Anyone with any sense is on the beach

The thermometer in the tomato shade house reached 40 yesterday and the resident frogs are only too happy to receive their twice daily sprinkles. The cats have turned the bunt of the shade cloth into hammocks in which to while away the days. My chickens sit around panting in the shade and prefer to roost in the oak trees at night rather than in the hen house. They are not bothering much with laying eggs at the moment.

Between ferry arrivals and departures it is very quiet in the harbour during the day - anyone with any sense is on the beach and the tourists are turning from red to bronze. The melon seller has parked his truck by the bus stop and is dozing under a silver umbrella between selling his wares to frazzled day trippers.

Michaeli the harbourmaster is sitting on the step below our balcony, shaving. Yes, that's right, shaving. Sometimes he shaves while sitting on one of the benches on the road above the town, other times he completes his toilette on the steps...

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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