>> Friday, January 6, 2017 – Epiphany, life on Symi in January, Siberian cold, Symi Visitor Accommodation, webcam, winter storms
|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office during the rain storm on Tuesday afternoon. If you ever go to the webcam at this time of the year and it isn't working, it is because we have unplugged everything due to stormy weather. As most of Symi's utility lines are above ground lightning strikes do a lot of damage, travelling down telephone lines as well as along power lines, and sorting out the damage can take weeks on a small island so we have to err on the side of caution.|
|The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning as the crowds gather for the Epiphany celebrations. Similar booths decorated with oranges are erected at Harani, Pedi and Panormitis.|
|You can see the oranges and the icon quite clearly here. The priest and the mayor are behind all that foliage.|
|The priest casts the cross into the water from which it is retrieved by the young boys, hence the lad in the bathing trunks while everyone else is wrapped up against the cold.|
|Heading back to dry land for towels, warm clothes and a year of blessings.|
|A fire burning near Bozburun on the Turkish coast this morning.|
|A plume of smoke of a very different sort. Many Symiots use wood-burners in the winter to keep warm as these are quite economical to run and some versions can even be used for cooking. We can't buy fancy smoke-less fuel here. Firewood tends to be whatever is available. The Minister of the Environment appealed to the population earlier this week to avoid using wood fires as they are causing a smog problem in the larger towns and cities. Unfortunately he did not make any practical suggestions as to what people can realistically do for alternative heating in austerity Greece.|
|In the absence of heating it is not just the humans who wrap up warmly at this time of the year. Even the cats plump out with much thicker coats.|
The Blue Star came through as scheduled this morning although those travelled on her from Piraeus reported a bumpy ride due to strong winds in the Aegean.
Have a warm weekend, planning your next Symi holiday with Wendy and myself at Symi Visitor Accommodation.