Author Archives: Rachael

green man red car

David and Ann who are staying at Gargarou Retreat took these photos. Ann says ‘this wonderful tree with a Green Man face was taken at twilight along the lower path to Harokopio’.

Green Man

And this olive grove walking back from Koronired-car


Scarlet Tiger moth and Naked Man orchid

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.

This Orchid, Orchis italica, Naked Man orchid is amazing as it grows seeing the figures form and dance out of the flower head.



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





Earth fire and moonlight

I love the simplicity of how I work with clay now, gathering clay fallen onto the beach, the olive grove being my studio, moon lit shadows of the olive trees surrounding me, layers and layers of stars, bats flying, owls calling to each other in the olive groves, a bright fire, my hands making with clay.

This was a making night with a fire and bright moon earlier this month.

I will fire the clay pieces with the olive branches cut from the olive harvest which we did today, so will build the fire next week.


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.