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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Kotsovolos GR

Kotsovolos GR

Chilly mornings, clear skies, calm seas but grey, we’re definitely falling into winter over here on Symi. As you know, for me, that means a lot of time at the computer typing away, the occasional foray to the supermarket, far too much television and sofa-surfing and not enough walking, but hey, that’s how it goes. I was growing increasingly concerned about my computer. It’s five years old and does really well, but of late, it’s started switching on its fan every few minutes, and I worry that perhaps that’s about to ‘go.’ I did some research over the weekend to try and find out why it’s doing this and found all kinds of alarming possibilities. Checking into things further, I discovered that the fan comes on when the CPU usage goes up past 60% or thereabouts and set about discovering what is causing this.

Photos from earlier this year or late last year

Photos from earlier this year or late last year

After investigation, I deleted several small programmes that were not needed, things left over from software I no longer use or even have installed. For example, I changed my make of keyboard from Logitech to Microsoft, but there are still its and pieces of Logitech running in the background for no reason. I also found out my anti-virus, Microsoft and other things were running continuous checks and updates, and so on, so I took back control of them. Anyway, the fan still runs off and on all the time, and once I’m tuned into that sound, I worry each time it happens and can’t stop hearing it. And the machine is getting on a bit now, so I finally decided it was time to buy a new one.

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I use a company called Kotsovolos, which, I guess, is a bit like Dixons and other electrical stores. I’ve bought washing machines and televisions from them over the years, the prices are good, the goods last, and delivery is free. I ordered a new laptop on Sunday morning and on Monday received a text telling me the order had been received. Later in the day, I had another one telling me it would be ready for dispatch on 5th and would be on its way then. That’s one of the good things about the company, they keep you informed. I hope the laptop I am using now lasts until the new one arrives, which I expect to happen within the next two weeks. The TV we bought recently only took two weeks to arrive, as did the cooker a couple of years ago, so fingers crossed, everything will stay working until the new one is here and set up. Now, that’s something which will take a day out of my schedule as I have programmes to find, sites and services to reconnect to, email clients to set up and so on, but it will be worth it.

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As you can see from this no-news post, there’s not a lot else to talk about, and the images I’ve posted up have nothing to do with the subject of this post and are there to break up the text. I suppose what I set out to say was, if you’re in Greece and need new electrical goods and your local sores are limited (though they will always order things in for you), then Kotsovolos is a safe bet, and their prices are good, there are sales for this and that most of the time and not just on certain days of the year. Of course, the proof of the pudding (read laptop) will be in the eating, and hopefully in the meantime, this current loyal machine will not be overheating. If it does and the thing goes down, you’ll know because I will suddenly go offline and there will be no…

Winter mode

Winter mode

From here on into the winter, you may have to excuse a lack of interesting photos, and I might have to rely on older ones rather than post up-to-date shots. That’s mainly because I don’t get out and about as much in the winter, and when I do, it’s usually only the supermarket, friends’ houses and now and then the bar. On Sunday, for example, not only were we at home all day but the shutters were closed against the rising north wind, and the main task of the day was staying warm. I could take shots of the TV or the PC screen, as those are the views that dominate my winter days, but that would become tedious. So, excuses over, I’ll post a couple more shots from the event on Saturday – when it was calm and warmer than it has been these last couple of days – and move on.

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Symi International

Symi International

Saturday saw Symi’s second international street party up in the village square. There were stalls from local residents from Greece, Croatia, Italy, UK and others selling homemade crafts, hot food, sweets biscuits and more with money raised going to various local groups. There was also music from the countries represented and a special treat later in the day when a scout troop from Rhodes joined in with dancing. We had a chat with the organisers afterwards (well done to you btw), and some rough figures showed what had been raised:

Symi Music School €256.00 (plus some which had not, by then, been counted)

AO Symi Football €467.00

The High School €150.00

Symi Animal Welfare €200.00

That’s over €1,000 made in one afternoon. I came away with a new AO Symi hoodie and a bit of a sugar rush after various sweets, and full up from chilli and souvlakies. A great morning/afternoon. Well done and thank you to everyone who joined in including the bars and taverna who lent tables, those who organised the music, helped set up and clear up and the rest.

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