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Aaah, we're ready! We've weeded and raked the garden, cleaned the veranda and oiled the wood, whitewashed the street and driveway, hoovered through the house, done my yearly window cleaning, hauled tons of ouzo and wine and food into the house, made tsatsiki, beets, my special pasta and eatingdrinkingmusicpleasureweatherpreparations preparations preparations for tomorrow - it's Greek easter time! PASXA! And as every year we have about 20 people coming over for a whole day of celebration.
Hubby's bouncing around for a week now in jubilant anticipation and nearly lost his good mood today when our friend Spyros called from Lesbos telling us that he couldn't find a ferry ticket to return with the two kazikis (goats) he went to pick up from his father's farm. Without kaziki = no real pasxa! But ha! This being Greece, a friend called a friend who knew a friend of a friend working in the harbour of Mittilini, and voila - the ticket was found.

Tomorrow I'll try and take pictures of happy people in the sun. Or, under our improvised garden marquee. Let's assume it won't rain; today feels like summer with 22 degrees Celsius and low wind forces.

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Quick shot of the upper garden: In front the veranda, the green thingie in the back our improvised marquee. Blind cat Fenix approaching Mama.

Right. Off to shoot some more orchid pics. Flora and fauna-high over here, if you wish.
 



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On April 18th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC), niyabinghi commented:
Beautiful!
Hope you all have a wonderful time :)
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On April 18th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC), lutos replied:
Thanks! I hope so, too. :)
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On April 18th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC), jahura commented:
Whoo hoo! Sounds like a great time! Your garden is gorgeous.
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On April 18th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC), lutos replied:
Thank you! It's still a work in progress, with lots of trial and error, but slowly (and due to planting a lot of wild growing plants) it fills up with green and color. No grass of course, here. It's far too hot in the summer, and we wouldn't have the necessary water either.
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On April 19th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC), jahura replied:
Grass doesn't much matter to me. I live in a desert climate. The garden is similar to a local venue here, the Padua Hills Theatre. The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, not too far away, also boasts water conservative desert fauna to preserve local flora before urban development. I would feel right at home there.
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On April 20th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC), lutos replied:
That is a nice garden, and surely much better built than ours. ;)
I like planting wild plants as they definitely will not suffer as much from droughts or other climate effects than the plants from the greenhouses. And with the beautiful variety of wild flowers we have here (huge German irisses, Calla lillies, narcissus, gladiolus) the garden will be colorful, too. Not to mention scented with all the herbs I've planted. :)
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On April 18th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC), lutos replied:
Thanks! Well, I'd love to come soonish, but due to our amazing accountant we are supposed to pay back 10000 euros to the fiscal authorities and thus I will have to postpone every little pleasure right now (until I'm rich and famous, or so, ahum).

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On April 19th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC), elven_ranger commented:
wow you have been busy!
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