Sunday, 14 June 2015

It Must Be June Already!

Went back to the UK in early May…
What strange signs they put on supermarket shelves these days!
The artificial peacocks are proliferating…
Out to see a film and dinner afterwards at Bill's we spotted this overblown car.
Getting ready for Carol's fund raising party, we saw this gun outside the local business park - what else would you put there?
It was a Mad Hatter's Tea Party after all.
We went up to Birmingham to celebrate Isobel's first birthday party.
Back from fixing a client's Mac, I spotted this inappropriate car sticker.
Spotted at UWE, not sure quite what these students have been studying…
Down in Bath, the new name for the shop in the former public toilets (with public access rights to their loo) seemed a little too descriptive.
After two weeks we were back in Greece with an overnight stay on Kos with a sea view across to Turkey.
They have a Noddy train there as well.
Back on Symi we spotted this cactus flower in its last days.
An unusual cover for this motorbike.
Walking down to Pedi, spotted this large lizard.
I've got a regular gig as a member of Sometimes Four, or Never Seven or whatever we are called this week.
There's a formula for you!
Lovely sunset light on the side of the Pedi valley.
All lined up and ready to fly.
What else would you put on the back of a flat bed truck, but another flat bed?
Su liked the angle of this sign, and I liked the obvious absence of a roadway beyond it.
Dappled water down at Pedi.
Last of the season's poppies as we walked back up through the Pedi Valley.
A good film in the weekly cinema showing at Manteio's on Sunday nights.
Down at the Secret Garden on Monday night this Greek boy was moved to some dancing.
And on Friday here we were again.
An abandoned item on the fence by the Pedi bus stop - even has "Not Found" as part of the logo.
The building supplies boat was offloading as we waited for the bus
This day a year ago, Bella was out of the kennels after a very short stay and celebrated with a swim at Chew Valley Lake.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

May already!

Well it's nearly the middle of May and we've been to Symi and come back again for a short while - before we go back again.  So here - mainly in chronological sequence - are some pictures from the last month or so. Starting with a few photographs of the excellent Symi Dance Show from just over a week ago

Before that we'd started in Chania on Crete
Snow on the White Mountains seen from the town.
From there, we went to Rhodes where we spotted this street art.
A view of the sea from one of the many historic parts of Rhodes Old Town
The House of Pain (complete with German Consulate on top - a message for the Greek economy?)
Sugar free clothes!
Walking through the Pedi valley on Symi, our nostrils were alerted to this striking but stinking plant (pollinated by flies because of its aroma of dead animal).
Poppies - lots of flowers still in abundance in late April/early May in Greece before the heat sets in.
A mezze lunch at the Olive Tree
The Symi has a new logo
Koukoumas celebrations
The view from high in the Chorio
Walking down to Yialos on the main road affords this lovely vista.
Looking across to Nimos with calm morning waters
A large and fearless insect 
Panorama of the view from Yialos out to sea
Another stinker!
Enormous irises
Managed to get in some playing!
Sunrise the morning we left Symi to come back to cold Bath…
Moonset over Symi in the other direction.
Our transport to Rhodes - the Panagia Skiadeni
This day a year ago, Su had already manage dto escape to Symi while I stayed in the UK for marking before joining her later in the month. Walked Bella down to the churchyard at Charlcombe and enjoyed the lovely lilac.