The Citrus Trees are Flourishing

Winter has trickled back this way, turning the whitewash to ochre in a mud drizzle that lasted all of yesterday. Temperatures have fallen throughout the country with snow on high ground and northerly gales in the Ionian and Aegean. It is heavily overcast and quite chilly. I will be moving quite a few plants back into the greenhouse as night time temperatures are expected to drop as low as 5 degrees for the next few evenings and with this wind direction it will be colder than that.

The damp weather has brought the slugs and snails out, eager to make the most of the all the spring greens. They seem particularly partial to my young coriander plants and lettuce seedlings and something has been munching its way through the petunia seedlings too. All my new potato plants are up and the radishes and carrots are plumping nicely. They seem to be winning the competition with the poppies but I have to be conscientious about weeding every day as they quickly gain the upper hand. The Valonia oak trees now have their full cover of fresh light green leaves and catkins. Drifts of pollen accompany every passing breeze. The olive trees are starting to flower and we will soon be able to see if it is likely to be a good crop or not. The citrus trees are flourishing and, as the hens are giving us more eggs than we can eat at the moment, lemon curd seems to be a logical way of preserving some of the glut.

Have a good weekend.


Anonymous –   – (Saturday, April 02, 2005)  

good job andriana

Anonymous –   – (Monday, April 11, 2005)  

Adriana - Your desciptions are perfect - and very interesting for our tourists.

Many kindly regards to all people of Symi

Best Regards

Jeanette and Heine Bentsen, Denmark

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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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