>> Saturday, March 26, 2016 – Blue Star Ferries, Greek Easter, March weather, red rain, Rhodes airport
|Wednesday's southerly gales left us choking in a cloud of Saharan sand when the wind stopped. This was Pedi bay on Thursday morning.|
|Nimos lost in the haze. The Navy came in to shelter from Wednesday's storm and were still tied up alongside on Thursday morning.|
|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office balcony on Thursday morning. A municipal employee was riding slowly around the harbour, hoisting bunting from a cherry picker for Friday's parade.|
|Friday morning and Nimos is back!|
|There aren't quite as many family donkeys as there used to be but these two still see regular service. Cheaper to maintain than an SUV and they give you manure for the vegetable garden.|
|The poppies are back.|
|Spring greenery in the Pedi Valley.|
At one stage on Wednesday Rhodes airport was actually closed as conditions were so bad that planes could not land safely and flights diverted to Dalaman (which was also having problems) and Antalya or returning to Athens - an exciting start for the first charter flights coming into Rhodes for 2016. The wind brought with it a great dust cloud from North Africa, a common occurrence at this time of the year, hence the photographs at the top of this blog. Luckily the anticipated rain passed to the north of us as when it rains in these conditions it is the dreaded Red Rain (Blood Rain if you are Sicilian) that covers everything in a crust of fine red dust which is very difficult to remove. The wind has now switched to the north, bringing clear skies and a fall in temperatures once again, a reminder that it is still winter in Russia and the Ukraine.
If you follow our Facebook page and Twitter feed you will have seen photographs of the braziers around the harbour and up to Evangelismos church on Thursday night, heralding the eve of the Annunciation. Fridays parade went off without a hitch and, despite the forecasts, was neither too windy nor wet. That's it for our month of long weekends and it is time to knuckle down to some serious fasting as Greek Easter does not arrive 1 May so there are no more distractions and frivolities. April will be a month of preparations for the forthcoming summer tourist season.
Have a good weekend.