Symi Winter Greens

Pallas Athena, with her helmet, looks down from a rooftop in the harbour.

A Christmas wreath and an election pamphlet on a door on the Kali Strata.

Symi's old stone ruins become wild gardens in the winter.  This is a staircase on the Kali Strata.

Nicotiana growing in an entrance on the Kali Strata. That is another election pamphlet lying on the threshold.

Moss growing on the steps of the Kali Strata.

The wild cats seem to have found something of interest in this tree outside Agios Elefterios church in Chorio.

A fine figure of a cockerel in the Pedi valley.  Fences are no barrier to this fellow.

The first of the asphodels, ghostly pink flowers shimmering in the winter sun.  That is a fig tree to the right.

The wild cyclamens are also starting to flower.

The landmark oak in Lieni is rapidly losing its leaves now.

A fat cat not quite ready to face Monday morning.
We had a sunny weekend with heavy dew fall and misty mornings.  The anticipated rain is now forecast to reach us later in the week, With the national election coming up next week the pamphleteers have been busy and I followed a Hansel and Gretel trail of soggy electoral material all the way down to work this morning.  Those shops that are open have their televisions tuned to election debates and the conversations in the cafeneions are quite heated.

The new wellness centre in Yialos is opening on Saturday - another facility to benefit locals and visitors alike.  Apparently yoga classes will be one of the options on offer.  I'll bring you more information when I have it.  We already have aerobics, zumba and pilates classes available on the island.

We are still working winter hours at the office so if you need to contact us, please email us rather than phoning as there may not be anyone around to answer your phone call whereas emails we can pick up wherever Wendy and I may be.

Have a good week.


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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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