Food for Many a Romantic Dream

Just add water.  A week after the rain and the wild grasses are germinating among the stones.

Desiccated oregano bushes are reviving on the hillside, sprouting tiny furls of new green leaves.  The flower buds which are dried to make the Greek herb rigani that we know and love only appear in the late spring, around April.

The Symi Gallery on the Kali Strata, easily identifiable by the Kate MacKay colour boxes about the entrance, is currently hosting an exhibition of drawings by Ian Bishop.

A grand but neglected mansion on the Kali Strata, food for many a romantic dream.

Early morning calm.
The number of yachts is steadily dwindling as the cruising season draws to a close and they return to their winter berths, often in Turkey and Cyprus.

The heavenly blue of the plumbago, referred to locally as blue jasmine.  It is a popular choice here as it flowers for many weeks in the summer and requires very little water.

An old commercial building in the back lanes of Yialos.  Downstairs is the modern lotto shop.  Upstairs is boarded up and abandoned.   Although a lot of people who work in the harbour live in apartments above shops for reasons of convenience, many of these buildings remain unoccupied and in poor repair.  The stencilled numbers above the doors are relics of early attempts during the Italian occupation of the island between the wars to set up a property registry.

The Blue Star Diagoras arrived this morning, delivering amongst other things the lighting van for the filming of 'The Judas Curse' which starts in Chorio this Sunday.
We are enjoying a few days of settled autumn weather before the next rainy front reaches us around Wednesday or Thursday next week.  There is heavy dewfall at night.  The Dodecanese Seaways ferry schedule has also dwindled considerably with limited options for getting to and from Symi. There is a partial timetable up now for November.

Have a good weekend.



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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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