Symi's Second Spring

Pedi bay Saturday morning - lots of yachts over from Turkey for the Eid holidays.

Pedi Bay Monday morning - they've all gone and the sky speaks of rain in Western Turkey.

The vapour trails are back!

Some of the vapour trails even echo the architecture...

The moss is turning green and wherever you look, tiny seeds are germinating.

Ferns unfurling on a terrace on Saturday.

A fine film of tiny green shoots everywhere on Saturday morning.

A self-seeded conifer, suddenly visible now that the dust of summer has been washed from its needles.

The flowering tamarisks are a mass of bees.

Monday morning and the grass shoots have become much more visible.

Lemonitissa church on the Kastro, as seen from the side balcony of the Symi Visitor Accommodation office.  If you look carefully, there is a white goat in this picture.

Do you see him now?  I only noticed him because the air is now so clear I heard him bleat when I opened the balcony door and looked to see where the bleat came from!

The hawkers are back with more serviceable winter clothes.
Symi's second spring has arrived early this year, triggered by the heavy rain last week.  It is not often that we have the combination of soaking rains, warm temperatures and a reasonable amount of daylight to get things growing.  Temperatures are in the mid to high twenties with relatively high humidity - ideal growing conditions and not to be wasted. The rain has softened the earth to a good depth and we started planting our winter vegetables yesterday.  There was the stutter of rotovators all round us in the Pedi valley on Sunday so the next rains will really soak in.

The island is a lot quieter this week. The Turkish yachts have all gone back now that the Eid holiday is over and there are just a handful of live-aboards and late cruising yachts in Yialos and Pedi.  The dozen or so refugees that arrived at the weekend have already left.

The big British wedding at St Nicholas on Saturday was, by all accounts, a tremendous success and everyone enjoyed themselves.  This event was also great for Symi as it brought a hundred people to the island, many of them for the first time, and we all know how rare it is for someone to come to Symi and not return!

Have a good week.

Regards,
Adriana

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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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