Dracula Fangs with Anoraks

Dawn arrived in a barrage of hail stones followed by a succession of fast moving thunder showers. We have already had two power cuts this morning, probably linked to the weather as the rain is coming down in torrents. Temperatures started to fall yesterday afternoon and it was only 3 degrees centigrade inside my kitchen when I put the kettle on at six this morning. We will be lucky if it makes it up to 10 degrees today as the wind is blowing briskly from the north and passes over a lot of snow before it whistles across Symi. Walking to work this morning I saw a sheep dog barking puffs of steam as he rounded up his sodden flock.

As the wind picks up the clouds are expected to clear tomorrow and a clear cold day with heavy frost is forecast for the whole country - good news for those who have been flooded out or snow bound in other parts of the country. It might be cold but at least they have a chance to clean up in anticipation of the Carnival on Sunday and the Clean Monday festivities. Here on Symi most of the fancy dress costumes have transferred themselves from shops to Symiots and interesting ensembles featuring combinations of ballerina frills with wellies and dracula fangs with anoraks are to be seen among the juvenile population.

Incidentally, today is an example of how the new car ferry is an improvement on the old. The weather forecast is gale force 8 but she was still able to run as she is rated to run in heavier weather than any of the other vessels in ANES's fleet. Of course we don't know for sure that she'll be back this afternoon...

Have a warm dry weekend.


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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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