On a Cold Friday in December

Over the hills and far away... my camera  is not quite good enough to pick it up but there is snow on a mountain peak just to the right of the highest peak visible on the left on the Turkish coast.

The northerly gales  have brought some extraordinary cloud formations.

These are the skies that summer visitors to Symi seldom see.

The bottom of the Kali Strata.  That cardboard box is serving a useful purpose.

I am not sure how many Symi cats are living in there but I didn't want to disturb them on a bitterly cold morning to find out!

Still life with yellow plastic tablecloth.


In a garden down in Pedi

A classical face on a crumbling house in Chorio.

Christmas kitsch in Chorio.  Yes, that is a lifesize replica Santa playing a plastic saxophone!
The idyll is over.  Heavy rain and thunderstorms on Tuesday turned into plunging temperatures and gale force northerly winds by Thursday and Symi is in single figures today.  Showers and  more thunderstorms are forecast for the weekend so unfortunately we will have to leave the webcam unplugged when we are not in the office.

There are very few people about on the streets as there isn't much to do on Symi at this time of the year.  A  handful of men are in those coffee shops that are still open but that is about it.  Everyone is tucked up indoors out of the wind and that is what I will be doing soon myself!

Have a good weekend.



The End of November

The view from Symi Visitor Accommodation on Monday morning - grey, blustery and extreme rain forecast.  Winter has been a long time coming but it looks as though it is finally going to hit us this week.

Sunday was dry and bright and everyone seemed to be taking advantage of the last good drying day for a while to get the washing done.  I walked down to Pedi in a haze of Marseilles soap and lavender fabric softener.

Wild crocuses on the Pedi road.

Fallen olives.

The carpenter by the power station is growing some fine looking cabbages.

Washday on the sunny side of the bay.


Bijou waterfront residence with roof garden.

This cave on the hillside could use a little work.

Wind and solar power.

This cave, on the other hand, has been fully optimised and even has a fire place.

Fishing boats large and small.

In the summer this is a tourist beach.  In the winter boats are dragged up the beaches, just as they were in Homeric times.


About this Blog

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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