>> Monday, October 5, 2015 – Agia Marina, life on Symi in October, October weather, Solidarity Symi, Symi beaches, Yialos
|The view from Symi Visitor Accommodation today - two water taxis are out, the other two showing signs of being wrapped up for the winter. There are plenty of Symi's regular visitors and property owners around still but as the beaches are in shadow from quite early in the day, people don't spend as much time on the beach.|
|As the number of yachts diminishes, the fishing boats become more obvious.|
|The head of the harbour at 11 this morning. Very quiet apart from the murmur of conversation from the various cafes.|
|Fishing nets in Yialos. Surprisingly there were no cats about.|
|The palm trees along the front have trusses of dates. They were only planted a few years back and always have a slightly desperate air, particularly when being blasted by the salt spray of winter gales but are hanging on somehow.|
|The pebble mosaic of St John's church in Yialos.|
|The blue windows and steps at the far end are part of the Petridion, the junior school in Yialos.|
|Fanciful botanicals and geometric shapes.|
|A grapevine outside the old forge at the back of Yialos.|
|Looking down at Harani and Mouragio from the Kali Strata this morning, the sea looks very empty these days. The little hire boats have gone from the clock tower, packed away until next summer.|
|The wet bikes from NOS Paradise beach have also retreated up the mountain for the winter.|
|The yummy mummies and their chicks are doing well. The secret to survival if you live a free range feral life evidently lies in being well camouflaged against the landscape.|
|The plumbago is going mad at the moment, heavy with endless trusses of vivid blue trusses.|
This evening there is a fund-raising event for Solidarity Symi at Agia Marina which promises to be a magical evening. Imagine spending an evening under the stars at a pretty beach taverna and coming home by water taxi late at night, phosphoresence lighting up the boat's wake. Tickets are 50 euros per person, including the water taxi, dinner and wine, and there will be an auction.
On Friday evening there is a thank you party at Apostoli's taverna in Pedi for all the volunteers as well as the hard-working police and port police. This will be 10 euros per person and everyone is welcome. We will be putting up more details on our Facebook pages tomorrow.
Have a good week.