Wednesday, 26 May 2010


... the fleeting moments of happiness;
~ my husband smiling at me
when he sees me carrying my jar of little daisies around the flat (it is indeed a jar with a crochet cover!)
~ a last glimpse of my crochet bag and my flowers on the coffee table just before closing the door behind me in the morning

Have a lovely day!

Monday, 24 May 2010


over our three-day weekend...

lots of showers...

lots of housework at my dad's...

lots of ~wet flowers~ photographs...

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

~ surprise ~ mail

from Christina...

I was expecting a note
and she sent me a gorgeous photo together with other goodies.
I love her photography and I love tulips.
The sight of the parcel alone made me skippey-happy!
Can you imagine how I felt when I saw the contents?
'swoon' as Christina would say!

from Jane...

Jane had told me she would sent me a thank you letter
because she'd won my giveaway.
It turned out, I was the lucky one.
Look what she's made for me!
It's all handmade!
Do enlarge these pictures to see all the details:
stamps, buttons, snippets of maps;
and all the flowery fabrics!
But that's not all!
There were surprises in all the little pockets!

My favourite one is the little sachet with a photo of a rose I had posted here on one side and one of her roses on the other, printed on ... fabric!

I love it all!

I'm touched and overwhelmed by your generosity ladies.
I feel I can't thank you enough.
Blogging is one thing that I enjoy but real mail that I can touch and carry around with me is happiness smiling at me!


Monday, 17 May 2010


We had a lovely, quiet weekend at home,
with lots of snuggling;
pure delight!
Have a great week,
with lots of spring colour!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

rainy weather = coffee + crochet weather

right now...

Can you guess what I'm making?


Have a lovely weekend!


Thursday, 13 May 2010

this morning...

... I woke up at 5:45;
half an hour later I made myself a little cup of Greek coffee
and this is what I got when I poured it into the cup:
at that time, I chose to see a heart there;
after a tiring day at work,
I'm not sure anymore.
I think it looks more like a spooky creature!
...talking about change of perspective!

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


a couple of posts below, right here,
Courtney left me this comment:

Beautiful, Yiota! Your words are so amazingly poetic and soothing.

I was speechless when I read it. English is not my mother tongue, not even a second language (we don't have one here). It's a foreign language. I learnt my first English words at school when I was twelve. You know, things like "Hello! How are you?", the verb 'to be' and so on.

I loved this new language from day one though and got straight As at school. Teaching it became my profession when I realised my uni degree as a kindergarten teacher wouldn't bring food on the table. At 32 I decided to get a university degree in English Language and Literature, since by that time I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to do. I got my degree four years ago and got a job in state primary schools. Of course, without much exposure to the language, I started forgetting all the beautiful words I'd learnt - just as I feared I would. I'm still struggling with vocabulary more often than I'd wish.

So, can you imagine my surprise and at the same time joy and excitement that this simple comment gave me? I can't even write 'poetic' words in Greek!

Thank you dear Courtney and everyone else who likes what I write. Your comments mean a lot to me.


Monday, 10 May 2010

Cassie, this one's for you ...(and everyone else who's interested!)

(photography by Frederic Vasseur)
I got a magazine on Saturday
as a treat for myself after some morning housework
and in it was a feature on the Greek island of Spetses.
I spent several minutes on this page
(the one in the photo),
picturing myself there,
doing nothing more than just being.
Care to join me?
When we're done 'just being',
we can talk about books, music, photography
and the beauty all around.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Mother's Day

~ hope your special day
is filled with
priceless hugs and kisses ~

Monday, 3 May 2010


The pause - that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, howsoever felicitous, could accomplish it.
- Mark Twain
I took this picture last Thursday,
just after I woke up to get ready for work.
My boys were still asleep and I stood there,
taking the moment in.
Isn't the colour of the sky divine?
Now, it's after 11:00 p.m.
and our place is silent again.
Precious silence.
I'm content; I'm grateful.

Sunday, 2 May 2010


~ playing with Picasa ~

The rose is from my dad's garden and it smells divine!
Happy May!