Things I love about Symi

Low clouds over Pedi this morning.

One of the things I love about Symi.

Temperatures are barely in double figures in our small corner of Greece today but despite ominous looking clouds on Sunday afternoon it did not rain on Symi’s carnival parade , there was enough of a breeze to permit the flying of kites on Clean Monday  and this morning’s downpour ceased in time for the Dodecanese Day parade so we can all go home to our firesides, content that all was as it should be for the holiday long weekend. March is always a capricious month in the Mediterranean as the spring equinox brings with it everything from delicious sunshine to sand winds, sleet to downpours, with occasional late snowfalls on both the Greek mainland and Asia Minor just across the water from us. Indeed Symi has once again escaped the violent winter weather that has brought much of the rest of the country to a standstill but at 6 degrees at 8 o’clock this morning it is hardly warm.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, is not expected to be significantly better with Force 9 northerly gales expected in the Aegean and snow forecast as far south as Crete. We could be spending the next few days in scarves and mittens.

Two cats campaigning for a fitted kitchen in the back lanes of Chorio.

Nanny goat and her kid in Lieni. 
As you can see, goats love daisies - but that tall graceful asphodel is definitely unappetising.

Flowers everywhere.  Even the most mundane verge looks like a garden.

Have a good week.



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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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