Sheep and Laundry

It is a still spring day on Symi. The almond trees are humming with contented bees and sheep are munching on every patch of greenery. There was heavy dew last night and walking to work this morning down the mossy Kali Strata I had to tread carefully on the slick stones. Humidity is currently at about 90%, a marked contrast to the dry dust storm conditions of last week. Unfortunately this brief spell of settled weather is set to break on Sunday as the front currently raining over Italy heads our way and we can once again look forward to strong winds, thunderstorms and rain sweeping across Greece. The housewives of Symi are hard at work, washing and airing what they can before the next onslaught. As you can see from the photos, sheep and laundry do mix on Symi!

The new ANES timetable for next week is finally available on line. It only shows a limited service with the Symi II, which has just had its annual maintenance, as the Proteus is due for her own inspection. As this means that for the rest of February there won’t be boats every day do check carefully if planning to travel. The Proteus only comes back into service on 5 March. The Dodecanese Seaways catamaran still only stops at Symi on Sundays. There is a big Pireaus boat twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday, but as this can be delayed or cancelled if the weather is bad in the Aegean this is not to be relied upon if timing is tight.

Have a good weekend.



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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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