Challenging Times

There are days when I can really relate to this shutter, hanging by a thread up in Chorio.

Some doors are closed to me now but others are opening.

Busy as the bees rolling in the ephemeral poppies.

There is beauty to be found, even in the most inhospitable environment.

Inspiration among the daisies.

I wonder what the story is behind this pediment in Chorio.

A quiet garden just off the road in Chorio.  Old fashioned roses grow very well here and anyone with a bit of space tries to fit in a rose bush or two.
I have delayed writing a blog post as the situation changes with such frequency, it is difficult to know what to say.

First of all, many thanks to all of you who have written in, expressing your condolences and sharing your thoughts about Wendy and her tragically early death.  We really do appreciate it and it is a comfort to her family and friends to know that Wendy was loved and admired by many people all over the world.

The situation at present is that Symi Visitor Accommodation has closed down. As everything to do with the business is in Wendy's name, the business effectively died with her.  This is why the accommodation listings have all disappeared from the website, the Facebook page has gone and the office in the harbour is closed. The Sunflower laundry is also part of Wendy's estate and as such has also had to close.  No doubt sooner or later someone else will open a new laundry on Symi but who, where and when I cannot say as I don't know. 

The webcam was provided very kindly by a private individual as a service to the community. It is now looking for a new home.

I am in the process of setting up my personal blog and reinventing myself.  Please bear with me if I go quiet for a while. There is a lot to be done at many levels.  I will let you all know what I am doing and where to find me in due course.


Unknown  – (Friday, April 20, 2018)  

Hi Adriana,
I am - like everybody else - very sorry to hear about Wendy, and also sympathise over the knock-on effects which must be far-reaching.
I've been reading your blog every week for many years and it is always so well-written and beautifully illustrated. Whatever your new blog will be, I hope you will put a link up to it here so that I can find it!
Good luck with the reinvention,

Anonymous –   – (Friday, April 20, 2018)  

A very sad and heartbreakingly difficult time for you but one day in the future I hope to be reading your blog posts again, Adriana. It was the chance picking up of a Symivisitor newspaper many years ago on a day trip which kindled my interest in the island and I’ve followed your blog ever since. Last year I spent two short holidays in Yialos and Pedi. Wonderful times.

Jackie@travelnwrite  – (Saturday, April 21, 2018)  

Best of luck and our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Please do let all your blogger-world friends know when you are back among us. We are thinking of you in The Mani

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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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