The island grows steadily greener

A hazy high is lingering over Symi, polishing the sea for the admiration of wheeling gulls. The harbour is quiet as shipping has dwindled and the excursion boats have retired for the winter.

Up in Chorio, on the other hand, a small procession of tidy Christmas lights is making its way slowly down the Vigla, attached to the nifty new green streetlights which are optimistically believed to be operational by December. In the Kampos square men are hard at work, doing the final touches to the new water mains so we have had sporadic road closures over the last few days. You see, they don't save ALL the roadworks for the tourist season... As the next rains are forecast for Thursday, Friday and Saturday there is some degree of urgency in completing jobs requiring the digging of ditches.

The island grows steadily greener, nurtured by the heavy dews that fall the moment the sun slips behind the mountain. The dusty rocks of summer shine slick at this time of the year and moss and ferns sprout in the crevices. Who would think that this arid island could hold so many secrets?

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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