|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.|
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.