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

The sequel

The sequel

Just to finish off the spider story… The creepy visitor had been carefully removed from the sitting room and rehomed outside, and still wary, I settled back in to watch whatever film we had on. About twenty minutes later, during a pause in the action and a sudden, quiet passage, I heard what I thought was the cat trotting up the corridor. The sound of claws in need of clipping, I thought and then remembered we don’t have a cat. Maybe a moth caught in the paper lampshade…? But the light was off. Obviously, the film went on pause as I was convinced we were again being invaded. Neil was up, searching the passage and the kitchen at the other end, and I gingerly poked about the stack of DVDs we’d brought down to watch and never did, convinced I’d heard something nearby. I had. There was a second beast a foot away from where I had been sitting, hiding behind the heater that was waiting to go into storage. Luckily, the man of the house was able to pick it up (the beast, not the heater) and hand it back to its accomplice outside, but I’ve not been able to relax in the evenings since. I’m constantly on the lookout for something dark and fast heading towards my bare feet. So far, however, so good.

May 13th_01

Perhaps that’s the invasion over for a year as we’ve only had these great big spiders in the house in April or May, and then, only for one visit. They are out there though, and growing bigger, and I have to say, I am getting better with them, I no longer throw up at the thought of finding one. Perhaps I expect to see them at this time of year and when I do, it’s less of a surprise. Anyway… No photo as that was the last thing on my mind, but that’s the story. On Sunday night, we did have another fast and shady visitor through the open window; a little lizard came in to have a nose around. We have one or two of the transparent-style ones living in the hallway, but I don’t mind them at all, and I can even cope with the snake who pops into the courtyard from time to time. If only they would learn to eat the tarantulas. Ah well.

May 13th_11

All peaceful and quiet on Symi yesterday morning. Calm, clear and 28 degrees by six in the morning. It’s like July and August but without the breeze, and going from a pleasant 26 to a stuffy 38 in the space of a few days was a shock to the system, but we’re adjusting.

May 13th_06