The Whiff of Gloss Paint

After a windy weekend we woke to a cloud-streaked sky this morning and it is chillier than it has been for some time. Much needed showers are forecast for many parts of Greece.

The Symi ferry is docked beneath our window. There is a dinghy in the water and the crew is taking advantage of the calm conditions to catch up on some maintenance. A handful of small cruising yachts is dotted along the quay but the overall scene is quiet. Some of the excursion boats are back in the water but the taxi boats are still on barrels on the beach at Tolis in Pedi, waiting patiently to slide back down the greased ways, Homeric style. The whiff of gloss paint is on the air as final preparations for the season are underway.

The daisies on the Kali Strata have met their nemesis – Themistocles from the town hall is working his way systematically down the steps with a mattock and a bundle of black plastic refuse bags.

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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