A Snake Came to my Water Trough...

Apologies to D H Lawrence!
The Greek heatwave has broken and although it is still hot, temperatures are within normal ranges at the moment and there is a light breeze drifting across the water. The leaves have started to fall, scorched by last week’s searing temperatures, and the last lettuces have turned to paper.

Yesterday afternoon we found this elegant snake in one of our irrigation cisterns, lapping at the last of the water. We helped him up the plank with a little assistance where he waited in the shelter of the tiles until we had finished cleaning and refilling the cistern. We always leave planks in the tanks for snakes and other fauna so that they have a means of escape – a legacy of the days when we were living afloat and had a scramble net over the side for the benefit of the ship’s cat.

Work has resumed on the new sports’ facility in Chorio and on Friday I chanced to look out of the window just as one of the trucks laden with shaped reinforcing rod rumbled past. At the front and the back of the bin, singularly at odds with the rusty contents, were several brand new and virgin white double bed mattresses, wrapped in shiny polythene, lashed end on.

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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