It is 38 degrees in the sun

The Symi has finally departed and peace has returned to our little corner of the harbour. I have reopened the windows to let in the air now that the noise has gone. It is very hot with not much of a breeze. Just the passing whiff of calamari drifting up from the taverna next door. Anyone with a choice is at the beach today. It is 38 degrees in the sun.

There is a family of birds that lives in the air space between our office ceiling and the stone-flagged terrace above. (Stand on the balcony at your peril!) Now that the stones are heating up they spend much of the day chatting on the power lines and swooping through the scrubby trees on the rock face next to our entrance.

Speaking of the entrance to our office, the plants are looking quite good this year and recovered completely from being covered with paint during the renovations last summer. The hibiscus has big red flowers and the variegated bougainvillea is shooting in all directions. I have planted different kinds of scarlet and red pelargoniums between them which are taking well. Now if I can just persuade various savages from leaving cigarette butts and sandwich wrappings in the planters it would look perfect! (We got round the cat problem with a layer of gravel so thick even the most determined cat is frustrated.)

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.

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

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