New Year celebrations will be more indoor than out

It has been a wet and stormy week for most of Greece and conditions are only expected to improve gradually from the north west after New Year. Here on Symi it has been overcast all week and today's webcam shot is no more inspiring than Tuesday's was. At least when it is wet and overcast it is a bit warmer as it is the southerly winds that bring the rain. It looks as though the New Year celebrations will be more indoor than out but we hope to have some photos for you all on Monday.

There is no bus service at the moment as the bus is in for its annual service and inspection and Lakis is having a well-earned break. As the prospect of lugging shopping up the Kali Strata in the rain is a dreary one the supermarkets in Chorio are doing well. On the whole, however, there are so few people about at the moment that even the duty taxi is idle much of the time.

It is a good time of the year for wandering around the lanes in Chorio, looking at the old ruins and noticing details usually invisible in the blinding summer sun. It is truly amazing how many different plants can grow out of a dry stone wall and the rain brings out the colours in the scraps of tinted whitewash. I vary my routes to the shops to take in some the areas that I seldom visit in the course of the summer.

Have a peaceful and joyous New Year.


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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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