Perfume and Pollen

The Pedi Valley from a vantage point near the quarry at Profiti Ilias. 
The new 'solar farm' and the astroturf football field with race track are new landmarks. 
Yes, that is snow on the mountain in the distance.

After a couple of days of glorious sunshine the rain clouds are once again wreathed around the Vigla and squalls are blustering through Yialos. Temperatures are around 18 degrees so it is nowhere near as cold as it was this time last week and nature has shifted the agenda from winter to spring. The valonia oaks are sprouting new leaves and a tide of yellow daisies and mustard flowers is sweeping across the Pedi Valley. Perfume and pollen fill the air. As the equinox and full moon approach we can expect more showery weather but there are no strong winds forecast over the next few days and we can expect mild temperatures between the thundershowers. It is that time of the year on Symi when those who travel on motorbikes are still cocooned while those of us who walk everywhere are starting to shed layers and often wind up carrying more garments than we are wearing.

A small self-seeded valonia oak (right) shares verge space with a clump of wild garlic flowers.

Bright yellow mustard and oxalis flowers in the remnants of an ancient stone wall.

This magnificent moth was somehow trapped in the chicken wire fencing
around Yanni's garden in Lieni, Chorio.

The webcam at Symi Visitor Accommodation is back on the air. I apologise for the slightly wobbly focus – I was being blown off my feet while I was fitting it. I hope to remedy any shortcomings in a few days. One thing I cannot do anything about is the greyness of the weather on display at the moment. Webcam devotees can watch out for the anticipated sunny intervals on Saturday, not to mention the added bonus of watching the creeping tide of crazy paving tracking up past Pachos. It is already visible on the right hand side. It is going to be interesting to see what, if anything, they do about the fact that the road will be several centimetres higher than the lanes that lead into it which were paved in a previous project some years ago.

One of the oldest oak trees on Symi.

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.

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