The first fingers of autumn


It’s the first day of September and the first fingers of autumn are rattling the shutters. White horses are galloping across the bay and the fourth World Peace Day Swim between Symi and Datça has been postponed until tomorrow when sea conditions for such an undertaking should be safer. So far shipping in this area has not been affected although the Symi car ferry has had to dock alongside instead of stern-to on her tourist run today. The wind is already dropping and summer will resume as of tomorrow with temperatures in the low thirties and beach activities as usual.

There’s a big bush fire raging on the Turkish coast, about 25 kilometres south-east of Datça. According to our Turkish correspondent, it has been burning for about two hours already, fanned by the strong winds, but the smoke has only just become visible here – a huge black cloud looming out from behind Nimos. (see current webcam shot) This has been a bad year for forest fires through out the region as last winter’s rainfall was well below average and many trees have died back, making them vulnerable.

Today’s accompanying photograph is to provide a little glamour for those of you who only visit Symi outside the mega-yacht season… The Aurora, with toys, departing from Yialos yesterday morning.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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