be wandering around this afternoon.....nice to see you here again.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 09, 2015, 12:09:39 AM
Well, its most definately hot  there has been mention of temperatures reaching 42 degrees today!

I'm not sure it got that hot at all last Summer. Lots of lazing by pools, and dipping in the sea is most definately in order, although judging by the big gaps where Spiros usually has his scooters and quads, plenty of people are also venturing out and about. Still some quads and scooters at Pegasus, but not that many there either.

So these hot days = hot evenings, meaning everyone can dine outside in comfort, and enjoy their evenings. Music on tonight at El Greco, courtesy of Groucho, and also Rhiannan tribute at Condor.
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on July 09, 2015, 09:35:53 PM
Thank you for your lovely updates Jackie.
Feels a while until we come in august and nice to hear life carries on in the village despite all the scaremongering in the media. 
We are planning a trip to hippopots whilst we are on hols, and also lots of visits to give Bod, and all the other local dogs a good tickle.
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Post by: hippopots on July 10, 2015, 12:24:01 AM
Awww Nellie, thank you! And Bod loves a good tickle! ;D

Yes, life here is all carrying on as normal.....the press like to make up a good story, all we can hope is that people don't believe it!
We have food in the shops, beer in the pumps, cash in the Atm's, fuel at the garages, and that lovely big sun shining down on us every day.

And it was lovely and hot again today, with just a slight breeze which meant it was just a little less intense, but we're not complaining, as a customer has just told us its 12 degrees in Scotland at the mo!

Many people enjoying a good night out tonight......Bar 38 is busy, Brusco was virtually full, and Silver Star and Barras were also doing well.

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Post by: peter on July 10, 2015, 08:34:14 PM
Next Friday for us cannot come quick enough lol
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Post by: hippopots on July 10, 2015, 11:57:36 PM
Slightly overcast when we woke up this morning, but the sun broke through, and once again it was a very hot day.

Coaches rumbling in and out again today, taking people back to the airport, and picking up the new arrivals.....seen quite a number of familiar faces this afternoon.

Quite a number of people enjoyed a meet up at Aquarius this afternoon, and this evening saw people enjoying drinks in the glow of the evening sun, at Athens Bar, and Acabar
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Post by: hippopots on July 12, 2015, 12:44:12 AM
Another lovely sunny day, but with some breeze again, which makes it so much more comfortable.

The sea had a few waves today, due to the breeze, rather than being the flat mill pond its been the last few days, but still lovely for swimming in! :D

Tonight the village is very busy, Saturday night is also a favoured night out for Greeks, so lots of people around, dropping into Yiannis and Tasty Corner for a gyros.

Boy George tribute doing his regular spot in Condor, and live music in Athens Bar making this end of the village very lively!
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Post by: hippopots on July 12, 2015, 11:11:08 PM
Another lovely sunny day again today.

We started the day with a full English breakfast, having met some friends at Condor, and haven't really needed to eat much else all day!

I took myself off for a walk this afternoon, along the beach, which was really busy. Lots of locals also there soaking up the sun, and enjoying a beautiful turquoise sea.
Manthos, Waves, and Athinas new beach side bar were all very busy, and there was hardly a sunbed to be had.

Completing the picture were a few sailboats dotted around off shore, and the passing by of an amazing looking private yacht just out to sea.
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Post by: hippopots on July 13, 2015, 11:44:33 PM
And another lovely sunny day again today  8)

Quite a few people filling up with breakfasts at Little Prince and 2 Stars this morning, and the Juice Bar was nice and busy too, which is good to see, as it's a lovely little spot.

Changeover again, and we said a few farewells, but sounds like all are planning to return soon, which is great!

People enjoying drinks tonight out the front of Silver Moon, and 3 W's has their regular Monday traditional Greek music night.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 15, 2015, 04:44:37 PM
Oooops, missed last night, so quick update now for yesterday, then another tonight for today!

Hot again yesterday, with some sea mist rolling in over the hill from Arillas late morning, but it soon cleared up.

The village is generally pretty quiet in the daytime now, as its so hot, the best places to be are by the pool or on the beach. But the evenings are nice and busy.

Last night many having pre dinner drinks at Silver Star and El Greco, and the beachside restaurants were businer than the roadside ones as people cooled with the slight breeze off the sea, and enjoyed the suset from Fantasea and Beachcombers, Waves, Mistrael,and Manthos.
Also saw  group headiing up the hill the Elphidas.
Choice f music tonight, with reggae night at Athens Bar, Rod Stewart tribute at Condor, and Lady Gaga tribute at Acabar.
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Post by: Karen on July 15, 2015, 07:20:56 PM
Not really into tribute acts, but have to say 'Rod Stewart' was pretty believable and a nice guy too!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on July 16, 2015, 01:15:12 AM
 We are not into those either,geting like blackpool...much prefer the old part of the village.
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Post by: hippopots on July 17, 2015, 12:37:06 AM
Wow, so hot hot hot today! Temperatures well into the high 30's with a real feel in the 40's due to the humidity, and still air.
someone said to me today that when they were on their scooter, the air that was coming at them felt like a hairdryer it was so hot!

The sea was nice and calm today too, just a little bit of wave, so perfect for cooling off in!

Music tonight on offer is JJ Jupiter, acoustic guitarist at Athens, Greek musician at 3 W'S and Bob Marley tribute at Acabar. As Rilo57 says, not for everyone, which is why we're so lucky that the village almost has 2 halves, so there are also the nice chill out bars in the old part, where you can sit in Kamini, or any of the tavernas and have a quiet drink watching the setting sun
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Post by: hippopots on July 17, 2015, 11:05:40 PM
Still very hot again today.....in fact, we think it cooled down a little when the sun went down last night, then by the time we closed it had got hotter again!!

But not a cloud in the sky all day, very typical Corfu in July.

We're all working hard still, but at a slightly slower pace, well we are, the waiters at Little Prince and Zorbas are still as energetic as ever! Really don't know how they do it in this heat  :P

Another changeover again so slightly quieter in the village tonight, as visitors come and go.....must admit I wouldn't want to be at the airport today!

The gorgeous sunshine is what makes Corfu so lovely, especially when my friends tell me its dull and grey in England  ;D

And the exchange rate is higher than ever at the moment, so it gives you all a bit of extra Mythos and Ouzo money!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: PeteJo on July 18, 2015, 04:40:09 PM
What a great holiday we have had. So great to see our friends  :)
Well I'm sitting at home now and have already priced up our return to San stef for next year. Just got to work hard now. 50 weeks to go.......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 19, 2015, 12:31:28 AM
Guess what.....hot again! 8)

All very quiet during the day today on the streets, and to be fair I'm not surprised....in the water was the only place to be today!!

Just been for a wander, and Siver Star looking busy, Olympia serving some late diners, and Summer Dreams was busy too.

Chilly Chilli adds some more light to the beach at night time. They aparently did a buffet tonight, and I've heard good reports about it. Not sure if it's going to be a regular Saturday night thing, but sounds good.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 20, 2015, 12:10:32 AM
Another hot day, and very still too. A little, (and I mean little!) bit of breeze on the beach, but not a lot to take the edge off.

But hot days mean nice warm evenings, and people are out and about enjoying it tonight. All tavernas very busy with new places Brusko and Beer O Clock doing well, as well as the well established like 2 stars, Zorbas and Little Prince absolutely packed. Nice to see!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on July 20, 2015, 03:04:05 PM
thanks for the updates - I'm enjoying them now home and back to work - boo! Had another fab holiday in SS and will be returing again next year. Highlights were :
although beach is narrower you can walk a lot further (down past havana bar)
hadn't eaten in waves before - realy enjoyed it
orange cake in Yiannis (obviously)
nice to see Silver Star busy again
sunset from Chilly Chilli
meals in Beachcomber and Beer Oclock
meeting old friends
gorgeous weather
lovely calm sea some days
Akrotiri bar ( a must do)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 21, 2015, 12:05:36 AM
I've really got to try that famous orange cake at Yiannis teamnikos.....I keep hearing such good things about it!!

Another really hot one today, but there has been a bit of a cooling breeze tonight, and the sea is getting a little more wavy, so maybe this is a sign of the heatwave ebbing a little. It's lovely having wall to wall sunshine, but its also lovely having the sea close to hand!

Supermarkets all quite busy today, with new arrivals stocking up, and the free delivery service they offer is looking to be very popular.

Quite a few enjoying drinks tonight at Thomas Bay, and Katy Perry tribute happening just over the road from there, at Acabar.
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Post by: hippopots on July 22, 2015, 12:58:17 AM
Another very hot day again today, although just a few wispy clouds were spotted this afternoon.

Lots more families around now, as schools start breaking up in England for the summer. Scotland finished 2 weeks ago, so there has already been lots of Scottish families here, and cars from Italy and Czech Republic, amongst others are also increasing. Always nice to have all different nationalities here, we had someone come in who lives in New Zealand today!

Athens Bar very busy tonight, they have a jazz night, and very good it sounds too. I think it might be a one off, but its proving to be very popular! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 22, 2015, 11:59:26 PM
Well, it just keeps getting hotter!! Looking on accuweather, todays high was 37 degrees, with a real feel of 44.....and it really did feel that hot!!

Looking at the historical data, this day last year was just a meagre 28 degrees!

So everyone has been gently glowing in the heat, and spending as much time as possible in the sea....it was still very busy on the beach at 7.30pm tonight  8)

Live music tonight at 3W's with a tribute to the rat pack, and traditional Greek night at Summer Dreams, in amongst their beautiful rose garden.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: jonjona on July 23, 2015, 01:44:27 PM
Hello Peeps love keeping up with the news here.
Coming back to SS on 31st August but a little query.
We were in New York earlier this year and hence have over 600 dollars left over. Is it possible to change that to Euros in SS rather than lose out on the commission rate in UK by having to change to pounds first?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Caz on July 23, 2015, 08:49:50 PM
Seen pictures on fb of a section of cliff collapsing. How bad is it hippopots? A smattering of rocks came down as we walked along last September and we stayed well clear this May as we didn't think it looked so good in places. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 23, 2015, 11:54:27 PM
Hi jonjona,

I'll be honest, I'm not sure how easy it will be to change dollars to euros. I expect it can be done in SS, but don't know what sort of rate you can expect, and whether it will be very competitive. I would say the best thing to do would be email San Stefanos travel, as they have an exchange, and ask their advice.

Yes Caz, there was a cliffslide this afternoon, at the Northern end of the beach. As far as I am aware, thankfully no one was hurt.
5 Days ago there was a cliff slip at 7th Heaven beach at Perolulades, where unfortunately 2 people were hurt by the debris.
It's important to remember that these cliffs are soft sandstone, and after a wet spring, we have not had any significant rainfall since April, so they are now all drying our and cracking. Erosion happens a lot here, as anyone who walks the cliff track to Arillas will know, as the path has been moved futher inland over the last few years, the path we walked when on holiday in 2011 is long gone!
So, remember to stay safe, and not sunbathe too close to the cliffs.

And it sure has been hot again today, although there is a little bit of cooler weather tonight. Live music tonight, at 3W'S, Acabar, Condor, and Athens Bar, so plenty to choose from!

There will be a little gap in my postings again, as I have to fly back to the UK tomorrow, until Wednesday. Mr Pots will be staying here with Bod to man the shop, so if anyone pops by in the next few days, be gentle with him as he's doing 14 hour days all on his own!  :P

I'll be back with more ramblings from Wednesday night
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 24, 2015, 01:29:28 AM
Seen pictures on fb of a section of cliff collapsing. How bad is it hippopots? A smattering of rocks came down as we walked along last September and we stayed well clear this May as we didn't think it looked so good in places.
We used to sunbathe on this section of the beach some years ago.  We walked down and John looked at the cliffs and said he didn't think it was safe to be there.  We turned around and walked back.  Minutes later, we heard a loud crack and saw lots of dust, John went running back and saw lots of rock fallen onto the beach, narrowly missing some holiday makers.  Thankfully no one was hurt, but nobody moved off the beach!!?? :o  We now do not sunbathe down there anymore but occasionally walk in the sea the and you can see new rockfall most days!!
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Post by: jonjona on July 24, 2015, 02:21:19 AM
Thanks Hipppopots I emailed san stef travel and they will sort it when we get there yippee.
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Post by: BarbaraG on July 24, 2015, 10:31:59 AM
Just curious  - can't you change dollars into euros at UK banks?
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Post by: rilo57 on July 24, 2015, 11:30:06 AM
Would have thought so
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Post by: jonjona on July 24, 2015, 05:43:59 PM
You have to change the dollars to pounds and then to euros obviously losing a chunk due to the different buy and sell rate, much better to do a straight exchange in Greece.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on July 24, 2015, 06:25:27 PM
We love walking the whole length of the beach - which is pretty long this year! My husband pointed out what looked like 'fresh' rock which had come down so we made sure that walked right beside the sea or in the sea. There were a few people sunbathing right against the cliffs which looked so dangerous
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 24, 2015, 06:59:46 PM
We saw that too when we were there.  It was pretty obvious that it was fresh rock fall, but people seemed to ignore it!! :o
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on July 25, 2015, 02:24:32 AM
Darwin was almost certainly right - the human race prospered because the more intelligent hominids went "Looks like that might fall down," and the less bright went "Sod it! My tattoos will keep me safe."

If it was the UK Health & Safety would probably declare the whole beach a hard hat and high viz area.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 26, 2015, 07:54:30 PM
Darwin was almost certainly right - the human race prospered because the more intelligent hominids went "Looks like that might fall down," and the less bright went "Sod it! My tattoos will keep me safe."

If it was the UK Health & Safety would probably declare the whole beach a hard hat and high viz area.
That would produce some interesting tan lines Jimbo!! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on July 28, 2015, 08:00:04 PM
They've had rock falls at the North end of the beach in Arrilas as well. Think I'll have to think twice before sitting on Erianas swinging seats, don't fancy plummeting down onto the beach :o
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 31, 2015, 12:14:31 AM
Back again! After a few days back in soggy grey Blighty, and a day to catch up when getting back here yesterday, it's time to get back into the swing of things, and back to daily updates!

Last night we had a late meze at Beer O clock, as their kitchen is open until 12.30am, which is very handy when working! They were very busy, with lots of locals, and the whole of the older part of the village felt nice and busy, with Beachcombers having late diners too, and Kamini also open, as well as Fantasea.

Today it's still very hot and humid.....locals are saying they can't remember the last time its been like this for such a prolonged period.
This evening the village feels lovely and busy.....live music in Athens Bar, Condor and El Greco, lots of people eating in Mediterranean Village, Brusco and Zorbas, and drinkers in Acabar, Bar 38 and Silver Star.
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Post by: dibully on July 31, 2015, 01:14:39 AM
Glad your back Jackie safe and sound x
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Post by: cabmufc on August 01, 2015, 11:32:11 AM
So glad your back Jackie.Looking forward to my daily fix of my stress releasing haven once more!! 8) 8) xx
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Post by: Sellsy on August 01, 2015, 01:04:18 PM
The most viewed thread by a country mile ever Jackie, 150,000 views! well done, its great fun and a great service. It would be fitting if your next review followed this as reply number 1000 ! another great milestone, so thanks again. Ps the big frog made it back in one piece, he now guards the pond with the dubious name of Stan Seff!
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Post by: hippopots on August 02, 2015, 12:20:50 AM
Ha ha, Stan Steff the frog....I love it!!

Wow, reply number 1000, thank you everyone who follows and contributes to this thread, I had no idea when I started it how much it would be followed, but also how much it would be appreciated!

Well, guess what, I'm going to tell you its still incredibly hot, on 1st August. Last night we went to Anemos restaurant in Afionas (highly recommend it), and when we sat down there was a lovely cool refreshing breeze, which was wonderful, but which then turned into a howling gale, forcing us to move inside, only to return back out after eating, as the wind had died down, and we were too hot again!
However, the wind had turned to just a very slight breeze again today, but left us with a slightly choppy sea, and a high tide, so the beach is quite narrow tonight.

Quad/scooter and car hire places are all nice and busy, and judging by how busy the roads are, lots of people are travelling around exploring the island.....just wish they wouldn't keep stopping at junctions to read maps though  :-\

Busy village tonight, with live music in Athens Bar, Condor, and 3 W's, and tavernas all look to be doing well. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 03, 2015, 12:47:43 AM
Another hot and sunny day again today.  8)

Lots of people already in the sea by 10am, and the beach stayed busy all day.
This evening, the tide is the opposite of yesterday, and is quite a long way out, leaving us a nice wide beach.

Busy village again tonight, with Mediterranean Village, Brusko, and Summer Dreams all doing well with late diners, and most of the bars all busy.

Down on the beach, it looked very romantic from Waves along to Manthos, with everyone dining by candlelight, until I realised it was because the power was out, affecting everyone alone that area, including Beer O Clock, Nafsika, Patricias and Kamini. The electric company were just arriving to come and fix the problem.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Woodman on August 03, 2015, 03:21:21 PM
Tides??!  I didn't realise San Stef beach was tidal.  We'd heard that the beach was narrow this year, especially near Havana and Mango, but had assumed it was the winter storms again.  Can anyone elaborate on the tides for me (preferably without resorting to O level geography and Longshore Drift!!)  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 03, 2015, 06:39:46 PM
The Med has tides. It  might be plus or minus six inches, or a lot more. The tide definitely goes in and out at Agios Stefanos.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 04, 2015, 12:17:32 AM
Another hot and humid day today, but we actually had some clouds too!

At one point this evening some of them even looked a little grey, and I thought we may get some rain, but it's stayed dry, although incredibly humid.

Many people on the beach this morning, with boats and jet skis already out to sea.   

School holidays are in full swing now, so many families here, and with the resort being busier overall, the evenings stay much busier for longer.
 
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Post by: Teamnickos on August 04, 2015, 11:13:38 AM
Bar 38 and Acabar were very quiet when we were there in July. Hope business has picked up for them now it's the school holidays.
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on August 04, 2015, 11:24:31 AM
Next year will be our first time in the school holidays. Be interesting to see how the resort differs from late June when we have traditionally visited!
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Post by: Teamnickos on August 04, 2015, 05:53:54 PM
Yup, I think I'll stick to the non school holiday time ;D
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Post by: hippopots on August 05, 2015, 12:12:36 AM
YAY, today we had the long awaited thunderstorm!

It's been so humid for such a long time, it had to come eventually. Started to go a little cloudy around Midday, then there was just a few spots of rain. Kasia and Noula at Athens Bar hurriedly gathered up their seating cushions, and said there would be a thunderstorm soon. Not 5 minutes later there was a huge clap of thunder followed by around half hour of good ole Corfu torrential downpour. I've got to say it was absolute bliss, as the air temperature dropped to a much cooler level for a while, and everything felt freshened.

And, fortunately  these storms don't usually last, and within an hour of it stopping the sun was out, the temperature rose, and all was perfect again for anyone on holiday!

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Post by: Woodman on August 05, 2015, 12:19:07 PM
Next year will be our first time in the school holidays. Be interesting to see how the resort differs from late June when we have traditionally visited!

Gav, we've been twice to SS in the late May school holiday week.  Have to say, it was a lot quieter than when we went in early September (our first time).  The weather wasn't as warm and the sea was cooler!  We'd decided against going in the July/Aug period due to the 35+ temperature.  Restaurants were all open as normal though and it still had that special feeling, just a little more subdued - bit like we all are when we first wake up!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Richard/Jackie/Nathan on August 05, 2015, 05:29:47 PM
We always used to go for 2 weeks in August coming home on the bank holiday. Now Nath has left school and is at Uni we can go later - arrive for 2 weeks on the bank holiday and I must say we prefer it as slightly cooler and a little quieter around the pools ha!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 06, 2015, 12:19:16 AM
Hot day again today, with the clouds starting to gather around 5pm. It got quite dark, and looked like it was going to rain again like yesterday, but it stayed dry, but with a little bit of rumbling thunder a distance away....no loud thunderclaps to make us all jump today!

The electricity board were back, fixing cables around by the Juice Bar, so probably trying to fix whatever caused the blackout in the old village a couple of nights ago.

I drove down the hill past Tereza's this evening, they were packed out for their ever popular Greek night. Judging by the number of people there, it should be a good atmosphere.

And, congratulations to Glenn and Maria, of Aquarius Bar, as today is their 10th anniversary of opening their bar!  :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 07, 2015, 12:30:23 AM
Another lovely sunny and hot day today, but I am happy to say the humidity has dropped, so it's a much more comfortable heat, and this evening is a lovely temperature, perfect for sitting outside tavernas and bars!

Lots of tavernas busy tonight, including Zorbas, Brusko, and Olympia, with plenty of people also sat out on the terrace of Beachcombers.

Also, plenty of live music to choose from tonight, including Freddie Mercury tribute at Condor, Robbie Williams Tribute at Acabar, JJ Jupiter at Athens Bar, and an acoustic guitarist/singer in El Greco.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on August 07, 2015, 03:04:03 PM
We thought JJ Jupiter was really good when we were there in July. Been back 3 weeks now but feels like 3 months :(
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 08, 2015, 12:03:37 AM
Yes agree teamnikos, JJ Jupiter has taken up the baton from Keith Mitchell as the regular acoustic guitar act and is doing a great job!

A pretty cloudy start to the day almost looked like the threat of rain was coming, but it didn't take long for it to burn off, leaving us with another glorious San Stef day  8)

It looks like a lot of people are heading out to do some exploring at the mo, both Spiros bike, and Pegasus have virtually empty forecourts! Mind you, a quad, buggy or scooter is a great way to explore the local area, without having to walk too far in this heat!   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 09, 2015, 12:51:39 AM
Hot and sunny again, and plenty of people already down on the beach by 10am this morning! Mind you, the sea did look very enticing....

Lots of various nationalities here too, we've had customers from most of Europe during the last week, including Germans, Swiss, French, Italian, Scandanavian, Dutch, ad Czech!

Tonight is Chilly Chilli's regular Saturday night buffet night, which sounds nice, especially if accommpanied by a nice sunset shimmering off the water!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 09, 2015, 03:20:14 AM
That sounds lovely!  What is the buffet?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on August 09, 2015, 01:50:12 PM
All our plates and owls survived the baggage handlers back at Belgium..was so nice to meet you and have lots of cuddles from bod..regards from the Belgian Sanders..
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 09, 2015, 05:28:35 PM
Looking at the webcam today I don't think I've ever seen so many cars on the beach,I hope the visitors are spending their money in the tavenas.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on August 09, 2015, 09:45:07 PM
We are booked for 4th August next year. 17 nights which will cover McKenzies bday!!
It will certainly be different from the peace of late June that's for sure.
Anyway before then we are back 2 weeks tomorrow for a very cheeky week!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 10, 2015, 12:07:23 AM
Glad to hear everything got back to Belgium safely rilo57....it was lovely to meet you all, and Bod loved his cuddles!

In reply to the question regarding what is in the buffet at Chilly Chilli, I'm afraid I don't know. The problem we have is that we're open such long hours during the summer we hardly get to go out (although we do occasionally have a sneaky drink or snack at some of the late night places), but anyone doing food during 'regular' times we don't get chance to go to, then when we close at the end of Summer, so do they! So if anyone has been to Chilly Chilli's buffet night, please let us know what they serve.

Another lovely day again today, and as dupnica says, a packed beach! Sunday's are also the time that Greek families who aren't working during the daytime come and enjoy the beach too.

This evening we were very lucky to have a performance through the village courtesy of Avliotes philharmonic marching band, and a troop of local majorettes! They did a great job of entertaining us all.....I loved their rendition of YMCA that they did outside our shop.
Philharmonic bands are very popular in Corfu, with many villages having one, made up of local people of all ages....the range is from young teenagers to older adults, which is really nice!

And tonight, another bar is celebrating their 10 year anniversary, that's 2 in 1 week! Congratulations Margarita and Crysanthos on 10 years of 3 W's bar! They're having a celebratory party this evening, so no prizes for guessing where we are heading to after work!  ;D

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on August 10, 2015, 12:34:29 AM
When out there in June (pale blue dolphin & pink elephant)I suggested to a man by the quad bikes that they hire out a 'driver' to take out those of us too old to ride bikes but would love to go on one, I don't think he understood what I was meaning! First time I have never been able to get through to a Corfiot! Oh so envious of those out there now, I wouldn't care if it was pouring down just so I could be in SanStef.! Thanks for all your postings Jackie, very much appreciated. June
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 12, 2015, 11:57:45 PM
Hi Mrsjune22, nice to hear from you! That actually sounds like a really good idea!

Well, I wrote a nice long piece 2 days ago, then just as I pressed 'post', the internet went off, so I didn't know if it had posted or not!
A little out of date now, but I wrote about the great party on Sunday Night at 3W's for their 10th anniversary of the bar celebrations. We arrived at half eleven, and there was a great trio of Greek musicians playing. This was accompianied by Crysanthos, and Stefanos who works at 2 Stars giving us an impromptu display of Greek dancing amid much smashing of plates.
We left about 1.45am, and I noticed the next morning that the bar was not open at 10am as normal......apparently the party carried on til 6am!

So, back to today, which has been lovely and sunny for the most part, but the clouds stared building up inland late afternoon, and a few rumbles could be heard in the distance.
This headed our way, and early evening we had a very dark sky with some loud thunderclaps, and a nice refreshing downpour! All dried up again by the time people were heading out for the evening though, which was good!

Live music in various bars tonight, Freddie Mercury tribute at Condor, Groucho playing at El Greco, and tribute to the rat pack at 3 W's.
   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 13, 2015, 07:47:58 PM
 We did get your post about the party at 3W's,glad you had a good time.Wonder if they had to go out and buy new crockery after all the plate smashing.

 Changing the subject,for those of you not on Facebook,I'm not,but this item was passed on to me by a friend who is and I feel I must warn other forum members.
 A couple flying to on holiday to the continent became aware of another passenger moving their bag which was in the overhead locker behind their seat.They thought no more about it,thinking that the other person was just making room for his own bag.
 However when the plane touched down and they prepared to disembark they discovered that all their cash and valuables were missing.They blocked the aisles and warned other passengers to check their luggage,several of them had suffered the same fate.
 The thief was identified and when searched was found to have taken thousands of euros and other valuables.
 The cabin crew said that this was not an isolated incident and that the perpetrators usually boarded first and chose a seat at the rear of the plane where they could observe other passengers and where they stowed their bags.

I just thought that people travelling to Greece might be particularly vulnerable as we've been told to take enough cash to cover the holiday,so be aware not every one is honest,there could be a thief on your flight!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 14, 2015, 12:11:30 AM
Hot sunny and cloudless for most of the day today, although the rain clouds re-appeared late afternoon/early evening, giving us another pre dinner downpour.

Sea was lovely and calm this morning, lots of people on sunbeds and and already in the sea when I was down there with Bod this morning.

Dimitra and Manos have a nice bright LED sign on the front of their office now, displaying the date, time, and temperature...quite handy if you want to see how hot it is!

Mexican night at Chilly Chilli tonight, hope they didn't get washed out with the rain!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Steve B on August 14, 2015, 12:32:52 AM
Thanks for the warning Dupnica. It will make us a little more wary of where to put our bags. We try to keep our bags under the seat in front, so it's near us all the time.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 15, 2015, 12:10:38 AM
Hot and sunny today, which is fab as new arrivals, and people who've gone home today have all been saying its like Winter back in the UK!

A nice calm seas again today, encouraging lots of swimmers and paddlers.

Many coaches rolling in and out the village today, and it feels very busy out tonight. As this is about middle of school holidays, this may well be the favoured time to come.

Live music tonight at Ozzy Oil to accompany diners, and Yiannis is also busy...word of the famous orange cake must be getting out!

Silver Star also busy, with people enjoying a drink whilst watching the comings and goings of the village.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 16, 2015, 12:03:03 AM
Another hot one again today, it was a little overcast for a while, but lovely weather for sitting on the beach or by a pool, without getting too frazzled by the sun! It's also been very humid, and there were a few rumbles of thunder in the distance this afternoon, but it stayed over towards the East side of the island.

Tavernas were doing well tonight, with Mediterranean Village, Zorbas, Little Prince and Olympia all doing a good trade.

And Saturday night means plenty of choices for music fans, with Elvis Tribute in Condor, The X Lovers in Summer Dreams, and Hungarian Beatles in 3W's.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 17, 2015, 12:11:09 AM
Guess what.....hot and sunny again!  8). We're certainly getting an amazing summer this year!

There has been talk of storms coming, and it did go slightly overcast again this afternoon, but we only had a little shower about 1 hour ago, so nothing to interrupt anyones holidays!

Many cars around.....had to actually wait in a traffic jam in Arillas this morning! Not quite a UK rush hour, but feels busy to us! But lots of cars means lots of visitors, which Greece needs, so I'm not complaining!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 18, 2015, 12:18:49 AM
Another lovely day today, hot and sunny, but with a nice breeze, so perfect!
The sea was quite wavy today too, so people had a bit of surf to play in.

Chilly Chilli were pretty busy tonight, and Elphida's are getting good reviews on facebook, so hopefully thats another new business this year thats doing well.

