>> Monday, January 12, 2015 – Blue Star Ferries, ferries in the winter, icy weather on Symi, Symi in the winter, winter weather
|Snow on the hills behind Athens on the morning of 7 January 2015, as see through the window of our flight to Rhodes.|
|Rolling in the deep - Kamiros Skala, the tiny Rhodian port that serves Halki, during a shipping ban on 8 January 2015.|
|Ice on the puddles on Symi, 10 January 2015. After several days of freezing weather and strong northerly winds the ice was still thick on Saturday morning.|
|Count the legs - mummy makes a convenient windbreak! The black plastic pipes run from the water metres at the corner to various small holdings in the Pedi valley.|
|A more conventional view of a ewe and her lamb.|
|Little lamb goes exploring in the Agia Marina river.|
|The cats have grown their thick winter coats as they spend much of their time out of doors.|
|Pedi bay on Saturday 10 January. No yachts, just a patrol vessel gliding by.|
|At New Year, Symiots traditionally tie the giant bulbs of the wild squill to their doors for good luck in the year ahead.|
Those of you who follow our Symi Visitor Accommodation Facebook page and other Symi fan pages have no doubt seen the photographs of icicles taken at various locations on Symi during the week 5-10 January. The cold northerly blast affected Symi far more harshly than it did Rhodes and we were far better off tucked up in the warmth of the Best Western Plaza than would have been the case in the cold stone houses of Symi where heating is rare or, in the case of our farm house and many others, just a wood fire in the kitchen. Winters on Symi have tended to be quite mild in recent years and the rainy season can be more of a second spring, encouraging a lot of soft new growth. Many of the more tender plants have been destroyed by several days of unusual frost and we hope that there will be some recovery when the weather starts to warm up. Meanwhile I will get replacements started in the greenhouse and cold frames, safe from any further frost depredations.
As I write this, the rain is lashing the harbour and we are back to what is normal for Symi in the winter - wet conditions and temperatures around 10-12 degrees. The forecast for the rest of the week is more of the same.
Have a good week.