Two concerts this week on Symi, and Giorgio’s menu

Another hot day here yesterday, mid to high 30s I’d say. The AC was pretty grumpy about it for some of the morning and then found a shaded spot on the balcony in the breeze and finally settled in for a good old kip out there. [caption id="attachment_12680" align="alignleft" width="208"]Γιάννης  Μαθές Γιάννης Μαθές concert on Symi[/caption] I spent the morning inside at the desk as usual, and Neil spent it at the shop. He had a very nice photo walk on Sunday and we spent the afternoon at Rainbow, followed by dinner at Georgio’s where we had lamb. I’d been smelling it all afternoon, working at the bar, where their Grand Prix was playing inside and some of the local army guys were spending an afternoon off outside. There was a choice on the taverna menu on Sunday of lamb, chicken in cream, goat, beef in Metaxa, green beans, artichokes, salads, all the usual mezethes, king fish and a few other things I've forgotten. Plenty to choose from there. That’s making me hungry again so we’ll move along to what else is happening this week. At the Iapetos Village, in Yialos, on 30th of July (Wednesday) in the evening, there is a concert by Yiannis Mathes. (See the poster.) And on Saturday we have the Symi Shrimp Festival in the square in Horio. (See the poster.) [caption id="attachment_12681" align="alignright" width="212"]Symi Shrimp Festival in the square in Horio Symi Shrimp Festival in the square in Horio[/caption] Once again, if anyone local wants their events shown up here on the blog then send me the poster or info. If anyone wants them photographed then email Neil. "We invite you to a melodious evening in the courtyard of Iapetus, with John Mathe!" Σας προσκαλούμε σε μια μελωδική βράδια , στην άυλη του Ιαπετού, με τον μοναδικό Γιάννη Μαθέ! Τραγούδια που αγαπήσαμε και που έχουν τη δύναμη να μας ταξιδέψουν με όλους τους καιρούς. Μια περιπλάνηση, στην έντεχνη μπαλάντα και από εκεί στη γοητευτική ατμόσφαιρα σύγχρονων τραγουδιών που σημάδεψαν το κοινό συναίσθημα.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 No Comments
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Humicubation and a gleek, it all happens on Symi

As you can see, the Alarm Cat had a busy weekend. You might also be able to see that it looks like he is getting another patch of black on his nose. The other bit has been there for a couple of years and not got much worse, we will have to keep an eye on this new one and see how he goes. [caption id="attachment_12673" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Doing the gardening[/caption] I went on holiday on Saturday, briefly. Down to Pedi at lunchtime for a swim and some humicubation before marching back again for work. It’s hard to relax and unwind though, when you know you have to be at a certain place at a certain time. The only chance of a holiday really is out of season when we can go away, if we can afford to go away. During the summer it would be ideal to be able to take a day off and do nothing on the beach or even visit another island, it’s not currently possible though. Maybe next year. We will see. [caption id="attachment_12674" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Yialos in July[/caption] As you might be able to detect, I am not sure what I am blogging about today. The images will probably tell you more about Symi today that I can. It’s actually Sunday morning, as is the usual time for writing Monday’s blog post, and Neil is off walking though the valley with his photo walkers. He may then stop for another swim while I potter around at home, work on draft two of Lonely House and set about making lunch. There’s a treat in store today, chicken salad, as a change from just salad salad. And then, after work, I look forward to my Sunday evening glass of wine at the Rainbow Bar before heading home to watch a new-old film. [caption id="attachment_12675" align="alignleft" width="200"]Symi Greece photos On a photo walk[/caption] I've nothing planned for the week, not really. Wine night on Monday, and I am going to be a gleek on Wednesday for a while. A friend is coming for some singing practice so I will be required to play the piano. And yes, I did mean to say gleek, not geek. I am only a geek when tinkering with html and web pages, which I don’t really do any more, but I am a gleek when at the piano. I guess if you are one of those players who favour all singing, all dancing keyboards with more buttons and computers on them than they had on Apollo 11, then you might be called a gleek-geek. Though actually, when the word was in use they didn’t have keyboards, let alone buttons and computers, so maybe not. The Alarm Cat has just come to stand next and become a mumper. He’s making some kind of screeching noise which I think means, ‘stop boring these people and give me my midday kitchen attention’, so I better go and do that or else he will be late for his next nap. Glossary Humicubation; the act of lying on the ground. (I’m not paying €4.00 for a sunbed for half an hour.) Gleek (n.s.) [gligge, Saxon] Musick; or musician. ‘What will you give us? No money, but The gleek; I will give you the minstrel.’ Romeo and Juliet. Mumper (n.s.) A beggar.
Monday, July 28th, 2014 No Comments
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Saturday is writing day and other blether

Saturday, writing day, two of them if I don't do anything else tomorrow, well, two mornings at least. No need for an early start unless I want to, no need to do anything unless I want to, apart from go to work of course, no day off there until the end of October, but hey ho! [caption id="attachment_12663" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos All that money and still can't find a door.[/caption] So, what to write? Work on draft two of the next book, start work on another while I let that sit and simmer and then come back to it, have ideas for something completely new and start plotting and planning, or make up a list of agents to approach later in the year? Who knows, it’s not time to deicide yet, but I have (yesterday) started on draft two of Lonely House. It’s a case of rereading it on screen and checking with my notes in the file page by page, making more notes of things to double check and then having to go back over them to ensure I have tied up ends, made things make sense and all that, while learning all about shotguns (thanks Dave!) and other nasty things. Who said writing was easy? Not me. [caption id="attachment_12664" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Horio, Symi[/caption] Next week, so far, looks like it is going to be a quiet one for me, with nothing in the diary apart from one piano playing session and possibly a visit to the Symi Shrimp Festival on Saturday, next Saturday, when August starts. We’ve not had any water in this last week though the pipe has been open ready for it, so am unable to do much with the garden. I think it is the first week ever that we have not been able to take any water in, though there was a gurgle the other day, that was more like the pipes having indigestion than actually producing any flow. Fingers crossed we get some this week. Mind you, at least the village power hasn’t blown up like it did a week or so ago. Too many people luxuriating in their air conditioning while running needless showers I expect. [caption id="attachment_12665" align="alignleft" width="200"]Symi Greece photos June grass[/caption] Anyway, enough blether as they say in some parts of the world. I’ll leave you to enjoy your weekend and will head off to make a coffee (decaf) and then head back to the desk to decide what to do.
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 No Comments
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