Sunday, January 8, 2017

For snow lovers






Way to make a grand entrance, 2017 begun with great amounts 
of snowfalls blanketing parts of our coastal region what’s not 
really typical at all. It all started through the early hours 
of Saturday morning. A sprinkling of delicate snow covered 
the fragile branches of the pine and olive trees, just a few 
kilometres from home and not above 300m of altitude.






With the mercury hitting zero, the white blanket coated
our familiar location making it bright and fresh, 
an enticing winter-wonderland. 
Fresh, puffy, powdery flakes warned us 
of what might happen…






The beginning of a snow storm is one of the most exciting 
experiences and truly unique! My daughter’s sheer enthusiasm 
was floating through the air! 
Within two or three hours, the snow storm changed all at once 
with its thick winter coat. What a pleasure to hear the crunch
 of snow beneath our feet and feel the most beautiful 
white powder falling on our cheeks and blowing over our hoods. 




With my face turning redder and redder, I pushed myself 
out of my comfort zone and brought my cup of coffee outside, 
just to enjoy the snow-saturated atmosphere and the absolute 
quiet and calm that always go along with it. 


I blinked my eyes and shook my head! 
What a miracle in front of me!
Mother nature cooperated and provided us 
a gorgeous, white day!


So, let there be white!


Close your eyes and dream your dream
Then all your wishes will be seen…


May the New Year 
sparkle like the snow under the sun,
 with endless moments of love and laughter
may your footprints lead you 
to the place you really love to be.
O

Friday, December 2, 2016

Capturing magic




I love the time before Christmas.
I love the smell of Christmas. 
I love being at home 
and trying to turn it out 
into a winter wonderland. 
And then, I love looking around 
through my lens. 
Capturing life, 
cosy moments, 
gatherings, 
holding time...





There is something so magical about this time of year, 
something that includes the excitement of photography as well. 
For me. So, I discovered bokeh … A long time ago but you know, 
in a way photography is like taking you on a journey. 
If Christmas was a photography technique, it would be bokeh, 
I think. A special kind of images hiding some ethereal beauty 
and magic in them. It comes from a Japanese word meaning
haze or blur. Out of focus from where I am. 





I tried to leave my own home produce bokeh effect. 
Shooting not only the moment but also the feeling, 
some sort of emotion and those cosy vibes I’m so into! 
I’m learning to grip them 
and it’s so funny! Little snippets of everyday life could be 
really valuable if we pay more attention to them.







For the fireplace, I decided this year to do something different. 
Browsing an old edition of Country Homes, I was struck by
a hunt themed mantel reproducing wildlife.The magic of the 
forest has suddenly sunk within my soul and the idea was given!
A leather pheasant forgotten in the attic, a wooden duck brought 
from Madrid, a leaf garland and a festive bunch in a vase were 
my tools for this year Christmas creation on the fireplace.
My father used to hunt throughout his youth but since then,
nothing to do with it. Anyway...


So, you have another slice of my edited life here, how it looks 
at home now, the atmosphere, the treats, the candle lights... 
Blogging is actually precious for that; 
there are people to share things with 
and everything is getting so much better.




I'm guessing you fully enjoy this wait time until Christmas, that 
you all have something to look forward to and the sweetest moment
of the year finds you safe and happy. 
Still don't know if I'll post again before the holidays, if not, 
I'm wishing you and your families
all the blessings things of this world.
O


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Immersed in the light





There is not much happening in our little corner of the world. 
Over the past three months, I have been going to a wellness 
centre and since last week I take part in an aquatic group 
exercise class. I decided to give the gym a try;
 the water isn’t really my thing and I wouldn’t have believed 
this possible for me. However, taking up aqua aerobics 
helps to have a gentle and easy workout I’m so in need of. 
Ι’m already feeling better inside and out. Hoping
to be able to keep my mood!




We have been really blessed to have some fabulous autumn weather
 so far this November. The gilded season is upon us with that 
stunning, slanting light assigning beauty to the nature, to the 
backyard, to everything. This is the perfect time to enjoy 
the outdoors through the golden hours of this season. 
Although we emptied the yard of most furniture, 
golden Sunday afternoons beckon us to cherish the garden 
which still appeals to a sense of refuge. 
No lack of frequent showers and chilly weather, though, 
mostly at night, exactly what we were praying for 
as the country garden was watered with the hose 
until late October. 






Colorful snapdragons are profusely blooming now, cosmos 
appear healthy so far, some plum roses are spreading their 
strong fruity fragrance around and it’s a real treat to spend 
time in the yard. 
It seems that the Greek Gods will let this sweet season 
linger further although I can’t deny my love for 
the winter season as well.






That’s all for the moment. I make an effort to leave messages on 
all blogs I’m following but I always have the feeling 
that something is missing ... I apologize for that. 
I’m leaving you with the pics of our home and garden 
in the country, immersed in the flattering autumn light;
it helps to stay focused on the positive side of this life of ours. 


Shake things up a bit, in order to feel energized! 

A warm hug 

O




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