Inclement Weather

The rain stopped just long enough for the Dodecanese Day parade yesterday morning before drifting back over the island. At dawn this morning the Pedi valley was full of clouds and mist lingered until mid-day. Although visibility is now improving it is still raining heavily. The long range forecast shows more rain followed by strong northerly winds with temperatures dropping back into single figures at the end of the week and possible gales for the Clean Monday long weekend. The outlook for kite flying picnics is not brilliant at the moment... The Force 9 gale we experienced over the weekend murdered a few kites judging by the shreds wrapped around the power lines. Speaking of power lines, we have had more power cuts than usual in Chorio over the last few days and although all the television channels are still with us, some are fuzzier than usual.

The inclement weather is no deterrent to the road gang jackhammering away below our window, altering the quay to a more convenient height to accommodate the vehicle ramps of the Symi. Said vessel is herself in Rhodes today as the Monday trip was rescheduled to Tuesday to allow for the parade. The same applies next week as Clean Monday is a national holiday.

As far as local Symiot opinion goes, one should never regard winter as really over until the 1 May holiday. Perhaps there is some truth in that!

Off home to chop firewood and give the chickens dry bedding.

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.

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

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