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

Hills, Water, Goats

Hills, Water, Goats

As you can see from the photos, yesterday was a little bit grey, but at least it was dry. Which is more than can be said for the area around a leaking pipe on the path to To Vrisi. (Perhaps someone else could also share this news to the town hall in case they don’t know yet.)

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I took a morning walk, the first time I’ve been able to in about a week. It’s either been raining, or I couldn’t be bothered, but I made the effort yesterday. The highlight was meeting a herd of goats being moved from their pen to a hillside further along the path. The goatdog (I assume that’s what you call them, as in, sheepdog) came bounding up to greet me, and I stood to the side, still so as not to frighten the skittish beasts. On the way home, I called into upper Horio to collect an oil-filled radiator to bring down to the house. Not a light thing to carry, but at least it was downhill. My arms are wobbly now, so if my typing is more off than usual, you will know why.

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The view was otherwise unchanged on the path along the side of the hill. I know I do this walk a lot but that’s because I like it, and it’s also a three-mile round trip which is what I aim to do five times per week. A more strenuous one is to follow the main road all the way out of the village and along to the Panormitis turn off and back, that’s just over three miles and constantly uphill. That makes coming back a breeze, and maybe I’ll do that walk later in the week.

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I’m just tacking a request on the end of this post in case you don’t see it on Facebook. The talented designer who did my recent covers (The Witchling, The Eastling and others) has a cover entered into a competition. Anjela K lives in Serbia, and I think deserves some attention, so it would be great if my readers could click over to the link below and then click on the vote button. You don’t need to sign up or anything, not until the vote reaches 200; after that, you’d have to register so, if you want to help, it’s better to be quick. There’s no information sharing unless you want your name shown, so it’s quite safe. Just click this link and then hit the orange Vote button. (The book looks good too, he added with a wink.) Thank you!

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Monday morning catch-up

Monday morning catch-up

A few photos from Saturday when we were under some cloud. We still were on Sunday morning, but it wasn’t as wet, and it was warmer than Saturday which started off at 10 degrees first thing in the morning. We had guests over for dinner on Saturday night which made for a very pleasant evening.

Yialos

Yialos

In fact, every day is pleasant around here right now, maybe not always the weather, but the quiet, relaxed feel of winter. Well, relaxed until you plug the heater in at 6.30 in the morning and it blows the fuses. It was a fairly old one, but a good one, and the wires had been moved so much that where they enter the body of the heater, they had worn through and finally broke. A few sparks, the room plunged into darkness and the sound of the fuse box complaining. Luckily no damage was done, but we are temporarily down to one heater. So, next week, part of the shopping list is another one of them.

Village square after the rain

Village square after the rain

There’s another shopping list building up, one that involves a trip to Rhodes, for Neil at least as Christmas is around the corner now, another fun time to look forward to. The decorations have started to go up in the harbour, people are talking about carol singing at parties and elsewhere, and plans are being made. Very often on Christmas Day, we’re able to sit outside for at least part of the day, and I can’t remember a time when it’s rained or been bad weather, not in the last 16 years. Now I’ve said it of course…

Cloud rolling down from the Vigla

Cloud rolling down from the Vigla

Ah well, into the week ahead with only the usual planned: writing, housework, buying a new heater and also keeping an eye on the sterna as even after the heavy rain last week, there’s not as much water in it as I’d expect. We’re hoping we haven’t had roots growing into it and taking the water as sometimes happens. There is a hideous fig tree in front of the house, though a few meters away. I’m hoping that hasn’t reached the sterna and infiltrated it, but either way, that tree needs to go – another job for the winter when it finally sheds its leaves. But still, that’s all ahead. In the meantime, it’s on with the day to day jobs – have a good week.

Veiw from Mediteraneo

Veiw from Mediteraneo

Symi Saturday Photos

Symi Saturday Photos

Kalo mina to you.
A random collection of images to look at over the weekend. Actually, not that random. I just looked through the pile and realised I had quite a few images of food, bars or drinks, so that’s today’s theme.

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The boys in the bar working out who had what

The boys in the bar working out who had what

Meraklis

Meraklis

To Spitiko

To Spitiko

A steampunk bar in Rhodes, 'Boheme'

A steampunk bar in Rhodes, ‘Boheme’

Athens november 75

Remains of an Indian, Athens

An Indian, Athens

A cup of tea in Athens

A cup of tea in Athens

International street party

International street party

Miss DJ's birthday spread

Miss DJ’s birthday spread (part of)

A 'light lunch' menu - again, Athens and only six euros per plate

A ‘light lunch’ menu – again, Athens and only six euros per plate; cheese, ham and sausages on one and a salmon salad on the other, in case you were wondering,

Georgio's the other night

Georgio’s the other night

Last Christmas

Last Christmas