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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...

Saturday, 2 May 2009

We Can Do It, Yes We Can!!

Firstly, here's my May Day posy, pinned to the lintel above the door.
This post is for everyone who read the last post and tittered to themselves, thinking we'd gone mad, trying to clear an overgrown garden and get vegetables from it this season...
And, look, see! We cleared half the kypos in an afternoon..
We didn't find any long lost tribe, in fact we didn't find anything! I thought we'd at least see a snake or vole or spider but no, just an old tree, rotting. That's the start of our winter wood pile then...
Geoff climbed up the rickety old windmill to try and get a better view.
From May 1st, as a precaution, you are not allowed to have fires out in the countryside,(we've all seen those awful photos of the wild fires in Greece,) so we shall have to leave half the garden untouched and pile the weeds and rubbish up until the autumn.

There were loads of oranges lying beneath the tree, rather bitter though. I've just made 14 jars of marmalade so I think I'll leave well alone. We found a tree with tiny, satsuma type fruit. Some of the other trees are covered in blossom so the whole garden smells of a summery citrus perfume.
This is Houmeriakos in the foreground, it looks rather large and sprawling here but no, just narrow. The quality of photograghs is not good as Geoff was looking into the sun, but if you click the image it gets a little better.
Judith, from My Cretan Life lives in Vrissis which is the next village up above.
I'm off to look for more wool this morning. A friend came over here, bringing all her crafty things, now she's decided to sell alot of it as she has arthritis.
The weather is good most of the time, each morning starts with clear blue skies but by the evening it's clouded over.
Temperatures are good though.
Geoff has gone off to work already, the jeep safaris are picking up, which is good.
So, as long as I can pick up a spade this afternoon, you know where I'll be.......................................
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17 comments:

Maddie Grigg said...

Well done you! I thought for sure you would have rediscovered the famous Fakawi tribe in that undergrowth.

Judith said...

What a good job you and Geoff are making. Can't wait to get a Veg bag from you ha ha!!

Pondside said...

Good heavens - what a lot of work. Can't imagine oranges on the ground - they're a fortune in the stores here.
Have fun in your jungle garden!

Artist Unplugged said...

Beautiful place, sounds like it smells divine! I'll bet it is finished soon!

Sara said...

Wow, you sure did clean out a lot in a little bit of time! Looks great and I am sure it will be wonderful to eat the veggies from it!

Lynn said...

I cant wait to see what you grow there Jude, and I am sure you will. This season too.
A summer garden.
Beautiful area and I LOVE the May Day poseys.

Blu said...

Just catching up with your blog.

Wow what hard work..well done and I hope that you get lots of lovely veggies..The flowers look so nice above the door.

Love that puppy picture!!..beautiful.

bindu said...

How lovely! I like the life you describe. Good luck with the patch!

katie jane said...

Oh Jude, I love this little village nestled in the valley of these wonderful mountains. It lies so peaceful and calm. Seems a magical place to visit.
I'm glad you are making progress in your garden. Hmmm, citrus fragrance, sounds delicious.

Mim said...

I love the thought of Greek orange marmalade - it sounds so sunny.

Wish I could visit that beach - maybe someday

Chris said...

Wow Jude, you two sure made easy work of the garden. I thought you might have to bring in a goat to mow it all down. Enjoy the journey. There are few better things than having your hands (and toes) covered in the earth.

yvette said...

good luck!!!

Clare W said...

Wow what a great garden - you'll do it. I got veg from my hugely overgrown plot the first year - in fact it was one of the best because the ground had not been cultivated for years and the soil was fertile. Hope your marmalade is nice. Well done!!!!
I'm covered in cuts now because I've been de-brambling the back of my garden - my arms are now VERY unladylike

St Ives Birds & Photo Journal said...

I love that rickety old windmill Jude, I want one.
The smells sound great, (if that makes sense).
Amazing you didn't find any creatures under all that lot but then they probably heard you coming and were long gone. I bet that scrub is full of Subalpine and Sardinian warblers? Orphean too I'll bet. How about Olive tree warbler?

Kayla coo said...

What a beautiful place you live in,inspiring landscape.x

Cheryl said...

I'm catching up on my reading after a busy week/weekend. I hope that you enjoy your gardening experience.Last summer was my first gardening experience in Greece and I have to say that I just loved gathering my veggies from my own garden. We're getting ready to plant this week as we just had our garden tilled. On with the planting! :)

John said...

I knew my last comment would inspire you to great things! Perhaps you will be eating home grown veg this year.........I knew you would!