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«I like wind turbines and yes, I can accept a few in Ikaria but I also want a lot of forests with oaks»

I had said once, oh poor innocent me, what an illusion! I should have known better! Under current conditions of tribal invasive capitalism, that cannot be done!

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Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria

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So I’ve changed my mind! The company’s plan is monstrous and disastrous for our island. I have copied and translated the petition against it and I am asking everybody to sign it!


Wind turbines and Ikaria: How a blessing turns into nightmare

Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria In July, 2011 the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy granted permission (RAE 877/11 / 15.07.2011) to the company IKAROS ANEMOS SA (affiliate of Mytilineos group) to install 110 mammoth 3 MW wind turbines on 28 square kilometers of Mt. Atheras in Ikaria island. The permit states that the turbines will be installed in the following sites of the ridge of Mt. Atheras of the Municipality of Ikaria: «Vigla – Kapsali – Podilia – Ypsonas – Kasmianos – Provatokefalas – Roukounas – Sarantiadon- Erifi – Koutalopetra – Varka – Pappou Logari – Seladia – Megalofos – Siamaki – Kliratia – Stasousa – Papoutsokriftis – Anavathres – Ranti – Stavri – Pounta – Pr. Ilias – Kako Katavasidi”. Their maximum height will be 150 meters and their wingspan will be 90 meters. The permit is expected to be valid for 25 years with a prevision for renewal for an additional 25-year time (50 years total).

After the issuance of the permit by RAE [15/07/2011] two legal proceedings against it were submitted: 1. by the Municipality Ikaria, following a unanimous decision of the City Council on 30/07/2011 to proceed against the RAE decision. 2. by Mr. Ilias Gianniris who also filed a proceeding to the Minister’s office (AP 5590 / 02.08.2011).

Public appeals against the wind turbines were issued by: 1. The NGO «Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation” 2. The Municipal faction «Laiki Syspeirosi Ikarias» (LAS Ikarias) 3. The Municipal faction «Autonomi Syspeirosi Politon Ikarias» (ASPI) 4. The «Kinisi Politon Evdilou» 5. The regional party «Eco Wind in the North Aegean Sea».

Some say that such investments (wind turbines) can close down a lignite mine. However, the same investor (Mytilineos) has publicly declared his interest in the lignite mine of Vevi (near Florina, northern mainland Greece) for 300 MW!
(Source: news.kathimerini.gr)

Case record

Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria In the 1980s the National Electric Company (DEH) installed and operated seven 30-meter-high wind turbines in “Firi Aspa” above Ikaria’s capital, Agios Kirikos. Although they were very close to the main road, their aesthetic impression was positive. They looked like familiar technological constructions. They were capable of covering 12% of the energy needs of the island and they were in full function especially in August when energy consumption reached its peak.
To cover its own energy needs Ikaria does not need the new wind turbines.
The maximum capacity of the thermoelectric plant in Agios Kirikos is 12,5 KW, while a wind turbine installed by a private near the village of Perdiki produces an additional 600 KW.
The maximum estimated demand for electricity in Ikaria is 9 MW and that only in peak season (10 days around the Celebration of the Assumption in mid-August).

Effects

Say No to 110 turbines in Ikaria To apply the investment in discussion and have 110 wind turbines planted on the crests Mt. Atheras, the whole length of the ridge will have to be excavated, as seen in examples from other areas of Greece. Huge trucks will be needed to transport the parts of a 3 MW turbine, therefore, large roads will have to be built on the mountain.
Each 3 MW wind turbine weighs up to 380 tons without counting the weight of the foundations. These will have to be extremely strong. Each one will require an excavation of at least 16×16 meters large and at least 3 meters deep, as well as leveling and clearing of at least 2000 m2 of land around each turbine. For one-hundred and ten such foundations, the total of land which will be used for the investment is estimated to 220.000 m2!
One utility building will be needed for each wind turbine.
Finally, each wind turbine requires an average of about 14 km of cables on utility poles or in underground lines to connect the turbine to the substation. This means even more excavations on a length of many kilometers.
A large-sized building will be needed for the substation. This will be located near the shore at the point of connection with the undersea cable which will carry the electricity produced by the turbines to the mainland (Attica).
In the spots where the wind turbines are planned to be installed there are several protected areas NATURA2000 (SAC and SPA). (Source: communitywalk.com and WWF: oikoskopio)
On the other hand, if the investment respects the protected areas, including the forest of Ranti, it is estimated that the space left will be sufficient for only 13 out of the scheduled 110 turbines.

