Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sizzle in the garden

It was intended to be a post dedicated to the Netherlands
featuring photos among the 1500 I took during our summer
 holidays. My last visit to our garden in the village, however, 
had me thinking twice; a travel post could be uploaded 
whenever throughout the year but the golden garden light 
is emerging right now and the oranges are turning orange 
right now .And this is a chance not to be missed! 

So, I’m bringing you once again into the backyard where bushes,
trees and flowers seem to me like smiling faces as the dusk softly 
falls. This little slice of paradise, the small utopia we call our yard,
 is what adds sizzle to the mundane.  

Drive fifteen kilometres back and forth three times a week to 
water a sun shocked garden. Bring the lawn mower to and from
 the country house because there are two gardens to tend to. 
And autumn comes and you hope for wetness which would mean 
less running around, but...   
the autumn rains never came and alas, we are still watering! 

It’s a miracle how we managed to keep this garden alive 
and compose little bouquets from zinnia and daisies.

Four months of light and warmth, many would envy this!;
the oranges shining lavishly in the November sundown...
 A true wonder and a sight for sore eyes especially after the
 last contagious infections from which our citrus grove 
has greatly suffered.  

At last, autumn is upon us with all the sensations that fall flavors
 evoke flowing around. To usher in this sweet season, I get 
inspiration from all ingredients identifying it ; not only cinnamon, 
apples and pumpkins. Living among citrus trees, I cannot but connect 
them to the season. So, I baked a tangy and bittersweet 
pasta frola using the jam of our own orange harvest.

It’s not with melancholy I greet autumn. Rather the opposite
so beautiful as it is! Hope you are enjoying revitalising autumn walks
 in the embrace of nature and cozy moments with your loved ones. 
Until next time! 


  1. Γεια σου Ολυμπία ,χαίρομαι που διαβάζω τα νέα σου και βλέπω τις όμορφες εικόνες του κήπου σου. Τα χρωματα και οι φωτοσκιάσεις είναι υπέροχα. Μου θυμιζουν το δικο μας εξοχικό στην Πελοπόννησο,ευλογημένος τόπος. Δυστυχώς δεν το επισκεπτόμαστε πολύ συχνα τη χειμερινή περίοδο.
    Σου εύχομαι ενα ομορφο Σαββατοβραδο ! Φιλιά, Τινα

  2. Πάντα απολαμβάνω της όμορφες εικόνες και ανάρτησες σου Ολυμπία ...
    Και λατρεύω τον κήπο σου στο χωριό ...καλο Σαββατοκυριακο

  3. You have your work cut out for you in driving that distance several times a week to tend your garden. I must say, looking at your images, it is all worthwhile and the tart looks absolutely delicious.
    Helen x

  4. Great photos again. You have caught the autumn colours so well.

  5. C'est vrai que la pluie commence à sérieusement manquer dans les jardins et oblige à arroser et à puiser dans les réserves du sol.
    Mais il ne faut pas le regretter quand c'est pour avoir d'aussi beaux fruits et nourrir de nos sens de tant de beauté.
    Bon dimanche Olympia.

  6. Autumn colours with the golden light of the sun, gorgeous. But you are looking forward to rain and we have far too much rain, wish I could send you our rain. Your tarte also looks so delicious and sunny with the starlights.
    Have a nice new week,
    regards, Janneke

  7. Oh I can feel the warmth through your pictures. Must be so wonderful to have this in November.
    I am still cold to the bone from my early bird walk this morning.
    Love, love, love the Zinnia's and all the other flowers in your garden.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,
    kind regards,

  8. A most beautiful garden scene you've got there. Afraid our caretaker didn't quite make the trip often enough this summer to keep my garden alive. We've spent the last four weeks trying to replace dead plants and pick dried, brown leaves off those few that did survive. Hopefully, by spring we'll have some blooms to brighten our garden as well. Have a wonderful autumn ~ Jackie xxx

  9. As always the photos of your garden is a wonderful treat for the eyes, such wonderful colors and warmth . Here the rain came ( finally ) and afterwards the cold , so now autumn is reality !

  10. On a cold autumn day here when we have had to resort to woolen hats and gloves it is good to visit your backyard and feel the warmth of your sunshine. Sarah x

  11. Your loving dedication to the garden shows in these lovely photos! You have captured the autumn light so beautifully and it is a delight to 'walk' among your flowers today. I do hope that you get some rain, soon. We had an extremely dry summer without a drop of rain, but now Mother Nature is making up for all that! Sending hugs xo Karen

  12. Que maravilla!!! las fotos son preciosas, trasmiten serenidad y frescura.

  13. Love the photos from the beautiful garden
    Hugs from here

  14. I recognize so many of the trees and plants from my part of the world but your beautiful photos take them to another level. We've also had very little rain so far, but we hope :-)

  15. This morning, in my part of the UK, we have glorious blue sky and sunshine and currently a temperature of 1 degree, but I love days like these with Autumn walks.

    I so enjoyed seeing the wonderful colour and warmth in your photographs ... thank you so much for sharing them.

    Enjoy the remainder of November ...

    All the best Jan

  16. Your garden is full of sunshine. Happy Sunday.

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  18. This little slice of paradise, the small utopia we call our yard,is what adds sizzle to the mundane.
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