Pedi in December

Watch the birdy!  Spotted at the fuel station on the Pedi road.

The big caique at the Haskas boatyard in Pedi is nearing completion.  This is the only wooden boatyard left on the island of what was once a thriving industry spanning many centuries.  Although they now have the benefits of power tools, the wood still arrives as undressed logs which are then cleaned up by hand with an adze before being planed into planks.

All packed up for the winter.

The beach is covered with boats and the plants have been dragged into a sheltered spot, out of the prevailing winds.

Good bye, sunbeds and sunshades, hello boats on chocks.

Pedi is as quiet as Yialos at this time of the year.  This is a Turkish excursion boat that was used by people traffickers and came all the way from Gocek near Fethiye on the Turkish coast.

Maria, the water boat from Rhodes. As Symi has no natural water supply, the community's water comes either from the small desalination plant on the Pedi road or by ship from Rhodes.   This is why you won't find villas with pools on Symi.  Mind you, with a sea that looks like this, who needs a pool?

Pedi Bay.

The back half of this old wooden boat  has been turned into outdoor seating.

High on a rocky outcrop on the road to the boat yard  in Pedi, this small clump of crocus has managed to find enough soil to survive.
Do you ever wonder what your favourite beach looks like when you aren't there?  Pedi bay is a small fishing village and seaside 'resort' in the most uncommercial sense of the word.  There are two tavernas, two small shops and a fuel station, one modest hotel and a few seasonal holiday lets.  In December, when the tourists have gone and the tavernas and hotel are closed, Pedi becomes very quiet indeed, as you can see from these photographs. Some of the families that live down there in the summer move up the hill to Chorio for the winter as it is so quiet and isolated.  The last bus from Pedi is at 7.30 in the evening at the moment - not that there is much open in either Chorio and Yialos to tempt evening outings anyway.

Temperatures are around 19 degrees at  midday and 11 degrees at night this week and the air smells vaguely of wood smoke as people are lighting fires in the evening to keep the chill at bay. The weather is expected to break at the end of the week with the possibility of some showers. At the moment there are no strong winds forecast and it is exceptionally mild and settled for the time of year.

Have a good week.


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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.

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