Sunday, August 17, 2014

Escape to Plaka, and A Prayer

A dilapidated cafe, Plaka, Crete

When things get a little hectic, 
or worry is wearing me down,
I drown myself in distress,
or, I get out of town.


 I am always drawn to the sea, 
(perhaps it's the Pisces in me),
 
Fishing boats, anchored and awaiting new passengers, Plaka, Crete

 and so, when that crystal hue
of Aegean blue is in view,


 my mood magically lifts,
my perspective shifts,
and suddenly, I am
floating in a sea of hope.


Please join me,
and say a prayer for my
sweet friend, Tammy,
witty writer of the Peanut,  
who is faced with some
challenges of her own 
at this time.
 
Thanks for visiting
and have a wonderful week!

71 comments:

  1. Healing wishes are being sent to your friend .. Tammy ... a name easily remembered. :) Lovely images from Plaka; I'm a Pisces, too. Your new header is so gorgeous. Blessings to all, Tammy

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    1. Thank you, Tammy, my fellow Piscean!

      xx

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  2. Magnificent views of summer. Best wishes to your friend.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Thanks for your visit and kind wishes, Mersad.

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  3. Hello Poppy, gorgeous views of the sea.. Lovely scenes and photos. Sending my thoughts and prayers for your friend, Tammy! Have a happy new week!

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  4. Healing energy being sent your friend's way. Beautiful, gorgeous photos, Poppy.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Very much appreciated, Claudia, thank you.

      xo

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  5. Oh Poppy, your friend is facing such a challenge! I would be heartbroken if I could not connect with others throughout the world...I'll add her to my prayers, a promise!
    Thank you for sharing beautiful shots once again. I love the clearness of the water and did you travel to Plaka with such a lovely sloop?
    Best wishes for a great Sunday,

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    1. Hi Noelle,

      No, we drove the 89 km to the beautiful, northeast coast of the island, where Plaka is situated, but the sloop sounds so much more exciting!

      xx

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  6. So sorry to hear about your friend. Prayers sent her way. I love the pictures you have posted. When I was younger we spent some time by the sea and that is where my heart belongs. I just felt so at home there. One day I hope to return, maybe even live close to it.

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    1. Thanks, Betty. Happy memories of days spent by the sea can definitely draw one back to its shores, in the future.

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  7. The sea is my solace too - there's something so special about the smell of the air, the sound of the surf as the rocks tumble with each wave. I will pray for your friend and hope that all the challenges are met and overcome.

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    1. Thank you, Honora. Your description of the sea's soothing qualities is spot on!

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  8. I know that Tammy feels the prayers being said for her, Poppy, and all the good will lifting her up. And your readers will enjoy visiting her very special blog. She's such a goodhearted lady.

    I smiled when I read that you got out of town, surely a good thing, especially if the end of the journey is to someplace as lovely as that in your photographs. I'll keep the picture of that blue Aegean Sea of hope in my mind. The view from your terrace pictured in your new header is always a rush of beauty for me.

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    1. I thank you, my dear, sweet Dewena, for introducing me to Tam, sensing that we would become such great friends, all three of us!

      Sending love,

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  9. I find that the sea is my escape, as well, Poppy. Perhaps it is the Pisces in me, too! I will visit your friend Tammy and send good wishes her way. I hope your travels lifted your spirits!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I should have guessed you were a Pisces, too, for many reasons!

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  10. I don't know your blogging friend, Poppy, but I hope her situation improves and that your own troubles are manageable and not too plentiful.

    Take care,
    Karen

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  11. Oh Poppy I just read your friend's last post. . .how sad to have to say goodbye to one's blogosphere friends. I feel like many of you have become soul mates in the world, it would be most difficult to say goodbye and not hear from you any longer. I am with you - a trip to the sea is a sure cure for the blues. . .we went to the Washington coast this weekend and it was fogged in, but I knew the sea was there. . .somewhere! :-) Have a great week ~ hugs, J.

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  12. Thanks for your reflective thoughts on the many wonderful bonds that have developed in this great big blogosphere, Jackie. I hope that Tammy's absence from our close-knit clan, will only be temporary.

    xo

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  13. Hi Poppy, Visiting your blog is like sitting down with a beautiful magazine. Your photos are just lovely, and what an interesting place you live in! I love your pretty new header and enjoyed the pictures of Plaka on the island of Crete. :)

    I'm so sorry your friend Tammy is having such a hard time and will pray for her.

    Blessings,

    Denise

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    1. Thank you, Denise, for your prayers and kind words.

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  14. Hi Poppy, such a comforting image. I think it would be magical and healing to by by the sea.
    Prayers and healing thoughts for your friend, Peanut. xo

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I'm lucky to live so close to such soothing shores.

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  15. I have lived in Florida, visited Tucson, been to the Caribbean, and I can take it or leave it, but Greece, oh my gosh, how I'd love to see Greece.
    I will pray for your friend, also.
    Ginene

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    1. Thank you, Ginene. Greece awaits you with open arms, the people being the hospitable hosts, that they are!

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  16. I am praying for Tammy my friend. And I love your photos of the sea...I am drawn to it as well! We are sea sisters! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Isn't it lovely to live by the water?

