Sparkling Stillness

It is a calm clear day with a cool northerly breeze riffling the water. The air is blindingly clear and the houses seem to shimmer in the light. The island has suddenly become very quiet, as though the summer ‘buzz’ has just been turned off. All sounds have become separate and distinct. A man sneezing in the street. A solitary car passing. Two fishermen talking on the stern of their boat.

This sparkling stillness will be shattered shortly by the arrival of the Symi with a last lingering load of day trippers but soon even that hubbub will disappear as the island settles down into the rhythms of winter life. Many of the tourist shops have already packed up for the year and others are undergoing that miraculous transformation whereby yesterday’s souvenir shop is today’s winter woollies outlet.

The clean up from the storm earlier this week continues and heavy duty road-working equipment has arrived on the island to help with the task.

The long range forecast suggests that the weather will remain fairly settled for the next few days with temperatures between 15 and 22 degrees centigrade and light northerly winds. In sunnier areas where the ground is drying out more quickly farmers have started ploughing their terraces to plant grazing grasses. The stone walls in the Pedi valley are sprouting with ferns and tiny narcissi are pushing up along the paths. It really is a delightful time of the year.

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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