Rain-Swept and Deserted

The Katerinettes is getting a new coat of paint and
Kokkona's house nearby is have a complete facelift with new plaster.

Yes, he is using a mobile phone and no, he is not wearing a crash helmet.

After a very wet weekend the sun is out once more.  With a chilly breeze blowing from the north any patch of sunshine is worth seeking out and many of the foreign property owners who have arrived on the island for the Easter holidays are holding court on the pavement outside Pachos.  The island has filled up a bit today as many French and Italian expats arrived on the island on the Dodecanese Seaways catamaran this morning.  On Saturday Yialos, Symi’s main port, was rain-swept and deserted, today it is humming with many voices.

The rain clouds roll down, masking the Vigla and Kokkimides

The cheerful sound of 1960s Greek pop songs rings out across the bay as Costas, one of the island’s six taxi drivers, likes to liven things up when he is at the rank by playing old favourites on his car stereo and singing along with them.  The chaps on ladders fitting the awnings on the coffee shop next door often join in the choruses.  A school of dolphins cavorted off Harani in the rain on Saturday afternoon. Although dolphins are fairly common in these waters it is rare to see them so close in shore.

In a few months Symi town square will be the home of the Symi Festival but today it is deserted.

The weather is expected to remain unsettled for the next 10 days with more showers expected later this week and again at the weekend.  April showers are as common here as they are in more temperate climes but in the case of Greece, this is often the last rain we have until October and it is crucial for helping trees and shrubs make it through the long drought of summer.

Nasturtiums putting on a brave show.

Lemons in the rain

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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