More refugees on Symi

Yesterday Rhodos Report, carried the story of 138 refugees who were discovered by the Latvian Coast Guard boat that is here helping with the refugee influx. They were discovered near the bay of St George, and taken in by the authorities to away ‘processing.’ [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="372"] image from Rodos Report[/caption] Adrianna, from Symi Visitor Accommodation, writes: “If you are on Symi at the moment, you may be aware that over 200 refugees have arrived at Symi police station, brought over by people-traffickers from Turkey. As there is not sufficient shelter for all of them on the veranda of the police station many are sitting out on the steps in full sun and there are women and children in the group. While waiting for someone from the UN to arrive to render assistance we are collecting donations to keep them provided with bottles of water. Please drop off any donations at the Symi Visitor Accommodation office up to 1 p.m. today and then this evening after 6 p.m. at Smaragda's shop, the brightly coloured boutique on the waterfront corner, next to Mediterraneo café, opposite the Diagoras' berth. As a guide, 5 euros will pay for 24 small bottles of water. Thank you for your help.” You can catch Adrianna’s Symi Diary at her blog, here. [caption id="attachment_12872" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Photo walks Sunday and Wednesday mornings[/caption] I know this talks of yesterday, but I put the message up anyway as I am pretty sure the problem will be an on-going one. If you’d like to donate and help out, and Symi Visitor is closed, you could always drop off bottles of water at the police station itself. It’s the white building by the clock tower in Yialos. On a happier note, here’s a big thank you to everyone who has written in, sent emails, contacted us, and put messages on Facebook concerning the closing of the shop at the end of October. To answer one question, yes the blog will still be going, though I will be changing it slightly – to be less shop-orientated, though the calendars and books, and maybe even the photos will be for sale on-line as they currently are. [caption id="attachment_12873" align="alignleft" width="198"]Symi Greece photos A ruin in Horio[/caption] Here’s one message Neil had in that I thought I would like to share, just one of many. “Sad to hear this. As relative newcomers to the wonders of Symi we felt honoured to join you on your birthday morning photo walk last September Neil. Later you invited us all to birthday celebration breakfast in your home. Unforgettable. That morning opened more than one door for me. I had some of the digital images I had taken then printed when I got home. They are framed and on our kitchen wall as I write this. Angled close ups of the pebbled courtyards in Xorio .... Your encouragement and inspiration gave me the confidence to join a photography class and your advice had made such a difference to my photos ...and my life! We look forward to joining you for another walk in September.” And so on with the weekend, and a busy one it is too: Friday night, anniversary dinner, Saturday, a wedding to attend in Nimborio, Sunday, a photo walk and writing and a pre-birthday dinner in the evening, Monday, wine night… And so on. Have a good one wherever you are.
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 No Comments
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Closing the Symi Dream shop at the end of the season

Today is the 12th year anniversary of us leaving England to come and live in Greece, and today Neil takes over the blog to make his formal announcement about his shop. I know he wanted to let his landlady know before he posted this, but she has not been around and is away at the moment (he's going to try and get a message to her instead). Neil writes: [caption id="attachment_12864" align="alignleft" width="300"]symi may 19 09 009 2009 'Sign and wine'[/caption] Digital photography really is amazing, and fun. It gave me a new lease of life, and I grabbed it with both hands and steered myself all over the place full of fresh and new ideas, brimming with enthusiasm. I watched, I listened, I took everything in that I was being taught. It was the start of a fantastic career and shop, which in Symi has lasted 10 years. We have had the opportunity to meet some amazing, and lovely people in this time, and my photos have been in newspapers, and are in people’s houses, around the world. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this time, it’s been a great time in our lives. The problem with digital photography is that lots of people nowadays are more than happy with taking a quick snapshot to then instantly put up on Facebook and other sites. Mine, and many other photographers’ jobs have been affected badly because of this, through no fault of our own, I have to add. It has had such an impact that I can no longer afford to keep the shop, ‘Symi Dream’ going. The shop will stay open only until the end of the season. [caption id="attachment_12865" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Dream open until the end of October Symi Dream open until the end of October[/caption] But there’s still time for wine nights and walks and bargains. I’ll be celebrating my birthday on the 8th September wine night with the start of an end of shop sale; cards and some photos will be reduced in price. The last wine night will be on October 13th and everyone will be welcome as always. Meanwhile, the shop and exhibition is open every day (apart from Sundays) and walks are still on, Wednesday and Sunday mornings. [caption id="attachment_12866" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Yesterday morning on the road to Roukoniotis at dawn.[/caption] Please let everyone on the island know that if they need small photos for Driving license, taftotita, work papers, health books etc. they should come before the end of October. Just to let you know, we will still be staying, and living on Symi, so still look forward to seeing you around. What happens next? Who knows? A new chapter will start in our lives. Life is full of exciting and new adventures… {By the way; whether you want it or not, the blog will go on, though the site will have to have some slight changes made of course.]
Friday, August 29th, 2014 No Comments
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Scott of the Antarctic on Symi (kind of), books and rambles

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? [caption id="attachment_12854" align="alignleft" width="163"]vintage scott ‘The last expedition’ a Vintage Classic[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12855" align="alignright" width="177"]‘Captain Scott’, by Ranulph Fiennes. ‘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. [caption id="attachment_12856" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos 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. [caption id="attachment_12858" align="alignleft" width="200"]Symi Greece photos 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.)
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 No Comments
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