It’s all go at our place, kind of. There’s a generator outside working away as a nearby house is being done up, we’ve had the mule train going past already, preceded by trucks of metal rods and other building supplies, and whatever is being done is clearly coming along. It might all come to a stop today as rain is forecast for the next 48 hours, plus high winds. Christmas lights are up in the village and Yialos and have been for some time, and there was an outbreak of parsnips at the supermarket the other day.
Symi, winter morning
Inside the house, we’re not quite festive yet, but we were practising carols and Christmas songs on Monday morning – flute and piano. There is to be another carol and song singing event at ‘Bulmas’ at some time before Christmas, again raising money for the orphanage in Rhodes. It’s a bit of a stretch for my piano playing to go from Jingle Bells to Irving Berlin in the same set, but we’ll manage something, especially if I can persuade my fingers to remember what they are supposed to do and look up a C# m/diminished 4th chord just to remind myself. I also need to look up why my Word programme decided to open blank documents in American English without being asked, and why my keyboard changes from the usual layout to something else (it took me five minutes to find that # symbol) when the one shown on the keyboard is clearly marked and not shift + 3. I can’t wait for my new laptop to arrive, I fear this one has taken on a mind of its own.
So, with all that going on, and plenty of other things, it’s hardly surprising I’ve only managed to write about 10,000 words since November. I don’t know where the days go. I was up at four yesterday, and after doing some necessary work, making breakfast, writing this and sorting out a couple of other things, it’s nearly time to get ready to go for lunch with the neighbours. Maybe I should start getting up at midnight, I might get things done then. Hey ho-ho-ho, such is life in the runup to Christmas.
Plaza outside decorations
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