Bank Holiday Long Weekend

The bank holiday long weekend has brought quite a lot of activity to the harbour and there were more boats in Yialos early this morning than we have seen in a long time. The Symi was also quite full when she docked at 13.00. Lots of schoolchildren on an excursion, accompanied by teachers sounding ever more desperate.

The town crier has been announcing over the tannoy at roughly 15 minute intervals that a special ceremony to honour the director and scriptwriter of the Greek soap opera, Joanna of the Heart, will be taking place at the Opera House hotel function room tonight.

The weekend’s strong north westerly winds have blown away the dust, revealing rows of cut out purple hills on the opposite shore. The last spot of snow on the Turkish mountains visible from our garden has vanished completely. Temperatures are still in the low twenties but it is just that bit too cold to be sitting outside much after sunset. The fireside beckons.

Our adolescent rooster is driving everyone crazy with his attempts to crow. He still can’t quite get it right, even though he practices all night, and the cockerels in the valley respond by demonstrating exactly how to do it. The new crop of spring chicks are now a month old and practicing flying.

Have a good week, and an enjoyable break to those of you on holiday.


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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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