Clouds of fragrant incense

Yesterday late afternoon, driving up from the harbour, we saw a group of about 20 people of all ages on mountain bikes, catching their breath after the long hill up from Pedi and staring in amazement at the view. They had evidently been dropped off by yacht in Pedi and this was their first glimpse of Yialos.

The full moon is stirring up strong winds in the Aegean and Mykonos airport was closed yesterday. We are fortunate, down here in the sheltered south, to have an extra week or two of mild weather before autumn sets in in earnest and Rhodes airport yesterday was packed with Israelis, Germans, Scandinavians, Poles…

There are tentative forecasts of rain for the forthcoming week and the air is cold enough at high altitude for lingering vapour trails to feather the sky. In the early morning and late afternoon mists, clouds of fragrant incense roll down from the cemetery above our house and books forgotten outside after dark are wet with dew.

All the little hire boats have disappeared from the clock tower. Only the row of red buoys and accompanying red speed boat remain.

Have a peaceful 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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