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.



Good bye, Wendy

Wendy Wilcox in happier times
It is with a heavy heart that I write today's blog post.  As many of you with close links to Symi know, Wendy was diagnosed with throat cancer two years ago, followed shortly thereafter by the tragic loss of her partner, Ged Horton.  Sadly, we now say good bye to Wendy who died suddenly on Saturday afternoon, in the arms of her friends.

The friendly face of Symi Visitor for more than 20 years, she brought many visitors to the island and joy to the lives of countless people, both visitors and residents alike.  In recent years she was also one of the warm-hearted founders of Solidarity Symi, the local charity that sprang out of the refugee crisis of 2015. 

Naturally empathetic, Wendy always put other people first and wanted to make everyone happy. That made her an excellent hostess and event organiser.  The happy couples who enjoyed her services as a wedding planner are part of her enduring legacy.

Her buoyant personality and vivacity were slowly dimmed by the disease that robbed her of her speech and her ability to socialise but she fought on, making the adaptations that living with a life-changing illness imposes.  Spinach smoothies and Greek rice pudding and long walks with her dog, Santouri.  It is tragic that an undetected aneurysm cut short her life and robbed us of the friend and colleague we loved so well.  She will be missed, both on Symi and by thousands of people around the world.


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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