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

Monday morning catch-up

Monday morning catch-up

A few photos from Saturday when we were under some cloud. We still were on Sunday morning, but it wasn’t as wet, and it was warmer than Saturday which started off at 10 degrees first thing in the morning. We had guests over for dinner on Saturday night which made for a very pleasant evening.

Yialos

Yialos

In fact, every day is pleasant around here right now, maybe not always the weather, but the quiet, relaxed feel of winter. Well, relaxed until you plug the heater in at 6.30 in the morning and it blows the fuses. It was a fairly old one, but a good one, and the wires had been moved so much that where they enter the body of the heater, they had worn through and finally broke. A few sparks, the room plunged into darkness and the sound of the fuse box complaining. Luckily no damage was done, but we are temporarily down to one heater. So, next week, part of the shopping list is another one of them.

Village square after the rain

Village square after the rain

There’s another shopping list building up, one that involves a trip to Rhodes, for Neil at least as Christmas is around the corner now, another fun time to look forward to. The decorations have started to go up in the harbour, people are talking about carol singing at parties and elsewhere, and plans are being made. Very often on Christmas Day, we’re able to sit outside for at least part of the day, and I can’t remember a time when it’s rained or been bad weather, not in the last 16 years. Now I’ve said it of course…

Cloud rolling down from the Vigla

Cloud rolling down from the Vigla

Ah well, into the week ahead with only the usual planned: writing, housework, buying a new heater and also keeping an eye on the sterna as even after the heavy rain last week, there’s not as much water in it as I’d expect. We’re hoping we haven’t had roots growing into it and taking the water as sometimes happens. There is a hideous fig tree in front of the house, though a few meters away. I’m hoping that hasn’t reached the sterna and infiltrated it, but either way, that tree needs to go – another job for the winter when it finally sheds its leaves. But still, that’s all ahead. In the meantime, it’s on with the day to day jobs – have a good week.

Veiw from Mediteraneo

Veiw from Mediteraneo

Symi Saturday Photos

Symi Saturday Photos

Kalo mina to you.
A random collection of images to look at over the weekend. Actually, not that random. I just looked through the pile and realised I had quite a few images of food, bars or drinks, so that’s today’s theme.

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The boys in the bar working out who had what

The boys in the bar working out who had what

Meraklis

Meraklis

To Spitiko

To Spitiko

A steampunk bar in Rhodes, 'Boheme'

A steampunk bar in Rhodes, ‘Boheme’

Athens november 75

Remains of an Indian, Athens

An Indian, Athens

A cup of tea in Athens

A cup of tea in Athens

International street party

International street party

Miss DJ's birthday spread

Miss DJ’s birthday spread (part of)

A 'light lunch' menu - again, Athens and only six euros per plate

A ‘light lunch’ menu – again, Athens and only six euros per plate; cheese, ham and sausages on one and a salmon salad on the other, in case you were wondering,

Georgio's the other night

Georgio’s the other night

Last Christmas

Last Christmas

New look Lefteris Kafeneion

New look Lefteris Kafeneion

Here are a few shots of the new look Lefteris kafeneion. It reopened on Wednesday morning, but we came down after lunch ahead of a birthday party at Rainbow. It’s all looking very neat and chic, the service is still as friendly and the atmosphere still the same but it’s all been done up, the outside too.

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The other party started at Rainbow at three and went on until around seven when a few of us went to the taverna for dinner. I’ll just put a couple of shots here, so you get an idea. We started outside but moved inside when it started raining. Today, Thursday has started with some cloud, not cold, and so far, dry, though more rain is forecast – more good news for plants, reservoirs and sternas.

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