Spring will Soon be Over

It has been trying to rain properly for days but all we get are passing mud sprinkles and the island is very dry.

Despite the clouds the view from my office window is becoming more summery, with the Panagia Skiadeni and the Symi facing off across the harbour and an increasing number of yachts.

The excursion boat Poseidon, freshly painted and ready to start the season.  She is going out on her shake down cruise on 1 May, weather permitting. 

Yachts and yes, that is a Turkish gulet over there by the clock tower.

The hanging baskets all still look bright and perky.

As do the window boxes.

Composition in grey and terracotta.

Cheery pelargoniums at the back of the town square in Yialos.
April is drawing to a close and spring will soon be over.  Spring is very short on Symi as the days warm up rapidly in May and the rainy season is drawing to a close.  If we don't have some proper rain in the next few days we are unlikely to have any at all again until October.  These are the last cool days.

The first of May is traditionally a bank and political holiday in Greece, celebrated by going out into the countryside and gathering flowers which are then hung as posies or garlands on the entrance to ones home. There are also likely to be strikes and demonstrations in Athens, but that is a long way from our little island.  As it has been such a dry spring there are few suitable wild flowers left to gather on Symi but most householders have flowering plants around their homes at the moment, even though gardens in the conventional sense are very rare on Symi.  With the houses so densely packed together and the terrain so steeply inhospitable, the forefathers of Symi expended little effort in hewing gardens out of the rocky hillsides on which they built their houses.  Until recently there was little or no water to spare for frivolous flower gardens as everyone was entirely dependent on harvesting the winter rains in cisterns to survive the summer and there was no prospect of water from any other source. These days we have a small desalination plant on the Pedi road, augmented by water ships coming over from Rhodes, but Symi is still a famously dry island and we all have to do our best to make what water we have last as long as possible.

Have a good week.


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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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