In early April in recent years I have headed to Greece for the summer. Not possible this year because of various ongoing issues. There is still a degree of uncertainty about when I’ll get back to the islands but, trying to think positively, I’m aiming for end of April/early May.
Therefore this is just a brief look at what Symi is like at that time of year and a reflection on how I plan to spend the summer over there this year.
May is the end of spring in the Greek islands. Flowering plants hasten to complete their cycle by setting seed before they and the landscape are scorched by the blistering summer heat. Nowhere is this more so than on the Dodecanese island of Symi, reputedly the hottest and driest of the Greek islands.
During May 2016 I was in the throes of my Annus Horribilis with walking severely restricted and a stint in hospital on Rhodes, so there are very few photos. Those below are some of the many taken in the first week of May 2015.
I can’t sit around soaking up the sun and holding down chairs in a taverna, I need to have a goal, a project on the go. Ants in my pants as well as in the kitchen if everything isn’t cleaned meticulously and screwed down tight. And sometimes even if it is …..
I spend much of the time on the islands writing when I’m not trekking in the mountains. I finished my first book ‘Greece by bus’ in the summer of 2015 and had a limited print run at the end of the year. My second book ‘Greece Unpackaged’ was printed in a limited run at the end of 2016 and one goal for summer 2016 is to publish it on Kindle.
The main aim for the spring and early summer this year is to further explore Symi and look at a couple of issues in particular. One is to visit and examine more closely ancient settlements on the island. Linked to this is to plot the location of natural springs and water sources ….. which some think don’t exist. The ambitious outcome of that I hope will be a third book – ‘Symi off-piste’.
A lot of questions. A lot to explore.