Simple Pleasures

It is another sizzling hot day on Symi. With temperatures still in the forties and hovering around thirty degrees at midnight everyone is feeling a little frayed around the edges. The long range forecast promises a hesitant cloud on Sunday but that may just be someone who is fed up with pasting little sunshine icons. The whole of Greece is roasting in the summer sun.

Meanwhile, in my little corner of the Pedi valley we have one of the best tomato crops in years. And 100% organic too! On a hot summer evening when the cicadas are chirruping away in the almond trees and the citrus scent of warm lemon leaves fills the air, there is nothing better than an uncomplicated supper of a bowl of freshly picked tomatoes, a handful of pungent basil, a chunk of feta cheese and a loaf of crusty bread. Life on Symi in the summer is one of simple pleasures and dining out in the garden is one of them.


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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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