The Summer Palette

The heatwave has turned into a succession of humid days with mist and low morning cloud, burning off as the day heats up but reforming as night falls. The recent high temperatures have scorched the soft tips off many of the trees and shrubs and precipitated a significant fall of blossom from jasmines, geraniums and other flowering plants. The island landscape is slipping rapidly into the summer palette of muted greys and golds and the last lemons and oranges are dropping from the trees. The hay has been baled in the Pedi valley and the breeze smells of suntan lotion and mosquito repellent.

The heatwave also seems to have been related to the demise of one of Yialos’ best known characters, Lakis the dog. A familiar figure, shambling ever more slowly with the years, his fuzzy russet silhouette was as much a part of the harbour as that venerable institution, Pachos cafeneion, which was his informal home. He will be missed by many of his friends this summer.

After a slow May the island seems set for a busy June and visitors will be relieved to hear that from next week the Symi II will be doing the Wednesday evening Rhodes- Symi run, leaving Mandraki at 19.00. Unfortunately the situation has not improved for Monday arrivals who seem doomed to spend the night in Rhodes if they arrive too late to catch the 14.00 hydrofoil.

Have a good 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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