Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Form and Fate of a Full-Grown Grape

Presently, on the island, it's grape season.

In the early morning light of August
 jewels of juice await their harvest.

They begin their journey on a vine
while many will find their way to wine.

 Some are dried under a blazing sun
 that wrinkles them into sweet raisins.

Others are boiled into a thick spread
that perfectly complements plain bread.

 Finally, if not fermented, cooked or baked,
there are grapes that possess a fresher fate,
geared to land right on one's  plate!  

What's your preference?


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Condensation Nuclei Bid Humidity Goodbye

Unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, were spotted in Toronto skies earlier today. The alien beings, reportedly trillions in number, invaded the vicinity instantaneously, landing at random locations across the city.

Within seconds, emergency crews appeared 
on the scene to investigate the phenomenon.
 The image above, captured by airborne surveillance cams, reveals a cluster of complex, helix-like structures.

Upon closer examination, it was evident that every specimen was composed of condensation nuclei, or in layman's terms,


Experts had trouble recognizing the deluge of droplets since precipitation in these parts 
was believed to have become extinct, having recently been extinguished by a force 
more powerful, namely, humidity.

At press time, local meteorologists predict cooler temps, with a mix of sun and cloud and a chance of rain on Tuesday. No drama. No sweat! Sounds heavenly to me. What about you? Any rainy luxury in your neck of the woods, lately?   

(all images: 
Poppy View)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Glorious and Free

 O Canada,
Soon to be 150, but in your 149th, 
this year, we're grateful for the wisdom


you've gathered on the freedom frontier,
not just for speech, but for the space,
 in which we can solemnly declare


our striking individuality seasoned
with patriotic, True North flair!

'God, keep our land,
glorious and free.'


O, Canada, thank you
for being thee! 

Happy Birthday, 


 Happy Canada Day
to all my fellow 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer: On Schedule, Stand By...


It feels like an entire season has come and gone since
 I last posted. My beloved Spring, gleaming with hope and
 light and glory, finally did arrive, in all its budding beauty.

Suddenly, city streets sprouting pretty, pastel petals  
made once barren pathways to work happily bearable!

I recall the almond blossoms,
scattered across the Cretan countryside, 
fragrant confetti, dotting the meadows
with scented cheer, and I long for the day
to wander amid such a paradise, again.

 Until then, Summer is scheduled to arrive on time, 
here in southern Ontario, tomorrow, Monday, June 20, 
2016. As such, Spring has ensured that its successor
 be made to feel welcome, and thus, has already 
seen to hot, smouldering, temps  -  a show of
utmost warmth and hospitality, wouldn't you say?


 “For behold, the winter is past; 
the rain is over and gone. 
The flowers appear on the earth, 
the time of singing has come, 
 ...Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Wishing you all 

a Happy Summer,



All images except first & second: Google

Monday, April 4, 2016

Still No Sign of Spring

Dreaming of spring,


on this white, chilly night,
wondering where it could be.

Caught in the storm?
Stuck in the snow?
Frozen  from 
numbing frostbite?

Oh, my sweet Spring,
hope you are safe and
are well on your way,
for it feels like you've
 been gone forever.

Now, about the delay,
don't worry; I miss you so much, 
promise that I won't make a fuss.
After all, better late than never! 

Tell me, my friends, 
any sightings of this sassy season 
in your neck of the woods?

All images: Google

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Message of Love

As I stare out
into the late, 
evening sky,
starry snowflakes
 gather to meet
  tired eyes.

They huddle together
to make sure I see
the message of love
they've so carefully
drawn for me.

The Triumph of Galatea by Raphael

in a few hours,
Cupid's arrows will
fall like shooting stars
to enamour all those
who aren't enamoured so far!
I, intend to stay indoors,
having been pierced
by his amour arrow before,
and though I'm recuperating,
I still feel quite sore, 
so I'd better not
 take any chances.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

25 Minutes
A Toronto street scene, by Doug Taylor

That bright, barn red streetcar in the beautiful painting 
above has been my main means of transport for the 
past month. I board it every weekday morning, at
 exactly 8:15 a.m, to take me to my new job, at a
 busy law firm, in bustling, midtown Toronto.

The Cretan countryside, by Poppy
On the island, this single cypress tree, just outside the
 village, stands for our one and only bus stop. The descent
 into town, via picturesque patches of vineyards, orange and 
olive groves, was always a relaxing ride and a peaceful 
prelude to tutoring fidgety, Greek teens in English!  

The Toronto Skyline, as seen from Centre Island, by Doug Taylor

 Each trip takes precisely 25 minutes,
 but the second seems like a lifetime ago.  


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 Hope you can forgive me for not being able to visit
 blogland lately, but after 8 hours of  filing, faxing,
 prepping and printing, I only end up in one place: 
dreamland! Promise to catch up with you soon!

Happy February!