Symi Dream Calendar 2022
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Next year’s Symi calendar is now on sale. It can only be bought online from Lulu.com Click here to order. Here’s a preview:   The post Symi Dream Calendar 2022 appeared first on Symi Dream ..read more
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Wittering off
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Wittering off Yesterday’s short blog post was titled ‘wittering on’, and today’s, appropriately enough is ‘wittering off.’ That’s because I’ve decided not to keep this blog up to date so much from now on if I update it at all. There are several reasons for this, and the list is below. Mainly, I’ve been doing this since more or less every day 2005 in one form or another, and it was set up originally to promote the Symi Dream business. We’ve not had that since 2015 (or was it 16?) and since then, all I’ve been doing is wittering on and off about all manner of nonsense just for the sake of keepin ..read more
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Wittering on
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Wittering on Happy first of the month to you. Had rather a successful day in Yialos on Tuesday, collecting post and pottering about, having lunch at Meraklis, and later catching a cab back to the village in time for Neil to start work. I’m not saying it was hot, but… It was pretty warm. It was also pretty quiet to start with but later, after the day boats arrived, things became busier, so hopefully, some shops did some business. And talking of business, I have to go and do some in Rhodes on Friday. Luckily we have plenty of boats and crossings to choose from, and there’s one back in the after ..read more
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Early Morning Dreaminess
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Early Morning Dreaminess We have a guest arriving today, so it’s another early start. I had a very early start yesterday too. Heat, mosquito, strange dream, waking to look at the time hoping it said it was five, and I’d had eight hours sleep; it read 2.45, and I’d had nearly six, so that would have to do. It was already 28 degrees in the courtyard where someone’s cat was playing with the leaves that had blown from the vine, though there was no breath of wind. There was some roach activity, but I chased it around with a can of spray while trying not to wake the husband, and lost it under the so ..read more
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Monday
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Monday After what seems like an age of nothing much happening, things are starting to pick up. When I say not much happening, I mean for me; writing, the occasional walk, piano lessons, staying home a lot. Now, though, with more visitors, things are becoming more social. Not so much this week, but next when in the diary we have a breakfast, a BBQ and a dinner, and that’s on top of the daily routine. I’m still waiting to hear when my annual health-check MOT might be, and I need to collect my biometric card from Rhodes at some point. Before then, we need to make sure the card is there, and that ..read more
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Latest Chicken News
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Latest Chicken News Sunday morning, Neil’s off for a swim, the bells are ringing (not because he’s off for a swim, but for the Sunday services), the sea is calm, and I am on chapter 20. A typical Sunday morning at our house. It’s not so typical in front of it where a chicken has taken up residence. I think she came wandering down to check out the ’hood, and her two chicks came with her, but then realised they can’t get back up the steps. They’ve now moved into the old garden next door, which is overgrown and difficult to access. I was going to take the chicks up to the road, where they usually ..read more
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Friday Photos from Neil
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Friday Photos from Neil We have some of Neil’s photos to round off the week. He was over on Rhodes on Wednesday, making sure he was fit to dive (he is) as he’s planning to take a dive training day with Blue Lagoon as soon as he can organise it. I was at home and looking after the bar for a while — a much more mundane day. The news from Greece now is that we no longer have to wear masks in public, but we do inside shops and crowded places, busses, I guess and other places where it’s sensible to do so. Other restrictions have been eased too. It’s easy to get over to Greece now regarding tests an ..read more
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Typically Village
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Typically Village I’ve had a few typically village days this week, by which I mean I’ve seen things which are what I’d call typical of the village. These are sights such as a donkey carrying shopping across the village square and a stray goat wandering the lanes in the middle of the village nowhere near the rural boundary. You get used to these kinds of sights as you smile at them and carry on with your day. I’ve had some typically village-style afternoons at the kafenion too, where Manolis told his story of being in Rhodes and ordering a pizza from a large pizza delivery firm only to still be ..read more
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The Children of the Night
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
The Children of the Night ‘Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make.’ Dracula was talking about the wolves beyond his castle walls. My children of the night yesterday was actually only one, so a child of the night, or rather, early morning. Picture it: I’m sitting there on the sofa with a cup of tea at 3.30 when I hear what sounds like a moth caught in a paper lampshade. Except the only light that was on was the one bulb in the sitting room ‘chandelier’, and there was no moth buffeting anything up there. The sound stopped, and I carried on reading the newspaper… and the ..read more
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Boats and things
Symi Dream
by James Collins
1y ago
Boats and things Standing at the window on Sunday afternoon, I saw a speedboat pulling people around on inflatable tires (or something, it was a distance away). The watersports place at Nos must be open, I thought, that’s good. Then I noticed the large umbrella was up at Petalo and saw a line of luxury yachts in the harbour. The Nikolaos X was in, the Spanos had come in and stayed, and the red ‘speedboat’ day boat was there too. There were also a few white sails out at sea. Things must be picking up. Later, the village was deserted. Well, it was five in the afternoon, and there were a few loc ..read more
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