Karaoke is sounding popular too this evening, as we can hear plenty of singing from Condor!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 20, 2015, 12:23:05 AM
Sorry no update last night, due to lack of internet.....happens sometimes with ours.  :-\

But happy to say another gorgeous couple of days weatherwise, and now the humidity has dropped its perfect!

A busy beach this morning, even at 10am, with a lot of sunbeds outside Waves and Athina already taken.

Going to be honest, I can't really update you all with much today, as I actually haven't had chance to leave the shop since walking Bod this morning! August is proving to be a very busy month, which keeps me at the shop painting, but no complaints from me!  :D

Hopefully all the businesses in resort are doing well, and with any luck I will pop out tomorrow to see whats happenin!!! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 20, 2015, 06:23:56 PM
Thank you for keeping us updated. I'm sure we all appreciate you taking time to keep us all informed, when you are so busy! It's great to see that you and everyone else is having a good season! Missing you all! Karen :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 21, 2015, 12:34:51 AM
Well, this morning started with a nice refreshing shower of rain, that passed over us fairly quickly towards the islands, where you could see it pouring over Othoni.

Then the wind changed direction and you could see it heading back our way....luckily it went North of us, so the sun soon re-appeared here, although Sidari had a bit of rain.

A breezy day though, which gave us nice temperatures.

Lively tonight, with lots of people out for dinner, and strolling around.

Silver Moon has a party going on, which is in full swing!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 22, 2015, 12:31:11 AM
A breezy day today, which gave us nice temperatures, and some choppy waves!
Looking out to sea there were quite a few white caps to be seen, but the sea was that amazing turquoise blue we get here, which is so stunning!

As the wind was coming in off the beach tonight it was pretty windy down there....Chilly Chilli was closed tonight, probably because of the weather, as they are in direct line of the weather coming in off the sea!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 22, 2015, 08:04:09 PM
 It's been a hot day in Herts today Jackie,I think we've had a bit of Corfu weather,the aroma of many barbecues is drifting in the afternoon air. The only thing missing is the beach,could do with a paddle at the moment to cool me down. 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 22, 2015, 11:46:04 PM
Good to hear you're getting some good weather in the UK Dupnica.

A little cooler here today, with the mistral blowing in, but its lovely and refreshing!
However, think it kept people more by the pools than lying on the beach today.

This evening its still a little breezy, but the tavernas are providing a nice sheltered place to eat. Little Prince, 2 Stars, Brusko and Mediterranean Village all still serving.

Condor packed tonight for the Boy George tribute, Splinter Band are playing in Thomas Bay, and sports are on TV in El Greco....rugby on one TV, and football on the other!

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: SteveandPauline on August 23, 2015, 01:41:01 PM
Hi Jackie just wanted to let you know that the aeroplane got home in 1 piece (always a bonus) our son loves it, thanks again and we will see you next time x

Steve and Pauline.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on August 23, 2015, 09:53:32 PM
Blowing a hoolie up our way,many of my plants broken too. Cant wait to escape this horrible weather,and see you on Friday Jackie :).
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 24, 2015, 12:07:11 AM
Hi Steve and Pauline, glad to hear you got home OK, and your son loved his plane, plus lovely to hear you loved San Stef, and you'll be back!

Another gorgeous day, still a bit breezy, but with very few clouds in the sky, we're not complaining!

We headed to Beer O Clock after work last night, for a late night snack....still pretty busy in the older part of the village, with quite a few in there, as well as drinkers in Kamini, and Beachcombers only just finishing at gone Midnight.

This evening it feels a little quieter in the village, although it sounded like party time at Chilly Chilli!
See you soon Winkie!   ;)

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 24, 2015, 11:55:57 PM
The mistral winds have totally dropped today, giving us a hot and sunny day, again, without a cloud in the sky  8)

The beach was busy today, lots of people enjoying the sea and sun.....although I did read another forum about nude yoga at the far end of the beach, perhaps thats why it was so busy by the taverna's and hotels!!! ;D

Another changeover today, so coaches rolling in and out. Football on in Athens Bar, we can hear Jimmy cheering from here!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 27, 2015, 12:18:08 AM
Oooops, forgot to post last night, sorry all!!  :-\

But what can I say, the weather was lovely, and the sea was calm!

And pretty much the same again today, a gorgeous day, with no mistrael, which was perfect for the couple who were getting married today at Akrotiri, followed by their reception at Waves this evening....when I took Bod for his evening walk, there was a perfect San Stef sunset as a backdrop for their special day!

 

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 27, 2015, 01:03:47 AM
Love it when you have nothing much to say apart from it's lovely.

The frogs and I send our love.

See you in four weeks.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 27, 2015, 01:30:12 AM
Now you're making me envious jimbo :) x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 27, 2015, 01:32:10 AM
Oh, Karen. If only...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: carl nottingham on August 27, 2015, 06:52:56 PM
Glad to have all these good reports cant wait till sep18th will be trying the chilly chili bar this time as it was just being constructed when we went in may
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 27, 2015, 09:23:37 PM
Oh, Karen. If only...
;)say hello to speros and team for us jimbo! We have to wait until 1st July next year I am seriously thinking of going twice next year, I've just got to persuade John! :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 28, 2015, 12:27:29 AM
Hot and sunny again, definately lovely Jimbo  ;)

Hopefully will be the same still when you come again.

Seemed very quiet in the resort during the day today, with I'm guessing lots of people relaxing by the pool or on the beach.

Been quite busy tonight though, with quite a few enjoying cocktails in Silver Star, and Olympia was busy too.

Keith Mitchell is back in town, for yesterdays wedding, and is doing a gig tonight in Bar 38, there's live music in 3W's, and karaoke in Condor.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 28, 2015, 12:52:21 AM
Well, autumn is definitely arriving in the UK. Cooler air and showers. But also Keats' "Season of mellow fruitfulness" with pounds of blackberries and runner beans picked from the garden, while the sweet-peas are still in glorious colourful bloom. Hoping we'll be able to grab a bit of late sun at the end of September, because it's nice to embark on the long journey of winter with a little warmth in the old bones.

My hippofrogs send their love. They may need a sibling!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: debra on August 28, 2015, 05:12:06 PM
Hot hot today ! 

Thank you hippopots for my lovely mugs etc. I love them. I want to use them - but fm scared to spoil them!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 28, 2015, 11:50:33 PM
 Another glorious day, hot, sunny, and endless blue sky  8)

And of course, a sunny day means a spectacular sunset, the hues of pink as well as orange tonight, reflecting off the sea.

Older part of the village nice and busy tonight, with diners on the terraces of Waves, Beachcombers, Mistral, Manthos and also Fantasea.
And on the other side of the road Nafsika quite busy, and people partaking of food, and 3 litre tubes of Corfu beer in Beer O Clock!

Changeover again, and we've said farewell to quite a few people, and also hello to returning visitors, including winkie, who popped in to see us. :)   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 29, 2015, 01:38:53 AM
Looks like you have a whole week of glorious weather ahead. Great stuff...
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Post by: Jules on August 29, 2015, 05:50:33 PM
Can't wait to get there next Friday and get some decent sunshine. Anyone else arriving on Friday 4th September?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy on August 29, 2015, 06:46:01 PM
Already here Jules. And still loving this place, albeit a lttle humid.

See you soon
Andy and Debbie
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 30, 2015, 12:15:01 AM
Yep, as Andy says, its hot and humid! Lovely to see you today too Debbie and Andy.

Think the temperature has increased a little again, I did see reports on the internet of another little heatwave heading our way again, but as someone said today, thats what we all want, especially as the weather in the UK has been pretty rubbish this summer!

We've spoken to quite a number of new visitors in the last few days too, which is great, as its nice to know people are coming to Corfu, irrespective of the negative press we've received in the UK this year. And they are all sounding very positive about San Stefanos too!  :D

Tonight theres live music at Athens Bar, and the regular Boy George tribute at Condor. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on August 30, 2015, 01:21:28 AM
I saw some of Jackies beautiful Hippopots work in the form of personalized ceramic placemats for the wedding held at Akrotiri / Waves this week. If I remember correctly it was 70+ handwritten placemarkers, all amazing
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 30, 2015, 11:45:11 PM
Thank you for the compliments abbo! Yes just over 70 place setting favours for the wedding, which I delivered to Waves, then sorted out to correspond with the table plan with Sally, the wonderfully organised wedding planner from San Stef travel! Having double and triple checked I'd done one for every guests, I still breathed a sigh of relief when we'd checked them again!

So today has been another hot and sunny one, with temperatures well into the 90's.  8)
The sea was a little wavy, but very pleasant for a paddle this evening!

Little Prince, Zorbas and 2 Stars all very busy tonight, and plenty of people enjoying drinks on the patio of Thomas Bay. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 01, 2015, 10:58:54 PM
Oooops, somehow yesterday slipped by and I forgot to post! So, 2 days in 1....

Yesterday and today have once again been glorious, with temperatures high into the 90's, maybe even more, so without a doubt beach or pool weather.  8)

Last night all the tavernas along the beach, Waves, Mistral, Manthos, Beachcombers, Fantasea and Chilly Chilli were busy, as people enjoyed the fantastic sunset.

Tonight sees live music in Athens Bar, from the Red Bellied Turtles, and bingo in Thomas Bay.

If you prefer it quieter, although no longer doing their Tuesday night BBQ, instead serving their a la carte menu, Kerry still sings on Tuesday night at Ozzy Oil, or you could do as many were tonight, and enjoy a peaceful drink among the roses, and enjoy the last of the sunshine at Summer Dreams.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 02, 2015, 11:40:18 PM
Guess what, another hot and sunny day today!  8)

Lots of people on the beach this lunchtime, and enjoying food in Waves and Fantasea.

This evening lots of people enjoying drinks on the patio of both Silver Moon and Silver Star, as well as Acabar.

Little Prince still quite busy, as is Mediterranean Village, with early diners, and Yiannis gyros with peopple looking for just a snack.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 04, 2015, 12:24:17 AM
Another glorious day, although there were just a few clouds for a while this afternoon, and it is now a little cooler in the evenings....not enough for a cardigan or jacket, but definately cooler. It's getting a little dewey, and my house doesn't feel like an oven when I get home, so it must be September!

However, the beach is ever popular, with lots of cars, quads and scooters parked up, and people were still in the sea as the gorgeous bright orange sun set behind Mathraki.

Plenty of people doing their last night shopping this evening, and others enjoying live music in Bar 38, which has a duo singing, El Greco, which has 'Irish Andy' playing tonight, and JJ Jupiter doing his regular stint in Athens Bar. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 04, 2015, 11:54:44 PM
Once again, we have another glorious San Stef day, with temperatures well into the 90's still. This has been an amazing summer for weather, with only about 3 bouts of rain since April!!

Changeover day again today, and probably most of the families have now gone, due to returning to school, to be replaced by couples. A little quiet this evening, with people on the move, but tavernas were still all doing a good trade.
Also, Silver Star is doing well with people enjoying early evening drinks, and people watching, and karaoke in Condor sounds pretty lively this evening!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 05, 2015, 01:41:34 AM
Great to hear Spiros in Silver Star is doing so well
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on September 05, 2015, 09:21:57 PM
Is this a different Spiros to Tassos and Spiros at the Silver Star?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 06, 2015, 12:16:48 AM
Hi Diane 13, yes this is a different Spiros. Tassos and Spiros of previous years put Silver Star up for rent at the end of last season, and for a while it was looking like it might be empty this season.
But fortunately Spiros who used to work at Athina, and his wife decided to take it, and are doing on excellent job of providing a lovely atmosphere, fab cocktails (which I sampled with friends in May), and amazing looking waffles, which I've yet to try, as well as coffees, and other drinks.

So, yet another hot day, with loads of sunshine. Just a little breeze on the beach today, which made it more comfortable. I've heard that tomorrow will be even hotter, then it will start to cool down, but only a little each day.....think you'll be OK for good weather Jimbo and Waspman!!

El Greco was very busy this evening with people watching the football. Live music in Athens Bar, and Boy George tribute, who's been at Condor all summer is doing his last gig of the season here, but I've heard he'll be back again next Summer.

Quite a few people also venturing over to Arillas tonight to the wine festival.....a brilliant night if you ever are here at this time of the year, with souvlaki, copious wine, and Greek traditional dancing and music.


 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 06, 2015, 01:20:11 AM
If the weather is crap when we come I will come into Hippopots and bore you for hours!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: PeteJo on September 06, 2015, 06:29:13 PM
So nice to hear the weather is still good. We hoped to out again before the season ended but unfortunately work has got in the way. Very disappointed but that's life..... On the bright side we have booked for next year so we are now counting down the days, weeks and months. Roll on 1st July 2016 when we are back to see all our friends.  :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 07, 2015, 12:14:56 AM
Ha ha Jimbo...you're welcome anytime!

Well, a few clouds collected today, still hot, but shock horror, we had oooh, 1 minute of rain this afternoon!!

Clouds cleared by early evening, leaving a nice warm dry evening for people enjoy whilst strolling around the village.

Tonight Yiannis taverna doing a brisk trade with their famous orange cake, and Ozzy Oil and Town Pizza also doing well.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 07, 2015, 12:29:00 AM
Will we need to bring weatherproofs in 2 weeks time Jackie?, see you then
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 07, 2015, 11:54:53 PM
Hopefully not Waspman, but you know Corfu.....anything can happen!

Well, a little cooler this morning, and a few wispy clouds, but still a lovely day.

I had a visit from a friend today, who is staying elsewhere on the island, so managed to escape for a few hours, to enjoy a frappe with Margarita at 3 W's, followed by lunch at Chilly Chilli, my first visit. A lovely spot overlooking the beach, with a great chilled out vibe. And it was fun watching people paragliding!

This evening the wind got up a little, but it was a warm one, so not very refreshing! However, the clouds gave some lovely colours at sunset.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 09, 2015, 01:36:37 PM
Oooops, for got to write last night, so will do an update now, then another for today later!

Well, the mistral winds came in full force yesterday afternoon, clearing the beach! The sea came right in, sunbeds had to be pulled back, and some of the businesses on the beach had to close, so things didn't get blown away!

This morning the wind has calmed right down for now, and the good news is the sea has gone back out, so sunbeds are back in place. It's overcast this morning, but there were a few people still sat on the beach.

We're expecting storms from this afternoon onwards until tomorrow night, and Chilly Chilli have already announced they are staying closed for now due to the weather. At the moment all is relatively calm, but watch this space........!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Richard/Jackie/Nathan on September 09, 2015, 01:50:41 PM
Thanks for the Golden Wedding plate and the other purchases - I think Jackie should get a loyalty card ha!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 09, 2015, 10:07:01 PM
Ha Ha, glad to hear everything got home OK!  ;D

Well, the rain started late this afternoon, just a few drops here and there to start with, resulting in people having a wander round, and not worrying too much about getting wet.

But now it's much heavier....we had a sharp burst about half an hour ago, and now its steadily throwing it down! I guess many will be staying in their hotels tonight, and those that have ventured out to eat will be taking their time, hoping it will pass over....well it will by about tomorrow afternoon!  ;)

So, we're signing off now to have an early finish, go home and put our feet up in front of a film! Spiro and Aris at Spiro's bikes have just left an hour earlier than normal, and I don't think we'll be the only ones taking an early finish!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on September 10, 2015, 01:27:43 PM
Was watching that storm on Lightning maps.org coming in from Sicily way gradually getting bigger. It can leave before tomorrow!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tenbeech on September 10, 2015, 04:32:02 PM

  You are quite right Swedebasher , it can rain until Friday afternoon and then we want sunshine for the next two weeks. 
   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on September 10, 2015, 04:34:47 PM
Hope you get it guys
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 11, 2015, 12:04:56 AM
Well, the storm hit full force overnight, and it was a biggy! Lightening started around 11pm, and from where we live in Dafni, it was huge flashes, in the most amazing pink/purple colour!
That died down after an hour or so, then during the night the winds got up, and it sounded like a hurricane! I didn't know what time it was, but people have told me it was around 3.30am, and patio and pool furniture was being flung around. Athens Bar's nice new swinging sign ended up on the ground, but I'm glad to see it's back in place and illuminated, so no harm done. Overall little damage in the village, but the winds brought the sea right in, leaving the beach very narrow, however this will soon change as the weather settles down.

So, although there's been ominous looking black clouds all around us today, San Stef remained dry and fairly sunny, even though there was rain just up the road in 1 direction in Sidari, and just along the road the other way in Arillas!

This evening feels nice and busy, with plenty of people out and about. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 11, 2015, 01:16:54 AM
As long as it gets better by next Friday Jackie
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 12, 2015, 11:49:14 PM
Weather's improved already Waspman  ;D

Didn't post last night, as we snuck off early to go for dinner with friends, our first visit to Fantasea, and a lovely evening we had too. Was pretty windy, so we had a table on the patio, but back from the front wall, so was nice and sheltered. Had a great meal, and a good chat with Kosta too. We don't get to go out very often during the season, when everyone's open, but when we do, we try to go to different places, in order to enjoy hospitality from (eventually!) all the tavernas in San Stefanos!

Today we had gorgeous blue skies, a bit of breeze, and slightly cooler temperatures, but definately pool weather.  8)

Seeing plenty of return visitors, many of whom arrived yesterday for their 2nd, some 3rd visit of the year, keeping tavernas nice and busy! 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 13, 2015, 12:19:38 AM
Fantasea is a terrific taverna Jackie, wonderful views of the bay and town, especially at sunset. We go there quite often now.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Steve B on September 13, 2015, 12:26:23 AM
I have to agree. I had the best meal I have had in the 3 years of going to San Stefanos. I had the school shark fillet,  a must try!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 14, 2015, 11:29:02 PM
Another lovely sunny day again today, with temperatures creeping into the 30's in the sun....love this time of year!

Changeover again today, so a little quieter in the daytime, but still plenty of people around tonight.

The tavernas are having a good night, with 2 Stars full, Zorba's very busy, and Little Prince, Olympia and Beer O Clock also doing well.
A little cooler after dark now, but still plenty warm enough for people to sit out on the veranda of Beachcombers, enjoying the sunset.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 15, 2015, 11:56:36 PM
And another wonderful hot sunny day......what a fabulous Summer!

Still plenty of visitors around, with plenty of people heading out on scooters and quads.

This evening there was a beautiful sunset, with the sun now setting closer to behind the church, and there looked like quite a number of people enjoying it with a drink in hand at Chilly Chilli.

Champions league on in a few places this evening, and Rod Stewart tribute, which has been very popular, in Condor.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 16, 2015, 01:09:26 AM
Thanks for the posts Jackie, see you and Peter soon
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 16, 2015, 11:58:32 PM
Guess what....hot and sunny again!!  8)

Think the temperature is actually creeping up again slightly, and once again, not a cloud in the sky!

The sea is also lovely and calm, perfect for a swim.

Lots of busy tavernas tonight, with the beachside ones still nice and busy, due to such good weather. Plenty of people in Waves, Mistral, and Manthos, and away from the beach Olympia was also busy.
No live music anywhere tonight, but some nice chilled out 80's music coming from Athens Bar....takes me back to my teenage years!

See you soon Mr and Mrs Waspman...... :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on September 17, 2015, 12:46:42 AM
Thought you were still a teenager Jackie
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 17, 2015, 11:37:58 PM
Ha ha Waspman, I wish!!

And another glorious day, with temperatures well into the high 20's, possibly still going into the 30's in the sun.

Currently no mistral winds either, so its just perfect.  :D

Very busy tonight at Little Prince, Zorba's, 2 Stars and Silver Star, as I wandered past, taking Bod for a moonlit dip in the sea ( him not me!!)

I always love the beach.....after dark its very serene, with waves gently lapping the shore, and very little light pollution, so the stars are so vivid, they are amazing.

Motown night at Condor, JJ Jupiter in Athens Bar, and a full patio of people outside Aquarius enjoying a relaxing nightcap.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on September 18, 2015, 05:10:29 PM
thanks for the posts Jackie. So glad the season is still going so well. Wish we were there (but at least we have booked for next year already   :) )
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 18, 2015, 11:38:15 PM
Hot and sunny again today, although there is talk of a storm coming on Sunday...

Nice to see Mr and Mrs Waspman back again today, as well as other familiar faces, welcome back all!

Rugby world cup on in various places tonight, so people can watch England V Fiji.

Quite quiet out tonight, as another changeover, so we're off for a little snack at Beer O Clock!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on September 19, 2015, 02:18:15 AM
thanks for the posts Jackie. So glad the season is still going so well. Wish we were there (but at least we have booked for next year already   :) )
Us too! Going 1st july!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 20, 2015, 10:40:03 PM
Slightly overcast today, but very hot and humid!

We've all been awaiting a storm that has been forecast for tonight and tomorrow, and the cloud began building up late afternoon, with dark clouds obscuring Albania and the islands by this evening, just before dark.

And the storm has started.....the wind started building up about an hour ago, and we have just had the most amazing lightening show over the mountains inland!
The thunder seems to have stopped for now, although we still have the amazing lightening, but the wind is gathering pace, so there is much battening down of the hatches going on!

Think the tavernas will be utilising their outside space as much as possible, and rolling down their plastic windbreaks.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on September 20, 2015, 10:44:02 PM
Didn't see Bod taking you for a walk tonight Mrs Pots!!! Not much rain  though, how odd.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on September 20, 2015, 11:43:16 PM
Can just picture you and bod out for your evening stroll - lovely to hear whats going on even though we are back in England and back to work/school.... Thomas has proudly shown off his dinosaur to everyone and told them all about the dogs we met, Bod being a firm favourite of course! 

hope the rest of the season goes well,
Louise x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 21, 2015, 11:48:35 PM
Oh he dragged me down the beach swedebasher, last night and tonight!

And Louise, tell Thomas that Bod is having lots of fun in the stream!

So, the storm rumbled around last night, and as swedebasher said, really not much rain at all, although the power did go off around midnight for a while, leaving everyone in darkness!

And this morning the sun was out again, and it has been for the most part a lovely day, especially as the humidity has now dropped.

It got a little cloudy early evening, with some very stormy looking clouds gathering over the headland towards Arillas, with a rainbow too, but no rain for us here  :D

The sea was quite choppy though!

Tonight tavernas who have lots of outside tables had pulled more under cover just in case, and Chilly Chili had closed up, as it was very windy on the beach.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on September 22, 2015, 11:57:28 PM

Sounds lovely - I bet September is a lovely time to be in the village "sigh"  I will just have to count down the weeks until we next arrive.   Jackie - I will tell Thomas in the morning - he will be thrilled to bits!
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 23, 2015, 11:30:18 PM
Well, here we are third week in September, and its still hot and sunny, fabulous!

A little cooler in the evenings, but still very comfortable for sitting outside for dinner and drinks.

Yesterday evening the Rod Syewart tribute in Condor was very popular, and The Worried Men of Corfu played Athens Bar for the first time, drawing quite a crowd too.

This morning the beach was pretty busy when Bod and I went for a walk at about half ten, with plenty of people taking advantage of the glorious weather  8)
This evening is quiet, as no music on anywhere, but plenty of people out for dinner, with Zorba's almost full!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 24, 2015, 11:08:11 PM
A change in the weather today. Overcast this morning, with dark clouds looming over the headland, and by lunchtime we had a short burst of torrential rain!

After this the sun re-appeared briefly, then the rumble of thunder could be heard in the distance, getting closer until we had some very loud bangs, and lots more rain!  :o

Fortunately its dry now, so people have been able to venture out for dinner and drinks without getting a soaking!!
Cooler evenings too now, with Condor busy tonight, but closing their glass frontage, to keep it from getting too chilly inside.

Getting a little quieter in the village, but everyone still open, except Elpida's bistro, the first to close for the season, but who have done well for their first season of re-opening, and have received excellent reviews of their food.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Caz on September 25, 2015, 01:51:08 AM
I believe the bus service from here to Arrillas and St George has also made its last journey of the season today
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 25, 2015, 11:30:08 PM
Thanks for the info Caz, I hadn't realised that. We always seemed to pass it on a narrow bend between Arillas and San Stef on our way to work! A great little service though, so hopefully it will be back next year.

Well, woke up to a very grey and cloudy day, lots of low cloud over the headland, and obscuring the mountain above Agios Georgios, so we should of known the big rainstorm with accompianing thunder was following not far behind!
It absolutely belted it down until about 1pm, when you could see a lovely bank of clear blue sky following behind the clouds, coming in from the sea....half an hour after the rains stopped the sun was shining, and everyone finally had chance to venture out!

A little cloudy again tonight, but its stayed dry. The sea was quite calm this evening, and the sailboat anchored just off shore made a lovely image, along with the sun setting through the clouds.
Plenty of people eating out tonight, with Beer O Clock busy, and people sitting indoors at Beachcombers.

Getting near the end of September now, but lovely to see some familiar faces back again, for another holiday before the end of the Summer.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on September 26, 2015, 07:12:51 PM
Yes Mrs Pots, we thought we would not get back home with all the flight chaos in the morning due to the storm. The road past the Tsaros was like a water skiing course.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 27, 2015, 10:47:24 PM
Sorry no update last night, our internet was on the blink!

Well, fortunately the weather has now settled down, and after a storm yesterday morning, the sun came out, and the temperature rose nicely in the sunshine.

Last night, many were at various bars watching the rugby....England V Wales. We watched in 3 W's, where there was a good mix of fans, a nice atmosphere, and lots of shouting!

Today the weather has been much improved, although there was a sudden deluge this morning which sent people rushing for cover under canopies!
The weather has resulted in the little bridge across the stream on the beach taking a little trip downstream, and is now sitting rather askew in the water. I imagine it won't be long before its put away for the Winter now.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on September 28, 2015, 07:32:29 PM
I believe the bus service from here to Arrillas and St George has also made its last journey of the season today
We came home last Wednesday after another enjoyable holiday.While we were there we made good use of that bus for our trips to Arrilas . I hope they run it again next year and start the service earlier in the year as it didn't run in June . The 11.50 got us there in nice time for a refreshing home made ice tea in Ammos then on to Armourada for lunch.
We managed to get up to Afiones by taxi this time and enjoyed an evening meal at Porto Timoni.It was a beautiful warm evening and it was magical looking down in to St Georges as the lights came on along the coast.The meal was delicious and Kostas was delighted to see us after a gap of about four years.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 28, 2015, 10:19:46 PM
Hi Dupnica, I agree it will be great if they run it next year. If they do, my guess is they should start earlier, as it may have been held up this year by getting paperwork in place to get up and running.

So today has been lovely and sunny, with very few clouds in the sky, which is nice after the stormy days of last week.

Quite a lot of people going home today, and probably less arriving, so the village is feeling a lot quieter. Although Yiannis Gyros is doing a very good trade tonight!

Athens Bar have finished their live music nights, and no more musicians at Ozzy Oil, but Condor has karaoke tonight, and music tomorrow.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on September 29, 2015, 07:01:43 PM
 Hi Jackie,we enjoyed popping in to see you and having a chat and our daughter was delighted with the little dog you made for her.Looking forward to seeing you again next June,enjoy what's left of the Summer and have a good Winter.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 29, 2015, 11:15:50 PM
Thanks Dupnica, glad she liked the dog, hope you have a good Winter too, and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Well, it feels much quieter after yesterdays departures....definately nearing the end of the season, which seems to have gone so fast!
But the weather felt fab for mist of today with lots of sunshine. The wind did get up a little later this afternoon, so I did feel a little sandblasted when I took Bod to the beach earlier!

Ozzy Oil has now closed for the season, I hadn't realised this last weekend was their finishing date. They'll be heading back to Oz for their next Summer soon, but will of course be back next year.

Everyone else is still open, so plenty of choices for nice meals!   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 01, 2015, 08:47:08 PM
Well, 1st October today, the last month of the tourist season, and the sun has been shining, and the temperature has been perfect!  8)

However it also signifies the first day of the new VAT quarter, so a few places do decide to close on the last day of September, so as not to have to bother with another VAT return....
Chilly Chili did their last night yesterday, the weather can be against them at this time of the year, being perched up above the beach. They did a great job of turning a deralict building into a good new business.
Fantasea has also closed for the season, and this evening the floating platform for the watersports has been pulled back onto the beach by the parking area, which is where it spends the Winter months.

But still plenty of places open, so the village feels far from finishing for the season.  :)

However, 1 thing to be aware of if you're coming out for a late visit, the ATM's at Crystal Daisy, and Thomas Bay have been removed for the Winter, (they are taken away every 30th Sept, and returned 1st May)
Good news is that the one at Tasty Corner is still up and running, as it is a different bank provider.

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 02, 2015, 09:24:49 PM
Another nice warm sunny day, with just a few clouds around, but nothing much to spoil a good day.  8)

Said a few farewells today to people leaving, and some hello's to some returning visitors, sneaking in another week, and who can blame them!

The village is taking on that quiet serene air that comes with October. A few less sunbeds on the beach, slightly cooler at night, and quieter roads with less traffic, but its still lovely!

