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

Cold and social

Cold and social
The cold wind has returned with a biting vengeance, dropping the temperature down to around six degrees in our courtyard, when in the breeze. It’s still lovely and sunny outside though which is a good thing as the town hall are currently paving the road around the town square and on towards the clock tower. The catamaran came in on the other side of the harbour the other day, and maybe did again today (I heard it but didn’t see it as the shutters were closed against the cold), which will cause some temporary disruptions for some – but it will all look great when it’s finished.

Cold and social

Wood for the baker’s oven.

We were up early on Tuesday. Well, Neil was up at five and I opted for another hour in bed, but it was not to be. The cat has been in a strange mood and yesterday he was tap dancing up and down the corridor outside the bedroom while singing (badly) about something or other. It took him the whole morning to calm down, several trips to the food bowl to double check, a good hunt around the grounds and then, finally, a great bit cat litter visit, which must have worn him out as he went to sleep quite happily and quietly in the sun afterwards. I am sure he is ‘going over’ a bit, he is getting on after all. It was about this time two years ago that we moved house. Perhaps that has something to do with it. Also, two years ago, in April, I think it was, he went missing for a few days and again last year for ten days, so perhaps he is building himself up to another escape attempt. If so, we will have to go hunting for him again at the old house.

Cold and social

Construction work at Campos

Thank you to everyone who has liked my Facebook page since I mentioned it yesterday; please feel free to share it around and to put up reviews on Amazon if you have read one of the books and enjoyed them. Today is the first day in a couple of years that I have not had to work on a book – though I have another Symi related one in the pipeline. I have an afternoon off from writing, unless I want to do some work on ‘Symi, Stuff and Nonsense’, which I don’t at the moment – I need to rest the brain and the back a little before getting back down to that one.

Cold and social

Fisherman at work

The week ahead suddenly holds many social things: friends popping in today for a catch-up, piano playing tomorrow, a walk to Pedi and late lunch on Thursday (also Psiknopempti, ‘meat eating Thursday’) and a birthday to celebrate on Friday. The weekend should be calmer, though there is also a party invite for Sunday afternoon. We don’t usually have this much social activity in the winter, it’s usually reserved for Summer. And, as today is Valentine’s Day, we are sending our love to all out readers. Remember, as Neil’s T-shirt reads, ‘More love less hate.’

Cold and social

Church doors