Watching the Sky

Symi is dripping with dew as the equinox approaches. Mist fills the valleys from early evening until quite late in the morning and anything accidentally left out over night is sodden. The accompanying photograph was taken at 8 o’clock in the morning on Monday and gives an idea of just how hazy it is at the moment.

The weather forecasters are teasing us with rumours of rain and strong winds are expected at the end of the week. Tantalisingly low clouds glide past the western sky at sunset and the rising moon illuminates fine fingers of wind-spun vapour trails. The rest of Greece may already be mopping up after autumnal downpours but here in the Southern Dodecanese we are watching the sky and wondering when the first showers will fall. Temperatures are expected to slip into the twenties this weekend and it is already much cooler at night.

Well-known local shopkeeper, Yannis Moschos of Kampos Supermarket in Chorio, seems set to make a full recovery after his heart attack yesterday morning – the prompt application of one of the two defibrillators generously donated by two anonymous British philanthropists (see The Symi Visitor newspaper July 2008) and a speedy transfer by hydrofoil to Rhodes saved his life. We hope to see him behind the counter again soon.


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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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