Starting to Stir

Spring is splashing cheery colours across the garden. Billows of almond blossom drift on the wind and blazing nasturtiums scramble wherever they can find a purchase. An army of snails is munching its way through the lettuce patch and the coriander is in flower. The hoppers are hatching in the hollyhocks and the lizards are starting to stir in the stone walls.

Down in the harbour a cold northerly breeze has sent the clouds packing and the gulls are riding on an inky sea. It is chilly now but in a month the first tourists will be heading our way – and in a few weeks we should start packing away our winter waterproofs.

Wednesday is Dodecanese Day and a local holiday. Shops and businesses may be closed but it is worth coming into town for the parade. Speaking of things being closed, the local OTE office is shut for a month and it is necessary to go to Rhodes to pay telephone bills (unless one belongs to that happy minority group who manage to receive the bill before the due date, in which case it can be paid at the post office). The technicians are still on the island, it is just the administration side of the operation that is on holiday.

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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