Hazy Days

All bright and perky and ready for business - the old taverna Merakles at the back of the harbour.

It is spider season at the moment and there are cobwebs everywhere.

The butterflies are still with us.

Symi has been engulfed in fine dust since Wednesday.  This is quite common at this time of the year as sand storms in North Africa are sucked up into the Mediterranean.  If we do get a rain shower now it will be the dreaded Red Rain.  It is not for nothing that the traditional colour for houses in this part of the Mediterranean is ochre!

One of my neighbours has a splendid apricot tree.

For those of you who have been asking me, the Windmill Restaurant in Chorio opened last night.

The island's many oleanders are particularly luscious-looking at the moment - but also highly toxic so resist the temptation to pick a posy of them for your loved one.

The hot splash of a bougainvillea and the tendrils of a verdant vine against a white wall are Greek island clich├ęs
we repeat over and over without ever tiring of the look.

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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