Symi Spring-Cleaning

Mother and child - mowing the 'lawn' outside the sports facility in Chorio.

It is a wildy and windy Monday and there is a shipping ban in force.  This is the view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation window this morning.

Handmade on Symi - the local tinsmith makes these traditional lanterns.

A luxury yacht lying alongside in Yialos this morning - an unusual sight on the last day of February, but any port in a storm!

The rubber tree outside the Village hotel in Chorio has had a hair cut.

Faces on a house in Chorio.

A little stencil work enhances these Juliet balconies in Yialos.  
Happy Leap Year!

It is one of those crazy days where it is mild and T-shirt weather in the sun, out of the wind, or 3 layers plus scarves in the shade and wind.  The Symi layered look is always in fashion in the winter months on Symi as we add and subtract layers depending on where we are and what we are doing.  Yesterday was a glorious spring day - all twittering birds, billowing daisies and munching sheep.  Today is white caps in the harbour, gale force winds in the Aegean and all ferries confined to port.  The wind is expected to ease on Wednesday when it will be followed by the possibility of 3 days of thunderstorms, although these may well pass either to the north or the south of us. The on-going drought on the island is becoming worrying.  Rhodes' rainfall is also below average and that is where the watership for Symi fills up - not to mention where quite a lot of our vegetables come from!

There's a  lot more activity in the harbour.  People are emerging from their winter hibernation and starting to make some preparations for the season.  There is the hum of orbital sanders in the lanes and the smell of wood preservative and fresh paint competes with the aroma of fresh bread. The housewares shop on the square has its new supply of colourful plastic tablecloths - bought by the metre to give a quick facelift to both taverna and domestic tables.  Next Monday is Dodecanese Day and everyone wants to be spruced up and putting their best face forward for the holiday. The following Monday is Clean Monday which marks the start of Lent and then there's Independence Day on 25 March so quite a lot to look forward to in the coming month.

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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