The island is filling up

Oh dear. We are back on ISDN again. Our telephone lines went totally haywire and this is not a good time for the phones to play up so until the cause of the problem has been traced we are back to 52 kbps… Oh well. It was nice while it lasted.

It is very hot and humid with low cloud hanging over Nimos and wrapped around the Vigla early every morning. This burns off in the course of the day, building up again after sunset when the dew starts to fall at sea level. It is still quite warm at night though with temperatures staying in the mid to high twenties at midnight away from the sea.

The island is filling up and it is becoming difficult to get seats on the more popular hydrofoil and ferry routes. Accommodation is also in short supply with very few gaps to be found. Anyone arriving without prebooked accommodation may find there is no room at the inn.

The effects of the exceptionally dry conditions last winter are becoming increasingly apparent in the Pedi valley as whole trees are starting to die off. It looks as though we ourselves will probably lose several almond trees and figs. The almonds and peaches are sweating resin and many have lost all their leaves. We hope that this winter will bring normal rainfall as the last one was the driest winter we have experienced in the since 1993.

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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