Lupins and Lavender

Lupins and Lavender

The equinox passed with a flurry of thunder showers and spring has arrived on Symi on a wave of daisies.  As temperatures have shot up in recent days so has the vegetation with lush abandon.  The sheep nibble all night by the light of the full moon, bells tinkling gently as they move across the ancient terraces.  Symi is waking up for the tourist season which starts with Easter in April.  Now that the rainy season has, to all intents and purposes, come to an end, the great drying out process has begun. Outdoor jobs are a pleasure in the spring sunshine and even the workmen laying the paving outside the Symi Visitor Accommodation office have shed a few layers of clothing.  It is still quite chilly indoors though as it takes a long time for the warmth to penetrate the thick stone walls.

Men at work

There is a bit of a panic on with the boats at the moment as ANES has officially filed for bankruptcy. More details of this on our companion blog. However Wendy spoke to Ilias Haskas, the deputy mayor, this morning, and he told her that the Proteus will be running on Wednesday this week and that we will be seeing the Symi II again this summer. This is welcome news because at the moment there is virtually nothing in the shops and with the lack of car ferries it is impossible to have things sent over. On Symi even at the best of times choices are limited to what is available but with so many people needing paint, wood and other supplies to get their houses and businesses ready for the season, the prospect of being forced to paint ones shutters in whatever colour has proved to be the least popular in the last decade and therefore the only paint available is sad.

Have a good week.



A splash of brightness at Dino the Chandler. 
Apart from the wheelbarrow he also sells agricultural implements and brass door knockers.

Su Lynch  – (Monday, March 21, 2011)  

Shall I bring a tin of Dulux wth me next month?

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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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