Normal Service Resumes

Happy Belated New Year!

In the two months that I have been away in South Africa there have been a few changes on the small island of Symi...

The wild cyclamens have started to flower.

The bitter oranges in my garden are ripening.

The almonds are in blossom.

The fig trees have lost their leaves so more of the Pedi Valley is visible from the Lieni road.  As you can see, there are no yachts in the anchorage.

The sports facility in Chorio is nearing completion and looks like a big Greek temple.
 Other things have not changed at all.

Everyone waiting at the clock tower for the Blue Star Diagoras from Piraeus which is an hour late.

The Blue Star as seen from the my office balcony.  As you can see, Yialos is very empty at this time of the year.  No water taxis or excursion boats, no yachts or day trippers.  Most of the fishing boats are out of the water, having their bottoms scraped of barnacles.  Symi in February is very quiet indeed.

It is decidedly chilly with midday highs of 15 degrees and lows of around 10 degrees.  Generally speaking, however, it has been a very mild winter here and apart from one freezing spell in mid December when the puddles froze for 3 days temperatures have been above seasonal averages.  It has been a very wet winter so far and the damp has permeated everything, making it feel colder than it really is.  Symi's climate is one of extremes with a summer drought that usually runs from May to October and then wet winters that paint the barren hillsides green and cover the stone walls with moss and ferns.

Have a good week, what's left of it, and I'll be back on Friday with more photographs and observations about life on Symi.


Pisces1  – (Wednesday, February 05, 2014)  

Welcome back! I have missed reading your diary.

Sunshine & Lynn –   – (Wednesday, February 05, 2014)  

..Lovely to have you back, Adriana..

KrogsbĂžll Holt  – (Wednesday, February 05, 2014)  

Welcome back to Symi - Nice pictures. In Denmark we are arround 0 degrees and still some snow.
Regards the two Danes from Mule House

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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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