A Sea of Mist

This morning we woke to find the island surrounded by a sea of mist with just the highest points poking out above the clouds. The gardens dripped with dew and the Kali Strata was running with water when I walked down shortly before eight. The March equinox is only weeks away now and the adolescent gurglings of my young roosters herald an ever earlier dawn. The almond blossom is giving way to perky bright green leaves and the verges are alight with glossy yellow buttercups. We will probably only have one more serious cold snap before spring gives way to early summer. Night time temperatures are already around 12 degrees centigrade and last night, cooking on the wood stove, I had to open the kitchen door to let some of the heat out!

Down in the harbour some businesses are starting to get ready for summer, to the accompaniment of cheerful Greek 'hits of the 60s' drifting around the amphitheatre. The Dimitroulla has just called in en route from Piraeus to Rhodes. The big boat schedule is now so erratic it has become a case of 'take it as it comes - unfortunate for both potential passengers and the shipping company concerned as it is obviously preferable to book on something that is definitely coming than something that might pass through if circumstances permit.

As this weekend coming is Carnival and the weather looks promising for Clean Monday everyone is planning picnics and outings up the mountain or on the water. Displays of kites for sale have appeared outside unlikely vendors and the supermarkets are filling their freezers with mussels and other approved fasting foods.

Have a good week.


Anonymous –   – (Wednesday, March 05, 2008)  

Opening the door to let the heat out? We're back in winter here. For the last two days the car has been covered in ice, not frost!

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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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