Spring Green

A merry hoot has announced the arrival of the Symi II bearing the first group of day trippers – much to the bafflement of all concerned as this does not appear on the ferry schedule until 16 April. The Aegli hydrofoil is still out of commission although I saw her berthed in her usual slot in Mandraki when I was in Rhodes last week.
The sun is breaking through after yesterday’s deluge and the showery weather should clear from Tuesday afternoon. The whole of Greece has been experiencing thunderstorms and the view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office still shows some impressive thunderheads piling up over nearby Turkey. The Afghan cricket team was not deterred by the weather and as soon as there was a gap in the downpour late yesterday afternoon they were out on the football pitch, letting off steam.
Symi is blanketed in yellow daisies and the pollen count is high with all the oaks and olives in blossom too. The Pedi valley is a tapestry of different shades of spring green, dotted with fat and munching sheep. Down in Pedi Bay work has resumed on the marina – the building materials ship was rafted up to the crane yesterday afternoon, off-loading sand and other essentials in the pouring rain. We wait with interest to see if they will a) continue with the original plan even though the space inside will be too narrow to accommodate boats, b) demolish and rebuild the new jetty at a more practical distance from the shore or c) demolish the road along the quay to gain the necessary space that way. I suspect it will be option a) as the other two options would involve additional expense and more tenders. Watch this space.

Have a good week.



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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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