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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





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

October sun and flowers on deserted beaches

Wonderful warm and sunny days here on the Peloponnese, we are having a glorious October with temperatures 23 and above. Plants are growing and flowering, feels like a second Spring and Autumn is also here with fig leaves falling, still fresh figs for breakfast, vines changing colour and olives ready to harvest. We had a day out yesterday to our favourite beach at Methoni  by the castle and had a picnic on the huge rocks that fill the beach, no one there except us

On the way back we walked along Lampes beach, a beautiful sandy beach with sand dunes looking across to islands, a few people enjoying the sun and swimming.

Both beaches are still natural beaches with wild flowers growing on the dunes and in between the rocks.



Gargarou, Peroulia, Akti and Agias Triada beaches

There are 4 beaches in walking distance to Gargarou Retreat. 

Gargarou beach is 15 minutes walk from Gargarou Retreat and a further 15 minutes walk along the waters edge takes you to Peroulia beach and then onto Akti.

Agias Triada beach is 25 minutes walk from Gargarou Retreat along a track towards Koroni.

All are beautiful beaches some sand, some areas of different stones and shells and a lovely natural wooded cliff alongside with shells embedded in.  Gargarou and Peroulia are shallow and sandy in the sea. At Peroulia  there is a taverna serving  traditional Messinian cuisine and freshly caught fish and a beach bar.

At Akti there is a bar on the beach and sunbeds and a lift built into the cliff to a taverna with fresh fish and delicious Greek dishes with a spectacular view along the coast to Koroni and over  the Messinian Gulf to the Mani.