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
Dusk is a beautiful time, from Gargarou we see the setting sun shine on tips of the Taygetos on the Mani, gorgeous soft changing hues.
views from Gargarou Retreat
view to Koroni
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 3 November 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
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.
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.