published Saturday, November 30, 2013
1st of December is the beginning of the winter for the Greeks. Everyone is wishing a good winter, a good month, a good week and a good day to each other ...
Rains in late November began to fill groundwater and storms have brought splendid lights. Lefkada is a generous island climate speaking: almost no rain from April to October and winter rainfall making it a green island. Winter silver reflections on the sea are beautiful and in perpetual motion.
In the garden, the last summer vegetables are harvested in olive nets took place and we begin to pick olives (see below) and especially ...
The mailbox for Santa Claus took its place in the post office. Children!! At your pencils!
See you soon and have a great December Month.
Olive oil manufacturing:
Before picking olives , fields need to be cleaned in order to lay down the nets . In December, we start shaking down olive branches to bring down the fruits , then we coarsely remove twigs and fallen leaves. The olives are then collected, bagged and brought back to the mill quickly to extract the oil .
The bags are emptied into a large stainless steel tank where olives leave on a conveyor belt and will be cleaned . The olive is fragile and must be handled with care . Then they will be crushed with their nuclei containing an antioxidant ( natural preservative ) . The dough must be kneaded to become smooth for an easier extraction. Then it is cold pressed by powerful hydraulic presses. From there, flows a mixture of vegetable oil and water ( "la margine") . The two liquids are then separated. The oil is lighter than water, it is naturally separated and can thus be collected.
The recovered solids are ejected outside are called "olive pomace ". They leave to a refinery that will make a olive oil with hot extraction, 2nd quality.
After several hours of waiting in a good atmosphere, you can get your extra virgin olive oil first cold pressed . It will be excellent to eat after a few weeks of rest.
The yield varies from 4 to 6 kg of olives per 1 liter of oil
published Tuesday, November 19, 2013
After a very mild end of the season, the last guests left having enjoyed, until the last moments, the sea and the sweetness of life in Sivota. Now villas are overwintered and we finish preparing the gardens for the period of plants resting. Various cuts, burnings in order to prepare the outdoors and a beautiful flowering season for 2014 .......
Work starts again, in order to go forward with the construction sites.
Sivota took his winter pace, taverns, cafes and supermarkets are closed and villagers continue to pursue their usual and various activities: fishing and repairing nets, cleaning groves ... All is quiet and still so beautiful! When in town you buy cyclamen, here they appear naturally in the wild.
See you soon for the next news.
published Monday, January 07, 2013
Villas Thalassa and its staff wish you and your loved ones health, love, happiness and lots of travels for 2013!!!
We hope you enjoyed the Christmas holidays and that you are already thinking about your summer vacations. Some of you have already made a reservation for this summer with us and we are already looking forward to seeing you. If you haven't planned your holidays yet and your destination is the beautiful island of Lefkada - Greece, have a look on our website and our always up-to-date calendar and find the perfect period for you. We would also like to encourage you to become a fan on our Facebook page.
Once again our warmest and kindest wishes for the new year to all of you.
Anna, Seb, Marilys and Philippe
published Thursday, April 12, 2012
published Thursday, January 26, 2012
VillasThalassa wish you a very happy new year!
Full of warm smiles, nice pictures and relaxing moments.
If your summer destination for this year is the beautiful island of Lefkada - Greece, please have a look on our "always up-to-date" calendar to find the period that better fits your plans. We would be really glad to welcome you in one of our homes. Make sure to request as soon as possible as the bookings are moving fast.