The First Day Trippers

It is a little cooler today with fresh northerly breezes and a few lavender clouds drifting across the forget-me-knot sky. With the drier conditions the cyclamens are fading away, to be replaced by a delicate web of vetches, clovers and tiny pastel coloured wild peas. White and lilac irises are opening in the drying water courses and the yellow daisies are taking over on the verges and terraces. The lambs are fattening up well for Easter - some of the ones in my neighbourhood are almost as big as their mothers.

The first day trippers were in the harbour yesterday although there is not much open yet. Greek Easter falls on 1 May this year so Lent has only just started in this part of the world and we have a long way to go before the chocolate bunnies hop into Armara supermarket! The tavernas which are open now are the ones catering for the locals and they are serving Lenten fare. The butcher is not carrying much meat but the fishermen are doing well and the fridges are full of frozen octopi and mussels.

There is nothing spectacular forecast on the weather front for the next few days. Light winds from various directions and temperatures between 9 and 20 degrees with a few clouds but no rain this far south although they are still experiencing quite wintry conditions in northern parts.

Have a good week.


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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.

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