>> Friday, November 27, 2015 – Christmas on Symi, Ferries in November, life on Symi in the winter, November weather, Symi in November, Symi shopping
|Homer's rosy-fingered dawn has been very much in evidence this week - and one doesn't have to get up very early to see it either. This was just after half past six on Wednesday morning.|
|I took these two photographs on Wednesday. The sunken yacht has finally been raised. She has a damaged bow including a big hole just on the water line.|
|Those drums the gypsies were selling from the truck in Monday's blog evidently came in useful for extra bouyancy during the salvage operation. Through the slime of a fortnight's immersion in Yialos one can make out that she is the Lavinia of Prague.|
|Eye-catching colours in Chorio.|
|For those too impatient to wait for the flowering of the wild cyclamens in January, the gaudier cultivated ones are available from the Symi flower shops.|
|Breakfast in Chorio.|
|This bright yellow fishing net hanging outside a house off the Kali Strata caught my eye on the walk to the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning.|
|We don't get much in the way of traditional autumn leaves here on Symi but the Virginia creepers more than make up for the deficit.|
|Some of the recent showers were heavy enough to flatten the grass that is growing among the stones on the Kali Strata.|
|There are at least four cats in this photograph.|
|As I was sitting at my desk this morning I heard the resident duck quacking vehemently and went downstairs to investigate.|
|There didn't seem to be much happening so perhaps he was just asking where everyone has got to. He seems to have the harbour pretty much to himself these days.|
As you can see from the photographs, it is very quiet on the island now. Forget about Christmas shopping hordes on Symi - any significant Christmas shopping is done in Rhodes and a lot of people went over on the Blue Star this morning. The boat was an hour late as there were so many vehicles waiting to board. A casual analysis of 'foreign' shopping bags in the island's skips reveals that the usual destinations for Symiots shopping in Rhodes are Jumbo, M&S, H&M, Lidl and Carrefour. Looking at the ferry schedules, weather permitting there are only 2-3 more shopping days until Christmas - unless one is planning a mini-break on Rhodes as Friday is the only day of the week where there is a day return to Rhodes that offers a reasonable amount of time.
Have a good weekend.