It is a cold clear day with superb visibility

The rain clouds have turned to snow clouds over much of Greece with a country wide drop in temperatures and the thermometer is struggling into double-digits on Symi today. There is a brisk northerly wind blowing and the meteorological service has posted a list of warnings to mariners. The ferry left this morning but it will be interesting to see if it comes back!

It is a cold clear day with superb visibility. The local gull population really does seem to be on the increase and there are dozens of them, wheeling overhead and bobbing among the white horses that are whisking across the bay. The harbour is empty apart from a big shiny white yacht and the navy patrol boat. The sunlight after several days of heavy cloud cover is quite blinding. Those Symiots who have not gone to Rhodes for the day are largely occupied with airing out their houses, pumping out flooded basements and drying sodden carpets.

The Christmas lights have made it down to the harbour. The angel wings that usually swing on the streetlights on the road up from the harbour have been put on the fancy little cast iron lamp standards down here in the harbour, where their chances of survival are smaller than usual as they are not only at traffic height but are also in danger of amputation by the Symi's vehicle ramp, cargo ships and the like. We await developments with interest!

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.

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