Monday, October 13, 2014

Al Fresco with Friends


On Saturday, our friends and neighbours, Jocelyn and Andy, 
hosted a wonderful lunch at their beautiful vacation 
property, just down the road from Poppy View.


Ray-Ban ready, Poppy gets pampered by her pals.

A trusty ally, the weather allowed for a fun, al fresco event, 
as delicious food was enjoyed by all, under the Cretan sun.

 

The complex of three traditional style villas, are
 available for vacation rental throughout the year,

 

and provide magnificent views of 
both the mountains and the sea.


High above valleys of vineyards and olive groves, and
nestled between still summer blooms and thick greenery,
 guests indulged in Cretan specialties and lively conversation.


 Thanks to Jocelyn and Andy for a lovely afternoon.
How was your weekend? Still dining al fresco?
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!


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46 comments:

  1. What a beautiful view and it looks like everyone is having a good time.

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  2. Wow. Wouldn't I love to spend a week at that villa! How beautiful. I wish we were still enjoying dining outside. We could, I suppose, but it's too chilly. For me. :)

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  3. Wow! How lucky are your neighbors...................to have you as a friend...:)

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  4. Looks like an absolutely beautiful place! Love the view! My weekend went well but was busy!

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  5. Oh wow...such breathtaking views, Poppy! What a wonderful time you must have had!

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  6. Oh Poppy, I saw the photos last night that Jocelyn had posted on FB and despite the fact Joel was engrossed in a football game, I thrust the phone in front of his face and said, "THIS is how I envisioned us at 'our' Greek house this fall!!!" (nothing subtle about me sometimes). So between the two of you, my Greek wanderlust is at full strength today. Enjoy those blue skies and al fresco moments ~ we lost ours last week to autumn's clouds and rain. . .Happy week ahead!! xxx J.

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  7. Oh my what a view, here in IL, know as the "flatlands" I loved to see this out my window. You must feel like your in heaven!

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  8. Good Afternoon Poppy, Oh my word, how wonderful to still be enjoying the afternoon sunshine.... whilst wearing your Ray-bans. There is nothing like being spoilt.... especially by good friends.
    I would love to say, yes, we are still eating al frescoe, but no.... the weather is far too cold. I will just enjoy your beautiful photographs and imagine myself sitting, enjoying lunch with you.
    Best Wishes to you.
    Daphne

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  9. You live in a simply beautiful area!

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  10. Beautiful! How I would love to rent one of those villas! Under the Cretan Sun -- sounds like a movie, Poppy :)

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  11. We can still eat lunch outside but by dinner it's a little too cool some nights lately. I'm glad you had a good time with friends. It looks like a lovely place for a stay in a rented villa.

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  12. OK, you just made me so jealous. I'm sitting her in yuck raining weather =) Found you on the Dwellings The Heart of Your Home link up =)

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  13. Your photos are breathtaking, Poppy! What a gorgeous place you live in! Have a beautiful week, Bess

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  14. wonderful views you look very relaxed and happy - hope to do vacation up the block form you one day in my future.

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  15. No more dining al fresco here, I'm afraid. Though I do have my windows and doors open today while I'm eating lunch at the kitchen table! Your photos make me want to hop on a plane and rent a villa in Greece right now! So incredibly beautiful.

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  16. I love the views Poppy, you live in such a beautiful area. We too had a wonderful sunny Sunday and still could have lunch outside on the porch. For dinner it´s too cool in te evening now and we even lighted the fire already a few evenings.

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  17. Oh Poppy, what a beautiful day and get together. They have a lovely home and the views are terrific.
    Looks like everyone was having a grand time with wonderful weather.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  18. Such beautiful views there, I'd never want to leave :)

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  19. What a wonderful time you must have had!!!!!!!
    We also still have lunch al fresco enjoying the garden, and we still go to the beach every day as well!
    Have a happy new week, dear Poppy!

