A Typical November Day on Symi, Greece

 The dry dusty stones of summer have turned into hanging gardens of plants, both indigenous and imported.  On this slope near the bus stop in Yialos the bright red leaves of Virginia creeper share space with  self-seeded wild cyclamens.

The bulbs from which these cyclamens are growing are buried deep in the crevices of these volcanic rocks.  By the time I return from South Africa at the end of January they will be full of delicately scented 
pale pink blooms.

The Blue Star Diagoras is a welcome sight as she rounds Nimos and heads for Yialos.

Her reception committee - due to the weather and the shipping ban last weekend these trucks have been stranded on Symi for a week.

This Kali Strata mansion was restored recently but the small gate into the garden is still the original.

Wash day in Chorio.  Tumble driers are virtually unheard of on Symi - the houses are too small and electricity too expensive - instead the locals make use of free sunshine and the dry northerly wind.

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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