Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Chilly Symi

Chilly Symi

Yesterday’s visit to Yialos to collect some post didn’t happen. It was a case of, ‘Let’s go now before it rains again… Too late.’ The rain was on and off all day. We stayed home instead, saving the adventure of leaving the house until the late afternoon when we nipped to the supermarket before calling into the Rainbow to wish Yiannis a happy name day on the way home.

Beautiful but icy.

Beautiful but icy.

You may not get the complete picture from the photos today as they don’t come with temperature, but another thing I did yesterday was take a shower in a bathroom that was a balmy eight degrees. The condensation is still dripping from the ceiling 24 hours later, and I need to get in there later and wipe it off. Usually, I’d put a heater in the doorway and take the edge off before heading in, but all three were in use in the study and sitting room. We’d normally have the window open as well, to help clear the condensation, so the tiles and ceiling don’t start growing black mould, but when it’s this cold, that’s not an option.

That's a thermal vest, sweatshirt, knitted jumper with hood, hoodie with hood, jacket, with hood and a smile. The 'keeping warm on Symi' starter kit.

That’s a thermal vest, sweatshirt, knitted jumper with hood, hoodie with hood, jacket, with hood and a smile. The ‘keeping warm on Symi’ starter kit.

It’s part of the winter routine in many houses — clearing the damp away before it can settle in. Once the mould starts it’s very difficult to get rid of, and the bedroom walls are showing signs of it, so that’s another place that needs regular cleaning with bleach to kill the spores and another place where it would be better to have the window open. At this time of year, not only are they closed but so are the shutters. Anything to stay warm.

Making sure the neighbours are fed.

Making sure the neighbours are fed.

Not complaining, just pointing out how it is. To return to today, we definitely have to go to Yialos no matter what the weather as we need to go to the bank and there is a package waiting for me at the bookshop, one of the courier delivery points. I think it’s the banker’s lamp for the desk. I will post a picture of the finished ‘study’ when it’s all done, I am currently waiting for an Ikea order of a computer desk and chair, and then, once they are in, I’ll show you what it’s like. I will still need to get new curtains, but I’m working on that. Still, nearly there and, when things are warmer, I shall be more inclined to spend more time there, writing notes and researching at the desk, and then doing the manual labour of typing at the computer table – and without fingerless gloves. I might have to wait a few weeks for that luxury as the cold weather is currently set to continue on-and-off stormy, cold and wet. Nice.