Happy St Valentine's Day!

Or rather, belated Valentine's Day greetings as for technical reasons I was not able to post this on Friday.  Symi's concession to Valentine's Day commercialism was a cheerful display outside Despina's flower shop and the Emporium had bottles of pink champagne with hearts on the label.  No excuse for Symi husbands not to pick up flowers and champagne.

Up in Chorio, however, there is still an impressive Nativity on one of the rooftops opposite the bus stop at Kampos.  Usually it is shrouded in plastic during the 'off season' but this year it is lingering on.

A week or so ago I observed that the new undercover sports facility looked rather like a Greek temple. Well, the similarity is going one step further as marble cladding is painstakingly being applied.  No, this is not a wild extravagance - marble is relatively inexpensive in Greece - most of the country is limestone and marble quarries abound - and lasts for centuries.  This is why in Greek public buildings and even the most modest office buildings one often sees marble floors - cheaper than linoleum or wall to wall carpet and considerably more durable!

Speaking of infrastructure work, the floating crane is toiling patiently at building the new commercial shipping jetty on the south side of the harbour, just past the fuel jetty.  A bore for those who have restored or built houses there but ultimately a great relief to the harbour if it means no more heavy vehicles rumbling round the waterfront when the big boats come in and it should mean that the larger ferries can dock more easily in Symi, making us less vulnerable to shortages in bad weather.

After two rainy days the sun is out again. This February has been extraordinarily mild so far.  Night time temperatures are around 12 degrees, rising to about 18 at midday (warmer in sunny spots).  We have been spared the gale force winds and sleet that are often a feature of February and nature is getting ahead of itself in the Pedi Valley.

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.

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