Thursday, May 29, 2014

Birthdays, Butterflies, Bees, and Blooms

A beautiful butterfly and a bumble bee. Can you spot a third traveller? I believe it's a honey bee.

Hi everyone, I've missed you!
Well, it's been about two weeks since my last post. Like the busy bees and social butterflies in my Cretan garden, indulging in the generous gifts of spring, I, too, had the pleasure of spending amazing quality and quantity time with my daughter, my family and good friends, across the pond, back home, in Toronto.

From right: my mom, Rita, my daughter, Liberty, my sister, Cindy, and me.

On May 18th,
 we celebrated Liberty's 25th birthday
 It's no coincidence that I chose to bring 
my second 'baby' into the world on that
special day, twenty-three years later -
Poppy View is two!

We spent the first part of the day sightseeing in
the pretty town of Cambridge, Ontario, a town 
I had always wanted to visit for its scenic beauty.
More about that in a future post.

Last Saturday, upon my arrival back
 to the island, I was greeted by our
gorgeous jasmine, and I was surprised 
to see how much it had flourished.
Its sweet aroma 'simmers' in the kitchen
and floats into our bedroom at night.

Equally delightful were the flowering
pomegranates. Their solid orange, bold 
and bright, against the sky's powdery blue,
was like a burst of energy -

something I definitely needed in order
to deal with the overgrown and ungroomed 
geraniums that border the patio.

Frazzled myself, from the long flight,
 and a good jolt of jet lag, I waited for the 
caffeine to kick in, and after a little TLC, 
I'd say they now look petal pageant pretty,
wouldn't you? 

And speaking of coffee, PR was on the prowl! My iced cappuccino must have looked quite alluring after another one of his long, lazy naps in the sun. Two seconds after I snapped this photo, he seemed to be sipping from that straw!  Now tell me, isn't he a naughty little feline, trying to steal his mommy's frothy frap?!

But who can stay mad at that cat? 
He's just too darned cute! (And he knows it!)
So, to new beginnings, dewy spring mornings,

and a budding summer, just around the corner!

 From my garden, where butterflies 
and bees are bustling among the blooms, 
I bid you goodbye, until next time!

Thanks for visiting!


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  1. Beautiful flowers and blooms. So nice of a photo with your mother, children and yourself. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Have a beautiful week........

  2. Welcome back home, sweet friend.

    Your garden waited for you! Such loveliness!

  3. Poppy,
    Welcome back!
    So happy you got to spend good quality time making memories with your family.
    your blooms are gorgeous
    now, you got me wanting to plant a jasmine.
    perhaps I should they do good down here.
    Have a terrific day...
    Xo Marissa

  4. Well it sounds like you had the most lovely trip home, lots of time with family and friends. Your garden is glorious and it looks like your kitty is happy that you have returned! Congrats on your anniversary...2 years of lovely! :)

  5. I'm so glad you got to make that special trip and spend time with beloved family. A cat that likes caffeine?

  6. Poppy - Your photos are just beautiful!! So glad you had a good trip with your family. That's one crazy cat drinking out of a straw!


  7. What a lovely welcome home your flowers gave to you. Such beauty. I'm glad you had such a great visit to Canada and a good trip home. How funny to see your cat drinking from a straw.

  8. Welcome back Poppy, I have missed your lovely posts. So glad that you spent time with your wonderful family. Everyone is very pretty and so glad that you had a terrific time.
    Your garden is lovely and was waiting to show how pretty everything is. Kitty need a little burst of energy too.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely garden with us.

  9. I was recently thinking of you and all of the gorgeous geraniums on your patio. I was thinking I should add some to my back deck. Your jasmine is amazing and I can just imagine how fragrant it must be. I have some lavender and it is heavenly as it mingles with the fresh air. I also love the crisp white paint of your home - it really pops in the jasmine photo. So glad all is well and that you were able to celebrate your daughter's birthday. Take care ~Stacy

  10. Family is everything, isn't it? I so enjoyed your pictures! Birthday wishes in order!! :)


  11. Poppy ,καλώς ήρθες πίσω στο νησί .Πέρασες υπέροχα κοντά στους δικούς σου ,χρόνια πολλά για την όμορφη κορούλα σου .Οι φωτογραφίες πανέμορφες και ο κήπος σου γεμάτος χρώματα και μυρωδιές !

