Part of a conversation yesterday: ‘It is cooler today I think. It was only 34 degrees in the shade, the day before it was 37.’ Well, a little cooler perhaps, but still people are reporting 30 degrees at night. But then again, it is August in the south Aegean, so what did you expect? Antarctic blizzards?
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‘The last expedition’ a Vintage Classic[/caption]
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‘Captain Scott’, by Ranulph Fiennes.[/caption]
Which is a neat little link into talking about a book I have just finished reading, for the second or third time. ‘The last expedition’ a Vintage Classic
. This is the diary of Captain R.F. Scott on his last expedition to Antarctica and the south pole. There are a few things about this book that capture me: one is the story itself of course, the adventure, then there is the way it is written, Scott is very eloquent and very readable, and then there is the mix of scientific fact and human observation. What you can’t get away from of course is that you know the way things are going to end before the writer does, and that makes it eminently tragic. Well worth a read if you have not already done so. I now want to reread my other book on the subject, the, to my mind, definitive biography, ‘Captain Scott’, by Ranulph Fiennes
. Trouble is, I must have lent my copy to someone and now can't remember who. Might have to go and buy another.
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Back to Symi; the work on the new quay continues[/caption]
Meanwhile, we have a couple of weeks ahead with a few social and other engagements in the diary, or rather written on the Symi Dream calendar in the kitchen: Singing lesson this afternoon, anniversary dinner at The Windmill on Friday (17 years, and also 12 years since leaving England to live in Greece), then I have a wedding to go to in Nimobrio on Saturday afternoon, then we are being taken out for dinner on Sunday for Neil’s birthday (advance party). The following week is slightly quieter, at the moment, but leads up to a 70th birthday invite to Mythos, Neil’s actual birthday and wine night combined (and anniversary of arriving on Symi to live), and a photo job for Neil on the boat on 11th, and then another boat party invite later in the month and another wedding to attend... It’s non-stop! What with that and walks, work and writing, I'm kind of looking forward to the end of November when we are planning to have two weeks off.
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And Symi cats continue to chill out[/caption]
Not sure where we will be going yet. We had thought about going to Crete for some walking but that might be too far away, it will depend on money. So instead we may get on the Blue Star and head ‘up the chain’ if you like (book title?) and get off at Kalymnos or Kos, maybe Patmos and do some winter island hopping for a few days. The thoume, as they say in Greek, we will see.
But enough rambling, I am sure there is something I should be getting on with, but I can't think what. I have suddenly found myself in a position of having a kind of week off (apart from going to work!) with no thoughts for writing, though I know I should be writing. So what I might do is spend some time today sketching out some ideas for a new story. I have this idea for something set in a theatre, with three stories running in three time periods at the same time, and all having a bearing on each other. Well now, there’s a start so let’s get started. Have a fab Thursday and if you are not sure what you want to do, go and buy a book. You could start with this one about living on Symi: Village View
, by me. (Or use our new Amazon online store for Symi books
and other related items.)