All about water, donkeys, goats, walks, whatever

Yesterday morning we did the steps up to the top of the village, always hard work when you've just got out of bed, and then headed up the road, beyond the Kantina, beyond ‘picture corner’ to where the top donkey track comes out onto the road. There was a brief discussion about whether we should head down that way, but it’s not so good for the ankles, and so we came back down the road as the sun came up. [caption id="attachment_12689" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos A view from up on the main road[/caption] All we saw on this walk was a pregnant donkey enjoying a thistle breakfast on the side of the road, a stray goat running sheepishly away, an old man in a crash helmet on a quad bike, and the dustbin lorry coming back from its first drop-off at the dump. Oh, and the usual assortment of cats and dogs and chickens and a horse, and the sunrise, and a million and one boats that could not get into Yialos, so were moored out at sea in Harani and beyond, at Nimborio and beyond, and then those avoiding paying by using Pedi bay. Symi was rather over-stuffed with boats this morning. And it’s good to see that the ones in the harbour (which you can see from the main road beyond the Kantina) were not all those big flashy ones owned by rich people we are not really envious of; there were lesser mortals moored in the harbour as well. I think the tip is to get there early. [caption id="attachment_12690" align="alignright" width="200"]Symi Greece photos From a Neil photo walk[/caption] Tuesday was a fun day at home. I was just having a midday kip in advance of lunch and work, when I heard water pouring from the overflow on the roof. Suddenly transported into the winter I thought, ‘this can't be right. And why is the pump running?’ First thing I did was switch the pump off as something had clearly broken up there on the roof. A quick investigation showed that that was the case and the eight year old chamber thing attached to the pump had just had enough and sheered itself away from the main pipe so there was water everywhere, including, a little later, some dripping onto the sofa. But an emergency call to Ian Spalding home maintenance service (see for the phone number) and a few hours later the thing was fixed. Rather, the pump was alerted to have a new-fangled electronic thing on it so we don’t need the big red whatsit anymore. Brilliant. Thank you! And talking of water, you might like to see this short video taken under and over water at Pedi on Tuesday. It goes a bit ‘odd’ at one point but it might give you an idea of what it is like to be in the sea just before sunrise, on Symi, in Greece in July.
Thursday, July 31st, 2014 No Comments
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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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