Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Stone's Throw Away

 5000 years into the future, Minoan colours are still favoured by the islanders.
Here, a stone and stucco facade in the village of Koutouloufari.

Wandering around the island, I am constantly
  amazed at the ancient Minoan hues that continue 
to colour contemporary Cretan architecture.

 Archaeological Site of Knossos, Minoan Palace, Heraklion, Crete, source

The Palace of Knossos, dating back to 1900 B.C., 
was painted in rich, bold, earthy colours that
 accent the Cretan countryside, and which are still
 'echoed' today in both modern and older dwellings.


Recently, we went to visit Maria and Alexander
who spend the entire tourist season cooking up
 ancient Greek cuisine for their guests in a hilly,
little hamlet, overlooking the Aegean Sea,
 called Koutouloufari. (koo-too-loo-fah-ree)

This cheery, aqua charmer faces the restaurant,
providing a pretty view across the lane. Such beauty
 in its simplicity, against the powdery blue sky, don't you think?

A few doors down, a burst of cherry red
demands attention from passersby, fearing
the stone wall will steal the show! How cheeky!

In contrast, this chunky, splattered wall of stucco
prefers a lower profile, generously leaving the
 applause for the dancing grapevine above.

This last gate, quiet and unassuming, spoke to me
in whispery tones, just loud enough to become 
a lovely inspiration for a future patio project,

(to be posted soon), in my own garden,
 relatively, 'a stone's throw away',
as most things are on this island,
once you find your way.
Thanks for visiting!


  1. I love color! I just think it makes life so much more interesting. The bold reds and pretty shades of blue are a welcome upgrade from the boring beige and grey that seem to dominate my neighborhood. There is one house though that is painted lime green with a turquoise front door. It isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I like it! Thanks for the tour Poppy, can't wait to see your project!

  2. Wow...what gorgeousness! (I really don't know if that's a word) The colors are all so vibrant...question: does it ever rain there??? You really should be sharing this post with Good Fences!

    1. Hi Debby,

      Thanks for stopping by! To answer your question, Crete is known for its loooooooooooong, dry summers, which last from June to October, weather wise. Now, this is all good for tourists, but not so great for locals, who would welcome some rain, I believe, a favourite elixir for their summer veggies, flowers, and grass!

      Thanks for the advice re: Good Fences! I'll check it out!

      Have a wonderful day, my friend!


  3. Dear Poppy, I love these beautiful photographs. Would love to pull up a chair in that charming restaurant. Thank you for sharing. ox, Gina

  4. Just Gorgeous Poppy!! Love that aqua and the blue...
    Great title:) Thank you...xo.

  5. O, Poppy, I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful full of charm.
    I do indeed love the aqua gate against the blue sky...funny, but I bought aqua place mats yesterday and have a blue cup of coffee sitting on one right now and had already thought "what a pretty color combo"...
    I see a post of it all in the near future and will so love it if you give me permission to use some of your beautiful photos. :)

  6. You are a lucky girl to live within a stone's throw of all of this! Gorgeous photos of fences, walls & doors ... the Mediterranean blue on the last 'saloon' gate is lovely ... is that a tiny door ring on the gate? I want to paint my backyard gate and was thinking 'ho-hum beige', but maybe a bright colour in the shady corner is what's really needed. Enjoy your day. Wendy x

  7. Dear Poppy, your photos shine under an exquisite light and witness an incomparable taste...I look at them again and again! If one day I come back to the island, I will certainly try to discover Koutouloufari.
    Wish you a lovely day and a warm hug from me

  8. I want to eat at that restaurant...with YOU! Maybe someday my friend...

    It's funny, but while I prefer neutral interiors, when it comes to exteriors, I'm all about color. The more the better.

  9. such a beautiful place! lovely fences and gates! thank you so much for joining in! (yay, for debby ray!) :)

  10. Hi Poppy, Beautiful images of the area surrounding you. Have a great day.

  11. I know I have said this before, but I envy where you live. The colors are so pretty and love that sea green gate. I think next year I am going to paint our front and back doors red and put more red on the porch decor.

  12. Oh my such beautiful colors and photos all the way through.

  13. such beautiful colors! what a gorgeous place to live. I can just feel the sun and smell the lovely salt air when I visit here!

  14. what a colorful place! beautiful!

  15. Such beautiful colors and gorgeous scenery!


  16. Oh wow, what a lovely place to live! Beautiful fences, gates and architecture.

  17. Good Afternoon Poppy, What a delight reading about these lovely colourful gates. The one most similar to Cyprus is the stucco home with the grapevine....just so lovely.
    Before I lived in Cyprus, I used to lean towards light colours, because the light here in England can be so grey..... but living in Cyprus and with the beautiful light, as you have in Crete, I discovered my love of colour, which I now use throughout my home.
    Your photographs are fabulous and I have to say the trunk on the bougainvillea is pretty amazing.
    Best Wishes to you.

  18. Hello Poppy, so many pretty images! I love the gates, colorful doors and scenery! You do live in a lovely place! Have a happy day!

  19. Greece is fascinating and you photography is wonderful giving me desires to visit there.

  20. I love when you share your surroundings with us since where you live is vastly different than North America. I love the architecture and all the beautiful colors. You certainly live in a breathtaking place.