The natural and cultural wealth of Ikaria is seriously threatened

In my blog: 'Thick with the eerie awe of the uncanny' The 110 turbines will be installed in fragile ecosystems and large areas of importance for bird life. The giant turbines set in rows on the ridge of Mt. Atheras will be visible from miles away. Their sight will drastically alter the unique insular landscape which is considered to be one of the greatest cultural assets of the Aegean islands.
The sites where the turbines are planned to be installed present several valuable features for Ikaria:

  • The unique ancient forest ecosystem «Forest of Randi»
  • The environmentally protected areas (NATURA 2000-HOS)
  • Areas of great cultural importance and long-aged historical value (Pounta, Kako Katavasidi, Papoutsokriftis, Erifi, etc.)
  • The famous historical pathways stretching on many kilometers around and across the ridge of Mt. Atheras
  • The famous stonewall barriers, the most important of which runs along the eastern part of the ridge
  • The precious water sources along and between the mountaintops

All these will be flattened for the sake of a private investment on public/municipal land (and perhaps pieces of private land as well), aiming at a profit for 25 or 50 years and making Ikaria looking like a giant porcupine sailing at sea.

Will there be benefits?

In my blog: 'Image from the flashflood of October, 2011 in Ikaria The famous countervailing fee which will be reaped by the Municipality of Ikaria is estimated that it will not exceed 1.7 million euros a year (K. Theophylaktos, information event about the project in Rahes, Ikaria, 08.22.2011).
Let us now compare this benefit with the cost of the disastrous torrential rainfall of October 2010 on the road network of Ikaria. A lot of the damage was caused by flooded secondary dirt roads letting out on the main network. The total cost of the damage was estimated to be of the order of 13 million euros.
Nobody knows how many such heavy rainfalls would occur over the next 25 or 50 years and how much damage they will cause. If the 110-wind-turbine project materializes in Ikaria, the clearing and flattening of the land for the foundations and the building of the roads will create immense surface water runoffs which will be added to the ones which caused the floods of October 2010.

Information

In my blog: 'Sites of the planned 110 wind turbines in Ikaria To fill the information gap about the 110 wind turbine project in Ikaria, several gatherings were held in Rahes, Evdilos and Agios Kirikos by the Aftonomi Syspeirosi Politon Ikarias (ASPI) in August 2011. Unfortunately, the Municipality Ikaria, although they filed a proceeding against the investment, did not call the people to a special information gathering on the subject. Instead, they are in contact with the investor and they are holding discussions with him.
The people of Ikaria, the Ikarian community in general, as well as the visitors and lovers of the island do not have sufficient information on the effects of the planned massive project. Before we find ourselves in front of predetermined choices, we should react now.
Sign by pressing the SIGN THE PETITION

GoPetition, ΙΚΑΡΙΑ: ΥΠΟΓΡΑΦΟΥΜΕ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΩΝ 110 ΑΝΕΜΟΓΕΝΝΗΤΡΙΩΝ (we sign against the 110 wind turbines on Mt. Atheras in Ikaria

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The final signed document will be as follows:

The undersigned, individuals and associations, are opposed to the installation of 110 wind turbines of total 330 MW on Mt. Atheras in Ikaria.
This project, if applied:

