Still Quite Slow

Brrr. It may be April but there’s a chilly north wind blowing and the heaters and sweaters are out again. Saturday was wet and blustery with thundershowers – but only delivered 15 mm according to my rainwater gauge. Enough to perk things up again though and there is more rain forecast for later this week. It looks as though the Easter period may also be quite windy and many parts of Greece are still experiencing wintry weather with sleet and snow at high altitudes.

In addition to the traditional packets of Easter egg dye, some of the Symi grocers are stocking pre-dyed eggs in Paschal red and, by way of novelty, rather strange metallic rainbow paint. The nocturnal bangs have started, much to the alarm of many of the island’s dogs. Meanwhile, down in the Pedi valley the sheep munch on, eating their way through breaking waves of yellow marguerites.

Down in the harbour, the Symi ferry has just come in. Although it is running a ‘day trip’ schedule, in practice the main passengers at the moment are army personnel and people returning to Symi for the Easter holidays. Windy days usually mean more day-trippers in the shoulder seasons as it is not good beach weather in Rhodes but this early in April it is still quite slow, probably because there aren’t that many tourists staying on Rhodes at the moment.

Walkers are enjoying the unusual juxtaposition of January’s cyclamens and May’s daisies all flowering at once in botanical confusion.

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.

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