A Piercing North Wind

The sun is out, the sky is blue and a piercing north wind is rattling at the shutters. A chilly reminder that much of the Balkans and Turkey is currently under snow. The Aegli hydrofoil ran this morning, despite some apprehensions on that score as the sea is quite rough. The Proteus has just pulled in from Rhodes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables, the first to be seen in the shops for some time due to the holidays. Crates of red and white cabbages, oranges and tangerines, apples and bananas are stacked on the quay, awaiting collection, and local shopkeepers armed with trolleys are scrambling to unload boxes of groceries into their vans. Tonight will be a good night for shopping!

This is the last holiday weekend of the festive season, culminating in the Epiphany celebrations on Sunday. After that it is back to work for many people as the count down to the start of the next tourist season commences and it will be a case of calculating how many shutters/doors/tables and chairs have to be repainted before Easter. Although the days are getting longer again the coldest winter weather is still ahead of us. Hawkers selling blankets and quilts are doing brisk business and the small halogen heaters that are standard in this part of the world are prominently displayed outside the shops in Chorio and Yialos. Something that is increasingly difficult to find, however, is the old fashioned hot water bottle. Much less expensive to run in these energy-expensive days than an electric blanket so perhaps they will make a come-back!

Have a warm 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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