Autumn Leaves

Some very elaborate landscape terracing has been done between the Kali Strata and the Yialos and we are all waiting with some curiosity to see what wondrous garden will ensue.  The rainy season is the time to get plants in the ground here so that they have several months of wet weather for good root development before the searing summer heat.

Heading for the high school.  This path along the contour cuts out a lot of Kali Strata and is a popular route to school for the children coming up from Yialos.

Farewell photos of friends on the departing Blue Star or aiming for an early morning shot of the opposite side of the harbour?

The autumn leaves are falling in drifts and blowing into little heaps in the corners of the island's thousands of steps.

The view of Pedi is changing and becoming more interesting as clouds, hills and autumn light add different perspectives and colours to the landscape.  The overhead power cables are an inevitable part of most views in Symi, unfortunately.

Self-seeded Nicotiana growing from a threshold on the Kali Strata.

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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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