The Quiet Life

Definitely closed until next summer!  Boarded up shops secured with plastic sheeting are a common sight around Yialos at this time of the year.  Will the last one out please nail down the plastic?

The usually pristine waters of Pedi bay, full of mud and debris on Friday afternoon after the storm.

Pedi bay after the downpour.

Symi autumn colours.

Monday morning and all is quiet.

Weeds growing on the Kali Strata, wherever they can find a scrap of soil.

Yialos, looking very closed.

When this building was restored on the Kali Strata, someone added a few whimsical blue mosaic tiles in the wet grouting.  Look out for them the next time you climbing the steps - little details like this make a good excuse to stop to catch your breath.
The clean up continues after Friday's storm. My rainwater gauge overflowed when it got to 60 mm so I can't tell you exactly how much rain fell on Friday morning. The next rain is expected to reach us on Wednesday night but should not be as severe.  Temperatures are continuing to drop steadily now and by the end of the week we will be looking at highs of 18 degrees and lows around 10 degrees centigrade.  As everything is waterlogged there is a damp chill in the air and it is very misty.

It is quite noisy down in the harbour at the moment as the building housing Pacho's kafeneion is having a revamp.  We had several weeks of jack-hammering while all the leaky galvanised pipes were removed and replaced with plastic.  Now we have the hum of several orbital sanders as all the doors and shutters are off and are being sanded down across the road, on the pavement where in the summer the water taxis have their ticket booths.

Only the essential shops are still open. The others are closed up with plastic sheeting and storm shutters.  Spacephone Symi, the mobile phone shop where we also go to pay our bills is closed until 26 November as the family is on holiday.  Many locals take a short holiday now, after the stresses of the summer and then settle down to the quiet life of Symi in the winter so some businesses that are closed now may reopen for a few weeks in the run up to Christmas.

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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