Sun rising over Taygetos mountains from Gargarou beach this morning
By early May a pattern of dry sunny days with blue skies has usually settled in and then there may not be any more rain for another 4 months.,,,,,….. that is, after one last storm that comes literally out of the blue. We has such a storm a few days ago, dark clouds filled the blue sky and a heavy electrical storm swept through with hailstones and torrential rain. It passed over in a couple of hours onto Koroni and the sun re-appeared, forming a perfect rainbow with a 2nd ghost rainbow above.
Jane, who is staying at Gargarou, took this magical photo from the front of her Villa towards Koroni, capturing both the rainbow and lightning:
Jane also took this one, showing the end of the rainbow meeting St Friday’s church, Gargarou:
We took a couple too:
Rachael took this one using the ‘panorama’ camera setting which came out unexpectedly:
We had a great olive harvest this year, the trees were laden with ripe olives in November so we picked them early over 2 weeks with the help of 6 amazing people who came to help us through Workaway and Help- exchange organisations. We pick our olives by hand using handsaws to cut branches from the trees and sticks and rakes to take the olives off so just the sounds of nature around us, hard work and the wonder of nature combined. We got more oil than ever before and it tastes and smells wonderful, fresh and peppery.
The Peloponnese in the Spring is a beautiful time with wild flowers growing in the olive groves and Easyjet now fly from 31st of March from London Gatwick to Kalamata, flying Tuesday and Saturday in April and 3 times a week in May and 4 times a week June to October.
These are some photos taken by our friend Trond from Norway who came to visit us with 15 friends at Gargarou Retreat last April.
If you’ve stayed at Gargarou Retreat in the past or know Gargarou Beach you’ll mostly likley be surprised to see this wide sandy strip which appeared over the winter. Gargarou beach meets Perulia Beach which is always sandy but the Gargarou end is changed by the winter storms each year but up to now has always been narrow with a mix of rocks, shingle and sand. it was certainly a delight for us to watch the sand widen out over the past couple of months, also hoping the waves wouldn’t take it all away again one night. It’s sure to stay for the summer now, but we’ll need to wait to see what next winter brings:
Our olive grove is full of wild flowers, bees, butterflies…. and moths. David and Ann, our guests saw this Scarlet Tiger moth, Callimorpha dominula, holding on a blade of grass being moved with the wind…being still for ages.
We are at Gargarou Retreat after a visit to England and our olive grove is lush with beautiful wild iris, giant orchids, camomile, crown anemones, wood sorrel and many more. Wild Iris, Iris unguicularis
olive grove below villa Fig with crown anemones