Sunday, March 20, 2016

Around the neighborhoods

Ι was out walking on a sunny Sunday afternoon. 
Strolling around the neighborhood areas, contemplating 
the first spring awakening...yes, what indulgent way to 
spend free time! Here in Greece, a multitude of tiny 
heralds have already come out of the ground coloring 
and highlighting a divine canvas! Those little heads popping 
up everywhere round off a promising nature palette. 
It’s a joy to walk and look around feeling the warmth 
of the generous sun, observing all those changes that 
seasons can bring to a peaceful landscape. 

I got to thinking… There never was a greater need for
 a genuine spring awakening than there is right now. 
Here and throughout the world… 
We all carry sunshine in our hearts, why do we let 
negativism prevail over our lives? 

A handful of wood anemones brightened up those
 precious hours across the countryside and 
chased away every dark thought… 

My little tour ended up with a warm cup of coffee and a nice 
chat with friends. Real life friends, you are irreplaceable! 
And you virtual ones, you are unique as well even 
if we don’t meet face to face.

Wishing you a great start into spring...
I'm leaving you with a great poem I love so much...

.....I will mourn forever, can you hear me? For you,
all alone, in Paradise
This is how I speak of you and me
because I love you and in love I know
To enter like a full Moon
from everywhere, for your small foot in the vast
to pluck jasmine petals and I have the power
 as you are asleep, to blow, to take you
through glimmering passages and hidden archways of the sea
 hypnotized trees with spiders that shine silver.

Waves know you from hear-say
how you caress, how you kiss
how you say “what” and “eh” under your breath.
All around the neck, the bay
it’s always us the light and the shade....

“The Monogram”  
Odysseas Elytis (1972)
Nobel Prize for Literature 1979

Until next


  1. What a lovely spring stroll which ends with a beauiful poem - I suspect negative thoughts never cross the minds of those two contented looking men sitting on the tractor.

  2. Beautiful post.... Thank you.

    Gentle Spring Time hugs,

  3. Oh my, what a fantastic neighborhood. I love it. It looks so calm and beautiful.
    Wish you wonderful days, my friend
    Hugs from here

  4. Great pictures! Have a great week ahead!

  5. An inspirational post.
    Your images a delight.
    May you continue to enjoy this most special time of year.

    All the best Jan

  6. Gorgeous, I love to see your flower pictures.
    Have a nice evening, greeting Marit.

  7. Wat kun jij dit toch elke keer mooi verwoorden! Je hebt helemaal gelijk...negatieve gevoelens leiden vaak nergens toe, juist het positieve in de mens brengt mooie dingen voort. Ik heb genoten van je post...!

    Ik wens je een fijne week! Liefs, Ingrid

  8. Une explosion de couleurs! J'aime particulièrement les anémones que l'on trouve dans les champs à cette époque!
    Un beau printemps à toi Olympia!

  9. Beautuful words your post...lovely firtst spring week Darling love from me Ria xxx

  10. Lovely shots of your neighborhood, Olympia!!!!
    I wish you a very happy Spring!!!

  11. Few flowers are as charming as anemones, and your photos certainly did them justice. Speaking of charming, I'm not entirely sure what those creatures are, but they also look charming. Are they calves?

  12. Few flowers are as charming as anemones, and your photos certainly did them justice. Speaking of charming, I'm not entirely sure what those creatures are, but they also look charming. Are they calves?

  13. Que maravillosas imágenes, que maravilloso color, son unas fotos preciosas.
    Tu manta de grannies me ha enamorado.

  14. Beautiful scenery, spring flowers, warm sunshine, good friends - what could be better? Wonderful. Sam x

  15. Just BEAUTIFUL pictures! Lovely nature and all the flowers...lucky you!
    Have a great monday, take care.
    Love from Titti

  16. Olympia,
    I love the way you use your camera like a brush painting the most beautiful stories in images.
    A Happy Spring to You & Yours!

  17. Utterly beautiful, thankyou so much for taking us with you! Stunning colours!


  18. We board the plane in a matter of hours Olympia! Soon we'll be 'just down the road' from you - what a lovely spring awaits! Hugs, Jackie

  19. Such a joy to see your lovely sunny spring flowers and what about the two on the tractor, a real great photo!
    Regards, Janneke

  20. 'Έχεις τόσο δίκιο στο πόσο χρειαζόμαστε θετική σκέψη και αισιοδοξία και αγάπη , ιδιαίτερα σε αυτούς τους δύσκολους και περίεργους καιρούς που ζούμε .... Η όμορφη ελληνική φύση μας βοηθάει να ξεχνιόμαστε και να ελπίζουμε σε πιο φωτεινές ημέρες.
    Ευχαριστούμε και για τον Ελύτη!
    Φιλιά ,

  21. It has been so cold here this weekend that it has been wonderful to walk in the sunshine with you and enjoy the signs of spring. Those anemones look stunning in that green vase too! Sarah x

  22. Che meraviglia seguirti nella tua passeggiata e scoprire l'aprirsi allegra dei fiori primaverili . La mia stagione preferita in assoluto ! Ti auguro una buona settimana e ti mando un grande abbraccio.

  23. Hello Olympia
    Your poem, images and post exudes joy and heralds spring time. The season is well underway in Greece and I love the sunny days.

    Wishing you a great week and a very Happy Easter.

    Helen xx

  24. Ohhh this us really brighting my moods. So beautiful pics. Lovely story !

  25. Beautiful images Olympia ..and yes it's sometimes hard to chase away the dark thoughts and bring in the light....I try to remind myself of all that I'm blessed with ...and it's quite a lot hope you have a happy sunny week the poem...Gail x

  26. I love your neighborhood. Wonderful pictures. Thank you!

  27. Τη όμορφο που είναι η γειτονιά σου ....μου αρέσει η εξοχη !!! Υπεροχες φωτογραφιε ...
    Καλή Άνοιξη να εχεις Ολυμπια ...

  28. Beautiful photos of springtime in your neighborhood, Olympia! Love those bright wood anemones! Thank you for the beautiful poem, too. Sending hugs and wishes for a blessed Easter. xx Karen

  29. Beautifully put, Olympia, and a wonderful poem to add to your message. It is amazing how similar your scenery is to what we have here yet it looks so much more gorgeous in your photos.

  30. Oh what a wonderful poem and beautiful images Olympia. Your piece of paradise never cease to impress. I love everything especially the anemones. How I wish I could grow them as many as you have picked.
    Happy Easter dear friend. Thank you for your kind visit.

    Warm hugs,

  31. Olympia,
    Spring is so pretty around your neighborhood. The deer, the red and purple flowers, the countryside, all so lovely. And those tractors look like fun! My kids rode on them when we visited grandma's farm in Iowa.

    It's already April, oh my!

    love, ~Sheri

  32. Thank you for sharing many beautiful photos full of warm spring. Sunshine gives us healthy thinking.

  33. What a beautiful post and photos O! I could get lost in these photos. I also think there's nothing better than two men on a tractor :)))
    I agree, we all need to live what's in our hearts and not be negative just because someone we talk to is. Sometimes I agree just to be nice and not hurt someone's feelings and that is not authentic or me. So I am trying harder to disagree without being disagreeable and put a positive spin on every conversation. I always go away feeling better than grumbling about something with them.
    Thanks for the lift today O!
    sending hugs...

  34. Such a beautiful post Olympia and what a lovely spring stroll. Thank you for letting us tag along. Your pictures are so beautiful and full of life. Just as you yourself my friend.

    Take care and enjouy that beautiful greek spring.

    Charlie (who has a new blog)

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