Good news from Symi to Start the New Month.

The skewers are to discourage the local cats...

The new month arrived with a flurry of April showers and after three dry weeks the island certainly needed the drink.  The weather will remain mild and partly cloudy for the rest of the week with midday temperatures on Symi in the low twenties.

Magnificient moths doing what moths do when Spring is in the air.
Regular visitors to Symi may remember Kleanthi, the young Greek girl with the waist length wavy golden locks who used to work at the Symi Visitor office and occasionally at the Sunflower Laundry when not helping out at her mother, Roulla’s kiosk or her sister, Despina’s flower shop.  Well, Kleanthi was delivered of a beautiful baby girl in Rhodes this morning.  Congratulations to the happy mother and Kostas, the even more delighted dad.  Good news from Symi to start the new month.

Next week is Big Week, the most solemn week in the Greek Orthodox calendar and culminating in Easter.  While in many parts of the world Easter has become another opportunity for marathon retail therapy in Greece Easter is still very much a religious holiday and in these times of austerity even more so than usual.  When it comes to a choice between stocking chocolate rabbits or Pascal candles, Greek shopkeepers are more likely to invest in the latter when feeling the economic pinch.  Even those Greeks who don’t fast for the full duration of Lent often fast seriously during Big Week as it is a time for atonement and reflection.  The big celebrations start with the Resurrection at midnight on Easter Saturday night and by the time Sunday dawns everyone is really ready for the Easter lamb, fattened on oregano bushes and wild flowers.

Have a good week.


Jackie  – (Monday, April 02, 2012)  

Its 'Big week ' here at the moment so we are a week ahead this year. Not that you'd know it..the Easter eggs were in the shops just after Christmas, and religion doesn't figure much in most people's lives. Sad. It makes it harder for those of us who do want to attend services when Good Friday is a bank holiday and for me its fasting and church!

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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.

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