  • will turn Atheras into an industrial zone for a length of over 27 kilometers
  • will mean mass works of road building, excavations and land clearing and leveling for the foundations, transport, installation and maintenance of the turbines, as well as for the necessary utility poles, cables and buildings
  • will increase the vulnerability of Ikaria to the process of desertification and the consequent flashfloods, as the works will create open ground surfaces of tens of square kilometers
  • will destroy the Forest of Randi and other important wooded areas
  • The famous stonewall barriers, the most important of which runs along the eastern part of the ridge
  • will destroy a large part of the protected areas (NATURA2000 – Habitat of European Interest) located in western Ikaria as well and the PA located between Pounta and Kako Katavasidi
  • will destroy the habitats and nesting sites of the birds of Ikaria, which according to the Greek Ornithological Society, are of great importance
  • will reduce the vital productive areas of the inhabitants and downgrade the aesthetic value of Ikaria for several decades
  • will dramatically alter the landscape as the turbines will be placed in rows along the highest tops of the ridge and will be visible from everywhere
  • will drastically reduce the rising popularity of the hinterland of Ikaria to vacationers and it will cancel the strong potential of Ikaria for mountain tourism (hiking, mountain climbing, cultural touring) which tones up the economy of the small mountain villages

We believe that this investment is of a colonial nature and stands contrary to the interests of the island because:

  • it ignores the local people’s will
  • it is planned and developed without transparency, sharing of information and communicating with the inhabitants and the authorities of the island
  • it offers vague quid pro quos, as the current financial offer of the investor to the Municipality and the local community may be subject to change at any time or may not exist in the future, particularly under the present economic conditions in Greece
  • it is unrelated to the energy needs of Ikaria and aims only at the profitability of the investor
  • it flagrantly violates the principle of proportionality, as an island which needs an annual amount of only 9-12 MW is asked to contribute to the country’s energy objectives for the year 2020 with the excessive amount of 330 MW produced by this investment
  • it does not take into account the 25-year or 50-year economic loss from the delivery of tens of square kilometers of the mountain to private interests. Specifically, the proposed deal does not take into account the natural disasters eventually brought by the disruption of the hydrological cycle as well as the long-term effects on the economy of the island (depreciation of property and losses in the domains of beekeeping, sustainable animal breeding, food gathering, mountain tourism, etc.)
  • finally, because no one can guarantee that, after the expiry of the investment (that is, after 25 or 50 years), the natural environment will actually be restored and that the 110 wind turbines, together with their 110 reinforced concrete foundations, ancillary buildings and kilometers of cables will be removed and shipped out of the island at the expense of the investor

We are calling the Municipality of Ikaria to:

  • not accept this colonialist investment plan
  • not accept negotiations for siting in any location within the perimeter of the Forest of Ranti and other protected areas
  • to take action in finding and applying appropriate economic, social and environmental energy solutions compatible with Ikaria, possibly participating in joint-form enterprises by local investors in the fields of e.g. geothermal power and small sized RES

The signatures under this petition do not authorize anybody to accept possible future offers by the investor. Any further discussions on the matter should start from zero basis.

Sign by pressing the SIGN THE PETITION


 .Thursday August 19, 2011 - 10:37pm (EEST)


power for money, money for power


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«Any work of man, how ingenious it may be, if inspired by money alone and aims to satisfy the selfish needs of the few, will be destroyed by money and the discord that money brings about».

Robur le Conquerant

(you know, that flying madman in Jules Vernes’ novel. I think he said this in one of his deliriums. Or was it Captain Nemo? Or was it me Image in a dream?)

«Καθε εργο του ανθρωπου, οσο μεγαλοφυες και να ειναι, αν εμπνεεται μονο απο το χρημα με σκοπο να ικανοποιησει τις εγωιστικες αναγκες των λιγων, θα αφανιστει απο το ιδιο το χρημα και τις εριδες που προκαλει το χρημα».

Ροβηρος ο Κατακτητης

(ξερετε, εκεινος ο ιπταμενος τρελος στο μυθιστορημα του Ιουλιου Βερν. Νομιζω οτι αυτος το ειπε σε ενα απο τα παραληρηματα του. Η μηπως το ειπε ο Καπτεν Νεμο; Η μηπως το ειπα εγω Image σε καποιο ονειρο😉

These thoughts came about when I saw ‘adespotos’ drawing «Is this what u want?» which he uploaded today in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hikingIkaria/ . My first thought was to send a «special notice» to the members of our group to invite them to see this picture. Then I changed my mind. Why upset the good people? And then I’m sure that ‘adespotos’ is going to promote his drawing in many sites. As far as I am concerned as a blogger, I borrowed and I’m presenting it to you here.

