>> Friday, March 24, 2017 – 25 March Independence Day, Greek bank holidays, life on Symi in March, Spring equinox, Symi in the spring, Symi spring flowers
|I can assure you that this poppy is absolutely real! I spotted it on a verge next to the football field behind the power station in Pedi.|
|The grape vines are waking up.|
|You can see why wild clematis is sometimes called Old Man's Beard|
|Oak leaves unfurling in Lieni|
|The Pedi valley.|
|A lonely cloud between Symi and Turkey.|
|I spotted this atop a chimney that I pass every day and have never noticed before. There is always something new to see on Symi.|
Tomorrow, 25 March, is a double holiday in Greece as it is the anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottomans and it is also the Feast of the Annunciation. The flags are up in the harbour and the children are running about, pursued by harassed teachers trying to coral them into groups for marching practice.
It looks as though there may be a break in the weather in the middle of next week with a possibility of rain showers. These, unfortunately, are likely to be of the 'red rain' persuasion, a phenomenon that combines fine dust from North Africa with moisture and turns everything ochre. We shall see!
Have a good weekend.