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:
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
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.
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.
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.