The View From My Window In February

Storm Clouds over Pedi Bay

Wild Cyclamens

Wild Cyclamen (detail) - note the snail holes in the leaves.  

February continues wet and stormy as successive weather fronts roll across the Mediterranean, dumping snow on high ground and torrential rain everywhere else.  At the moment it looks as though we may have a brief reprieve tomorrow, perhaps long enough to dry some washing, before the next onslaught reaches us on Thursday.  Temperatures are around 8 degrees at night, rising to about 16 degrees at midday.  With little sunshine penetrating the cloud cover and everything thoroughly water logged it feels a lot colder than this, particularly as the old stone Symi houses are not famed for their heating and the damp eventually wicks its way through the walls.  Very few people can afford to run air conditioning for heating purposes and old fashioned wood stoves have made a big comeback here as elsewhere in Greece.  People pop out between showers to get things done and then run for shelter as the next downpour strikes.  It is reassuring to realise that in 6 weeks or so winter will be over and the warm spring showers of April will be upon us!

The poetry reading at the Symi Gallery on Saturday evening was well attended and, in a first for Symi, poems were read in Pashto as well as in Afrikaans.  Symi may be small but there is no shortage of cultural diversity.  A reason to be cheerful indeed.  Remember, ff you are on Facebook you will find the Symi Gallery, Symi Dream, Symi Visitor Accommodation and many other Symi friends to keep you company when you are away from the island.

Have a good week.


Storm Clouds over Mouragio.

The View From My Window at Symi Visitor Accommodation - fishing boats and fishermen.

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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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