Ramblings from Symi and Ramblings from Rhodes

We had a very nice wine night on Monday, thank you to everyone who came along. And we had a very nice walk and swim on Tuesday morning too, though it still feels odd to be getting up when it’s still pretty dark. It’s light enough by the time we leave the house though. At the moment at least. [caption id="attachment_12684" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece Simi Wine night[/caption] Now then, I want to draw your attention to a fellow rambler, and I am not talking about hill walking and all that kind of rambling. I don’t get time for that in the summer, but hopefully we will be rambling about rambling in the winter. Meanwhile, you can read about what it is like to ramble on about Rhodes by heading over to John’s blog at Ramblings From Rhodes. (Link below.) John also writes books about his life and adventures in Greece while keeping his blog up to date and also working through the summer season. You’ll find links to the books on his site. We’re pretty similar in those respects. And I know a lot of folk who come to Symi only see the airport to harbour route and only a small part of Rhodes, so reading his blog might be a way of finding out more about the island you are missing. I just had a look and a scroll, and there are some great photos and texts, and pics and info about parts of the island that I have never been to. (Which is most of it actually.) [caption id="attachment_12685" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ramblings from Rhodes Ramblings from Rhodes[/caption] We (Neil and I) were thinking about a trip to Crete this winter for some rambling and exploring but perhaps we might try Rhodes instead. The holiday plans are very much going to depend on income – like, finding some – so don’t hold your breath if you are holding out for some ramblings from Crete, but do take a look at some excellent Ramblings From Rhodes.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 No Comments
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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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