  21. I love all your fences and gates Poppy. how beautiful Greece must be.

  22. Yes!! You have managed to impressed me for one more time! I want so much to visit Crete and i love to see everything from there! Have a good evening!

  23. A stone's throw away, what a charming idea and how wonderful that you can experience all this beauty so near.

    Now these are my kind of colors! Do you think that I might be Cretan, at heart? I will anticipate your patio project's completion, Poppy. And of course there will be that blue sky above that makes everything look clearer and fresher there.

    The Minoans, hmmm. You've got me curious about them now. What a heritage the people of Crete have!

  24. One could never tire of looking at the wonderful old houses, interesting doors and gorgeous colours of Greece, thank you for sharing.
    I'm intrigued to see how these lovely images have inspired a change to your own pretty patio !

  25. So beautiful, Poppy. The gates just capture my imagination. I love gates; I have a whole Pinterest board just for them!

  26. Hi Poppy! Your photos are fabulous as always! I just love all the color and the fences/gates are wonderful. Can't wait to see what you're doing with your patio!

  27. Wow - these are all lovely. I think it's the amazing light. Thanks for sharing,

  28. Hi Poppy, wow how beautiful it is in Greece! I love all the beautiful colors and buildings. I do want to visit someday. Thanks and I can't wait to see your yard. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

  29. You are surrounded by so much beauty...and it lasts for generations! I love the colors of the building against the bright blue sky. Enjoy your day my friend! Sweet hugs, Diane

  30. Oh it would be wonderful to visit these quaint streets! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  31. Poppy Wasza architektura jest całkiem inna od naszej. Dużo u Was kamienia, kolory intensywne w budownictwie, u nas kolory są stonowane i raczej jasne. Kamień jest u nas bardzo drogi, dlatego wykorzystuje się go tylko w małych elementach. Podoba mi sie Wasza architektura:)

  32. Oh Poppy what beautiful colors, lovely doors, fences and the quaint streets. Your photo's are stunning. Such a beautiful place where you live. I would be out exploring all the time. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures with us.
    Have a terrific weekend.

  33. I love our walks Poppy I really do, such colors and beauty - your words are lovely its our virtual conversation as we walk with you.


  34. That was a wonderful tour of quaint homes tucked away behind beautiful gates.
    Of all the countries I would like to see Greece in on top of my list

  35. Oh my I love the poetic tours of Greek architecture you take us on Poppy. My favorite on this tour was the cheeky red...I'm a sucker for red...and I'm told I'm a little cheeky :)
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  36. Poppy, I'm bookmarking you immediately! Gorgeous clear photos, lovely composition, fabulous color, but most saliently, I'm planning my next trip to the Greek Islands. Looking forward to perusing the rest of your blog. Glad I found you... ;-) Nicely written, as well. Thanks for sharing!

    Lory at Designthusiasm

  37. These were just delightful.

  38. Beautiful Poppy! Thanks for sharing (much appreciated since we are dealing with a monsoon here!)

  39. Beautiful color and exquisite light. All is slightly grey today in my world, with overcast skies and occasional rain showers. Love those red doors. Stunning!

  40. Thanks for visiting my fences. Yours are better. You live in a beautiful place!
    Have a good weekend.

  41. I enjoyed the gorgeous photos of your home village.
    It has such history every!
    The powdery blue of the gate is such a beautiful colour, I can see
    why you would be inspired to use it in your own garden

  42. Love love love this, Poppy! I really enjoy when you "take" us around your beautiful island...The bursts of color everywhere are so pretty, and I can't wait to see more about your project!

  43. The vivid colours are what always catch me first, I just cannot imagine. I am an earth tone kind of gal, but these bursts of fresh colours are so glorious and they are like little gifts, each image saying howdy do to you, good morning, have a nice day and I just say to myself, how blessed to know Poppy and have seen this and now my day can begin with a smile upon my sweet is that~

  44. Hi Poppy, I can see why this gate inspires you. The style and color talks to me too. There is so much beauty in your area. I enjoy the Greek architecture, patios and gardens.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  45. how i love your beautiful world.
    the colors... the sea... the light... the history...
    thank you for these marvelous posts.

  46. sigh..........I want to visit Greece..............what a great post! sigh...........................................

  47. Another beautiful tour of your amazing island, Poppy. I am definitely going to get there someday. The architecture, color and vegetation are so lovely. Thank you for sharing!!

  48. love your island of crete, love your blog, love your lovely and interesting post!
    a heartfelt hello to you!
    stopping by via eileen's to say hi.

    all the best!

  49. Just today a friend and I were saying how Greece was on our list of places to visit, so I had to catch up with your posts, Poppy! How very beautiful!


  50. I just love this Poppy.. I really enjoy seeing your pictures of your Island.
    Thank for sharing .
    One of these days, One of these days I will make it there..

  51. I <3 that cozy grapevine area! Pinning

  52. Poppy, I just LOVE European architecture!! It's charming to me, be it grand or simple. I love the way Europeans paint their doorways and trim such bright cheerful colors, like the Mediterranean blues. Love the images you've shared with us; you're fortunate to live in a country with so much amazing history.

    I enjoyed this post -- thanks for sharing! Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday; have a wonderful week. :)




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