An Island of Cats
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
8h ago
February is slipping past and spring is overtaking a winter that didn’t really happen this year. Oh, we have had rain and wind and ferry cancellations and flight disruptions but by and large we have had a very mild winter. Temperatures have seldom dipped below 12 degrees centigrade on Symi and on sunny days it can be as warm as 26 degrees centigrade. There are concerns in Crete and on the mainland as the mountain areas have not had enough snow to feed the streams and rivers, a problem that is affecting many European countries as snowfall diminishes and glaciers recede in the Alpine regions. Sy ..read more
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Wandering in the Wet
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
1M ago
The Epiphany on 6 January is a big celebration in Greece. Booths like this, decorated with cypress and palm fronds and crosses of threaded oranges are placed by the water in many places. After a morning church service the priest and congregation gather at the booth. The priest throws a Cross in the water, symbolising the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. The local young men then leap into the water to retrieve the Cross. Whoever finds it will be blessed for the year ahead.  Symi is very quiet. The Twelve Days of Christmas are over and the children are back at school. Their older siblings ..read more
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Happy New Year!
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
1M ago
Katsaras KittensNew Hotel in PediTimelessSpot the TabbyRed CaiqueBlue DolphinWhat are you looking at?SuperstitionA Robin in a YukkaSteaming SeaRising DampGuarding the Shop ..read more
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Autumn Rains on Symi
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
1y ago
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After the First Rains
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
1y ago
Last weekend, on Saturday 15 October, Symi had the first rains that triggered the start of the island’s ‘second spring’. Heavy rain was forecast but fortunately missed us. Symi received about 15 mm over a 24 hour period, not a lot but enough to get things growing. Parts of Crete, on the other hand, received heavy down pours that triggered flash flooding with cars washed into the sea, significant damage to property and tragically the loss of two lives. Early germination in the Pedi Valley. The combination of rain and sunshine has brought up the first flush of green. Seeds are germinating. The l ..read more
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Autumn Postcards from Symi
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
2y ago
Some photos taken around Symi in October and at Panormitis ..read more
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Suddenly It’s Christmas!
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
2y ago
Well no, not really, but we were astonished when we were in Rhodes last week to see the Christmas decorations going up in My Way, a department store on the road to Faliraki that sells everything from power tools and solar water heaters to baby’s nappies and bread bins. Not even a token Halloween cobweb for old time’s sake. Lidl, the German discount supermarket which has two branches on Rhodes is already selling chocolate Santas and frozen festive geese. What makes all this unusual and worthy of note is that it is most unGreek to be packing out the Christmas tat before the last summer charter f ..read more
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Smokey Skies over Symi
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
2y ago
There can be few readers unaware of the catastrophic fires in Greece and Turkey this summer. In the space of a week thousands of acres of woodland, farms, homes and countryside have been destroyed by wild fires in Southern Turkey, Rhodes and parts of mainland Greece. The fires in Turkey claimed at least 10 human lives but the animal and bird fatalities and injuries are much higher throughout the region. Vets and volunteers in both countries are gathering in the disaster zones to render first aid to traumatised and injured pets, farm animals and wild animals. The ostrich farm and petting zoo on ..read more
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News from Pedi
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
2y ago
The ‘new marina’ in Pedi is slowly taking shape after over a decade in limbo. New lights and utility points have been installed along the quay and a crane is at work today, placing the concrete mooring blocks which have been cast on the shore over the past few weeks. The office and ablution block has been painted and a small posi-hut has been added. Pedi has also had a power upgrade in recent weeks. Rather them than me – upgrading the power that leads over to the marina side of the bay.Installing a new transformer in the grounds of the Pedi Beach Hotel just before they opened. That is the dome ..read more
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July Postcards from Symi
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
2y ago
Symi at 40 degrees ..read more
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