The First Day of Autumn

It is World Peace Day and the annual swim between Symi and Datca is under way. It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about the first one, back in 2003.  World Peace doesn’t seem to be breaking out on any global scale but it is good to see that our two small communities are continuing in their endeavours to spread harmony and understanding between historic foes. Coincidentally Mega, one of the Greek commercial television channels, is showing yet another repeat of the popular Turkish-Greek soap opera, ‘Frontiers of Love’ (‘Yabanci Damat’), some of which was shot here on Symi about 5 years ago.

As an Australian visitor observed to me this morning, today is the first day of spring in the southern hemisphere so that must make it the first day of autumn here in the north. Certainly the light is softer and the nights are cooler. On Symi the leaves have been falling for weeks, not in the spectacular blaze of a northern autumn but the slow rustle of sun-bleached foliage on parched earth as summer-deciduous trees conserve moisture by shedding superfluous growth. Here are some photographs taken on the walk to work this morning to give you an idea of the early morning light on Symi at this time of the year.

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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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