February Postcards from Symi

It is amazing what cats will find comfortable to sleep on.

Rural or urban?  On Symi the distinction is not clear and never more so than in the winter months. Any bit of grazing will have a sheep, goat or donkey grazing on it. These two were munching away in the lanes of Chorio.

Nature has planted her own garden in this old dry stone wall near the Chorio car park.

There must be a story to this. That is a plastic water tank.

A gentle reminder from the Symi Flower shop that it is Valentine's Day next week.

Wild lupins.  I photograph them in this field at the top of the Pedi valley every year.

When I was sailing we used to call this a mackerel sky as the clouds look a bit like fish scales.  It usually means that there are strong winds to come.  It is calm enough now but tomorrow could be windy again.  We seem to alternate between  dead calms, squalls and unforeseen gales precipitating shipping bans.

Looking down at the clock tower and Harani from my usual view point at the bend on the Kali Strata.  The white structure  in front of the clock tower is the Schengen customs and immigration border control point.  Visiting yachts, gulets and cruise ships have to clear in then before they can come ashore.

I spotted this office chair outside a house on the Kali Strata this morning.  The seat is covered in ginger fur.

Could this be the culprit?  He didn't hang around to answer any questions.

It was still enough to sit with the balcony doors open at the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning, to the astonishment of the cats who use the balcony railing as a bridge from one roof to the next.

Dodecanese Seaways gliding into Yialos at 9.30 this morning.  They won't be running the Symi route on Saturday as they will be catching up with the Halki Tilos route which had to be cancelled on Thursday due to strong winds.

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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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