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

Highs and Horrors

Highs and Horrors

Yesterday was something of a mixed day with highs and horrors. A couple of weeks ago I found a good offer for a new smart TV, online at Kotsovolos. It’s a 39-inch screen one and was down in price to under €200.00, with free delivery, so I thought, I’ll have that. And now we have it. Exactly two weeks later, I had a phone call from ‘Michaelis delivery’ as he is known in my phone, saying that he was at Taverna Zoi, so I nipped down there, picked it up, carried it home (not heavy), and there we go. A new, big, TV that seems to be working fine – except I haven’t got the hang of the remote control yet, it switches to command the Roku we have plugged in, and then I can’t get it back to control the TV so I’ll be going back to the instruction book later to figure that out. That was one of the high points, as was dinner in the taverna in the evening.

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The horror is coming up, and if you’re not a spider-fan, you better look away. We were in the square having a pre-dinner drink when some little chap came wandering past just behind us on the steps. I usually only see these things in May and October (at least, that’s what I tell myself every other month of the year) but it’s been so warm, I guess they are still out and about, working on building sites and doing whatever it is they do. After the shock of finding one in the bedroom the other morning, we had a visit from another last night. Neil posed with him to give you a rough idea of scale, and I think it’s safe to say, this is not the biggest one we’ve ever seen. It wandered off again later, and no harm came to it. I’ll just leave the image with you as I get on with my day.

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