A Numbing North Wind

The sky has cleared for the first time this week and a numbing north wind is hunting for chinks in the shutters. The Aegli came across this morning – it has been in Rhodes since Tuesday due to heavy weather. Shipping generally is quite erratic, as was demonstrated on Thursday when the Marina, which was supposed to leave Symi at 10.00, arrived at exactly the same time as the Proteus two hours later, with the result that we had two car ferries in Yialos simultaneously, one on either side of the harbour and both heading for Rhodes.

You can watch the screen grabs of the above event from our webcam here.

Another cold front with more rain and increasing winds is expected to reach us by Saturday night and next week is likely to be as stormy as this one. Many parts of Greece have had snow and the temperatures are dropping steadily. The change in temperatures combined with the recent heavy rain has precipitated a number of small rockfalls along the road out of town and motorists are tending to stick towards the middle of the road to avoid being struck by showers of falling stones. This is one of those situations where local knowledge helps!

The first wobbly-legged new lambs have been born in the Pedi valley and random sheep are grazing in unexpected places, including the Kali Strata. As we have had a lot of rain the terraces are very muddy and the ‘big hole’ in Chorio where the new undercover sports facility is being built is not a pleasant place to work at the moment.

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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