Nocturnal Activities

It is a peaceful hazy day on Symi. Cat’s paws of wind dab at the water and the distant shores of Turkey are pale mauve against a lilac sky. Apart from a handful of modest yachts the harbour is quiet – it will be another 45 minutes before the Symi ferry arrives from Panormitis with its attendant hullaballoo (the crew are chipping and grinding off the rust spots – a noisy business).
Yesterday morning when the Proteus came in on her southbound journey a new wooden kiosk was trundled off the boat. It is now sitting over by the clock tower, awaiting paint and attention. A new ticket office perhaps?

Strong winds are forecast for the Aegean this weekend and many parts of Greece are experiencing stormy weather but at the moment it looks as though it will pass us by, sheltered as we are by Turkey on three sides. Only streaks of wind-blown cloud reveal that there might be more happening out there than the delicate breeze plucking at the faded flag on the Italian boat moored outside Mythos.

In the Pedi valley the sinister purple Dracunculis vulgaris lurks odiferously, pollinated by flies. The swallows are back, swooping across the evening sky, and the moonlit night is restless with the hoot of hungry owls as they go about their business. Every morning the cats present to me the fruits of their own nocturnal activities, mainly baby rodents that the owls missed.

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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