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

I’m staying here

I’m staying here

Delighted that the Greek Government has confirmed that in the event of no deal the rights of UK nationals already living in Greece will be fully recognised and guaranteed…”

That’s from an article in Ekathimerini, and the quote is from the British ambassador to Athens. There has been a lot of speculation on various forums and lots of people scrambling to get paperwork up to date which has led to all kinds of assumptions and panic – not necessarily on Symi, but in the wider picture. The fact still remains that no-one really knows what’s going on and that, of course, is thanks to the shambolic mess the yUK government has made of everything over the past few years, but this piece of news is good to read. It does go on to say, “…will be fully recognised and guaranteed, in line with the reciprocity offered by the UK to EU citizens,” so that could mean anything. The yUK could change its mind, seeing how it seems to be descending into right-wing hell, and that could leave us here abroad in a different boat. I doubt it, but one of the great achievements of the Brexit movement has been to undermine stability (you know, business, economy, youth future, countrymen abroad, trade, blah-di-blah), so it wouldn’t surprise me if the YukGov somehow cut us off completely. After all, already, if you’re a British immigrant abroad, you can’t go back and immediately find assistance from your homeland; you’ve done the dirty by exercise your right to not live there for a while so you’re made to suffer.

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Whether it all comes to pass or not, us immigrants already living here can just Carry On Regardless, that’s exactly what I am going to do. Thanks to all this uncertainty I’m going sit back and watch the yUK fall into a mire of its own making – or not – and enjoy the spectacle from over here.

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Anyway, I didn’t get up at 3.00 this morning just to ramble about Brexit, but I couldn’t think of anything else, except to show you photos of yesterday’s view. The sea, obviously, and then the new view from the end of our balcony. Now the allergy-tree has gone, and the ruin is being cleared, we have a new vista, at least until the ruin is renovated.

Weather I will or not

Weather I will or not

You never know, I may venture out of the house today. I think this cold is finally on the way out, that’s a personal cold not cold weather, you understand. I was half-asleep all day Sunday, a quarter asleep on Monday and today, though it’s early, I might only be one-eighth down, and the rest feels a bit more lively. I need to get to the bank at some point over the next two days so today could be the day, and it will be the first in over a week. But I’m not counting my sleeping dogs before they’ve hatched, and other mixed metaphors. I’ll see how I feel later when the sun’s up and see what the weather looks like. Yesterday it looked like this…

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I’ve been typing away while I’ve been in my confinement, some days more successfully than others, but I have written the first drafts of two parts of a series; 190,000 words in total since Christmas. I’m nearly at the end of the first read-through of it and then will attend to the editing stage. I also need to find titles before I can move on and finish them, but something will come to me. I’d like to write the fourth Saddling book this year and complete that series, but other ideas have stepped in the way, and the Saddling books are more of a summer project. It feels easier to write them then for some reason.

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Anyway, enough waffling, it’s time to get on and see what’s in the email box before getting down to some work, maybe going for a longer distance walk than just to the supermarket and whether I will go out in this weather, whatever it turns out to be. Oh, and yes, I misspelt the word in the post title on purpose. Why? ‘Cos it’s half-five in the morning, and I can write what I want.

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Signs of spring at home

Signs of spring at home

There are signs of spring out there, and some are starting to appear in our sparse collection of plants in the courtyard. The chilli is still deciding what it’s going to do, the one I call Heavy (plant) Crossing has a few shoots and the new bougainvillaea will hopefully start to put on weight soon. There’s one of those big locust things hanging around somewhere eating the succulent that has red flowers, and I’ll catch it and evict it as soon as I can. The plant doing the best so far is that pretty weed with the yellow flowers that grows at the base of the vine.

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The hills are already starting to look green again thanks to all the rain we’ve been having. The sea is calm, there’s no wind, and we may be in for some settled weather for a while… He says. Last week Neil went and put in his paperwork for his residency card. We’ve had these since 2002, but he’s changed his to put it under his Irish passport, rather than his yUK one, just in case, and he should be able to collect that later this week and then re-register to vote at the town hall. We’ve still not heard what Greece intends to do about British immigrants if the yUK doesn’t get its deal, does get its deal or sees sense at the 11th hour, and I reckon they are waiting to see what happens, as are several other European countries. Lots of folk are confused and concerned as the British government (for want of a better word) seems to be more disturbed about preventing the rights of foreign immigrants to the yUK than securing the rights of its own people living in Europe, so it’s hard to predict what the situation might be in a few weeks. I reckon those here and registered, living in Greece with an income, health insurance and all the correct paperwork will be fine, but the point is, no-one knows yet, and it’s a very worrying time for many. The next few weeks may bring more news, until then, I’m just carrying on as normal.

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