A Hint of a Rainbow

The view from my office window earlier this week.  The harbour has been really busy with lots of Turkish yachts visiting because of the Eid holiday.  A welcome last minute boost for the shops and cafes around the harbour before the long winter sleep begins.  The last Olympic Holidays guests have already left.

Whichever way one looks, there are always electricity wires in the way on Symi.  In other historic towns and villages around Greece all the cables are underground but for some reason, probably to do with the complexities of Symi's hundreds of steps, all our cables are festooned overhead.

As I was saying...  Agios Elefterios church in Chorio with a cross hatching of cables.

We had a big thunderstorm in the early hours of Thursday morning, the remnants of a storm that caused flooding and tornadoes on nearby Rhodes.  Symi received about 15 mm of rain and occasional showers for the next 24 hours.  The sky is starting to clear now but there were some interesting cloudscapes as I was walking to work this morning.

Just a hint of a rainbow over the Kastro this morning.

My elderly neighbour, Yanni, has pruned his mulberry tree to let in more light and air now that the darker days are upon us.  Look at all the lemons on his trees to the right.

The ducks in the harbour, as seen from the bridge.

The duck enclosure and the National Bank of Greece where one of the three ATMs on Symi is located.  The wheel barrow full of wood on the left belongs to a bakery just out of the picture. They still use a wood fired oven for their baking.

The Blue Star, only half an hour late this morning.

The date palms are flowering.

This is my last blog for a few weeks as I am off to England on Monday to visit my mother.  Not surprisingly I have to leave Symi on Sunday as there is no Monday morning ferry at this time of the year.  By the time I return the Panormitis Festival will be over and the island will have hunkered down for the winter. The filming of the Judas Curse will be in the can as they say and the view from my office winter will be predominantly of local fishing boats.

If you are suffering from Symi deprivation in my absence, don't forget you can visit Symi at 30 second intervals with our webcam, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter and there is always my fellow Symi blogger, James Collins, at Symi Dream.


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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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