Oregano and sage in the sunshine

The rain on Tuesday brought a delightful clarity to the air and the shadows have a depth that is almost autumnal. The wild thyme casts a mauve tint across the rocky hillsides and their scent combines with that of oregano and sage in the sunshine. The thyme bushes are the last of the wild flowers until the squills assert themselves in the autumn. Even the most barren seeming crag yields, on closer inspection, an extraordinary variety of lifeforms. Darting lizards with iridescent blue tails, svelte snakes and slowly lumbering tortoises all contribute to the summer landscape of this fragrant island.

The moonrises over Pedi bay have been quite spectacular this week and the owls have been very active in our garden. There is one in particular who sits in the almond tree by the gate, waiting for any harvesting rodent to be so imprudent as to saunter out from under cover. It is just as well that the owls are busy as the cats grow more slothful by the day and are certainly not doing their bit to protect our nut crop.

Speaking of cats and matters rural, not to mention a certain pastoral obsession that has possessed other aspects of this website of late, the following two photographs were taken in a garden on Mavrovouni this week. And not a green wellie in sight.

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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