Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sunny winter!





















Hello friends and thank you for visiting my blog!
First of all, please dont hate me for my english! It takes a lot courage to write a blog in english being a Greek but I once made up my mind .....here I am!..
Its  end of December , in fact its  the heart of winter, though we dont feel that cold  here in Nothern Greece. Days are sunny and hot and I think this is going to last  for a little bit more! Today I went out in the garden to shoot some fotos of my colorfull granny squares which once joined side by side are going to make a shawl.Igor was keeping me company waiting patiently.





















I have to make 8-10 granny squares and then I will take a needle and join them.























Light colors make me feel really happy!























My basket always full of yarns follows me even in the garden where the physicall light helps me to get better fotos.























It felt so good in the garden that I took my breakfast outside, a boiled egg and  bread sprinkled with olive oil and oregano!























I made a video for these grannies on You Tube , come and join me there ,
 Merry Mary Stories, only a few videos for the moment but I intend to do more and more!
























I usually have  my laptop on the kitchen table so I can cook and knit ...and write at the same time but kitchen is so crowded some times that I really want to use a vanishing spell.























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Grannies are so pleasant to crochet, I choose my colours for seven rows and I start off!























Igor is watching my plate and waits for its walk. Due to tachycardias that happen to me from time to time  I gave up walking with him as loud barkings when he meets his friends make me really upset,a gift of my anxiety in combination with my age...























I could not resist thιs look  though so I told him the magic words....go fetch your leash! 
























That sunny day I had to go for a walk to breath in some  fresh air and make Igor very  happy as  that was its second walk after the usual morning one.























In  the yard of the  deserted old stone house of our neighborhood  the walk is always an adventure for the dogs, they keep on smelling the ground , the tree trunk and choose where to leave their trace.
























We are not alone in this walk, Kara and her daugter the two  adopted street dogs are keeping us company























Its lovely being outside this time of the year, it feels like spring is coming ! 
Happiness is made from every day moments , we must try to feel this deeply.
I thank you for keeping me company !




Monday, March 25, 2013

Apple pie






Try this apple pie, its delicious and very easy

Ingredients
4 eggs
4 glasses of sugar
1 glass of flower sun seed oil
1 small glass of brandy
2 tea spoons of cinnamon
4 glasses or more of  flour
2 big spoons of  baking powder
7 apples



First separate the eggs,  put the whites of eggs and shake them well then add the sugar, then the yolks and mix , add the seed oil, the brandy, the cinnamon and put in the flour with the baking soda. You have to make a really  tight porridge so the spoon inside the mixture cannot move, then put in in a stick and leave there until you cut the apples.



Cut the apples as when you eat them, see my photos to understand, and then in  small slices and put them in the mixture the one very next to the other, don’t think  its too many apples , you  need them for good taste ,  that’s why we made such a tight mixture to absorb the water coming off the apples.
Bake in the oven to 180 c/ fan for 50 minutes, don’t be afraid if the colour is dark , its not overbaked it’s because of cinnamon.
I hope you try it and send me your comments
Kisses Maria

Monday, March 18, 2013

March


Welcome March!







The Spring month has come, I wish that Spring comes  everywhere, inside our hearts and outside in our faces with smiles, in our material world and in our spiritual one.

Easter is coming fast, in Greece a  long  period  of fasting for 40 days begins , that means we don’t eat meat and milk products during this period.


This month is full of crocheting and sewing projects.  Well   first of all I have to finish up with house cleaning and I mean good cleaning. In Greece we learned from our  mothers  this cleaning tradition, clean all drawers and cabinets in the kitchen, wash all curtains,  clean all rooms and outside verandas , yards…( if cleaning ever ends  especially with Igor in the house our always hungry labrador)..fortunately mothers became  logical today they don’t pay so much attention in these things, never the less  we feel  a bit guilty when we don’t do it the old way.

I dream of taking my  coffee , sit in my corner in the sofa and crochet. I’ve just finished the olive bag  so I proudly show it to you, you can see here.


I have sewn my Easter or Spring ornaments, little fabric  hearts , butterflies, birds and flowers and I cut a branch from a tree and decorated it with all these small pillows. See the first photos, soon I will do it in blue and yellow combination which I like also very much.

Well girls enjoy   your coffee or tea time along with crocheting!

Friday, March 1, 2013

A winter day in Chalkidiki


Today, this last day of February, i found myself on a trip to Chalkidiki, the land near Thessaloniki with the most blue seas and beautifull villages. Whatever is the purpose of a small trip, job or fun, as soon as the car gets away from the crowded city roads and begins crossing provincial serpentine ones, its like nature open hands to give you a hug.

 We've moved 50 km to a nearby village so charming in winter colors.Green bushes, wet due to yesterday rain and orange little wild flowers in the fields.


A wonderfull almond tree full of white little flowers, so shiny in dark cloudy winter.

  Olive trees layed down the hill, free from their fruits, ready to feed new ones. I am really so fond of this tree, its just so Greece into my mind.. Land full of olive trees , no fences, its like inviting you to taste their fruits, i think i'd love to own such a land.











































Nearby a grey naked bush, the winter itself, yet, next to it, a bouquet of green bushes full of red poppies and little yellow flowers in a ditch to the edge of the narrow country road.






If you see the photo you could believe it was taken on a shiny day yet it was this rainy cloudy day but it seems as these flowers reflect their yellow light all around. I walked on a green wet field, i got draggled, i was cold and happily returned in the heat of my car, but if i had more time and proper shoes i would have walked  a long walk, maybe next time......