Monday, May 31, 2010

Afternoon Adventure

Here's a structure that we drive by quite frequently. I've been told that it's an old monastery that has burned down. I don't know what it was officially though. Each time we drive by the kids ask about it and want to stop to take a look around. So, one afternoon last month we had time to explore what remains of the monastery. 

This photo was taken from what I believe was the interior of the building. 

Toward the back of the structure. 

The field outside of the monastery. 

Alexandra on the road in front of the monastery. 

Inside of the structure. 

Alexandra's shoe fell off...

Her favorite gold shoes. It's great that Izabella is already a  photographer and was able to document the moment! She's very attentive. 

Pretty purple wildflowers. 


More wild flowers. I don't know what these are, unfortunately.

There's a small shrine (εκκλησάκι) on the property which captured the curiosity of my little ones. 

There's a fig tree toward the back of the structure. A friend of mine told me that she takes here children there in the summer gather figs. 

Here, I'm  in the field near the monastery. I didn't take too many photos from the inside because the weeds were so thick and high. One week prior to this adventure we walked through the overgrown weeds and  a tick hitched a ride on my forehead, (only to be discovered as I was driving home!)  so this time I didn't want to risk anymore hitchhikers on myself or the kids. 

~Have a nice week~
~Καλή εβδομάδα~

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Whole Lot of Nothing...

I realize it's been a while since my last post, almost 3 weeks. Sometimes there's so much going on that it seems overwhelming which leaves me feeling like there's nothing to say, but then again, there's a whole lot of nothing. May is always a busy month for our family. We start with a BBQ on May 1st to celebrate "Protomagia". Usually I take a few days to prepare for that and a few days to recover.  Mix in national holidays,  general strikes (teachers included), my birthday, Kosta's name day, weekend outings and a few illnesses--(okbasically just life)-- and I'm pretty much exhausted by the time I have the urge to write, leaving me with just enough energy to do some mandatory online socializing and read some news, that is, if I haven't fallen asleep first. 
So this week I have a whole lot of nothing coming up. But before I start bringing you up to speed,  I'll share a big happy smile from our newest resident,  Lobo. He's settled in nicely and I think he's pretty happy with us, he hasn't attempted to flee yet! 

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend! 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Timing is everything...

 For a few weeks I drove passed this field, admiring the colors each time. Looking forward to passing each morning I kept in mind that I wanted to stop and take a photo one day, so finally,  I did. (obviously)  I'm glad that I didn't wait another day because the morning after I took the photo I noticed that the field was barren, it had been cleared for planting. Timing is everything.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Early morning, my view...

Early one morning I saw a flock of seagulls along the beach so  I stopped to take some photos.

This is what they were so excited about. 

It was noisy and exciting near the shore,  I ended up spontaneously taking a great walk. 

~Enjoy the week ahead~