Αυτες οι σκεψεις μου ηρθαν οταν ειδα το σχεδιο «Is this what u want?» που ανεβασε σημερα ο ‘αδεσποτος’ στο http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hikingIkaria/ Η πρωτη σκεψη μου ηταν να στειλω «special notice» στα μελη του group και να τους καλεσω να δουν αυτο το σχεδιο. Ομως μετα αλλαξα γνωμη. Γιατι να αναστατωσω τους καλους ανθρωπους; Αλωστε ειμαι σιγουρη οτι ο ‘αδεσποτος’ θα διαδοσει το σχεδιο του σε πολλα αλλα sites. Οσο αφορα το δικο μου blog και εμενα ως blogger, οριστε, το δανειστηκα και το εβαλα για να σας το δειξω.

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If Ikaria could fly non-stop like Robur’s machine, I wouldn’t mind u know… It looks as if it is flying in this drawing.
OK, this is enough ! Eleni, use your influence over the artist to make another drawing with the name: «This is How We Want it»
If I like it, I’ll ask around and see how we will power it. Maybe power our neighbours as well.

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Wednesday July 5, 2006 – 09:47pm (EEST)

Could you fly them West for a while. I am just 2 hours from the coast…

Thursday July 6, 2006 – 01:03pm (CEST)

Nana, what? you typed ‘our neighbours’ ! a ‘slip of the pen’?

Thursday July 6, 2006 – 02:57pm (EEST)

Complete slip of the mind; I got carried away by Eleni’s incredible manouveurs. When I grabbed and put my mind back in place, I discovered that this junk has no ‘edit comment’ button.

Saturday July 8, 2006 – 07:05pm (EEST)

Tελευταία ενημέρωση για το θέμα:
Από το ένα άκρο (πετρέλαιο, πετρέλαιο, πετρέλαιο), μας πήγαν στο άλλο (πολυάριθμες γιγάντιες ανεμογεννήτριες με παραγωγή 100άδων μεγαβάτ), έγινε το απίστευτο μπάχαλο και κατατρόμαξε ο κόσμος και ξαναγυρίσαμε εκεί που ήμαστε στην αρχή. Δηλαδή στο πετρέλαιο, πετρέλαιο, πετρέλαιο. Τώρα, λένε, θα ποντίσουν καλώδια στη θάλασσα. Ξέρετε πόσο θα κοστίσει αυτό; Ξέρετε πόσο κάνει σήμερα το μέταλο; Πάλι μπάχαλο θα γίνει. Και θα ξαναγυρίσουμε στο πετρέλαιο. Η Ελλάδα πάει πακέτο με το τσιμέντο και το πετρέλαιο. Κάτι υποψιάζομαι έχει σχέση με τους φόρους αυτό το χοντρό κόλημα -αδιέξοδο. Αλλά αφήστε τώρα που να σας αναλύω…
Πάντως τα μεγαλεπήβολα σχέδια για τις ανεμογεννήτριες καταβαραθρώθηκαν. Λέτε να μην ήταν το γνωστό οικείο μπάχαλο αλλά προβοκάτσια; (λέω ‘γωτοαγρίμι)
Διάβαστε ολόκληρο το άρθρο στην Ελευθεροτυπία
http://www.enet.gr/online/online_hprint?q=%C9%EA%E1%F1%DF%E1&a=&id=55853988

Sunday July 22, 2007 – 10:39pm (EEST)


Ζeppelin «IKARIA» with many propellers & forested with Oaks


I don’t want another stupid war for oil
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I don’t want nuclear plants around the Aegean
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I don’t want oil tanker and gas pipeline games
and
I don’t want climate change.
Yes, it’s true that I want my computer and my refridgerator to work all the time while I am in Ikaria so that I’m able to work and live a normal life.
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on the other hand, though I like wind turbines,
fog on Atheras in Ikaria
I don’t Ikaria to become a large aeolian factory!

No, I am NOT giving my beloved wild mountain ridge to crazy capitalist profiteers profit who will flatten it with roads and building sites and turn it into a desert of rubble and gravel threatening to slide down on our heads.
I had always wished my island to belong to a larger network of something. I never wanted it to be *an isolated primitive paradise*. Oh, no !

