Almonds pinging on the roof

After a couple of days of mild weather we woke to almonds pinging on the roof and wind creaking through the trees. The view from my window is of a dark grey sky over a light grey sea, punctuated only by rows of white crests marching steadily into the harbour. White froth marks the rocks off Nimos and fringes the shoreline. A low is passing over the area and rain is forecast for much of Greece for today and tomorrow. It should clear in the course of tomorrow and Sunday with strong winds expected on Monday.

The vegetation is starting to die back in places and the earth in exposed areas is cracking. Unless we have late penetrating rains the wild flowers will be gone in a few weeks. Spring passes very quickly here and it is not uncommon to have heatwaves in the 30s in April, although it is just as normal for it to be wet and windy with sandstorms.

It has been a week for funerals, including that of Papa Gabrielle, the Abbott of Panormitis, who had a heart condition and was of a great age and, more bizarrely, that of an elderly fisherman who accidently blew himself up while fishing with dynamite on Wednesday evening.

Have a good weekend.


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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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