Changing Seasons and Making Plans

As the days grow shorter the humidity rises and we are seeing occasional clouds, like this one over Nimos.  Although we aren't seeing actual dew fall it is now quite damp at night and the washing is taking longer to dry.  At first glance the gardens on the island seem pretty frazzled as no one has water to spare for irrigation but on closer examination seemingly dead geraniums are starting to make tiny shoots in anticipation of  autumn which, in this part of the world, is a second spring, particularly if the rains come early while it is still warm.

Taking a break.

Morning mist over Pedi.

A hawker, all packed up and ready to go down for the Blue Star.  This one sells cheap baggy shorts, jeans, polyester print frocks, cheerful Chinese T-shirts with incomprehensible slogans on them and a miscellany of cheap shoes and sandals.  In the 20 years I have seen the truck come and go his stock has made little concession to the vagaries of fashion and only varies slightly according to the season.  When he comes in the winter he sells camo pants, hunting boots, sweat shirts and sensible slippers - the sort with non-slip rubber soles as they are often worn out of doors.  

Saturday midday view of Pedi.  This is supposed to be the busiest weekend of the year but there wasn't much activity down in Pedi.  Closer to home, do you see the goat sheltering under the fig?  After an absence of a few years the goats are back as more Symiots are going back to the land to tide their families through the hungry gap between ever shorter tourist seasons.

The dimples on this wall are actually tiny fragments of pottery which were embedded in the original plaster when it was still wet.  When I first came here the pottery was still visible - bits of everything from willow pattern to ancient potsherds from the terraces.  It has been painted over several times since then so only the little dents from the pottery remain visible.

Grapes ripening in old courtyards in Chorio. The one on the left has green grapes, the one on the right purple so not quite so visible in the photograph.  I rather like the shadows they make on the wall.

Pedi Bay 15 August 2016 - not much going on down here.

Yialos 15 August 2016 - the view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation balcony is pretty empty too.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is usually the busiest holiday weekend in the year and normally every corner of Yialos, Nimborio and Pedi where one might be able to anchor or berth is full of boats of all sizes.  Not this year, alas, and most of the boats that are here have come from no further afield than Datca and Rhodes.  There will be the usually late night bouzouki party with live music and dancing at the Alethini on the Pedi road so the hills really will be alive with music tonight.

With only a few weeks left of 2016 to go, Wendy and I are turning out thoughts to 2017, Symi Visitor's 20th birthday.  It seems like only yesterday that we were organising the 10th anniversary edition of the Symi Visitor newspaper and the big clean up day. The newspaper is long gone, victim of the recession and changing technology, but Wendy and I are still here, matching Symi visitors up with their ideal holiday home so we hope to have some surprises for our regular visitors who have supported us over the years as well as new Symi visitors who will be discovering Symi for the first time.

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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