Sesklia 10 March 2008

Wendy gets to meet Sesklia's new custodian, a very friendly bitch living in the farm house on the top of the hill.

Although the Dodecanese Day celebrations were marred by the first sand storm of the season, the weather stayed fair and dry for the whole holiday long weekend. We took the opportunity to nip over to Sesklia for a Clean Monday picnic. Summertime visitors will be amazed to see the fields in the middle of the island glowing with golden mustard flowers and the rocky slopes covered in white lilies. I am hoping to cajole another trip in a couple of weeks to catch all the wild delphiniums when they come into flower.

Meanwhile, on a more practical level, the Aegli hydrofoil is not running this week and will be out of service until 22 March. The strikes as a result of social security reforms will continue to affect the public power company, banking sector and civil service for the next few weeks so business trips to Rhodes and Athens require very careful planning to avoid futile expeditions. We have been fortunate here on Symi in that we have not been affected by the power blackouts that have caused problems in other parts of the country.

Have a good 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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