|The view from Symi Visitor Accommodation this morning - definitely in winter mode.|
|A zoom view of the work going on over by the fuel station as the work on the new commercial jetty continues.|
|Work continues on the building next door, housing Pachos kafeneion.|
|We don't get the spectacular autumn leaves that are characteristic of autumn and fall in temperate climes but the Virginia creepers always give us a glorious show at this time of the year.|
|A peaceful harbour scene.|
|Ready for the rain.|
|Checking the roof on the sports' stadium for damaged tiles before the rains.|
|Awaiting restoration - two neo-classical houses near the Kastro.|
|Billets for the baker's ovens. Many of the bakeries on Symi still have traditional wood-fired ovens.|
|The toy shop in Chorio, making a modest concession to Christmas.|
|Useful things in a planter - a dustpan, a dipper made from an old sunflower oil bottle and a pink ribbon.|
|Sunlight on an oak leaf.|
The weather forecast shows a deterioration in the next day or so and rain is expected to reach us again on Wednesday evening. As the weather fronts reaching the Mediterranean from the Atlantic become more frequent the intervals between wet and windy spells will become shorter. Daytime temperatures are around 18 degrees, dropping to as low as 11 degrees in the evenings. Wet weather is usually fairly mild - it is when the sky is clear and the wind blows down from the frozen north than temperatures plummet to near freezing or below. As Symi is such a steep and hilly place, many areas are much colder as they are not receiving much light during the day and others are much warmer because they face south and have become suntraps so there are many microclimates at this time of the year.
Have a good week.