Fresh and Perky

It is a cool breezy day on Symi. The sky is an interesting pattern of windy streaks and fat cumulus clouds. After a very dry March and April we were astonished to wake to 20 mm of heavy rain at dawn on Saturday 22 May. It is really unusual to have such heavy rain so late. Usually Symi receives little more than a passing mud sprinkle whereas this was a torrential downpour. Symi looks quite fresh and perky after this unexpected sluicing. The whole Eastern Mediterranean region is experiencing very unsettled weather at the moment and Greece can expect more thunder storms and occasional rain over the next few days. The weather is expected to become hot and dry later in the week as this weather front heads further east.

Symi is filling up as the May and June regular visitors and new comers arrive. This is a popular time for couples and those who are not tied to school holidays to visit the island. Everything is now open, the excursion boats and water taxis are running to the beaches, the weather is becoming more settled and at the same time it is not as consistently sweltering as it is later in the season, in July and August. Yialos is bustling with people enjoying breakfast before heading for the beach on one of the several taxi boats. The aromas of spicy gyros, vanilla ice cream and coconut butter mingle on the breeze that wafts through my office window. Every time I look out someone seems to be doing the Webcam Wave. A gang of regulars is out on the Poseidon today so we sent Sue along with the camera. There may be some interesting photos on Out and About tomorrow.

Both Yialos and Pedi are full of yachts. Enterprising individuals have contrived various ways to tie up alongside the quay of the unfinished marina in Pedi as the evening catabatic winds have been quite strong lately and dragged anchors are not unusual. The water boat paid Symi a visit at the weekend, causing a flurry of rearrangements as yachts tied up on the wrong side of the quay had to relocate. Although the desalination plant seems to be providing more of Symi’s water on a more reliable basis, the water boat from Rhodes is still required occasionally so the jetty has to be kept clear.
Have a good week.



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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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