>> Friday, February 17, 2017 – Captain Gabriel, Diagoras, excursion boats, life on Symi in February, Symi weather
|Spotted outside the butcher in Chorio this week - a shepherd's crook. Perhaps Easter lamb negotiations are taking place inside.|
|Kiosks are not always kiosks. Sometimes they are small shops. The entrance to the square in Chorio.|
|The top of the Kali Strata, the 19th century staircase that connects the upper village, Chorio, with the harbour, Yialos.|
|The site has been cleared and the spa bath has arrived. What more do you want?|
|Valentine's Day, Symi style.|
|Modest but putting a brave face on it, the first daisies open in the chilly winter sunshine.|
|The first asphodels are also opening up.|
|A wild cyclamen in Chorio.|
|The buds are swelling on the valonia oaks.|
|The bougainvilleas may be bald but the birds are back.|
|A little patch of sun.|
One sad piece of news to report is the passing this week of Captain Gabriel from the Diagoras excursion boat. He contributed greatly to the sum of human happiness over the decades as he introduced many of Symi's visitors to the island's picturesque beaches and rugged coastline. This summer will be very odd without him.
Have a good weekend.