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

Village walk

Village walk

We’ve gone from being six degrees to 16 in a matter of a couple of days, which means we’ve been able to open our shutters again and enjoy the views, and it means we’ve been able to go out for a walk without having to wrap up in five layers. I went to Yialos yesterday to check for post and didn’t need a jacket. The walk back up the steps was slow and steady, being the first time for a long time, but I managed it without stopping. (Didn’t need to wear the thermals either, so it was a bit of sauna treatment too.) The wander we had around the village the other day came with some extra added delights. Sheep leading the way to the Castro at one point, a friendly neighbour attending to his tree gave us a lemon each, and we were able to sit outside the café afterwards with a reward. All in a day’s wandering.

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Machine in charge

Machine in charge

Having one of those ‘phone’ days. Today, it’s suddenly not being recognised by my laptop, which means I can’t easily download the photos I took yesterday, make them smaller for the web and then upload them to here. I’m currently looking into why my phone or laptop has decided to do this and will try and get some down from cloud storage, so you’ve got something to look at, then I’ll probably waste my morning trying to fix this problem, while also popping down to the post office while Neil has his Greek lesson. If there are photos below this, you’ll know I’ve managed to get some off the phone, which is still unrecognised by the machine that recognised it yesterday… Don’t you just love technology?

[Ps. I managed to download from up there to down here and will now figure out why my phone, apparently, does not exist…]

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The first thing I do each morning when I sit down to work is go through my Mailwasher email filter thing and delete spam before I download the one or two genuine emails to my computer. The other 50 or so go in the bin, but I do check the titles out of morbid interest, and to make sure real messages haven’t been spammed out. So, in today’s collection, we have all manner of alarming and interesting things to consider.

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I am congratulated on making a payment of $678.00 to a company I’ve never heard of, I can buy front row tickets for ‘Pretty Women’, a stage show I assume and if so one I don’t want to see (what happened to originality in musical theatre?), Valentines gifts for her! With an exclamation mark as if that meant anything – still wondering who ‘her’ is. I can save on car insurance for a car I don’t have, and buy a coronavirus mask while stocks last, or consider an advert for ‘Potent VegMelted Diabetic Fat,’ which I think I might decline. Then, I can order a romantic teddy bear made of roses (and pay €15.00 import duty at the post office if it’s from outside of the EU, no thanks), and there’s a note from the Shark Tank Investors who apparently love miracle weight loss, as would we all. Oh, I’ve made another payment in Indianapolis of $164.00; news to me. I can check my blood pressure anywhere (I know, I do, thank you), and do you know ‘She dropped 25lbs without a thyroid?’ No, I’d never heard of it either, but if you show me the music, I’ll vamp it for you. And as for ManPlus ‘special’ tablets, well… I’d find that a bit hard to swallow.

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And thus, my inbox despammed before I download the two genuine emails, I shall continue with the rest of my day.

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