Friday, October 19, 2018

Impressions from Prague





















Have you ever browsed a map in search of a hidden gem that you 
were not yet aware of? This was the case with us last summer 
when Prague appeared as an option. So our choice was made.
 Spontaneously, without a second thought.
The city is definitely beautiful to look at, as is widely accepted. 
Strolling along the old pebbled streets gives you the feeling of being
 one with the historical past. Gazing at the sunsets between the towers 
along the river made me bless the moment we decided to visit
 this architectural wonder. 
The discovery of the Czech countryside added to this sense of marvel
 and filled me with images of golden balls of hay, cute vegetable 
gardens and vintage cars. Nevertheless, if you -like me- are imagining
 yourself posing by Charles Bridge as if a princess in a fairy tale,
 please don’t make the mistake of going there in August!
 You will be met with a never-ending crowd of tourists and scorching
 heat. Gladly, there will be plenty of that exquisite beer to save 
your day. It’s available everywhere and is even cheaper than water.
 If only the faces of those serving it, were a bit more cheerful. 
I wondered if the serious demeanor was a remnant of a bitter
 historical past. Could this past have affected even the people’s love
 for flowers? Where were the coneflowers, hollyhocks, dahlias, 
alliums, anemones, hydrangeas and all those gorgeous summer 
blooms that I was sure the Czech climate could afford? 
Unpleasantly surprised at the lack of abundance of flowers. 
Spotted some beautiful vases and splash of color though.
 Hope you like the time capsule I created for pretty Prague 
and I’m pleased to share it with you. 
 Wherever you go,
 whatever you may see,
 be sure to keep looking
 until you find the treasure you are seeking.
Until next
 O







Friday, June 8, 2018

Garden bliss













Lately, I have been feeling that the existence of our country home has
 turned into something of a tease. Only twenty minutes away, yet we 
rush in and out of it as if in a game of chase with
 time, happiness, serenity.
 We didn’t always use to lead a hectic life that forces us to 
continuously restrict leisure time.
 My verdict: make the most of short visits and 
feel okay with this. 
When stepping into the country yard there is always a slice of 
time, as thin as it may be, to squeeze for a little creative bliss.
 Penetrating into the peacefulness of an ever-changing and 
ever-evolving natural wonderland, you have nothing
 but to turn yourself off and surrender to the intimacy 
of your garden.Though it may seem simple, all it takes is
 a vissinatha (homemade cherry juice), a piece of lemon cake
 and a ball of yarn. As my Belgian friend Brigitte has taught me, 
I strive to be inspired by the garden blooms and transport
 the colour combinations I find around me to my crochet project.
 Perhaps you must forget yourself in such kind of process
 in order to find yourself and feel content.

Wishing you to enjoy many summer moments in a forgetful bliss.

Happy Summer everyone!
 O












Friday, May 4, 2018

In spring-summer limbo















Spring seems to have an effect on you, on your skin, on your mood 
and soul, everything that makes up your everydayness.
It’s thanks to the renewing powerfulness of nature that
everybody feels better in springtime.
Regardless of the mildness of the Greek winter, the new season
 still comes as a predictable surprise. As I watch the hues of light
 intensifying around me, it’s hard not to think of the myth of 
Persephone. The sweet daughter of goddess Demeter who was
 kidnapped by Hades and later became the Queen of the
 Underworld, guarantees the eternal cycle of Nature's death and 
rebirth. The light she brings is the Greek light that mostly fits my
 country, the one that opens the doors and lets us out. 
The only catch with our spring is that it
 must be grabbed by the hair, as short and ephemeral as it is. 
One minute you are staring at the green fields bursting with daisies
 and poppies and the next you are faced with all shades of yellow 
dryness. We are now called to taste the sea and abandon flower
 picking and picnics midway. Who could blame a woman in limbo
 for taking a quick dive last week-end? (that's me!)
 Who could blame summer
 for flirting with us?









 



Here is an array of springy captured moments we enjoyed during
 our Easter holidays. 
The mountains, castle of Corinth hill and the sea, island of Poros.
Hope this beautiful season has gloriously visited you and your 
part of the world. If not, may spring brightness reside inside you 
and fill your life with good energy and positivity.
 See you soon 

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