Bills and the day to day routine on Symi in the winter
I found this photo that Neil had put up on Facebook, possibly even on his own photo collection blog which you can see by clicking here.
I thought this was a really nice image as it shows the Island’s mayor, Eleftherios Papakalodoukas, a couple of holidaymakers/visitors, the British Olympic Holidays rep in traditional island costume and local Symi ladies all dancing together. Nice shot. Nice message I thought.
The weather is turning (he says with fingers crossed) and the days are warmer again, the sun is out, it was over 20 degrees yesterday and things ahead are looking as if they are going to be dry and sunny; until Sunday at least. Spring is in the air, and the heating can be turned down. That’s just as well as the recent round of electricity bills has started to show the increases being introduced. It looks like the best advice is to save, pay the estimated bills when they come in if you can and lessen the blow of the full bill when it arrives. Ours was, on reflection, not bad for four months of winter weather, but still confusing. The full estimated amount was paid, but the amount the bill shows as being paid as ‘witness’ against the estimated was €60.00 short, but then there was €95 added on for something untranslatable against the previous what’sit of the second imaginary thingummy, and so on. We’re lucky that we have an all-year round business and so have a bit of cash flow during these months. Other people are finding it really hard this winter. And don’t get me started on the unemployment benefit reforms that the government kind of tried to sneak in, and did, when no one was looking; or maybe they were.
Anyway! Back to more mundane and day-to-day matters; Thursday on Symi and what’s occurring? Well, not a lot, not for me at any rate. The usual: some writing, some housework, a quick tap practise with Jenine later this morning, while borrowing some more DVDs, making lunch (maybe something with fresh eggs from Adriana’s farm), then heading out for an after lunch walk or photo shoot or filming session, or a doze on the sofa, and then some more writing and staying in saving money while Neil is at working, hoping for customers who will help contribute towards the next round of bills. (Water bill needs to be paid today as well, that arrived a week overdue and hadn’t taken into account the previously paid amount. I think there’s a conspiracy happening around here…)