Tomorrow's Daisies

It is a bright sunny day on Symi. The recent rain has swept away all the dust from the atmosphere, sharpening colours and crisping outlines. Clean white sails glide over an inky blue sea as distant flotillas run downwind to Rhodes. Some quite substantial sailing boats are cruising in the area at the moment as you can see from this dawn photo of Pedi bay. This one has some very fancy lights on the rigging - particularly striking during last night’s power cut when it was the only object visible when looking down at Pedi from the top of Chorio. Work is continuing steadily on the marina (just visible on the left hand side of the photograph) and the concrete mixers are busy surfacing the area where the utility buildings will be. The sports stadium in Chorio is also proceeding rapidly and plasterers have already started work on the internal brick walls. The angel on the mountain has been doing some wing waggling of late so perhaps the wind turbine is about to come into operation. It is certainly impressive on those rare occasions when it has been seen in motion.

Last week’s rain had the anticipated effect on the island’s vegetation and the grass is back, as are tomorrow’s daisies, forcing their way through the fallen leaves of summer drought. Symi will become increasingly verdant over the next few weeks as temperatures remain in the mid twenties until November and conditions for growth are optimal. Aubergines and peppers are ripening in the vegetable gardens in the Pedi valley and the last of the grapes hang heavy on the vines. The shops are still selling Greek plums, peaches and nectarines and long red pointy Florina peppers.

Symi is bustling with regular visitors and Georgio’s tavern in Chorio was packed with familiar faces last night, all peering at each other by torch light in the gloom until suddenly the power came back on to a round of applause.

Have a good weekend.



Jackie and Joel Smith  – (Saturday, September 19, 2009)  

Hi Adriana, We read your blog regularly (and are linked to it) as we prepare for our explorations through the Greek Islands. We have no set itinerary after our week in Crete and are hoping to get to Rhodes and Symi. If we get to your island we also hope to meet you; you've introduced us to your island through your blog.
Jackie and Joel

Richard  – (Sunday, September 20, 2009)  

Please may we have a photo of the Vigla Angel, whether or not she is waggling her wings?

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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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