Symi Cats and Flowers

Thomas, a fine figure of a Symi cat, surveys his domain.  He has his humans well trained and is fed through out the year.  Other Symi cats are not so fortunate so if you are on the island in the next few weeks, please put your coins in the Symi Animal Welfare collection tins for the winter cat feeding program.

It will be a while before the new Chorio clinic is completed - the foundations have yet to be poured - but it is easy enough to find the old one now that it has a bright new sign with the doctor's telephone numbers prominently displayed.

Symi Flower Shop is reminding us that it is time to plant our bulbs if we want daffodils, freesias, tulips and the like.  Our winters are not cold enough for long enough for bulbs to naturalise here and flower successive years so we have to plant new ones every year.

The entrance to St John's church yard, enhanced by another Symi cat who has the well fed look of good owners.

Another reminder that the first rains are round the corner and it will soon be time to start planting again. Dino, the chandler in the lane below our office carries an amazing array of goods, including basic agricultural implements.  A good pick is essential for breaking the ground after it has baked hard in the summer drought. The grey plastic object to the right is a manual lift pump, used by local fishermen to pump rain water out of their open boats.

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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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