Spring, Glorious Symi Spring

The Vigla is the highest point on Symi so all the antennae and beacons are located up there.  If, however, you are in the shadow of the Vigla you may find that your phone picks up a stronger signal from Turkey than from Symi.  In direct line of sight, however, one can actually pick up quite strong 4G signals these days.

I can assure you that this poppy is absolutely real!  I spotted it on a verge next to the football field behind the power station in Pedi.

Best friends.

Lemon blossom

Rogue nasturtiums

The grape vines are waking up.  

You can see why wild clematis is sometimes called Old Man's Beard

Oak leaves unfurling in Lieni

The Pedi valley.

A lonely cloud between Symi and Turkey.

I spotted this atop a chimney that I pass every day and have never noticed before.  There is always something new to see on Symi.
We have been exceptionally lucky with the weather this March.  After that week of solid rain at the beginning of the month it has been sunny and mild and, as you can see, nature is reveling in the ideal growing conditions.  March can be a very stormy month so it is really exceptional to have such a long run of fine weather.

Tomorrow, 25 March, is a double holiday in Greece as it is the anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottomans and it is also the Feast of the Annunciation.  The flags are up in the harbour and the children are running about, pursued by harassed teachers trying to coral them into groups for marching practice.

It looks as though there may be a break in the weather in the middle of next week with a possibility of rain showers. These, unfortunately, are likely to be of the 'red rain' persuasion, a phenomenon that combines fine dust from North Africa with moisture and turns everything ochre. We shall see!

Have a good weekend.

Regards,
Adriana

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Springtime on Symi

The Taxiarchis hotel in Chorio, surrounded by a sea of daisies.

A eucalyptus tree grows out of  dry stone wall on the Pedi road.

New leaves.

Drifts of wild cyclamens catch the light in the Pedi valley.

Spring magic in the Pedi valley.

Many of the old houses have planters in the top of the courtyard wall.  This house has been empty for ages, ever since I have been on Symi, but the freesias come up every year.

A Second World War souvenir in Pedi.  It may be peaceful now but Symi saw some fierce fighting during the war and the island changed hands several times.

This little chapel on the southern shore of Pedi bay sits atop a fresh water spring which bubbles into the sea at that point.  In the old days the housewives of Symi used to come down to do their laundry on the flat stones.  Now most people have washing machines but even 25 years ago, when I first came to Symi, most laundry was done by hand or in a very basic stainless steel drum which one filled with a bucket and plugged in to activate an agitator in the bottom.

St Nicholas beach on a sunny day in March.  Everything is closed up still for the winter and we took our own picnic.  The beaches on Symi don't start to open up until late May or even early June, depending on how many people are around.

Wild lilies growing among the rocks above St Nicholas.

The steps down to the beach.
After a week of heavy rain, we have had some lovely bright days and Symi is drying out again.  As you can see from the photographs, the wild flowers are quite spectacular this year.  I don't think I have ever seen such an abundant display of wild cyclamens in the valley.

I am having some camera problems at the moment.  The focus on my own camera has become erratic after about 4 years of constant use.  A friend loaned me her camera which is what I used to take the pictures above.  It is a lovely camera but unfortunately there are two tiny scratches, right in the middle of the lense, which show up as two elliptical dark shadows in the middle of any landscape shots, making my views of Symi appear to feature UFOs. Not appropriate for blog purposes!  I had a look in Rhodes yesterday but as so many people depend on their smartphones for photographs these days, the shops don't carry much in the way of cameras anymore. As my needs are fairly specific, I prefer to see something and handle it before buying to make sure that I can see the screen easily and that the controls aren't too twiddly so ordering sight unseen on line is not for me. This could take a while!


Have a good weekend.

Regards,
Adriana

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About this Blog

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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.


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