Tuesday, July 25, 2017

As far as the yard

Although Greek summer means beach days and sandy feet I’m 
bringing you into the garden again. I'm a sea worshipper 
and beach lover, obviously, but I recently discovered that 
there is something very beautiful about the simplicity 
of enjoying your own backyard. 
So, this year, when thinking about my seasonal favorites, 
the color  is    g  r  e  e  n . 
Follow me so you can peek through my backyard’s gate to 
see the newly seeded grass and the peacefulness of a space 
not yet completely landscaped but inviting enough for an 
evening’s little adventure. Gazing at the fresh lawn, one thing 
came to my mind; those lovely picnics with my parents 
in the ‘80s. Some fresh, local apricots offered by a kind 
neighbor, put me straight in that mood. Despite the high 
temperatures, we took the things necessary for
 this impromptu p i c n i c. 
With the sunlight dappling through leaves, barefoot and a 
camera, how much we enjoyed our last-minute sort of break! 
A getting away from it all, at yard distance. 
So simple, quiet and slow. A way to carve out the time and 
create memories. It’s those little moments that make 
life grand. Isn’t that right?

By now, the garden is arguably at its best, especially after the 
last rain blessings which helped to keep it in top form. 
Summer storms are rare here but much needed as things  
heat up very quickly. 
A vacation trip has already been planned 
and there are many things to get excited about. 
Hope I can achieve my photographic goals while traveling 
but only time will tell. I'll show you when back.

In the meantime, please enjoy this summer! 
Happy holidays everyone whatever you do, wherever you are. 
I promise, I’ll be back! 
I always thank my friends for their time in my e-mails. 
Your friendship means so much to me.


  1. Your back yard looks wonderful, Olympia. So many colors and interesting things to look at. Sunflowers are always so pretty to me, even when they are withered from the heat. That was nice of your neighbor to give you the apricots. These are cute pictures of your daughter. Enjoy the rest of the summer days. Looking forward to Autumn.

    love, ~Sheri

    1. Thank you so much Sheri for always leaving a kind and mindful message.Enjoy the rest of the summer days too.

  2. A wonderful respite in your back yard! We look forward to returning to our yard. . .and this time we plan to stay awhile. Have a great trip and enjoy your summer to the max!

    1. Thank you Jackie and Joel!I've just visited your site and being informed of all the changes you are up to.Good luck whatever you want to do friends.

  3. Olympia,
    Your post is a picnic of beautiful photos. Happy Travels!

    1. Thank you dear friend!Happy summer days to you too!

  4. Lieve Olympia,

    Wat fijn dat er weer de mogelijkheid is om op je blogpost te reageren.

    Heerlijk genietend met prachtige dromerige fotoshoot van zomerse picknick in weelderige tuin aan huis.
    Liefdevolle herinneringen van fluwelige abrikozen aangereikt door gulle hand.

    Ook in mijn herinnering geniet ik nog na van die Griekse gulle hand van Helena onze gastvrouw op het eiland Thassos wanneer ze ons dagelijks in de vroege ochtend een schaal vers geplukte vijgen bracht uit eigen tuin.
    En het het is niet enkel de zoete smaak der vruchten die mij bijgebleven is, maar zeker ook haar altijd gulle lach en de woorden Kalimera wat ik na jaren nog altijd proef,zie en hoor....

    En wat zal jij trots zijn op die Griekse schoonheid van een prachtige dochter....
    met schattige (zomer)sproetjes,kuiltje in haar kin en blanke huid die volgens mij staan in het lijstje van de zeven schoonheden ☺☺

    Dat jullie een fantastische vakantie mogen beleven!!!

    Lieve groet♥♥♥ en tot blogs,

    1. Dearest Ger, I'm always so happy to read your words and I want to thank you for all your kind likes.I'm so pleased you keep many positive thoughts and memories from Greece.Good neighborhood and generous hospitality are so precious nowadays.
      Hope you are all doing fine and summer treats you well.
      I wish good health and hapiness for you personally and your beloved ones.
      We will be in Amsterdam for a week this August.
      Best wishes

  5. My sweet friend, thank you for taking us into your backyard. Oh, what a delight I had there :) Your photos truly make it seem like I am right there enjoying the surroundings.

    Hugs to you!

    1. Hi dear Stephanie! Thank you so much for stopping by.It's always a great pleasure to read a message from you. Enjoy August!

  6. What a beautiful summer post....owww i love to see this.....i wish i live in Greece...enjoy summer darling...love Ria x

    1. Hi Ria! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a kind message. Enjoy the rest of the summer. I'm going to visit the Netherlands in a few days!

  7. The garden and apricots look wonderful. I'm sure that fruit is picked so earl;y for transportation that the fruit doesn't taste the same as picking it straight from the tree. Enjoying simple pleasures gives such reward. Your daughter has grown up so much in the years I have known you. Have a wonderful Greek summer! Sarah x

  8. Ton jardin est plein de douceur et de beauté Olympia!
    Qu'il doit être doux de fouler pieds nus ce gazon tout en croquant dans un abricot!
    Tes photos sont aussi belles que celles des magazines de décoration.
    Je suis donc sûre que tu vas aussi nous rapporter des merveilles de ton voyage.
    Profites en bien!

    1. Merci Marie-Paule.Tu es toujours tres gentille et je suis vraiment heureuse que mes photos te plaisent.Amuse-toi bien pour le reste des vacances et a bientot!

  9. I do love a picnic, especially such a pretty one. We also have fantastic apricots this year.

    1. Thank you Amalia. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

  10. Καλές διακοπές Ολυμπία.
    Υπέροχα τα φωτογραφικά σου ενσταντανε ,όπως πάντα. Φιλιά ,Τινα

    1. Πολλές ευχές για τη βάπτιση του αγοριού σας. Να είναι ευτυχισμένος και τυχερός. Καλό υπόλοιπο καλοκαιριού και να περνάτε ωραία.

  11. Sometimes there is no place like home! Especially when it is this lovely. xx Karen

    1. Thank you for your visit Karen.So much appreciated!

  12. Such a lovely post and as usual your photographs are a joy.
    Have a wonderful summer.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you so much Jan.Enjoy the rest of the summer my friend!

  13. Wat een mooie foto's, lijken zo van Pinterest te komen! Fijne zomer!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment.Happy summer days my friend!

  14. I just LOVE your pictures! It´s summertime, long sunny and lazy days...
    Always so much inspiration for the eye on your lovely blog!

  15. Thank you Titti! I'm also inspired by your stylish photos of the Swedish lifestyle.

  16. Your photos from the garden is beautiful. Love every single one of them
    Hugs from here

  17. Dear Olympia,

    Loved seeing your summertime photos and how neat that you were able to enjoy a picnic amongst all this beauty. The fresh local apricots look delicious.
    Happy weekend

  18. Your garden...like a dream. Like a scenography for film, so beautyful.
    And green. Yes, for me this is the colour of summer:)


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