A butterfly hatching

It’s another hot summer’s day on Symi. The water boat is rising slowly from the waves over by the clock tower and a cavalcade of watermelons, Cretan flower pots and plastic chairs is wobbling off the ferry and up the hill. The kiosk at the bus stop is doing a brisk trade in ice creams.

The accompanying photograph is of a butterfly hatching in an almond tree in my garden. I noticed it on Sunday morning, when I went to give the chooks their breakfast. It hung there, delicately drying its wings, for about an hour and then drifted off into the orange grove, leaving a neatly woven green chrysalis behind. Although caterpillars are a nuisance and voracious eaters, without caterpillars there can be no butterflies… Even in nature compromise is a necessity and one has to accept the bad to enjoy the good.

Have a peaceful 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.

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

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