Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Winter has been mild this year but most mornings everything is covered in frost. Sometimes everything is so white that the kids try to convince me that it had snowed during the night. I say the same thing with every frost, "Looks like Jack Frost has been busy"...and then I explain the difference between snow and frost and they're  still thrilled. One by one they make trails in the frosty grass- the same way that they would in snow. 

I knelt down on my knees to take these photos while Foti stood patiently watching. The kids are very patient with me and my camera. The most wonderful part of my obsession with photography is that they're learning by watching. From uploading to editing and then posting on my blog- one (or all of them) is always near. When I started this post Foti was anxious for his turn on the computer. After he saw me upload the photos of the frosty leaves and blades of grass he asked if they were from the morning that he stood by my side. When I told him that they were, he wanted to look closer, enlarging them so that he could inspect the frozen images of the frost.  As soon as I finished showing him the photos, I talked about Jack Frost and read a few poems to him.
 Here's one classic that he enjoyed listening to me read. 


Jack Frost Poem 
~ Hannah F. Gould~ 

The Frost looked forth one still, clear night,

And whispered, “Now I shall be out of sight;

So, through the valley, and over the height,

In silence I’ll take my way.

I will not go on like that blustering train,

The wind and the snow, the hail and the rain,

That make such a bustle and noise in vain,

But I’ll be as busy as they!”

So he flew to the mountain, and powdered its crest;

He lit on the trees, and their boughs he drest

With diamonds and pearls; and over the breast

Of the quivering lake he spread

A coat of mail, that it need not fear

The downward point of many a spear

That he hung on its margin, far and near,

Where a rock could rear its head.

He went to the windows of those who slept,

And over each pane, like a fairy, crept;

Wherever he breathed, wherever he stepped,

By the light of the morn were seen

Most beautiful things; there were flowers and trees;

There were bevies of birds and swarms of bees;

There were cities with temples and towers; and these

All pictured in silvery sheen!

But he did one thing that was hardly fair–

He peeped in the cupboard, and finding there

That all had forgotten for him to prepare–

“Now, just to set them a-thinking,

I’ll bite this basket of fruit,” said he,

“This costly pitcher I’ll burst in three;

And the glass of water they’ve left for me

Shall ‘tchick’ to tell them I’m drinking!”



  1. Καλημερα σου,ευχαριστω πολυ για τις ευχες σου.
    Χθες ηρθα στην Παναγια στην Μηχανιωνα για μια συντομη επισκεψη.
    Η παραλια κατω ηταν υπεροχη!
    Να εισαι καλα,ευχαριστω.

  2. You made amazing pictures! Interesting beacuse here is almost spring already:)

  3. It's really freezing up there. Therefore, please accept warm hugs for our region!

  4. As usual Cheryl...wonderful photos..I love to take photos where ever I go, but what do you do with them all? I think it's such a shame..I've got loads...and loads...Have you? or re you brave and delete?

  5. What you write is pure magic. good weekend

  6. CHERYL,
    Πολύ καλλιτεχνικές οι φωτογραφίες σου και όμορφα τα λόγια !!!!

  7. @ kostas...Ναι, η θέα στη Μηχανιώνα είναι όμορφη. Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο! :):)

    @ Ola...thank you! Actually, these photos were taken about 2 weeks ago. The weather has been very springlike here as well.

    @ Phivos...yes, it's pretty cold in the mornings. All warm hugs accepted!

    @ Jude...Thank you so much. I do delete a lot of my photos,(I honestly take about 500 per week, not kidding) but I have a lot on DVDs now, in fact, I'm working transferring files tonight. My laptop will explode or crash if I don't relieve it soon! xo!

    @ annamaria...Thank you so much.So far the weekend has been nice. I hope you're enjoying the weekend as well! :)

    @ magda...Ευχαριστώ για τα καλά λόγια! Καλό Σαββατοκύριακο!

  8. i don't associate frost with greece, but through your eyes it is a beautiful combination!

  9. Hi Amanda,
    I know a lot of people don't associate frost & snow with Greece, I never did before I met my Greek. Thank you for the wonderful compliment. I hope your week is off to a great start! :)

  10. Thanks Bhavesh! Have an amazing weekend!

  11. Hi there, Cheryl.
    Brrr the frost, although it is fun to listen to crunchy footprints as you walk along in the grass. That's wonderful that you give your son the opportunity to experiment "hands on" with the photographs. I bet he'd enjoy having a magnifying glass to explore with, I know I did when I was a child.
    Have a great week ahead.

  12. @ Biddy...Hi! Yes, it was cold enough to have frost for a few weeks. We haven't had any in lately though, it's been rainy & damp. I can never get used to how quickly seasons change here. Almond trees in the area have blossomed(except for ours, always the last since we're so close to the sea) and spring flowers have made their appearance. I love letting my kids learn through experience. The house gets messy & the shoes get muddy but they're only young once.
    Our kids do have magnifying glasses, I brought some cool ones back from the U.S. this summer. The love exploring with them.
    It's always nice to hear from you Biddy, it's a new week...I hope you have a good one! :)

  13. Cheryl, I'm not surprised at all that you've already given the children magnifying glasses! I have an old one, very thick glass, from childhood that I still's hanging on the wall next to the thermostat control for the AC/Furnace allowing me to read the temp sans spectacles. :)

    It's already Friday for you, so have a great weekend there. Be well ♥