|The Nikolaos patisserie - shrouded in plastic and ready for Christmas. Not many customers, though, on such a wet and blustery day.|
|The trees on the square have all been lopped for the winter - the electricity cables were in jeopardy and the cafes on either side wanted to let in more light.|
|Locals buying fish from the back of a truck by the bridge.|
|Christmas decorations in Chorio, next to the Windmill restaurant (now firmly packed away for the winter). The model sailing boat is very traditional and its lines are picked out in lights. It is riding a wave of blue light tubing.|
|Breakfast on the hoof.|
|This patriotic quadbike belongs to an elderly gentleman who lives somewhere quite high up as I often see him on the road. As you can see, the boutique in the corner is shuttered for the winter.|
|Water-swept weeds and fallen fig leaves on the Kali Strata. In the absence of storm water drains and gutters, Symi's numerous flights of stairs quickly become torrents when it rains.|
|This wall came down as a result of heavy rain earlier this week. That is the Pantheon hotel next door.|
|A flower and a face on a facade on the Kali Strata.|
|Moss growing on the steps near the top of the Kali Strata. They will be whitewashed again in the spring and the tourists will never guess that they turn green for half the year.|
|A calm morning this week. The red ship on the quay in Pedi is off-loading building materials. There are a number of builders' yards near the football pitch and the power station.|
This will be my last blog for a few weeks as I am off to England to spend Christmas with my mother. Weather and ferries permitting I should be back on Symi on Wednesday 7 January so my next blog will be on Friday 9 January.
I hope you all have a very merry and peaceful Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year.