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.

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During That Odd Week

During That Odd Week

It’s that strange week when Christmas is kind of over, and yet it’s not, New Year is just around the corner, and there’s not much going on. The rain is falling today, the Blue Star has come and gone, at least, I heard it. With all the shutters closed, I don’t even have a view unless I go onto the roof, which I don’t like to do in my slippers. Mind you, I have been onto bathroom roof in them to check the overflow. If it gets blocked, the rain drips through the bathroom ceiling.

As I’ve not been out, the photos today are from the December archives.

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It’s New Year’s Day on Monday, and I intend to put up a post and then try and get back into the daily blog routine, even if there’s little to tell you. Next week, I also aim to work out how much was raised from the sale of the Symi books since ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ came out. I won’t get the payment from Amazon for several weeks, but that will give me time to find out what the school might need. It’s not going to be a huge amount, but the books are still on sale and sales made right up until Sunday midnight will be included in the donation, so it’s not too late to help out. You can find the books on my Amazon Author Page.

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I just went to check that link and noticed that ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ now has four reviews, all five-star, I am pleased to say, including: “The logophile James Collins gives us a generous and entertaining peep into his life through his travels, his wordsmithery, and at times a quirky look at the day to day happenings on the magical island of Symi where he and his husband now live. Perhaps Symi has found its own Bill Bryson.”

Thank for that! Fab. You can find reviews and add to them here.

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Now then, it’s back to work for me and here are a few random shots to keep you going until I next venture out with a camera, which may not be until next year.

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Symi Greece Symi Dream photos

Symi Greece Symi Dream photos

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Symi Christmas

Symi Christmas

A few random photos to catch up over the past few days. Carol singing at Lefteris’ kafeneion, the ferry, the weather on Christmas morning (sunny), curious kittens, and so forth. We hope you are having a good time. It’s Boxing Day today (26th December), and I’m leaving these up for a few days before I post something else. I should be back at the weekend with another update and maybe a look back on 2017 before we head off into a new year.

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Symi Christmas: Friday/Saturday

Symi Christmas: Friday/Saturday

The end of the working week for me… will be tomorrow as I have one chapter of something I still need to deal with and I can’t do it today. Off to Yialos this morning for the last of the Christmas shopping and then the carols this afternoon at the kafeneion. I am writing this yesterday as usual.

I hope to get some photos to put up over the Christmas period (these ones are from last year and last winter). Otherwise, this will be the last post for a few days. There will be more posts next week, ready for New Year as there’s a lot to reminisce about this year. Meanwhile, here’s wishing you a Happy Christmas if you celebrate it, and if not, then a general peaceful time wherever you are.

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