  12. Welcome back! I am sure you had a great time!Looking forward to reading all your news!AriadnefromGreece!

  13. Hello Poppy,

    How wonderful to spend time with your family. Your photograph captures such a happy group it must have been a hectic time catching up with everyone's news but great fun! It cannot be easy being separated by such a great physical distance but it must be amazing when you all do gather up in the same room!

    And what beauties greeted you back home. We tried without any success to grow a Pomegranate in England. How foolish as it was never hot enough. Yours looks totally fabulous!

  14. What a lovely family photo! Your daughter is pretty. You must have mixed emotions returning to you beautiful Crete. The jasmine looks stunning where it has flowered on your home. x

  15. Piękne wszystkie cztery dziewczyny jak te kwiaty wiosny i lata:))

  16. Welcome back, welcome home Poppy, we adore you!!! Oh what gorgeous, healthy, and stunning flowers awaited your return. The fragrance coming in your window, must be absolutely heavenly. I have enjoyed your Toronto visit shares and I know you must have had very mixed emotions upon leaving family and yet crossing over the big pond is just a ticket away. Your kit-cat can sip through that straw any time, what a love bug he is. Always such a treat to hear from you~

  17. A belated Happy B'Day to Liberty!
    She is a beautiful lady.
    Oh, I bet it's good to be home, Poppy.
    I love to visit those that I love and miss, but there is really no place like home!

  18. Sounds like you had an utterly wonderful time in Toronto! Glad you are back safe and sound in Crete. Look forward to you bringing me reminders of its beauty on a regular basis. Take care - xx J.

  19. Hi Poppy! Nice to see you again. Happy birthday to your daughter as well as your blog! Everything back home is looking lovely and ready for summer. Welcome back. :)

  20. I know it's always hard to leave our real home and travel back to where we've made a new home, but how beautiful yours is Poppy! I can see the flowers waited to burst open to welcome you back, along with kitty. Your view is so scenic - your jasmine looks just like mine and yes, the fragrance is unbelievable, especially in the cooler evenings.

    Loved seeing your Toronto family - such beautiful women!

    Hugs - Mary

  21. Happy Birthday to Liberty! And what a wonderful name you chose for her. I'm so happy you were able to spend time with your family, you and your sister look very much alike.

    Very pretty blooms to come home to! I am thinking I may try to grow jasmine on an old trellis I have, it's so pretty!

    Very pretty kitty! Thank you so much for your visit today!


  22. You are back on your beautiful island after your visit back home already! Wow, those weeks sure went by fast as I'm sure you noticed too. What a great photo of your family women. There certainly is a resemblance there! :) Your geraniums and jasmine are gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend coming up. Hugs. Pam

  23. Hello, Poppy! I know you had a wonderful time on this continent but how good it must have felt to get back to your beautiful home and gardens! The before and after of the geraniums is amazing...they are such a gorgeous color! And a question: Do you actually grow your own pomegranates?? What a beautiful bloom! Thanks for catching us up!

    1. Hi Debby,

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, the pomegranate tree is ours. The fruit is ripe and ready to be eaten around mid October, and let me tell you, it is deliciously sweet!

      Have a lovely weekend!


  24. It must have been nice to see the lush beauty of your garden greeting you but I know it must be quite hard to have to have left your family across the pond :)

  25. Welcome back to Crete and to your lovely garden, Poppy!!!
    Best wishes for your daughter. I am sure you spent a wonderful time with your family in Canada.
    I wish you a very happy summer time!

  26. Welcome home, Poppy! I'm glad you had a wonderful visit with your family. You and your sister look like twins, and your daughter is a beauty. I think your photo of the buds is extraordinary! I've really missed your gorgeous's nice to see it again in it's summer splendor!

  27. So nice to see family and so nice to be home. Lovely post Poppy.


  28. so glad you're home safe and sound!
    liberty is like you. wow. very good genes! she looks about 18 to me! LOL.
    as do you!
    and look at your sister and your mom... amazing! all of you.
    i imagine prince richard was convinced he'd been abandoned. he gave himself a treat to celebrate that he was not abandoned after all! LOL.

  29. Your garden is so beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  30. Such beautiful photos and I love the one with your cat! Stopping by from Friendship Friday.

  31. Congratulations on your second anniversary of blogging Poppy. Hope you had a good break spent with your family in Toronto. Your star jasmine is looking proud and elegant, scent and beauty and all its glory. Looking forward to seeing more of Poppy view.


