Tomorrow is Lazarus Sunday

It is still overcast and hazy on Symi. There were several mud showers yesterday and judging by the low clouds and darkening sky there may well be more on the way. There is a chilly wind blowing across the harbour which makes it seem cooler than it is and there were white horses whipping across the bay towards Nimos earlier. Everyone seems to be waiting until the last possible minute to do the whitewashing this year - only those painting their houses ochre are proceeding as normal.

The road around our side of the harbour is closed at the moment as the great ditchdigging project continues (see webcam). Apparently it should be open again for Sunday. In the meantime the boats are coming in over on the other side of the harbour by the clock tower and the bus is operating from up by the fuel station - and the cars are parked up to the hairpin bend...

Tomorrow is Lazarus Sunday and then it is Palm Sunday so Holy Week or Big Week as it is called here will soon be upon us. There seem to be sheep tethered in all sorts of unlikely places, including the playing field of the gymnasium and the football pitch, and the butchers are taking orders for Easter lamb. Speaking of things tethered, there is a seriously pregnant donkey tied up among the oregano bushes on the way to our place. Viewed end on she has the voluptuous tumble-home of an old galleon so she cannot have much longer to wait. Returning after dark we proceed with caution as she sometimes lies down in one of the dips in the dirt road instead of on the verge. Although cars and trucks may be proliferating on the island there are still many places only accessible by donkey or mule train and until every last ruin around the Castro and in the remoter reaches of Chorio has been rebuilt, there will always be a need for donkeys on this island.

Have a good 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.

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