Much like youth chasing butterflies, we came close, so very close, but it got away just like the illusive butterfly.
Ahh. . .but never under-estimate the seasonal mysteries of Christmas Magic.
Were I writing that famous Christmas column, it would read: ‘Yes, Virginia. . .it is Christmas and we’ve finally caught the daydream.’
Our Christmas will be spent in ‘our stone house on the hill’ in Greece’s Peloponnese. Something that even as recently as Thanksgiving, we’d have probably never believed possible. But here we are in the house that caught our eye last spring; the one that got away from us last summer.
Details fell into place rather rapidly in the last few weeks. A deal was reached. Airline tickets purchased to avoid the Christmas sky-high prices and we headed back to Greece last week.
Home for the Holidays
|The entryway from the home's parking area|
|The view from 'the stone house on the hill'|
Speaking of olives, we have our own grove of 17 trees that cascade down the hillside on three terraces. We’ve been studying up on olive pruning and harvest. (Move over Frances Mayes, we may be producing oil one day ourselves!).
But what won my heart was the lemon tree next to a small patio –’ the wine patio’ it is now called – at the side of the house; a part of a large garden area that cascades down the hillside.
The home’s previous owners took good care of it – they’ve owned it since it was built eight years ago – it was their retirement daydream.
As with all homes, though, new owners have a plan for making it their own and improving it – we certainly do with this place. We packed garden gloves, work tee-shirts and blue jeans on this trip and are putting them to use during the short time we have here this winter.
|The garden needs some TLC|
|Colors speak to the soul - we want this place to shout!|
Out with the old and in with some new.
|Temptations at a furniture store|
Christmas – in terms of celebration – in Greece comes in second to Easter. So my next post will take you on a tour of Christmas shopping and decorating ~ we do hope your holidays are going well and that you are sprinkled with a bit of Christmas magic as well!
If I am able to find internet I’ll be linking up with my usual blogosphere buddies this week. Visit them for some amazing travels and decorating ideas:
Travel Photo Thursday – Budget Traveler’s Sandbox
Travel Inspiration – Reflections En Route
Mosaic Monday – Lavender Cottage Gardening