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

Latest Chicken News

Latest Chicken News

Sunday morning, Neil’s off for a swim, the bells are ringing (not because he’s off for a swim, but for the Sunday services), the sea is calm, and I am on chapter 20. A typical Sunday morning at our house. It’s not so typical in front of it where a chicken has taken up residence. I think she came wandering down to check out the ’hood, and her two chicks came with her, but then realised they can’t get back up the steps. They’ve now moved into the old garden next door, which is overgrown and difficult to access. I was going to take the chicks up to the road, where they usually hang out, but now I can’t get to them. There was something of an owl disturbance right outside the house the other morning, so there may not even be any chicks left to move. Either way, mother hen will simply have to hang out in the wasteland until the young’uns are large enough to get up the steps as we can’t now reach them.

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In other news… We spent a little time counting 10 cents pieces the other afternoon. I say ‘we’, it was actually Jenine, Neil, Collette and Yiannis. I wrote down the tally, which was €80 in the end, all donated to the SNiP organisation by Peter who’d given his change jar. Rather than haul a hundredweight of coins to the bank, the change was exchanged for notes at the supermarket. It reminded me we have an overflowing bucket of tens and 20s to deal with, so when Sotiris has recovered from his run of 10 cents, we’ll negotiate another exchange.

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And apart from that… We’ve got yet another Blue Star boat calling into Symi, making it five times per week now. Plus, we still have the daily Sebeco, the Spanos and Stavros, and the day boats which, last week, were fuller than we’ve seen in a long time. Some visitors from the UK are still suffering the frustration of cancelled flights and the quarantine on the way back issue, while we’re basking in temperatures over 30 degrees, cooled in the evenings by some strong winds. That’s about it for today. Now back to chapter 20.

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