Summer is Upon Us

Pedi bay in the early morning calm.  The number of yachts over-nighting in the bay is steadily increasing.

She asked nicely to be photographed and who am I to refuse a request?  A nanny goat with a global blog following.

Yialos, on the other hand, was pretty quiet this morning.

A caper growing wild in a ruin at the base of the Kali Strata. 

A last lingering daisy on the Kali Strata.

The vines are growing at a rapid rate now.  Yes, that is a fly sitting on the leaf to the right.

Creating a garden out of nothing, near St John's church in Yialos.

Someone was evidently interrupted doing the dusting at this dress boutique in the back lanes of Yialos.

Soroco, a lifestyle boutique near St John's church in Yialos.
The European Elections passed off well and those of us who were registered to vote did our bit.  I think that is probably it for elections on Symi for the moment.

Meanwhile, summer is upon us.  It is around 30 degrees at midday, dropping to about 20 degrees at night.  We can pack away shawls, jumpers and blankets.  It is time to dust off the fan and get the office air conditioner serviced.  In a few short weeks we will be battling to work in temperatures of 40 degrees or more but at the moment it is manageable as long as one gets up early.  Tourists, of course, don't need to worry about anything more strenuous than which beach to visit with the water taxi today and which bar and taverna to frequent in the evening. The long hot summer evenings have begun and everything happens out of doors.

Most of the shops and businesses in Yialos are now open for the season and there are lots of goodies for sale, from hippy chic summer garb to interesting pieces for house and home.  The lanes of Yialos are always worth a browse at this time of the year.

Have a good week.


Unknown  – (Friday, May 30, 2014)  

Looking forward to getting back!!

Grey Britain is not appealing.

Unknown  – (Friday, May 30, 2014)  

Looking forward to getting back!!

Grey Britain is not appealing.

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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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