Wet Paint and White Spirit

Happy Easter to our Catholic and Protestant friends.  Greek Orthodox Easter is still a week away.  This is a display of the traditional decorated candles that Orthodox Christians use to celebrate the Resurrection.  Many people make their own to give as gifts but these brightly coloured ones are designed with children in mind.

Pedi after the rain earlier in the week.

Cars and trucks lined up at the clock tower, waiting for the Blue Star Diagoras on Wednesday morning.

I have often wondered what the story is behind this bad-tempered face on a pediment up in Chorio.

A traditional meander pattern on a house on the Kali Strata. 

An invisible cat in Chorio.  The edge of the building looks a bit nibbled because it has been clipped repeatedly by various small cars and trucks squeezing along the lane on the right.

One of the few remaining overhanging eaves on the island.

Another face. This one reminds me a little of the Green Man motif found in so many old English churches.

April is the month for spring-cleaning, painting and decorating in preparation for the forthcoming tourist season.  Similar scenes to this are to be seen all round the harbour and Chorio.

The excursion boats and water taxis are still out on the hard in Harani and Rhodes so their berths are vacant. 

Poppies and corona daisies provide a natural garden around this house in Chorio.

Pelargoniums in the town square, Yialos.
It is April and down in the harbour there are more people about.  It is a calm dry day, ideal for getting things done.  Although the day boats from Rhodes have not started yet we have some tourists in the form of a school party that came off the big boat from Piraeus this morning.  They would be from one of the islands to the north of us that the Blue Star serves on the Friday route.  They are wandering around the harbour, munching pies from the bakery and taking photos of each other with their telephones.  Presumably they will be heading home when the boat comes through again this evening. None of the tourist businesses in the harbour are open yet - they are still painting, renovating and generally drying out after an extremely wet winter.  The gypsies who specialise in repairing taverna chairs have arrived and everywhere there is the smell of wet paint and white spirit.

Greek Easter is next weekend and we have some visitors arriving during the week but it will be a while yet before the tourist season proper commences.  Greek Easter is very much a Greek holiday and families try to spend it together.  Often it is the last opportunity for everyone to get together until the end of the season.

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.

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