|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office is very different in November. No tourists in beachwear, just locals in paint-spattered overalls.|
|The Blue Star Diagoras coming in this morning - about half an hour late but no torrential rain to contend with, unlike this time last week.|
|Manos' well known seafood taverna, firmly packed up and closed for the winter.|
|Even the sponge sellers and the leather shop are all shuttered for the winter.|
|The building above Pachos, next to the Sunflower laundry and our Symi Visitor Accommodation office is still in the throes of a make-over. Do you see how the rocky hillside above the town is starting to turn green?|
|A Chorio cat, snoozing in a sunny doorway.|
|This one prefers a little elevation although that contraption does not look very comfortable.|
|The Agia Marina river has carved out a new bed. That diagonal across the foreground with the large white rock is the edge of a drop of about 3 metres. Note the black plastic water pipe dangling across the gully - that was lying on the ground before the flood.|
It is a bright clear autumn day on the small island of Symi. A brisk breeze is blowing from the north, giving us exceptional visibility and the sort of sparkling sunshine we seldom see in the hazy months of summer. The temperature is about 19 degrees centigrade but if you can find a sunny spot out of the wind it is much warmer than that. These conditions are expected to prevail for the next few days.
Next Friday's Blue Star ferry has been cancelled due to a general strike on Thursday which is preventing her sailing. This means that the only car ferry next week is on Wednesday and there won't be any means of getting to Rhodes between Wednesday morning and Saturday evening when Dodecanese Seaways stops off in Symi on the way back from Kos.
Have a good weekend.