>> Friday, April 24, 2015 – Blue Star Ferries, Dodecanese Seaways, life on Symi in April, start of the season, Symi ferries
|Calm seas early on Friday morning. The monastery over on Nimos is just catching the morning sun. Trucks are gathering by the clock tower, waiting for the Friday morning Blue Star Diagoras.|
|The Panagia Skiadeni has resumed service from Rhodes on a regular basis so there is a lot more fresh stuff in the shops. This photograph was taken yesterday, in a brisk cold breeze. We have had strong north-westerly winds all week which have kept temperatures below 20 degrees.|
|The Poseidon is back in the water and round the island excursions will be starting soon.|
|This old building on the waterfront belongs to Panormitis monastery. The downstairs is now a shop but the elaborate pediment houses an icon to St Michael the archangel.|
|This old vine hasn't seen any formal attention for many a year but is still flourishing. That curly bracket on the wall, just to the right of the main stem, is a latch, to hold the door open.|
|Swallows posing on a cornice of the clinic in Chorio.|
|Still life with chapel and lone black sheep.|
|Same chapel, different day, different sheep! The cold wind has blown away the haze and visibility has been very good this week. That is Pedi bay in the background.|
|Not all of my neighbours are sheep. I spotted this chap on my way to work this morning.|
The island grows busier by the day. The Panagia Skiadeni is in nearly every day now, bringing small numbers of day trippers from Rhodes plus supplies for the shops on the island. More businesses are opening up and there is a steady trickle of new arrivals including walking groups, artists, writers, botanists and those who enjoy Symi in the spring and aren't forced to plan their vacations around school holidays.
Have a good weekend.