Perros closed for the season today, and I believe Stamatis has also bid farewell to their final guests for this year.
No other tavernas or bars have closed, although most now have a few less tables....as it gets cooler at night, outside seating areas are cleared a little, and tables taken inside more, so people and food don't get cold.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 05, 2015, 10:38:52 AM
It's definitely quieter than other years at this time. I've never seen so few people in Little Prince. We were the only ones watching Arsenal thrash ManU at El Greco yesterday. No signs of life in many apartment blocks. Vicky closes today.

There are no flights in or out for Thomson apart from Manchester and Gatwick, and we suspect that that's the reason why it's so quiet.

It's a pity, because the weather has been great. We came on September 25th and we have only had 10 minutes of light rain in the entire time. It was supposed to pour down with thunder storms. It turned into a beautiful day (though it did rain in Avliotes). Today is forecast dry, maybe light cloud, 79oF.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Papapetros on October 05, 2015, 11:50:58 AM
Thomson are certainly flying out from Birmingham and East Mids to Corfu in October.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: gillie on October 05, 2015, 07:55:01 PM
Jim meant no Thomson flights today, Monday, to Doncaster or a few other of the smaller airports. Fridays are still flying or we wouldn't be able to get home!!!:)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 05, 2015, 09:06:14 PM
You're right Jimbo, this is our 3rd October, and most definately our quietest!
The season is drawing to a close, but it feels much sooner this year, as the village is soooooo quiet!

Vicky's closed today, also I think Kapitanos ( unless they'd just stacked their chairs for cleaning at lunchtime!), and Olga's is also done for the season.

Brusko did their final night for this season last night, and many of the other tavernas are quiet.....think maybe people are chosing to eat in the hotels.

The weather has indeed been lovely, especially today, when we had glorious sunshine for most of the day. 8)

Many are now doing reduced hours, with Mediterranean Village only opening for dinner, Waves only opening for lunch, El Greco opening later, and Crystal Daisy and ourselves closing earlier!
Most of us are 'playing it by ear' as when to close, but most of us are now very quiet.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 05, 2015, 09:52:10 PM
We came home less than two weeks ago and while we were there I thought I had never seen Agios Stefanos so busy for that time of the year,the place was positively buzzing. Just goes to show how quickly things quieten down at the end of the season.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Broonie on October 05, 2015, 10:13:08 PM
I remember last year we flew home on the 10th of October ,we were walking back up to the teresas ,after saying our goodbyes to everyone at the little prince ,it was very eerie all that was missing from the main st was tumbleweed ,never seen it so quiet yet 10 years ago we were out on the 10 th for 11 days and the village was still quite busy ,how times change ,look forward to seeing you all on the 10th of June have a good winter .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on October 05, 2015, 11:43:10 PM
Jimbo and Gillie

John and I hope you're having a lovely holiday.  Wish we were there!! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 06, 2015, 01:44:34 AM
We've have always stayed early September in recent years but this year it was late September into early October. The change between early and late September this year was quite surprising. The evenings were noticably cooler, jackets some evenings, a significant drop in the amount of tourists, many tavernas starting to close (some already closed)
Next year it's early September again.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: gillie on October 06, 2015, 11:03:26 AM
Thanks Karen and John -we're having a great time and despite all the bad weather forecasts it has been lovely! No wind, one shower of about 10mins duration followed by a perfect blue sky, and really warm, in the top 70s, for those oldies who prefer Fahrenheit!! As people say when we arrived on Sept 25 it seemed busier than usual, but after Friday Oct 2 it has gone down with a whiz, unlike the last few years. I'm sure it has been affected by a reduction in Monday flights. When we left on 25 Sept there had been no availability in Agios Stephanos for about three weeks from Doncaster, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands Airports. All flights full. Surprisingly, I checked yesterday and there is now availability from Leeds/Bradford for 3 places!! Strange...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on October 06, 2015, 03:51:26 PM
Hi Gillie

That is strange!!  Sounds like you are enjoying the lovely weather, very envious!!  Hopefully bump into you and Jimbo next year, we have booked for July 1st for 2 weeks, as we couldn't get in the week before!! Enjoy the rest of your holiday and take care, both!!  Karenx
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 06, 2015, 08:19:03 PM
Hi all,

Day eleven and it's been warm with mixed cloud and sun. No rain, though it does look like the Adriatic will get clobbered tomorrow.

The sun is still hot, and we've found the evenings warmer than usual - only needed a light sweat-shirt when eating outside. That's because there's been an unusual lack of wind - just one evening out of eleven. Given the horrendous weather forecasts before we flew out, every day has been an unexpected joy of sunshine and calm.

I'll write more when we get home. Autumn weather here is quite random, but this year the dice have rolled double-sixes for us. We've met some fascinating people and had some wonderful food, particularly at Nafsika and Little Prince.

I was sitting writing in the little bower by the Nafiska pool with a glass of Retsina to hand when a tiny wagtail landed by the pool and stood at the edge. I thought he was going to take the plunge, and then he obviously spotted the 'No Diving' sign and instead hopped up near me and cocked his head, as though asking 'Where are all the people?' 'I think they've flown back to their winter nests,' I whispered. Alas, so will we on Friday, but charged with Agios Stefanos' warmth of weather and friendship which I hope will sustain us through the winter darkness.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 06, 2015, 09:07:02 PM
Lovely write up Jimbo.....as you say, quiet here, but lovely weather at the moment, especially when you think its October, and its still warm enough and comfortable enough to sit outside to eat.

The beach is also quiet now, attracting more walkers than sunbathers, so the number of sunbeds is gradually diminishing, and the 'tropical' parasols (the straw ones), we being gathered up and removed ready for Winter.

But the sea is lovely and calm, and its a fab place to take a walk.  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on October 07, 2015, 12:09:26 AM


sounds beautiful! I love watching the birds, the dogs, and chatting too such lovely people.  Feeling home sick for my holidays!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 07, 2015, 12:50:14 AM
Is Bod missing his doggie chews Ackie?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rod on October 07, 2015, 08:27:54 PM
Hi all,

Day eleven and it's been warm with mixed cloud and sun. No rain, though it does look like the Adriatic will get clobbered tomorrow.

The sun is still hot, and we've found the evenings warmer than usual - only needed a light sweat-shirt when eating outside. That's because there's been an unusual lack of wind - just one evening out of eleven. Given the horrendous weather forecasts before we flew out, every day has been an unexpected joy of sunshine and calm.

I'll write more when we get home. Autumn weather here is quite random, but this year the dice have rolled double-sixes for us. We've met some fascinating people and had some wonderful food, particularly at Nafsika and Little Prince.

I was sitting writing in the little bower by the Nafiska pool with a glass of Retsina to hand when a tiny wagtail landed by the pool and stood at the edge. I thought he was going to take the plunge, and then he obviously spotted the 'No Diving' sign and instead hopped up near me and cocked his head, as though asking 'Where are all the people?' 'I think they've flown back to their winter nests,' I whispered. Alas, so will we on Friday, but charged with Agios Stefanos' warmth of weather and friendship which I hope will sustain us through the winter darkness.

It was nice to have met both you and Gillie earlier in the year Jimbo.  See you next year!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 07, 2015, 08:37:22 PM
Yes Mr Waspman, Bod's missing his treats from you, and everyone else who spoilt him rotten this season. Of course, you do realise that if we see you in Winter back in Wiltshire he'll recognise your voice and expect something!  ;D

So today started lovely and sunny, and has stayed nice and warm all day, but there are now big black clouds lurking to the North of us, and there has been a few flashes and rumbles too. Spiros and Ari have been putting all their vehicles undercover, and the cushions are n off the chairs in Athens bar, so rain is on the cards!

Still plenty of tavernas and bars open, but Zorbas have been packing up today, having done their last dancing for 2015. With the intense heat we had in July and August I have great admiration for them, the staff at Little Prince, and anyone else who entertained guests with Greek dancing in such conditions!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 08, 2015, 10:47:19 AM
The first flashes out to sea began at about 7pm. We decided to go earlier than usual up to Nafsika, where Spiros had promised rabbit stifado. We stuck our shorts on and hurried from Little Prince with brollies, kags, and carrier bags with evening wear in. The first drops fell as we were passing Beachcombers, and we just made it into the bar before the storm arrived like a war zone.

It stayed warm all evening. I was just wearing shorts and my Little Prince T-shirt. The rabbit stifado was superb, washed down with a lovely bottle of Nemea, and at midnight the rain stopped and we made it home without getting wet.

This morning, we are in a kind of well, with clouds all around and blue overhead. The roads and roofs are drying fast, but it looks as though they're going to get wet again. We shall see.

The beach by Waves/Mistral/Manthos is getting wider by the day, and up by Mango/Havana you need wellies at high tide. So it seems likely that there will soon be a North Beach and South Beach.

Last night at Little Prince tonight and there are only six of us left here, so it's airport time tomorrow. :-(
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on October 09, 2015, 06:46:22 PM
Hi this year seems to have been very quite on this forum apart from the daily up dates from hippopots  witch I would like to thank her for keep them up please maybe its because we all no so much about the place now and love the place and keep coming back any one else any comments.
Regards Harry
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on October 10, 2015, 12:17:51 AM
Yes it definitely has been quiet - not the usual banter which is a shame but I also look forward to the updates from Hippopots.   :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on October 10, 2015, 11:13:49 AM
Looks to me that Facebook is the culprit  :(. Love this forum,its so disappointing to see so few posts now.Jackie deserves a huge pat on the back for her daily updates,which I look forward to every day.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 10, 2015, 12:27:59 PM
Awww, thanks everybody for the lovely words! It has been quieter on here, as the facebook pages are thriving, which is good as they also give lots of info.

I will continue to do the updates here, as lots of people popped in during the Summer to say Thanks, and not everyone uses facebook.

A little hit and miss at the mo, as our internet is playing up, and we're borrowing Spiros bikes, so I'm not always on to post!
In the Winter, I'll do weekly updates at the minimum, just to keep you all up to date.

So yesterday was a glorious day, lots of sunshine, and mid 20's temperatures.

It was also another changeover day, so lots of people left, but a few still arrived....met a couple this morning who arrived yesterday, have not been here before, and despite things beginning to close up, already think it's great here, so San Stefanos s still weaving its magic spell!

Quite a few places closing now, but still quite a few still open.

Barras were packing up this morning, as their last guests left yesterday, and as Jimbo and Gillie were the last guests at Little Prince, I think they just had to turn out the lights on their way out! All packed up for Winter there now.


Mediterannean Village was packing up last night,Beachcombers and 2 Stars had their last nights of the season yesterday, and both were very busy. And Bar 38 and El Greco were also in darkness yesterday evening, although whether that was because it was a changeover, or whether thats it for the season for them both, we'll have to see.

But all the shops are still open, as well as Spiros and Pegasus bikes, and car hire through Dimitria and Manos, Olgas and San Stef travel.

For food and drinks, as well as the hotels, we still have Athens Bar, Aquarius Bar, Yiannis Gyros, Condor, Acabar, 3 W's, Town Pizza, Tasty Corner, Silver Star, Olympia, Summer Dreams, Juice Bar, Beer O Clock, Waves,Mistral, and Manthos, so still quite a choice, although one by one, we'll all gradually close for the Summer.

Today is incredibly windy, we've already lost 2 items of stock, and it's only half 11!! >:(

Tonight was supposed to be the 1 night beer festival at the brewery, but unfortunately it's been cancelled due to the weather, as a storm is forecast. Such a shame, and it was so lovely yesterday! 
 

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Post by: Karen on October 10, 2015, 08:01:19 PM
Yes, many thanks Jackie. We feel like we're still there when we read your updates! I think Facebook is the culprit too. I personally don't use it! Some good reports Jimbo, also. Thank you. Hope you're enjoying this cold British weather!
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Post by: Waspman on October 10, 2015, 10:25:38 PM
I heard that Jeremy Corbyn was there last week, anyone spot him?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 11, 2015, 11:29:53 AM
Personally, I don't much like Facebook, and I think it's a pity it's distracted from the forum. I have no desire to see loads of pictures of people's dinner and yet another sunset. Having at least two San Stef groups doesn't help, because people post their dinner pictures in both of them! Putting cameras on phones was a retrograde step, I think.

I much prefer reading Jackie's lovely updates, and it's far easier for people to find helpful information on here. Facebook lives in a messy "now," whereas the forum is logically arranged by major topic.

In the unlikely event that I have anything significant to say that's longer than one sentence I will post it on the forum and stick a link on Facebook. Maybe that will remind a few people that's it's here.

JC
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Post by: swedebasher on October 11, 2015, 01:05:54 PM
Totally agree Jimbo. Never use any un-social media myself.
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Post by: Nellie on October 11, 2015, 03:42:41 PM


I have to admit I do both, I love the wonderful updates Jackie gives, and can picture the village as she or Pete walks bod through in the evening.  I also go on the facebook pages but get a bit fed up of some of the bickering that can go on there.  However, the pictures are nice, and I have tried somenew places because of it.  thanks jackie for all your lovely updates.  I will miss them over the winter, but hope you all have a lovely break and hope you get away somewhere to relax! we are coming back next year with my mum too, and I was trying to describe to her what is soo special about the village, and found it hard to put into words, its not just the place, its the locals, I really have never been to a friendlier place and that aswell as how beautiful draws us back again and again. 

thank you, and happy winter holidays, hugs to bod x
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Chrissyann on October 11, 2015, 07:23:17 PM
Thanks Jackie for all your updates I do enjoy them and I must agree I get fed up of all the food pics etc on Facebook.I shall look forward to next years visit and find something else memorable to bring back again like my Grandsons lovely dragon moneybox you made us this year.
Keep up the good work it keeps us going during the cold winter months :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 11, 2015, 09:44:03 PM
Hi all, missed an update last night.....we're going home early now, and I must admit we both just crashed out on our hardly used sofas when we got home yesterday!

Well, we had a wild storm yesterday, the wind was getting up during the day, this was followed by lots of rain, a bit of thunder, and massive winds all night. Not much sleep for us due to a tree branch banging on the roof   >:(

Had some sun today, but also another torrential downpour this afternoon, followed by a bit more sun.

The stream at the beach is no longer a stream, as the weather has brought a lot of water up into it, causing it to overflow all over the beach around it, spreading out as far as Waves. As it was now looking all one level on the surface, I hope no one walks into it, thinking its shallow all the way through, as Bod has to do the doggy paddle in the middle!  :o

Couple more businesses have now closed. Yiannis and Vaso have packed away their famous orange cake tins for another year, and Acabar was packing up today too.

The village is beginning to take on its Winter persona now....the beach is saying farewell to the sunbeds, and reverting back to its wild, natural state, you can walk in the middle of the road, and locals have more time to stop and pass the time of day together.

Mediterranean Village was beautifully decorated this afternoon in red and white, for a big family celebration. It looked lovely, and hopefully they will all have a fab evening of celebrations!
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Post by: Sellsy on October 11, 2015, 10:09:08 PM
Thanks for the update  posts Jackie, you paint a great picture of village life...as well as great ceramics!
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Post by: Tredegar Boy on October 11, 2015, 11:53:53 PM
My 2 boys think I'm a social media dinosaur as I don't do twitface or anything similar. Much prefer this forum. Have a good winter Hippopots.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on October 12, 2015, 11:34:46 AM
Totally agree, I hate Facebook and only go on there because of the San Stef forum (and the Lindos, Rhodes forum). Yes I get bored with seeing people's dinner but some of the photos are really lovely - loved the one of Bod in the sea last week!
Thanks for all the updates Jackie, we have really enjoyed them  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: debra on October 13, 2015, 09:43:43 PM
That's a good move Jimbo - I love this site and have been worried by lack of posts compared to how it used to be - lets hope we can keep it alive
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 14, 2015, 12:40:58 PM
Well, yesterday was, in my opinion, a perfect October day....mid 20's temperature, not a cloud in the sky, clear views to Albania, and the Diapontia, and a gorgeous sunset!

The village is on wind down now, with everyone asking each other, 'when will you finish?'.
As I mentioned before, many have now closed, but that does mean others can stay open longer, as there are less people, but with less choice of places to eat and drink, it does still make it viable for some.

Tasty Corner does now look closed, (unless he's opening in evenings after we go home), but Yiannis gyros is still going strong. Silver Star has packed away about half their seating, but are still open, as is Olympia, Summer Dreams, Athens Bar, Aquarius Condor, 3 W's, Juice Bar, Beer O Clock, Manthos and Mistral, as well as Athina, Thomas Bay, and Nafsika, who of course all serve food and drinks to non residents.
Today is a little cooler, and slightly overcast, but it's still T shirt, and flip flop weather!  ;D
Any of us that are still open re on reduced hours now, with some only open in afternoons, and some only open in evenings. 
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Post by: gillie on October 14, 2015, 04:21:53 PM
Thanks for the updates, Jackie, wish we were still there but the weather here in Hull on Oct 11th, my birthday, was beautiful, although I'm sure a lot colder. Doesn't sound as if it was so good there!! Getting much colder here now, but lots of sunshine and my sweet peas are still flowering in vast numbers. I pick some everyday and they smell wonderful; I've never known them quite as good. The Canada geese have descended upon our local park pond, so I reckon they know the weather...

I also prefer the forum,my grand children laugh at me, but I'm a bit old and don't want to share photos of all my doings and meals with everyone!! Having said that, of course some photos are great and there is room for both. However if you want to retrieve info, for example which Insurance firms were good for oldies with problems then it's the Forum every time! Jim is right in that Facebook is very much "of the momen" and transient.

 :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 14, 2015, 07:48:43 PM
 It's so nice to see some activity on the forum at last. I love Jackie's posts but she must have wondered if she was flogging a dead horse sometimes.

 I am not on Facebook either but my friend, who is a convert, often sends photos that she thinks will interest me. I was quite alarmed by some she sent yesterday  showing a rather large drainage pipe, which has become exposed due to the recent storms, and originating from somewhere near Havana bar. This pipe seems to go straight in to the sea! Where is it coming from?What is flowing through it? I dread to think.Does anyone know the answer? I believe that some of the pool owners near the beach empty their pools into the sea,that is worrying in itself,but the thought that something nastier could be flowing through that pipe,surely not!

  Do you think the changes and development that have taken place around Delfino Blue and Paralia Apartments have been responsible for making that part of the beach so narrow this year.Don't believe it's all due to Long Shore Drift.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 15, 2015, 02:00:32 AM
I think the pipe is just rainwater. They have some very big septic tanks in Agios Stefanos.

Not sure about the buildings and beach reduction unless the weight of the concrete in the constructions has caused a small depression in the average level of the sandstone substrate, and hence the nearby beach. Discuss!
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Post by: hippopots on October 17, 2015, 09:26:34 PM
Well, the season does feel like its at the end now....there are still some guests here in Thomas Bay, Athina, and Nafsika, but as there all half board, there is very little need for the tavernas, and bars, so just about everyone is now closed.
Still open today were Summer Dreams, Yiannis gyros and the Juice Bar, and Beer O Clock will be open until tomorrow night. Plus of course 3 W's and Town Pizza will carry on a little longer, as they continue on reduced hours over the Winter for those of us here, as well as San Stefanos Supermarket. Athens Bar still opening at 6pm, but not sure for how much longer, but its still possible to rent a scooter or quad from both Pegasus and Spiros Bikes.

As for us shops, Aspa, Elizabeths, Zest for Life, Vasia, and Perdita's are still open, although some are finishing after this weekend. We have been at the shop every afternoon this week, stock checking and cleaning, but with no customers for 5 days running, its time to close!

Thanks to everyone who's supported us, and who've come in to say Hi, and thanks for this blog, and who've come to see Bod.

We'll be in Corfu for the next 3 weeks, then will be away until January, back to the UK, visiting family and friends.

Posts will continue whilst we're here, but will probably be weekly from now on, when we take the opportunity on a nice day to take Bod to his favourite beach.

Thanks all for reading....time to go onto Winter hours!! ;)   
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Post by: Teamnickos on October 18, 2015, 01:27:18 AM
Thanks so much for your posts Jackie, really appreciated them. Enjoy winter! X

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Post by: abbo on October 18, 2015, 01:34:59 PM
Your posts have been amazing, bringing the village to life for all of us addicts. Thanks very much x
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Post by: diane13 on October 19, 2015, 12:41:11 AM
Thank you for all the updates Jackie - they are really appreciated   I have really enjoyed reading them :)
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Post by: Chrissyann on October 19, 2015, 12:20:25 PM
Thank you Jackie,  I will enjoy following your updates throughout the winter, enjoy your break  :)
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Post by: dibully on October 20, 2015, 03:12:19 AM
Have enjoyed the posts Jackie makes you get a feel of what's happening even when your not there and helps with the anticipation of any forthcoming visit thank you  :)
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Post by: hippopots on October 20, 2015, 02:06:15 PM
Thanks all for your kind words.
We popped down to San Stefanos yesterday to finish off sorting at the shop, and all is quiet now. Aspa is still open, along with Yiannis gyros, Taste of life gift shop, and the Juice Bar, as well as Spiros Bikes, and Dimitra and Manos car hire. Vasia gift shop is also still open 4 hours a day.

Elsewhere, Elizabeths is still open, but stock was being packed away, and end of season cleaning going on at Condor, Summer Dreams, and Olympia.

The beach was gorgeous yesterday, with a very calm sea gently lapping at the shore, and the weather was slightly cloudy, but when the sun came through it was hot, so the weather is still very much in our favour.  8)   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 22, 2015, 05:43:06 PM
Popped down to the village yesterday.....the 'busy' area now is near the beach. The juice Bar was busy, with quite a few people sat enjoying the sunshine with a drink, and Mistral had quite a few in for lunch, and even some enjoying the sunbeds.

We had big storms overnight last night, with thunder and lightening, and a huge deluge of rain, resulting in flooding in both Arillas and Sidari!

A bit of a wet ole day today, but hopefully no more thunder!   
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Post by: Nellie on October 23, 2015, 11:23:07 PM

Sounds perfect! bet the beach is lovely at the moment  :) nice and quiet.  Hope all my lovely dogs are well - including top dog Bod!

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Post by: Tredegar Boy on October 25, 2015, 06:30:21 PM
Well after having given San Stef a miss this year due financial reasons (had to have a new roof) we're now booked for Fedra Mare next July for 2 weeks. £170 each which is the best price we've had for ages. Trouble now we have to wait 9 months. Oh hum.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on October 25, 2015, 08:50:16 PM
Well after having given San Stef a miss this year due financial reasons (had to have a new roof) we're now booked for Fedra Mare next July for 2 weeks. £170 each which is the best price we've had for ages. Trouble now we have to wait 9 months. Oh hum.

£170 each for 2 weeks at Fedra, can I come too?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on October 26, 2015, 12:21:29 AM
Hiya Waspman. I think I posted my comment on the wrong thread. The £170 was for our easyjet flight not staying at the Fedra. That was good value though. First post for a while and I get it wrong (hangs head in shame). ::)
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Post by: Waspman on October 26, 2015, 12:54:39 AM
We'll see you at the Fedra in July,  dependant on when you go.
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Post by: hippopots on October 28, 2015, 03:21:20 PM
Took a trip down to the village today, to give Bod a nice run on the beach. The weather at the moment is glorious, bright warm sunny days, and very few clouds. It chills off a little in the evening once the sun goes down, but it's still T shirt weather during the daytime  8)

Everyone has now closed, apart from San Stefanos supermarket, 3 W's and Town Pizza who work on reduced hours during the Winter.

The beach was beautiful today, with the sea gently lapping at the shore.....it was also pretty wide too, and was plenty of space to walk past the rocks in front of Mango Bar. Pete did say that as no one is in the sea the water level has dropped, but I'm not so convinced thats the reason lol ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on November 02, 2015, 11:12:26 AM
Weather for the coming week looks pretty good too. Glad all the hardworking people of San Stef are having good weather to enjoy at the end of the season. Pretty good in Norwich yesterday - we sat outside in the sun  8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on November 08, 2015, 06:47:35 PM
Went to San Stef this weekend, a couple of times to enjoy walks along the beach whilst the weather is so good.
We've had daytime temperatures in the 20's and not a cloud in the sky! The beach is also lovely and wide at the moment, meaning we have been able to walk for a long way.

Yesterday we had it to ourselves, this afternoon we bumped into some friends, and the dogs had a lovely time. There were also 3 or 4 other couples enjoying the weather too.

The village itself is very quiet now, although there has been a little bit of maintenence work going on at Mango, and on the roof of Waves, before the Winter kicks in.

San Stef supermarket is open daily, which is great for locals to pop in to get provisions, and Margarita is open daily at 3W''s to keep us watered!

We are heading back to the UK in a couple of days, until January, so no more updates here until we return in 2016, but we will be straight back down to the village on our return to enjoy more long walks on the beach, so postings will resume then.  :)   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on November 08, 2015, 09:05:40 PM
Thanks so much for all your efforts during the past summer months, very much appreciated too.I would also like to wish you a lovely peaceful time over the festivities,and look forward to your much awaited village updates on your return Jackie.Have a well earned rest lass, you so deserve it,see you next June.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: dibully on November 09, 2015, 03:05:03 AM
Thanks for all the updates Jackie enjoy your holiday you both deserve it see you in 2016 love Diane and Tony x and a stroke for Bod
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Post by: Teamnickos on November 09, 2015, 11:25:21 AM
Thanks from us too. Really enjoy reading your posts Jackie. Have a great time back in the UK. See you next summer

Frankie & Paul
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Post by: H A S on November 09, 2015, 11:45:30 AM
Jackie thank you for keeping us up to date through the year wishing you a happy Christmas and a great new year and looking forward to your posts in 2016.
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Post by: Jules on November 09, 2015, 05:34:21 PM
Thanks for all your daily updates Jackie. Have a lovely rest and see you next year x
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Post by: hippopots on January 06, 2016, 11:39:45 AM
Heading back home on Friday, hopefully arriving back in Corfu on Sunday, so watch out for some more updates from next week. We're all looking forward to getting back, and especially looking forward to taking Bod on the beach for a good run! (him not me!!!)
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Post by: WINKIE on January 06, 2016, 08:05:22 PM
Cant wait for your village updates Jackie,safe trip over lass. :)
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Post by: H A S on January 06, 2016, 08:22:34 PM
Jackie have a good trip back and a happy new year to you looking forward to the updates in 2016
all the best regards Harry
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Post by: Teamnickos on January 07, 2016, 04:16:10 PM
Can't imagine why you would want to go back ! ;D Hope you have a safe trip. Really looking forward to the updates :)
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Post by: Jules on January 08, 2016, 12:46:57 AM
Looking forward to your updates again . Have a safe journey
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Post by: Lesley on January 08, 2016, 11:52:53 AM
Have a good journey over, it's been mixed weather this week, defo winter here now with daily temps around 14c and much cooler at night.  Bright & sunny day today, blue skies and no wind, which has been bringing the temps down making it feel cooler.  Amazing so far though hardly any snow across on the Albania Mountains which often brings with the wind cooler temps.  See you when you get back.......Kalo Taxidi......
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Post by: hippopots on January 11, 2016, 07:15:09 PM
And we're back! As Lesley has said, no snow on the Albanian mountains yet, which quite surprised us, but I'm sure it will come as Winter progresses.

After arriving back to rain yesterday, today was much brighter, with some sun, so even managed to get some washing done!

We headed to the village this afternoon, to give Bod a long anticipated walk on the beach....he was straight in the water, and had a good run!

All was quite quiet, although work is progressing on Yiannis building next to Tasty Corner, and there is also some work going at Waves.

As many of you know, 2 Stars is relocating this year, to where Mediterranean Village was. Nothing happening there yet, but 2 Stars have moved out of their original taverna, which is now up for rent, so hopefully someone will take that soon. As for Mediterranean Village, no news as yet as to whether they will be in San Stef this year.

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Post by: WINKIE on January 12, 2016, 05:11:17 PM
Thank you for the update Jackie,glad you got back safely too.
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Post by: Dupnica on January 12, 2016, 07:07:11 PM
Good to hear from you again Jackie, we've missed you. I bet Bod was glad to get back on the beach for his walks.

We've seen snow on Albania in February so there's plenty of time. It's getting cold here now so wouldn't be surprised if we get some.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on January 13, 2016, 10:58:14 PM
Good to hear from you again Jackie, Happy New year! now there will be posts from you it will make my holiday come quicker, though not coming this year till September. Didn't think I would be coming back at all. Lots of love, June.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on January 14, 2016, 07:31:31 PM
Mrsjune22 I have to ask. Is your moniker the date you were married. If so what year as I was married on the same date.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Richard/Jackie/Nathan on January 15, 2016, 11:53:32 AM
Maybe its your wife?
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Post by: Tredegar Boy on January 16, 2016, 12:18:47 AM
My wife!!!! That brilliant.
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Post by: mrsjune22 on January 17, 2016, 12:14:50 AM
Sorry Tredegar Boy,only the month is right, the number was just a random one.
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Post by: Tredegar Boy on January 17, 2016, 02:21:54 AM
Phew. Thank goodness for that as that would have been spooky. :)
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Post by: Sarah on January 18, 2016, 01:21:06 PM
Tredegar Boy - I was married on the 22nd of June
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Post by: Tredegar Boy on January 19, 2016, 12:06:05 AM
Hi Sarah. Next question which year. This could be very spooky
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Post by: Jimbo on January 19, 2016, 02:08:44 AM
Bated breath!!!
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Post by: Karen on January 19, 2016, 01:28:13 PM
We were married on 22nd June 2002!
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Post by: Sarah on January 19, 2016, 04:14:12 PM
1990
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Post by: hippopots on January 19, 2016, 10:06:37 PM
A very chilly San Stef at the moment! Yesterday there was a really cold wind, which thankfully has dropped today. Still cold, but lovely and sunny too, so not all bad!