I want everybody to be able to enjoy the benefits of electricity. But if this is going to destroy our lives, we’d better go back to oil lamps!

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I could accept five or seven or even twelve towers, but I say a big NO to 110 wind turbines on mt Atheras!
NEVER!!! NEVER!!! NEVER!!!

καλή σας ημέραν.....




But in the worse case, if those profiteers and prospectors actually come and we are unable to stop them because we are small and few, it’s ok, let them make a mess of the mountain -the source of our life. Let them have a big party on it’s back and break its bones… ‘Cause I know it’ll all be a cheat deal and half of their turbines will fall down
(like in the final scene of Kakogiannis’ film «Zorba the Greek» -remember?).
What ever it is, let them try it!..
When the party is over, me and my children and my friends (and others we will make on the way) …

…. we will camp under the wrecks of those gigantic power towers and ….


my forested airship Ikaria

*PLANT 100.000 OAK ACORNS* !
*100.000 βελανίδια* !
See you there whenever…
Meanwhile…

Gopetition: 'IΚΑΡΙΑ: ΥΠΟΓΡΑΦΟΥΜΕ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΩΝ 110 ΑΝΕΜΟΓΕΝΝΗΤΡΙΩΝ' (in Greek) - Ikaria: we sign against the 110 wind turbines

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Signed!
These mountains are for dancing: Dance & Save Atheras Ikaria 01

Signed for very serious reasons!

Balancing rock in ammoudia plateau, mt. Atheras, Ikaria

Signed! See you on the mountain!

Signed, of course. That project is too scary!

Thank you, everybody, for flying on my zeppelin!
I am sorry that this post was so unbalanced and cracky…


«the rain in Ikariain falls mainly on the mountains»


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Ikaria After the storm 1

BAD: the electric network is old and very badly maintained, so lightnings
cause many blackouts.

Ikaria After the storm 2

GOOD: the lightnings show superwow in a blackouted landscape at night.

rhomphaia

SO-SO: I tried to take a picture of a lightning and of course I failed. I mean, it didn’t come up as good as I expected. I also captured the rain on the trees and the strange light in the sky.

P.S. I may catch pneumonia with these acrobatics one day. I will not be my fault. It will be yours, oh my readers ! Start collecting money for my hospitalization…

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Μια χαρά είναι η αστραπή σου! «Ρομφαία» όπως την αποκαλείς!!!
Πολύ πετυχημένο!

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Wednesday March 15, 2006 – 10:59pm (EET)


After the Snow in the Aegean 1st thoughts


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Hello readers !
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The telephones had been out of order and I thought I was never going to post this entry but then …oops the lines came back to life. No matter what people say about the Greek telephone company (OTE), everybody admits that the local technicians are a team of Super Marios!
https://i0.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3558/3422182236_758a8119c2.jpg

They can handle this network which really looks like a VG environment -lines hanging over ravines, buried under snow, poles standing over cliffs or dragging along barbed wire fences and through tree branches, not to mention the altitudes, the freezing wind etc. etc.

(Greeks are no good at solving ordinary problems, but if it comes to facing crises -oooh they fly!!! That’s why the Olympic games in Athens were such a success. They were looked at as a “man against fate” or “fate against man” situation and I assume (and hope) that they go on being looked at in the same way, because now we have to pay the bill and it’s an outrageous ammount of money !!)

I don’t really know why I wrote that introduction.
I feel so good after my visit in Rahes and the hospitality that I received from Angelos’ family strengthened my moral. My situation in the ‘barn’ was not dramatic at all really, only that I’m a ‘city-girl’ as far as electricity is concerned and long power failures get me down. There was no power in Rahes either, but that’s a very special village and there people are very independent and self-sufficient.

   

So there were two stoves in the house, one with wood and the other with oil, the fire-place (which btw is very small and funny because it’s elevated and looks like a TV), there are about 10 oil lamps and many candles, wine and an always ready gas cooker to boil spaghetti. They eat a lot of spaghetti there because they have kids who love them. In other houses they rejoiced on pork chops on the charcoal of their fireplaces. The smell almost made me faint as we entered the village. It was pitch dark and the place looked deserted if not for the smell of pork chops on charcoal …
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I will get back to the subject eventually….

