Autumn Rains on Symi
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
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2M ago
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After the First Rains
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
3M 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
1y 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
1y 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
1y 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
1y 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
1y ago
Symi at 40 degrees ..read more
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Symi Unmasked!
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
1y ago
At last we can take our masks off! Well, when we are out of doors and in uncrowded places at any rate. This comes as a huge relief as Greece bakes under a long heatwave with daytime temperatures sizzling over 40 degrees centigrade. Masks are still to be worn in shops and other enclosed spaces as well as on public transport. The curfew has also been lifted and permitted numbers for restaurant tables have been raised from 6 to 10. If you click on the link above you will find all the latest concessions as well as here. Symi is still very quiet. June without British tourists makes for an empty isl ..read more
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Breaking News – PCR tests on Symi
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
1y ago
If you follow the various Symi forums on Facebook and other social media you may have already seen this announcement that came through yesterday, 6 June 2021. It is now possible to book an appointment for someone to come to you at your accommodation on Symi to administer a test. The sample is then sent by ferry to Rhodes and you receive the results by email. They can do PCR, rapid test or self test, depending on what you require. The platform to book this opens today and the website is www.kavada.gr. The local contact is through Eleousa Lambrou and her mobile phone number is +30 6945 79003 ..read more
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Symi Summer Update
Adriana Shum | Living and writing on a remote Greek island.
by adrianashum1960
1y ago
This post is more local news than photos. Once again I have dithered over writing because the situation keeps changing and it is difficult to stay up to date. This blog post is not definitive. By the time you read it things may have changed again. First of all, PCR tests. I keep being asked about these. At the moment it is not possible to have them done on Symi. This is not because the authorities do not realise the need for this service, as some may think. The authorities on all the small islands are struggling with the same issue. The minimalist nature of medical services in the islands and ..read more
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