A Little Spring Between the Storms

It is a beautiful sunny winter's day here on Symi. Small fishing boats putter across a tranquil sea, wide wakes rumpling reflections of high drifting clouds. After last week's bitter storms and the saturating rains of Friday and Saturday, Symi's inhabitants are out of doors, pegging out wet washing and airing their houses. Shutters are lashed back and windows flung open to catch the fresh dry breeze.

The first almond trees are starting to blossom, south facing ones first, in an eruption of sugar pinks and white. Delicately pale cyclamens are nodding in the corners of the terraces and vivid purple anemones open gladly to the winter sun. The scent of orange blossom is sweet on the crisp air. The rosemary flowers are full of drowsy bees.

While no one can pretend that Symi does not have a winter, the good days when they occur are well worth treasuring, each a little spring between the storms.

Have a good week.


Anonymous –   – (Monday, February 04, 2008)  

You get more poetic every day, Adriana. I haven't seen any bees here yet, drowsy or otherwise.

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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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