Not Much Happening

Olives ready for picking.

An untidy pine tree on the road up the Vigla.

Not much happening in Yialos

Once upon a time someone very houseproud painted this electricity meter to match the doors and shutters.

School children gathering before class.

There is too little soil for much to grow on these slopes but the trees have revived in the rain.

Closed until the spring - Katerinettes and neighbours tightly shuttered against the winter storms.

Squeaky clean - the Kali Strata stones look scrubbed.

Whimsical colours and random steps on the Kali Strata.

We had heavy rain on two consecutive evenings and the Kali Strata has been scoured clean of the summer’s dust and accumulated cigarette butts.  More rain is expected this week and the sun is only putting in brief appearances between rolling cloud banks. Temperatures are still mild and relatively warm but as so much of the island is now in shadow the puddles linger on and damp is starting to penetrate the old stone houses.  It is worth lighting the fire to dry things out, even though it is by no means cold at present.

The rain is swelling the olives on the trees and the citrus trees are recovering well from the summer drought.  The conifers on the hillside above the Pedi Valley are covered in cones and the evergreens are well-washed and putting on new growth.  Wild cyclamens carpet the shady areas and ferns and moss are sprouting from the dry stone walls.

Down in the harbour it is very quiet indeed.  The hotels and tourist businesses are closed until the spring and there are few people around.  The next ferry coming into Symi will be the Blue Star Diagoras on Wednesday morning, bringing post and provisions.  The fresh stuff that arrived on Friday’s boat disappeared in a flash on Saturday morning.  At this time of the year everyone factors the ferry schedule into planning the week’s shopping – there is little point in looking for bananas 3 days after the last boat came in!

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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