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Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have three granddaughters too...

Friday, 13 February 2009

A Sunny Day. Part 1

Some flowery photos to start, the first is Anemone Hortensis, this is an awful photogragh of them, they are tiny things, simple but beautiful and are endemic to Crete and Karpathos.
I've shown you these iris before but forgot to name them, Iris Cretensis. The hedgerows are full of them at the moment. They have short stems and a delicate perfume.
This is another awful photo, this time it's of Nikithiano in the foreground, a small village near us.If you look carefully you will see a row of 3 windmills at the top ofthe village. I took this photo to show the other rows of windmills on the hillsides beyond. I think you can just make them out, little white dots? Most of them have been left derelect but one in Nikithiano is an arts and crafts shop.
Looks rather drastic, this is a well pruned olive tree! Takes some guts to do it to your trees but nothing seems to kill them and in a couple of years they will be covered in new growth.
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8 comments:

Blu said...

Hi I wish that I could see your 2nd set of pictures, they are not visible at the moment!!??..I will come back later..It is a shame about the old stones houses falling apart we saw the prices start to rise on Crete about 15 years ago

Wild Somerset Child said...

To read about - and see = wild spring flowers when we are still inches deep in snow is so special. As to the olive tree - am I right in thinking that Crete has some of the oldest surviving olive trees in the Mediterranean?

Pics in second blog did not load. I'll try again tomorrow.

Jackie said...

When I read 'fugitive pieces' the descriptions of the wild flowers in greece spurred me on to return. Unfortunately they'd all gone by September so thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

Such beauty in nature where you are. Enjoy!!!!!

Pondside said...

Like everyone else, I was unable to see the photos in part two. That may not be a bad thing, as the sight of all that blue sky, flowers and complete lack of snow might be about to send me over the edge.
What a gorgeous place you live in!

Jude said...

Sorry about the 2nd post, I've reloaded them now.
Blu, we've seen a pile of stones with a price tag of thousands, really silly...
Wild Somerset Child, yes, you are right and I've sent you an email.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

How lovely to see blue skies and imagine that warm sun. We have blue sky here too. But it's far from warm!!

CJ xx

elizabethm said...

I adore the irises - I have some just out in bulb pans in the wooden greenhouse but the idea of them as wild flowers is just lovely.