A Sudden Gale

This pretty Swedish double-ender spent about a week in Yialos recently.

Despite gale force winds on Wednesday, the Blue Star Paros was only 15 minutes late.

A typical Yialos line up in June.

Louis Cruises also managed to dock as usual, despite the stormy weather midweek.

The fuel ship docking in Yialos this morning.

The insect life at this time of the year is quite something.  In a few weeks time it will be too hot for bugs and beetles but at the moment everyone is hatching, munching, pollinating and reproducing.  The birds are appreciative of this plentiful food supply.

Globe artichoke.

Is this my best side?

The rain brought with it large amounts of sand from North Africa.

Twigs plucked from the old oak in Lieni during the gale on Wednesday.
We have had quite an exciting week, weather wise.  With a sudden gale forecast for Wednesday, all tourists scheduled to depart on Wednesday were taken off the island on Tuesday afternoon in case no boats were able to dock on Wednesday. This included not just our own visitors but also Olympic Holidays and Kalodoukas Holidays. It is best to err on the side of caution and although as it happened the Panagia Skiadeni and the Blue Star did manage to run to schedule, the Dodecanese Pride and Express were kept in port so the early morning departure from Symi to Rhodes did not happen.  We heard stories subsequently of flights having difficulty landing in Rhodes.  The 50 km/ph winds were followed by torrential rain in the early hours of Thursday morning - an unusual event for the first week of June.  It is a bright sparkling day now with excellent visibility but more windy and unsettled weather is expected in the early part of the week.

It is the Pentecost long weekend here so Monday is a bank holiday.  ITV1 has a film crew here as they are shooting a documentary about foreign women who fell in love with Greeks.  A sort of Shirley Valentine recap.  Well known mystery writer, Anne Zouroudi, is one of the people involved.  If you are on Symi this weekend, please come and join in the Greek live music evening at Mandeio Bar in Chorio on Sunday evening, after 9 p.m. You may even get the opportunity to see our celebrated dancing mayor, Lefteris Papakalodoukas strutting his stuff.

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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