|The Friday morning Blue Star departing. She was very late today and didn't come into Symi until 10.10 a.m. instead of the scheduled 7.30 a.m. so she'll be equally late coming back from Rhodes tonight as the round trip to Kastellorizon will depart around 1 p.m. instead of the scheduled 10 a.m. One of the problems with the big boats is that any kind of delay has a knock-on effect to the entire schedule. For instance on Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Star had great difficulty in docking in Symi on the return run from Rhodes as it was extremely windy in the harbour. At the first attempt one of the mooring lines snapped and the boat had to go off into to Nimborio bay, sort out a new warp and then tackle the approach again, this time successfully, much to the relief of those on board who did not fancy and unscheduled trip to Kos. This meant that she only left Symi at about 6 p.m. instead of the scheduled 5 p.m. so already running an hour late at the first port of call.|
|In the summer the lanes around Yialos and at the base of the Kali Strata are full of bright boutiques. In February the only life they see are snoozing cats and flourishing weeds.|
|The flower shop in Yialos is always a cheerful sight.|
|The further you walk into the old parts of Chorio the narrower the lanes and the greater the contrast between the random houses that have been restored and the many places that are still in ruins from the Second World War.|
|Winter magic - rock gardens appear all by themselves in the dry stone walls and ruins of Chorio.|
|Tiny wild ferns.|
Have a good weekend.