The Last Red Poppies

The spring flowers are dwindling as the weather turns warmer and drier. The daisies are turning from yellow to gold and the last red poppies are nodding among the stones. With the rising temperatures the insect life is hatching, bringing with it increased bird and lizard activity. The row of electricity poles from Pedi to the top of the Vigla is now gleaming with three strands of bright copper wire so that particular project is well under way, as is the undercover sports stadium in Chorio. Down in Pedi there is no movement on the marina project and yachts are swinging at anchor as they have always done. A vast armada of Russian yachts passed through last night, much to the surprise of the only taverna open down there which ran out of food.
The island is slowly becoming busier as gulets and small cruise ships call in at weekends and yachts stop off on their way from Turkey into the Aegean. May the first is a bank holiday in many European countries, including Greece, and many French and Italian holiday home owners have taken the opportunity to come across to Symi to enjoy their houses and prepare for their house parties in August. Although there is still the possibility of occasional showers, the weather is becoming more conducive to external painting and decorating. Many foreign property owners take delight in donning their oldest clothes and trying their hand at a little whitewashing or gardening as an escape from the gloom of the global economic crisis, bird flu, swine flu and whatever else the media would like us all to be worrying about.
Have a good week, and enjoy the spring sunshine wherever you can find it.



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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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