Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Α few days before Easter

Easter is fast approaching and there are a lot of things 
to do as usual. We are actually looking after the garden, 
pruning the citrus trees, seeding some herbs and cleaning 
the whole area from withered plants and wilted flowers. 
The violets are still in full bloom and the first roses have 

 We have finally finished painting the country house, 
to be exact, a part of it. We choose shades of duck egg blue 
and rose of Benjamin Moore Paints for the living room and 
the kitchen. I tried to uplift this lovely country house by using 
materials that I already had and exploring my imagination...

A colourful lamb, creation of my own! 

This is the color of the chimney!
(photo above)

A spring wreath for the front door.

Chicks for sale, in a paper box, in the street…
1euro each one!

On Holy Saturday, at midnight, we go to the church to 
follow the ceremony of lighting candles. Children 
hold the candles offered to them by their godfather. 
Here is one of these lovely candles. 

This year, we are not celebrating very glamorously
 as we lost a member of our family a few months ago.
Hope your Easter is lovely and serene. 
Hope the renewal of life is the renewal of 
love, joy and happiness.
Thanks to all my followers, both known and unknown


  1. Wat weer een prachtig, kleurrijk log.
    Ik geniet altijd van je kleuren en bloemen!
    Al vier je Pasen bescheiden, de betekenis is het belangrijkste om mee te nemen in ons leven.
    Daarom wens ik jou en je familie heel goede en mooie Paasdagen toe.

    Liefs, Gerry

  2. I hope that you have a good Easter and that it is not too sad for you, but a time to share some good memories and enjoy looking back on the past before moving on to the summer. Take care. xx

  3. Wowww what a beautiful post...your home is ready for easter.....enjoy it darling.....love and blessings...Ria...x !

  4. Wauw...I love youre spring wreath...verry beautiful.
    Youre house is ready fot easter...verry cozy.
    Have verry good easter day's Olympia.

    Inge, my choice

  5. What a beautiful colourful easter post. Your countryhouse is very nice. I love the colours on the wall. It fits perfectly with your colourful things (and thoughts)!
    Have a nice easter weekend. Greatings from Aleta

  6. I love the colours in your country house and your beautiful flowers. Wish you nice Easter days!
    regards, Janneke

  7. Such beautiful photos. Lemons are my favourites, how lovely to see a basket of them. I love the lemon jug as well. I hope you have a peaceful Easter.

  8. Have a lovely Easter Olympia - you have given your country home a very warm and cosy appearance, it looks as if it gives you a big hug and welcome when entering.

  9. Beautiful post! Love the decoration of your country home, specially the colors, so well put together! Have a wonderful Easter! <3

  10. Your flowers are simply stunning, the photography is amazing, I loved all of it so much and I have to give my order for a dozen little yellow chicks, so sweet...I love seeing all the flowers being used in your house, it adds such life....thanks for sharing...Phyllis

  11. Bonjour chère amie,

    Vos photos sont tellement belles !! Je suis très admirative. Les fleurs posées jouent un si beau contraste. Votre maison de campagne a une belle âme ainsi que son jardin. On doit s'y sentir si heureux. Vous y avez mis toute votre énergie.
    Je suis certaine que ces fêtes pascales vont être pour vous délicieuses.
    Je vous fais de gros bisous et vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes.

  12. Dear Olympia!
    Your home is so cosy and beautiful ....
    I wish you a happy Easter and I' m very sorry you lost someone you loved ....
    With love,

  13. Querida Olympia, no hay vez que entre en tu blog que no quede fascinada, preciosa fotos, son todas una autentica maravilla, me encanta el mueble, la decoración, esa cesta de limones, ese conejito, todo, todo.

