Counting our Blessings

It has been a stormy week but the rain held off for the Panormitis festival yesterday and the sky is blue today. Electrical storms have caused a few problems on the island this past week and with more stormy weather forecast for the days to come the season for fried faxes and dodgy electrics is only just beginning. Gale force winds up to Force 9 are expected in the Aegean this weekend so there may well be disruptions to ferry schedules. Temperatures have dropped all over Greece and the high price of heating oil dominates the local television news. Those of us with wood stoves are counting our blessings.

On a more cheerful note, all the rain thus far has been of the good soaking variety beloved of farmers and everything is growing quite rapidly. The spinach seeds I planted only a few days ago are already up like hairs on a dog’s back and we are enjoying the new season’s assorted lettuces and horta. The chillis are turning red fast, ready for the winter’s curries and chutneys. I planted several different kinds this year to cover all contingencies from Asian through Middle Eastern to Mexican dishes and they make a very colourful display.

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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