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Yialos, Epiphany and things

Yialos, Epiphany and things

And off into another week we go. We were down in Yialos on Saturday afternoon, for lunch in Harani, so there are a few random photos from the day out. As you can see, not a cloud in the sky, and not too cold either. I took a coat with me but never had to wear it. Luckily there were taxis about when it came time to head home because the Blue Star was coming in – it doesn’t usually on a Saturday, but there had been some disruption to its timetable that worked in our favour.

Pink sea

Pink sea

We had intended to catch some of the Epiphany celebrations which usually start around 11.00 on the seafront in Yialos, by the clocktower and at Panormitis – and Pedi, I think. But when we got there, it was all over, having happened earlier for the first time I can remember. This was the celebration, the blessing of the sea when after the service, the priest throws a cross into the water and local men swim for it. It’s a great honour to be the one to retrieve the cross, but also an honour to take part.

Celebration flags on the patrol boat

Celebration flags on the patrol boat

Everyone is busy taking down Christmas decorations and putting homes back to their usual order after the festivities. We’ve done ours, though there will be strands of silver tinsel about the house for months to come I expect. The sitting room doesn’t look too bare, as we don’t put up many decorations, and, in a way, it’s good to get back to normal.

Georgina's delicatessen and wine shop

Georgina’s delicatessen and wine shop

Georgina's delicatessen and wine shop

Georgina’s delicatessen and wine shop

Two In The Bush: John Manuel

Two In The Bush: John Manuel

Here’s a new book you might be interested in. ‘Two In The Bush’ is a new novel from John Manuel. The book is set in Greece and concerns an Englishman who moves to find his paradise, but, “A ‘chance’ discovery of a woman’s body in a quiet location not far from his home starts a chain of events that just may turn his idyll into a nightmare.”

Two In The Bush

Two In The Bush

Two in the Bush

“With a plot that twists like series of old olive branches, “Two in the Bush” carries enough surprises to keep you wondering to the last page.”

Read the full details here.

John lives in Rhodes and has published several books, some are novels, and some are about his experiences of moving to live in Greece. You can find a list of all his books on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/johnmanuelbooks/

And his Amazon author page is here

And, just to keep your mind on Symi, here are a few random photos for the weekend.

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Winter in the square

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Winter in the courtyard (not my bike)

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The tower at Ag Athanasios has been restored

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After the November storm

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Taxiarchis appartments from a distance

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Standard Symi Winter Day

Standard Symi Winter Day

So, the second quick blog post of the day, ready for tomorrow so I don’t have to worry about being buffleheaded about it in the morning. (For an explanation of buffleheaded, please read ‘The Saddling.’) Gosh, it’s scary how I get a quick plug in the first paragraph.

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Having said we’d had only a little rain or something, yesterday morning was a damp one. Rain falling off and on, the gutters dripping, the sky grey and the air cold. It was a bit like August in England. Only joking. It was, though, a quiet and restful day after the last of the Christmas shenanigans – a games afternoon/evening up at Villa Jeanette with friends. Neil was awarded player of the match for his performance in ‘Just a Minute.’ We had the board game version and a timer, our wits, or some of them, and after some quizzing decided to give this game a go. Neil knew it was coming and was worried about it, as he’d never heard of it let alone listened to it on the radio. Turns out, he won.

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After the November storm – on January 1st

It was a great night and a not too cold walk home afterwards. I’d not over indulged because I remembered that my door key should be waiting for me in a secret hiding place near the house. Sure enough, it was there. Harry had come earlier to collect his bike, kept with us for now as it’s close to the square where he rides it. We’d had a workshop on how to use the gate (the lock is the wrong way around) and where to store the bike, where to hide the key etc., and he’d obviously listened. Everything was in place, and he’d clearly had no trouble returning it when we were out. That’s what being a boy scout does for a chap.

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And so, it’s Thursday lunchtime now, and Neil is rummaging around in the fridge to see what we have to eat. Neither of us wants to leave the house today, but there is the rubbish to take up and maybe shopping to do. It’s a standard winter day here on Symi, and that means writing, and later, films on television under blankets with the heater on. The photos today are rural ones taken recently.

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