A Chilly Week

It has been a chilly week with lots of wind and numerous ferry disruptions. The Proteus only caught up with itself by doing yesterday’s trip to Rhodes at 5 a.m today and shipping in the Aegean has been in disarray since last weekend. As we approach the equinox the long range forecast remains unsettled with more stormy weather ahead and possible showers next week.

The hydrofoil broke down on Monday afternoon and is still out of commission, but would not have been able to run anyway in the prevailing conditions. As it is scheduled to come out of service next week for maintenance it is unlikely to leave the quay for some time. The Proteus will be filling in for the Aegli on some routes but the full ANES timetable for April has yet to be released. Dodecanese Seaways has now put up its April schedule. See www.12ne.gr. It is not yet known when the day excursion boats from Rhodes will commence. This depends very much on tourist figures in Rhodes which is still fairly quiet at the moment.

The spring clean up has started down in the harbour and over the last few days people have been taking advantage of the dry weather to open up businesses that have been closed since October and assess the amount of work required to get them ship shape for the season. One advantage of the drying north wind is that it has shrunk doors and shutters to summer dimensions so the usual spring ritual of literally kicking them open has not been necessary. In sheltered corners, away from the grit-laden wind, paint pots are already being deployed as taverna chairs and tables are refurbished.

Meanwhile in the Pedi valley the spring flowers continue their parade. My apricot tree is covered with blossom this year.

Have a good weekend.


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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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