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

Another Morning Walk

Another Morning Walk

I know it’s not a Saturday, but today I thought I would share yesterday’s morning walk with you in a long series of photos – just in case I don’t get around to a blog on Saturday. If I don’t, it’s because I am making the last changes to ‘The Eastling.’ I am waiting on the designer to send me a couple of files, and then the upload will be complete. I hope it comes out okay. I’m sure it will. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s online and ready to buy in print, on Kindle or ‘free’ in Kindle Unlimited.

Anyway, the walk…

The day started cloudy and in haze.

The day started cloudy and in haze.

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But things had brightened up by 8.30 in the upper village

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There was something of a tailback on the Xissos path which was undergoing some changes…

There was something of a tailback on the Xissos path which was undergoing some changes…

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It's being concreted from the road to the house. I guess his is a precaution against any future bad storms. Parts of the donkey track from the village to Xissos are still a bit dodgy under foot but the chasms caused by the flood have been filled in.

It’s being concreted from the road to the house. I guess his is a precaution against any future bad storms. Parts of the donkey track from the village to Xissos are still a bit dodgy under foot but the chasms caused by the flood have been filled in.

Flags out for a celebration.

Flags out for a celebration.

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And another holdup on the main road. This time as concrete was being poured in to the shoring-up (if that's the right way to say it).

And another holdup on the main road. This time as concrete was being poured in to the shoring-up (if that’s the right way to say it).

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And, finally, heading into the misty sun on the way down to home.

And, finally, heading into the misty sun on the way down to home.

Yesterday I saw

Yesterday I saw

Wandering about on my walk yesterday, I saw… A brightly painted house, recently done up and looking dazzling. Village lanes, ruins and houses as I wound my way up through Ag Athanasios towards Ag Triada at the top of the village. Plenty of goats. The long and winding road and the views from it. The work being done to strengthen the road above the village. Yiannis Rainbow out for his daily walk. What was Mandeio slowly being renovated. The playground beside it. And lot of other things but here are some of the photos I snapped.

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Yesterday

Yesterday

I have started on the layout for ‘The Eastling’ so, at this rate, it should be ready to release by early next week, if not before. It has been a summer project so it would be good to have it done and dusted by the time the Symi season finishes, which is roughly a week away. Well, that’s when Neil finishes work at the bar, so I call it the end of our summer.

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Meanwhile, yesterday. We had a cruise ship pop in for a pint of milk. It was only here a couple of hours in the early morning. I can imagine the passengers hurrying to finish their breakfast and disembarking just in time to be told to get back on, saying, ‘That smelt nice,’ before being shipped out again.

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After that excitement, we went for a walk, parting ways as we met the main road because Neil wanted to go uphill, and I wanted to go across country (and a bit up). He ended up doing five miles, and I did my usual three. I was back and starting on my book layout tasks well before he panted his way through the gate. Anyway, that’s my note for the day.

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