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Living on a Greek island

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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Monday morning

Monday morning

It’s a cool, clear day today, Monday. The Express has come and gone, but otherwise, the harbour below looks quiet. Up here, the washing machine is churning, the bathroom ceiling needs cleaning of the condensation mould -a common problem at this time of year – and the shutters are still closed against the lower air temperature outside, though it’s not that cold in the sun, quite warm in fact.

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I am now back to ‘The Witchling,’ the Saddling follow-up which I have left alone for a few months now to let it sink in. I returned to it thinking it was going to be a mess as it kind of popped out last year, but actually… So far, it’s not too bad, though I am tweaking and correcting as I go and it is a second draft I am now turning into a third draft before having someone else read it. There may be a request for ‘beta readers’ and proofing if anyone would like a free copy before it’s published. I’ll keep you informed.

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Otherwise, it’s quiet around these parts. There is rock music at the kafeneion this weekend, we may go to Georgio’s for a meal after payday, but the electricity estimate is in, and I saw the water bill being handed to the landlord the other day so we will have to see. I prefer to stay on top of bills, paying estimates if I can so that the blow is lessened when the real deal comes through a couple of months later. So, that’s it for now apart from these photos taken on a wander around the other day.

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Yialos, Epiphany and things

Yialos, Epiphany and things

And off into another week we go. We were down in Yialos on Saturday afternoon, for lunch in Harani, so there are a few random photos from the day out. As you can see, not a cloud in the sky, and not too cold either. I took a coat with me but never had to wear it. Luckily there were taxis about when it came time to head home because the Blue Star was coming in – it doesn’t usually on a Saturday, but there had been some disruption to its timetable that worked in our favour.

Pink sea

Pink sea

We had intended to catch some of the Epiphany celebrations which usually start around 11.00 on the seafront in Yialos, by the clocktower and at Panormitis – and Pedi, I think. But when we got there, it was all over, having happened earlier for the first time I can remember. This was the celebration, the blessing of the sea when after the service, the priest throws a cross into the water and local men swim for it. It’s a great honour to be the one to retrieve the cross, but also an honour to take part.

Celebration flags on the patrol boat

Celebration flags on the patrol boat

Everyone is busy taking down Christmas decorations and putting homes back to their usual order after the festivities. We’ve done ours, though there will be strands of silver tinsel about the house for months to come I expect. The sitting room doesn’t look too bare, as we don’t put up many decorations, and, in a way, it’s good to get back to normal.

Georgina's delicatessen and wine shop

Georgina’s delicatessen and wine shop

Georgina's delicatessen and wine shop

Georgina’s delicatessen and wine shop

Two In The Bush: John Manuel

Two In The Bush: John Manuel

Here’s a new book you might be interested in. ‘Two In The Bush’ is a new novel from John Manuel. The book is set in Greece and concerns an Englishman who moves to find his paradise, but, “A ‘chance’ discovery of a woman’s body in a quiet location not far from his home starts a chain of events that just may turn his idyll into a nightmare.”

Two In The Bush

Two In The Bush

Two in the Bush

“With a plot that twists like series of old olive branches, “Two in the Bush” carries enough surprises to keep you wondering to the last page.”

Read the full details here.

John lives in Rhodes and has published several books, some are novels, and some are about his experiences of moving to live in Greece. You can find a list of all his books on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/johnmanuelbooks/

And his Amazon author page is here

And, just to keep your mind on Symi, here are a few random photos for the weekend.

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Winter in the square

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Winter in the courtyard (not my bike)

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The tower at Ag Athanasios has been restored

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After the November storm

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Taxiarchis appartments from a distance

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