|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation window today - rain for the first time in a fortnight. The forecast is for 25 mm or more in the next 24 hours followed by gale force winds |
|Hooray! The bus is back!|
|There are very few big trees on Symi and those that there are really are landmarks. This is the big valonia oak at Lieni, leafless now and covered in moss and lichen.|
|The oak in Lieni.|
|The bougainvilleas are now naked. They won't start shooting again until April when the weather warms up.|
|The Kali Strata.|
|Looking across the harbour from the lower part of the Kali Strata.|
|Alexanders, flourishing in the ruins.|
|A child's toy on the Kali Strata.|
This week's ferry strike has been extended by another 48 hours so the Blue Star did not come through at all today. We are waiting to find out what is happening with the Blue Star next week. Between the weather and the strikes, travelling at this time of the year can be a tricky business. February is deepest winter in Greece and is often the coldest, wettest and windiest month, even though the days are growing longer.
As Greek Easter only falls on 1 May this year Carnival is later than usual so should miss the worst of it but the years where Easter is early and Carnival falls in February, celebrations sometimes call for contingency measures. I remember one year where the Carnival party was actually held in the vehicle hold of the Symi car ferry in the pouring rain. That was back in the days of ANES, when Symi had its own ferry company and we were not subject to the whims of bigger players, trying to fit us into a much bigger picture. We tend to get a bit nostalgic at this time of the year as we remember the days when the Symi I would run at the last minute if there was a gap in the weather and Symi was not as isolated in the winter.
Have a good weekend.