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  17. I've just read Tammy's most recent, and hopefully not last, post. I don't know much about her condition, but for her Dr. to have prescribed as he did it must be serious :(. She sounds like a lovely lady, and I'm sorry I haven't gotten to know her before.

    Your new header is gorgeous, but all of them are. The blue of the Aegean Sea is unsurpassed by any that I've ever encountered, and would surely be uplifting to nearly anyone who had the privilege of seeing it. I hope all is well with you Poppy!

    xxx

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    1. Thanks, Doreen. All is well; it was just a very sad week, last week, first with the news about Robin Williams, followed by my aunt's passing, (she was 93, God rest her soul), and then Tammy's update. So, an escape to endless waves of wonder, hope and peace, was much appreciated.

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  18. Such beautiful, beautiful photos, Poppy. Prayers for Tammy. God bless you both.

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    1. Thank you, Beth. So nice of you to stop by.

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  19. Your photos are always so gorgeous, Poppy. It is just beautiful there. I'm a Pisces, too, and love to gaze at the water. I'll whisper a pray for your friend Tammy. Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Another Pisces! Hmm, must do a post on us fish!

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  20. To dobrze Poppy, że możesz odwerwać się od zmartwień nad pięknym morzem, ziarno modlitwy za przyjaciela Tammy:)

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    1. Thank you, Beata, for your prayers.

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  21. Another lovely post... beautiful photos & words. Joining you in prayer for your friend Tammy.

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    1. Thanks, Mary Rose. Hope you are well!

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  22. Such lovely photos....
    I will visit your friend.
    xo bj

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    1. Thank you, BJ, that's very sweet.

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  23. I can't imagine how difficult that decision was for your friend to make. Sometimes life does not really give us a choice. I'm so glad you choose the sea as your way to handle pain! Nature always gives me a better perspective on life and you sure do have some beautiful places to ground yourself in!

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    1. I never thought that living in the countryside, surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills dotted with vineyards could give me so much peace, but it does, as your own beautiful North American landscape provides for you!

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  24. "When things get a little hectic,
    or worry is wearing me down,
    I drown myself in distress,
    or, I get out of town...."
    ...my mood magically lifts,
    my perspective shifts,
    and suddenly, I am
    floating in a sea of hope...."

    so inspired by these lyrics... Thank you so much and have a great week!

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    1. How happy that makes me, Alexa!

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    2. I thank you so much!! And hope that yours St. Mary Day on August 15th was filled with lots of love and joys!!

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  25. There is something about the depths of the sea that remind us of the God who hears and answers prayers...

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  26. Miss Tammy is always in my prayers she is a very special lady and had has a special place in my heart - I wish there is a way I can get in touch with her - Prayer is powerful - ty

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    1. I believe the best way to connect with Miss Tammy is to pray for her, Marisa.

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  27. Beautiful photos and a lovely way to escape life's stresses for sure. I'm sorry to hear of your blog friend's health problems. Hugs, Pam

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  28. Lovely pics, Poppy. I am saying a prayer now. Also please pray for a close family member who just had surgery a few hours ago and is battling a serious illness. Thank you. Hugs. ♥

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  29. Dear Poppy, your photos in Plaka are so beautiful!!!!
    Best wishes for your friend Tammy!!!!
    Have a nice week!!!!

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  30. What a sweet post and way to ask for prayer :)

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  31. There is such a calming beauty to your photographs. You have captured a vision of a perfect day in a perfect place. What a wonderful way to calm your soul and while recovering from the sadness around you. I will be saying a prayer tonight for Tammy. Bless you for helping her by reaching out to a community that really cares.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Candy, for your sweet comment. It's so true: bloggers are the nicest people. Thanks for stopping by, my friend, have missed you!

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  32. Hello Poppy
    The sea heals, I firmly believe. The colours of Greece are so beautiful
    Sending prayers for Tammy
    Continued joy

    Helen xx

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  33. That scenery would lift my spirits every time! Prayers to Tammy!

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  34. Thanks for sharing. May there be lots of blessings for yourself and Tammy.
    Greetings from South Africa

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  35. Beautiful pictorial post. Your photo's are breathtaking. I pray that your friend will be able to find peace in her situation. I know sometimes it takes many prayers spoken and even uttered. God hears every single one. Thanks for sharing the post. It is a blessing to see this medium used for prayer! May your day be peaceful and Blessed,
    Sherry

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  36. Your photos are always so stunning, Poppy! It's easy to understand how you find calmness in the sea. I will keep Tammy in my prayers, and hope only the best for her.

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  37. I see why you're drawn to the sea - so tranquil. I hope all is well with your friends - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  38. I will pray for your friend, Poppy.
    Yes, the water has a way of calming me and refreshing my soul too.

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  39. Είμαι χαρούμενη που σε βρήκα εσένα και τις θαυμάσιες φωτογραφίες από τον ευλογημένο τόπο μας!
    Να είσαι καλά !!!
    Μαρία

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  40. I'm with you, it's so great to have access to the sea and not be landlocked.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate hearing from all of you! Have a great day!