That was the week
It’s only Friday as I write, and it’s early in the day, but I’m making the most of the time as we’re going out later. Neil’s brother has been here all week, as I am sure anyone on Symi would have noticed. We’re planning a late morning and a lunch in Yialos later today, followed by a walk up the steps, maybe some time at the bar, and then we have a party to attend in the early evening. Neil has some friends coming from Rhodes too so it could be a busy day, one that requires pacing.
I’ve not done much work on ‘The Eastling’ this week, in fact, I’ve not done very much at all, apart from: lunch on Monday to welcome brother-in-law, a birthday party on the Poseidon on Tuesday evening, watch the football match on Wednesday so I could make inappropriate comments for two hours, and now Friday with another lunch and a party. It’s that time of year where all good intentions are hard to keep; I’ve even had an ice cream.
Meanwhile, the new Symi ferry ran into problems before it could really get started on its itinerary. I heard that they hoped to have it back on track this weekend. Keep an eye on Andy’s Symi Travel blog for details – the link is over there on the right. While you’re there, you will also see a link to Neil’s next year Symi calendar, and some of my more popular books, including the Symi quartet, if you’ve not already indulged.
I am also preparing for my holiday. I’m off on 28th to the yUK for about ten days. Neil’s staying here as he has to work, but there won’t be a blog during that time. I have all kinds of traveling to do; Symi to Rhodes, docks to airport, flight to Gatwick, night in a hotel there, train to Brighton (on a Sunday, let’s hope it’s all working), train to London for a reunion with old school friend after 37 years, night there, train to Brighton, optician’s appointment, drive to Romney Marsh, lunch, walk, visit ‘Saddling’, three nights in New Romney. Dinner with friends we know from Symi (will be odd but fun seeing Symi folk ‘in the wild’ as it were and in my hometown), visit to old school deputy headmaster, brother, another old school chum on the marsh for a lunch, visit old houses I used to live in, pay respects at churchyard, visit to see nephew in Folkestone and another Sunday train to Stanstead, flight, taxi, hotel in Rhodes, boat and back to Symi on 6th August. There, now you know what I’ll be up to, but not for a couple of weeks yet, so, I’m taking my camera with me when we go out later and will get more of the same old same old photos to use on the blog next week. Have a good weekend.