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I liked that.
Monday January 30, 2006 – 11:20pm (EET)

Also “city girl” but sometimes I wish I could experience something like that. Everything is so much more appreciated.

Wednesday May 13, 2009 – 01:09am (EEST)

I was forced to. They kicked me out of work on a forced break because I was getting sort of that disease the Japanese get from overworking. They even gifted me a camera to pass the time playing with it. BTW, I have just added the photo of a blackouted Christos Rachon.

Wednesday May 13, 2009 – 12:14pm (PDT)

I mean I added it here in this entry.

Wednesday May 13, 2009 – 12:15pm (PDT)


Eleni in Ikaria -January 19, 2006


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Good evening readers!

Though I wasn’t able to take a shot of the full moon the other day, I went for a hike and found many beautiful waters the following morning.

Ikarian Mountain stream
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After that I have been very angry and tense during the last 28 hours.
For starters I tried to html my photos into this blog and it didn’t work. I thought I’d blast it, then I changed my mind.

~~~ This is just another blog, that’s what it is after all. Masterpieces aren’t made for free. ~~~~ 😉


Then my cat came back from her all night wild sex orgies and she gave me a blank look («how stupid of you to think that we know each other».) She emptied her bowl though, and I was pleased, so I didn’t kill her.

I’m jealous of my cat.

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My cat Felicia is horny

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All of a sudden the sky cleared up around noon yesterday and I rushed out to take photos. Some came out all right but I forgot myself out there in the fields and so I burnt my lunch ! Fortunately I hadn’t invited anyone. I met my cat in the fileds («who might you be, misses«?) and she let me take one (1) photo of hers

(«I should have charged you 10 euros for that, but I don’t feel like making money today».)

After eating my (burnt) lunch I worked in the garden for a while until the «sorocco», the mad southeastern wind started blowing from the mountaintops. I don’t mind sorocco much because it’s warm, but this time it was cold. So I got back indoors and spent some time on the computer writing my stuff. I also prepared the photos. There was one with a blooming almond tree loaded with an also blooming parasite plant like an ivy and it was such a success. But when I tried to lower the analysis so that I was able to post it in Flickr, the whole composition blurred and the colors fused into each other. I don’t want to upload photos of a size over 130 KB. In other countries they have fast connections even at home, but in Greece the system and the lines are poor and most internet users go on 30.000 bps. Connections also are very expensive.
So if I want my pictures to be seen by the Greeks I have to keep them small and fast. So I’m not posting my tree pic -just another one of those things of today.

St Athanassios Name day: Greeks celebrate their name days, that is the day the church celebrates the saint whose name they were given when they were baptized. I was baptized and named Eleni in a Greek orthodox church in Brussels Belgium. The priest plunged me naked (I was a baby, ok?) three times in the water in a bronze basin looking like a xxxxl old fashioned wine cup. I cried my lungs out and so I became a Christian. From then on my name day is Sts Constantine and Helen’s day on May the 21st.
That was a parenthesis.
So I visited two friends who are she-Athanassios, that is they are named
Athanassia. (Girls can have names of male saints, but not the opposite. Boys aren’t given the names of female saints. For example, although my name is very common, I never met a Greek man called Elenos. The Greeks are very aware that the male sex is unstable and tends to alter. This is why I think they don’t give their baby-boys female saint names, in case they do not grow up to be men but women.)
In one of the two Athanassias’ house I met some people who were hysteric about the bird flu. I had had a couple of stiff drinks, so I was stupid enough not to just say chk-chk-chk and po-po-po but to engage in the conversation.
