>> Friday, March 27, 2015 – April weather, Blue Star Ferries, Greek Easter, life on Symi in March, March weather, preparations for the tourist season
|It is a very wet and windy Friday on Symi and it has been raining steadily for hours. This is the view from the office balcony today. I shall have to venture forth into this shortly to catch the bus back up to Chorio. At least it isn't particularly cold - it is about 17 degrees centigrade.|
|Luckily there was a break in the rain when it was time for me to walk down to Yialos this morning. The Blue Star was cancelled due to Force 9 gales in the Aegean. Instead this big freighter is sheltering in the harbour - a safer option to lying at anchor somewhere in the lee of Rhodes.|
|The distressed look is easily achieved here - as long as you have the patience to let nature take its course. I have watched this shutter in Chorio turn from dark blue gloss paint to the interesting effects above over a period of about 15 years.|
|Those who planted their bulbs in October are now enjoying the sweet scent of freesias.|
|A Chorio cat complaining about the late appearance of breakfast.|
|An informal rock garden in Chorio - wild ferns, moss and daisies. In a few weeks someone will come along and remove the weeds and then whitewash the step fronts so that they look fresh for the summer.|
|Spring in the valonia oaks.|
|Everywhere one looks, something new is waking up from the winter.|
|Pedi bay on a clear day earlier this week. This morning I could not see as far as the entrance of the bay for the rain and low clouds.|
Greek Easter is a fortnight away and the shops are starting to get in more Easter items - elaborately decorated candles for the procession to celebrate the Resurrection, packets of colourful Easter egg dye, special offer sacks of flour for the baking marathon ahead and some large beribboned chocolate eggs from ION, a Greek chocolate company. Greek Easter is more about family celebrations than about commerce and much of what is shared and enjoyed at this time is made by the people themselves, not bought.
Have a good weekend.