Fixing Roofs

The rain finally stopped on Sunday morning when the wind changed to the north. At one stage it was gusting up to 40 mph but this passed over fairly quickly and it is a clear sunny day today, if a little chilly at 10 degrees. It is just as well we have this opportunity to dry off and empty the buckets from under the drips as rain is forecast again for tomorrow and much of the remainder of the week. There is another depression already moving in from Sicily and we can expect strong winds once again, possibly as early as tonight.

Quite a few people are out fixing roofs today in anticipation of the next onslaught and the balconies of Chorio are festooned with wet jeans.
While Greece battles with winter storms, problems in other parts of the world have not been ignored and a Greek C-130 transport aircraft is due to set off for the Indonesian province of Aceh today carrying a water-purifying system and the personnel to set it up. According to the Ministry of Defence, apart from the water-cleansing devices themselves and tons of drinking water, the aircraft will carry a six-member team of microbiologists and engineers who will help teach local authorities how to cleanse their water to prevent the spread of diseases such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery. A cruise ship converted into a floating hospital set off for the area last week and there are other fund raising events taking place in the main centres around the country tonight. Last night Greek television showed a 'thank you' parade staged in Athens by the local Sri Lankan and Indian communities, mainly domestic workers and nurses, in gratitude for the aid Greece has given to their home countries thus far.

Have a good week.


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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

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