Fresh litchies, strawberries and papayas

After a clear cold Christmas weekend the clouds rolled over the Vigla on Monday morning and it has been raining intermittently ever since (see today's webcam). The outlook for the rest of the week is more of the same, punctated by gale force winds on Friday and Saturday before the next lot of rain descends upon us. Thunderstorms are also forecast. On a more optimistic note, one of my almond trees has started to open the first tentative blossoms.

Christmas is very much a family affair here and most people celebrated at home with friends and loved ones. Gifts are brought by Agios Vassilis (St Basil) on 1 January and the festive season culminates with the Ephiphany ceremonies on 6 January so this is just the beginning of a fairly long period of celebration. The shops have been well-stocked as ferry disruptions were minimal and Symiots have been able to enjoy such exotic delicacies as fresh litchies, strawberries and papayas as well as the usual seasonal citrus fruits.

Have a good week and, for those of you travelling, kalo taxidi!


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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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