Saturday, November 30, 2013

November's Treasures

Sweet November
meandering through
 your muted hues,

 and pausing to ponder
among leaves of chartreuse,

 I hiked up your hilltops,
where the vines gleamed like gold,

and among glittering gems,
I secretly strolled.

Or so I thought!

A lazy, grazing flock of sheep,

 stood, gazing, guessing,
who'd made a peep!
Catching a glimpse of eagle's eye,
Thought I'd bid them all goodbye!

 Downhill I tread
on slopes slippery and steep,

  and arrived at a church,
nestled deep,
 among fruit bearing trees.

A few steps away,
surrounded by green,
St. Matthew's is part
of a pastoral scene.

And, in the neighbouring village,
at the top of the road,
 yet a third church stands,
 next to an olive grove. 

From there,
I spy my space, 
high in the sky,

 and spot others of stone,
stucco and dye,

Ah, November,
with your tableau
of gold and bordeaux,
December is upon us,
 and tomorrow
 you shall go,
quietly leaving
 your treasures
in my heart, aglow.

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  1. As much as I love December, I am a little sad to bid November adieu. I'm glad you paid her the honor she deserves. Not as flashy as other months, you have painted her in all her mature glory with your fond photographs and affectionate words.

    I loved your unexpected company on your walk. Someone was watching Poppy as she watched them!

  2. Hello Poppy

    Thank you for the beautiful poetry and images. November in Greece looks gentle.
    Wishing you a joyful weekend

    Helen xx

  3. Such a beautiful poem! Beautiful post!

  4. Your homage to November is beautiful...I was there with you...your words and pictures are lovely! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. What a gorgeous part of the world you live in! That eagle!!!
    xo Kris

  6. Τόσο όμορφες εικόνες γαληνεύουν τα μάτια και οι λέξεις αγγίζουν την ψυχή κάθε ανθρώπου !
    Γλυκός και όμορφος ο Νοέμβρης στην Κρήτη !

  7. Do you get snow or is that only higher up? Your November is certainly prettier than ours!

    1. Hi Maureen,

      Yes, we do get some snow, but not every year. November is definitely pretty on the island, but nothing compares to December and Christmas in Canada, snow, family, friends and fun!


  8. Beauty! Real beauty! You are so good to capture all lovely treasures around you! I could stay for hours looking at your pictures because they reflect light, sweetness and loveliness ... Thank you for all these amazing moments you offer us!
    Have a wonderful weekend and warm regards to Creta !

  9. Your lovely pics always make me feel happy, Poppy. Abruzzo is under a blanket of snow at the moment, my Italian friends have been posting beautiful pics. The colours are still autumnal, glorious golds and greens where you are! x

  10. What lovely surroundings, connecting the past and the present.

  11. What a great poem again!AriadnefromGreece!

  12. Your words and pictures are always so beautiful, Poppy! I have this vision of you sitting at a table, looking out at what must be an incredible view and writing the flowing language that accompany your photos!

    Years ago, my ex and I went on a cruise in the Mediterranean and I do remember so many grand old churches with amazing history!

  13. This is so beautiful, Poppy. I love your poetry and photos. I love the sheep and the golden eye of the eagle. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Pamela

  14. A lovely tribute to November and it looks lovely and warm in Greece still. Will you be going home to slightly cooler climates for Christmas ?

  15. You have brightened this gray, dreary Saturday in the Pacific Northwest. Snow is forecast as well as a bit of freezing temperatures. . .it was nice taking this walk with you today!

  16. Yes, your posts always brighten! What stunning photos, love the eagle one.
    December has arrived...

  17. Poppy - beautiful photos and words!


  18. Beautiful views...sheep always bring a smile to my face. J

  19. That was lovely, Poppy. The pictures are really nice, they really show what it's like there right now. I enjoyed seeing the sheep, which look a bit different from the sheep I usually see over here.

  20. Ode to November and all its beauty:) Gorgeous photos and those sheep are so sweet. Enjoy your day! xxleslie

  21. Such beautiful words and photos to November. Love your poem and walking with you through such beautiful countryside.

  22. A lovely goodbye post to November.. Your photos of the countryside are gorgeous! And I love the sweet looking sheep. Wishing you a happy December and week ahead !

  23. Oh dear Donna
    This is the most charming post and your poetry matches the beauty of your images.
    Yes November was a month of beauty for you!
    Were you saying your words out loud I wonder as the sheep are looking up to take notice - they liked it too!!!
    Just lovely - thank you.
    Shane XOX

  24. A touching farewell to November with text and photos. I hope December brings you good things.

  25. Thank you for share this beautiful post full of glorious pictures AND words!!!

  26. YOU my dear, are the real treasure! :) XX00 :)

    Happy first day of Advent ...

  27. AH! November is so beautiful there!

  28. You have us all wanting to come for a visit. Enjoy your week my friend! Happy December!

  29. That's such a sweet little poem Poppy, loved it and made me smile. Hugs in your warmth form me here in the dreary Vancouver rain. :)

  30. Hi Poppy, wow it's so pretty there and thanks for taking us on that wonderful walk with you. I love the sheep and the churches. I hope you had a nice weekend. Wishing you a great week too. Julie

  31. Your poem and photos are wonderful. At first I thought you might be live in Tuscany. There are many similarities to the landscape that surrounds you. Have a great week!

  32. I also thought you were in Tuscany! Beautiful photos and poem. November is a special month ofr me as my daughter was born in that month.

  33. so pretty...i enjoyed visiting your part of the world. November is one of my very favorite months of the year.

  34. That took me away from the wind and rain of blustery BC! What beautiful surroundings - and how lovely that you appreciate so fully - and share!

  35. You have so much beauty in the landscapes around you. I wonder what breed of sheep these are; their faces look longer than ones I've usually seen.


  36. Hello Poppy. This was a lovely adieu to November from your beautiful part of the world. The olive groves, the church, the houses - all lovely. Happy December days to you.

  37. I think November gets a bad rap...sort of like January and February here in the northeast of the states. As always, your beautiful pictures and words pay homage to November in a big way. The sheep are precious and they look like they belong in a postcard.

  38. I think you live in one of the most beautiful countries I've ever seen. And your photos are always unbelievably stunning.

  39. Such beautiful photos and words! I'm glad I came across your blog. You live in a beautiful country! I'm your newest follower and I'll be back to see more of your lovely posts.

  40. I usually dread November, but this year, it was wonderful. Your hike looks like it was a lot of fun! And beautiful too :-)

  41. Oh how I love seeing all of your gorgeous pictures. Such a beautiful part of the country. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  42. As soon as I saw the thumbnail image, I just knew that it had to be from Poppy...and oh I would love to take that hike, what beauty below and above. I adore sheep, such sweet faces and innocence in their nature. The tile roof tops, the golden hues of the vines and the shimmer of the sunlight upon all of these...priceless~

  43. lovely views. thank you for taking us there. I would so love to go to Crete one day!
    Have wonderful week. I am joining you through Mosaic Monday.

  44. Hi Poppy! What a beautiful place to live. I am an artist and I live in Laguna Beach,CA. I would love to spend time painting your surroundings. Inspirational!

  45. Hi Poppy,
    I enjoy your walks and poetry. I love the sheep and the churches. You live in an amazing country. Thanks for sharing with us at my HOME.


  46. Oh Poppy, how I wish I could join you for a walk! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  47. Absolutely gorgeous post, Poppy - beautifully written,


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