Bleating sheep, tinkling goat bells

The meltemi brought some relief from the heat on Saturday but by Sunday the sea was once again a shimmering mirror surrounded by hazy hills. The summer-deciduous trees are losing their leaves quite quickly now and many plants are becoming dormant. Green and purple figs are ripening and the vines are a tangle of green against the brightly painted houses. The caper bushes form verdant islands on the brown and rocky terraces.

Animals are increasingly nocturnal and the night is punctuated by bleating sheep, tinkling goat bells, munching donkeys and cats on the prowl. In the day time there is little movement to be seen apart from the occasional startled lizard and even the human life is slipping into the slow rhythms of summer.

I am going home to water my tomatoes - and the frogs who have taken up residence in the relative coolth of my shade houses.

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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