It is going to be a long summer

A languid breeze wallows across the gelatinous sea and the air lies hot and heavy across the harbour. Apart from a small huddle of ice cream eaters under the umbrella by the kiosk there is very little human activity to be seen. The Symi is docked outside our office and a crewmember, shirtless and in sandals, is slopping some varnish on the afterdeck railing, humming happily in the knowledge that it will be completely dry by the time the boat leaves again at 16.15.

The heat came early this year. The rocks are hot to the touch and the leaves have started to fall from the trees. It is going to be a long summer.

The gulets are starting to come in, motoring as there is no wind of any use to sailors. The water boat, low in the water, has slipped alongside the clock tower, laden with the promise of cold showers.

As British actors, Caroline Carver and Kenny Doughty are getting married this afternoon and the Symi Visitor is organising their wedding the office is busier than usual. There are buckets of flowers outside the door, in the kitchen, in the back office - in fact there seem to be flowers everywhere I look. Various glamorous and vaguely familiar looking people have been bustling in and out for several days now and the phones have not stopped ringing. The last guests arrived this morning, many of them visiting Symi for the first time and, judging by the awed comments, probably not the last.

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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