Sunday, May 24, 2015

Birds, Bees, Lilacs and Peonies

'Canadian' colours welcome me to Unionville, Ontario, where my sister
   and her family have been living for the past 16 years, and Liberty for 3!

Hello, my friends,
I've missed you!

On Main Street, black shutters frame white windows,
 allowing for peeks into a reno taking place, 'inside'.

I arrived in Canada on May 7th, and have been enjoying
 the sights and sounds of my favourite season.

A perfect pale purple, luscious lilacs scent their
 surroundings, providing a sweet surprise for passersby.

On my walks around the neighbourhood, I am greeted
  by frilly, fragrant lilacs, which instantly transport me
 back to the pretty gardens of my childhood.

Another ebony and ivory beauty, this one complete with French windows
and doors, facing a pretty pathway, leading back to a welcoming front porch.

The grass is green, the sky is blue, the birds
 are singing, and everything's 'brand new'!

An empty swing sways in the cool, morning breeze, as eager, early
 bird shoppers, (yours truly, included), hunt for charming treasures
inside this beautiful, barn red house holding a contents sale. 

Don't you just love it when serendipity sneaks up on you,
 smack -!- in the middle of your prepared plans, and 
suddenly plants happy  smile on your elated face,
 because you just 'happened' to run into an old friend, or,
 oh, I don't know...stumble upon a brilliant estate sale?!

I do!

On her way home from work, Liberty stopped to
smell the peonies, after snapping them for her mama.

But when it strikes TWICE, (coming across pure pink
peonies in full bloom!), it's cause for celebration, and
 that's exactly what we did, as we celebrated Liberty's
 26th birthday, and Poppy View's  3rd, on May 18th.

A lemon cream cake, baked with lots of love, for my very sweet Liberty.

Thanks for visiting! As you know, I've been busy with my
 sister's move, buying new furniture, and packing up the old, 
with little breaks in between, visiting friends and relatives.
 I hope to catch up with youtoo, all this week, since
 we are expecting 5 (!) days of non-stop rain. 

On the bright side, I was honoured to be
  featured at Junk Chic Cottage's wonderful series,
'Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger'.
Please come by and say hello to our charming
 hostess, Kris, and me; we'd love to see you!

Finally! Peonies - in person, after 30 years of  adoring them from a far!

Wishing you all a very sunny Sunday, and
a happy Memorial Day to my American friends!


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Friday, May 1, 2015

A May Day Petal Parade

Daisies dot the Cretan countryside, their sunny faces
 open to new beginnings, while blues of sea and sky
blend to form infinite shades of hope and wonder.

Little by little, leafy patches sprouting carrot toned
 petals fill the cracks on white washed, stony walls.

The vines have arrived! Like an army of soldiers,
 they stand at attention, awaiting their cue to
 renew those juicy bursts of summer jewels.

 Contrasting hues make you retrace your steps, to 
gaze at gardens growing effortlessly on their own,

 as are tiny blossoms blooming on vacant, bare
 branched trees, despite their short term stay.

 Dear Friends,
I hope you've enjoyed all these sweeties!
I will be leaving them in a few days, as I 
depart for my beloved Canada, to spend 
time with Liberty, my family and friends.
My sister, Cindy, has asked me to decorate
her new home, and I can't wait! Of course,
I will be sharing this project with you, as
well as my visits to flower festivals, where 
I will finally get to see my precious peonies 
and other sentimental charmers up close!

Happy Update:
Today, Saturday, May 23rd,
 I am being featured at sweet Kris'
'Saturday Spotlight:
Life Behind the Blogger' series.
Hope you come by and say 'hi'!

Until next time, wishing you all a 
very happy month of May!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Cuties, Pretties, Poppies, and Lovelies

On my way to visit my sweet friend, here in the
village, I couldn't resist snapping these hot  
hued cuties, on this perfectly warm spring day.

Pathways covered in purple pretties and buttery
toned beauties led to views of the valley below.


 Poppies, gently swayed in the cool breeze,
gracefully bowing their heads, to acknowledge
the wind's presence, if only for a few seconds.

