Citrus and Cyclamens - Monday Postcards from Symi

Ripe lemons in my garden.  Only one of the half a dozen lemon trees has given us any fruit this year.  

Orange blossom.

The tangerines on this tree are usually very bitter but after so much rain this winter perhaps this year they will be sweeter.

Some of the cyclamens survived the big storm in November. The main areas where cyclamens grow in my garden are buried under tons of rubble so they will have to bide their time.

It has been wet with relatively mild temperatures so the almond trees are very confused.  The ones that didn't die of drought are muddling along with a mixture of leaves and flowers all at once. Yes, people, climate change is definitely a thing on Symi.

Dainty surprises among the muddy litter in the verges.

Proud mother and her new lamb

The View from Symi Visitor Accommodation this wet Monday

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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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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