Torrential Rain and Bright Sunshine

The weather alternates between torrential rain and bright sunshine, with low cloud, heavy dew and mist in the early mornings. Temperatures have remained between 10 and 15 degrees centigrade and with the lengthening days and recent showers the vegetation is becoming lush once again. The long range forecast remains unsettled and more rain is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, possibly accompanied by strong winds.

Indigo blue lupins, glossy yellow buttercups and starry white daisies light up the terraces and the tall scented alexanders are taking over on the Kali Strata. The lambs are fattening fast on such a rich diet and deals are already being negotiated for the Easter feast.

A curious phenomenon on the island this week has been the appearance of forlorn and bemused day-trippers, mainly American, who have been sold tickets for day return trips to Symi on the Dodecanese Pride without being told that the tourist season has not started yet and nothing is open. When I went round to Elpida’s to collect a copy of the Athens News I was stopped by an elderly couple who were more than mildly angry at having been so duped. They had been wandering around the harbour since half past nine this morning and there is a limit to how many cups of coffee and gyros one might want to consume.

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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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