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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

Quiet Weekend

Quiet Weekend

Another quiet weekend has passed. The highlight was a walk down to Yialos in the spring sunshine. Renovation work continues on the corner house on the Kali Strata. Other building work is going on elsewhere, and those earth bags are still down across some steps, as I showed you last week. In Greece, some shops are officially allowed to reopen from Monday, but most non-essential shops in the harbour were closed, not that we needed them. People were about their business, though at this time of year, you’d usually see business owners preparing buildings and stores, cafes and tavernas ready for the season, and some would already be open. Not so this year, sadly. Not yet.


The Poseidon is back, and we waved to Yianni from a distance. The boat looks fine and renewed as it always does at this time of year. The sun was out, and no jackets were required. I even had to take off a layer as it was colder in our house than outside, where it reached 24 in the afternoon.


A bit of shopping from Sotiris on the way back up, and then home. Not the most riveting day out, but it made a change from typing 4,000 words a day. In the house, the flowers Neil bought me from V & M Flower shop on the Kali Strata are still going strong after a week and have now all opened. There are a few weak mosquitoes about, and I’m expecting the house spiders to reappear soon, as they tend to do for one or two days at this time of year (the big ones). I’ve still not got around to fixing that washing machine tap drip, but the drips are being collected in a bucket, so the water is not going to waste. Meanwhile, I’m back at my desk, ploughing through the last book in a series and overwriting like hell, so there will be lots of editing to do once I get to the end of what’s already a 120k word first draft. If I ever get to the end. On which note, back to 1890 I go…