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  20. These bright photos are a wonderful antidote to the grey drizzle outside my window that is making me feel very sleepy. We're not eating alfresco any longer here, alas. What a lovely time you had with your friends.

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  21. Hi Poppy. The weekend started out cloudy and we had some snow on the mountaintop, but by Sunday afternoon it was sunny and in the 70's. We didn't dine al fresco, but we did get an ice cream cone and go for a drive in the country. :) xxx ~ Nancy

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  22. What an absolutely gorgeous setting for dinner or anything else! The grounds and the pool are beautiful. I'm always curious, being that I live where poisonous snakes, spiders & scorpions abound, do you have any of those kinds of things in Crete?

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  23. Spectacular! I am wishing that I could transport myself there right now, and just soak in all of that gorgeous scenery. Add good friends and food into the mix, and it doesn't get better than that! It's getting too cool here for al fresco dining. The most I can manage now is a cup of coffee on the deck, while wearing a sweatshirt.

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  24. Hello Poppy, I would like to stay there. Lovely views and a gorgeous place..I am happy that you had a wonderful time with your friends. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  25. Wow, that's some view! Villas for rent, hmmmm? ;)

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  26. Poppy, you are blessed to be surrounded by beautiful views every day. How amazing it must feel every day.
    Have a blessed day!

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  27. It is so beautiful there. Your first photo is stunning.

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  28. Glad that you had a great weekend. I never tire of seeing your beautiful gardens and surroundings, they are so pretty and so much nicer than the wet grey day that we are having here. xx

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  29. Beautiful! Thanks for the mini-escape! :)

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  30. Looks like you had a great weekend!
    Saturday was everything but food for me, as I observed Karwa Chauth fast. It is an Indian festival where the women refrain from taking foods and fluids, and pray for the long life of their husbands. (Can rad more on my latest blog post.) It was beautiful :)

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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  31. Not quite alfresco anymore here:(
    Your posts take my breath away every time!!
    I often think and send prayers for your daughter 'close' to me and you over there...
    XO.

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  32. Oh - such a lovely scene! You are blessed to live in such a beautiful place and have wonderful friends!

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  33. Oh my, what a view; perfect for an outdoor dinner with your friends. You sure do live in a beautiful place, Poppy. Thanks for sharing and have a delightful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  34. As here with you beautiful and sunny. Great views of the mountains and the sea. Super adoption of fresh air. I send greetings, Anna

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  35. Gorgeous pictures of gorgeous views! We have had wonderful weather for our Fall and enjoying every bit of it!

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  36. Greetings from Canada Poppy! Oh my, please transport me into those breathtaking pictures! Al Fresco on an orchard - how perfect is that.
    Hugs,
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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  37. How do you treat yourselves? I'm so jealous, yes I am.Continue to show us wonderful moments and highlights of the Cretan way of life and beauty Poppy, we are blessed to have you in blogland!
    Wish you a happy weekend!
    Olympia

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  38. Stunning photos Poppy! We have a grapevine covered patio that we enjoy our al fresco meals but mostly we sit outside with our steaming cups of coffee :) All year long except during winter...

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  39. How beautiful! and a perfect place to relax and enjoy the countryside. Thanks for sharing !

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  40. you look like a visiting movie star! YOU DO!
    and...
    oh good grief. it just gets better and better. how beautiful can it be there.
    you live in paradise. xoxo♥

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  41. What a gorgeous place with stunning views, with that fantastic view!
    You are pampered for sure!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  42. I would never want to leave such a beautiful view! Thanks for sharing, Poppy.

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  43. Hi Poppy, wow how gorgeous! Sounds like you had a fun time with friends. I love the view and you really make me want to visit Greece so badly! Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Julie

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  44. That looks like the most perfect lunch with great friends, fantastic views and lovely weather.

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  45. Btw Poppy, please don't think you have to reply to any of my comments or check out any of my old posts - I just wanted to catch up on all you've been writing about.

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