The meltemi breeze has finally arrived to break the heat and bring some freshness to the air. The harbour is very quiet at the moment. It is that lull between the departure of the last water taxi to take people staying on the island out to the beaches and before the day trippers arrive from Rhodes.
St Nicholas beach in Pedi was quite busy yesterday afternoon, but not so much so as to be crowded or noisy. It is a popular beach with local families on their days off as it is safe for children to paddle and the sand is unusual on Symi where most of the beaches are pebbles and shingle. It is also one of the few beaches on the island that can be reached on foot as well as by water taxi from the water boat quay in Pedi.
With recent temperatures in the high thirties and low forties Symi is looking quite parched. The almond trees around my house are shedding their leaves in great rustling drifts and the juice is boiling out of the lemons in the citrus grove. My tomatoes are ripening in abundance and the aubergines are swelling so profusely that they are pulling the plants over, stakes and all. At this time of the year humidity is usually at its lowest and even plants that are watered on a daily basis are stressed and stop growing. The only patches of vivid colour are geraniums, bougainvillea and hibiscus. By the end of July the nights are perceptibly longer and the weather becomes more humid, giving the island’s flora a break from the heat and normal growth resumes.
On the ferry situation, we are all waiting for the revised Dodecanese Seaways schedule to be released. We were told on Friday that it would be up today but at time of writing it has not been put up yet. The Wednesday Dodecanese Express route is not showing at the moment but as it is shown to be leaving Symi at 7.45 on Thursday mornings it is going to have to get to Symi somehow on a Wednesday!
Have a good week.
|Bargain sunbeds at St Nicholas|
|St Nicholas Beach - busy but not too busy.|
|Early morning tranquility at Petalo.|