The Promise of Rain

Yialos on Tuesday morning, as seen from our balcony. There are still lots of yachts around but they are much smaller and the armada of gulets has diminished considerably as the season draws to a close.

This does not mean that fouled anchors are a thing of the past. This tangle involved a sailing yacht, a small gulet and a motor boat.  In the end the motor boat dragged them all out into deeper water until the anchors were hanging free of the bottom and could be easily unravelled.

While anchors were being untangled in one part of Yialos, the Salamis Filoxenia was pulling in by the clock tower.  Wednesday was a really busy shipping day on Symi as we had the usual Dodecanese Seaways catamaran plus the Blue Star Diagoras and two Cypriot cruise ships, one after the other.  Shortly after leaving Symi the Salamis Filoxenia made the news when she picked up a ship in distress off Paphos, Cyprus and rescued 300 Syrian refugees who at time of writing are refusing to leave the ship and are demanding to be taken to Italy.

A misty morning over Pedi bay on Tuesday. The Turkish coast is lost in the mist.

The sun rising through a thick humid haze on Wednesday morning.

All clear in a brisk breeze on Thursday morning and the opposite coast is clearly visible.

Sunrise touching the row of old windmills on the crest of the hill that separates Yialos and the Pedi valley.

La Dolce Vita, a name that proved ironic when her German owner decided to dabble in a little informal people trafficking and was overheard bragging about it in a taverna in Pedi.  The boat has been impounded by the Greek Coastguard and the owner is awaiting trial so it really wasn't worth it, was it?

Waiting patiently to be loaded up outside Agios Eleftherios church in Chorio, near the Kampos bus stop.  

An elegant carob in a pot outside a shop in Yialos.
The season is drawing to a close and the first autumnal storms are expected to reach us this weekend with the promise of RAIN!  Time to clear gutters and dig out the rolls of plastic sheeting.  The first rains are always eagerly anticipated by the locals as by this time the cisterns are dry and the island baked solid in the summer heat.  This doesn't mean that we are in for a spell of cold weather though.  Temperatures remain in the mid to high twenties and the rain is likely to be in the form of sporadic thundershowers rather than hours of continuous rain. Gusty winds are forecast for Sunday but are unlikely to disrupt shipping.  If you don't fancy going to the beach, there are plenty of interesting shops to browse around and pretty cafes to enjoy.

The Panagia Skiadeni remains out of commission for the foreseeable future so there have been significant changes to the Dodecanese Seaways schedules for October.  If you are travelling at that time, please check.  Remember, if you prebook your tickets on line they will notify you of any changes whereas if you just turn up on the quay you may be caught out by last minute changes.

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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