Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What do I love

Ι love everything that can make me smile, genuinely smile. 
Regardless of whether it comes from people around me
 or from the environment, or both at best. Simplicity and 
elegance, authenticity, loveliness and generosity, those are 
the axes which rotate our lives and allow us to live joyfully 
and fully.This is my theory. Nature is an inexhaustible well
 of awesomeness. A bucket, a garden trolley and two red 
rose bushes, stimulate my hidden energy and help me to 
assemble my disparate ideas. The outcome of my creative 
impulse can jolt me out of complacency and carry me away, 
even if I constantly censure myself for being too childish 
by and large. But I love sharing my inspiration with you,
 begging for kindness and clemency!

Friends of course.
 Friends are the flowers in the garden of life! 
It’s a quote I keep in my yard. Humans are the soul of 
everything and we are happier when surrounded by people 
we like and love. An aperitif and a makeshift brunch in the 
country backyard- alas unlovely at the moment as the area
 is still unmanaged- can bring cheerfulness and colour 
on a ponderous Sunday morning. 
A hammock, some tapas, laughter, that’s all!

Simple ingredients make our days flavorful.
 Be beautiful and generous, think positive thoughts! 
Summer is on the way, another beautiful season is ahead, 
so, let’s hope for the best!

A big thank you to everyone who has left kind wishes for 
our wedding anniversary. They are all appreciated so much.
I’m not always a good blog friend but as follower numbers 
increase it becomes a little duller.
 I assure you that you are all so precious to me!

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  1. The little things in life make it so valuable. A flower, a butterfly in the garden or sweet words of a friend ... that makes my day, just like your friendship and sweet comments. Thank you so much!

    Have a wonderful week, Olympia! Hugs, Ingrid

  2. Dear Olympia,

    Reading this latest post of yours has been a small moment of true joy this evening! Three cheers for the simple pleasures in life. I always think that these little pockets of happiness are all the ore enjoyable under the warm sunshine!


  3. Olympia, you love all the things I roses, lemons, butterflies, tea time, and blog friends. What a wonderful post this is filled with so many delightful things. I used to have a hammock in my back yard at our old house, and I really miss it. I LOVE that picture of the red rose in the bird cage with the bird sitting outside.

    I can see you are enjoying the month of May and getting ready for the summer. What a grateful heart you have.


  4. Oh what a lovely post Olympia...and your beautiful pictures, I look at them again and again! You write so true...the small thing´s in life are the best ones! I wish you a lovely week and a big warm hug to you from me...

  5. Oh beautifull, Olympia!
    And the roses, I loved they so much!
    En het is zo mooi om deze mooie dingen te delen met vrienden, met ons!
    Ik geniet met je mee!

    Veel liefs!

  6. I agree with all of these sentiments. The simple things are the best ones in my life!

  7. Bonjour chère amie,
    Une publication remplie de sensibilité et de générosité.
    Vos photos sont sublimes. Vous aussi vous faites partie des fleurs du jardin de ma vie... Même si je ne suis pas toujours présente je reste attentive à votre univers.

    Gros bisous ♡

  8. Chère Olympia!
    Tu es adorable et ton jardin un petit paradis!
    Profite bien!!!!!!
    Je te souhaite une bonne journée et tu as raison d'être comme tu es!!!!
    Gris bisous

  9. Sono d'accordo su tutta la linea, la felicità spesso sta nella semplicità , le tue photo ancora una volta testimoniano una grande serenità e gioia di vivere. Abbraccio.

  10. Love the red beautiful flower. It smiles at me and makes my mind relaxed!

  11. Tus flores siempre tan hermosas. Gracias por alegrarnos el día. Un beso :D

  12. Dearest Olympia,
    Even though there are thousands of miles in-between us, your writing here did really touch my heart as those are my thoughts as well!
    You know the secret to true happiness and yes, some red roses, food prepared for friends that we love is making us happy!
    Sending you warm and sunny hugs,

  13. Your red roses are so beautiful, and all of those lemons! You will be set for all of your lemony needs for a good while to come, they are so fantastic and so much nicer than the small perfect little things that we have here. I hope that you keep enjoying the sunshine and the garden. xx

  14. Hi Olympia! As always I truly enjoy reading your posts and looking at your beautiful photos of your beautiful home and garden!
    They are always a special treat to me! Hugs, Debbie

  15. Dear Olympia - you have expressed perfectly what should be of paramount importance to each and every-one of us - I can only echo those sentiments and say hear, hear. Your pretty photos are always a delight to see.

