September Postcards from Symi

There are still a lot of yachts in Yialos.

The Diagoras excursion boat's bright red livery makes for some vivid reflections.

Early  morning exercises in St John's square, Yialos.

The pediment of the old Ionian Bank building in Yialos, now a gyros bar, has a stone lyre as a decoration.

It has been a long hot summer for the plant world.

A black cat crossed my path in Chorio this morning.

A dry sprig of bay poked through the door handles of an old shop on the Kali Strata.

A self-seeded fig sprouting on the Kali Strata.  When the first rains come in a month or so water will roar down the steps, sluicing all those cigarette butts into the harbour.

The first September dew fall, making tracks in the dust of summer.  It is very difficult to keep cars clean on Symi as very few people can actually get their cars close to a source of water and attempts at automated car washes on Symi have failed due to the lack of mains water.  We just wait for the rain...

A sign of the changing season - workmen once again doing things to the roof of the new undercover sports facility which still seems to have random leaks in the winter.

The two yummy mummies and their chicks are doing fine. The cats seem to have given up.

Early morning clouds over Pedi.  The weather is changing and there are rumours of rain and possible thunder storms on Sunday and Tuesday next week.

As I was walking down, a straggling group of male runners pounded past me, heading up the hill. The two front runners were chatting comfortably as they ran. Those behind were all tuned into their various devices and were oblivious to their surroundings.

Replacing a roof on an old mansion on the Kali Strata, another little job to get out of the way before the rains come.

Ochre-tinted lime wash on the Kali Strata. One buys the bags of asvesti (lime) and the little bags of pigment separately and they then have to be mixes .  It has been a while since this house was redone.

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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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