Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Pisces in Me

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As a Pisces, I naturally long to live near water.


After all, it is the element that governs my zodiac sign.


Whether it's the sea, a lake, river, pond or stream, 
I am always struck with a feeling of familiarity


 when I am frolicking in a wavy wonderland, 


curiously exploring its rocky coast,


or floating in the depths of its cool fluidity.


Upon descending into a mirror of aquamarines,

 

 I am, at times, still amazed to find that
the sea, my favourite to a large degree, is
 in fact, a colourless, crystal clear oasis. 

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Ideally, I would love to live in a pretty village by its shores,

 

but since I reside in the countryside,
I made space for a little liquid luxury,


 and that way, I don't feel like a fish out of water,

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but instead, just another fish in the sea.
And that, my friends, is the Pisces in me.


What about you?  Is your astrological element
an inherent part of your personality?



Thanks for visiting,
xo
Poppy

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Springtime Travels to the First Day of Summer


Happy 1st Day of Summer,
my friends!

Honestly, it doesn't really feel like summer, yet, on the island, as it's been very windy and cooler than usual for this time of year, but I don't mind at all since, the older I get, the less tolerance I have for heat, (both the meteorological and the menopausal types!)

 

Blue skies, cool breezes and late spring temps, suit me just fine, especially when I'm out on my daily walks, and sometimes


I need to exert myself, pushing my body weight up those steep country roads to capture the pretties perched on those pointy peaks!


Many times, I am greeted by lovely folks who, having just witnessed my feverish climb to the floral finish line, suddenly sprint up from their seats to offer me a cool refreshment and something sweet - a hospitable gesture for taking such a keen interest in their village, and one greatly appreciated by the recipient of their generous reward!

 


Other times, I prefer scouting my surroundings during
siesta, since it's quiet and I'm basically the only one around,
the area absent of concerned grandmas gazing at me,



(as I risk my life trying to snap grapes from a rooftop), 
and thus, having distracted them from their crochet!

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That's about the time I make my way downhill, to safer surfaces, much like the serene scene in the video above, where amid a meadow of Queen Anne's Lace, I lounged and lingered in loveliness, as I joined the dainty dwellers in their midday danceto the rhythm of the breezy, late spring beat.



Thank you all for your continued prayers, which are very

much appreciated. Hope you enjoyed my springtime
adventures on this first day of summer! What does the 
season look like and feel like in your neck of the woods?


Thanks for visiting!
xoxo
Poppy

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Special Request


 Hello friends, hope you are all well.

 

There are three people who mean the world to me,
facing some health challenges at this time.


I look up to the wide, spectacular sky,
asking God to give them strength,


and down to the flourishing earth, 
where new growth grants me hope.


I believe in the power of prayer, positive energy 
and good wishes, and I ask you to please keep 
my three loved ones in your thoughts.


Thank you.

Wishing you 
a lovely weekend,
xo
Poppy


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring Collection


Hello friends,

It has not been a typical spring here on the island this year. We've had a little more rain than usual, sun showers, really, which of course, are just as great for all my potted pretties as they are for me, since I can skip a watering session or two. The above bouquet, consisting of pink daisies, white carnations, scented and pink geraniums and everlasting flowers (Helichrysum siculum) came from my garden. Isn't it sweet? 


I wonder, do you think Kathleen Kelly
whose taste I admire greatly, would agree?

Laurel in the background, and everlasting flowers in the foreground, border our garden.

Surely, she'd light up at the sight of these cheery, yellow lovelies, 
for they look like mini daisy trees, don't they? 

   Two weeks ago                                                                                       Now                        

Here's how some flowers are doing at this time, about
 two weeks after I planted them. I just happen to cut 
a bunch of daisies for various vases around the house. 

Two weeks ago                                                                                     Now                         

The yellow marigolds have really taken off! They are bright
pom poms of sunshine, even on the gloomiest days.

 

Some of you may recognize these bold, red beauties if you happen to live in a Mediterranean type climate or if you follow me on Instagram, where I posted this pic earlier in the week. Our tree is loaded with these twinkly bulbs at present. I find them to be some of the most exquisite blossoms that exist, and their fruit, which is ripe for harvest in the fall, is one of the world's super foods. Can you guess what they are?


Yes! Pomegranates!


Next to the pomegranate tree stands the loquat tree, which, as you can see, is full of ripe fruit, ready for picking. I had never seen this exotic fruit until I came to Crete. I still prefer peaches, apricots and plums to loquats, but the Cretans love them, and so does Liberty!

 

 The orange marigolds have also multiplied! They are the
 'sunset' to their yellow cousins' 'sunrise' slate of colours.


Although this is not my backyard, I wanted to show you the spectacular landscape where we collect our oregano every spring. It's on the outskirts of the mountainous village of Rogdia, which means 'pomegranate', as hundreds of trees bearing the fruit populate its space. The rocky terrain, above, is


also fortified with views to the sea and Panagia Bay. 
The city of Heraklion can be seen in the far distance.


Washed and ready to be separated and set down
 flat to dry completely, this popular Mediterranean 
herb will lend its unique aroma to many of our 
favourite dishes throughout the year. 
What's growing in your garden?


I hope you enjoyed my 'spring collection'. 
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend,

xo
Poppy


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