A thing to remember
Bad weather on Wednesday meant that quite a few Symi folk are stuck in Rhodes until the next boat back to the island on Friday night. From what I can pick up from the gossip pages (Facebook) there was confusion over whether the boat would leave Rhodes and be able to dock at Symi. Some people report that they were told it wouldn’t stop at Symi and so, later on a windy and uncomfortable Wednesday night, resigned themselves to staying for two extra nights in Rhodes. They later found out that the boat had managed to dock and they could have made it home.
That’s one of the things you have to think about when a) living here and b) thinking of visiting in the winter, which you can do. Recently some others who were calling into Symi for only a few days, found their three-day stay here was reduced to one, and they were lucky to get that, what with high winds and scarce boats. I have to say, we usually do very well with the Blue Star connection, and now that we have the more stable boats, there is more chance of the big ferry docking even in rough weather. It depends on the captain, and some of the more experienced ones seem happier to try it than the less experienced ones.
Thursday dawned calmer and reasonably bright, and you will be amazed to know that I have my shutters open again and the heater is not on. We’re enjoying the warm and sometimes wet weather, and the rain is always welcome (in sensible amounts) for the garden and the water tanks. We’re not planning to go anywhere now until March, but we shall keep an eye on the weather nearer the time. Usually, when we are going on a trip where flights and hotels have been booked and paid for in advance, we leave home a couple of days early, depending on the boats, rather than leave the fate of our holiday in the lap of the weather gods.