>> Tuesday, January 3, 2017 – Epiphany, life on Symi in the winter. winter weather, snow on Symi, Symi architecture, Symi in the winter
|A lovingly painted close of houses on the narrow one way street that passes close to the heart of Chorio.|
|The gleaming white wash of summer is washing away on the Kali Strata, replaced by a mossy garden between the old paving stones.|
|A small freighter sheltering in Yialos. The original name is still visible on the stern - The River Dart of London. She's a long way from home.|
|The vines are turning russet in the cold.|
|Oranges ripen in an abandoned garden on the Kali Strata.|
|The Virginia creepers have shed their leaves, revealing a crumbling balcony beneath.|
Happy New Year and Chronia Polla to all my readers and fans around the world. It is hard to believe that I first started writing this blog in March, 2001, long before broadband, digital cameras and blogging services. I used to write up my two or three paragraphs - no pictures in those days - and email them by dial up to Mike Gadd, our webmaster in the UK, who used to paste them onto a webpage for me. When the page got too full, he would archive it and start another. Blogging has become a lot easier since then and I am also on my fourth camera but I still find things that catch my eye that I want to share with you. Symi is that sort of place. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Symi is experiencing a proper winter this year. Rainy and stormy days have outnumbered dry ones and temperatures are low. Those of you who follow Symi Visitor Accommodation on Facebook will know that it snowed on the mountain on Friday. The long range forecast is rain for the next few days with gale force winds on Thursday and Friday followed by very low temperatures over the weekend and early next week so we may well see more of the white stuff on the mountains. Today is a high of 11 and a low of 8 but by Saturday it is likely to be 9 and 4 and on Sunday a decidedly chilly high of 6 and low of 2. Symi's glorious neo-classical architecture with its high ceilings and inward opening windows does not lend itself well to heating and the 'Symi layered look' owes more to practicality than sartorial style. Hats, scarves and gloves are often worn indoors and are considerably cheaper than turning the air conditioner on to 'heat' and watching the electricity meter whiz round. Many people have wood burning stoves these days - even the Stani patisserie next to our office has one glowing away in the corner of the shop, the chimney routed out of the top window and up onto the roof.
Friday is the Epiphany and a serious holiday in Greece. In Yialos, Harani and Pedi booths decorated with oranges are set up for the service and the priests cast crucifixes into the freezing waters for young men to recover. With a gale warning and torrential rain expected, they will be brave young men indeed.
Have a good week.