  14. Wishing you all the blessings of Easter time, Olympia..And sending thoughts of kindness regarding your sad loss...
    Ooh lots of pretty pink in this post, perfect for the full pink moon..
    Your blossoms warm the heart, my friend...
    With hugs Maria x

  15. Una bellissima carrellata di foto che parlano di gioia di vivere, di bellezza ed atmosfera accogliente ,gran gusto che sa mixare il vecchio con il nuovo , un posto dove è davvero bello vivere. Complimenti Olimpia , veramente incantevole la tua casa in campagna !

  16. Dear Olympia,

    Each pictures is so carefully and beautifully composed. You have an eye for colour and composition which is quite lovely! Truly I am touched by the choice of colours you have picked for your home walls and there are flowers everywhere: in paintings, embroideries, or simply a few handpicked blooms brought in from outside.

    My first Easter in Athens was memorable; so much more powerful in sentiment than in England or France. The lead-up, with the fire crackers going off in almost silent streets added to the intensity of the candle ceremony in one of the oldest churches in Athens. I recall being stressed and thrilled about holding the candle all the way to my boyfriend's family's home after the ceremony. Such an honour.

    I wish you and all your family a peaceful, beautiful Easter.


  17. Your home is so beautiful. I love the colors in the living room and that sideboard is gorgeous. I love the lemons in the basket, such a pretty scene. I'm sure you'll make something delicious with them. Happy Easter!

  18. Dearest Olympia,
    What a beautiful post with so much accomplishments by you both. You are very talented in selecting the perfect paint color and matching objects. Love your own lamb creation very much and all your fresh cut flowers. Enjoy this Holy Week and wishing you and yours a Happy Easter!

  19. Oh Olympia, I wish I had a garden like yours, so so beautiful. How great must it be to have your own citrus trees! I love the colors you've chosen for the livingroom and kitchen and your handmade colorful lamb is just adorable.

    Wishing you a Happy Easter, my dear friend!

  20. The colours in your country home are so lovely and the blossom looks gorgeous against the pink walls. I have always wanted to visit Greece at this time of year. I hope you have a good Easter, I'm sorry some of it will be tinged with sadness. Sarah x

  21. I like your colorful home, you put the color
    together so beautiful.
    Wish you a happy easter

  22. Dear Olympia,
    Your beautiful home reflects such love and care with a keen eye for color and beauty. Everything is lovely - I really like the wreath and your pretty painted lamb. The children's candle lighting ceremony is so sweet. Wishing you an Easter filled with peace and love.
    Hugs, xo

  23. I enjoyed all your gorgeous pictures in this post. The flowers and the paint colours are beautiful and the house is looking so lovely. I also enjoyed seeing bunnies and chicks too! Wishing you a very Happy Easter, Olympia.
    Helen xox

  24. Oh I really wish I had a garden like yours with so many lovely flowers...
    The cute chickens...so sweet!
    I wish you some happy easter days now, take care!
    Love, Titti

  25. Aw wow Olympia .... the colours are scrumptious !! I love all those citrus trees laden with fruits , they are wonderful ! also good job I didn't see the box of chicks for sale ... I would have wanted the whole lot ...soooo cute ! what a great lamb you made ....paper mache ?? it looks really good.
    Have a peaceful Easter....Gail x

  26. Dear Olympia,
    What a wonderful Easter post this is. I really like the colors you chose for the country home. You know, I've always went with whites and creams for the walls, but I think when we move into our final home, I will go with different colors such as these. I love the duck egg blue. Your house looks so charming, with all the bunnies around and your colorful lamb. The purple candle is so lovely, and what a nice thought of the children holding the candles at church.

    The girls were just here recently, so they won't be here for Easter. It will be a quiet day with my husband and son. Happy Easter, my dear friend. I hope your day is filled with so much love.


  27. Beautiful series of images. Found your blog through Poppy.
    I'm a new follower.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  28. Φανταστικες φωτογραφιες, μπραβο! Καλο Πασχα!

  29. Hello dearest Olympia -
    I loved your colorful Easter-post! The fresh-painted country house looks so pretty!!!
    Thank you so much for your nice words and wishes! :o)
    I'm sorry to read that you lost a family member this year!
    Nevertheless, I wish you and your family
    Love, Happy Easter and happy holidays!

