Wind-tugged thunder clouds

After a very hot weekend the meltemi is asserting itself again. There are wind-tugged thunder clouds marching across the Turkish horizon and the sea has turned dark blue with crisp white horses romping through the Nimos channel.

The Symi is rumbling away below the balcony, preparing to depart. The scene is the usual mix of half-dressed tourists nursing third-degree piebald sunburn, harassed tour guides and agitated crew members talking truck drivers up the ramp. The melon seller must have done well - his empty truck has just disappeared into the bowels of the ship. I wonder if he'll be back tonight with more melons...

A row of old-fashioned street lamps has sprouted along our side of the harbour. As they are on the quay side rather than the landward side they are unlikely to last long - the building supply ships that come in in the winter lie alongside here with cranes and fork lift trucks.

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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