Monday, 24 August 2015

On A Rainy August Day…

…in the UK, what else is there to do but look back over the last few weeks? Towards the end of July, we left Symi for a while - temperatures there were getting over 40º+C and we were spending all our time indoors with airconditioning, so decided to come back to the British Summer (ha!). Leaving Yialos early morning, we had the glow of sunrise to see us off

Under way to Rhodes, where we spent the day at the Plaza Hotel before getting our flight back to Bristol.
Back to this very different Bath sunrise.

Walked up to the Hare and Hounds pub on the hill, and passed this unusual front door for a posh house. 
Down in Bath, I wonder what "fairytale fitters" will do and for whom?
And the same to you!
Off to Chew Valley Lake on a sunny afternoon and a good walk.
Out with Prakash and Bernie, we came across this Green Bristol car!
Spotted on Walcot Street, a poster that clearly convinced people at the last election.
We took ourselves down to North Devon for a short camping trip in the van and a visit to Broomhill Art House Hotel (with a lovely lunch before our wander around the sculptures).

Camped that evening up at Damage Barton campsite, where we were treated to this glorious rainbow (before the rain set in with a vengeance).
Spotted on a walk around the neighbourhood. Don't hear much about UKIP these days, even though it is the silly season…
An abandoned boot…
Lovely sunset.
Such delights around us!
Went down to Dorset for the day, and stopped at Fontwell Magna, with its looming Gothic church.
Which should I be most scared of?
Interesting garden gate
Where we had an excellent cake and coffee
On the way back, we stopped at Cerne Abbas, with this explicit exhortation of a sign.
Wonder if they put offending dog owners in here?
Further on, we had a stop in Bruton where this bench occupant invites company.
The back of Sexey's Retirement home, with its grand gardens just up from the river.
Down in Bath, the old Social Security offices seem to be being remodelled as a swimming pool.
What kind of art do you make with sandwiches, I wonder? What would you put on your CV - "I have made many sandwiches in a variety of locations, with a range of fillings and breads."?
Now it's raining with a vengeance for the second half of August, so our plans to take off camping in the van during the glorious August weather have come to naught. Just as well we return to Symi in just over a week's time! This day a year ago, Su was making grape jelly with our bumper harvest!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Time Passes So Quickly - Now It's the Middle of July!

This house just down from us isn't occupied, as you might guess from the jolly face on its door…
Technical reasons were to do with not being able to be both on the Poseidon boat trip and open the Sunrise Kafeneion at the same time…
Not sure whether to be reassured or worried by this sticker on the back of a car parked up on the road. Would 5 stars be better or worse?
The side of a boat being spruced up down near Tolis Taverna (now open) in Pedi.
Shack, Symi style.
Waiting for the bus, this swallowtail butterfly landed on my foot and obligingly posed while I photographed it.
Lizard on a rock at Agios Nikolaos beach
Late afternoon light in Pedi.
Looking across to Turkey in the evening.
View over Yialos.
More Pedi afternoon glow.
Pedi bay twinkling in the morning sunlight
The bus has a new sign at the Yialos terminus.
 Just one of the many insect varieties around at the moment.
Posters appeared around Symi for a concert to be held on the Kalistrata steps.
Wonder what use will be found for this uneven-seated chair?
 Sunset reflections in a Pedi puddle.
 Moonrise with clouds.
How to ripen your melon in Greece…
There was a big wedding on 4th July - spotted the car near the Village Hotel.
Sunday was the day of the referendum  on whether or not to accept the bailout terms that had been withdrawn, to which the result was a resounding "Oxi!". Pity that Greece has now been forced to accept an even worse deal.... Also, on Sunday was the concert by Alexandra Koniak on the Kalistrata steps - here she is in the crowd, singing "Hey Big Spender".
Is Greece a Shady and Cool Environment? :-)
Oh no! The Noddy Train in trouble
Last night's sunset glow over Yialos
Meanwhile, every Friday evening I'm to be found at the Secret Garden chugging way on guitar…
Very reserved…
This day a year ago, we were at Crosby beach, where Bella really enjoyed yet another of her holiday immersions in water chasing her ball. As we found out from our friends Allan and Linda, who left Symi on Wednesday after a brief but most enjoyable visit, they live literally a few minutes away from here - but we didn't know at the time. We had gone to see Anthony Gornley's installation,  Another Time Another Place but hadn't consulted the tide tables beforehand - so most of them were already underwater by the time we arrived.