|A neglected house below the Kastro.|
|One of the many churches on the island dedicated to St Nicholas.|
|The wild fig trees are taking over this little house on the Kastro mound.|
|A natural rock garden growing from a dry stone wall. Ferns, moss, stone crops and other tiny plants appear as though by magic when the first rains come and turn the dusty dry stones into dainty gardens that linger until April.|
|A good day for drying washing in the labyrinth of Chorio.|
Social activities such as Saturday night's opera recital by Michael Powell and James Collins at the Mandeio Bar in Chorio are well attended and the new exhibition at the Symi Gallery's new Kali Strata premises opens on 1 December. There is also a poetry reading on 2 December. Tap dancing, ballet, art and aerobic lessons, weddings, christenings and name day celebrations - the people of Symi, locals and expats alike, are adept at keeping themselves occupied during the long winter months.
The ferry service is still limited to Dodecanese Seaways at weekends and the Blue Star Diagoras twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday. ANES have not yet released their schedule for the winter as it is still subject to approval by the relevant ministry.
This is my last blog until February as I am leaving Symi on Wednesday to visit my family in South Africa. In my absence you can read James Collins' daily blog on Symi Dream for an idea of what life is currently like on the island and the Symi Visitor Accommodation webcam provides a window on the weather in Yialos. You can also find us all on Facebook.
Kalo Chimona (good winter!)