A White Christmas

Christmas is only a week away and it looks as though many parts of the country will be having a white Christmas. There have been heavy snow falls in on the main land and more is on the way. Here on Symi it is partly cloudy and becoming steadily colder. It does, however, seem as though that is it for rain for a while and with only light winds forecast down in the south those who are flying this week are not too worried about ferry disruptions. Up in the north and in central Greece it is a different story and Force 8 with snow is on the agenda for today and tomorrow. Schools are closed and rural areas cut off.

This morning’s power cut was not appreciated as every washing machine on the island is doing overtime at the moment and even fences round vegetable plots in the Pedi valley are draped with wet jeans and soggy sweaters. There is a lot of rooftop activity as cracked tiles and other leaks revealed by several weeks of more or less continuous rain are repaired. Somehow the presence of the water boat in Pedi seems a little superfluous!

Many of the television channels are still out of order after the lightning strikes last week and the mobile phone network is also a bit erratic. I was awakened by my telephone ringing me in the early hours of the morning which was a bit bizarre and messages welcoming me to Turkey come through several times a day.

Have a warm week. I am going home to light the fire!

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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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