Serene Symi

8.30 in the morning and the sun is just creeping over Chorio.  After a week of wet and stormy weather, it is nice to see blue skies for a change.

Wild clematis is a common sight during the winter, tumbling over walls and fences and scrambling in the trees.  In the summer drought this, like so many other indigenous plants on the island, becomes dry brown scrubby stuff that looks as though it died years ago.

Drifts of oak leaves in Lieni.

I didn't see any people on my walk down the Kali Strata this morning but I did meet a hen, trimming the verges.

And her mate, striking a pose.

Why did the chicken cross the Kali Strata?

The only other living thing I saw on the Kali Strata this morning also had feathers.

Oranges don't seem to mind neglect. This garden has not been tended for years.

An unusual sight, particularly as it is a beach towel.

Firewood delivery.

The view from the Symi Visitor Accommodation office this morning.
It is a clear cold winter's day on Symi and the sky was clear enough last night for us to enjoy the full moon. The lull between storms gives us all a chance to dry out a bit before the next round of wet weather reaches us on Sunday.  Midday temperatures have risen to around 14 degrees centigrade, falling to 9 degrees at night - quite mild really after the recent bitter cold we have experienced. The rain will start again on Sunday and last until midweek, with on going mild temperatures and no strong winds expected over the next few days.

Symi is very quiet now.  The holidays are over and the children are back at school. The students have all returned to their universities and colleges around the country.  All the tourist businesses are closed.  It is only essential amenities that serve the needs of the community such as supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and so on that are still open. I am often the only person on the bus on the two days in the week that I come down into the harbour and bus runs a very limited schedule now.

The cafes and gyros bars that have stayed open have their plastic drop cloths and outdoor heaters in place.  They don't have much in the way of indoor seating and in any case the whole reason for going out for coffee at this time of the year is to escape the confines of home and look at something different. Symi's traditional  neoclassical houses are actually quite small when one cannot use terraces, courtyards and balconies.  When the weather is wet the shutters have to stay closed to keep the water out, making them quite dark and gloomy in the winter, so sitting inside a clear plastic tent, looking at the harbour, is an attractive treat.    

Have a good weekend.



Snow on Attaviros, Rhodes, January 2017

A first glimpse of the mountain, from a field near Kamiros Skala.

Heading inland towards the village of Kritinia from Kamiros Skala.

No, it is not the Alps!  Attaviros, the highest peak on Rhodes.

Bottleneck at the turn off to the mountain road.

Those who had successfully made it to the top were flaunting snow men on their bonnets as trophies for the trip back down.

All sorts of unlikely vehicles made it up to the top. Basically anything with 4 wheels, including one fellow on a quad bike who was covered in mud from top to toe.  As the road is very narrow with a drainage ditch  on the mountain side and a sheer drop on the other vehicles were having to inch past each other and there was much cautious reversing to whatever scraps of verge there might be.

Suddenly we popped out into the forest reserve with woods on both sides. There were a lot of frozen-looking goats but my attempts at photographing them from a moving vehicle were unsuccessful.

Then we started to climb again. By now it was a dirt road with lots of slush and mud everywhere.  

Looking down in the gathering dusk.

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Some of the wind turbines on the top of Attaviros.

It is not often that there is such sustained snow on Rhodes and kids of all ages were out there, enjoying this novel experience.
A Siberian weather system plunged down into Greece over the weekend, bringing snow to parts of Greece that seldom if ever see the white stuff.  We had to go over to Rhodes on business and took advantage of the Blue Star's new Sunday/Monday route to go over and see for ourselves.

We arrived in Rhodes at midday, checked into the Best Western Plaza and then drove down to Kamiros Skala, the small port that serves Halki, for lunch, before heading up into the mountains on our search for snow.  As you can see, there was quite a lot of it!

More snow fell on Rhodes on Sunday night and on Monday the authorities closed the access road, possibly because they were still digging out Smart cars and other unsuitable vehicles from the mountain top!

Monday morning was free for our business and we then caught the Blue Star again at 4 p.m, arriving back in Symi just after 5 p.m.  We hope that the Blue Star keeps this up through the summer as we have not had an afternoon connection from  Rhodes to Symi on a Monday for many years and it will be a big boost to tourism in the area.

The weather has warmed up very slightly with steady rain all day. The forecast for the rest of the week alternates rain with dry spells and some fairly lowly temperatures, albeit getting up into double digits during the day.

Have a good week.



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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