A Feeling of Optimism and Endeavour

Happy Easter to all those who celebrated this weekend.  We have another month to go but I noticed on the way to work this morning that the first chocolate Easter Eggs have arrived at Sotiris’ supermarket in Chorio.  The weather remains murky but with the new month there is a feeling of optimism and endeavour in the air and everyone is working hard, preparing for the season ahead.  There is plenty to be done to clean up after a very stormy winter and we still have a few weeks of unsettled weather and mud showers ahead.  Washing windows is always a last minute thing on Symi as 5 minutes of red rain can destroy hours of hard work. 

Every washing line and balcony in Chorio seems to be draped with drying washing, airing blankets and quilts and carpets waiting to be beaten as the island’s housewives get stuck into their spring cleaning.

Down in the harbour the Symi Flower shop has a wonderful display of flowers and vegetable seedlings for sale and we will soon be seeing the hawkers coming off the bigboats, laden with garden supplies, outdoor furniture and baby chicks.  Speaking of boats, the Panagia Skiadeni is now only starting her Symi Rhodes service later this week.  Please check www.12ne.gr/en for updates on the schedules.

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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