Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Daydreaming on Pelion

How is your summer going so far?
 We have had a wondrous holiday time this year heading to some 
great mountain destinations, seeking cooler climes and serenity. 
June and July reached over 36 degrees, June in particular,
 was the hottest ever recorded, I don’t remember myself having 
sweat so much in my life but thankfully we’ve beat the scorching
 heat on the beach a few feet away from home and 
on the green slopes of the mountains. 

So, where do I begin? Describing the first place we visited,
the land where reality and daydreams meet

The land of C e n t a u r s and C h i r o n
The summer resort of the O l y m p i a n  G o d s
The healing Mountain
The homeland of the A r g o n a u t s
Of A c h i l l e s
The land A p o l l o loved
The land of the D r y a d s, 
the nymphs of trees and meadows
The legendary mountain mentioned in poems 
of H o m e r and H e s i o d's...

Those who know a bit of Greek Mythology can readily find 
the place I’m talking about...

Mount P e l i o n
situated in a long boot of land jutting into the Aegean 
between Thessaloniki and Athens, a hidden holiday gem, 
a favourite place to be and find yourself...

Having taken a huge amount of photos during our stay, it was quite 
difficult to select a good portion of them giving credit to this 
fairytale land. A real deal for an amateur photographer as am I!
Did I my best? I'm not sure but you can  
get the feeling of the area we spent our vacations in. 

Cliff-side beaches

Endless stone paths through the woods

Well marked trails reaching secret, virgin beaches 

The most idyllic outdoor-dining spots

Over 3,000 species of herbs with therapeutic properties

astonishingly beautiful beaches and
horseshoe bays filled with glittering turquoise sea

In some villages, the only means of transport are donkeys

Beautiful vintage gardens

Distinctive traditional architecture, the hallmark of the whole 
region, so that many villages have been declared as preserved  

A furry creature inspector style

Heavenly hydrangeas in all colour everywhere

As long as we were there, we have been immersed in that 
blissful moment that you don’t think about anything else,  
this was exactly what we were searching for and 
felt nourished in a different way, felt completely 
and utterly in love with Pelion despite 
having visited it many times in the past. 

I'll be back with more photos and details from that place.

Oh, friends, it’s crazy how fast time is flying by! 
I hope you also enjoyed your holidays and that 
you have a great autumn planned ahead of you. 
Looking forward to catching up with you and 
hearing what you are up to

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Whiling away the hours

The season is here to stay and our big desire to chill out at 
the summer house comes finally true. We are struggling to get 
all bad thoughts out of the head, following a slower gear and 
just clearing the mind of all that madness we all witness nowadays 
around the world. What’s happening out there has somehow 
affected our mood and everything could upset us is listed off. 

Where have gone all those days of carefree travels of yore?
We have been thinking a lot about a holiday abroad but we decided 
not to move for the moment. The second house can host all our 
dreams of peace and serenity and two getaways in Greece are 
already planned. We are desperately craving some slowing 
down and nothing more, so I’ll be off from blogging for awhile,
hope you don't mind too much!

As a farewell, here are some snippets of our life in the 
country home where we are whiling away the summer 
hours surrounded by our beautiful garden and nature 
experiencing true, genuine country living.

Enjoy your vacations to the fullest whatever you do. 
I hope you spend them happily accompanied by your beloved ones. 
Have fun ,come back safe and rejuvenated!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The roof garden and its visitors

 I can’t believe how peaceful the veranda looks now after 
the absolute upheaval of June! You will not believe it!

A month ago,
sprucing up the rooftop patio for summer I noticed wasps 
getting too near to the roof tile. Deadly afraid of them, I 
threw down brooms, dustpans, hoses and all kind of tools I 
was equipped with and ran quickly down the stairs. Alas, I had 
to return to check out the attic. What a disaster! 
Hundreds of wasps flying inside and a layer of dead 
wasps on the floor. 
A l a r m ! 

The deworming company we called destroyed half of the 
roof tile trying to find more nests but to no avail! A clever 
worker we fortunately knew gave a radical solution to this 
problem and repaired the roof. Don’t ask how much it 
cost us, I don't want to think about it! Count equally; repairing 
the wooden pergola, fixing the irrigation valves, fertilizing 
and adding some plants, what an adventurous opening 
this year! The roof garden had surely seen better days…

and kinder visitors like those colorful butterflies feeding on nectar 
from flowers.

However, this is our little paradise on the hot summer evenings,
 an isolate space on the second storey, where a steady breeze
 blowing out towards us makes life easier and happier. 
It’s the go-to spot for gatherings with family and friends 
at the end of the day. 

Just laying outside, enjoying the natural light, listening to
the sounds of the neighbourhood, the sounds of waves,
gazing at the stars or even beating the heat by enjoying
 a night’s sleep in the cool night breeze is mood-lifting.

 Still no plans for this summer. Our work has not gone yet 
on holiday, so we neither. Until then, nothing to complain about; 
sandy sun-cream adventures just at the doorstep, 
life in a slower lane, 
soaking up the sun on the roof top terrace, 
sweet and juicy watermelons and outdoor living, 
spotting shooting stars in the night sky,
 if this is not summer, what could it be? 
Wishing you lovely and lazy summer days. 
Store summer vibes the more you can!
Until next

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