It is a clear chilly winter's day

A strong wind sprang up on Saturday, playing merry havoc with the hydrofoil schedules. Fortunately the organisers of the annual shopping trip to Turkey were able to contact everybody and they set off on Friday afternoon instead of Saturday morning. Those counting on heading northwards on the Dodecanese Express weren't as lucky as the wind was strongest to the north of us and some travellers had to reroute their arrangements via Rhodes.

It is a clear chilly winter's day. The harbour is slipping rapidly into winter mode. Awnings and canopies have been dismantled and packed away. Fancy lights and signs are tightly wrapped in plastic sheeting to protect them from the winter rains and chairs and tables are stacked, ready to be taken away to various storerooms around the island. There were a few fancy yachts in the harbour this morning, passing through en route to their winter haunts, but generally Yialos is now very quiet. Many of the locals have already migrated to the other end of the island in anticipation of the Panormitis festival on 7 November. Most of the hotels are now closed and the few remaining tourist shops still working only open for a few hours a day if there is a boat in.

Rain is forecast of much of Greece for this week but we are unlikely to have more than a passing shower. Temperatures are likely to remain between 15 and 20 degrees centigrade in the sun but colder in the wind. Much of the vegetation that sprang up after the heavy rain on 2 October is starting to die back and we could use the rain.

Have a good week.


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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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