After the waves covering the beach for the last couple of days due to the windy conditions, today there was some beach back. Bod had a little walk on it, but even he wasn't going in the water today, just a quick hop through the stream, which is currently meandering its way to the left, towards 'Waves'.

All quiet in the village, think we're all in hibernation during this cold snap!
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Post by: mrsjune22 on January 19, 2016, 11:46:35 PM
Your only a learner Karen!! I was married June 1955.Oh I'm ancient!! Doesn't stop me from coming to San Stef though! Though Greek dancing I draw a line at. Hippopots is my pace now, lovely gentle!Peaceful!
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Post by: riojabear on January 20, 2016, 11:40:53 AM
A very chilly San Stef at the moment! Yesterday there was a really cold wind, which thankfully has dropped today. Still cold, but lovely and sunny too, so not all bad!

After the waves covering the beach for the last couple of days due to the windy conditions, today there was some beach back. Bod had a little walk on it, but even he wasn't going in the water today, just a quick hop through the stream, which is currently meandering its way to the left, towards 'Waves'.

All quiet in the village, think we're all in hibernation during this cold snap!

Still sounds beautiful. Nothing like "owning" an empty beach.
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Post by: Karen on January 20, 2016, 05:33:23 PM
Your only a learner Karen!! I was married June 1955.Oh I'm ancient!! Doesn't stop me from coming to San Stef though! Though Greek dancing I draw a line at. Hippopots is my pace now, lovely gentle!Peaceful!
June, you are not ancient and I'm sure you would be great at Greek Dancing!! Yes we love San Stef and will be back for our 12th visit in July!!
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Post by: mrsjune22 on January 21, 2016, 10:26:32 PM
Karen I don't think 'love' is the right word for San Stef. It get's under your skin. How can you describe it to friends who say 'Why go to the same place'.I only discovered it when my daughter and husband came to live here for a while after holidaying  many times here. I even came by myself twice and stayed with Spiros and Maria at Sunset Taverna, that was me hooked. There are no words to adequately describe the place, but I think  the welcome and friendliness of all who work there has a lot to do with it. Told you I was ancient! I'm starting to ramble!!.    June
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Post by: Tredegar Boy on January 21, 2016, 11:09:03 PM
Well Karen, Sarah and Mrsjune22,

1985 for me.
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Post by: hippopots on January 25, 2016, 08:42:18 PM
It's very true that it's difficult to put your finger on what it is about San Stef that draws people back......we moved here after coming on holiday in 2011, fast forward to January 2013 when we arrived with a car and trailer load of stuff, a dog, and no idea where our shop would be, other than in San Stef or Arillas! The area just felt 'right' to us!

Popped down to the village today as it was gloriously sunny. A little chilly in the shade, but lovely on the beach in the sun, ideal for a stroll, once we'd made our way over the stream, which is currently wide and shallow whilst meandering towards 'Waves' taverna.

We have an interesting feature on our patio at the moment.....a rogue telegraph pole! There are some groundworks being done between San Stefanos supermarket and Pegasus bikes, and unfortunately a lorry managed to pull down the pole that was situated at the corner of our patio, as the wires we're lower than his vehicle. It's currently somehow propped up with the wires slung across the front of the supermarket......the phone company should hopefully be out soon to replace it! If its not done by summer, we'll just have to hang some frogs on it!! :P

Elsewhere all is still quiet, although there has been a lot of pruning of palm trees around the village.
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Post by: Teamnickos on January 26, 2016, 04:15:35 PM
or you could hang your washing on it Jackie  :D
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Post by: DougR on January 27, 2016, 12:12:48 AM
If the Avliotes by-pass is anything to go by the pole will be repaired sometime in 2019! At least it's too big for Bod to run off with. Did he get to see the snow on Mt.Pandokrator?
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Post by: Jimbo on January 27, 2016, 02:10:44 AM
Good point. But the electricity and phone guys are usually on the ball.
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Post by: hippopots on January 27, 2016, 02:43:38 PM
An absolutely glorious day today.....didn't even need a jacket this morning! 8)

Today is our 3rd anniversary of arriving in Corfu, and what better way to spend it than taking Bod for a nice long walk on a wide, empty San Stefanos beach, waves gently lapping at the shore, listening to Greek music blasting out from Manthos Taverna!

The nice weather brought a few people out today....Manthos was surveying his surroundings whilst enjoying some tunes, Spiros was doing a little maintenence at Beer O Clock, there was some prep going on at 2 Stars new premises, and Spiros was cleaning Bar 38, as he is opening on Friday nights through the Winter, for a music night.

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Post by: DougR on February 02, 2016, 07:29:07 PM
Hi Jackie
 I noticed in your last entry that you took His Bodiness for a walk on a WIDE empty beach. Does this mean that we've got a beach back near the boat hire and the bars?
 I've seen the various reports about 2* moving to the Med. Village site but do you have any idea whether the Med. Village is going to be relocating or has it gone completely? Whatever you're doing to bring on the good weather it sounds like you're doing a fine job of it. Keep up the blogs as it keeps us all up to date with what's going on in SS
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Post by: hippopots on February 03, 2016, 04:46:40 PM
Hi Doug R, yes the beach is currently lovely and wide.....in fact today we even managed to walk along the beach past the slope up to Fantasea. The beach by Havana and Mango is currently nice and wide, if it stays that way there's plenty of room for the sunbeds.

I can confirm, after by chance bumping into Nikos from Mediterranean Village just this morning, that they will not be relocating to anywhere else.

The weather has been amazing, with yesterday being hot enough to sit outside in a T shirt. However, as today has progressed, the clouds have gathered, and the wind is getting up slightly, still, it can't be good all the time I guess!
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Post by: mrsjune22 on February 03, 2016, 10:59:14 PM
If I close my eyes,  can just imagine myself taking, what was often my usual morning walk down past Glen's ( sorry Glen can't remember your bar's name, it will come to me later) on  the beach to the end, up the slope, then a little rest in the church. then back through the village for a coffee somewhere.Ahh, what bliss!      Hurray,Aquarius!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on February 10, 2016, 11:45:42 AM
Popped down to the village yesterday to drop off some things at our shop, and give Bod a chance to have a run on the beach, as, although we had to dodge the showers, and took cover under the canopy of the juice bar for a few minutes to avoid getting drenched, the weather was pretty good, whereas the forecast for the next few days is rain. But, to be fair its been a lovely Winter so far, so we need the rain.

Most activity seems to be at the T junction at the moment.....Tasty Corner's building has had a new coat of paint, and looks very smart, Yiannis has been very busy on his project, which now has an upstairs that has its outside walls in place, which have been painted a nice clean white, and El Greco has been busy too, and has moved the angle of the bar, which looks like it will give more seating room. 
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Post by: Jimbo on February 10, 2016, 04:14:18 PM
Brilliant! Keep it coming, Jackie.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on February 10, 2016, 10:40:45 PM
No doubt when we come in September you will get all the rain you want Jackie! though I have been late before and the rain hasn't been bad at all, we will wait and see.  Thanks for your posts
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on February 12, 2016, 04:01:18 PM
Thanks for the updates Jackie, keep em coming please.See you in June,which can`t come soon enough  :(.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on February 12, 2016, 08:01:55 PM
Shame about Mediterranean Village. Had some lovely meals there
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on February 14, 2016, 07:37:44 AM
Is it true that 2 Stars are moving there ?
If so - what is happening to the original 2Stars site.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on February 14, 2016, 02:03:50 PM
Shame about Mediterranean Village. Had some lovely meals there
Wonder what happened, were they not making a profit or did 2 Stars make them an offer they couldn't refuse.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on February 14, 2016, 05:55:32 PM
Yes, 2 Stars is moving into the premises previously occupied by Mediterranean Village, who sadly will not be re-opening anywhere else. The premises 2 Stars were in now have 'for rent' signs up.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on February 14, 2016, 11:06:37 PM
Had a meal there when Mediterranean Village first opened, we were only customers in (early), meal was nice but man who took order and served us,fussed all the time, never went back, can't please everyone.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on February 15, 2016, 05:03:32 AM
Sounds like Kostas, he worked in Sidari before the  Mediterranean Village, if my memory is correct
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: stemel on February 15, 2016, 01:35:00 PM
we had a meal last year in the mediterranean village, and like mrsjune22 we were in early (only customers) the meal was lovely but was spoiled by the waiter hovering over our shoulders, we didn't go back.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on February 16, 2016, 10:44:29 PM
Sad to say we had the same experience at Mediterrean Villlage - nothing wrong with the food but not very relaxing atmosphere when someone is hovering
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on February 17, 2016, 12:08:02 AM
My Son-in Law thought the man who served us in Med.Vill. had worked in Sidari.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Bee on February 17, 2016, 10:48:28 PM
Thanks for the updates Jackie, keep em coming please.See you in June,which can`t come soon enough  :(.

When in June will you be in SS Winkie?  Also, have we met yet?
x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on February 18, 2016, 10:03:53 PM
Just missed you last August Bee,you left the day we arrived.Hopefully this year though,we arrive 6th June,and sadly leave on 16th,would be good to meet you.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on February 20, 2016, 01:40:00 PM
Popped to the village yesterday, and had a nice walk on the beach. To be honest, I was amazed it was wide enough to walk along, as we've had some incredibly windy days, which I thought would've brought the tide right in. There was plenty of surf. and waves crashing over the old harbour, but it was a warm, pleasant day. Appears to be some work going on at the little building next to Zorba's, that was a small office for a building services at some point....not sure whats happening with it, but we'll see. Glad to say the rogue telephone wire post has been removed from in front of our shop....we made jokes about hanging things from it in Summer if it was still there, and to be honest I was getting worried that I might have too, as it was there for a good few weeks! But at some point this week, the phone company has been out and done what was necessary to sort it out.  :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on February 20, 2016, 06:09:21 PM
How are things at the Waves now Mrs H- any sign of the camera pole going back up?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Bee on February 20, 2016, 07:08:59 PM
Just missed you last August Bee,you left the day we arrived.Hopefully this year though,we arrive 6th June,and sadly leave on 16th,would be good to meet you.

Last year you missed me by 2 months as I was there in June lol.

This year I will be there from 10th to 24th June so we must meet up!  You know where I'm staying and what I look like so you will have to contact me :)

Take care :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on February 20, 2016, 09:37:34 PM
Last year you missed me by 2 months as I was there in June lol.

This year I will be there from 10th to 24th June so we must meet up!  You know where I'm staying and what I look like so you will have to contact me :)

Take care :)

It was June Bee,oh dear, age catching up  :-[ :-[ :-[.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on February 26, 2016, 03:16:05 PM
Well, what a difference a day makes.....yesterday was as good as a British Summers day, calm, warm and sunny, today it's overcast, and showery, even had a hail storm earlier!

Yesterday afternoon we enjoyed a walk along the beach, and Bod enjoyed the calm sea. Various bits of work going on, with building work at Terezas Hotel, on going work at Yiannis new place by Tasty Corner, and some work with a jackhammer at the entrance to Condor Bar. My guess is maybe a slope is being created.
The little building next to Zorbas that I mentioned before is definitely disappearing bit by bit, with windows and roof now removed.

With regards to the webcam, it's still in place on top of Waves, but is probably not currently connected due to work on the roof.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Chrissyann on February 26, 2016, 07:47:39 PM
Hi Jackie,
Thanks for keeping us updated on progress in SS. I wondered why we were not getting any images from Waves. :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on February 26, 2016, 08:17:09 PM
Thanks for the report Jackie,do you think Zorba`s maybe extending?.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on February 27, 2016, 05:45:49 PM
You took the words out of my mouth Winkie I was thinking exactly the same thing.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on February 27, 2016, 10:59:12 PM
Thanks Jackie - love all the updates - and we are nearly in March which feels so much closer to holiday time, the season starting and hearing all lots more about whats going on  :) 

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on February 29, 2016, 12:59:32 PM
Cheers Jackie

Im starting to get in the holiday mood. Under 90 days to go till our first visit!!
Although still very cold here in the UK there are signs that spring is here and summer is just 8 weeks away!

Cant wait till I arrive at the Romanza!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on February 29, 2016, 03:12:00 PM
Need to update your ticker, Gav. That's what my doctor told me...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on March 02, 2016, 01:42:46 PM
Looks like SS had a bad storm yesterday with lots of lightning when I was looking at lightningmaps.org!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 04, 2016, 11:33:18 AM
Yes swedebasher we had a big storm on Tuesday night.....classic Corfu thunderstorm with amazing lightening turning night into day with its flashes. And of course we had the obligatory power cuts to go with it! Colder today, and there's rumbling going on again.....  :o

Popped down to San Stef briefly yesterday, Condor are building new steps and a ramp to replace what they were jack hammering out last week. The little building has gone completely now, but still have no clues as to why, as the side wall that separated it from Zorbas is still in place. Work going on behind whited out glass where 2 Stars are going, so will be interesting to see the result.   
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Post by: swedebasher on March 07, 2016, 01:27:21 PM
Some more right now too>
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 14, 2016, 09:24:09 PM
More of an Avliotes whats happening today.
Today was Clean Monday, which marks the beginning of Lent, and is the traditional carnival day in Avliotes.
Embarrassed to say this is the first time we've been, as we usually spend the afternoon in an Arillas Taverna, but decided it was about time we went along!
What a fabulous afternoon! Loads of people lining the narrow street through the village to watch the parade, followed by souvlaki, and Greek dancing in the village square.
Loads of familiar faces, and a great atmosphere, with everyone greeting each other warmly, and enjoying the party! If you ever get the chance to go to parade in Avliotes, I can't recommend it highly enough.   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on March 14, 2016, 11:40:11 PM
Heard they had a snow storm, hope it wasn't Monday.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on March 17, 2016, 06:55:06 PM
 We've been over a few times for the Carnival and were lucky enough to have a birds eye view from our friends balcony which overlooks the main street in Avliotes. Everyone has a great time and all the children dress up.We also went to the Karousades Carnival which takes place a couple of days before the one in Avliotes.
 Did you join in the kite flying on the beach on the Monday morning Jackie?Did you manage to get through the day without someone blacking your face?
From the look of the photos on face book the weather doesn't seem to have been very good but I don't suppose it put a dampener on proceedings.Glad you enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on March 22, 2016, 12:06:22 PM
The weather wasn't great for the carnival Dupnica, a little drizzly, but it didn't dampen anyone's spirit!
We went to Agios Georgios in the morning, where there were a few people kite flying, or trying too, as there was very little breeze! Went there as the beach is so long we could avoid any kite flyers, as Bod is obsessed with chasing them!

It was a beautiful weekend last weekend, so we took the opportunity to pop down to the village to make a start on organising our shop.....and we weren't the only ones to decide to do so.

Yiannis was working opposite us in his gyros restaurant, Nikos was busy in Athens Bar, Spiros working in Silver Star, work going on in Condor bar, and Giannis working in his new 2 star premises, where green trellis is in place outside.
The beach was lovely and wide, if a little breezy, so made for a nice walk to blow the cobwebs away!
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on March 23, 2016, 01:14:07 PM
My app is reporting 'Dust' and Thunderstorms today. African dust that we get sometimes blown to UK??
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on March 23, 2016, 04:28:41 PM
Yes today we awoke to a low cloud haze full of sand and very windy.  It started raining red rain about 30 mins ago but has stopped now.  The first direct flight from UK was diverted to SKG (Thessalonika) at lunchtime........and now sun is trying to break through.  Very mild though it touched 21c shade a little earlier.........
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: riojabear on March 23, 2016, 05:02:32 PM
The weather wasn't great for the carnival Dupnica, a little drizzly, but it didn't dampen anyone's spirit!

Got any photos of the carnival you could show us?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 01, 2016, 10:18:51 AM
Hi riojabear, I did take some photos, but quite a few were blurry, possibly due to me leaning out of a bar!  ;D
Also, for all my postings on here, I have no idea how to add photos!!

Well, not much to update as not been down to San Stefanos for about a week, and when we did go, it was all quiet, possibly due to the fact it was pretty windy, we got blown along the beach!
One thing we have noticed though is the removal of a few palm trees, at Athens Bar, and outside Aspa and Sparkles. Sadly I think they secumbed to a nasty little critter, that infests the trees and totally kills them. I've seen quite a lot around the island that have died, and its a sorry sight indeed.  :'(

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on April 02, 2016, 11:55:30 AM
Akrotiri Lounge/Cafe is opening from today for the summer.  With the wonderful weather we have had over the past few days and predicated for the next few too, will be a lovely spot to view resort (Agios Stefanos & Arillas) this April......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on April 03, 2016, 04:22:29 PM
Thanks for the updates ladies,much appreciated. Shame about the trees,they add to the resorts appearance,more so around the Summer Dreams area,where they and the flowers in the bar area give it a real wow factor.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: riojabear on April 04, 2016, 03:49:21 PM
Hi riojabear, I did take some photos, but quite a few were blurry, possibly due to me leaning out of a bar!  ;D
Also, for all my postings on here, I have no idea how to add photos!!

I'm not sure if you use flickr for your photos, but I find it far more useful than sharing photos by the usual social media accounts.  Within the sharing options is a bbcode option (which is the square bracket code used when adding things like the above quote on this forum).  Just copy the bbcode from flick and paste it in your post here.  Flickr is free with some limitations.  I have a pro account which allows unlimited uploads and storage for £24.95/2 years.

The following photo was taken at Agios Georgios last year at Dixtia Taverna: http://dixtiataverna.com/default.asp?PageL1_ID=3 (http://dixtiataverna.com/default.asp?PageL1_ID=3)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5670/20443268999_425754ba8c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/x9v6Da)20150816_183357 (https://flic.kr/p/x9v6Da) by Andy Davies (https://www.flickr.com/photos/zedzdead/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on April 07, 2016, 03:45:37 AM
Anyone have an idea what the beach is like this year - any movement of the sand ? Larger / smaller ??
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 07, 2016, 10:09:21 AM
Thanks for the advice on up loading photos.....I don't use flickr, but will take a look. To be honest I'm a bit of a technophobe! Much happier with a paint brush in my hand!!  :P

The beach has been much bigger all Winter. Apart from when we had any windy/stormy weather that brings the tide right in, its been lovely and wide.

Due to being car less, I've not been down to San Stef, but I can report that the weather for over a week now has been absolutely amazing....high 70's every day, and not a cloud in the sky  8)

I've not seen any fireflies yet, but that lovely chirping sound that signal the start of warmer evenings has been heard from my place in Dafni this week, and I heard my first frogs of the season yesterday......summer's definitely coming!

Mr Hippopots is due back on Saturday, so we will be heading down to the village to start prepping for the season, along with everyone else, so more regular updates will resume shortly!  ;)
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on April 09, 2016, 07:36:45 PM
Hello Hippopots. Didn't make San Stef last year so I don't know if the Sunset was open. Any signs of life this year. Always one of our favourite places to eat. My son reckons they do the best Sofrito in the village.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 10, 2016, 09:25:18 PM
Hi Tredegar Boy, no The Sunset didn't open last year, whether they will this year, I'm afraid I don't know....watch this space!

Went down to a damp San Stefanos this afternoon, the first time in 2 weeks, now Mr Hippopots is home. First thing we noticed is that Pegasus Bike hire has moved across the street....he's right opposite where he was before, so can now be found next to Elizabeths. with what looks like much more space to park all his scooters and quads.

2 Stars new location, where Mediterranean Village was before, is looking very smart, and all ready to open.

The Juice Bar has put up some new framework over their patio, which is all looking ready for a new canopy, which will give a nice lot of shade to sit beneath this Summer, and I imagine will be much better for them on windy days.

Love this time of year, as we're all getting started on prepping the village ready for you all to come and enjoy this Summer! Weather is supposed to be improving again through the week, so more work (and updates) to come!  :D       
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on April 11, 2016, 11:32:59 AM
thanks Jackie. Love to hear the news this time of year of the locals getting their businesses ready. Just bursting to get there now (but don't want to wish the summer away)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on April 11, 2016, 01:03:52 PM
Getting very excited now!!! Only 6 weeks on Friday till we arrive now!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on April 11, 2016, 09:30:43 PM
Getting very excited now!!! Only 6 weeks on Friday till we arrive now!!
Likewise I supposed - just that having been so many times I tend to get more excited the week before and especially the night before.
I paid my flights with BA last October to secure a fantastic price, Booked this year with Noula including the (transfers and Air-con), Paid the Apartment deposit last October as well.
So we'll be staying in Margarita's Apartments for 3 weeks, I transferred the rest of the Money 2 weeks ago, so they're now paid for.
My spending money - - - Well, today, because of the reports of the Euro exchange rate being "iffy", and reading many opinions,
including Gavin, George and Jimbo, I noticed that it had shot up by 0.9% today because of the TaTa Steel deal, however, they say the Euro could strengthen tomorrow,
(against the Pound), following some deal they are doing in Europe. I thought it would be prudent to buy my spending money top-up of Euros today.
So I checked all the usual sources, and found that 'moneycorp' were about the best with free delivery and free buy-back, (not that I ever do).
I almost went with ICE, for my €'s but I get an extra €9 with moneycorp, and tracked delivery for wednesday, against 3 working days from ICE.
The Post Office, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, etc., etc. were all £10 - £15 dearer for the same amount, so no good.
So I bought it at £1 = €1.2264 which seems quite fair at this weeks rates.
This means I now have fully financed and paid for my holiday including spending money, which feels good - and 9 weeks to go.
Hmmmmmmm !!  Now I'm getting a touch more excited ....  Hope to see some of you guy's over there between 16th June and 7th July . . . 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on April 12, 2016, 11:56:32 AM
Tasty Corner opening this coming Friday April 15th..........
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 12, 2016, 09:41:27 PM
It's a shame that the webcam isn't up and running yet,it would be nice to see the beach now that the weather is improving and there are signs of life again. Come on Waves we're waiting!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 13, 2016, 11:08:00 AM
Thought Tasty Corner must be opening soon Lesley, as their menu boards are now in place on their front wall, and tables and chairs out on the patio.

After a rather soggy weekend, the sun is out again, and yesterday so were lots of people, getting prepared for Summer  8)

Margarita's supermarket, and Eleni's supermarket had the shutters up, and were cleaning and organising. Spiros at Silver Star had the pressure washer going on the patio, and work also going on at Brusko. Some preparations happening in Condor, and sprucing up at Athens Bar.

The sea was the most beautiful colours yesterday.....walking down gthe steps next to Havana Bar, the view was gorgeous, with the sea going from pale blue, to aquamarine, turquiose, deep blue, to almost navy... 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 14, 2016, 05:50:45 PM
Another lovely day, so another trip down to San Stef to get on with some work. But not until after a quick walk along the beach, and a dip in the sea for Bod. Quite windy on the beach today, but once back in the village it was a lovely day, and once again lots of us working and prepping.

Tasty Corner is definitely opening tomorrow, so there will be some gyros for us to indulge in, whilst working! Havana Bar is, I believe opening on Sunday, plus of course we have Town Pizza at weekends, and 3 W's open from aorund 2pm daily, as they have been doing through the Winter.

Plenty going on again today, with Athena Hotel pool being repainted, and Barras pool being scrubbed and jet washed.
Spiros was busy in Beer O Clock, and planning to open 2nd May, and Manthos Taverna walls were getting a fresh coat of paint.

Tereza's new apartments are coming along nicely, and the new little villa at Rose Garden looks lovely

Spiros and Aris busy next to us at Spiros Bikes, work being done inside, and bikes being checked over.

And, like the other supermarkets, Aspa were getting organised too.

Love this time of year, as the village starts to come to life again.......  :D

 

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on April 14, 2016, 11:19:17 PM
Thank you Jackie - So lovely to hear how the village is starting to prepare for the season.  I cant wait, although have a long wait!! August for us! The beach sounds beautiful, and I bet Bod enjoyed a dip in the stream. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on April 15, 2016, 01:42:10 AM
Jackie, will Bod recognise my voice, like he did last year, probably only because I brought him dog treats?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on April 15, 2016, 02:26:08 AM
He recognised your smell Waspman
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 15, 2016, 11:08:16 AM
Oh he'll recognise any voice that accompanies doggy treats.....although he needs to shed a few 'Winter Kilo's' before indulging through the Summer!!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on April 15, 2016, 12:19:48 PM
Hi all
New here didn't want to create new post.
Love the updates been coming to San stefanos since I was a very young teen, manage it every 4 years or so now 30 and bringing my other half for her 3rd visit 16 June to the Vicky can not wait.
I gained 1 an half stone last time over 2 weeks love the food love the atmo.
CAN NOT WAIT
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on April 15, 2016, 04:53:10 PM
You gained a stone and a half in 2 weeks??? Good effort, I can do half a stone in 2 weeks :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 15, 2016, 07:41:50 PM
 I have a friend who can do a stone in two weeks without even trying.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on April 15, 2016, 07:52:37 PM
That was with anywhere between 50 and 100 lengths of whatever pool I was at (Stamatas mainly)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on April 15, 2016, 09:22:24 PM
I have a friend who can do a stone in two weeks without even trying.

Is her name Joan?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: stemel on April 15, 2016, 09:28:58 PM
Loving the updates Jackie, only 8 weeks to go for us.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 16, 2016, 12:59:30 PM
Is her name Joan?
My lips are sealed!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 16, 2016, 07:00:06 PM
Another fabulous sunny day again today, so lots of prep going on.

Zorba's were busy cleaning their outside area, and their sign has been put back up, after being safely stored away for Winter.

Preparations also going on in Sparkles, and Perdita's glass, and Nafsika had windows thrown open, getting rooms ready.

And we had our first San Stefanos gyros of the season at Tasty Corner, for lunch, yum!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on April 16, 2016, 07:58:09 PM
Thanks Jackie for all the updates.Here I am wishing my life away, September seems so faraway! Planned our first day already (old habits die hard) arrive at Silver moon about dinner time, something to eat and drink with Tom and Maria,maybe a quick hello to Aspa for milk etc. unpack, first meal at 2star. Then we play each day as it comes.So many people to say Hello to.  Hope Dimitri at Taste of life hasn't sold all his tapestry hangings! There is only one thing for it. I will have to go and live there. Well...I can dream can't I.     Love June.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 19, 2016, 05:53:33 PM
Two beautiful sunny days again yesterday and today, so down to San Stef to get more preparations done for Summer.

Everone's getting stuck in now, with stock sorting going on at ours, Crystal Daisy, Elizabeth's and Perdita's, and jet washing of patios at Bar 38 and 2 Stars.

El Greco also now open during the day, as well as Havana Bar on the beach.

Also Tom was doing plenty of gardening at Silver Moon, as was Dimitri at Acabar, and Yiannis and Kosta were busy preparing Yiannis gyros grill room for opening.  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 21, 2016, 07:37:11 PM
Yet another beautiful sunny day, we're all so lucky to have such amazing weather to be preparing in!  8)

Lots of work going on again, with patios being washed and scrubbed at Mistral, Beer O Clock and Acabar, and outside lights being polished at Silver Star.

All the tables and chairs were being brought out onto the patio at Little Prince, and Perros also getting ready.

Pegasus bikes were putting a new canopy over his new location, and Spiros Bikes were painting outside their premises....we had to make sure Bod didn't tread on the wet paint, and leave little paw prints behind!! ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 22, 2016, 01:06:26 PM
Does anyone know if the buses will be running to Arrilas and Agios Geogios this year?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on April 22, 2016, 01:26:47 PM
I very much doubt it!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 22, 2016, 02:59:25 PM
Why? they were very popular last year.I know they weren't running at the start of the season but were practically full when we used them in September.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on April 22, 2016, 07:21:09 PM
Are the buses from San Stef Travel Dup?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 22, 2016, 07:59:36 PM
I don't know if they will be running Dupnica, but we used to pass it every morning in Arillas, on the way to work, so if I see it I will let you all know.

Don't think it was run by San Stef travel Waspman....
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 22, 2016, 09:48:19 PM
No Waspie,it was the local bus service and ran about 3 times a day. Handy if you want to go to a different beach or have lunch in Arrilas or Agios Geogios, just makes a nice inexpensive trip out.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on April 23, 2016, 01:36:10 AM
Dup, we'll just take the quad bike. If you want a ride on the back of the quad to Arillas, you know where you can find me -- FM
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on April 23, 2016, 01:41:28 AM
But I won't take you to Dupnica in Bulgaria Dup, bit too far!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 23, 2016, 06:28:57 PM
A little cooler today, and quite breezy down on the beach, but that wasn't stopping some prep work from being done at Mango.

