The wild thyme bushes are waking up on the hills..

Thunder heads continue to mass on the horizon and grumble round about but Symi itself has remained dry and warm all weekend. A stiff breeze is blowing across the Nimos channel and we have just closed the windows despite the heat, growing bored with chasing bits of paper around the office. Gulls bob sideways in the chop and yachts heel hard over in the squalls as they head for Yialos. The light is changing from gold to mauve as the rumbles grow - perhaps this inky anvil will pass over us instead of sliding round. There is an electric whiff in the air and the birds that nest in the office roof are restless.

The geraniums I tucked between the hibiscus bushes in the planter outside the office door are starting to look as though they have taken root. Speaking of hibiscus bushes, the municipality has replaced a number of the winter-ravaged shrubs around the harbour periphery with these to good effect. The oleanders on the road out of the town are all in full bloom now. It is interesting to note that the ones on the Pedi side which had the benefit of sunshine during the winter are doing considerably better than the ones on the Yialos side. Even so, the heavy trusses of opulent white, cream, pink, cerise and wine coloured flowers have certainly livened up a bleak bit of roadside. The wild thyme bushes are waking up on the hills - neat cushions of tiny purple flowers very different to the pale garden varieties. The palm trees in front of Pachos are sprouting fresh new leaves and look quite promising now after their spring haircut. The geese pose for photographs with the tourists and the ducks are still terrorising the harbour cats.

Despite the odd nerve-jangling jackhammer beneath the windows and the minor inconvenience of not having had any water in the office all day as they are working on the pipes (we don't have a cistern), there are definitely worse places to be when sitting in front of a computer all day - and few could possibly be better!

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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