>> Friday, August 7, 2015 – August weather, films on Symi, life on Symi in August, Symi cultural life, Symi Festival
|A wisp of misty cloud over Nimos earlier this week.|
|It has been very humid and hazy this week with poor visibility. This was Wednesday morning, before the Blue Star came in, which is why the quay around the clock tower is empty.|
|Early morning in Yialos. A Cypriot cruise ship just docking, motor yachts departing and the fuel bunkering tanker arriving to refuel the water taxis for the day.|
|Crisis? What crisis?|
|Bunting and inflatable seagulls decorate an outdoor bar in Yialos. On hot summer nights everyone is outside and Yialos hums until late into the night.|
|One of the oldest houses on the Kali Strata, awake for the summer.|
|Composition with cat, steps and water bowl. Note the whitewash on the water bowl. Perhaps that is why he has turned his back on it!|
|Golden light, golden grasses and a delicately gilded pigeon.|
|Do you remember the hen on her stony nest in the water course? Well she hatched nine of her eleven eggs. Mum and brood are now in more comfortable quarters, safe from predatory cats|
|More summer gold in Lieni.|
Symi is filling up and we are hosting visitors from far and wide. There are all sorts of languages to be heard in cafes and shops and the mix this year is more diverse than the usual August French and Italian. There is a constant hum of voices - and often music - as life is lived out of doors at this time of the year and the island's acoustics, particularly in the natural amphitheatre harbour, carry sound all the way up to top of Chorio and beyond. Don't expect total peace and quiet if you come to Symi in the first three weeks of August!
If you are on the island in the coming days, please keep an eye open for posters taped to community boards, bus stops, shop entrances and lamp posts, advertising all the various events. There is no formal printed program as the different things happening are arranged by a range of different people. I also noticed a sign put up by the coastguard, in Greek, requesting the community's involvement in a sea/beach/shore clean up on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. so it isn't just music, movies and dancing.
Have a good weekend.