|This week's cruise ship was quite glamorous.|
|The homely and dependable Blue Star Diagoras.|
|The fish market in Yialos serves a dual purpose these days - a venue for locals to sell their fish and also shelter for refugees who often sleep on the benches overnight.|
|The untidy old sheds between the clinic and Kampos supermarket in Chorio were demolished this week. As is so often the case on Symi, the remains of an old house were revealed below. We are all waiting with interest to see what happens next.|
|An eye-catching touch on the doors of the herb and coffee shop at the top of the Kali Strata in Chorio.|
|This photograph was sheer fluke but I am quite pleased with it.|
|Giving our equine neighbours a drink on a hot day.|
It is September, one of the busiest months of the year as many of Symi's regular visitors come at this time of the year. It is still hot but not as crowded as August and as the schools are back it is very much a couples month. September is also a popular month for weddings and we are organising one at Agios Emilianos and Toli bay tomorrow.
Meanwhile the Solidarity Symi refugee centre received an amazing donation yesterday. A group of expats and Turks from Datca chartered a gulet, the Bora, and brought over a boat-load of donations of all kinds which they had collected in the Datca community over the course of a week. At the moment the most immediate need is for mens things, particularly shorts which can be used for swimming (this helps with the shower issues!) and men's shoes. We have been overwhelmed by items for children and as we only have very limited storage at the old post office we need to prioritise. There are regular daily updates on the Solidarity Symi Facebook page, announcing whatever items are currently in greatest demand. Cash donations are also very welcome as they help to pay for food and water which we distribute on a daily basis. There are collection boxes at the Symi Visitor Accommodation office, the Old Markets Hotel and also at the refugee centre at the old Post Office next to the police station. You can also donate on line here. On line donations will be used to improve infrastructure in time for the winter. People are doing things at a grass roots level to help and it is making an amazing difference to the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Have a good weekend.