  30. Quel joli post pour Pâques. Vos bouquets de fleurs sont arrangés avec tant de goût. Vous savez comment mélanger les fleurs pour les mettre en valeur. La maison aussi a une ambiance chaleureuse. Meilleurs vœux pour vos fêtes de Pâques,très chère Olympia.

  31. I love visiting you, Olympia, and seeing the lushness of the gardens and beauty of your newly painted country home. You made the colourful lamb? It is beautiful.

    I'm sorry for your family's recent loss. May you still enjoy some of Easter's blessings.


  32. Dear Olympia,

    Thank you for this most colourful and calming post today, just hours before Anastasi, hosting us in your pretty, newly painted country house. How charming it is! I love the photo of the decorated buffet; you should print it and frame it as it would make a beautiful still life! Looking forward to more inspiration from your charming, storybook cottage!

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you have a blessed and bright Easter Sunday.

    Kali Anastasi kai Kalo Pascha!


  33. Such a beautiful Easter post...thank you so much too for visiting me ...it's been such a treat to look around your lovely blog today!
    Wishing you all good things this Easter,
    Susan x

  34. Dear Olympia,

    A Happy Easter to you and your family as well! Like you we will not celebrate abundantly, but have lunch in the garden instead. Take care!

    Madelief x

  35. Dear Olympia,

    We enjoyed very much seeing your marvellous photos, getting a glimpse of the wonderful atmosphere of Greek Easter.
    Wishing you and your family "Καλό Πάσχα!"
    Φιλάκια πολλά

    Joachim and Wilia

  36. Beautiful colors in this post! Your photos are so vibrant! I'm envious of your lemon tree, as well. Happy Easter!

  37. Ha sido un placer visitar tu bloc, te invito a visitar el mío, i el nuevo post sobre la Pascua y sus dulces que te encantaran.
    Espero que nos volvamos a ver y si no eres seguidora me encantaría que lo fueras, te espero en mi bloc elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

  38. Lieve Olympia,

    Volgens mij is er gaan land wat zo traditioneel bezig is met de Paasvoorbereidingen dan Griekenland.
    Het begint al een week van te voren met het versieren in de kerk,eitjes verven,bakken van zoete lekkere koekjes en het gevlochten zoet brood met rode eieren,prachtig vind ik dat.

    Wat moet het heerlijk zijn om in zo'n mooi en kleurrijk landhuis te verblijven en de geplukte bloemboeketten uit eigen tuin zorgen er voor dat het nog feestelijker wordt.
    Altijd moeilijk wanneer er pas geleden familielid overleden is om uitbundig en blij te zijn,ik begrijp dat heel goed.
    Heb vandaag een boeketje Lelietjes der dalen uit mijn kleine tuintje geplukt en bij foto van moeder gezet,ze was bij leven dol op dit heerlijk geurig bloemetje.

    Wens jou en je familie Kalo Pascha!!!

  39. Dame nature est tellement généreuse en cette période de printemps, voilà de quoi faire de jolis bouquets pour garnir les tables de fétes !

  40. Happy Easter dear Olympia ! I love the colors you chose for your country house...very suave and romantic...your universe is deliciously floral !
    sending you sweet thoughts from Andalusia...

  41. Lovely pictures, beautiful colours.
    I hope all the little chicks went to good homes ...
    And I hope that you had a happy and peaceful Easter.
    M xx

  42. Oh, I love your photos, so colourful!<3 And the wreath is soooo beautiful!!

    Here sun is shining, I love this time!!:)

    Hugs for you<3

  43. Hello Olympia:

    What a wonderful post which is alive with all the joy and freshness of the springtime. Your flowers, gathered we imagine from your garden, are a delight and must have given you, and hopefully continue to give, so much pleasure.

    We very much hope that your Easter passed with both peace and happiness.

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