Hot and Hazy Days in August

Sunflowers in Chorio.  As you  can see from the holes in the leaves, the insect life is undeterred by the heat.


A rare opening at the clock tower.
The building with the radio aerial in the right foreground is the Gymnasium, the academic high school, just below the Kali Strata in Chorio.

Olives leaves and shadecloth. 
It has been many months now since we last had rain and even the hardy indigenous olive trees are shedding leaves from the stress.  The almond trees are almost completely bald now and the developing fruits on the citrus trees are burnt brown.

A cheerful doorway on the Kali Strata.

Who needs a terrace?  A favourite chair placed under the shade of a small vine on the Kali Strata, ideal for chatting to friends and neighbours as they go up and down the steps in the course of the day.

A comfortable snooze spot.

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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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