Rolling Through the Clover

Shadow Play in Lieni

A lone white sail on the horizon.

Dinghy and donkey dinner - Lieni.

Bindweed in the fences.

What could be more Greek than a whitewashed country chapel?

Clover Carpet in the Pedi Valley

It is a cool clear sunny spring day on Symi. Down in the harbour and in the business part of Chorio there is a great deal of activity as preparations for the season are well under way, the first tourists have arrived including a regular painting group from Australia staying at the Hotel Fiona and there is a general atmosphere of bustle.  We participated in a Clean Up Chorio session on Sunday morning, organised by the town hall and the Symi Women’s Association.  In these times of austerity when municipal funds are tight a little civic spirit goes a long way.  On Saturday evening Rhiannon's Dance School held a very successful concert at the conference hall at the Opera House Hotel in Yialos.  Photos and videos by Neil Gosling of Symi Dream and freelancer Peter Vidal can be seen on the Symi Dream website, Youtube and the various Facebook Pages given to Symi interest groups.

In the hills and valleys spring continues to roll out her carpet of flowers.  The Symi honey should be good this year, judging by the bees rolling through the clover.  With the flowers come the insects and the birds, gorging themselves on bugs.  The big agama lizards that live in the stone terrace walls are also enjoying the abundance of food - the rocks suddenly come alive as some tasty morsel catching a reptilian eye becomes lunch.

On a more practical note, we are still without functioning landlines at the Symi Visitor Accommodation office although the internet connection now seems quite reliable.  A number of other subscribers on the island are also still affected and an extra technician has been sent over from Rhodes to try to sort out the problem.  We are grumbling because we have been phone-less for April.  Some parts of Chorio have been without functioning phones since before Christmas!

Dodecanese Seaways have made some changes to the schedule for May so if you are coming to Symi at that time please keep an eye 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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