  32. What a welcoming to arrive home to gorgeous blooms.

  33. Πόπη μου καλώς όρισες και πάλι στην καλοκαιρινή Ελλαδίτσα μας.Δεν είναι υπέροχο να επιστρέφεις στο σπίτι σου τέτοια εποχή και να σε περιμένουν τόσα λουλούδια κι ένας πονηρούλης κόκκινος γάτος;
    Απίθανες φωτογραφίες!!!!!!!

  34. Welcome back, Poppy! I am sure you miss your daughter, mom, and sister terribly. I love the photo of the four of you - all such beautiful women. You and your sister look so much alike! You must be terribly jet-lagged, too. What beautiful sites to greet you when you got back home though...all those blooming flowers and PR himself! He is such a handsome kitty. :-)

  35. A beautiful welcome for sure! It's so difficult to live in two parts of the world, kind of bittersweet. This is how I often feel about it. We soon have our trip home, and I truly can't wait. I haven't been for five years, so it's time.
    Lovely photos of your jasmine and the pomegranate. Good job on the geraniums, they look so pretty now! I simply love the view from your garden.

  36. Poppy, your posts are so pretty and fun and uplifting! Congratulations on your blogiversary! So glad you were able to be with your daughter on her birthday. You and your family are beautiful! Thanks for the thought-provoking comment on my blog: I've left a lengthy response (practically a post in itself!) back on my blog. Wishing you all that is good, Bess

  37. Home is where the heart is, and I guess yours is in two different places. I hope the beauty of your home on Crete (and an adorable caffeine drinking cat) helps to lift your spirits after leaving so many loved ones behind.

  38. Sweet Poppy: Hope I didn't seem like I was lecturing you. I just got caught up in a topic that I'm passionate about. I probably should have saved a lot of my comment for a post in general. Sincerely hope I didn't offend. Blessings, Bess

    1. Dearest Bess,

      Not at all! Firstly, your enthusiasm for the topic simply shone through, and secondly, I only saw your reply now, since I didn't have a chance to be online after I visited!


  39. Clearly, we have all missed you, but I think I speak for everyone when I say we are so happy your absence was due to a long awaited visit with your beautiful family. And speaking of beautiful, you and your sister look like twins!

    Forgive me if I missed it, but did hubby stay behind? Who took care of PR? I bet you missed him too?!

  40. Your garden is gorgeous, I love all of your beautiful flowers and that scenic view is to die for. So glad you had a great holiday.

  41. Oh yes, your beautiful feline has a delicious intent in his eye! lol

  42. Lovely pics Poppy and especially love the one of your kitty! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  43. Your blog is beautiful. Love the house and garden in Ontario.

  44. Lovely name, Poppy - happy birthday to Liberty! LOVELY blooms - wonderful tour - and the cat is surely eyeing the drink - I would too ;) I do appreicate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  45. Poppy, Welcome Home! Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love your beautiful photos of your garden and your little kitty is the cutest! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  46. Welcome home, Poppy! Those are gorgeous blooms!! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

  47. Your garden looks amazing! I can almost smell that jasmine from here!

    Thanks for joining in with the Say G'Day Saturday linky party-it's always wonderful to read your news.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  48. That was a big trip to come back home to Toronto! I think it's great that you did. Your flowers all look wonderful especially the jasmine! You have fantastic views and scenery there!

  49. My goodness! I bet your garden is sooooo fragrant! It is so beautiful.
    Thank you for joining in and sharing this pretty post on Fresh-Cut Friday!

    P.S. I used to have a cat that would steal straws right out of the glass! They can be so silly.

  50. You have the prettiest family, my friend. I love the photos of the pretty blooms! I can smell the jasmine from here....I love jasmine!

    Linking from Fresh Cut Friday,
    Ricki Jill

  51. I enjoyed seeing the photos of your beautiful family and that beautiful shade of geraniums. How lovely to have a jasmine on the corner of your house to fill it with fragrance. I'm wishing I had planted mine nearer the house. Instead,, the shed smells nice. :) Looking forward to seeing more of your garden.
    xo Babs

  52. Your geraniums are just beautiful! Lovely photos!

  53. Sounds like a wonderful trip! and you have such a lovely garden to welcome you home. And that view is just amazing!


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