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Roses round my door.  It has been a very dry spring with no rain for weeks.  The old damask roses suffer when the opening buds are rained on as the outer petals shrink when wet, preventing the blooms from opening properly.  No such problems this year.  The valley is drying out quickly now. The daisies are disappearing.  The wild grasses are setting seed and the poppies are coming to an end.

Lurking in the shrubbery.  If you look carefully, one of her chicks is hiding beneath her, just to the right of her legs.

The great flood of November 2017 washed away many walls and fences, giving the goats free rein.  It is a foolish person who leaves their gate or courtyard door open with these guys wandering around, looking for snacks.

Cock of the walk.

Pink bindwind.

Wild hollyhocks in Lieni.  Like the damask roses, they like the dry conditions and are putting on a good show this year.

Yialos is still very quiet outside of the hours in the middle of the day when the excursion boats are in from Rhodes.

Friday morning in Yialos.  This was the scene at 10 o'clock.  The water taxi boats are still in the boat yard.  They should be launched in the next few weeks and usually receive their licenses for the year in late May.
Here are a few photographs to give you an idea of what it is like on Symi at the moment.  The uncertainty surrounding political developments in Turkey has had a ripple effect on Symi.  With fewer yachts overwintering in Turkish marinas we are not getting the usual influx of cruising boats passing through Symi after clearing out of Turkey in the course of March and April.

Temperatures are now nudging 30 degrees at midday and the evenings are very mild.  We haven't seen rain for weeks now.  According to some sources this is the warmest and driest April in the Rhodes area in 200 years but how that accurate that is, I cannot say.  Were the Ottomans and then the Italians keeping weather records?

I am in the process of setting up a property management service here on Symi.  There is a lot to organise but as soon as I have my website up and running I will give you the link.  Please be aware that as the Symi Visitor business no longer exists, I will not be in the old office in the harbour and the email address is no longer active.  If you want to contact me personally, you can find me on Facebook Messenger or here.

Have a good week.



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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