Whenever I pass this house, with its simple, square shape, blue and white   contrasts, and original terracotta tiled roof, I pause to appreciate its signature provincial style, shaded in dabs of green.

Look at that chalky blue sky! I wondered if the sea, just
 below, had mirrored its multi toned, amethyst allure.

Behind the curtained window, freshly brewed coffee, home baked cookies, and cozy conversation awaited me. It was the perfect pick-me-up, after spending siesta photographing local lovelies, in the balmy afternoon heat.

Wishing you all a wonderfully
warm and sunny, spring weekend!


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Playful April Petals

The Venetian Walls, built in the 15th century, surround the city of Heraklion, and are the largest fortified structure in the Mediterranean. I have strolled their flowery paths many times, pausing to enjoy the panoramic views. On this particular afternoon, while waiting for my bus back to the village, I studied and admired their own beauty,
 which is equally impressive, from ground level.

Entering the village, crowds of Cretan hollyhocks, 
daisies and buttercups charmingly line the main road, 
greeting visitors with their sweet hospitality upon arrival. 


The tiny, white church, nestled among olive trees and 
evergreens, is a picture of bucolic calm, and beckons
one to sift through the thick vegetation, to come and
sit quietly amid this lush, hilly haven above the sea.

Here it is again, as seen from our property, now bordered
by bouquets of laurel, and aromatic, flowering herbs. 


Steps away from our own veggie patch, a mature
 olive tree floats in a bath of fresh, new greenery,

while in the grove immediately behind our walls,
young trees stand in line for a spring pruning.

 April, I am grateful for your gentle breeze,
 bringing songbirds, butterflies and bees, to
   play with spring blossoms and flowering trees,
in a game most magnificent and joyful. 

Thanks for visiting,
 and happy weekend!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Celebrating Easter

Yesterday, we celebrated Easter Sunday, 
and hosted a picnic lunch, indoors!

Although the weather was perfect for this Canadian 
 expat, my husband's clan, all born and bred Cretans, 
decided it was still too cool to dine al fresco.

Nevertheless, the sun showed up, brilliantly brightening the
 breakfast nook, to cast a sweet light on lemony cookies,  
tasty pastries and traditional, red Easter eggs.

In the dining room, Ms. Betty, our beautiful bunny, 
overlooked all the busyness. Behind her, a famous bunch 
of boating buddies, indulge in their own lovely luncheon.

Taking a little rest, before my guests arrived, I checked 
off the last of my chores, just as the doorbell rang!

 Soon, we were all outside, under the warm, Cretan sun, 
and amid leafy vineyards and thick olive groves, we
 tended to the fire, as we joyfully toasted, 

 ''Χριστός Aνέστη! - Christos Anesti! - Christ is Risen!''

Before long, our indoor picnic lunch was served, and
 just in time, too, as the spring breeze caught wind of
 our festivities, and picked up speed, eager to catch
 a whiff of the delicious aromas floating in the air!

It was a glorious day of good food, leisurely strolls 
in the flowery meadows, and family fun. But most 
importantly, it was a gathering to celebrate 
and honour the Resurrection of God's Son.

Thanks for visiting!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring in Their Step

Goats, stand in a field of daisies and buttercups,
nibbling on grassy greens, pausing only for a quick
 glance at a curious, camera carrying passerby.

In a neighbouring field, a chorus line of naked,
 grapevine trunks, strike a pose - a prelude to
  their full dress rehearsal, later, in the summer.  

 Against a thorny background, delicate beauties in deep purple,
 dance a harmonious duet with dual toned partners, their petals 
softly swaying to the sounds of a fresh, spring breeze.

Layers of texture, from yellow to pink to green and blue,
fill the landscape with pretty hues, brightly marking one's
 mood, long after the dabs of daylight have faded.

 Amid a finale of springtime fusion, clusters of red poppies steal the show. Charismatic leading ladies, they shine on a stage of rolling
 hills, supported by a cast of naturally talented characters.

  Regarding this post, my 2ooth, and all the others before
 it, thank you for your kind visits and sweet words!


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter

Easter lilies, in bloom, in my garden.

On this Greek Orthodox Palm Sunday, 
I wish you all a Blessed Easter.