A Sunny Spring Day

It is a sunny spring day on Symi with a cool northerly breeze riffling across the water. Wednesday’s thunderstorms and showers have brought a freshness to the air and the vegetation has perked up perceptibly. The snails are out in the shady places and the island’s insect life is hatching in profusion, much to the joy of the arachnids who are busy shrouding everything that does not move in cobwebs.

The roses are coming to an end, slightly battered by the recent storms and succumbing to the aphid onslaught. The geraniums are taking over in every conceivable shade and hue, from cool whites and candy colours to hot pinks, purples and sizzling scarlet. Speaking of opulent colours, Wendy has just come into the office with some perfect fresh black cherries – an encouraging sign as the recent strikes have caused disruptions in the fresh produce supply lines in Greece and truckloads of fruit and vegetables are stuck on Crete at the moment.

Speaking of strikes, the pilots of Olympic Airways propeller fleet are on strike which means flights to many of the smaller islands are cancelled. There are also strikes affecting OTE (the Greek telcom company), the air traffic controllers, various banks and health workers. INKA, the Greek consumer watchdog organization, is also calling upon consumers to boycott the fresh produce markets today in protest against profiteering and high prices. It is not just tourists who are grumbling about high prices …

Have a good weekend.


Anonymous –   – (Saturday, May 17, 2008)  

Good to see that you two aren't on strike. No, I didn't mention hamsters.

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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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