I said that there was nothing that we should be afraid of because we do not share our houses with the chickens as in some retarded areas of Anatolia or Indonesia, our children play nintendos and not with ducklings in the pools and we have refrigerators so we don’t have to carry live birds around as presents or to the market. It was stupid of me to say these things. People knew all that already and my speech made them feel I was a know-all foreign bitch.
The real reason for their anxiety wasn’t the bird flu but the fact that the people of Ikaria feel (and are) far away from the government in Athens.

They are always afraid that the government would prove inefficient in an
emergency.

However I don’t think there will be an emergency. I have traveled to Turkey and I have seen what the situation is like outside tourist resorts…
As I was feeling tense, a clearly good thing happened: I started exchanging
e-mails with a German hobby botanist who is planning a trip to Ikaria. He visited the island many years ago when there were no paths or directions or anything, a time when local people advised the nature lovers to walk on the main roads so that they wouldn’t get lost or tired. I wrote just for the fun of talking about plants as well as to assure him that this time his visit will be successful -the paths of Ikaria and especially the ones in the way they were re-designed in Rahes, were not planned just for sportspeople or as an alternative to the beach on a stormy day. They lead or run across places. I mean real meaningful ‘places’ -interesting sites. I hope my German friend writes to us a short report from his botanical trip to Ikaria. We do not have any in the file «environment» of
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hikingIkaria .
I also received a few nice comments under my photos at Flickr.
Even that old ‘pink’ beach shot of mine

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attracted attention, oh my.
Now it’s foggy and raining. There was a short blackout too. We rather suffer
from electric pole flu. I felt like screaming, but the power came back soon after.
I turned on the comp and I’m sending out this blog.

Γεια σας τωρα
Αυριο η μεθαυριο παλι
Ελενη

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Go ahead and upload big photos to flickr! They resize them so that nobody downloads the big versions unless they click the «all sizes» button. Some of mine are > 2mb.

Thursday January 19, 2006 – 07:32pm (EST)

to Ψ : I’ll try to do what you say, but you also have to consider that my computer and my phone line is no better than what one would expect to find in a ‘barn’

Saturday January 21, 2006 – 01:24pm (PST)

Στις πηγές του Μύρσωνα είναι τα νερά;
Σε πειράζει να βγάλω ένα μονοπάτι μέχρι εκεί;
Έχει πολλά κατσίκια εκεί γύρω;

Friday January 20, 2006 – 10:50pm (EET)

Μα εχει μονοπατι, σημαδεμενο με σωρους απο πετρες.
Ναι εχει πολλα κατσικια. Λιγο λιγο θα τα φανε ολα και μετα το βουνο θα πεσει κατω ! Ηδη ολα τα ρυακια ειναι γεματα χαλικια και αμμο.
Καλα, δεν υπαρχει αλλη δουλεια να κανει κανεις στην Ικαρια απο το να εξαπολυει ελευθερα κατσικια στα πιο ωραια μερη και να τα τρωνε ! ΤΑ ΤΡΩΝΕ, ΛΕΜΕ!

Overgrazed Ikarian mountain Atheras

Saturday January 21, 2006 – 01:14pm (PST)

Τhere’s great news about this ! Your instinct brought you to a very remarkable place. Somewhere on a hilltop between the three streams which unite to make Myrsonas you must have ran across several old houses, didn’t you?
These houses are of the 17th century or earlier. Stray goats use them for shelter now and destroy their remarkable stone-made walls and roofs (goats can do that all right -everybody knows that). Anyway, this is the long searched for ‘lost village’ (το χαμένο χωριό). As I wrote in my testimonial for you in Flickr (and thank you for accepting it) Ikaria ‘opens inwards’ not outwards and this was a good example. I discovered it by chance while I was trying to draw a possible new long distance trail across this strange area (I shall call it ‘the sources of Myrsonas -as «sources of the Nile» -Livingstone forgives). I found and followed some very old (almost completely erased) red marks on the ground and some stone piles here and there.
Simon (you know who) sent me several BW photos of the houses of the lost village. I suppose you took pictures too when you were there. If so, even if they are not good enough, please post them in your blog. Σε παρακαλώ πολύ. If you don’t feel like, don’t waste time to write anything under each one. You ‘ve done already so much. I’ll make the comments if that’s ok with you.

waiting…

Monday January 23, 2006 – 11:02pm (EET)

I obey, master
I live to serve

Tuesday January 24, 2006 – 02:46am (PST)