The Summer Drought has Broken

Tuesday brought torrential rain until well into the evening. Rhodes had heavy weather and sustained damage to the runway which caused flight disruptions over 2 days.  Fortunately none of us sustained the kind of damage inflicted upon the island Skopelos, the Peloponnese and  the nearby Turkish coastal town of Bodrum.  It is unusual for us to get such heavy and sustained stormy weather so early as this is more common in October. 

The morning after the rain - drifts of leaves all the way down the road and a everything washed bright and clean in the September light.

No, this isn't a 'nodding dog' on the parcel shelf. This young ginger cat took advantage of an open window to shelter from the rain overnight - and the greenhouse effect the next morning was pretty cosy too!

Pine needles and random petals, caught in the storm water grating half way down the Kali Strata.  

The whitewashed monastery on Nimos, gleaming in the early morning sun.

A lizard drying out on the roof of the Sunflower laundry's shed.

I never know what I am going to see when I look out of the office window.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation balcony on Wednesday - a boutique cruise ship alongside, the Panagia Skiadeni stern to and a Turkish power boat in the middle.

The trees look so green after their recent wash.

The crew of the Sea Dreams Symi doing a spot of maintenance around the bow.

Pedi and Yialos are really full at the  moment, mainly with Turkish boats coming across for the Eid al Adha holiday.

This big cruise ship came into Nimborio bay early this morning. Too big to come into the harbour, it is anchored off and the passengers have been shuttling in and out of Yialos on bright orange lighters

Harani at 7.30 this morning, waiting for the Blue Star.

A quarter of an hour later and the Blue Star docked at the clock tower.

If it has an American flag, the chances are good it has come from Turkey.  Many rich Turks register their yachts and motor boats in America for tax reasons so if you notice dozens of Stars and Stripes around the harbour, it doesn't mean that Symi is the number one cruising destination for American yachtsmen.

One of the bright orange lighters from the cruise ship.  The passengers are brought ashore at the customs house by the bridge.

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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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