A New Lease of Life

Symi is experiencing unusually wet conditions for the time of year and a cloudburst is sweeping across the island as I write this. Above the sound of pelting rain and the splatter of gutters I can hear the hubbub of many voices as daytrippers and locals alike take shelter in the cafeterias along the waterfront. It might be bad weather for Symi’s beach tavernas and water taxis but it is excellent weather for the cafes and shops in the harbour. The tourist shop downstairs, next to the Sunflower laundry, has moved all its display racks of holiday clothes further under the awnings or indoors. We seem to be getting a month’s worth of rain in a day at the moment! The Proteus is pulling out slowly in the deluge, heading for Panormitis monastery on its return trip to Rhodes. The island’s cisterns will be benefitting from this late, unexpected top up and many of the wild plants that had started to die back will have a new lease of life.

Storm over Yialos, captured by Nicholas Shum

The accompanying photograph was taken during a thunderstorm yesterday evening. The unusually unsettled weather is expected to clear with effect from late Tuesday evening so everything should be bright and sunny for Kate and Alastair’s wedding on Friday. Whether it will be dry for the Celtic Dancing at 08.30 p.m at the Manteio cafeteria in Chorio tomorrow evening remains to be seen. It has already been shifted from Saturday evening due to thundershowers on Saturday afternoon. Hence, no doubt, the origin of the expression, to take a rain check!  I shall put this up quickly as on Symi wet weather and power cuts often go hand in hand.

Pillion by Nicholas Shum

Have a good week.


Annuk  – (Monday, May 30, 2011)  

Love that blue door!
Your blog is always a feast for the eyes, Adriana!

Anonymous –   – (Monday, May 30, 2011)  

So did the electricity go off then?

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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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