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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

Routine few days

Routine few days

Back to the old routine for a few days now, well, yesterday, today and tomorrow – until the evening. I found out that a lot of the roadworks going on are to do with the phone provider, Ote, but the lane we live on is, by the looks of it, stone replacement. It’s good to see that stones are being re-laid in the old style and we haven’t been tarmacked over.

Good weather here this week so far

Good weather here this week so far

I did my walk up the hill yesterday, and very pleasant it was, but from the sound of it, we’re in for bad weather at the weekend. That won’t worry me as I won’t be here, but it might if I have to sail through it. If the weather is really bad, there may not be a boat at all. I’m just checking the forecasts…

November 13th 02

Windfinder tells me it will be up to force five and no rain, so that’s okay. Accuweather tells me there will be rain on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s a slow, clunky site that I don’t find very user-friendly and don’t trust. shows winds 4 to 5 Bf on Thursday dying down on Friday with thunderstorms on Saturday through to Monday with winds only up to five, and, the one I trust, shows me winds across the Aegean between 3 and 5 Bf all weekend (very windy near Corfu), and a little rain down here on Sunday. The best forecast, still, is to look out of the window at the time or ask a Symi farmer.

November 13th 01

Dig it?

Dig it?

I am back from my long weekend and have arrived home to find the road to the house blocked to traffic. There had been work going on before I left, so I wasn’t surprised. If you’re on foot, you can take the steps behind the village square. It looks like there are to be improvements to the slippery corner, which can only be a good thing.

November 13th 05

Meanwhile, the road from Georgio’s to Sotiris supermarket is also being worked on, again, not too sure what it is for, I will ask Yianni later when I go down that way next. Meanwhile, meanwhile, Lefteris’ kafeneion is having a makeover too with drilling and ripping out and a concrete mixer going.

November 13th 04

While all that has been going on, there has been a meeting for those non-Greeks living here who are not on the electoral register. There is a council/mayoral election in May, and if you want to vote (as you should), then you should be on that register. If you’re not following this story on Facebook, I will put up information when I can and when I hear it. We’ve been on the register for years. No-one is sure what will happen with this Brexit farce/tragedy but even if you think it’s not worth registering, it is, because if the B word is delayed or, even better, scrapped, you will be able to vote for your local council and European elections.

November 13th 07

Okay, and now back to the washing and the shopping and those 101 other things that pop up when you’ve not been at home for a few days.

November 13th 08



calendar 2019 smallI’m writing this yesterday, Panormitis Festival main day, and it’s so quiet out there… Hardly anyone has gone past the house, there have been a few bells sounding, a couple of cars up and down the hill, but no boats coming or going from Yialos (except the Blue Star), and everywhere is shut, I assume. I’ve not left the house yet. I am about to head off for a few days. I may get to a blog on Wednesday, possibly sooner as I think I’ll take my laptop with me so I can work while I am away. But if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know why. In the meantime, here’s a reminder that now’s the perfect time to order your Symi Dream Calendar for 2019. This might be the last time Neil produces one of these, so make sure you have yours for posterity. Follow the link, change the Lulu Store to your nearest country or your currency and away you go.

And, to send me on my way, I thought I’d put up some random shots that I’ve not used yet. Have a good weekend/week, and I will see you when I get back. Remember, if you use Facebook, there’s a Symi Dream page there where I post interesting links about Symi, or Greece, even when there’s no blog.

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