Tiny Painted Hearts

Only one rainy day in the week I spent in England, but the clouds are rallying for some serious rain here in Greece this weekend and we could have some heavy downpours on Sunday. As we had torrential rain the same time last year, the forecast is being taken more seriously than usual and I noticed quite a few people clearing gutters and checking downpipes this morning. One little-known characteristic of Symi’s neo-classical roofs is that the gutters are set into the tops of the walls, usually with a down pipe designed to fill the cistern under the house. Any blockages mean that water can flow under the tiles and into the house in heavy rain, hence the importance of checking them at the beginning of the rainy season.

The sea is still very warm whereas the land is starting to cool off as the days grow shorter. This means heavy dewfall and misty mornings. Time to remember to bring in cushions, newspapers and anything else likely to suffer in the damp when turning in of an evening.

The change in the gardens is remarkable as Symi’s second spring has begun. The citrus trees have new shoots and the roses are starting to flower once again. The first dainty cyclamen leaves, tiny painted hearts among the stones, are emerging. If we do have good rain this weekend the island will be quite green within a week or so as it does not take much to get things growing again.

Have a good 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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