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

Monday chat

Monday chat

We’ve got a chilly but calm Monday to start the week, and not a lot planned for the rest of it. If you are on Symi this week, there will be live music at Eva’s Café in Yialos on Thursday evening when George, Clare and Terri will be playing and singing. There are posters around the village and harbour which state the time, but it’s definitely in the evening.

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I must have spooked myself with my talk the other day of boats and storms and delayed ferries. Were away or March, and I’ve decided we should plan to go a couple of days earlier than we originally intended. I’ve said before, but this is usually via Rhodes, and we go early to make sure we’re on the right island (i.e. the one with the airport) well in advance in case the weather changes, which it can do at that time of year without warning. This time, we’re going via Athens, and the plan was: Wednesday boat/Thursday PM flight, which is perfectly doable but leaves no room for error. So, now we’re going to go on the Monday boat and spend two nights in Athens before flying. I need a haircut anyway, and we found a great barbershop not far from Syntagma, so there’s my reason for extending the trip.

Mainly my view these days

Mainly my view these days

Anyway, moving along, I have some typing to do and a walk to take before I can get back to the fun side of life and work on a book, so I’m going to get on and do that. Have a good week.

But sometimes it's this

But sometimes it’s this

Symi Saturday Photos

Symi Saturday Photos

A varied lot this weekend as I was clearing out the ‘to be posted’ folder, so some from Christmas, and some from this week. Woke up to light rain early on Saturday morning, but warm-ish, and not so heavy that the porch is flooded. The plants are getting a decent watering, but I am glad I bought the washing inside.Christmas 2019 a_05

Invited aboard one of the patrol ships to meet the mascot

Invited aboard one of the patrol ships to meet the mascot

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Water channel improvements

Water channel improvements

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Thomas A Basket guarding my modeling supplies

Thomas A Basket guarding my modelling supplies

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Festive corner shop

Festive corner shop

 

Walking and wondering

Walking and wondering

Yesterday, we managed another morning walk in our attempt to get back into the routine while the weather is good. The day before, I’d gone up through the village, past the museum, out onto the top road and up, and yesterday, I headed off up the hill and out towards To Vrisi. I wasn’t listening to music this time, I was listening to the birds and the natural sounds of the hillside; goats scrambling about, that kind of thing. I was met on the path by Arabi the sheepdog (mainly a goat-dog) and his assistant, and later saw them on the way back. It’s a very sociable path.

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I decided to come back through the upper village, so walked up to Periotisa and then down, passing the mules who were already at work, and bumping into Yianni Rainbow who was setting off to visit his mother before his morning walk. We chatted about his neighbour’s new dehumidifier, and his own, and how valuable they are at this time of year due to damp and condensation inside the houses. Our dehumidifier is an open window, but I am reminded that I need to wipe down and bleach the bathroom ceiling again before it gets too bad.

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The weather has been good, but at the back of my mind is our trip to Athens in March. The plan is to get on the boat on the Wednesday of the week we go and be in Athens on the morning of our afternoon flight to London. Now, I am wondering if we should go on the Monday of that week and have an extra two days in Athens just in case… At least then we would have a fallback should there be any worries with the weather that week, leaving ourselves time for the Wednesday boat, or to somehow get to Rhodes and fly up if all else fails. Dithering, but might consider it seriously later. As long as we are at Heathrow by a certain time on a certain day to fly to Canada… It’s weeks away yet, so there’s plenty of time to alter the schedule of the European leg.

Not Arabi, but another friednly face on the route

Not Arabi, but another friednly face on the route

That’s my early morning thought-clearance process out of the way. Now I must get on with some work.