Three Dimensional Damp

It is a clear calm day on Symi. Drenching dewfalls spangle the grass and moisture drips from the trees. Walking in the Pedi valley is a wet experience, even in sparkling sunshine. Humidity is currently about 75% and temperatures are in the low teens so every surface feels damp and chilly to the touch. Washing dries by gravity and yesterday’s bread is green by lunchtime. Where lizards basked in summer the snails leave trails now. For those who have only previously visited the island in the arid months of summer this three dimensional damp reminiscent of rain forests is a strange experience. Those of us who live here know that this is a normal phenomenon at this time of year. It is why Symi’s doors and shutters need repainting on an annual basis as they shrink and expand in response to these seasonal fluctuations.

Today’s photographs show some of the ferns and moss currently growing in the dry stone walls and the tangles of wild clematis that is taking over the fences in the Pedi valley.

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.

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

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