A Reassuring Rhythm

This is proving to be one of the mildest Octobers on Symi in several years and it looks as though the forecast will remain fair until the end of the month. The band of rain currently over Italy may give us a few scattered clouds but by and large the outlook is clear and sunny with midday temperatures in the mid twenties. Readers who are pining for blue skies can see the sunshine over Symi by looking at the webcam mounted on the terrace of the Symi Visitor mansion in Yialos.

Speaking of webcams, if you look at the webcam mounted on the balcony outside Symi Visitor Accommodation you will probably have noticed that one of the locals has his speedboat out on the pavement by the water taxis and is busy with a spot of maintenance. It is an ideal location for the purpose as coffee, advice and company are available at Pachos cafeneion and Dino’s chandlery is in the lane nearby.

As businesses close down for the winter and the tourists depart many Symiots take advantage of the lull before the serious weather sets in to enjoy their island and that includes pottering about in boats. Fishing provides an excellent excuse to head out onto the water for the day or for an overnight trip to one of the more remote bays on the windward side of the island. Meanwhile, in the Pedi valley, my neighbours are busy dag-locking their sheep and ploughing their terraces. The olives will soon be ready for harvest. Island life in the winter follows a pattern that has not changed much since Homeric times, a reassuring rhythm in a turbulent world.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Regards,Adriana

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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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