>> Friday, November 4, 2016 – Life on Symi in November, November weather, Panormitis Festival, Symi cats, winter ferries
|Fresh shrimp for sale below the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning.|
|Artisanal Cheeses from Tilos|
|Hand made baskets for sale.|
|And I really do mean hand made!|
|All wrapped up for the winter.|
|Cerberus? No, just an amiable hound looking out for customers.|
|Mavrovouni - the sunny side of the harbour.|
|First some early morning exercises in the November sunshine.|
|Then a leisurely pamper session.|
|Carpets for sale in Chorio.|
|A late season schooner in Harani.|
|Friday Morning Rush-Hour|
Weatherwise, we had 24 millimetres of steady rain on Monday afternoon which has helped to break the drought but we need a lot more where that came from. The rain lowered the temperatures quite considerably and we have had days around 19 degrees and evenings as low as 13 degrees this week. The weather will continue unsettled with some very windy days next week and possible showers.
There have been further cuts to the winter ferry schedule in that Sea Dreams which was originally supposed to be running until at least Christmas has now had a change of heart and the boat has been pulled from service. The Panagia Skiadeni which was supposed to be running a ferry service this week and over the Panormitis festival period has lost her ferry license so cannot sell one way tickets or take vehicles. This means that the only vehicle ferry during what is a peak period is the Blue Star as there are very few vehicle slots on the catamaran and in any case it doesn't have the clearance to accommodate vans and trucks. There will be quite a rush on Wednesday morning as the boat leaves at 5 a.m. for Rhodes in the winter and the stall holders will need time to dismantle and drive across the island. I should imagine quite a few of them will defer their departure until Friday and come over to the harbour to sell whatever didn't go during the festival on Monday and Tuesday. What a way to earn a living but these people have little or no choice in the land of 50% unemployment and the Panormitis festival is one of the biggest opportunities to make a little money for the winter, assuming it doesn't all go into ferry fares.
I will be one of the ones waiting to catch the Blue Star at 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning as I will be off to the UK for a fortnight, but there is time for one more blog on Monday!
Have a good weekend.