Sunlight bouncing off the Symi's funnels

A big storm system is slowly heading this way with a deep low over Libya. It is expected to reach us tomorrow night and there are already gale warnings in force for much of south western Greece. Looking at the long range forecast we could be in for another period of sustained wet and windy weather lasting about 10 days. Temperatures are expected to drop significantly throughout the country. The forecast for farmers on television last night was one of those ones where at the end the met officer gives a little speech reminding everyone to tuck up their animals and lash down their greenhouses. Many parts of northern Greece have already been hit by heavy snow and some villages are without electricity. We once again remind anyone planning to travel to Symi at this time of the year to be prepared for the possibility of disruptions to flights and ferries.

Meanwhile, here on Symi, we have all the windows open at the office and the sunlight bouncing off the Symi's funnels is lighting up the room. The merry sound of angle grinders on metal would suggest that they are trying to get another coat of paint on somewhere before the weather turns. DEH, the electricity company, is busy delivering poles to various points around Chorio so we can expect power cuts soon when the wiring is up graded. It would be quite nice if at some point some of the old stuff was actually taken away as the Symi urban skyline looks like cats' cradle these days, or one of those 1960s string art pictures but without the symmetry.

Have a good week. I'm going home to finish reassembling my kitchen!


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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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