Making Plans for the Summer

Where's mummy?  The lambing season is well under way.  The ewes are tethered wherever grazing is plentiful and the lambs romp around, dashing back to mum whenever they want a drink at the milk bar.

Wild clematis flowering on my fences.

My neighbour's doves.  They live in dovecots in his smallholding and he comes every day to train them.  They fly up in ever higher spirals and then come swooping down when he signals to them.

Another grey Monday but this time it seems all the rain fell over Rhodes and Turkey.  So far there hasn't been any here.

The first wild cyclamens are flowering in the Pedi valley. This picture is slightly fuzzy as it was a zoom from a long way off.  It is starting to look as though I may be needing to think about a new camera.

The magical miniature wiinter gardens of  stone crops, moss and tiny ferns are also flourishing.

An impressive lemon crop in Lieni, Chorio.

Looking across the harbour at Mavrovouni and the Drakounta valley from the top of the Kali Strata.  Nowhere is very far from anywhere else when you are on Symi, 

Harani and the Mouragio area of the harbour are deserted at this time of the year.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office seems to have a recurring fishy theme at the moment.
After a clear cold bright weekend we woke up to grey skies this morning.  It is raining everywhere around us except actually on Symi.  The weather is expected to clear tonight and remain dry for the rest of the week with moderate temperatures between 10 at night and 14 at midday.

The days are slowly lengthening and nature is waking up.  The first wild cyclamens are flowering in the valley, the wild clematis is covered in creamy bells and the citrus trees are weighed down with lemons. There is the feeling that things are starting to happen again.

The Blue Star put on a special trip on Sunday, returning this afternoon, to compensate for not being able to stop at Symi due to the heavy weather on Friday.

While Symi may still be hunkered down in winter mode, people are making plans for the summer and we are receiving lots of inquiries for July, August and September.  In a place like Symi where there are no big tourist developments and most tourist accommodation is in restored traditional houses, the early bird usually gets the pick of the bunch.  If you are thinking of coming to Symi this summer, don't put off booking for too long, particularly if you have very specific requirements. Email us for advice, rates and availability.

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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