The oregano is in now full bloom

We awoke to the patter of rain on the tin roof and it rained steadily all morning. Unusually for this time of year it was clean rain and the island looks and smells wonderfully fresh. It is still overcast now but the reviving effects of the showers on the vegetation are already noticeable. It has been fairly warm during the day this week but the evenings are still cool and today I doubt if it will get as high as 20 after the rain.

As you've had a lot of words from me lately, here are some Symi snapshots taken over the last few days I'd like to share with you. In the Pedi valley the farmers are busy cutting and baling hay for their animals. If it is left too long, in the dry summer it literally turns to dust. I took this picture while walking to work one morning this week. Hard to believe that not so long ago it was a mass of yellow daisies!

The oregano is in now full bloom in most areas. As usual it is full of small copper coloured beetles. And yes, that is a very enthusiastic geranium in the background.

If you contrast this picture of the Pedi valley and Pedi Bay which I posted on 1 May you will see quite a few changes, not least the number of yachts in the bay.

And finally, as no Symi scrapbook is complete without the obligatory cute animal shot, my neighbour's slightly pregnant donkey enjoying the afternoon sun.

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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