October Postcards from Symi

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A roadside fig that I had given up for dead has suddenly expressed a new interest in life.

The pedalo has joined the wet bikes by the roadside in Lieni.

The faults in the fall on the roof of the sports facility have been corrected and the workmen are replacing the grouting.

Wrapping up for the winter - the seats on this water taxi are now shrouded in black plastic bin bags.

Sunlight reflecting on the glass screens at Aris taverna next to the war memorial.

Wendy and Andy loading donations for Solidarity Symi into a golf car they borrowed from Manos so that they could take them round to the old post office.

Touching up the bows of the Panagia Skiadeni.

A calm interlude in the harbour.

The globe artichokes are waking up  in my garden.

The view from the bridge. The big stone building on the left houses the Symi branch of the National Bank of Greece.

A seasonal sight - a large water drum on the move.  The crowd in the background are waiting for the noddy train to Nimborio.

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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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