The June regulars arrive

Rumours of rain are just that, a whispering promise in the air that the mounting thunder clouds over Asia minor might treat us to at least a lightning show over the mountains tonight. The thin high wisps of daybreak have thickened into a continuous sheet of light grey cloud. The water has a metallic oily gleam to it that owes nothing to any nautical mishap. The same cannot, alas, be said for the waters around Hydra. Following only a week after last week's air crash, a Panamanian registered iron carrier en route to Casablanca collided with a Greek tanker and sank. According to Kathimerini it would appear that the iron carrier failed to give way to the Greek vessel and although an air sea rescue mission is still under way and all the Greek crewmembers have been rescued and accounted for, at least one Turkish sailor is known to be dead and five are still missing. Although the ship was Panamanian registered, the crew was indeed Turkish.

Back on Symi the island is filling up steadily with familiar faces as the June regulars arrive. It is going to be quite an interesting month as the President of Greece will be visiting the island during the middle of the month and preparations are already underway. If you see mysterious men in lumpy suits scuttling around and helicopters whizzing about, that is the reason.

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.

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