|A rainy May day on Symi. The harbour was full of disconsolate yachtsmen in shorts and wet weather jackets when I came down this morning. Yesterday there were gale force winds and the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran was cancelled because of the storm. Today there is no wind whatsoever, just steady rain... Not much fun if you have chartered a boat for a week!|
|The view from my office balcony this morning.|
|Floral tapestry by the bus stop in Chorio.|
|Wild hollyhocks in Lieni.|
|Who, me? A photogenic nanny goat posing in Lieni. There are two of them. Every morning their owner moves them along to another clump of free grazing. Someone is no doubt making cheese from their milk every evening.|
|Oregano on the brink of flowering. It doesn't seem like a year since I posted a photograph on this blog of this same oregano bush, covered in white flowers and golden butterflies.|
|Speaking of butterflies, there is a white one with black spots in this photograph.|
Symi is a bit different to other towns in the world. For example, let us take going to the bank, a humdrum business of bullet proof glass and anonymity in most places these days. On one occasion recently I was in the bank and the postman came in, rummaged through his bag and gave out post to all the people sitting waiting. On Friday morning, when the pensioners were queuing, waiting for the bank to open, one chivalrous gentleman with a big bunch of wild oregano was handing out sprigs to everyone in the queue. When the bank opened, one of the lady pensioners carefully gave the bank teller a beautiful white lily which the teller put in a glass of water on the filing cabinet behind her. This was then joined by various sprigs of oregano from other pensioners. And so the first banking day in May was celebrated. Only once everyone was comfortably settled and greetings exchanged did the day's business transactions commence. It is scenes like this that enrich everyday life here on the small island of Symi.
Have a good week.