Friday morning to-do list: Admin and emails, turn on mains water to fill tank, do some work, sort out laundry room, shopping, washing, have a shower, tidy study, turn off water, make lunch, get some book written. Saturday and Sunday are pretty much the same, but without all the annoying necessities, so the list just reads, ‘get a book written’, and around it all it says, ‘stay warm and dry.’
We’ve had our fair share of rain over the last couple of days as two storm fronts passed over. At least it warms the air slightly, but when the cloud goes, we’re back down to nine degrees (in the bathroom), with clear air so you can see across the tops of the Turkish mountains which are, apparently, many miles away – not sure how far exactly, but it’s a good distance, and usually around this time of year you can see snow on the peaks.
All this activity, as described above, means not much time or weather for being out and about. The weather is still thwarting my attempts to get back into a walk routine. I’ll go now… Or as soon as this deluge stops (it doesn’t), well, maybe I’ll try again tomorrow. Tomorrow dawns clear and cold, a bit chilly, I’ll go later, oh look, we’ve not yet finished the red Quality Street, better do that first. Strawberry centres must be the least popular of all, along with the orange ones, but we have to get through them all before Epiphany.
I do have one other thing to do today. Order the damn piano. I has one set up and ordered for a reasonable price form a British company with European branches, who offered free delivery. I found a decent Yamaha for a price I could afford, especially with free delivery, only to later be told that as it was over a certain weight, they would have to use a heavy haulage firm and the cost of delivery would be €400 or more, so that was that out of the window. I’ve found another (a Roland this time) from a company that has a store in Rhodes. They say that delivery to Symi is included, apart from a €25.00 fee C.O.D. to get the piano from the boat to the house, so I shall go with that. When I asked this shop last year, the said I would have to get it from the boat to the village on my own (simply not possible) so I shall wait and see what happens and put in an extra request on the order form to be kept informed. Don’t want a call at 5.30 one morning asking why I am not at the boat and taking off an upright digital piano which, unless I am there in ten minutes, will be on its way to another island. Watch this space.