Chronia Polla!

The view of Yialos from my favourite peephole on the Kali Strata.

There was a cruise ship in the harbour early this morning.

After weeks of drought the trees in the Pedi Valley are starting to die back, a branch at a time.

 Juxtapositions of ruins and restored buildings and all shades in between are common on Symi. This is the corner of the Yialos at the base of the Kali Strata.

Bright bedding drying under the trees on the Kali Strata.  No one really bothers with tumble driers in this climate as for most of the year washing dries quickly outdoors and sunshine is free.

Mineral salts leaching out of the plaster on a restored mansion. This is a common phenomenon, both indoors and out on Symi houses and often comes through even newly painted walls.

Spotted in a bougainvillea this morning.
Today Greece celebrates the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin and as the holiday falls on a Friday this year it is a very busy long weekend.  There is the usual party with dancing and traditional music at the Alethini on the Pedi road so the Pedi Valley and parts of Chorio will resonate to the sounds of bouzouki until daybreak. Tavernas, bars, cafes and restaurants will be open until much later than usual as the celebrations usually continue through the night.  Sleep is not high on the agenda and everyone makes allowances for the Big Panagia.  All those named Maria, Despina and variations on the Virgin's name celebrate their name days today too.

It has been hot enough to soften the tarmac in the heatwave this week.
Temperatures have been in the low forties this week with some very hot still nights. The heatwave is expected to break this weekend but Symi's rocky slopes will take a long time to cool off.

The perennial water problems continue. This time it is limited supplies in the upper parts of Chorio causing cisterns to run dry as water out is exceeding water in.  The water is theoretically switched on for a few hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday but in practice the pressure is not always good with the result that water arrives in theory rather than in practice.  And people wonder why we don't have swimming pools on Symi...

Have a good weekend. We know that we'll be having a hot busy one!


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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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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