Preparations are continuing, with menu boards now out on the walls of 2 Stara and Yiannis Taverna, and signage being put back up after the summer at Spiros Bikes, Pegasus Bikes, Zorbas, and Brusko.

The front wall of the bakery has also received a fresh coat of paint, in white and pink. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Carolg on April 23, 2016, 07:35:38 PM
Love your updates hippopots, thank you for taking the time to do it. Only 7 weeks now till my holidays. Dreaming of MOHITOS in Athens Bar
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on April 23, 2016, 07:40:05 PM
 Might take you up on that Waspie if the bus isn't running,the other two can walk!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: gillie on April 26, 2016, 05:41:12 PM
Hope it runs this year. We were too early for it when we went late June and in late September when we went back it hadinks just stopped running!! I expect that's why Jim thinks it won't run this year!! He's forgotten it ever did run - lol xx
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on April 26, 2016, 10:52:25 PM
Hope it runs this year. We were too early for it when we went late June and in late September when we went back it hadinks just stopped running!! I expect that's why Jim thinks it won't run this year!! He's forgotten it ever did run - lol xx

Getting a bit senile eh Gillie?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on April 27, 2016, 02:01:50 AM
She may well be.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 27, 2016, 05:47:23 PM
A bit cooler today....back in Jeans and trainers!  :o But I'm sure it will warm up again soon!

Had a breezy walk on the beach this morning, and Bod got to play with some other doggies, we're all taking advantage of being able to let them run on the beach until the sunbeds appear!

Work all on going around the village, we're all on the big push to get it all done before the weekend, so Easter can be enjoyed, then ready to open next week!
Crystal Daisy was busy getting stock in place, and more prep going on in Athens Bar. Yiannis Gyros was hosing down the plastic wind breakers around his patio, lots of stock being delivered to the supermarket next door to us, and 'the beer lorry' is doing the rounds, delivering those all important barrels!!!  :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on April 28, 2016, 04:24:27 PM
Hope you have a great Easter Jackie
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on April 28, 2016, 08:04:22 PM
Thank you teamnikos.

Well today started with a lovely walk with doggy on the headland, past Akrotiri, and along to Erriana's. Quick stop in the swing chair to admire the view, and for Bod to have a drink, then back to work at the shop. Feeling pretty smug, as we are all ready for opening on Monday....first time we've been organised this far in advance!! We stopped to have a celebratory beer at 3W'S on the way home!  ;D

Plenty of others getting ready, I think we'd all like to be done in time for Easter this weekend, so we can relax and enjoy!

Yiannis grill room was setting up tables, and cutting new table coverings to size, cleaning going on at Athens Bar and Acabar, and hotels and apartments are all getting ready to welcome their first guests next week.

As we're all ready we won't be back to San Stefanos until Monday, after which daily updates will begin.

We would like to wish all our fellow businesses and workers a great Summer, and all visitors to the village a fantastic holiday!

Summer 2016 is here!! 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on April 29, 2016, 12:16:05 PM
Wishing you a wonderful Easter and a relaxing weekend  - see you next week when we will all be in resort and looking forward to summer. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on April 29, 2016, 03:04:06 PM
Have a great Greek Easter.

The weather in the UK is awful at the moment, and it might as well be Christmas.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Carolg on April 29, 2016, 08:34:33 PM
You are not wrong there definately more Autumn than Spring but hey ho only 6 weeks to go
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Chrissyann on May 01, 2016, 11:41:15 AM
Happy Easter to everyone in SS :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on May 02, 2016, 02:38:50 PM
Have a great season Lesley and Jackie
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 02, 2016, 09:23:18 PM
Thanks all for the best wishes for Easter and the season.

Well, after a beautiful hot, sunny Easter Saturday, and a slightly damp Easter Sunday, the first day of the San Stef season has, unfortunately been rather soggy and windy, not the best weather for our first guests to be arriving in! But, hey, that does mean it can only get better!!

So things are opening gradually through the village, with ourselves opening this afternoon (just before the heavens opened!!). Tasty Corner and El Greco have been open for a couple of weeks now, and were joined by Beer O Clock, and 2 Stars, in its new location next to Condor.
Pegasus Bikes was also open today, as was Aspa and San Stefanos supermarket, ready to provide arrivals with the necessities.



 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 03, 2016, 07:08:08 PM
Well, after another soggy start to the day, the weather perked up this afternoon, thankfully bringing us some sunshine!  8)

After the traditional Easter parade in Avliotes village, which some of the locals took part in, a couple more businesses opened this afternoon.

Spiros bikes are now all up and running, and Vasia gift shop opened their doors for the first time today.

Tables are all in place ready for Olympia to open, and also at Manthos, where he has his menu out the front, so is ready and waiting for diners.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 03, 2016, 09:18:13 PM
Exciting times!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: amanda j on May 03, 2016, 10:18:46 PM
 :) I love the sound of the village waking up . Thanks for the updates Hippopots
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 04, 2016, 09:39:58 PM
An improvement in the weather today.....no rain, some sunshine, although a bit breezy. The wind did however create great conditions for the kite surfers who were down at the beach today.

More places opened today, with Vicky's refurbished pool bar opening, under the new management of George, whom some of you will know from Perros Hotel.
Yianni's gyros opened too (already treated ourselves to one), and Elizabeth's also pulled up their shutters to reveal some lovely new stock.
Condor bar is also up and running, with some really comfy looking new chairs!

Spiros and Irini were busy at Silver Star this evening, and said they are planning to open this weekend, as is Athens Bar, and Little Prince is all set up ready for their first guests who arrive this Friday. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 04, 2016, 10:09:02 PM
Where's that rogue Dalton?! He's very quiet. Any sign of life? !
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on May 05, 2016, 03:49:52 AM
Yes  - how is Glen - all very quiet lately
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 05, 2016, 09:35:34 PM
Another lovely bright, sunny day today, the weather's definitely improving!

A few new guests arriving each day, and with a main transfer day tomorrow, there should be more.....Silver moon, Barras and Little Prince all preparing today for their first arrivals tomorrow.

I think tomorow will see a lot more places opening, as the Wood shop, Olga's travel, Brusko and The Juice Bar were all prepping today, and Beachcombers has a sign outside to say they open 7pm tomorrow.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on May 06, 2016, 12:04:21 AM
Thanks for the update Jackie,first port of call every night,see you all in four weeks lass  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 06, 2016, 10:19:17 PM
That will come round quick Winkie, you'll soon be enjoying the glorious Corfu sunshine!

Lovely day again, perfect for todays arrivals.

More places opened today, including Silver Moon, Little Prince, Barras, Brusko, Sparkles, The wood shop,Laudrette, Perdita's and Margaritas supermarket....yep, the village is most definitely coming to life!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on May 07, 2016, 09:18:22 AM
I love the sound of the gears starting to grind but I'd like to see the ghost like town I like the quiet when I came in may a few years ago felt like my own lil slice of paradise, being the only ones in Athena's pool was awesome me the misses and my sister and her fella and my niece cool times
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on May 07, 2016, 05:36:58 PM
We're enjoying glorious sunshine and temperatures in the mid 20s here in the South East of England just now,don't know how long it will last.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on May 07, 2016, 07:51:40 PM
Yes it's great and sunny in the south east but it's not Manthos x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 07, 2016, 09:06:07 PM
Sunny again!  8)

Today sees the opening of Athens Bar, Dimitra and Manos car hire, Silver Star, Yiannis Grill Room, and Peli and Maria's, with tables and chairs in place ready for Olympia to open, with Summer Dreams getting ready too.

Waves and Mistral on the beach were also getting ready this evening, so I guess will be opening soon, and Aquarius due to be open by next weekend.

Some early evening drinkers thoroughly enjoying the sunshine whilst having a drink on the terrace of El Greco, certainly a sun trap at the moment!

   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Broonie on May 07, 2016, 11:47:42 PM
Well I'm sure that's all very nice , buts it's freezing on south east Scotland ,golfing today with. Waterproofs on ,but only 33 days until we return to paradise
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on May 08, 2016, 12:41:59 AM
We had a sweltering 35c today...look a bit like a beetroot..
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 08, 2016, 02:07:09 AM
Fine but chilly breeze in East Yorkshire. Gillie's depressed and wants to move south. I just look forward to the warmth of sun and people in Corfu.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 08, 2016, 09:51:55 PM
Definitely warmer down South according to my parents Jimbo, but don't tell Gillie!  ;)
And wow, Rilo, very hot in Belgium!!!

Pretty good here too, with nice blue skies, and warm sunny days. A little chilly at night, not bad, just cardigan or light jacket weather....despite this, the pesky mozzies are beginning to make an appearance....but we also have the beautiful fireflies!

Today saw the opening of Olympia, Taste of Life and Kamini Bar, as well as Eleni supermarket opposite Thomas Bay.

And Ozzie Oil have announced they will be opening the first week of June, so won't be long before we see Nikos and Kerry back.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on May 08, 2016, 10:17:16 PM
Yes hippopots realy great weather here cooling down a bit was 30c today .we have lived outside for 5 days.how different from 2 weeks ago in Germany ,we was in 6inches of snow...next week we are in snowdonia so that can be anything..enjoy your updates ,keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Silverstar on May 09, 2016, 07:15:37 PM
Also hit 30c in Maidstone over the weekend and I was practically salivating for a Greek salad and some of Nafsika's special grilled chicken.......13 weeks today to go.... ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on May 10, 2016, 06:43:26 PM
7 weeks for us. Can't wait to get back to see everyone in the village and first evening meal in Nafsika. Jackie, what is the beach looking like this year. Very narrow near Havana last year!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on May 10, 2016, 06:48:32 PM
Fine but chilly breeze in East Yorkshire. Gillie's depressed and wants to move south. I just look forward to the warmth of sun and people in Corfu.
Us too Jimbo! Look forward to seeing you and the lovely Gillie in our favourite taverna in a few weeks time! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: gillie on May 10, 2016, 09:01:04 PM
Looking forward to seeing you too!  Had a couple of warm days but now cool and back to rain!

Jackie - I'm afraid I know it's warmer in the South as I was born and lived there until my twenties! Have been in the North since then but the one thing I still miss is that warmer temperature!! Strange 'cos it's not many degrees different.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 10, 2016, 09:05:20 PM
Hi Karen, beach looking pretty wide at the moment, so hopefully it will stay like that, although prevailing winds and the mistral wind can make it change.

Yes Gillie, it's not that many degrees different from North to South, but I really notice it when we're back in the UK, and travel from Wilts to Yorkshire to visit family!!

Another lovely sunny day, and a bit warmer this evening too, which is rather nice!

Had a fair number of new arrivals yesterday, so the village is feeling a little more lively. Nice to see people sat enjoying drinks outside at Athens Bar, Silver Star, El Greco, and 3 W's.

Waves and MIstral now open on the beach, as is Fantasea, with its lovely views from by the church....with those, and Manthos, Beachcomber, Havana, Athina, and Vickys, there's plenty of choice of places to enjoy the sunsets in the village, or with a little climb there's the great viewpoints from Akrotiri, Tereza's Romanza and Kapitanios....talk about spoilt for choice!!

Chilly Chili not yet open, but probably won't be long, tables and chairs in place on the patio of Aquarius, so will be open soon.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on May 11, 2016, 07:15:39 PM
Thanks Jackie! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 11, 2016, 11:19:32 PM
Slightly overcast today, but still very pleasant!

The sky this evening had a bluish purplish hue out to sea, over the Diapontia Islands, always an ominous sign, and sure enough just after dark the deluge came, but only briefly. Another short shower about half an hour later, but now it's OK again.

Tables, chairs and parasols in place at Thomas Bay, as they get ready for their first arrivals of 2016, and tables and chairs all on the patio at Acabar, which Dimitri says will be opening in the next day or two.

Little Prince quite busy tonight, as was 2 Stars.....his new location is proving pretty popular.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on May 11, 2016, 11:51:31 PM
Thanks for all the updates again Jackie. Just over 15 weeks to our annual visit :)

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 13, 2016, 10:18:31 PM
Sorry, forgot to post last night.....I blame the grey weather! Yes, yesterday it was dull, damp, and windy, so was pretty quiet in the village!

But today we woke up again to lovely clear blue skies, and great temperatures, the bad weather never lasts too long!!

Lots of coaches coming into the village today, and there are a lot more people around tonight.....so it feels like things are picking up nicely!

Aquarius opened the doors tonight, and Thomas Bay's first guests arrive today, so I think there's just Acabar and Summer Dreams left to open, and Ozzy Oil when Nikos and Kerry return from Oz in June.

There were sunbathers enjoying the pool at Tereza's when I drove by lunchtime, and their new apartment building which they've been working on over Winter is looking very smart.

Lamb on the spit on the specials board tonight at Romanza....yum!!  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Carolg on May 13, 2016, 11:24:08 PM
Mmmm lamb on the spit, think I can smell it !!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 14, 2016, 10:54:01 PM
Another nice sunny day, a few white clouds dotted around, but nothing substantial enough to hide the sunshine!

A lot more people around today, having arrived during yesterday, and lots of familiar faces too which is nice.

Acabar now open, as is Princes Bar, next to Little Prince, who's restaurant was almost full.

Thomas Bay has started its entertainment programme already,having only opened yesterday, with karaoke tonight.

A lovely walk to the beach this evening revealed calm seas, and a beautiful sunset, casting a lovely orange glow over the village, and an almost purplish haze over Albania, a great view for anyone choosing to dine on the beach tonight.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 16, 2016, 09:08:46 PM
A beautiful sunny day today, and the evenings are also getting a bit warmer, which is rather nice!  :)

Another changeover day today, so everywhere is a little quieter tonight. The evening sun definitely an attraction at Silver Star, with many pre dinner drinkers enjoying the warmth and the people watching!

Summer Dreams is now open, and their gardens look gorgeous, as usual. They appear to have been fortunate, and not lost any of their palm trees to the nasty little critter that killed so many trees all over Corfu this previous Winter, and their roses provide lots of lovely colour.

Pinelo's art garden, behind Perdita's glass shop also opened this evening, and quite a number of people there to see what crafts they're offering this year.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 17, 2016, 10:05:11 PM
Sunny again today!  8)

Although this evening there is some cloud out to sea, and low clouds over the Albanian hills, so we may get a little rain tonight? But if it's only overnight, who cares!!

The digger had a busy time this afternoon, clearing all the undergrowth from between the back of our shop, and Aquarius Bar. It gives us a whole new view, and Bod and Frankie can stare longingly at each other from their respective balconies!!

Condor is kicking off the tribute acts tonight, with their first one of 2016 being Ollie Murs/Robbie Williams, commencing at 10pm
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Bont Boyo on May 17, 2016, 10:12:11 PM
Hi Hippopots,
A few years ago you were selling little footie shirt fridge magnets with names and numbers painted on them. We bought one for our son James but it fell off the fridge when the magnet came off !!!
Lots of our friends enquire as to where we had it from. Will you be doing them this year ??
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 18, 2016, 10:51:29 PM
Hi Bont Boyo, the little T shirts are not something we have re-stocked, but we'll have a hunt around and see if we can find any....pop in when you arrive.

Yet anither lovely sunny day. The Mistral winds did seem to be picking up this afternoon, and it got quite breezy, but by this evening it was all very calm again, and looking like it was going to be a glorious sunset!  8)

The tavernas are looking busier now, and nightly dancing has commenced at Zorba's, some of the slickest Greek dancing you'll see anywhere!!

There's karaoke on at Condor tonight, Thomas Bay are having a quiz, and most of the bars are showing the Europa league match between Liverpool and Seville. My guess is the loudest cheers, or groans will be coming from 3W's, home of San Stefs biggest resident Liverpool fan, Chrysanthos!!   
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on May 19, 2016, 12:16:00 AM
Hi hippopots
Being a rugby fan is there anywhere that might have the England games in June I know football is mad, wonder if there might be a closet greek fan.
Also il be easily spotted il be the only one with a rugby ball lol
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tonyco1 on May 19, 2016, 07:40:40 AM
Looking forward to our holiday once again, 33rd year now of Agios Stefanos and still loving it.
Just 4 weeks to go and we need the holiday - arriving on the 16th if anyone is out there - love to say hello.
Jackie - any news on Chilli Chilli opening? We were too early last year, I know that Vicky has a new restaurant service now...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on May 19, 2016, 01:25:22 PM
Tony being next door to Chilly they are prepping looking to open soon......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 19, 2016, 11:25:56 PM
Yes Tony, as Lesley says, Chilly Chilli probably opening very soon, but the last few days hasn't been kind to the beachside bars and taverna's so maybe they're waiting for it to improve, which I believe it's forecast to do.

So today was overcast and cloudy, which is a bit of a shame, but still a nice glow in the sky as the sun was setting.

And, this afternoon the village had a visitor, a donkey who decided to do some exploring! He ambled down the street towards Avliotes, then turned down towards Aquarius Bar and Athina hotel.   

After having a roll on the cleared land behind our shop he decided to head towards the hotel, much to everyone's amusement! He was guided back to the cleared land, where he stayed for a while, before wandering off again! Fortunately his owner was located, who came on his scooter to take him home again. Think he probably enjoyed his little adventure!!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 20, 2016, 02:10:40 AM
Time for some donkey ceramics!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Carolg on May 20, 2016, 05:45:27 PM
Lesley/hippopots
What's the seaweed on the beach situation like this year? With no webcam we can't see. I'm really missing my daily fix of a look at the beach
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: peter on May 20, 2016, 10:19:16 PM
That would have been funny seeing a donkey being taken home on a scooter :) ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 21, 2016, 04:36:57 PM
I know that this is shameless self-publicity, but there is an Agios Stefanos link. What's happening for me today is that a novella which I wrote the first half of sitting in the bower by the Nafsika pool has gone live on Amazon. I've done a lot of writing over the years at Nafsika, Little Prince and Mistral, and some other stories will be re-published soon and some new ones which have a definite Corfiot theme. Apologies to those who are friends on Facebook who may have already seen this.

Although this is a Kindle e-book, you can read it on anything using the free Kindle-reader app on the Amazon website. Many thanks to the beautiful Denise on here, who was the first forum member to buy it. And, of course, to Lesley and other friends in AgStef who help to make it such a warm and lovely place to be. My group of Hippopots frogs sit in front of my monitor as I work, laughing at my efforts!

At less than a bottle of Mythos, you can get it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Space-novella-Jim-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B01F05HRE6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463816066&sr=8-1&keywords=white+space+jim+hawkins (https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Space-novella-Jim-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B01F05HRE6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463816066&sr=8-1&keywords=white+space+jim+hawkins)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 21, 2016, 10:38:41 PM
Well, not much to be said about yesterday, other than it was wet, cold and dismal!!
The rain began in the morning, and didn't stop until well into the night, with thunder and lightening from around 9pm, and torrential downpours......so much so that Arillas and Sidari we flooded in places!

Not surprisingly, the village was a ghost town, as it was just too wet for people to venture far from their accommodation. We gave up around 6pm, and after a drink in Sidari, had a meal in 2 Stars, his new premises is looking very nice, and is working well for them.

Fortunately today we woke up to warmer temperatures, and no rain, yay! It was overcast, but the sun did break through a few times, and when it did, the temperature rose quite considerably!!

A fair number of people out and about this evening, with cheers being heard from Athens Bar for the football, and Amy Winehouse tribute on at Condor.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on May 22, 2016, 09:06:47 PM
Re the post re seaweed on May 2nd when resort opened there was seaweed on the beach...a few days later it was cleared overnight I assume as not living in the resort but in the village of Avliotes, however on my journey in noticed it wasn't there , then a few storms it was back oh yes then it was cleared away again, again assuming overnight or early on the morning then it came back - isn't it strange how nature just does this sort of stuff.... yesterday it wasn't there, Saturday,  now whether its there tomorrow, Monday,  I will have no idea until I check after my day off..........
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Carolg on May 23, 2016, 12:02:43 AM
Thanks Lesley, you can't help nature but at least they seem to be clearing it vey quickly
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on May 23, 2016, 12:49:06 AM
This is raised by someone every year and it always gets cleared. Not an issue
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rod on May 23, 2016, 12:19:28 PM
I know that this is shameless self-publicity, but there is an Agios Stefanos link. What's happening for me today is that a novella which I wrote the first half of sitting in the bower by the Nafsika pool has gone live on Amazon. I've done a lot of writing over the years at Nafsika, Little Prince and Mistral, and some other stories will be re-published soon and some new ones which have a definite Corfiot theme. Apologies to those who are friends on Facebook who may have already seen this.

Although this is a Kindle e-book, you can read it on anything using the free Kindle-reader app on the Amazon website. Many thanks to the beautiful Denise on here, who was the first forum member to buy it. And, of course, to Lesley and other friends in AgStef who help to make it such a warm and lovely place to be. My group of Hippopots frogs sit in front of my monitor as I work, laughing at my efforts!


Just purchased the novella Jimbo.  I think I will read it in five weeks time whilst I am in San Stef.

At less than a bottle of Mythos, you can get it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Space-novella-Jim-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B01F05HRE6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463816066&sr=8-1&keywords=white+space+jim+hawkins (https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Space-novella-Jim-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B01F05HRE6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463816066&sr=8-1&keywords=white+space+jim+hawkins)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rod on May 23, 2016, 12:23:48 PM
Whoops, I didn't do my previous post very well.  Anyway, Jimbo I now have your novella on my kindle.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on May 23, 2016, 02:34:57 PM
Bless you, Rod!

Made a new thread to avoid hijacking this!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on May 23, 2016, 07:47:32 PM
Thanks Lesley, you can't help nature but at least they seem to be clearing it vey quickly
Think you'll find it's the forces of nature, wind and waves, that bring the seaweed in and wash it back out again rather than the efforts of a man with a JCB.
Can never understand this obsession with the seaweed it's a natural occurrence,, they'll probably start clearing it next month but it's a never ending job,bit like painting the Forth bridge.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 24, 2016, 01:49:37 PM
Hi all, sorry no posts for a couple of days....I blame my parents being here, a bit of a distraction!  ;D

Good news is the weather has brightened up, and is now back to what it should be at this time of year, nice and sunny, but not too intensely hot, so great for people who like walking.

More people arrived yesterday, and seen quite a few regulars back today, which is lovely.

Quad and scooter hire busy today with both Spiros bikes, and Pegasus looking to be renting out quite a few.

Quite a few people enjoying the gardens of Summer dreams yesterday, and now the weather has improved the tavernas on the beach should get a little busier too.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 25, 2016, 10:46:56 PM
A little breezy today, especially on the beach, but the sun still shines....yay!!

As my parents have been visiting, it's been rather nice to be able to have an excuse to go out and eat/drink in places that we don't usually get time or chance to do.

Last night we ate in at Yiannis gyros....we have lots of takeaways over the summer, but rarely eat in, and it was lovely. He was nice and busy, with many Greeks dropping in, I believe we were the only non Greek customers, which is a sign of good food!

And today I had my first waffle at Silver Star, which was delicious!

I had an early evening drink at 3W's this evening, and was chatting to Margarita about signage. There has been an enforcement of an old law this year, which can result in fines for lit signs.  :-[ Some businesses are continuing as normal, others are not taking a chance and are not using their brightly lit signs. So if you look along a road and don't see a lighted sign for a bar or taverna, it's worth walking along to see if they are open.....they generally will be, but are just not so obvious as before. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on May 26, 2016, 01:03:44 AM
The logic behind this "sign tax" escapes me. Can someone explain what it is supposed to achieve?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 26, 2016, 10:24:12 PM
Rover, the story I have heard is that someone had a car accident, and his lawyer uncovered a law stating that there should be no overhanging, or lighted signage on main roads, it hasn't been enforced for years, so the driver is sueing the local council, claiming the sign distrated him, causing him to crash! Don't know if its a true story, or a Chinese whispers rumour, but many businesses have removed signs, especially around Corfu town, and on main through roads....but basically by introducing fines to businesses, its also a quick money maker!!  >:(

So, another sunny, although windy day, with the mistral winds blowing in off the sea. After a few breezy days, this should hopefully settle down soon.

Athens Bar kicks off their first live music of the season tonight, with Jamie O playing.....heard him sound testing this afternoon, and he sounds pretty good!

Condor Bar has the Ollie Murs / Robbie Williams tribute on again, so think that's their Thursday night regular this year, and 2 Stars has Greek dancers entertaining their diners.

We also have new neighbours again this year.....planning to open in approx 10 days, they will be serving takeaway type food, and snacks, such as toasties and burgers. They have been busy prepping today, and thankfully have painted over the lime green wall that we were left with next door by last years tenants!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 27, 2016, 11:10:16 PM
So today turned into a gorgeous sunny one, and the breeze has dropped, so a great day, especially nice for the new arrivals. 8)

The sea was a lot calmer today too, and the sunbeds are out, outside Mistral, Waves Athena, Mango and Havana, so plenty of choice for somewhere comfy to soak up the sun.

No live music tonight, so all fairly quiet, although Karaoke tonight in Condor later.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on May 28, 2016, 01:48:39 AM
Rover, the story I have heard is that someone had a car accident, and his lawyer uncovered a law stating that there should be no overhanging, or lighted signage on main roads, it hasn't been enforced for years, so the driver is sueing the local council, claiming the sign distrated him, causing him to crash! Don't know if its a true story, or a Chinese whispers rumour, but many businesses have removed signs, especially around Corfu town, and on main through roads....but basically by introducing fines to businesses, its also a quick money maker!!  >:(

So, another sunny, although windy day, with the mistral winds blowing in off the sea. After a few breezy days, this should hopefully settle down soon.

Athens Bar kicks off their first live music of the season tonight, with Jamie O playing.....heard him sound testing this afternoon, and he sounds pretty good!

Condor Bar has the Ollie Murs / Robbie Williams tribute on again, so think that's their Thursday night regular this year, and 2 Stars has Greek dancers entertaining their diners.

We also have new neighbours again this year.....planning to open in approx 10 days, they will be serving takeaway type food, and snacks, such as toasties and burgers. They have been busy prepping today, and thankfully have painted over the lime green wall that we were left with next door by last years tenants!

New takeaway. Good for you and Peter, saves you having to cross that busy road to get to Yiannis for your daily gyros
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 28, 2016, 10:54:44 PM
A nice sunny day again today  8)

Went a little cloudy this evening, which made for an unusual sunset, with quite a few people in Waves tonight enjoying it as a backdrop.

With the UK half term just started, there's many young families here now, and as the evenings are getting warmer, there's more people around after dark. However, there's also more mozzies!!  :-\

Live music tonight at Condor with an Amy Winehouse tribute, and an acoustic singer at Bar 38.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on May 29, 2016, 09:50:33 PM
Today started a little cloudy, but than didn't take long to clear, leaving us with fantastic clear blue skies throughout most of the day, with just a little cloud cover again this evening.

Condor, Zorbas and 2 Stars all busy this evening, in the centre of the village, and down on the beach Chilly Chilli are having their opening night party, with some lovely chilled out jazz music, creating a nice vibe on the beach.

Gardens have also been cut neatly at Ozzy Oil, so they should be opening sometime in the next week or so too, after returning from Winter in Oz. 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 01, 2016, 10:21:24 PM
Oooops, no update for a couple of days....a combination of our early closing  night on Monday, and heading out for dinner with friends, followed by computer issue yesterday!

Weather was lovely and sunny Monday and Tuesday, followed by an overcast day today, but still enjoying fabulous sunsets, regardless.

Scooter and quad hire has been very popular yesterday and today, with Spiros Bikes, and Pegasus both doing a good trade.

Tonight Yiannis gyros is packed, and tavernas all doing pretty well.

Last weeks winds brought in some seaweed, but the good news is the JCB has been hard at work piling it up ready for removal. Although cloudy today it's been very still, so hopefully there won't be too much more being washed ashore now....

3 W's bar starting a regular quiz night this year, on Thursday, starting tomorrow, ideal for anyone wanting to test their knowledge!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 02, 2016, 10:45:38 PM
Another lovely hot and sunny day....I think maybe one of the hottest so far this Summer, so plenty of people taking advantage of the pools and sea.

Tonights entertainment in the village sees an Irish act at Bar 38, Greek night at 2 Stars, the football on in various bars, live music in Thomas Bay and quiz night at 3W's

Barras very busy with diners tonight, and many enjoying the sunset from Waves, Mistral, and the patio of Beachcombers....now the wind has dropped such great places to watch the sun set!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on June 03, 2016, 04:51:40 PM
Wish it was hot and sunny here in Herts.We're wearing jumpers and the central heating has been on all week.The forecast says it will get warmer this weekend ,hope they're right ,had to put my bedsocks on last night my feet were so cold.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Carolg on June 03, 2016, 07:37:48 PM
You are not alone Dupnica freezing cold in the North East too
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 03, 2016, 11:42:11 PM
Yes Dupnica and Carolg, it is much hotter here than there.....I spoke to my friend on skype today, and she was sat in her house in Wiltshire with a jumper and fleece on!! But she is coming here to visit for the first time soon, so she's looking forward to some sunshine! 8)

So we had a planned power cut this morning from 8am - 2pm. When the power didn't come back on by 2.15pm I was a little concerned as they usually are quite on time with these, but someone very kindly flicked the switch at about 2.20pm.

