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

Home News from Symi

Home News from Symi

With a north wind blowing about the house, it has become colder again. A far cry from the 40 degrees heat of summer, but I am not complaining. What I am doing is taking some spare time to catch up on a few jobs, one of which is a new cover for ‘The Judas Inheritance.‘ This time I am using the same cover designer who worked on ‘The Saddling’ for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with. This means that there will be a new edition coming out soon; same interior, but different cover. My intention is to work through all the books over time and have this company design the horror/thriller novels, and maybe the comedies – but I might find another designer for the Symi related books. Time will tell.

Signs of Spring on Symi

Signs of Spring on Symi

Meanwhile, here on Symi… We were down in Yialos the other day, and I noticed many businesses are now preparing for the summer. There is a lot of work going on. The Herb and Spice Corner shop is having a revamp, the front of the Olivar’s building in Trawler Square is being renovated, Vapori Bar has started on its tables and chairs, and several other cafes and tavernas have work going on inside to prepare the furniture and floors. It won’t be long now…

Signs of Spring on Symi

Signs of Spring on Symi – the chilli plant waking up

I have been setting up our annual health MOT through our insurance company, AXA. This will mean a trip to Rhodes, something we do every year now, and a few days over there to see the specialists, get the results and do some other business, like seeing our solicitor for various things to do with civil partnership and wills. We’ll also have time for sightseeing, or seeing the same sights as we tend not to wander very far from Rhodes New Town, not having a car. Also, our appointments are in the mornings and, by the time they are done with, we don’t feel like going too far from the hotel and places we like to see. Slow, lazy shopping is the name of the game. That’s next week and, before then, there are boat tickets to organise (5.00 in the morning Blue Star, yum) and a few other homely things to get started on.

Signs of Spring on Symi

Signs of Spring on Symi – terracing

Our recent good news is that Neil’s Irish passport arrived safely. We were advised by the Irish Embassy in Athens, and the lady there was more than helpful. All documents, once we had them, were sent with the form to Athens, she checked them before sending it all off to Dublin, and it was back within a couple of weeks. I think being in a diplomatic bag might have helped to speed the process along. What it means, of course is that Neil is now safe from the jaws of ‘Brexit’ (as long as Ireland stay in the EU and arrangements remain as they are, but we all know things can change). And, once the civil partnership is finalised, I should be fine too, though I won’t be an Irish citizen, sadly. Not unless we live there for three years out of five or something. So, you should have your Symi Dream blog running for a few more years yet, no matter what. I hope. That’s if I can keep coming up with bits and piece to put on these pages; sometimes that’s a hard task – like today, as you might be able to tell.

Signs of Spring on Symi

Symi Castro from the hills

But what I did find today, which might be of interest, is s short article from a website called Planetbell.me, a travel and photo blog from a chap called Jeff Bell. It sounds like he was on Symi just out of season (back in 2013) but what he wrote then is still pertinent today. Have a look at the blog post here: Is Symi the most beautiful small town in the world? (No need to answer that. If you have been here you will already know the answer.)