Spring Flowers and April Showers

The cyclamens are disappearing fast but dainty little grape hyacinths are popping up everywhere.

Someone forgot to weed this onion patch  in Chorio and the poppies have taken over.
Note the distant donkey in the grounds of the unfinished sports' facility.

Wherever there is a little pocket of soil and some moisture something grows.

An odiferous Dracunculus vulgaris erupting in the midst of an oregano bush.
As these sinister looking plants are pollinated by flies they smell of carrion.

More poppies, this time in the Pedi valley.

It is overcast today and rain is forecast with possible thunderstorms.  It is very still at the moment, literally the calm before the storm as winds of up to 50 kilometres per hour are forecast for tonight and the shipping forecast for tomorrow is for a Force 9 in the Aegean.  Just as well as there is a strike by the seamen's union tomorrow so the big boats would not be running anyway.  It is about 18 degrees today.

Everyone is beavering away, getting jobs done before the anticipated rain and wind.  The Pachos building next door is having a serious overhaul with major work on the balcony.  We have had jack hammers pounding away all morning.  Across the lane the Enigma boutique is being fitted with a new wooden canopy.  As most of you probably know, Symi's architecture is protected and the laws are particularly strict for landmark buildings such as those surrounding the amphitheatre harbour.

Our telephone lines are still out of order and we are waiting for OTE to determine if it is part of the current maintenance program or if our problem is something different. The internet is working, albeit rather erratically so we apologise if your view of the webcam is sporadic rather than continuous.  It is due, as they say, to circumstances beyond our control.

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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