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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

Mixed news and veg

Mixed news and veg
Here is the final cover design for ‘The Saddling’. You may not be able to read the text on the back very clearly as I’ve made the file small so I can post it here, but you should get a good idea of how it is to look. All we need to do now is get it typeset and published. Hopefully, the wait won’t be too long.

The Saddling, full cover design

The Saddling, full cover design

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General Symi views today

You will be delighted to hear that I can’t bleat on about the weather today as I’ve not seen much of it. I’m in my office with the cat roasting in front of the heater and the shutters closed against the cold. It’s not windy, though, just very chilly – and sunny (I just poked my head outside and had a squint).

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In church for a name day

I have some sad news for those who have not heard it: Gabriel from the Diagoras boat has died. I know that many readers knew him and were fond of him as he was of them, and I know many readers also don’t use social media where the news has been shared. For anyone who also knew Robin, who used to live on Symi with his wife Gill, you will be saddened to hear of his passing too. He was a worthy cribbage opponent and great fun.

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Keeping watch

It’s always difficult to come back to the next paragraph after imparting news like that, but it must be done. Not that there is anything else much to tell you. Our busy week continues with early starts to get work done before social activity in the afternoon and evening. We went shopping yesterday, to the greengrocers in Horio, and I was a bit bowled over by the prices. We stocked up on a week’s worth of vegetables, all fresh, for less than €20.00 and I am sure we have enough to make every day a vegetarian day, with the addition of some rice perhaps. We didn’t though, as the butcher is almost opposite and he has the most amazing chops; Dino-burgers, I call them. So we feasted on a couple of those yesterday and didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day. Didn’t need to, but did, as the salad veg was so fresh. Still, at least it was only a small salad for tea and not another half a brontosaurus. If you are interested: two double chicken fillets weighing half a tonne each and two pork chops that were fresh (and so not from the Late Jurassic epoch after all) came in at €15.00. That will do for at least four meals between the two of us if not five, so, add the veg, and the basics have cost us €35.00 for the week. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad by your local standards, but I am not complaining.

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Some of Symi’s windmills