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

Symi Weather

Symi Weather

As I’ve said before, we get some kind of weather here all the time and yesterday we had all kinds of weather in one morning. I woke at 5.45 (a bit of a lie in after an evening at Taverna Zoi) to the sound of heavy rain. My first thought was for the bathroom ceiling which I’ve still not fixed, but it only leaks a little through cracks caused by the heat, and my second thought was that I wasn’t going to be going for a walk. That was a relief as I really can’t take to this exercise malarkey. I then did a quick check of windows and took a few dodgy photos from the balcony doors.

Symi Weather

Six a.m.

The rain passed pretty quickly, leaving a gloriously pink sunrise over the bay. The cloud moved over too just as a cruise ship was coming in, and a little while later a few more posh yachts pottered in and hung about off Harani. Perhaps the downpour will wash away some of the dust and humidity, and it’s certainly done the plants good. It’s also caused locals to get out there with their hosepipes and wash their roofs and steps. I suppose that’s to remove any traces of water…? I mean…? Well, there must be a reason. It also meant we have topped up the sterna with fresh water which will save a few pennies on the water bill.

Symi Weather

At sunrise

My weather stations online tell me that we’re not due any more rain apart from perhaps a couple of drops today. Looks like that wet front has left Greece, at least for now. So, if you’re about to jet off and jet into Rhodes and on to Symi, it looks like you’re in for our more regular summer performances from the skies from now on.

Symi Weather

Symi Weather

Symi Weather

Later in the morning

Rain and Rainbow

Rain and Rainbow

It’s good to see that the Rainbow Bar (and others) have been busy this week. Neil’s had a couple of non-stop shifts, one due to the football match and the other… Well, like all other days, because it’s a nice place to be of an afternoon. Tuesday, another busy day, saw clouds and, later, rain overnight. Wednesday morning felt more like autumn, but hopefully, the wet weather will release some of the humidity and let it ‘Fly, my pretties,’ as in The Wizard Of Oz. It’s still plenty warm enough though, and the taxi boats and day-trip boats have been going out as usual.

Rainbow

Today’s photos were taken in the winter

I had a wonderfully unexpected day on Tuesday too. We had to nip down to Yialos to get some money, and I wanted to look around for a slimline camera to slip into my new bag, which I did, and then the day just slipped into one of those where nothing is achieved except relaxation. Very important. Lunch at To Spitiko, meeting friends in the afternoon, chilling a little at the bar and not worrying that I’d done no writing, and then watching ‘The Ghost Train’ as an evening film. (No idea where that compulsion came from, but it’s a fun film.) Bed at nine, up at five and onto the next day…

IF

IF

A Greek Summer

A Greek Summer

A Greek SummerI’ve just started reading ‘A Greek Summer’ by Patricia Frew, and I must say, I am enjoying it immensely so far. I’m not yet very far into it, not because I’m not enjoying it, but because I don’t have much time for reading, generally saving that treat for when I am travelling or having a day off. It’s a mix of delightful poems interspersed with short anecdotes and stories, all about Greece, and one island in particular – and I think I can imagine exactly which one. I can even recognise some of the places and possibly people. So, if you’re a Symi fan, and I assume you are as you’re taking the time to read this, I can recommend it as a good, well-written read that also offers lots of variety. And plenty of opportunities to identify local places and possibly people.

Click the image or this link to find it on Amazon where you can download it in Kindle format or buy it as a real book.

A Greek Summer