  16. I too find much to love in the simple things of life.

    My Simple Things
    Right now my son is visiting - he actually came to do laundry after completing finals - straight A's.
    My daughter gave me yellow roses for Mother's Day which I promptly hung to dry and they are sitting on my dining room table.
    The beach was cooler today, but the ocean even under a gray sky makes me smile.

    Enjoy your day!

  17. What wonderful photos! The roses are beautiful, as are all the flowers here, and all those lemons!
    I hope you had a wonderful lunch with your friends, it all looks so delicious, and in such a wonderful setting too!
    Have a great weekend Olympia!
    Gill xx

  18. Hi Olympia,
    what a beautiful name...
    I am new here on your blog and I have to say that I love the way you write your blog,
    I love the pictures, just everything.
    Your garden is a dream!
    Thanks for sharing this pretty pictures and wonderful thoughts.

  19. What beautiful photos, your garden is lovely even untamed. I am obsessed with lemon trees, how wonderful to have such big ones, I would be in heaven! Have a good weekend Olympia. CJ xx

  20. Dear Olympia,

    It is the simple pleasures in life that are the best family, friends and the everyday joys.
    You have shared a lovely post - love the pretty roses and flowers you have shared.
    Many thanks for the kind birthday wishes.


  21. Beautiful words! And beautiful photo's! love the words: friends are de flowers in the garden of life. These words are so true!
    Have a nice weekend. Greatings from Aleta

  22. The simple little things of life, are what gives us such pleasures.
    Like you Olympia. I get such joy from my flowers in the garden.
    Friends with good cheer together with all those lovely eats on your brunch table. What more can we ask for.
    lovely photos of your garden and your red roses are beautiful.
    wishing you a wonderful weekend and belated greetings on your wedding anniversary.
    val xxx Val's Alentejo

  23. Dearest Olympia,
    thank you for your lovely words to our Croatia-holidays! You are right, the landscape and the vegetation are very similar to Greek! And YES, your theory about simplicity & Co. is my theory, too :o)) I love your wonderful photos of the roses & other flowers and the delicious food!
    Warm hugs, my dear (and if you want to read a Traude-translated post: Today I exceptionally translated mine, because it's the birthday of Pink Saturday ;o))
    Happy Weekend, Traude
    ✿ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ✿ ♥♥♥♥ ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ

  24. I found myself smiling and feeling joyful today. Finding some new plants, staining my arbour a beautiful blue, just puttering about on a breezy, sunny, warm day. I don't need summer to look forward to; I'm reveling in spring! Your photos, as always, make me smile and appreciate your lush bounty of beauty.

    Have a wonderful week.


  25. Red roses! I do love roses. I have cut some and brought them in so I can smell them in the house too.

  26. The colours in your photos are so wonderfully vibrant - such a difference in your light, from ours here in the Pacific Northwest. I enjoyed reading a little about your creativity. Don't ever lose the ability to view the world and to create with childish exuberance!


  27. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y ha estado un regalo visitarlo, te invito a ver el mio, y esta semana encontraras trucos para hacer una limpieza ecológica del baño que espero te sea útil. Espero tu visita y si no eres seguidora me encantarías que te hicieras y así compartir nuestros blocs.

  28. Oh! love your roses! <3
    Hugs Sofia

  29. Chère Olympia!
    Merci pour tes gentils mots chez moi.
    Je suis heureuse - tu aimes mon petit billet ...
    Passe une bonne soirée en Grèce et profite bien de ce beau temps chez toi pour moi!
    Chez moi il pleut aujourd'hui!!!!!
    Je t' embrasse!

  30. Such a beautiful and inspiring post. Your likes are very similar to mine. Love the roses. They are spectacular.


  31. I love your beautiful pictures and your thoughts echo my own, Olympia! The roses are such a joy, and I loved seeing those pretty trees filled with fruit! Love the sense of vibrancy and exuberance you have captured here :)
    Have a wonderful week.
    Helen xox

  32. You described exactly my feelings and thoughts ... It is such pleasure, always to come here and visit You, Dear Olympia. Your photographs are absolute perfection and I feast my eyes over and over again, some I'm pining to my album on Pinterest , hoping that You wouldn't mind me doing so...but if You do, let me know. You are "painting pictures with words" that I can see in my mind....
    Hugs from here !

    1. Dearest Alina, I'm flattered that you choose to pin some of my photos to your album, feel free as long as it isn't for monetary gain!And just link them back to me if you use them on Internet.
      Thank you for your generous comment, you make me happy!

  33. Dear Olympia - Friends are the flowers in the garden of life - yes, indeed! I love this so much!! Thanks for sharing. And for the beautiful roses - I can smell them all the way in DC :) Cheers, L

  34. Beautiful flowers ...
    Nice photos !


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