Symi Dream

Living on a Greek island

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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Easy like Sunday morning

Easy like Sunday morning

Easy, because it’s Sunday morning and I have a day to do what I want. That’s once I’ve done this, so I don’t have to do it on Monday, leaving me time to do Tuesday’s, and so it rolls on until Saturday when I don’t have to prepare a blog for Sunday. And today’s doing what I want, I hope, will include finishing off the first draft of a book and painting a plastic horror model kit, as you do. The book, a pen name one, is 90k words and I’ve ‘done’ the first three drafts and some editing. Now, I have a long list of things to check and alter, and that means search and find, find and replace and read again. I want to send that off to the printer next week. The printer, btw, being Peter who gives me an A4 printout of each MS so I can read it (again) on paper and mark up the MS for final edits before sending the digital file to the proofreader, and so that process goes around like the writing of this blog only longer.

From the taxi on Saturdayl

From the taxi on Saturdayl

The model kit was a birthday present from Neil. I used to make the glow-in-the-dark versions of these when they were available in the 70s. They are classic characters from Universal horror films, and at one point I had them all, and most of the Aurora prehistoric animals collection too, which didn’t glow in the dark. I have Dracula waiting to be made (it’s a remake from the original mould/design but not a glower), but I also have four or five others in my cabinet unmade. Two of them are the original deal and still in their boxes, so they will never be made, the others are remakes so not as valuable but still collectable. I was waiting for the paints to arrive from Germany, which they now have, as there’s no local craft shop that I know of that sells them. I am sure it’s going to look terrible when I have finished and, having just remembered that I don’t have any thinners and it’s a Sunday, I may not be able to start until Monday anyway.

Aurora-Monster-Kits

Good to go

Good to go

Meanwhile… Back on Symi. Saturday, I had an appointment in Yialos for some paperwork which gave me a rare opportunity to be down there as the sun was going down and see the hillside and houses changing colour to that golden yellow as the fading sun hits them. While I was there, a Blue Star ferry came in, and I immediately thought it was Friday, which confused me for a while. Then, a few hours later on Sunday morning, another one arrived. I’ve not looked at that timetable for a while, but clearly, we have more Blue Star ferries than we know what to do with – not knocking it, it’s a great service and the more boats, the better. I also watched the Sebeco heading off to Rhodes, another handy service, delivered by ANES this time. Anyway, that was a brief explanation of my Sunday and today’s photos. Now, I am going to do my editing and then paint Dracula’s face (which isn’t a euphemism), as long as I can clean my brushes with washing up liquid, or find some old turps under the laundry sink. I know I had some somewhere once upon a time.

Before sunset

Before sunset

Half an hour later

Half an hour later