Right now I am in shawls and mittens

The relentless rain is becoming quite tedious. After what was a fairly dry winter it seems to have done nothing but rain for weeks. The only real variation has been in wind velocity which on Sunday night seemed hell bent on breaking records and there were times when I feared for my roof. There is supposed to be a bit of a dry spell around Wednesday before the next front reaches us but we have had these promises before.

The ground is so water-logged the earthworms seem to prefer travelling over it rather than through it and the snails on the Kali Strata are crunchy under foot. Spring seems to have been put on hold for the moment. March is usually a bustling month of painting, decorating and refurbishing as everyone gets ready for the season but not this year. Anyone with any sense is firmly indoors as when it is not pouring down the wind is so strong it is difficult to stand upright, never mind hold a paintbrush. The weekend's hail has nipped the new buds from the trees and blackened the leaves of many cold sensitive plants.

Our office computer is playing up in the damp and we dare not leave anything plugged in due to lightning strikes. With a bit of luck in a few weeks time we'll all be complaining of the heat but right now I am in shawls and mittens!

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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