The spiders are growing fat in my olive groves

The season is now well underway and the harbour is a jumble of yachts and excursion boats. A big blue building materials ship is trying to find a spot to tie up and is hanging about off the clock tower. The gypsies selling pots (both the cooking and the garden varieties) are camping in the square and there is one hopeful soul still trying to sell off a truckload of panther-patterned blankets and gaudy quilts.

There is a brisk breeze blowing across from Nimos and the waves are smacking against the quay below our balcony. It is about 22 degrees today with light high cloud. Other parts of Greece may have some thundershowers but there is nothing more serious than a Force 5 expected around here. The warm dry weather has woken up the insect life with a vengeance and the spiders are growing fat in my olive groves. Unfortunately the black fly found the broadbeans before the bees did this year so we'll plough them in this weekend as green manure. The daisies are dying back rapidly now and most of the hay has been cut. The next time we are likely to have rain is October.

Tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock there will be a service at St John's to remember the British war dead on the island. On Sunday there will be a big VE Day parade in Yialos. Various dignitaries are coming over specially, including, according to the town hall, the Australian ambassador to Greece.

Have a good weekend.


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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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