Poly Kreo

The halcyon days faded away as the clouds slipped in quietly overnight, bringing first silent drizzle and now steady rain. At the moment there is no wind to move the clouds and Nimos has vanished (see webcam shot). According to the forecasts rain, sleet or snow are going to fall over the whole of Greece for the next few days with a marked fall in temperatures on Monday and Tuesday. The ominous words, 'poly kreo', appeared on the weather map on Wednesday night as the forecaster from the Greek meterological service warned farmers to tuck up their livestock and make sure the greenhouse heaters are working.

Yesterday I made my annual pilgrimage to the Rhodes traffic police to license our tuk-tuk. The Symi II was packed in both directions and on the return trip there were no seats left in the saloon. Fortunately it was a flat dry crossing and the plastic seats which had been removed to repaint the deck have been reinstated. Rhodes itself was fairly quiet. Many businesses are still closed for the holidays and, of course, much of the old town is shut in the winter anyway. For anyone who is actually interested in the architecture of the place, winter is the best time to explore the lanes, particularly over towards Saint Francis, away from the main tourist zone. With all the pensions closed up and not a soul around one can admire the buttressed houses and overhanging upper storeys.

Have a warm dry weekend wherever you are


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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.

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