Hello, September!

I had to share this astonishing sight with you.  It is the earth that has been excavated for the foundations of the new clinic in Chorio.  The car park is disappearing rapidly now and there are a couple of lamp posts buried underneath that great mound.  Every so often it is scooped onto large lorries and dumped somewhere up on the mountain.  We hope that it is being put to good use somewhere as there is not a lot of earth on Symi, just an abundance of rock.

A lucky black cat, spotted in a ruin on the Kali Strata this morning.

Symi colours.

It is September and the power yachts are shrinking.

Virginia creepers are a popular source of fast growing shade but can take over completely if left unattended as is the case with this one.   As it has not rained for many months and no one is watering it we can only assume that the roots are firmly in cistern or soak pit somewhere at the bottom of the Kali Strata.

Whitewash does not always have to be white.
September arrived on the back of a brisk breeze and we had a very windy weekend.  With the autumn equinox only a few weeks away the weather is changing and the days are markedly shorter, particularly for those of us living in the shade of the mountains.  Temperatures are in the low to mid thirties and it is much cooler in the evenings, particularly when the wind gets up. 

September is still high season on Symi and a popular month with the island's regular visitors from Northern Europe and the United Kingdom.  Brightly coloured kaftans and sarongs are giving way to khaki bermudas and polo shirts as the nationalities and age groups change.  The yachts are getting smaller and we will soon be seeing the live aboard cruising fraternity in greater numbers rather than the show off mega yachts with their underwater lights, water toys and mini helicopters.

Thanks to Jan for the title today.

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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