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:
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:
I especially love November at Gargarou, still warm sun, eating breakfast and lunch outside or lunch on the beach, wild flowers growing, and delicious ripe pomegranates, the last of our okra and the last figs last week. The rosemary and lavender is in full blossom and full of buzzing of bees going from one flower to another. And some thunderstorms and some rain and rainbows over the sea!
We can see the Taygetos Mountains more clearly this time of year, in the summer it can be a bit hazy, this is from Gargarou beach.
After the sun rises I enjoy seeing the sun beam on the houses in Harocopio and the village of Chrysokellaria glistens in the hills behind. I watch the birds fly from olive tree to olive tree, beautiful chirping blackcaps, jays, crows, robins.The last few weeks looking over the valley to the north, towards Vounaria I have seen ravens and hear their deep caw. Later in the morning they fly over our olive grove to the valley towards Koroni, just below us. This morning a raven flew right over us as we had breakfast on our terrace, cawing as it flew and then a minute later we heard the beating of the wings as another raven flew rapidly the same flight path.
I so appreciate the natural beauty of the land and sea here, and each morning I feel a deep peace and delight.