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

Busy, Chickens and the Partridge Family

Busy, Chickens and the Partridge Family

It’s all go this weekend. Neil has started work back at the Rainbow Bar, so that’s put us back into the regular summer routine, and let’s hope it continues and we don’t get locked down again. It would help enormously if visitors would wear their masks as they are required to do by law, but when many locals don’t, and the authorities don’t seem bothered, what chance do we have? Anyway…

Inheritance Kindle cover copyMy desk is busy with arranging the publication of my next Victorian Mystery, ‘The Clearwater Inheritance.’ This is book ten in a series and paves the way for a follow-on series which I have already started writing. I have the covers, and over the weekend, I am arranging the layout, so the book should be ready to upload to Amazon early next week.

If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to be married to a writer, you might want to check out this blog post.
In it, Neil tells all. It’s a fun read and quite sweet too. There will be another post on that same blog on Saturday, this time, about book covers.

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And while that’s going on, we’re also arranging the images for next year’s Symi Dream calendar. As you can see over there >> we have this year’s still on sale for anyone who wants to collect the images, and as soon as next year’s is ready, I’ll change the link and details. The 2022 calendar features images from all over the island taken when Neil was out walking to far-flung places, so as well as Yialos, Pedi and the ‘usual’ places, there are some gorgeous views you might not have seen.

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Work, books, calendars… What else is happening? I heard we’re getting an additional Blue Star ferry from next week – on a Tuesday – which will be very helpful, and I also heard the Patmos is being replaced by a couple of other boats for a while at least. The Sebeco continues to run daily, and we have the Stavros ferry which, apparently, is so subsidised, it’s free from Symi to Rhodes and back. (Correct me if that’s wrong.) The Poseidon is doing its ‘around the island’ trips three times per week, everything (more or less) is open, and some beaches are overcrowded with sunbeds, though most are currently empty.

To end the week

The other day, I was walking up the hillside when I found a chicken crossing the road, and I wondered why it did that. Later, I bumped into the Partridge family climbing over rocky mountains and tried to get some snaps. If you can find them in these photos, go to the top of the class. There are a couple more snaps for you, and I’ll see you next week.

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