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 walk to the Grivitsanis Monastery
An ophrys orchid in the olive grove at Gargarou Retreat
Poppies and olives by Chomatero
Ox-eye daisies by Gargarou Retreat
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
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.
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.
We had a lovely walk in the sea along our local beaches Gargarou to Peroulia and Akti. It was 26 degree centigrade on November 3rd and a wonderfully bright day.
I love the shelters people make along the beach from the bamboo
and a picnic on the beach… in the shade.
and back towards Gargarou beach