VE Day on Symi

The Nikolaos X day trip boat from Rhodes flaunting her smart new livery.  She has had an amazing transformation and now looks like a posh megayacht. She even has a sugar-scoop stern.

The tourist train tootling along the waterfront.  At the moment this only operates when the excursion boats are in, taking people along the front to Nimborio bay and back again, providing locals with the slightly surreal sight of cheery tourists singing along to 'Zorba' and clapping their hands.

Yialos early this morning.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

In order to investigate the interesting seeding grasses on the other side,of course.

Hazy skies over Pedi this morning.

A windy sky over Pedi earlier in the week.

Luminous bind weed in the early morning light.
As I write this the helicopter bringing the foreign dignatories for the VE Day parade celebrations has finally arrived and everyone will be heading to the church shortly.  The parade has been delayed by a couple of hours because as the helicopter was late, it is now necessary to wait until after the Panagia Skiadeni has come in from Rhodes and all the heavy vehicles have passed around the harbour.  As it is the 70th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty and surrender of the Dodecanese to the Allies on Symi this time we have officials from Russia and the Ukraine attending as well as the Greek minister of defence. Andy Ward is going to take some photographs for me so I shall put something up on Monday. The bells have started clanging at St John's church and we have a real brass band instead of the usual Sousa tapes. Apparently the dignitaries will be having lunch at Tholos restaurant round in Harani after the ceremony.

The weather is warming up and has been in the low thirties this week. There is the possibility of thunderstorms early next week as the heat continues to build up. The sky is hazy with humidity and dust, giving it a pinkish hue, and we are all in our summer clothes, even those on motor bikes.

The bus has been in Rhodes for two days for repairs and will only be back on the island this evening so the taxis have been very busy lately - it is becoming too hot to walk up the Kali Strata in the heat of the day.

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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