Epiphany 2007

It is a gloriously sunny winter's day and I have just emailed Mike Gadd lots of Out and About photographs to put up. In the meantime, here are two.

The first shows the Metropolitan and part of his procession as they arrive for the ceremony after Mass at St John's church. This is the second Epiphany ceremony of the day, the first having already taken place in Harani, the parish of Evangelismos. After the St John's parish ceremony the Metropolitan is then going over to Panormitis to officiate there. A similar ceremony took place in Pedi early this morning and the bells have been ringing since daybreak.

The second photograph shows the booth on the water's edge opposite Pachos. Trimmed with cypress boughs and crosses made of oranges, it is a traditional bower and many older Diaspora readers will probably remember similar ones from their childhoods.


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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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