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Olive Harvest at Gargarou 2014

olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 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.olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat 2014 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 5 olive harvest Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest  Gargarou Retreat2014 olive harvest 2014 9

 

easyjet flights to Kalamata begin 31 March 2015

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.

A meeting of beauties at Gargarou

A meeting of beauties at Gargarou

A walk to the Grivitsanis Monastery

A walk to the Grivitsanis Monastery

An ophrys orchid in the olive grove at Gargarou Retreat

An ophrys orchid in the olive grove at Gargarou Retreat

 

Poppies and olives by Chomatero

Poppies and olives by Chomatero

Ox-eye daisies by Gargarou Retreat

Ox-eye daisies by Gargarou Retreat

Peloponnese February wild flowers

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

Robert’s giant orchid Barlia robertiana

Crown anemone, Anemone coronaria in our olive grove below Villa Fig and Villa Jasmine

Wood sorrel,oxalis stricta are in clusters around the olive trees, a favourite wild flower with 3 heart shaped leaflets and deep yellow flower closing at night..

olive grove below villa Fig with crown anemones

Greek chamomile, Anthemis chia in front of villa Sunrise

 

 

 

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November in Greece

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.

Early morning light in November

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.

Moon rising over Taygetos

Walking down our path last Sunday evening I was stunned by the moon rising over the Taygetos mountains, a full moon, huge and orange. On Monday it rose just by the Profitis Ilias summit, it was awesome to see it rise just over the triangular peak.

Photos or words can’t convey the stillness and wonder, the stillness in the moving silent moon, the stillness in the distant sound of waves touching sand, stones, the stillness in moonlight on sea, moonlit shadows of olive trees. Its as if everything has stopped for a few moments as the moon rises.

 

 

A week of Sunrises 16-22 November

I love the stillness at dawn, the delicate scent of jasmine and sage, subtle hues of sea and mountains, distant soft sounds of moving waves, fishing boats, first birdsong. It is amazing being part of the quietness, feeling the momentary changes, sensing subtleties beyond words.  Then the sun rises, a wonder full moment …fills me with joy. I’ve noticed how different the sunrise is these November days..  so I took photos the last 7 mornings outside our house.

The last few mornings the moon has been clear and bright over us