Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Summer Photos

As it’s another cold and wet day today (Monday), I thought I would upload some photos taken during last year when there was a bit more sun around. I was up at 2.30 last night, fumbling about in the dark in my dressing gown and slippers, crossing to the workhouse via a porch-puddle to unplug the phone and internet. You can’t be too careful. The thunder had passed by six when I was more awake and ready to start the day, but so far the rain has been on and off again. And that’s enough weather for the day.

So, a few photos to remind us of what the sunshine looks like, and back to work.

 

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My Symi News Update

My Symi News Update

Here are some bits and pieces of (my) Symi news to bring you up to date.

The winter season continues to be changeable, with rain at times and sunny and clear on other days. It rained heavily last week, and the rain brought some of the mud and topsoil down from the hills again, coating the harbour square roads in a little sludge. We were there on Friday, and it was being shovelled away. Not as bad as before but it’s interesting to see how easily the soil is now moved following the storm last November, I guess it will take a while for it to settle down.

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In my writing news, ‘The Witchling’ is out with my beta readers. These are people who volunteer to read the most recent draft at a point when I think it’s ready as a story, but where I may still make a few minor changes – depending on what third parties think of it. It’s mainly about looking for typos and anything obviously wrong or repeated. Meanwhile, my cover designer is working on a cover, so I hope to have a cover to show you before long. I was hoping to have the book out there before we head off on holiday in March, but it may come after we return.

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We were ‘lads’ on Saturday. Having done the shopping in the morning (two massive pork chops and two huge double chicken breasts from the village butcher, €14.00, and having bought several bags of vegetables from the greengrocer, €6.00, there’s enough there to last us several days), we realised in the evening that we needed butter. Found one at Sotiris, counted the change from my pocket on the freezer outside where George was standing, found the correct money, and just handed it to George – what you might call a ten items or less express checkout. Stopped at Rainbow for a glass of wine on the way home and ended up having a couple more as the AEK supporters arrived for a football match on the television. Always great fun watching football in there in the winter, I almost got into it.

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Last Friday, after raiding the bank, paying the rent, checking the post office and stopping at Pacho’s, we decided to treat ourselves to lunch in the harbour. Giros and chips, very nice, and, what’s better, there were taxis available so didn’t even have to walk up. The rest of the time, I’ve been at my desk doing what I do and playing with some writing. 10,500 words written on Saturday. It’s amazing what you can do when your husband cooks dinner and brings you endless cups of tea, and you don’t doze off after lunch.

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It’s Sunday now, still early as I’m in the routine of waking up at 5.30, a bit cloudy, more rain forecast, and an invite to lunch in upper Horio later on. I think I’ll post this ready for Monday, maybe fiddle with a chapter of something and then tidy up the house a little before psyching myself up for a shower. Not as pleasant as it sounds and involves a quick dash from one room to the other and finding a towel that had somehow managed to dry out.

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And then it’s off into the week with another lunch invite in the diary for Tuesday… And that’s it. So, there you are, that’s my news, and I will leave you with the best news which is Adriana is back from her break and back at her blog, which you can find here.