Fallen Almond Blossom

It is a calm grey day on Symi with high cloud and a hazy horizon. The water level in the harbour has finally dropped after a second weekend of floods caused by abnormal spring tides combined with barometric lows. Vehicles from the island of Symi are readily identifiable by the mechanics and car washes on Rhodes as they are famously rusty underneath from driving through salt water in Yialos, Pedi and Panormitis in the winter. The Lunar Park packed up and departed on the big boat on Saturday afternoon so the town square in Yialos is once again providing parking above the high tide level. Shop and property owners are getting fed up by the constant flooding this winter as ground floor sea level properties are very damp with salt water seeping up through the flagstones and foundations – a reminder of why the quayside in Yialos has been repeatedly widened and raised over the years, not to mention the building of the bridge at the head of the harbour and the exaggeratedly raised pavements around the waterfront.

We may be approaching the spring equinox but the long range forecast for this week is very unsettled with midday temperatures still hovering at 19 degrees centigrade and some strong winds on the agenda. Nights are mild with temperatures around 10 degrees centigrade and on windless evenings it is perfectly possible to sit outside. On a clear night the stars are astonishingly bright and at the moment we are enjoying a glorious full moon. Moonlight shining on the fallen almond blossom is the closest we are likely to get to snow on Symi this year.

The ANES ferry schedules up to 5 April are now available on line so Easter visitors to Symi can make some plans. The schedules for Dodecanese Seaways still only cover March with a service to Symi on Sundays only. Please remember that all ferry schedules are subject to the weather as safety is put ahead of customer convenience and it is not always possible for boats to dock in Rhodes in a strong easterly swell.



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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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