Purple and Lilac

It is an overcast day on Symi today with low purple and lilac clouds rolling across the sky. Much of Greece is experiencing heavy rain and thunderstorms and there is the possibility that we might have a few drops of rain ourselves over the weekend. Temperatures are in the high twenties with a pleasant breeze. When the sun breaks through the clouds the sunshine is quite dazzling. The combination of the equinox and the full moon always bring a bit of a blow to this part of the world.

As I was walking down the Kali Strata this morning and stopped at the corner to look at the boats I noticed that one particular Symi landmark was on the move. The Eye of the Storm, the big steel three-masted schooner which gained notoriety for bringing 147 illegal migrants onto Symi a few years ago and which then remained in Symi harbour, unloved and unused while awaiting her fate, was finally on the move. After several months out on the hard at the boatyard at Harani she was relaunched recently and I spotted her setting off from the clock tower with her new owners. We wish them well with their venture and hope that the boat has a happier future.

This is very much the sailing season on Symi as these photographs of yachts sailing past Pedi bay earlier this week show.

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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