|Clouds over Pedi on Sunday morning. A group of yachts spent the night tied up to the water boat jetty at the head of the bay. The sails you can see at the entrance to the bay are those yachts departing.|
|Yialos, Harani and Nimos on Monday morning. The only vessel to be seen is the patrol boat out in the bay. The buildings in the foreground are the Panormition, the island's academic high school.|
|We had some muddy rain on Saturday. It didn't last long but when it was over all the cars looked like this. With luck the rain later in the week will wash it all off again.|
|Magical rockery gardens are sprouting in the stone walls of Chorio. Completely self-seeded, these gardens of indigenous stonecrops, ferns and mosses are an attractive sight in the lanes and alleys throughout the rainy season.|
|At this time of the year it is possible to walk to the shops in Chorio and see more animals than people en route.|
|Shadow-play in Chorio on Sunday morning.|
|This is what happens when a poinsettia is planted in the ground in a suitable spot - old Yanni has been nurturing this poinsettia in Lieni for years and it is almost as much a landmark as the nearby oak.|
|A new addition to the neighbourhood.|
|Symi's orange dump truck has turned up its toes so the municipality of Halki has loaned us theirs. Well, with a population of 200 people, most of whom leave the island for Rhodes in the winter, they probably won't need it again until the spring.|
Anyone with Christmas travel plans is keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts as shipping disruptions are common once it becomes stormy in the Aegean and with so few boats in November and December, there may not be a second chance to catch that plane. The Chinese say that a 1000 mile journey starts with a single step. Well, on Symi that single step is often the challenge of getting off the island!
Have a good week.