Dodging Dollops of Spray

It is a wild and stormy winter's day. The wind is howling across the island and the old houses are creaking and groaning under the onslaught, shutters banging and rattling with every gust. Squalls of heavy rain have been driving across the bay, pushing whitecaps before them, since this morning. Waves are breaking along the quay all along our side of the harbour and cars and bikes negotiating the waterfront are dodging dollops of spray. The fishing boats are tied up to the quay and the men are huddled in Pachos, warming their hands on their coffee.

There is a country wide shipping ban as there is a Force 10 northerly gale blowing in the Aegean and Force 8-9 everywhere else. Some of the more exposed airports are also closed, particularly on the Aegean islands. Temperatures are continuing to fall and snow is expected on the Turkish mountains visible across the water from Symi.

The internet is also playing up with connections breaking down every few minutes. This has become a feature of communications every time we have bad weather. A frayed cable swaying in the wind? I shall now have a go at posting this!

Have a warm 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.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.

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