Happy May!

No, it is not a run on the banks - it is pension day on Symi and as yesterday was a bank holiday and the banks on Symi aren't open at weekends everyone was down in Yialos, bright and early.

The yachts are creeping back into Pedi too.

Resplendent in red, terracotta red that is.   The new undercover sports stadium is rapidly nearing completion and seems to be down to the final tidings up around the periphery.

After the rain shower on Wednesday afternoon, clouds lingered around the crest of the Vigla.

Bin cats drying off after the rain.

Another poppy photo opportunity. They will all be gone soon.

Symi day excursion boats from Rhodes.

A visiting Turkish gulet.

A very pretty little Danish yacht spotted in Yialos earlier in the week.
May Day has been celebrated in Greece for a long time, long before the day acquired political significance, and is a very cheerful holiday on the Greek calendar, celebrated with posies of flowers and picnics in the sunshine.  The Blue Star did not come through this morning, however, as there was a shipping strike in Piraeus yesterday.

The weather remains unsettled and we had some short sharp showers on Wednesday.  It is threatening rain again this morning but unlikely to come to anything, even if they are forecasting snow on the Alps and rain in the Adriatic.  Temperatures are continuing to rise and the evenings are milder, although it is still chilly indoors. Midday temperatures are in the mid twenties, dropping to around 18 degrees in the evening.

On Saturday evening at 7 p.m. there is a meeting at the Olive Tree in Chorio where Panormitis Moschous, one of the mayoral candidates for the forthcoming election, is going to present his election manifesto to those of the expat community who are eligible to vote. The following weekend, on Sunday 11 May, Lefteris Papakalodoukas, the present incumbent, will do likewise at the same venue.  If you have an EU passport and own a property here or live and work here (and registered for inclusion on the voters' roll by 28 February 2014) you are eligible to vote in the municipal elections on 18 May.

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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