The thermometer is hovering around 40 degrees

The heatwave continues and all over Greece the temperatures are rising. Thunderstorms and rain are forecast for the mainland and Crete for the weekend but it is unlikely that Symi and the other eastern islands will have any relief from the heat. Here on Symi the thermometer is hovering around 40 degrees. Anyone with any choice in the matter is either on the water or in it. Down in the harbour every puddle of shade seems to have something snoozing in it and the cats prefer napping under the skips to rummaging through them in the heat of the day.

This morning I went to see Haralambos, the island's dentist. Today is the first day in his new premises at the bottom of the Kataraktis and he's like a kid whose Christmases have come all at once. This being Symi and Harry being an artist as much as he is a dentist, his new surgery is an interestingly restored old tannery with some intriguing architectural features which should show off his paintings to perfection. The angel's face that I included in my June architecture article is from the exterior of the building. The building may be a restoration project but his equipment is all shiny and new and he is delighted with all his new toys.

Meanwhile, over at the town hall, the performer for the premiere of the Symi Festival is still a 'surprise'. As the date draws closer some anxieties are being voiced as this is the latest ever in the history of the festival. Rabbits have been pulled out of hats before now, but never this late in the day.

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.

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

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