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



Saturday is usually the day I post several photos, but today I’ve only got one – the view from the balcony first thing this morning. As you can see, it was a grey and cloudy start, though is meant to be clearing later. The temperature is lower than of late, it’s down at 12 this morning (in our courtyard). This week, it has climbed as high as 20, and we’ve done some standing in the sun to catch the rays and the vitamins. On that subject, we’ve also been having our customary half a lemon in hot water first thing, and some extra vitamin C tablets to keep the immune system boosted.

Yesterday at home was a productive day. Neil has spent two days sorting out our DVD collection. We sent it to the mousandra when it became part-obsolete, what with Netflix and other streaming services, but there are some rare gems up there we wanted to bring down. There was also the thought that if the internet becomes difficult to use we could watch DVDs, so we have now sorted them into various piles and stored some in the sitting room and the others in the spare bathroom. That job done, we sat down to watch something we hadn’t seen for a long time only to find the DVD machine is playing up. Doh!

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While he was doing that, I prepared a shopping list for our friendly neighbourhood supermarket, writing it out in Greek (and checking it with an online translator), and then sent it off via Messenger. An ‘Ok’ came back immediately, and later in the morning, the shopping wad dropped off on our doorstep. We have a doorbell, so Xan was able to leave the bags, ring the bell and was gone by the time we opened the door and dragged the bags inside. The rest of the day was spent working on a story, watching television and pottering around the house. As for today, well, more of the same with, perhaps, the option to try and fix the DVD machine.