A Fine Crop of Poppies

It has been quite hazy this week with low cloud and drizzly weather. Yesterday I went to Rhodes on the Proteus, to attend to some business. Half of Symi seemed to be on the boat, including Neil and Toby who were heading for Rhodes Hospital to find out if the ironmongery was ripe for removal.

Rhodes is, if anything, even less ready for the forthcoming season than Symi. As I had errands on both sides of the Old Town I took a short cut through the middle and can report that apart from someone pumping out a flooded basement with the help of the local fire brigade I saw no signs of activity whatsoever. There were no cruise ships in the harbour and no early tourists to be seen.

The accompanying photographs show a fine crop of poppies in the moat. You will notice that the moat also serves as a football pitch!

Tomorrow is Dodecanese Day and it is Clean Monday on the 10th so we have a 4 day bank holiday to look forward to. The bunting for tomorrow's parade is already fluttering in the breeze outside the War Memorial.

Have a good weekend. I intend to spend mine catching up on the gardening.


PJ Edwards  – (Friday, March 14, 2008)  

Ah! the scarlet flowers of memory, Adriana! I remember poppies growing around the moat from a brief exploration on my way home from my first visit to Symi - but then it was early May and the poppies were rippling in the breeze from the tops of ruined towers. Having discovered the delights of Symi and hidden corners of Rhodes Old Town, I have returned to both several times - and will be back again this September - but those poppies from my first visit are still firmly lodged in the memory bank!

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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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