|Autumn in Lieni, at the top edge of the Pedi valley.|
|The chapel on the corner.|
|Ripe for renovation.|
|Cool blues and calm seas.|
|An empty harbour. The yacht lying off shore is the one that was salvaged from the harbour recently.|
|The calm weather and high pressure system have created ideal conditions for doing some essential repairs to the quay.|
|Wild cyclamens in Yialos.|
|Symi is a famously steep island and most houses entail a climb of some sort.|
|A lone visiting yacht from Turkey.|
|All packed up for the winter.|
|Not so long ago this was a bustling row of sailing yachts. Now it is winter and there are very few yachts on the move. The ones you can see at the end are secured for the winter.|
A high pressure system continues to dominate over the area so the water level in the harbour is very low. The weather remains dry and mild with little wind. Temperatures continue to fall and it is now only about 16 degrees at midday and 10 or 11 at night. Everyone is talking about how unusually dry and mild it is for the time of year.
There are very few places open now - just the essentials really. I noticed that Taxas has some strawberries in this morning so the Christmas treats are starting to arrive. There are parsnips in the freezers too. If you ever want a quiet, non-commercial Christmas, come to Symi!
Happy Early Christmas everyone!