Monday Morning Mist

Monday morning mist.
The Dodecanese Express departing for Rhodes at 7.45 a.m.

The month of October began with heavy dew and a misty morning.  The haze thickened in the course of the day and by late afternoon the sky was turning purple over Turkey.  The first rumblings of distant thunder had us all scrambling to pack away cushions, books and the other odds and ends of summer living outdoors in the assurance of a five month drought.  The combination of setting sun and rolling thunder showers gave us a most spectacular sunset and  a succession of rainbows.  While we only had a light sprinkling of rain in my corner of the Pedi valley it rained hard enough in the harbour for the various shops to bring their wares indoors.  My thanks to Jordan Blakesley of SymiArt for allowing me to use his splendid photograph of Yialos above.

Yialos at midday.
 The chap on the left was trying to balance on the anchor for reasons known only to himself.

Rained out sky over Pedi this morning.

A lone yacht arriving in Yialos early this morning.


 Regular readers of this blog may remember L’Boreal’s visit to Symi a couple of years ago.  Today her sister ship, the equally high tech L’Austral is visiting Symi.  These are new generation cruise ships designed to have minimum impact on the environment and unlike our usual Thursday visitors which belch black smoke and can be heard rumbling away from the upper reaches of Chorio, L’Austral quietly purrs at her berth.

The new Frontex patrol boat has arrived for border patrol duty. This time it is a brightly painted Romanian vessel.  The crew were quick to make themselves at home, complete with satellite dish on the quay, and were quizzing us as to what amusements the island of Symi might have to offer.  After the bright lights of Constanta in the Black Sea Symi seems very quiet.  I am not sure that round the island boat trips are their idea of  R and R.

I have posted this photograph of the Triton to satisfy the many people who have emailed me recently asking if she is back in Symi.

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.

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