|Easter Monday and these are the lucky ones! Mum and two lambs on the wasteland near the new undercover sports facility.|
|Snow on the distant mountains of Turkey - this is why the wind is still so cold.|
|One of the lanes leading into the oldest parts of Chorio, the upper village. In some areas there are lots of arches as houses straddled the lanes to save space.|
|A Chorio cat, proudly modelling her new pink collar.|
|The area referred to as Pitini, as seen from outside the Symi Visitor Accommodation office in Yialos. Pitini stretches from the water front up to the windmills at the top of the hill.|
|Colourful fishing boats in Yialos.|
|The Michalaki, Costas Valsami's bronze statue of the little Symi fisherboy.|
|Windy skies over Yialos. The cafes are taking down their plastic weather tents and the tourist shops are starting to unpack their wares. The Symi Visitor Accommodation office upstairs is in the small building just behind the larger of the two palm trees but our entrance is actually from the lane in the middle of the picture as our building runs behind Pachos, the yellow three storey building with the green shutters.|
|Spring daisies on a windowsill in Yialos.|
After bitterly cold weather with gale force winds and shipping bans on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday was bright and the wind dropped enough for it to be pleasant out of doors. This week should see the first really mild temperatures on the up side of 20 degrees centigrade and perhaps we will finally have a full week without any ferry disruptions so the things people need from Rhodes to prepare their businesses for the season can arrive. Outdoor furniture, umbrellas and awnings, new mattresses and cushions, bamboo for pergolas, domestic appliances, building materials and all sorts of other essentials have to come over on the ferry, so when it fails to make it, as happened on Friday, projects are held up until the boat eventually arrives. It is not unusual for part of an order to arrive on one boat and then the rest to arrive several days later on another if the person responsible for putting it on the ferry in Rhodes has gone off to do something else in the meantime or if two different suppliers are involved. Sometimes things get sent to one of the couriers. Sometimes you have to collect them from the boat yourself. Sometimes the stockist forgets to tell you he has put it on the boat and your parcel goes to Kos, Patmos or Piraeus and you have to wait for it to pass through Symi again and grab it. In the spring one may be stopped by someone in the street, asking if one knows so-and-so because there is a package sitting in some unexpected corner with that name on it. It all gets sorted out in the end but visitors unfamiliar with island ways are sometimes baffled at how long it can take for a seemingly simple thing like a sun lounger or an umbrella to appear. Forget 24 hour deliveries!
Have a good week.