Rigani - Joy of the Mountain

Last weekend’s sandstorm turned the oregano flowers from gleaming white to dusty beige but they still smell wonderful. The local herb sellers have bushels spread out on sacking to dry in the shade. Earlier this week I had to go out to Nimborio and the thyme bushes are starting to flower along the way. There are splodges of purple and pink thyme blossom dotting the slopes of Pedi, above the path to Saint Nicholas and the oleander bushes that line the roads are erupting into a ribbon of white, crimson, pink and salmon blossom. The pomegranate trees are also ablaze.

Although Attica was in the news with flash floods yesterday once again the rain has passed us by. Only mare’s tails overhead and heaps of cumulus billowing on the horizon indicate that there is weather out there. Symi is slipping into Camelot mode.

There are more people around, particularly in the evenings when visitors enjoy sitting outside the cafes and tavernas. With more houses occupied there are more lights at night and neighbourhoods that have been dark and deserted for months are now humming with activity. The harbour is filling up with flotillas of gulets but the main yachting activity still tends to be privately owned small sailing boats at this time of the year. Live-aboards who have been wintering across the way in Turkey and travel-worn circumnavigators with bicycles lashed to the railings and faded flags dangling from the spreaders.

We are busy putting together the tenth birthday edition of the Symi Visitor newpaper which is quite an interesting project. We hope you all enjoy it when you see it.

Please remember that it is a long weekend in Greece as well as elsewhere so banks and other businesses will be closed on Monday for the Pentecost holiday.

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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