The result was a fair few folks having breakfast out this morning, at the tavernas that have back up generators!

The village has been busy all day with coaches coming and going, had one of them make a right to do about getting around the corner next to us to get to Athina, perhaps he's new!

Karaoke at Condor tonight, or bingo at Thomas Bay, or alternatively just a nice relaxing drink at one of the many bars....so much choice!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on June 04, 2016, 11:35:58 AM
Thanks Jackie,see you this coming week  ;D.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on June 05, 2016, 12:05:36 PM
Thanks for all the updates again. Weather has picked up here in the UK the last couple of days and is nice and warm now :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 05, 2016, 11:44:07 PM
You're welcome Jules, hope my little updates keep you going til Sept!

Sorry no update last night, due to Mrs Hippopots partying the night away in Sidari at a hen night  ;D

Weather has been great the last 2 days, with lots of lovely sunshine, just what we all love!

This evening the village had quite a nice buzzy feel about it, with quite a lot of people taking an evening stroll.

Barras had roast beef on their specials board, and was packed, so lots of people fancying their sunday roast.

And now the evenings are much warmer, Manthos, Waves, Beachcomber and Fantasea had lots of people on their balconies, enjoying the sunset.
No live music anywhere tonight, so it's quite peaceful tonight, and as I write this I can hear a scops owl outside
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 06, 2016, 09:23:03 PM
Lovely, hot and sunny again today, although it has got quite breezy this evening. The plastic shutters are down in quite a few of the tavernas, and the waves have white tips. There was a kite surfer down on the beach this evening, taking advantage of the conditions.

Walking past Manthos tonight, I noticed they have created a nice seating area near the entrance, with a sofa, bean bag chairs, and some hammock seats....looks lovely!

Nikos and Chloe have returned from Australia, and Ozzy Oil is opening tonight, looked like quite a few people wandering that way this evening.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on June 06, 2016, 10:00:40 PM
Probably things that Dimitri has donated from Fedra Mare,still if it makes Manthos outside area more appealing all well and good.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Kernock on June 08, 2016, 01:01:07 PM
Well, Manthos is having his 40th anniversary of opening the Taverna next week and things have really been spruced up.  Manthos was very poorly over winter and says he died twice.  I asked him what it was like dead and he thought it was 'magnificent'! - very encouraging.   He looks great now so the extra gadgets to keep the heart ticking must be doing the trick.

 Grandson Kostas is doing a great job and has really smartened up the outside and eating area with well padded chairs, leisure swings and bean bag affairs and good atmospheric lighting.  Good luck for the next 40 years.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on June 08, 2016, 07:17:36 PM
He's lucky to have Konstantinos to help run the taverna,and he does a good job of it. We've known him since he was a baby and he has grown into a lovely young man.
Manthos can take a step back now and have a more relaxing life knowing that things will run smoothly so long as he resists the urge to interfere too much, and if you know Manthos you'll realise that won't be easy!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 08, 2016, 11:45:31 PM
Yes, It's amazing to think that Manthos has been running his taverna for 40 years, what an amazing achievement!!

And what a gorgeous day today, hot, sunny, blue skies, and just a little wisp of a breeze.  8)

And have seen a big difference in the number of people out in the evenings now.....May was quite unseasonally chilly after the sun went down, and I think that made a difference to people's evening plans. Now it's warmer, the village is quite lively later into the evening.

Earlier tonight Silver Star was very busy with pre dinner drinks, although at the same time most of the taverna's were doing well too....Olympia, Beachcomber and Waves had lots of people on their patios, and Zorba's had a large audience for their fab Greek dancing!

Also the sunset was a real photo opportunity, that many were taking advantage of, with a light blue sea, an orange sky, and the boats from San Stefanos boat hire just ambling across the bay, stunning!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: PeteJo on June 09, 2016, 12:10:05 AM
Sounds amazing Hippopots. I can picture it in my head. Fantastic, only 21 days until we arrive so roll on 1st July :D. It will be great to see everyone and catch up on the news. Thanks for your regular updates it puts a smile on our faces especially after the winter we have had. Nothing but wind and rain, can't wait for some sun. See you soon
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Googleberry1811 on June 09, 2016, 04:20:15 PM
So sad that I will be missing out on my San Stef 'fix' this year but will most definitely be reading the updates over the course of the season and have already started making enquirers about availability next year!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 09, 2016, 11:58:22 PM
I'll try to keep the updates daily if poss googleberry1811....keep you going til your next visit!

Another hot and sunny day today, just a few clouds around, but they didn't block out the sun much!  8)

The bridge is back in place over the stream on the beach, yay, making it easier for anyone who doesn't want to get wet feet getting from 1 side of the beach to the other....also hopefully means that no more storms are likely for a long time!

There's just a slight breeze this evening, which is nice and refreshing, and once again the village is busy. Live music tonight at El Greco, and Condor, and others enjoying a quiet drink on the patio's of Athens Bar and Aquarius, and 3 W's has their quiz night.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on June 10, 2016, 01:47:46 AM
Hey any sign of Kostas on the beach this year be nice to see him in his England shirt again won't be long only 6 days
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on June 10, 2016, 03:35:51 AM
Thank you Jackie for your updates keeping me going.After last week's devastating event,8 weeks cannot come soon enough. xxxxxxx :( :( :(
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on June 10, 2016, 02:23:20 PM
Balkus, I was told that Kostas has retired, but he has been saying that for some time!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 10, 2016, 11:58:38 PM
Another lovely day again today.....some cotton wool clouds over the mountains inland, but nothing to block out the sun here!

The watersports are in full swing now, with the inflatable rings out on the floating platform, all ready for anyone keen to be bounced along behind a boat in one!

Another food option starting in the village, with Margarita at 3W's bar now making and serving fresh savoury and sweet crepes

And the Euro's start tonight, so lots of the bars will be showing the football, but there's still other options for the non footie fans....I can hear the karaoke at Condor from here!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on June 11, 2016, 02:31:20 AM
Swedebasher my nan says there no sign of him so far hope he comes for a look while I'm there
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on June 11, 2016, 11:51:39 AM
I see Kosta often he has retired from the sunbeds but pops down to resort often, last seen yesterday here at Vicky's and in his football shirt..........
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on June 11, 2016, 11:48:58 PM
I see Kosta often he has retired from the sunbeds but pops down to resort often, last seen yesterday here at Vicky's and in his football shirt..........

Awesome
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 12, 2016, 10:51:35 PM
So, after a lovely hot sunny day yesterday, today has been a nice temperature, but rather overcast. Our amateur weatherman at Spiros Bikes told us there's a storm brewing, which will come overnight......the clouds are already forming over the mountains, so it's on its way. He's not usually far wrong with his predictions!
And there was me just saying a couple of days ago that the bridge re-appearing was a sign of no more storms, shows how much I know!  :o

Despite the clouds, many are sat outside enjoying their meals tonight, so hopefully they will stay dry!

No music anywhere tonight as far as I know, but sports available in most of the bars, with the football, and the Canadian Grand Prix both on.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on June 13, 2016, 12:32:09 PM
Looking ugly down there right now with masses of lightning, so bad new for Monday changeovers. Diversions anyone?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on June 13, 2016, 02:21:43 PM
Loads of delays and diversions!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Sellsy on June 13, 2016, 07:13:42 PM
Major storm in resort this morning, prolonged lightening, deafening thunder and 2-3 hrs of torrential rain, the stream is a raging torrent,the bridge has been washed up the beach, which was divided by a 20 meter river!  For a while the street around condor was a river with sand and shingle deposited across the road....Then all calm ...the sun comes out in the afternoon and we have enjoyed lovely sun bathing this afternoon....what a place! Now we await the frogs and turtles return - they must have been washed out to sea. Called in to Hippopots to order our ceramic frogs...they are the only ones left in the village!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 13, 2016, 09:16:52 PM
Yep, you're not wrong Sellsy, it was a storm and a half!!
We didn't bother to leave home until 11am, as there was no way we wanted to drive down in the torrents, and so glad we waited.....having seen photos and videos on internet, if we'd come at our usual time we'd never have got through Arillas or San Stef, yet 1 hour later it was still wet roads, but it was a couple of feet deep at least, before!!

Zorbas and Brusko took the brunt of it here, although both all dried out and cleaned up very quickly. The stream down to the beach is more like a river, and the bridge has migrated along towards Athina!

But now, the sun is shining, and its another nice warm evening...you'd never have guessed what it was like this morning, apart from the tale tell gravel strewn across the road!

Apologies to Condor last night....I said there was no live music, but they had an Amy Winehouse tribute, and judging by how many there were watching, she seemed very popular!

Tonight, live music in Bar 38, and we must say a HUGE congratulations to Manthos, who's taverna is celebrating 40 years in business tonight, what an amazing achievement! Xronia Polla Manthos taverna, have a great night!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on June 14, 2016, 11:21:31 AM
Couldn't believe the photos of the rain etc on facebook! Glad all ok and the sun is back out (wish it would stop raining here!) 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 18, 2016, 03:53:44 PM
Apologies folks, I thought I'd missed a couple of posting, but looks like there's none from me since Monday evening! Either I wrote something, and didn't post it, or I've got frazzled summer brain....think it's probably the latter!!  ;D

So, after the storm, the weather has cleared totally, and has been hot, sunny and gorgeous....and it's going to stay this way all summer, according to weather sites.

Everyone has got mopped out and cleaned up since the storm, although unfortunately the bridge is still in its resting place along the beach going towards Athina, now getting submerged in sand, but hopefully will be back in it's rightful place soon.

Days quieter on the streets now, as it's most definitely beach/pool day weather, and the evenings are getting busier out and around in the village. Music nights have been popular in all the usual venues, and people have been enjoying sitting out on patios.
Ozzy Oil has a regular Friday night musician, and are doing some nice specials, and all the Greek Nights are being pretty well attended.
3W's was the venue for a facebook forum meet up this week, which was very well attended, and their Thursday night quiz is proving popular too.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 21, 2016, 10:38:29 PM
So, after a couple of slightly overcast days, the sun burst through again today, giving us another lovely day. It got a little breezy late afternoon, but all in all a lovely day.

Yesterday saw most tavernas busier earlier on, as many chose to watch the football, however, for those that aren't footie fans, the older part of the village provided places to avoid it, and Beer O Clock, Manthos, Beachcomber and Nafsika were all busy!

Tonight there's live Irish music in Bar 38, and a tribute to Ska music in Condor.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 22, 2016, 11:49:46 PM
Another lovely sunny day again, although a tad breezy on the beach this afternoon and evening, with quite a few waves rolling in!

I think Lesley has mentioned it on another thread, but in case you've not seen it, I'm pleased to say the local bus service that goes between Sidari and St George, stopping here and Arillas is up and running again, we meet it every morning in Arillas on the way to work! A great little service if you fancy visiting other places nearby.

So a nice walk along the beach late evening gave Bod the chance to run off some energy on a deserted beach, and then we had a nice walk back via the older part of the village, where Kamini bar had some drinkers, and Nafsika and Beer O clock were busy, as well as diners enjoying the view from Beachcombers patio area.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Balkus on June 26, 2016, 12:17:50 AM
Very nice bbq tonight at Vicky's very tasty food great atmosphere George has definitely got it right and then great views to end the night highly highly recommended.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 26, 2016, 10:33:00 PM
Sounds lovely Balkus....yes George has been busy pre season, and the area at Vicky Pool with the new seating and shade for eating whilst overlooking the beach great.

So, we've had some glorious hot sunny days for the last few days  8)

Yesterday saw Aquarius Bar busy in the early afternoon with lots of people having pre wedding drinks, all dressed up and looking very smart! Nice to see the bride and groom being driven through the village after the ceremony in a white open top VW, looking like they're were definitely having the best day, and hopefully they were!

It got very humid last night, and we were all expecting a storm, we got a fantastic light show courtesy of the lightening out to sea over the Diapontia islands, and a small rumble of thunder, but it stayed dry.

And this evening is once again pretty humid, so lots of al fresco dining and drinking tonight....Olympia very busy, as is Bar 38. Silver Star has lots of people watchers enjoying their outside area, whilst across the road others have been watching football in El Greco.

And tonight is the very popular Greek night at Romanza, and at Ozzy Oil, Nikos is cooking your meat on his BBQ grill tonight, whilst you can enjoy some sangria whilst waiting for it to be cooked.



Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on June 27, 2016, 07:03:25 PM
Does anyone know if the ATM'S are working in San Stef.Saw that some islands were not exchanging sterling at hotels and ATM'S were not giving  out Euros? BTW, got 1.16 at local Thomson shop today! Sorry should have put this in the topic re Euro rates! Der, in holiday mode already, brain has gone to sleep! ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Andy7 on June 28, 2016, 01:57:23 AM
Does anyone know if the ATM'S are working in San Stef.Saw that some islands were not exchanging sterling at hotels and ATM'S were not giving  out Euros? BTW, got 1.16 at local Thomson shop today! Sorry should have put this in the topic re Euro rates! Der, in holiday mode already, brain has gone to sleep! ;D

I was in SS last week and all the cash points seemed to have money in them, I had to go twice due to an overspend!

Andy
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on June 28, 2016, 11:04:13 AM
Hopefully, it was because you were enjoying yourself Andy!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on June 28, 2016, 01:09:25 PM
Thanks Andy! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 28, 2016, 11:05:28 PM
Hi Karen, no problems with getting money out of ATM's or getting stirling changed into euros. There was a short length of time on Friday after the Brexit vote when some places in Europe weren't exchanging, as they were waiting for the currency fluctuations which happened after the vote results to calm down and stabilise

So today started a little overcast and cooler, but then the sun came through to give us a hot one for most of the day. The Mistral winds have picked up over the last few hours though, and now they're pretty strong, resulting in some of  the beachside places having to close for this evening, so no Chilly Chili, who get blasted by the winds up on their sand dune!

Our new neighbours have been doing their last prep, ready to open on Friday, doing burgers, toasties, sandwiches and drinks. They've been waiting for the usual paperwork snail to get their licences ready, but should be all good to go ready for 1st July.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on June 29, 2016, 12:29:40 AM
Thanks hippopots for that. That explains it all now. 3 more sleeps! Staying over the road at Tom's :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 30, 2016, 12:13:24 AM
Not long for you now Karen.....and the good news is the rubbish is on the move ( please refer to the other thread)

So the mistral winds of yesterday have died down somewhat today, although this afternoon there was still enough breeze for the kite surfers to be out enjoying themselves!

With the warmer evenings, there seem to be alot more people having a nightly stroll, and enjoying the balmy temperatures.

Karaoke tonight at Condor, someone's doing a pretty good rendition of 'any dream will do' right now!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 30, 2016, 11:57:30 PM
Another hot and sunny day today, and now the winds have died down, business is good again for the beachside tavernas, who were all nice and busy this evening  :)

Quite a lot going on around the resort tonight.....Olly Murs/Robbie Williams tribute in Condor, quiz night at 3 W's, Greek night at 2 Stars, live music in Bar 38, and the football on in a lot of other bars....with Poland playing I can hear Kasia next door in Athens Bar cheering them on!

There was a cliff slip along the far end of the beach today.....remember that the cliffs are quite unstable due to wet winters/dry summers, so if you like to sunbathe at the northern area of the beach, keep a good eye on the cliffs above, and take care.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 01, 2016, 04:06:13 AM
We saw a cliff slip some years ago. There was a very loud crack and lots of dust! We had planned to sunbathe there but John thought it looked unsafe, so we came away, just in time. Amazingly people sitting there didn't move, albeit they were surrounded by fallen rocks ???
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 02, 2016, 12:12:28 AM
Another sunny day, and hot, hot ,hot!!

We took some time out today, as Mr Hippopots turns 50 in a couple of days, so I surprised him with boat hire from Leo, (San Stefanos Boat Hire). We did a half day, which gave us plenty of time to get to Paleo and back, stopping on the way at a gorgeous beach only accessable by boat, and have a swim. If you've not done this, we can highly reccommend it, just wear plenty of suncream, as we're both a bit crispy tonight!!

Our new neighbours have opened today, serving burgers, sandwiches, salads etc....we wish them well.


Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on July 04, 2016, 11:04:30 AM
What a great way to celebrate a birthday !
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on July 04, 2016, 01:08:25 PM
 Happy birthday Mr Hippopots! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 05, 2016, 02:35:09 PM
Yes happy birthday! So today the mist has descended! So no beach today. Apart from that, had a few beautiful days,  quite busy in resort. The rubbish has gone hoorah! Beach could still do with a clean up down the bottom end. :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 06, 2016, 12:07:11 AM
Yes, been lovely and hot for a few days now, well into the 30's. As Karen says, the sea mist came rolling in early afternoon, blocking the sun for a little while....I believe its caused by excessive heat, creating the haze.

So a hot day was followed by a fantastic sunset, and a nice cooling breeze down on the beach. Chilly Chili nice an busy tonight, a great vantage point for sunset watching.
Silver Moon also has lots of people sat out on their patio, enjoying a quiet drink.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on July 06, 2016, 11:09:01 AM
Lovely. We'll soon be there   ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 06, 2016, 06:21:02 PM
Beautiful day on the beach today. Clear blue skies. Breeze later in the afternoon. Most restaurants busy last night, especially Zorba's. Ate again at Nafsika. Spit roast pork with rice and fresh vegetables. Mmmm!! Football tonight, so I suppose everyone will in front the tv screens!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on July 06, 2016, 07:37:50 PM
Yesss, come on Wales..
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 06, 2016, 11:21:05 PM
Think you might be right Karen....Mr Hippopots has just gone to Condor to watch the footie, and not that many people wandering around at the moment. Football fans must be in their chosen bars, and non fans are probably enjoying quieter tavernas!! :D

Another hot, gorgeous day, most definately pool or beach weather....the beach was pretty busy today, and the sea is a lovely temperature now!

Wind has picked up quite a bit tonight, and as it's coming in from the sea we could have a mistral for a day or two, but it is nice that it cools the temperature a little!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 07, 2016, 01:46:22 PM
Yes Jackie. Really windy evening. Nearly got blown away at Nafsika. Beautiful beach weather today 8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 09, 2016, 06:23:13 PM
Scorchio today. About 34  degrees and supposed to be hotter tomorrow! Not very much breeze on the beach. Beach down near cliffs very untidy still. Fairly quiet late on last night, as change over day. Condor not as busy as usual, usual karaoke going on :D. Had a good act Thursday night. Done some madness and that type of genre of music. New 2star restaurant seems very successful, always busy. Good for them. Oh well, must get on drinking my amstel at stamatis bar. :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: mrsjune22 on July 09, 2016, 06:51:35 PM
Karen, are Maria and Allicias (bet it's spelt wrong) still there? We are coming late September for our usual retreat to peace and quiet and lovely people from the mad world that is England at the moment. :D.   June
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 10, 2016, 02:09:25 PM
Hello June, yes they are. Nothing's changed here! Which is a good thing! Enjoy your holiday when it comes.  Quite busy in resort last night. Condor had two sisters singing, getting everyone up dancing. Lots of Greek dancing throughout the village. Another very hot day today, with hardly any breeze, so keeping out of the sun, we're not used to it in England!   :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 11, 2016, 01:52:00 PM
And another hot one today. Fairly quiet in the village last night after the football had finished, but big changeover day today, so those people, no doubt, having an early night! Today we had  the mist descend, but it's gone now :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 11, 2016, 09:26:17 PM
Sorry, I've been a little lax lately with my posting, due to family here, then a change of computer meaning my automatic log in wasn't there, so had to get a new password!

So, many thanks Karen for keeping everyone up to date!  :)

So, as Karen says, weather has been amazing....hot, sunny, no clouds, a little wisp of a breeze, perfect!

The beach has been busy, and much easier to get from one part to the other, now the little bridge is back in place.

Still lots of people on the beach at 8.30pm last night, with some still swimming. And many on the patios of Manthos, Beachcombers and Fantasea enjoying the sunset.

We went to Ozzy Oil last Monday for a meal, all very nice as always, and when we arrived there was a musical trio serenading the diners for a few songs....I don't know if this is a regular thing, but it was a nice touch!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 13, 2016, 02:01:20 PM
No problem Jackie :) So walking through the village last night, about 9.30, couldn't believe how busy restaurants were. Most were almost full, starting with yiannis kebab place, 2 stars, zorbas little prince. Got to Nafsika and had to wait for a table! Bars were busy, with live music in bar38 and Athens. Michael Jackson was singing at silver star and buster bloodvessel lookalike at condor. Condor for was heaving. Lots of young people in resort now, so quite lively! So yesterday was very hot, 38 degrees, today is the same, with a nice breeze, so be careful everyone with the heat, when you come out. Last 2 days for us, relaxing on patio at dramatics. Jackie, hope you don't mind me jumping on your thread! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 13, 2016, 02:03:00 PM
*should read stamatis, not dramatics!*
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on July 13, 2016, 08:09:11 PM
A nice terrace to sit on Karen..looking forward to our turn soon.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 14, 2016, 12:06:39 AM
Not at all Karen.....keep up the good work!!

So a scorcher today, very very hot and little breeze  8)

I took Bod down to the beach around 8.30pm for his evening dunking in the stream, and the beach was still pretty busy, with quite a number of cars still parked down there, and people still enjoying a swim.

Live music tonight at El Greco, with Groucho, and tomorrow Summer Dreams have their first greek night of this season, always a popular choice.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 14, 2016, 02:43:42 PM
A nice terrace to sit on Karen..looking forward to our turn soon.
It certainly is! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 14, 2016, 03:13:18 PM
Thank you Jackie :) So cases are packed. Had a fabulous time with the lovely people of San stefanos. Met up with Jimbo and the lovely Gillie, also saw Tony and Linda, both looking well and all our friends at stamatis apartments. Busy again last night in all the restaurants. Hot again today, but with a nice breeze :) Enjoy your holidays everyone, we will be booking up as soon as we get home! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 14, 2016, 11:41:11 PM
Great postings Karen, safe journey home.

So another very hot day again today, and that sun is strong!

It's a lively San Stefanos tonight, with plenty of options for a night out......Greek Nights in both Summer Dreams and 2 Stars, music in Thomas Bay, Ollie Murs/Robbie tribute in Condor Bar, Quiz night at 3W'S, and Sarah James and the red belly turtles belting out the tunes in Athens Bar.

The beachside tavernas were busy tonight too, with plenty of diners in Waves, and Chilly Chili.
Looks like it'll be another hot one again tomorrow, perfect for anyone heading out!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: cabmufc on July 15, 2016, 07:02:03 PM
So much to do and see..and that sun!!!!..3 weeks and counting to a well earned and needed 2 weeks in chillsville 8) 8) 8) 8)!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 17, 2016, 10:12:00 PM
Not long now cabmufc!!

So, after some very intensly hot days, yesterday and today have been a little cooler, which, dare I say, has been very refreshing! Still been perfect sunbathing weather yesterday, without the humidity, once a little smattering of rain we had in the morning passed over!

Today was a little overcast this morning, but the sun soon broke through...although tonight the mistral winds are blowing in full force straight off the sea, so no Chilly Chili tonight, and plastic blinds down in most places!

Some live music tonight, with a Motown tribute in Thomas Bay, Duffy doing a regular Sunday night spot in Summer Dreams, and a singer in 3W's bar.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 22, 2016, 10:27:05 PM
Well, all back to normal after approx 10 hours with no electricity yesterday. Around half nine in the morning the power went off due to a fire in one of the electric poles above Tsaros.
The electric company could be seen going from pole to pole giving them all a jet wash, as aparently the fire was caused by sand creating a short circuit....it has been pretty breezy lately!

Fortunately power was restored after repairs, at around 7.30pm, just in time for dinner!!

And today has been a scorcher, with very little breeze.
Still people in the sea at 8.30pm tonight, and wow what a sunset! It was one of those classic San Stef ones, that bathe the whole village in a pale orange glow, the sea goes a wonderful pale turquoise, and Albania takes on hues of mauve, just stunning!
Lots of photos being taken as the sun went down
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on July 23, 2016, 02:25:01 AM
Yes, no electricity or water all day was a challenge! We could see the guys up the pole fixing the wires and a cheer went up once it was fixed! Back home now after two fab weeks. Looking forward to next year.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on July 23, 2016, 01:13:16 PM
The electricity board have posted around resort that there will be no electricity due to essential work on Monday 25th July from 08.30 - 13.00 hours for anyone in resort to be prepared.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 24, 2016, 12:14:55 AM
Guess what, hot and sunny again, with not a cloud in the sky 8)

Beach nice and busy today, with plenty of watersports going on.

It's a lively night in the village tonight, with lots of local Greeks also out enjoying the nightlife.

Spoilt for choice tonight if you like live music too.....regular Saturday night duo in Athens Bar, music in Condor, Bar 38 and El Greco, plus Splinter Band playing in Nafsika, so very busy there too.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on July 25, 2016, 01:09:01 PM
and at 12 noon we still have electricity - ?????
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on July 25, 2016, 01:14:11 PM
Avrio I expect Lesley!! Suppose they could be working on the transformer H pole up the Tsaros hill near the new posh apartments. The fuse/link cabinet is always wide open so allowing all manner of stuff to get in there that should not be.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on July 25, 2016, 01:57:54 PM
It caught fire fire a couple of weeks ago when we were there. And the cable across the road lower down broke, and they twisted the wires together and tied a knot in it!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on July 25, 2016, 06:10:30 PM
Looking at all the storms and masses of lightning not that far away, the linesmen probably decided not to do it. I never went up a pole in a storm- far too dangerous.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on July 25, 2016, 10:40:48 PM
Same thing happened last thursday Jim. I watched the fire engine coming down the hill.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on July 26, 2016, 11:22:58 AM
Some places in resort didn't have on Monday we did and it looks to be our turn tomorrow as a new poster has been pinned to our gate.
So for anyone in resort it says
No Electricity Wednesday 08.30 - 13.00 hours.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on July 27, 2016, 11:24:08 PM
As Lesley says, its been a bit on and off with the electricity the last few days. After the fire up the pole last week, lots of maintenence is being done around the village. On Monday main cables were replaced between Barras and Silver Moon, and today work was being done elsewhere in the village.

Was a little cloudy yesterday morning, but once the sun broke through it was another lovely hot day. Lazy days by the pool, followed by slightly cooler evenings, which is nice.

Tonight we were treated to a 'walking concert' by the Avliotes choir. They set off from San Stefanos church, then worked their way around the village, stopping in various places to sing. So nice when they come to the resort to do this!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on July 28, 2016, 12:15:51 AM
We cheered them off from the church. So lovely to see so many men & women loving what they were doing in the name of their village.

Plus of course they sang so beautifully
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on August 02, 2016, 09:29:18 PM
Hi is every thing ok in san stef as we have had  no whats happenin for a few days Reg Harry
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 02, 2016, 09:53:58 PM
Hi All, apologies for a lapse in posting again.....not been so good in keeping up this year!

I was lucky enough to have some friends visiting for a week, so got somewhat waylaid!! But it did mean that I managed to get out and enjoy the village too, it felt like a little holiday for me!

So its been hot hot hot, for the last few days, but this afternoon the breeze has got up a little, which has cooled things just slightly, but you do get a little windswept down at the beach!! After seeing many taking photos of the glorious sunset last night from the patio of Beachcombers, tonight many establishments are making use of their plastic windbreaks!

Lots of families arriving now, with British school holidays now in full swing, which gives the village a slightly different feel to the edges of the season. It's nice to see lots of children enjoying the beach, and we see lots of them clutching their lilo's as they make their way to the pools or sand.

It's also the main holiday season for other parts of Europe....August always brings lots of Italians to the island, and we've seen lots of Eastern European registered cars, so plenty have driven over. Always nice to chat to different nationalities when they come into the shop.
Tonight Acabar was nice and busy with pre-dinner drinkers, and all the tavernas look to be doing well.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on August 04, 2016, 08:32:07 PM
Yes Belgium is closed now, everybody on holidays...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 04, 2016, 10:05:26 PM
Another gorgeous hot and sunny one today. And after a quite rough sea last night, this evening all is calm. And at 8.30pm still people in the sea, and quite a lot on the beach.
Plus tonight's sunset was a brilliant clear one, what more could you wish for!!

Fair bit of entertainment going on tonight too. 2 Stars has their Greek night, the dancers were outside as I walked by, all dressed in their gorgeous traditional dress.
Olly Murs/Robbie tribute doing his weekly stint in Condor, 3 W's has their regular Thursday night quiz, and Sarah James and the Red Belly turtles playing in Athens Bar.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 06, 2016, 11:39:20 PM
Well, we're definitely in the throes of August, hot hot hot sunny days, and warm balmy nights, or in the case of tonight, very humid!!
There were some clouds building slightly tonight over the islands, so with the increased humidity, we may be in for a good old Corfiot thunderstorm sometime soon.....must admit it would be great for clearing the air, but would be nice if it comes overnight!!

