Far From Cold

Photos kindly provided by Barry Hankey of Aartworld.com

It is a pearly grey autumn day on Symi with low clouds rolling over the Vigla and intermittent patterings of rain as the humidity liquefies. Clumps of ghostly pale lilac colchicums haunt the terraces and luminous spires of silvery squills are erupting on the rocky hillsides. Usually these indigenous plants appear against a background of bare earth but this year the early rains have provided a fresh green backdrop of new grass and germinating daisies. The countryside is busy at this time of the year. There are walkers on every trail and farmers are out in the Pedi valley, taking advantage of the unusually mild and damp weather to plough their terraces and plant barley for grazing.

The whole of Greece is experiencing some very unsettled weather at the moment with widespread thundershowers and falling temperatures. Here on Symi, however, it is a humid 26 degrees with a tropical sultriness to the air. When the sun breaks through the cloud cover steam rises from the pavements and it is far from cold. Some of the taxi boats are still operating and the beach tavernas are open, albeit with reduced menus.

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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