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

Weekend catch up

Weekend catch up
The cold north wind has calmed down and, looking at the days ahead, it looks like the wind direction is changing. That’s going to help warm things up a bit. It was still a bit chilly when we went down to Yialos on Friday to collect any post that might have arrived. A new kitchen light in a large box was waiting at the post office. It wasn’t heavy. It’s still in the box as we need to get an electrician to come and fit it for us. I’m okay with basic things, like changing a plug or a light bulb, but when it involves making a hole in a ceiling and cutting wires, then I’d rather leave it to the experts. Hopefully, that job will get done during the week.

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Two tables outside Rainbow, a sign that summer is on its way

There’s a lot more work going on down in Yialos now as businesses prepare for the summer. Up in the village, such preparation is harder to spot, if it’s happening at all. There are some changes afoot but, so far, only rumours about what’s happening to some of the businesses in the village. For example, I’ve heard that Mandeio’s might be taken over by another entrepreneur, the same goes for the Windmill, and the souvlaki shop once again has ‘for rent’ signs outside. The new bakery shop, next to Sotiris supermarket, seems to be doing well and will be well worth a visit when you come to Symi. Preparation work has started at The Olive Tree. Yiannis is back at the Rainbow Bar more often these days; he sometimes doesn’t open during winter mornings, but he’s there now getting things ready, and it’s a place to stop off at for coffee in the mornings. The Herb and Spice shop has been open in the evenings all winter, and the other village shops have been open as usual. Georgio’s has been open all winter too, and we’ve been a few times. The other tavernas will no doubt soon start to prepare, though Easter is still a few weeks away. That’s the time of year that most people aim for when it comes to getting ready for the summer visitors. So, it’s slowly starting to be ‘all go’, even up here.

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Wood for the baker’s overn

Also during this week, we have a few days in Rhodes planned, health checks, meetings and some shopping, plus a few meals out and about, no doubt. It’s our annual ‘health holiday’, and the appointments are now all booked. Just need to call the hotel, book the boat tickets and prepare for getting up very early for the boat. We have cover in place to make sure the cat is fed, and everything else is up to date, so a couple of days in the big city (or equivalent) lie ahead and this means there probably won’t be a blog for a couple of days later in the week; I’ll let you know nearer the time.

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Getting ready at Vapori Bar

In other, more local news, there’s a sign up outside the optician’s in Yialos announcing that the optician will be here for eye tests on 26th March, the day after Greek Independence Day. If you want to make an appointment, just call in and book a time. I used them a couple of years ago for my reading glasses and found a very cheerful and reasonably priced service. The optician’s, should you wish to know, is in the square where you also find the post office, next to Mina’s clothes shop and the cake shop, Fotini’s wine shop and just behind The International restaurant.

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The chairs are outside becasue there is work going on inside, summer is coming

So, it’s early Sunday morning as I write, I have a couple of things I want to do, like a new blog post on my writer’s blog ‘Writing Thoughts’ and some chasing up on the new book cover. Did I tell you? (Can’t remember.) I’ve asked the designer of ‘The Saddling’ to produce a new book cover for ‘The Judas Inheritance’ and, after that’s done and I’ve saved up, I’ll get new covers for the other books bit by bit. On ‘the Saddling’ front, my editor has not been well, but we should still be on track for April/May for publication. And so, on and into Sunday, once I wake up, and it looks like it’s going to be a clear, calm day ahead.