Deep Red and Gold Ribbons

It is cold and cloudy on Symi today with isolated patches of wintry sunshine drifting across Nimos. The weather is changing again and becoming less settled. We had quite a lot of rain on Wednesday night, at least 20 mm up our way, and there is more rain forecast throughout Greece over the next few days. The wind is expected to strengthen mid week when the next front comes through but at the moment it is still glassy calm in our corner. The smoke from bonfires puddles in the valleys and mist lingers over Pedi until late morning.

As you can see from the photograph, we’ve been putting up Christmas decorations in the Symi Visitor office. It looks very cosy with the tree twinkling in the corner and swags of ribbons up the stairwell. The painted cherubs on the ceiling are quite at home among the trimmings and even the griffins look brighter as the deep red and gold ribbons bring out the colours in their wings.

Out in the gardens the lemons are turning from green to yellow and the scented narcissi are starting to open. Everyone agrees that the roses are the best ever, happy beneficiaries of the early rains. The ploughed terraces are covered in fresh young shoots and the first broad beans are punching their way through the mud.

In case you missed the notice on the Noticeboard and in the December edition of the Symi Visitor, the first English broadcast for foreign residents takes place on Symi municipal radio this evening from 6 pm until 8 pm local time. This will be on 107.9 FM. Terri Baker is presenting the program which will be on every Friday evening at this time and will include local news and information, as well as Terri’s personal selection of music.

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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