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

Symi Christmas

Symi Christmas
Christmas fun was had by all, there were parties, feasting, walking, laughing and family get-togethers. The High School held a fund-raiser at the Opera House which went on late into the night and on what we call Boxing Day (26th December) there were more parties and dancing in kafeneion and a children’s party in Yialos.

Images from Symi Greece by Neil Gosling and James Collins

On Christmas Day

We had a good time and I hope you all did too. There are a few photos to share, nothing too personal and we like to keep some things to ourselves, but what I can share I will over the next few days as I try and get back into writing mode during this in-between week. Always a bit of a strange one the week between Christmas and new Year, especially when the main Days are on Saturdays, it feels like a week where you shouldn’t be doing anything apart from reading your new books (thank you Sarah, and Neil and Jenine), or writing in your new notebooks – three for me, which means three new story ideas at least must be written in them.

Images from Symi Greece by Neil Gosling and James Collins

Calm seas, blue skies

The weather, as you will see from the photos, has been very kind; sunny, warm enough to be outside even after dark, as long as wrapped up, and calm, with hardly any wind. Checking things out online (when our currently very slow, intermittent and rather recalcitrant internet services works – the internet service on Symi needs a firm kick up its ASCI if you ask me) I see that we’re getting up to force 5 around 30th and over New Year. That should give me something to look at through my dazzling new binoculars.

Images from Symi Greece by Neil Gosling and James Collins

Morning’!

A couple of other things to tell you. If you don’t already know, the ‘American’ supermarket in Horio has trolleys now. I saw them for the first time on Christmas Eve, I don’t know how long they have been there. You can push them around as they are on wheels. You can load up with heavy stuff and it’s really easy. Until you come to go downstairs then you need to carry them.

Images from Symi Greece by Neil Gosling and James Collins

Santa’s agent on Symi

And for those who donate to Symi Animal Welfare, we have been feeding the cats at or designated station this season, we gave them their S.A.W. ‘rations’ on Christmas Day and then, after lunch, went for a short walk and gave them seconds as a treat. We have around 14 of them and, on Christmas Day, we also had a cockerel a chicken and a donkey (or is it a mule?) looking very interested at first and then rather disappointed when they saw it was Rokus tinned cat food.

Images from Symi Greece by Neil Gosling and James Collins

The bit cat crowd

Anyway, I am sure there is more to tell you but today is just a quick catch-up written yesterday, so that I can then get straight back into work on Monday morning, which is my best time to get words out of the head and onto paper.

Images from Symi Greece by Neil Gosling and James Collins

The cats had guests over for lunch