Sunday, May 4, 2014

Welcome May!

Nature is putting on its best show and
warmer weather is coming although in some parts of the
country moisture and southern winds refuse to give up.
Spring days are usually fickle and unsettled and can be
unseasonably cold, rainy, stormy or hot and sunny.
This year, May has arrived exactly this way. But...

But,on May first,soaking up the sun, enjoying 
the sweet wind blowing wearing lighter clothing 
and capturing spring’s awesomeness 
were fortunately quite possible for us.

The name of the month is in honor of the Goddess Maia,
a beautiful Greek nymph, mother of Hermes and one
of the wives of Zeus who was lately associated 
with the Goddess of Spring by the Romans.

To welcome the most glorious month of spring,
 we usually pay homage to the outburst 
of nature’s beauty. May Day is a bank holiday 
which allows us to feel free in the open air.
We gather flowers and decorate everything!
The prettiest flowers are carefully braided
into wreaths which hang on the doorways or 
balconies and remain in place until 24th 
(feast of St.John) when they are tossed 
and burned in great bonfires. 
Rural people also decorate their May wreath
with garlic for protection against the evil eye!

I couldn't break with traditions, so I made
my own wreath using the blooming flowers of 
our country garden but the balcony where
it stands is shady almost all day so the 
photos aren't so good.( 7th and last) 

Hope you are enjoying life's pleasures
and avoiding everything negative
evil or harmful.
Thank you so much for every little jot
you leave in my blog space. 

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