Winter Blusters On

The landmark oak in Lieni is still bare, but makes for some interesting reflections on the cars parked below.  In the summer Symi cars are all covered in millimetres of dust but at this time of the year the rain keeps them shiny.

Symi sky - somewhere between Turner and Jackson Pollack!

Winter blusters on, warm enough if one can find a sunny spot out of the wind but hypothermia-inducing if one is out on a motorbike, the favoured method of transport in these cost-cutting times.  Symiots and expats alike are well wrapped up in numerous unidentifiable layers, priority being given to warmth and practicality rather than sartorial style and elegance.  The brisk south-easterly wind has turned the almond blossom to confetti and the sky is a raggedy mix of shredded clouds and blown vapour trails. 

Down in the harbour the count down to Greek Easter and the start of the season has begun and last night saw the first carnival party with children running around in fancy dress, clamouring for sweets.  This morning a tangle of wind-swept streamers was blowing round the harbour and wrapping round table legs.  The waterfront cafes that have stayed open for the winter are quite cosy, turned into conservatories by their plastic drop cloths and space heaters. 

The weather forecast for the remainder of the week remains unsettled with more windy days to come and temperatures hovering between 10 and 16 degrees centigrade.  There may be occasional showers but no heavy rain expected before the weekend.

Have a good week.


Almond blossom confetti in Lieni

Who knows when the undercover sports' facility in Chorio will see completion, but this lone black sheep is quite enjoying grazing on the verdant verge.

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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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