A very busy beach today, and still lots of people down there, and in the sea at 8.30pm tonight. Many cars still parked up, and Waves, Manthos and Mistral were all pretty full.

Zorbas were also very busy tonight, and all the bars have plenty of people sat outside enjoying a drink or two. ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on August 10, 2016, 02:00:45 AM
Been a very windy day today so some great waves to enjoy..called in to see bod and got a great welcome as always..a bit worried about about the terrapins as they have been digging the little river out the last couple of days and now its completley filled up.dont think they have rescued any before the work started
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 10, 2016, 10:15:57 PM
Well, after a couple of very humid days, we had a fantastic Corfiot lightening show on Sunday night, and a few rumblings on Monday morning, which really helped to clear the air. Since then its been more fabulous hot sunny days, with much more comfortable evenings.  :)

As Rilo57 says, there has been some work going on at the stream by Eleni's supermarket, with a digger doing some dredging, and now stones in the base of the stream, not sure why, but my guess is it's pethaps to prevent more erosion of the banking by Eleni's supermarket, as everytime we get heavy rain a little more bank slips away. Hopefully the terrapins are OK.....have seen on facebook that there are a lot in the stream further down, by Margaritas suites, so hopefully they moved downstream.

And the beach was still really busy at gone 8pm tonight, busieist I've seen at this time all summer! Tavernas also are nice and busy.....Beer O Clock was packed on Monday night, and tonight Chilly Chili have a meze night, which looks like it could be popular. There's also regular Greek night happening at Summer Dreams tonight, for anyone fancying traditional Greek dancing.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on August 17, 2016, 09:31:37 PM
Well, its been a lovely few days in San Stefanos.....very windy at times at the weekend, but the days have been hot and sunny, and the temperature really comfortable, perfect for beach and pool days, but not too hot at night.

The village has filled up now with lots of families, and its been nice to see lots of familiar faces.
The beach is staying busy well into the evenings, with lots of Greeks and Italians enjoying the sea, plenty of cars from all over Europe in the village now.

Wooden shuttering has been erected either side of the stream down by the bridge, my theory is that they will be constructing retaining walls either side to prevent further erosion towards Eleni's supermarket, and Acabar.....of course I could be wrong, so watch this space!  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on September 06, 2016, 09:14:47 PM
Whats happenin' any one no as we have had nothing since 17  august missing   the reports .Harry
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 07, 2016, 12:54:04 AM
Not Shore but beach and weather looks nice better then west cork Ireland 😂
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: spesh49 on September 07, 2016, 01:36:11 AM
We left on Monday, storms were expected Tues, for a few days.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on September 07, 2016, 04:52:18 PM
Comments on facebook last night that the weather was awful yesterday - cloudy and raining most of the day. I feel so sorry for those that are only there for a week and get bad weather
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on September 07, 2016, 06:06:19 PM
Forecast I have in front of me shows storms possible right through to next Monday!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on September 08, 2016, 12:28:52 PM
Mixed bag so far today, rain earlier now sun peeping through and some cloud cover and nice temps as quite mild though......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on September 15, 2016, 11:59:17 PM
Hia

Just wanted to know if Mr. and Mrs.Hippopots and Bod are ok - hope they are just busy!!  - not heard any posts from them for a while. 

Loved our holiday, and popping in to say hello - wish i was there right now!

Have a good end of season xx
 

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on September 26, 2016, 10:53:17 AM
Hands up who is sad not to read Mrs Hippopots updates on here?

Especially with the season coming to close I miss tales of this place and that place,  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on September 26, 2016, 12:06:31 PM
Miss the updates
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on September 26, 2016, 03:47:49 PM
Me
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: David A on September 26, 2016, 10:38:47 PM
Yeah, I'm just back a week and wondering what's happening......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 27, 2016, 09:12:25 AM
What's happening is that weather is still fine and warm. The sea is a wonderful temperature. The evenings are getting a little cooler. But it's still quite busy out and about.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BarbaraG on September 27, 2016, 10:39:46 AM
Can someone who is there at the moment tell us whether the Hippopots shop is still open?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on September 27, 2016, 11:30:51 AM
Yes it is
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on September 27, 2016, 08:51:14 PM
What's happening is that weather is still fine and warm. The sea is a wonderful temperature. The evenings are getting a little cooler. But it's still quite busy out and about.
Jimbo, hope you and Gillie are having a wonderful time. I'm sure you are! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 28, 2016, 08:56:16 AM
Indeed we are - as always.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 28, 2016, 09:21:09 PM
Oooop, SORRY SORRY SORRY!!!

I kind of got out of the habit of posting, and whoops, before we know it it's nearly the end of September!!  :o

Apologies, for not updating, but I must say it's nice to be missed!

I have had a little slap on the wrist in person a couple of times this week too, so time to pull my finger out!!

So, news is we're nearing the end of the season, just a couple more weeks to go for most of us.

Work has been progressing down at the bridge, where high concrete walls have been constructed either side of the stream, to prevent erosion of the banks getting too close to Acabar, and Eleni's supermarket!

The beach is still pretty busy, and the sea is still beautiful and warm. Lots of hire cars can still be seen parked up by the stream daily.

The evenings are cooling off a little now, time for us to need a change of clothes for the evenings....I'll soon be digging out Winter fleeces and jeans!!  :'(
But Bod loves the cooler weather, and he now has much more energy to bark at and chase cats, and anything else that moves!!

But the daytime weather is superb, lots of sunshine and gorgeous temperatures well into the 70's, such a lovely time to be here, especially if you prefer your tavernas a little quieter, and your hosts to have more time to chat.

So, now back into 'the zone' of writing, I'll keep you all up to date on the resort.....promise!!  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on September 28, 2016, 09:34:40 PM
hippopots so nice to hear from you again missed your updates Regards Harry
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on September 29, 2016, 12:16:06 AM
Yay!  :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 29, 2016, 08:06:28 PM
A Jackie says, the weather is still lovely. There's a stiff breeze this evening, but we're nearly at the end of three weeks here and we've had almost no wind and only an hour of daytime drizzle. I suspect things will get quieter after tomorrow (Friday)'s exodus. This is very nice time of the year to be here if the weather is kind, and it has been. It was very hot in Kassiopi today and it was teeming with all nationalities, which was nice - and a beautiful bride in her gleaming white wedding dress and her husband in a very smart blue suit promenaded along the harbour side in the sunshine to cheers from all the tavernas on the way. They looked infinitely proud and happy and it was quite moving to share their day if only for a moment.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on September 29, 2016, 10:49:21 PM
I'm arriving tomorrow, and I suspect 70% of people will be heading the other way!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on September 29, 2016, 11:38:46 PM
How lovely to see a wedding in Kassiopi Jimbo, and on such a beautifully sunny day too.

A fab clear blue sky today, and comfortable temperatures in the high 70's/low 80's made for a great chance for people to soak up some sunshine before heading back to UK for Autumn.

As abbo says, there will be a fair few people heading home tomorrow, but hopefully we'll get a few more visitors yet.

Evenings are a little cooler now, so people sitting more inside the tavernas and bars.

Last quiz night of the season (possibly!) at 3W'S tonight.....seems to have been a popular addition to what's on offer in the resort during the Summer, so may well be returning again next year.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on September 30, 2016, 03:54:19 PM
Thanks Jackie, great to see you back. We missed you !

Frankie
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on October 01, 2016, 07:31:12 PM
Thanks Jackie and Jimbo for the updates. Enjoy the rest of the season Jackie and the rest of your holiday Jimbo and Gillie :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Nellie on October 01, 2016, 11:28:12 PM

So lovely to hear whats going on, thank you for your update Jackie - sounds lovely there at this time of year.  I can just imagine it, and Bod chasing cats - his favourite past time!

I hope the last few weeks of the season go well - doesn't seem two minutes since everyone was getting ready to open 

     
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: CHRIS NO 2 on October 02, 2016, 04:24:08 AM
poor cats
hope it wasn't any that the kind people on hols have brought food for x
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on October 02, 2016, 10:24:07 AM
Oct 2nd and still the lovely weather looks like holding. A few places look like they are starting to wind down, Kostas at Fantasea is doing daytimes now but not evenings. With the sun setting lower you have to be "the other side" to witness it, so Vicky Pool etc. The hotels and restaurants all looked quite busy for dinner.

One thing I will say is that the beach is finishing the season looking as wide as I've seen it in years. Really looks fab.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: abbo on October 02, 2016, 11:46:48 AM
Two signs on the beach that things are winding down.. the launch boards for watersports were pulled out yesterday evening by the tractor & today the hire boat convoy that glides in each morning is down to one boat!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 02, 2016, 06:55:36 PM
Don't worry, Chris No 2......Bod loves a bit of cat chasing, but only from the end of his lead! And on the odd occasion he has escaped to go after one, he either doesn't catch up with it, or it turns on him and gives him what for, he has the scar on his nose to prove it!!

So, things are, as Abbo says, gradually winding down. Little Prince bar closed after Friday night, after having a busy Summer with Yiannis in charge.

Barras are advertising their roast beef dinner tonight as the last one for this year, and overall the evenings are pretty quiet. That said, still quite a few enjoying the lovely beach today, as the weather is still beautiful  8) 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Teamnickos on October 03, 2016, 11:13:25 AM
Nice to end the season with such lovely weather
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 04, 2016, 01:46:32 PM
So Sunday night gave us an amazing light shop, courtesy of a big thunderstorm. It began around 8.30pm ish with a huge thunderclap, which made everyone jump out their skin! This was followed by some rain, but not that much, and hours of rumblings, but the most incredible lightening, that lit up the sky in almost mauve colours.....a Corfiot thunderstorm never fails to impress!

It cleared the air nicely, and yesterday was pretty hot, and the evening was one of the warmest we've experienced for a while.

The village is relatively quiet now, although on the patio areas of the bars are people making the most of the October sunshine.

Some of the sunbeds have gone now from the beach, as things quieten down, and whilst it's a little breezy down there today, it's still definitely sunbathing weather  8)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 04, 2016, 06:58:16 PM
 Hi Jackie, just to let you know our daughter loved the little rabbit you made for her and the colours were spot on,thank you for taking so much trouble over it. See you next June, have a good Winter.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 08, 2016, 07:26:22 PM
Awww, Dupnica, so glad she liked it, and it was the right colours! :)

I did start writing an update the other day, but I had just spilt water over the computer, and the keyboard went a little haywire!! :o

But after a couple of days of drying out, we're back in business.

So after some fab Octtober weather, yesterday we were treated to a torrential downpour, which was not so great....but back to sun again today.

After yesterday's departures the resort is slowly closing down, Little Prince, Barras and Silver Moon have all closed their doors for this season.
Restaurant wise, Yianni's served his final orange cake, and Ozzy Oil closed too.

But we still have Beachcombers and Beer O Clock until tomorrow, and 2 Stars, Condor and Town Pizza are still open, as is Yianni's gyros and Tasty Corner, and you can still have a drink at Athens Bar, Aquarius Bar, Acabar, 3 W's El Greco, and Silver Star. Not walked around the village today, but usually Summer Dreams, and Zest for Life also stay open until near the end.

And of course it's still possible to hire a car, or get a quad or scooter from either Pegasus or Spiros Bikes, and head off exploring, so we're not completely closed yet!



 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 09, 2016, 10:52:20 AM
Nafsika's still open...
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Lesley on October 10, 2016, 07:10:17 PM
Yes Nafsika, Romanza and Aktrotiri, Gravia, 3W's, El Greco, Yiannis Kebabs and Town Pizza then there is the cake shop in the village  & Landos, Illias Taverna, Havianias the Old Post Office Kafeneion, and sure others I may have missed off....... just on a quick recce this afternoon........plus all the others already mentioned on a previous post.......
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on October 21, 2016, 02:46:03 PM
Well, after closing the shop, we had a lovely few days break in Stoupa, on the mainland. Not been there for 20 years, and pleased to say it hadn't changed dramatically! We were also lucky weatherwise, having left about 2 hours before the epic rains that fell here, flooding the main street outside Thomas Bay, and seeping into Brusko and Zorba's, like it did in June.
Fortunately all is well again, and the only evidence of it we could see when we went into San Stefanos a couple of days ago was a fair few stones still in the road, and the movement of the wooden bridge on the beach.

So, when we were there, resort now very quiet, although Yiannis Gyros and Tasty Corner still open, along with 3 W's bar, Town Pizza, El Greco, and Zest for Life, as well as Nafsika, that has guests. Also, Perdita and Taste of Life still open on shortened hours for shopping, as well as Margaritas supermarket, and Express supermarket, and Spiros Bikes still there if a scooter or quad is required.

This place does take on an eerily quiet feel at this time of year, as it feels strange, when 2 weeks ago everyone was open, but in a week or so, this will feel perfectly normal to those of us here!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 24, 2016, 07:33:11 PM
 Good to hear from you Jackie, glad you enjoyed your trip expect you were ready for it after your busy Summer.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on November 18, 2016, 05:48:30 PM
Well, all is quiet in San Stefanos now, as you'd expect. However, we have been enjoying some amazing November sunshine! Last few days have been warm and sunny, giving us the chance to go for some nice walks along the beach. The other day the beach was beautiful and wide, and the sea just gently lapping at the shore. Just a couple of dog walkers enjoying the empty beach, as well as 3 Mum's with little ones having a good run around, letting of steam!

Just a few places open now....Town Pizza is open at the weekends, and El Greco and 3 W's open every afternoon and evening, as well as Express supermarket every day except Sunday, which is pretty handy for popping into for groceries.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 24, 2016, 07:17:56 PM
Nice to hear you're having some good weather Jackie,Bod will be enjoying having the beach almost to himself.There was an article in the Mail the other day saying that Red Palm Weevils have been found in an imported European palm bought from a garden centre in Essex.They are worried now that it will spread to trees on the South coast. I don't expect it will be anything like the devastation that your trees have suffered in Corfu.It was so sad to see those lovely palm trees, that we've admired for years,being eaten away and dying.
I doubt if any palm trees in Agios Stefanos will be spared,wouldn't want the job of chopping down the tall ones outside Olympia or Summer Dreams but I would be surprised if they are still there when we return next June.So sad.
 
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Post by: hippopots on December 11, 2016, 08:41:58 PM
Well, not long til Christmas, but with the weather we've been having it's hard to believe it's mid December! The sun has been shining daily for at least 2 weeks now, and daytime temperatures are well into the teens!

The beach is lovely, quite wide, with plenty of room for the doggies that enjoy it in Winter to have a good run around together  :)

All is quiet in the resort itself, although Express supermarket is doing a nice steady trade, and El Greco is open for business by lunctimes. And from 4pm we aso have 3W'S, which is looking nice and festive with their lit up snowman and Santa by the door!

We are heading back to the UK soon for about 1 month, so would like to wish you all HAPPY CHRISTMAS, and best wishes for 2017!  :D
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Post by: Teamnickos on December 12, 2016, 02:46:51 PM
Happy Christmas to you too Jackie and thanks for your updates this year. Have a good break.
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Post by: Jimbo on December 13, 2016, 02:03:35 AM
Love to you both and Bod.
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Post by: gillie on December 13, 2016, 02:06:00 PM
Have a great Christmas both of you - and Bod too, of course! Thanks for all the updates they keep us going through the winter.
Lots of love,
Gillie xx
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Post by: WINKIE on December 13, 2016, 06:15:32 PM
Thanks from us too Jackie,have a fabulous time over the festive period,and we will see you in June.
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Post by: Lesley on December 14, 2016, 11:20:27 AM
Happy Christmas to you too, catch you when you get back in 2017, Lesley & Ari xxxx
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Post by: H A S on December 23, 2016, 05:05:15 PM
A merry Christmas and Happy new year  to all forum members and to every one in san stef
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Post by: Karen on December 23, 2016, 06:52:09 PM
A merry Christmas and Happy new year  to all forum members and to every one in san stef
A merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous  :)New Year to you all!
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Post by: Tredegar Boy on December 23, 2016, 09:40:23 PM
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from a wet and windy south wales.
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Post by: Jimbo on December 25, 2016, 02:28:52 AM
And from me too. Let's keep the forum going in 2017
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Post by: spesh49 on December 25, 2016, 08:58:32 AM
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from me to
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Post by: swedebasher on December 25, 2016, 12:58:17 PM
Ding dong from Norfolk.
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Post by: hippopots on January 30, 2017, 07:43:13 PM
Happy 2017!!
After a trip back to the UK, we arrived back home to Corfu on Friday morning.

We missed the snow that fell here, now it is warmer on average than UK, but a wet afternoon today.

We went to San Stef this afternoon for a walk on the beach, and got caught in the downpour, so had to run back along the road from the Church to the car, which was parked opposite Little Prince, taking shelter along the way under the canopies of Kamini, and the Juice Bar!

The rain didn't deter the horse riders though, who were enjoying the opportunity to gallop the length of the beach during the Winter season.
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Post by: rilo57 on January 31, 2017, 12:57:49 AM
And a very happy 2017 to you both, not forgetting Bod of course..Bet your happy to be back...Lots of work to do on the new locatiö
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Post by: Dupnica on February 05, 2017, 01:58:57 PM
Several cars parked outside Waves today and a few people walking along the beach,wonder what's going on ???
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Post by: swedebasher on February 06, 2017, 06:53:27 PM
As it is now February, I would imagine that whatever repairs etc are needed would be underway.
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Post by: hippopots on February 11, 2017, 06:11:45 PM
Well, it has been a lovely day today, we headed down to San Stef to do some prep work at our new shop, and of course enjoy a nice long walk along the beach, which is currently very wide!

All is quite quiet at the moment, although there are a few bits of work going on.

The wall behind Olympia is getting some lovely new stone, to match the restaurant wall. And lots of work going on at Marina Villa, which is having a major facelift ready for this year.

Other than that, pretty quiet, although we are lucky enough to have Express Market open for groceries, Town Pizza at weekends to keep us fed, and El Greco and 3W'S open to keep us watered! :D
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Post by: hippopots on March 01, 2017, 04:53:03 PM
After some beautiful sunny days, March the 1st is rather overcast, making it quite breezy on the beach, with some quite choppy waves.

After the great day the was Clean Monday, with Avliotes carnival, all is back to normal. It was a fab afternoon, and there were some brilliant floats and costumes! It was quite funny seeing our friends all dressed up, a couple of which I hardly recognised until they spoke!! Also, lovely to see the younger generation of the village participating proudly in their majorette troupe, they were fantastic.

Down in San Stef today preparations are beginning for the new season. More stonework going on at Olympia, which is looking lovely, and some after winter work being done at Mare Deus,

Much work happening at Elizabeths, as their last premises in their row of shops (which used to be rented by Corfu Explore) is undergoing some work......the frontage has been brought out in line with the others, and is going to be in use this year, which is nice. Will be interesting to see what they will be selling.



 
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Post by: hippopots on March 11, 2017, 06:08:53 PM
Well, after a bit of a thunderstorm and some windy weather last night, we're back to another sunny day today. The storm has brought the tide in today though.....the stream was much wider, and not possible to get through without wellies, and the beach much narrower.
After deciding we couldn't walk along the beach, as we couldn't get past the stream, we turned around and headed back towards Fantasea, where, just at the bottom of the slope up we had to make a mad dash for it to avoid wet feet from a rogue wave!!

Saturday afternoon, and all quiet in most of the village, although Spiros was at Silver Star doing some outside prepping.

Quite lively around the 'older' part, with lots of work going on at Marina Villas. They are working really hard over there, I can't wait to see the end result, think it's going to look great!
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Post by: WINKIE on March 11, 2017, 07:48:22 PM
Thanks for the update Jackie,much appreciated.
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Post by: hippopots on March 19, 2017, 10:58:41 AM
Well, we have been so lucky here with the weather this March, with fabulous sunshine just about every day!  8) Been a little chilly at night, but won't be long before Summer's here.

Popped into San Stef on Friday, and there's been a few bits of work going on. Terezas hotel looks like it's replacing the roof above the bar area, and the canopy out the front of Princess Bar at Little Prince has been taken down, so quite possibly thats being replaced too.

Looks like Waves have been busy renovating their loo's, and we're getting a new floor, which is really nice!

Talking to various buusiness friends in San Stef, Arillas, and Afionas, it sounds like we're all gearing up for a good Summer, and are looking forward to it!
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Post by: Jimbo on March 19, 2017, 11:49:49 AM
We're all looking forward to it as well!
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Post by: Jules on March 19, 2017, 01:55:39 PM
Thanks for the updates as usual Jackie. Can't wait to be back although September seems a long time away at the moment. 8) 8) 8)
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Post by: Nellie on March 19, 2017, 02:12:28 PM
Lovely to hear the resort is getting ready for the new season.  I have been wondering whats going on - love to hear whats happening!  Glad to hear that hippopots is getting ready in the new shop - sounds an amazing spot - Bod will love it!!

I cant wait to enjoy all the news and photos.  feels in reach now!
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Post by: hippopots on March 21, 2017, 04:49:25 PM
Just got back from a lovely walk on the beach, the weather today is amazing, it really does feel like Spring is here, and so hopefully we have seen the end of Winter! 8)

Work is progressing nicely in the village.....a new pergola is going up outside Princess Bar at Little Prince, and the jet washer was in use on the hotel patio.

Mare Deus also has a nice new white pergola frame in place on the beachside of their building, which will give a lovely ammount of shade to sit under whilst enjoying the view.

And furtther along the beach, Havana is getting a spruce up with painting being done in prepaaration for Summer.
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Post by: benson on March 22, 2017, 09:49:12 AM
Mare Deus ?
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Post by: hippopots on March 22, 2017, 10:58:55 AM
It's the snack bar by the pool at Athina hotel Benson.....also accessible from the beach.
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Post by: WINKIE on March 22, 2017, 11:08:45 AM
Thanks for finding the time to keep us updated Jackie,keep em posts coming  ;D. See you in 11 weeks  8).
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Post by: benson on March 22, 2017, 02:00:16 PM
It's the snack bar by the pool at Athina hotel Benson.....also accessible from the beach.

Thank you
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Post by: hippopots on March 30, 2017, 04:06:49 PM
Just got back from San Stef, and what a hive of activity it is today.

Lots going on along the Avliotes road, with work happening at Thomas Bay, Acabar, 2 Stars, Elizabeths, Aspa, and something going on at the empty shop by Kathy's market, although not sure what as yet.

The beach is looking beautiful, and there were even people venturing into the water along near Mango Bar....I went in as far as my toes  ;D But have to say, because we've had a good run of amazing weather, the sea is much warmer than it usually is at this time of the year!

Mistral getting prepped, with sanding down and re-painting going on, and our new floor is nearly done yay!!

Just one month to start of Summer, and we're all getting stuck in, ready to welcome you all for what will hopefully be a fantastic season for everyone.  :D
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Post by: Nellie on March 30, 2017, 06:45:04 PM

Yay! sounds wonderful - and yes not long until the start of the season.  We werent sure if we were able to come back this year but we are! mid august  ;D  Cannot wait!
So lovely to hear updates of the resort, and the lovely beach
Thank you  :D
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Post by: gillie on March 31, 2017, 03:29:56 PM
Thanks for all the updates, Jackie. It's all sounding, and looking great! Sun just come out here and about 14deg  not bad.
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Post by: diane13 on March 31, 2017, 06:44:09 PM
Yes thank you for all the updates - holidays don't seem so far away when we hear what's going on in San Stefanos  :) :)
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Post by: DougR on March 31, 2017, 10:56:57 PM
Thanks for all the updates and we can't wait to see the new shop. Pleaase keep us updated re. the work going on in what was Kathy's supermarket as we'll be staying above when we come out. Is Pete going to be doing his Thursday night torture sessions(Quiz nights)?
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Post by: hippopots on April 02, 2017, 12:26:21 PM
Yes, Doug, the quiz will be running again this year, probably on Thursdays again.....funnily enough I was just discussing it last night over a drink with Margarita.

Popped down to San Stef last night, and had a lovely walk along the beach at sunset, so calm and quiet.

Nothing happened by Kathy's market since the other day....

Quite quiet in the resort, although was nice to see a few locals playing football in the street outside El Greco, as not much traffic about, probably the only car they were in danger of being hit by was me, luckily I missed them all!  ;D

All the wild flowers have been out in force, as it's been so warm here, and coming out of 3 W's, I heard my first frogs of the year, in the stream on the was to Rose Garden. No fireflies yet, but can't believe it will be long before I see some, then I feel like Summer really has begun.
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Post by: hippopots on April 13, 2017, 07:54:49 PM
Well, we've had some amazing weather the last week or so, clear blue skies, and temperatures in the low 20's  8)

Over the last few days we've been down in San Stef, along with everyone else getting prepped for Summer!

Lots of work going on....Tasty Corner now has all their tables and chairs out, and the menu boards have gone up, so looks like they'll be open very soon.

Yiannis Gyros have been busy cleaning, and painting, and Yianis told us he will be open in about a week and a half's time.

Both Spiros Bikes and Pegasus Bikes are getting ready, and cleaning and prepping going on at Athens Bar, and Little Prince.

Acarbar have a framework in place for some new fencing by the stream, and there's a lovely new fence going up around the Athina pool/garden area.

Lots of pool prepping going on, with Nafsika pool being painted, and others being cleaned ready for the season.

We have been busy getting ready, although I do keep getting distracted by the view from our new place  :D

And, there's something going on at the old 2 Stars location, opposite Little Prince............. 
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Post by: WINKIE on April 13, 2017, 10:53:27 PM
Thank you for the update Jackie, much appreciated,see you soon  8)
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Post by: gillie on April 15, 2017, 02:45:57 PM
Thanks, Jackie. Really cold here! They say it will be colder here in Hull in Easter Monday than it was on Christmas Day!! Brrrrr! Back t the thermal underwear I only removed a couple of weeks ago. ::) :-[
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Post by: rilo57 on April 15, 2017, 11:23:04 PM
Off to Germany tomorrow(sunday) forcast snow on wednesday...-3c for thursday...thermals packed
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Post by: hippopots on April 19, 2017, 10:38:30 AM
Well, we had some lovely weather for the Easter weekend, and all was pretty quiet in San Stef, as everyone was partaking in celebrations. We popped down briefly on Monday, to see a few people enjoying a stroll along the beach, and horses enjoying a gallop!

We were back prepping yesterday, but not too many others working, as there was the Litany parade in Avliotes at Midday, along with the dynamite after, which we could here from the resort.

Looks like there will be a new taverna to try this year, as there is some painting going on at the old 2 Stars, opposite Little Prince, so someone is getting it ready for opening.

Think work will be starting in earnest now Easter is over......we stopped for a drink on the way home yesterday at 3W's, and as a couple of our fellow business owners who were doing the same said, 'no problem, we have 2 weeks, we'll all be ready'......and we all always are.  ;)
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Post by: diane13 on April 19, 2017, 08:28:51 PM
Thanks for the updates - love to read them.  Nice to know someone is taking over the old 2 Stars - look forwarding to trying that in May  :)
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Post by: swedebasher on April 20, 2017, 01:09:07 PM
Mrs Pots.. who recently got married from the brewery, or is due to shortly??
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Post by: hippopots on April 25, 2017, 10:16:42 PM
Hi Swedebasher, sorry but I don't know anything about a wedding of someone from the brewery....I don't really know anyone from there, although I do love their beer and have been known to partake now and again!  ;D

Well, after a windy few days, and a north wind at that, we're now back to gorgeous weather and very nice temperatures.

This week everyone is busy, and San Stefanos preparations are in full swing all round the village!

Tables and chairs were stacked up ready outside Silver Moon, and cleaning going on at Yiannis gyros, whilst opposite there was some painting happening at Athens Bar.

Condor, and Elizabeths are getting ready, and more prepping at Brusko and Acabar.

Pressure washers out at Little Prince, and Silver Star where I nearly received a little shower whilst walking past with Bod, fortunately Spiros spotted me just in time!!

Vasia, Aspa, Taste of Life, Perdita's and ourselves were all in today, prepping and stocking the shelves, and plenty of work also going on at Barras, Nafsika, Marina Villas, Zest for Life, Manthos, Waves and Mistral.

Fortunately we can now get some refreshment to keep us going courtesy of El Greco, 3 W's, Tasty Corner, and Town Pizza!  :D
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Post by: Nellie on April 26, 2017, 08:10:00 PM
Lovely to hear everyone getting ready - I cant wait!! also cant believe how quickly it has come round to the beginning of the season!
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Post by: hippopots on April 28, 2017, 07:26:43 PM
Well, today started with a well organised beach clean up at 10am. Plenty of willing volunteers, locals, businesses, ex pats, and visitors all turned out, as well as a bus load of the local school children, who got stuck in with fantastic enthusiasm!
It is a fact of life here that if something needs doing, it has to be organised by local volunteers, and the organisers of todays clean up did a great job rounding up the troops!
Also, it's amazing what gets washed up over the Winter, including a couple of car parts, and huge ammounts of plastics, in the form of bottles and straws!

