The grass is growing before our eyes.

A light sprinkling of rain awoke us before dawn this morning and the roads were wet coming down into town. There are still plenty of clouds around, perfectly reflected on a smooth opalescent sea. The long range forecast remains mild and calm for the rest of the week with midday temperatures in the twenties and night time temperatures around 18 degrees. The grass is growing before our eyes and the moss has turned from brown to green. The roses in my garden have been transformed from moribund brown twigs to masses of shoots and buds and some of the lemons have expanded to the point of splitting after last Sunday's downpour.

There are still a lot of people around and regular visitors are all commenting on how the island seems busier than usual for the time of year. The cafes and tavernas are doing well and even the beach tavernas seem to be deferring closure for a few more days. The harbour and Pedi are full of yachts of all shapes and sizes every night - everything from the smallest steel yacht I have ever seen (about 25 feet) to enormous varnished gulets and gleaming white gin palaces bristling with the inevitable Inmarsat domes and water toys.

One sure indicator however that the season is drawing to a close - apart from the clouds - is the reappearance of the hawkers and their lumbering lorries laden with carpets, blankets, quilts and gumboots.

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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