An Early Spring

The weekend followed a pattern that has become all too familiar this year with gales and shipping disruptions. This time as the storm swept in from the South it brought with it driving rain and flurries of hail. Although it has now settled into a grey drizzly day with diminishing wind, the Aegli remains secured to the dock outside Armara supermarket and shows little sign of going anywhere today. Next week is the carnival pageant weekend and all eyes are on the weather forecast as a great deal of trouble and effort is going into the making of costumes and other preparations. The theme this year is Greek mythology – not something that goes too well with anoraks and umbrellas.

One advantage of the recent rain is that the gardens are perking up. The oranges are ripening and the weight of lemons is bowing the trees. Some of the almond trees in Chorio and the Pedi valley are starting to flower, often in conjunction with new leaves. Out in the terraces the lupins are in bloom – flowers which normally only appear towards the end of March – and the poppies are starting to open. A late winter is overlapping with an early spring.

Have a good week.


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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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