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Living on a Greek island

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Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Quirky Symi

Quirky Symi

Here are a few quirky Symi photos and an update from the weekend just gone. I guess I was in a silly mood, but the only way to carry your free-range eggs, straight from the farm to the shop to home is, of course, in a recycled container in a pink bucket. No home should be without one. I was also interested to see γαρύφαλλο (garifallo) on sale as both Clove, which is it, and Glove, a name which somehow doesn’t seem to fit.

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That was Saturday’s shopping trip, down to Sotiris for the usual comedy and mayhem and the running gags. ‘Where’s Neil?’ is a common question asked when he’s standing right beside me, and ‘For the cat?’ is another one when buying wine – even though we haven’t had a cat for a long time now, and the person asking the question was the one who kindly put the cat to sleep for us when he was unsavable. There are other on-going jokes to be had at our nearest store, the caged birds above the deli counter are named after a couple of ladies who own a nearby café and chat a lot, and as for the others… Well, they’re often too dirty to repeat here and don’t get me started on what happens when you buy a cucumber.

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What makes a shopping trip even more of an event around here is having the wife of the shop owner slip a bottle of wine into your bag as a present from the family. It goes very nicely with the bag of biscuits left anonymously on the gate the other day and the general bonhomie which I’ve never found in any other local supermarket no matter where I’ve lived.

On Sunday, the 15/16-year-old year from the high school held a fund-raiser for their annual trip. Similar to the one we attended at Georgios recently, this was a live band and a drink for a €10.00 donation, and then you ordered your dinner. We had a dinner at home already booked in so couldn’t go but saw godson #2 who is in that year, heading in to play his part (and a great time he and his mates were having when Neil passed by later). We made our donation through him, so I assume it got to the right collection bucket, pink or otherwise. Meanwhile, carnival was being held at the sports hall, there was a parade and loads of costumes. Neil played his part with his semi-steampunk outfit. I say ‘semi’ because he’s still waiting for the top hat, and he’s working on appropriate trousers and shoes. A nice tailcoat will, maybe, one day replace my old flying jacket.

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Oh, and finally, the road is now fully open and passable. It’s odd isn’t it, how when you take something apart and put it back together you always seem to have pieces left over…

March 10th_4It’s all gone now and the path is finished.

Cheesy Sunday, Clean Monday

Cheesy Sunday, Clean Monday

It’s Clean Monday today here in Greece, the start of Lent.

“Today marks the end of “Tyrini” the week where Greeks worldwide enjoyed loads of cheese and cheese based dishes. This is the last day of Carnivale, just before Greek Orthodox fasting period for Easter Lent begins. It’s also known as “Kyriaki tis Tyrinis” which is marked by delicious, but meatless, dishes that end with a big family meal on Sunday night.” Greek City Times.

Symi-style delivery

Symi-style delivery

We had one of those ‘only in Greece’ moments on Saturday. The men were finishing off the path outside our gate (it should be fine to use now), so when Neil came home and saw a bag hanging on our gate, he assumed it belonged to one of the guys doing the road. Later, when they’d gone, and we were heading out, it was still there. Looking inside, I found some ‘church treats’, left for us by… Well, there’s the thing. It could have been anyone but was most likely our landlord opposite or Yiannis Rainbow or his wife. Whoever, thank you, a lovely surprise.

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My week ahead looks the same as any other during the winter, but now the weather is (temporarily) spring-like, I feel more inclined to get back to my daily walks. One of those regular, long-term stayers has already returned which, to us, makes things feel like summer, and more day-trippers and visitors have been seen in the harbour. In the harbour cafés and walking about, I should say, not actually in the harbour.

Anyway, I’m off to get on, as it were. Happy Clean Monday!

Symi Photos

Symi Photos

Happy Saturday, or whatever day you are viewing this on. Here is a collection of photos from the files, just to keep you connected to Symi and Greece over the weekend. As you can see, the new path is coming along nicely, and the photo of the work was taken on Thursday, only a couple of days after work started. I reckon it will be done by Sunday and the concrete set in time for the road to open on Monday – but that’s my guesswork and not official. Cars and bikes are being parked in the square for the time being. Have a good weekend.

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Photo by Neil

Photo by Neil

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There's a coal tit in this tree somewhere

There’s a coal tit in this tree somewhere

Both are lemons from the same tree

Both are lemons from the same tree

Photo by Neil

Photo by Neil

Photo by Neil

Photo by Neil

Photo by Neil

Photo by Neil