>> Monday, November 9, 2015 – Life on Symi in November, Panormitis Festival, weather in November, winter ferries
|The last day trips of the season were into Panormitis yesterday.|
|A huddle of cats outside the carpenter's shop at the bottom of the Kali Strata. As the weather gets colder the cats are getting fluffier as are mostly feral and sleep out of doors.|
|There's a brisk north westerly wind blowing today and the sea is an amazing cold deep blue.|
|White caps and white sails against a backdrop of distant Turkish hills.|
After today the winter ferry schedule kicks in in earnest. We will see the Blue Star twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, weather and strikes permitting, and one Dodecanese Seaways catamaran on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays as it calls on its north and south bound routes, once again subject to weather.
There is a big general strike scheduled for Thursday which is likely to affect Friday's Blue Star as according to Kathimerini newspaper, maritime transport will be affected. If the Blue Star cannot leave Piraeus on Thursday afternoon as scheduled then it won't be coming through Symi at 7.30 a.m. on Friday so once again the whole program goes pear-shaped. It's all part of the excitement of life on a small island in the winter.
The weather remains clear and sunny but is increasingly chilly with a stiff north-westerly breeze - the sort that finds its way through every crack and chink in doors and windows. Those who travel on motorbikes and scooters have switched to Michelin-man mummy wrappings and it is only those who are walking or sitting in the sun who are still in short sleeves. Midday temperatures are around 22 degrees, colder in the wind, dropping to around 15 degrees at night.
Have a good week.