|There are few clouds about but no rain is forecast for the next 10 days or so.|
|Baa baa black sheep among the daisies in Chorio.|
|As I walked up the short cut this morning I heard a snort behind me and it turned out to be this dark brown donkey, also taking advantage of the abundance of daisies.|
|A palette that Gainsborough and Constable would envy.|
|Pebble work outside one of the mansions on the Kali Strata.|
|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning. The Dodecanese Express was a welcome sight, stopping off from Rhodes on its way to Kos and beyond, bringing some essential supplies from Rhodes. The ferry strike has been extended for another 48 hours so the soonest we are likely to see the Blue Star Diagoras again is likely to be Monday. when it does a special trip (currently not confirmed on their website).|
|A cheerful display of cyclamens and azaleas outside the Symi flower shop.|
The on-going ferry strike is affecting the big boats operating out of Piraeus, specifically Blue Star ferries in the case of Symi. Dodecanese Seaways is serving the island four days a week - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at present but as it is running in the 'wrong' direction, unfortunately it does not help anyone who needs to be in Rhodes during business hours during the week. The lack of big boats means that the bus is still stuck in Rhodes so we are sharing taxis and lifts and doing rather more walking than usual. Fortunately at this time of the year with most of the businesses on the island closed for the winter most of us don't need to go anywhere on a daily basis. It is the season for hibernating and doing all those domestic jobs there is no time for in the busy months of summer. We also watch a lot of television, read copious books and catch up on DVDs. Organising dinner parties and other social activities helps to keep us sane, particularly when one has to work around what is available on the island at the time - a tremendous spur to culinary creativity. Life on the smaller Greek islands is very quiet indeed in the winter and it is really important to be able to keep oneself amused and occupied.
Have a good weekend.