December Postcards from Symi

Just add water to old dry stone walls and nature's magical winter gardens reappear.

The old oak in Lieni is very confused at the moment.  The old leaves and acorns are almost all gone now but the mild temperatures have triggered the premature production of new leaves as though it is spring.

Most of the old mansions on the Kali Strata have been restored in the last 20 years but this one lingers on, quiet and mysterious behind its old wrought iron fence.

A lone yacht heads north,  past the entrance to Pedi bay.

Song birds enjoying some winter sunshine in an unfinished building at Kampos in Chorio.

Hermes, the messenger god, on a neo-classical  house on the Pedi road.  The same motif  decorates the facade of the dentist's surgery at the bottom of the Kateraktis in the harbour.

 At last the earth is soft enough to plough. This field is near the bottom of the Pedi valley, where the slopes become gentler and the terraces shallower.  This will probably be planted with barley or mixed grasses for grazing.

Pallas Athena in full make up, showing off her best profile to the world.

Oranges ripening beneath a wintry sky in an orchard behind St George's church in Pedi.

New lambs and fat cats in Pedi.
Today's photographs from Symi are for those of you who are already tired of looking at Christmas baubles and listening to festive jingles.  Take time out to enjoy a quiet interlude with no tinsel in sight!

The on-going shipping strike has turned the islands into a Christmas-free zone at the moment as we can't make shopping trips to Rhodes spend-spend-spend and there is no post or anything much else arriving on the islands either apart from a few crates of fresh produce on the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran.  There's little danger of going madly over budget in the shops on Symi these days.  Most of those selling non-essentials have closed for the winter and those that are open don't have much stock beyond the usual necessities.  I won't mention  names but I did see someone climbing out of an inflatable boat with shopping bags and a bumper pack of toilet rolls in Yialos this morning. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Have a good weekend.


Unknown  – (Friday, December 09, 2016)  

wonderful writer and wonderful pics love and peace and lets hope the boat comes in vincent

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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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