|Mayor Lefteris Papakalodoukas supervising the post storm clean up in Lieni.|
|The Agia Marina carved a new path for itself through the Pedi Valley.|
It has been quite an exciting week on Symi, weather wise at any rate. On Tuesday night there was a big thunderstorm and lightning struck the masts at the top of the Vigla, knocking out the WIND Hellas 3G mast, most of the local television channels and sending the remaining mobile phone network off into random roaming. On Wednesday it looked as though the worst was over but the clouds rallied in late afternoon and we had a veritable deluge of 55 millimetres of rain in less than 2 hours on Wednesday evening. Water courses that had not flowed in years came down in spate, walls collapsed, rock falls blocked the roads and tons of topsoil washed into the sea. All credit to the town hall that at 11 pm on Wednesday night, once the rain had abated, we could hear bulldozers working on the road above us and the municipal bobcat was still at work, systematically clearing rubble all day Thursday, tidying up and setting the island to rights. Fortunately the next rain is only expected to reach us late next week and it is unlikely to be so heavy so there is time for us all to dry off and tidy up. The mobile phone/3G network is still in disarray and is likely to remain so until all the necessary spares arrive.
Have a good weekend.
|In the spring this field is where the lambs are fattened for Easter.|
|A cheerful sign - Christmas stars have been put up on the lamp posts in the harbour.|
|The Diagoras - Symi's winter life line.|
|Cyclamens and moss growing between the steps.|