A Fine Haze of Smoke

The heat is starting to ease and the breeze is almost cool. Fires are still raging in many parts of Greece and attempts to contain them are being complicated by high winds. While some of the fires may be blamed on the heatwave, others are definitely the work of arsonists who left behind evidence in the form of incendiary devices and flares. The EU is supplying additional firefighting equipment, particularly in the form of helicopters with water-dropping capabilities. Fires are a huge problem in Greece every year and cause millions of euros of damage to property as well as to the environment. A fine haze of smoke is tinting the sky over the whole country and is perceptible even here on Symi. The accompanying photograph of Pedi bay was taken at 8 o’clock this morning when the sun was already quite high in the sky and yet the light was still pink.

The weather is expected to moderate over the next few days to normal temperatures for this time of the year – mid to high thirties. As the exposed rocky surfaces of Symi have been soaking up the heat night time temperatures will remain higher than usual for some time.

Have a good weekend. I’m going to spend mine seeing what I can salvage of my heat-frazzled garden.


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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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