Then, later that day, once we were back at the shop getting ready, it was great to see people enjoying the beach, and braving the sea, although the water's not so cold as it has been in previous years, due to the ammount of sunshine we've had this Spring.  8)
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Post by: abbo on April 28, 2017, 08:59:57 PM
Well, today started with a well organised beach clean up at 10am. Plenty of willing volunteers, locals, businesses, ex pats, and visitors all turned out, as well as a bus load of the local school children, who got stuck in with fantastic enthusiasm!
It is a fact of life here that if something needs doing, it has to be organised by local volunteers, and the organisers of todays clean up did a great job rounding up the troops!
Also, it's amazing what gets washed up over the Winter, including a couple of car parts, and huge ammounts of plastics, in the form of bottles and straws!

Then, later that day, once we were back at the shop getting ready, it was great to see people enjoying the beach, and braving the sea, although the water's not so cold as it has been in previous years, due to the ammount of sunshine we've had this Spring.  8)

Delighted to hear about everyone mucking in so early in the year. 2/3 years ago I was getting a bit glum that the beach tidying up wasn't happening until June.

I'm there for a flying visit next week, so lovely news!
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Post by: Karen on April 29, 2017, 06:25:03 PM
Yes, it's great to hear about the beach clean up and thank you everyone for getting involved in that.  We do find that the beach area near the cliffs is often littered with rubbish, which is a shame, but I think locals and holidaymakers are all guilty of leaving this rubbish, why people cant just take it away with them, I don't know!
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Post by: hippopots on April 30, 2017, 03:33:13 PM
Well, last day of April today, so tomorrow will signal the main start of the season for Agios Stefanos, as the first coaches roll in from the airport.......of course we've had some intrepid early visitors already. But this week will see the opening of most of the businesses in resort, followed by the rest by next week.

Personally, we've gone for treating ourselves to an afternoon off at home, the last one til October! But we're certainly looking forward to welcoming everyone all through the Summer.
I will also endeavor to try and give daily updates through the season, although I apologise in advance if I miss one occasionally!

May all our fellow businesses based in Agios Stefanos have a successful Summer, and may all our visitors have amazing holidays! 8)

See you all soon! :D
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Post by: hippopots on May 01, 2017, 09:58:02 PM
Lovely sunny day to start the season off.

Some accommodation received their first visitors today, with Romanza, Vicky, Silver Moon, and Barras all opening this morning.

2 Stars also opened today, and Yiannis gyros started on Saturday.

Both Pegasus Bikes and Spiros Bikes are up and running, and Spiros is using our old shop patio for extra display this year too.

Vasia and Zest for life both looked open, whilst ourselves and Perdita are just getting to the finishing touches before we open.

Work is progressing at the old 2 Stars, where a new taverna is opening soon. I must find out the name so I can stop calling it 'the old 2 Stars!'. We did meet the new owners today, a very nice couple called Alex and Betty, and their cute little black pug, who Bod enjoyed saying Hi to!  :D

 
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Post by: hippopots on May 03, 2017, 06:39:51 PM
More businesses opening each day, or prepping to do so soon.

All the supermarkets in the village are now open, so plenty of choice for stocking up on provisions.

Tables and chairs being set up at Yiannis taverna, Zorbas, Brusko, and Olympia, so all should be ready soon.

Zest for Life juice bar is up and running, so ideal for refreshment on the way to the beach.

And the sun is shining, another glorious day....what more could we wish for?!  8)
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Post by: hippopots on May 05, 2017, 10:02:44 PM
Well, the resort is really coming to life now after the Winter!

Today saw the opening of Thomas Bay, and Little Prince, with their first guests arriving, joining others already staying around the resort.

From photos I've seen on facebook, it looks like Tereza's new terrace above the bar is meeting with lots of approval.

Taverna's opening up too, including Zorbas, with others, including Beachcombers,  following on tomorrow, and Silver Star also opened today.
Also saw plenty of alcohol being delivered to various places, so no shortage of refreshments!

Elizabeths and Condor also open, with the shop now even bigger, with even more choice of clothes.

And the weather is gorgeous, just a little breezy, but nothing major!  :)
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Post by: Dupnica on May 07, 2017, 08:53:07 PM
 Hi Jackie, I've seen photos of your new shop and it looks lovely.Good to see you've installed a comfy settee where the men can rest while the ladies browse. Hope to have a browse myself in a few weeks.
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Post by: hippopots on May 08, 2017, 10:27:58 AM
Thanks, Dupnica. Yes, think the sofa is going to be a big hit!

Yesterday started cloudy, and also incredibly quiet....we actually thought we'd looked at the time wrong and arrived earlier than usual!

But I think people were having a lie in, as people started appearing late morning, and a little later the sun broke through, giving us a gorgeous afternoon!

Quite a few enjoying walks on the beach, and a couple of horses enjoying a gallop, with riders of course  ;D

The new taverna opposite Little Prince is now open (no name yet), and Olympia opened last night too.

It feels quite quiet at the moment, but I'm sure every week we'll get more and more arrivals, to get us all into the swing of things!
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Post by: Teamnickos on May 08, 2017, 11:48:56 AM
Great update thanks Jackie. Keep us posted on the new restaurant. Saw photos on FB of the new terrace at Teresas - looks fab, as does your new shop  :) 
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Post by: hippopots on May 09, 2017, 09:22:55 AM
Another nice sunny day again today, albeit a little cool in the shade, and after dark.

More places up and running now, including Perdita's shop, Peli and Maria's shop, and Little Prince Bar, with Yiannis at the helm once again. I understand they will also be open daytimes too, when Mike will be running it.

Mistral also opened yesterday, and did a good trade at lunchtime, with people enjoying the beach views.

Have also heard a rumour that Aquarius is opening by the end of the week, and maybe open by tomorrow.

And the new taverna has a name....Captain Octopus, and has also had some of their first customers. 
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Post by: WINKIE on May 09, 2017, 07:12:04 PM
Great to read another taverna opening,deffo pay a visit, thanks for the news Jackie,see you soon.
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Post by: hippopots on May 12, 2017, 10:10:44 AM
The first of the sunbeds went out on the beach yesterday, just as the weather turned cloudy!! ::) A bit of a shame, but hopefully it will blow over, and not last too long.

Manthos taverna opened last night, with Waves, and Beer O Clock opening today.

Other than Ozzy Oil, I think that's just about everyone now open.....Ozzy's opening in June.

Think it's quite a busy arrivals day today, so I think the village will be getting busier from here on in, and all being well, the sun will be out again soon!  8) 

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Post by: hippopots on May 14, 2017, 09:54:14 AM
Well, Friday was a quite blustery day, which resulted in some great waves, which were thoroughly enjoyed by the 8 surfers who were out in the sea for hours!

And, as predicted, quite a number of people arrived on Friday, so suddenly the resort feels like Summer has finally begun  8)

Also, the weather calmed yesterday, and the sun re-appeared, so what glorious weather for arrivals to wake up to.

The sea also calmed down, and there were quite a few swimmers out yesterday, and there are sunbeds out in front of Athina and Vicky.

Last night Beer O Clock busy with locals out enjoying a Saturday night beer, and it was party night at Condor.
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Post by: hippopots on May 15, 2017, 09:53:21 AM
Another nice day yesterday, although the wind did whip up a bit in the afternoon, resulting in a bit of sandblasting from the beach!

Yesterday morning the horses were having lots of exercise galloping up and down the beach, I guess that will end soon, once it gets busier, and hotter!

The digger was also out, smoothing over the sand in front of Waves, possibly for their sunbeds to be put out?

Last night Captain Octopus, the new taverna opposite Little Prince bar was looking quite busy, and quite a few people enjoying a drink or 2 at 3 W's as we passed. 
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Post by: Gavlah1973 on May 15, 2017, 11:39:20 AM
Thanks for the updates Jackie
You've certainly made a hard winter just that bit easier with your updates.

Is my old mucka Glenn open now?
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Post by: hippopots on May 17, 2017, 09:53:32 AM
Thanks Gav, yep Glenn is working hard, we went for a drink on Aquarius' opening night last Tuesday.
Well, unfortunately for those  that arrived on Monday, yesterdays weather was awful, wet nearly all day, with a few little respites in between showers  :-[

But in true Corfiot form, whilst it's not a scorcher today, it's definitely brighter, and more importantly, currently dry!

Work is going on at the old Lubrano grill room, opposite 2 Stars, where all the kitchen equipment has been removed,  and it's being redecorated......I was told it is going to be a new travel agency, so we'll keep an eye on it and see. Nice to see another empty property being put to use, although at the moment Olga travel is not open, so not sure if they are just opening later this year, or are not opening at all, again, time will tell.

But the village is getting busier, and lots of regular visitors arriving.  :)

 
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Post by: hippopots on May 23, 2017, 09:21:29 AM
After a rather grey Sunday, Monday was a glorious one, with many back out on the beach, and in the sea.

Olga's travel now opened, as has Chilly Chili, so nearly everywhere up and running......just Ozzy Oil and Patricia's salon to go, both will be opening in June, and Summer Dream who will open once work on their new villa next to Beer O Clock is finished, which it is close to being.

Waves is nice and busy lunchtimes at the moment, and the new taverna, Captain Octopus is looking busy, and is getting great reviews.

Many of the people who came for the 'soul train' week at Silver Moon left today......we didn't get to enjoy the music this time, having moved shops, but we had some come to the shop, and it sounds like they had a great time!

 
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Post by: Dupnica on May 23, 2017, 01:22:11 PM
 Oh how I wish I'd bought some euros a month ago when the rate was 1.181. It has been dropping steadily since then and this morning
 it is 1.138.
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Post by: hippopots on May 26, 2017, 09:54:25 AM
A bit overcast yesterday, but no wind, so the sea was nice and calm.

The digger and truck were out this morning clearing away the seaweed that has been deposited the last week. You can't fight nature, but you can clear it away!  ;D

So the resort is getting a bit busier now....Lots in Condor on Tuesday night for the Rod Stewart tribute. I think it's the same guy as last year, and he's pretty good!

And last night was Greek night at both Tereza's and 2 Stars, so plenty of choice for either modern or traditional entertainment!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: hippopots on June 12, 2017, 10:06:13 AM
Very sorry for no write up lately.....was not on line for a few weeks at the shop, and got out of the habit! :)

We are now in full swing of the season, and the resort is definitely getting busier!

We've had some lovely weather, although a couple of windy days last week, and a thunderstorm yesterday afternoon did clear the beach for a while!

Only taverna not yet open is Ozzy Oil, but Nikos is due any day, so they will soon be hard at work too.

All the tavernas on the beach are doing a great trade during the daytime, and Chilly Chili, Fantasea, and Beachcombers have some great el fresco dining at night.

Lots of Greek dancing going on at Zorba, Little Prince, and Nafsika, and the Greek Nights at Tereza, Romanza and 2 Star are very popular.

The new travel agency has also opened, where Lubrano's was, opposite 2 Stars, and is owned by Sophia, the sister of Spiro from Bar 38. She's done a great job completely changing the building from a grill to an office!

Another changeover today, so more people due.....Summer is here!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on July 10, 2017, 09:21:30 PM
Whats happenin' has this subject gone out of fashion missing my regular updates of what is going on in the village.
Regards Harry
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on July 11, 2017, 02:16:52 PM
Whats happenin' has this subject gone out of fashion missing my regular updates of what is going on in the village.
Regards Harry
Hi Harry. I've been tagging on a post in the out and about forum, 'beware' post. We have a few more days left. Very busy now, most restaurants full. Condors acts are Supremes, rod Stewart, 60's70's lady singer. Other bars have live acts on various nights. Been very hot, had the Mistral wind last week. 33 degrees most days. Sea has been beautiful and tepid. So all in all, another fantastic holiday! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on August 02, 2017, 04:00:48 PM
Hi the forum is very quite this year no reports of whats happening live web cam not worked for over a week .
Harry
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 02, 2017, 07:50:39 PM
Hi the forum is very quite this year no reports of whats happening live web cam not worked for over a week .
Harry
I think some people use Facebook, which is a shame. I like the website here. :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 02, 2017, 09:54:02 PM
 I just hope Jackie and her husband at Hippopots are far too busy to give us daily updates on what's happening.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Googleberry1811 on August 03, 2017, 07:59:03 PM
I'm guilty of using FB, it's just more instant when I can get news and chat to people on my mobile rather than having to be sat at my computer but I do like a good old nosey on here every now and again!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 03, 2017, 08:52:53 PM
Facebook is fine for pictures of your breakfast. This forum is better, I think, for people wanting information.

Unfortunately, there are TWO Facebook groups, each with different rules. This results in lots of double-postings, and is, in my opinion, daft.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 05, 2017, 02:13:12 PM
 I'm curious to know what it says on the notice board to the right of the sunbeds outside Waves. Does it say "No Parking beyond this point"
 or "Sunbeds available to Waves customers only"? Just wondering :-\
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on August 09, 2017, 05:27:28 PM
Just back.sun beds for waves customers only.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 10, 2017, 02:07:41 AM
Thanks, Rilo. That's a relief. I've been racking my brains to remember.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on August 11, 2017, 12:36:43 AM
No probs Jimbo.lol
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 11, 2017, 01:14:51 AM
Ta. Love that end of the beach. Great food, and not so busy.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 11, 2017, 10:09:33 PM
 Yes thanks rilo,that's cleared that up.
 Much as I love Agios Stefanos I'm quite pleased I'm not there just now. Temperatures in the 90s,it even hit 100 the other day and that would be in the shade.Too much!
 I just hope we lucky people going in September are not going to suffer if the weather breaks. I don't mind the odd thunderstorm don't look forward to days of rain but I hope it's not quite so hot.
 I have it on good authority that the most reliable forecast for Agios Stefanos is the Mathraki weather forecast and it does seem to be fairly accurate.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: fountain1977 on August 12, 2017, 12:10:33 PM
The weather is ok at the moment.  All the locals are saying it's to hot but I'm managing ok.  We've not even gone for the aircon this year but our room is quite shady.  There is a fair breeze at the moment which helps with the heat.
Title: Re Elizabeth's shop
Post by: mrsjune22 on August 13, 2017, 01:53:15 PM
Heard unbelievable  news that Athena's shop (Elizabeths) was broken in to last night. If the girls working there now are the same as last few years, my heart goes out to them and Athena.  :'( I have had lot's of chats with them in between buying lovely clothes ! I told Athena she could sell ice cream to Icelanders.  :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 13, 2017, 05:57:12 PM
Gosh that's awful for them. I have never heard of any crime in San stef. Who would do such a thing.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: diane13 on August 13, 2017, 10:11:34 PM
How sad to hear such disgusting news   >:(
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: fountain1977 on August 14, 2017, 09:55:14 PM
It was ram raided at about 7am by a car stolen from Corfu town.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Papapetros on August 15, 2017, 12:43:14 PM
Also a break in last week at a local restaurant ,very sad times.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 15, 2017, 01:45:42 PM
Sad times and desperate times, for some, but they can't go around robbing others.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Paul and Ruth on August 15, 2017, 05:48:57 PM
Unbelievable! It is sad times. Who would've thought that something like a ram raid would happen in San Stefanos.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 15, 2017, 09:52:50 PM
Unbelievable! It is sad times. Who would've thought that something like a ram raid would happen in San Stefanos.
Hi you two! Really shocked about this and feel sorry for Athena and her family. I've always felt really safe in San Stef, but this is worrying. The locals must be stunned too. Terrible.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on August 16, 2017, 01:52:16 AM
I don't think there's any need to worry, Karen. These events are rare. They will probably be caught before long.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on August 16, 2017, 11:59:09 AM
I don't think there's any need to worry, Karen. These events are rare. They will probably be caught before long.
I do hope so Jim, it's a shame for the locals, we know what it's like to be broken into, happened to us once, whilst we were on holiday.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Rover on August 17, 2017, 11:35:53 PM
Is this all true? A car stolen in Corfu town, driven to the village, and used to ram raid a jewellery shop at 07.00? It is sad, and I hope Jimbo is correct in assuming that they will be caught.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jules on August 19, 2017, 08:11:57 AM
Caught on CCTV so hope they caught and justice is served
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Natman+Sparksdad on August 27, 2017, 06:27:35 PM
I don't think there's any need to worry, Karen. These events are rare. They will probably be caught before long.
Bollards put up outside shop this weekend to prevent any repeat. I would have thought it was difficult enough with the height of the kerb.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on August 31, 2017, 10:14:31 PM
 I have been told that Greece has brought in yet another new law. Apparently all shops now have to close at 9pm. Has anyone else heard about this? Those of you who have recently returned will have more information.

 If true it will certainly hit the gift shops who get a lot of passing trade in the evenings and the supermarkets who stay open so that people on late flights can get their necessary bits of shopping. The shop owners in the holiday resorts only have about four months to earn enough to keep them going through the Winter. Not only that,the Greek government is wringing every euro it can in tax from the people aren,t they cutting their own throats by cutting the income of business people?

 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 01, 2017, 12:38:46 AM
Not good news if you have a late flight in to Corfu with small kids if you need dryed milke of bum changing stuff
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on September 01, 2017, 12:08:49 PM
Why, at a time of national economic decline which will probably last for a generation or so (well done the euro zone for selling one of your own down the river), would you restrict how long a business stays open and thereby reducing their income and tax take??? I just don't get it. ???
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on September 01, 2017, 02:31:33 PM
Nothing coming up on Google, so I will believe it when I see it.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on September 01, 2017, 07:26:55 PM
were is the best place to go on facebook for san stef what is happening any one no.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 01, 2017, 08:30:32 PM
I'm not sure I believe this. What's the source?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: D@G on September 02, 2017, 04:59:18 PM
This is true. We have just returned home and this new law came into force whilst we were out there. I'm not sure it applies to gift shops, only general supermarkets for some reason. The first night it came in all 3 shops were closed up for 9pm. The second night one or two of the shops may have been open after 9pm but the glass doors were closed (so they looked closed).
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 03, 2017, 12:12:23 AM
It's not going to go down very well .talk about bit the hand that feeds you .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on September 03, 2017, 02:02:11 AM
Could someone please explain the rationale behind this new law. I'm not saying love me, love me I'm thick, but I don't get it.

I just don't get it.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: David A on September 03, 2017, 01:50:22 PM
Nor me, I always enjoy a wee bit of shopping with a beer or two in me!! Makes for some interesting purchases............
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 03, 2017, 04:37:05 PM
Yes me to have come home with some very interesting things like a very annoying battery operated donkey
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on September 03, 2017, 08:07:19 PM
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Yes me to have come home with some very interesting things like a very annoying battery operated donkey

Didn't know there was a sex shop in Ag Stef...  :o
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 03, 2017, 08:31:22 PM
  ;D  the Name of the game is to bye your nephew the most annoying cheap toy on holiday .was beat that year by a very cheap talking camel from there trip to turkey  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 03, 2017, 09:34:18 PM
Looks like the word association it more interesting than the hidden sex shop  ;D
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: alineb on September 09, 2017, 12:14:49 PM
Well, today it is the first proper rainy day since May!!
A quick look outside of the office, the landscape looks dark and sounds thundery but no for long... Never thought I'd say this - especially after 8 full years in the UK - but I see the rain clouds making a hole for the sun and I'm thinking "noooooooooo!!".
Guilty as charged, but thankfully for you, I am not in control of the weather... and so, it will be sunny again in no time!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: BarbaraG on September 09, 2017, 06:41:30 PM
Hope so Aline - we arrive on Monday night! We have had quite enough rain in the UK here this week!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on September 12, 2017, 01:06:50 PM
Looks like SS copped it yesterday with that storm, today there is not a lot of room for sun beds because it is so wet.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: tenbeech on September 12, 2017, 08:31:13 PM

 I have heard it said the beach at Caister can be pleasant at this time of year !!!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on September 15, 2017, 11:23:24 AM
Perfect weather here in Agios Stefanos. The sky is blue and the sea is like a millpond. Temperature still in the high twenties. Who could ask for more.
There are still plenty of people around, mostly the older generation, and the tavernas are still busy.
Not too many wasps either as I think they harvested the grapes earlier this year .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 16, 2017, 07:39:50 PM
Remember my first visit to ss about 10 year 's ago late September. left a wet and windy gatwick around 5:00am hopeing for some sun and hot weather was  not disappointed 10 days of wall to wall sunshine hi twenty 's happy day's
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on September 18, 2017, 09:57:07 AM
The doughnut man has been on the beach every day since we arrived last Sunday. I have been told he employs more doughnut men on other beaches. But most surprising of all he owns a coffee shop and restaurant in Corfu town :o
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on September 26, 2017, 06:47:26 PM
While we were in Agios Stefanos last week we were told that the reason for closing the supermarkets at 9 o'clock was to deter the youngsters who holiday in Kavos and similar  resorts from tanking up on cheap alcohol.
The law only applies to Corfu and not to mainland Greece or the other islands.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 26, 2017, 10:31:18 PM
Makes no sense really shop keeper s are losing out at the end  ???
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Tredegar Boy on September 27, 2017, 12:36:16 AM
Surely you can have local laws to suit local needs. If the issue is a Kavos one just have the law for that area/resort. Why harm the rest of the island? Strange
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 27, 2017, 01:41:54 AM
I totally agree but for Whot I understand is the pubs and clubs are not helping .at the end of the day. Alcohol  will be bought  befor 9:00pm .
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: alineb on September 27, 2017, 12:46:23 PM
Hi everyone,

as I see you are getting quite worried about the supermarkets ordeal, I just wanted to let you know that they are closing again late...
A similar situation happens every year; for one reason or another the police dig up some ridiculous law and start going around "collecting" money. A few days later everything is back to normal.
Greeks are rebellious - it's in our DNA. Do you think this absurd law is going to stop people running their businesses as usual? I don't think so! :)

--You are always going to be a priority for locals!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Karen on September 27, 2017, 03:35:52 PM
Thanks for clearing that up Aline! :)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on September 28, 2017, 06:37:51 PM
Hi everyone,

as I see you are getting quite worried about the supermarkets ordeal, I just wanted to let you know that they are closing again late...
A similar situation happens every year; for one reason or another the police dig up some ridiculous law and start going around "collecting" money. A few days later everything is back to normal.
Greeks are rebellious - it's in our DNA. Do you think this absurd law is going to stop people running their businesses as usual? I don't think so! :)

--You are always going to be a priority for locals!!
A bit like the ridiculous law they dug up last year banning businesses from having illuminated signs outside.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: will7777 on September 29, 2017, 04:09:45 PM
Looks abit empty on the Beach today
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on September 29, 2017, 07:13:18 PM
 Probably because the weather isn't too good, or they could be nursing hangovers from the Arrilas beer festival which is taking place just now.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: alineb on October 02, 2017, 01:21:27 PM
A bit like the ridiculous law they dug up last year banning businesses from having illuminated signs outside.

Yes, I remember that one!
I guess we'll be having the same conversation again next year  ;)
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: H A S on October 07, 2017, 05:23:20 PM
any one no the best site on facebook for what is happening in san stef
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 07, 2017, 08:24:24 PM
 I'd like to know that too. After denying that I'd ever join facebook I've finally weakened mainly because there is so little activity on the forum.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on October 07, 2017, 11:43:31 PM
Wifie tells me there are two, Agios Stefanos North West, and the other one is San Stefanos NW she thinks,(she`s watching telly lol). One run by Jules and the other by Gav. Hope you are well Dupnica.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: David A on October 08, 2017, 12:49:08 PM
I don't think the problem is the lack of activity on the board, surely it's just that life in the village is slowing winding down after another summer season?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on October 09, 2017, 06:46:29 PM
 Thanks for that Winkie, yes I'm fine, hope you are. I've been told that you have to be invited onto those sites, do you think that's true?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: WINKIE on October 09, 2017, 06:53:26 PM
Hi Dupnica, good to read your fine. I believe you ask to join the group,there are a few on here on them.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on October 09, 2017, 11:55:56 PM
Yep - Just ask to join. Before prepared for lots of photos of food.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 15, 2017, 10:16:45 PM
 Now the Greek Government are trying to bring in another new law banning quad bikes from the roads.
 
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 16, 2017, 12:52:52 AM
The accident rates for quad-bikes are appalling, so it's possible to have some sympathy. For once, this is not a money-making event.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Waspman on November 16, 2017, 01:59:51 AM
The accident rates for quad-bikes are appalling, so it's possible to have some sympathy. For once, this is not a money-making event.
Rubbish, accident rates for 2 wheeled bikes are worse. Which do you have experience with Jim?
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 16, 2017, 12:46:58 PM
Here's what ABTA has to say:
https://abta.com/about-us/press/holidaymakers-putting-themselves-at-risk-by-hiring-quad-bikes (https://abta.com/about-us/press/holidaymakers-putting-themselves-at-risk-by-hiring-quad-bikes)

I have never ridden a scooter or motorbike - seen too many tourists who've removed a lot of skin when falling off. I did hire a quad in Agios Stefanos this year, but hated it and gave it back after three days. I didn't feel at all in control of it. I've owned and driven some very powerful sports cars in my time, I've driven thousands of miles over very dangerous African roads, but the quad was the only vehicle that's ever scared me.

That's the root of the concern: people who would never hire a scooter feel safe on a quad because it has four wheels. It's not as safe as one assumes, particularly (I read) when cornering or accelerating hard. Apart from the fact that the automatic gearbox was "snatchy" and prone to jerks when starting off, I found the steering remarkably un-positive and inclined to veer at the slightest pothole. You are an experienced quad-rider - I'm not, and I'm probably more typical.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Dupnica on November 16, 2017, 07:08:53 PM
 Never been on a quad bike and I do worry when I see some people driving around who obviously don't have a clue, and the ones who stand their children in front of the driver,an accident waiting to happen.
 But I feel sorry for people like Nikos and Spiros in Agios Stefanos have invested a lot of money in quad bikes, what will happen to them?
 They must have got rid of most of their scooters since the quad bikes became more popular
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 16, 2017, 09:22:12 PM
Yes - that is indeed a problem.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: swedebasher on November 17, 2017, 06:03:40 PM
By the look of the weather this past week, a rowing boat would be appropriate!!!
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on November 18, 2017, 12:12:55 PM
Reading what ABTA has to say isent a very hard case to represent the quad problem.8 incidents over 8 years and 2 not even in Greece.
I do think that insurance is mandatory,and safety gear should be more strikt..
I wonder if facts were published regarding hospital admitions regarding drink problems,how they would compare.
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 18, 2017, 02:11:39 PM
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Ten years ago, 1,200 patients were admitted to hospital in the UK after quad bike accidents. By 2002 - the last year for which data is available - the figure was more than 4,200.
Guardian

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Every summer thousands of quad bikes are rented to young people who have never driven one of the infernal machines before and who have never driven in Greece before. These horrible machines are very unstable, have no safety belt and the roads round Zante are nothing short of a nightmare. Every summer HUNDREDS of young people have accidents. If you extrapolate across all of the resorts in Spain and Greece, the numbers jump to THOUSANDS. The casualty rate for people who rent quad bikes is a simply astonishing 25%. That is ONE IN FOUR! One in every four people who rent a quad bike will have an accident and hurt themselves. Also, if you have an accident, you will usually incur damage to the bike, which you will receive a hefty bill for. They have your passport and you will basically be extorted out of several hundred euro, it’s a well known racket. This money would be far better spent on something enjoyable like a nice cold beer or a Woo Woo on the beach.
nakedzante.com

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A quad bike accident in Taupō on Saturday night left one person dead and another with moderate injuries, bringing the number of deaths from quad bikes this year to 14, a record for a single year.

The former director of Lincoln University's Telford campus, Charley Lamb, said the deaths were occurring as a result of crush injuries, which research showed roll bars would prevent.

"Very few bikes have roll over protection, which of course they should do. Whether people want to debate that and argue that, they can. But they used to do the same about safety frames on tractors and they did the same about seatbelts in cars."

"There's no doubt that roll over protection on quads will stop crush injuries and stop deaths. It won't stop injuries."
Radio Newzealand
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on November 19, 2017, 08:50:59 PM
Dont see whats relevant...again stats from different locations..you can do this with any kind of transport..better ban cycleists in london.more serious accidents there...all boils down to the competence of the user..as you said yourself Jim,it wasent for you..plus many of the accidents with the younger drivers,im sure alcohol will have some influence..
Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: Jimbo on November 19, 2017, 09:32:23 PM
Rilo - I'm completely neutral about this. Just pointing out that when George said it was rubbish that quads can be dangerous, they are internationally thought to be dangerous. Not all ATVs are legal to drive on roads in the UK, for safety reasons.

Title: Re: Whats happenin'
Post by: rilo57 on November 20, 2017, 12:45:36 AM
Agree Jimbo,any form of transport can be lethal in the wrong hands..Take a walk around Amsterdam and try and avoid all the crazy cycleists...