A Windy Friday

Today’s photograph is of a beautiful moth I spotted, newly hatched and drying its wings, in the Pedi valley.

It is a windy Friday and white crests are rolling into the harbour and slopping against the quay. Strong winds and rain are forecast for the weekend as the low pressure system which has been over Italy tracks east. Conditions are set to improve from Monday but it is too soon to tell if the weather will be fine for the Easter long weekend or not – weekends have been stormy since New Year as the fronts seem to come through roughly every seven days.

Trucks and people are gathering on the quay, waiting for the Proteus to come in, hawkers continuing north to other islands mingling with tradesmen waiting for their stock to arrive. It is that time of the year when vast quantities of wood and sanitaryware are on the move as people rush to complete renovations and building projects before the season starts. As far as many businesses are concerned, the season proper starts in May and April is the main month for fitting out.

Tomorrow is Lazarus Saturday, followed by Palm Sunday so it is a weekend of jubilant bells and church services before Big Week. Even those who do not fast for the whole period of Lent switch to a fasting diet for Big Week and any visitors coming to Greece for Easter for the first time may be surprised to find the gyros bar grills empty and tavernas only serving seafood and vegetables.

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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