>> Monday, September 30, 2013 – life on Symi in October, life on Symi in September, Symi weather, Syrian refugees, Turkey
|I never know what I am going to see on my walk to work in the morning. A laden donkey munching thistles next to two boats half way up a mountain is not as odd as it sounds when one lives on Symi.|
|A lone dove on a wire above the Kali Strata.|
|The view from my office balcony this morning. The water taxis are still operating but are not as busy as they were a few weeks ago and there is a definite 'winding down' feel to the island now. Some businesses are already laying off staff for the winter and the ferry schedule is much reduced.|
As the weather is becoming cooler the range of fresh produce available on the island is becoming more varied. Other parts of Greece have already had rain and market gardens in Rhodes and Crete are able to produce under irrigation all year round.
After so many months of drought and only a muddy sprinkle a few weeks ago there is an air of eager anticipation among the locals who are keen for the weather to break and the growing season to begin.
On a more serious note, a group of 22 Syrian refugees has arrived at Symi police station. The group includes women and children and once again the island's support group is swinging into action to provide clothes and bedding. Food, water and medical facilities have been arranged as two of the women are in poor health. It is believed that they will only be on Symi for a few days but whether their destination will be a holding centre elsewhere in Greece or if they will be returned to Turkey is unclear at this stage. If you are on holiday on Symi and have any clean suitable clothes or left over toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste) that you don't want to take back home with you, please can you contact us at Symi Visitor Accommodation. Thank you.
Have a good week.