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

Music

Music

There’s usually some music being played live on Symi somewhere, and we have more of it in the summer months. If you are heading this way and fancy an evening of music with your drink, mezethes or meals, there are plenty of choices, depending on the day of the week. Off the top of my head we have, rock music at Lefteris kafeneion in the village every now and then, Greek music at Georgio’s taverna at weekends, guitar and voice at the Sunrise Café from time to time, Greek music one night at The Secret Garden (Monday?) and blues and western music there on a Friday. In Yialos, Steno, in the side street, is known for providing traditional music when the mood takes, Elpida’s café often hosts Greek music, again on various nights, and I am sure there are other places that I don’t know about, and that’s before the free Symi Festival starts, usually in July.

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I was woken on Sunday by the local ‘music’ in our lane. That’s supplied mainly by the cockerels who start up way before dawn like a fanfare. ‘Cock-a-doodle-do-get up, please’ rings out and is soon joined by the coo-coo of the collard doves, and then the piccolo high woodwind effect from the sparrows. I was on the balcony enjoying the peace and quiet yesterday morning around six when one of the local doves landed on the house next door and started up its regular, repetitive verse. I noticed a small hawk, possibly a kestrel or a kite, coming towards me. Its feathers were dark, though that might just have been the lighting as the sun was not yet over the windmill hill, and it passed between the two houses about six feet away from me. It was silent, but the dove sensed it coming and cut short its repertoire and made a hasty retreat into the nearby trees. The sparrows and even the cockerels also fell silent which was a bit eerie, but which also made sense.

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The harbour was quiet at that time too. No anchor chains being wound in, no chugging engines, it was far too early for the clang of the train bell, and any Saturday night party that had been going on was long finished; we can sometimes still hear the music from certain bars at six or even seven in the morning. So, a peaceful day began. Another peaceful day with plenty of time to write, tidy the house, oversee the godson who is painting our kitchen, meet our health insurance lady over from Rhodes, chat with friends in the square and generally have a relax after the relaxing day the day before.

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Symi Film Festival

Symi Film Festival

The news from the Symi Film Festival now is: “SIFF have reached 150 films submitted. Normal deadline is 30th June and late (more expensive) is 15th July.”

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In my news, I’ve started work on the next instalment of The Saddling story. You might have read The Saddling and even The Witchling, well, The Eastling is going to be the third part of the on-going mystical trials and tribulations of my invented, old-world community living in the past, yet in the present, in the wilds of Romney Marsh. It might be too late now, but if you’ve not read The Witchling, it’s on sale over the summer solstice for $0.99 on Kindle. All my books are free on Kindle Unlimited so you can always grab a read there. The reason it’s on offer at this time of year is because that’s when it’s set. The Saddling was winter solstice, The Witchling summer, and The Eastling is set over the autumn equinox. I’ve only managed a rough outline and a first chapter so far, so don’t start queueing at the online bookshops just yet.

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And that’s my news for today, except to add that the weather has perked up a bit, the day boats have been coming and going, and life on Symi potters on in its usual quirky, warm fashion.

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