FREE books, sunny photos and a lucky plant!

Hi there! Thrilled to share today the latest from my life in Greece, and today it involves sunny photos from a picnic I had on the beach. First time ever so early in the year and it was bliss. Plus, the experience prompted me to find out more about a plant that was strewn all over the ground. This is a lucky plant to the Greeks and I am sharing today all about it.

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Our first picnic went swimmingly. Excuse the pun. Especially since no actual swimming was involved haha. No way, as it was chilly under the shade as it was!

We picked to visit our favourite beach near home. We’d missed it so much since last October when we stopped swimming. A couple of the trees were chopped off, and one had been uprooted completely – we guessed from the extreme weather conditions of the previous months. It was especially sad to see the huge tree (willow or aspen, not sure) with the generous shade chopped off at the trunk. I couldn’t find my bearings for a few seconds without it there, it was odd. It’ll make many people sad this summer when they arrive at the beach to find its shade is no more. More than four different families could sit under it comfortably – its shade was that generous.

A couple people were swimming when we arrived in the morning, much to our surprise. I asked a lady in her 30s who’d just come out of the water if it was cold, and she nodded fervently with a laugh saying it was indeed freezing. It was her first swim since November, she said. She hopes to keep swimming from now on. Quite over-confident an intention, if you ask me, since March is fully ahead of us and it’s the most extreme in terms of cold weather in my country. She said it was pleasant as she stood in her bikini but, by the time we’d set up in our favourite spot, I saw her putting on jeans and a sweater in a hurry LOL.

For a while, it was very quiet on the beach, especially since the three swimmers left, but then, at lunchtime, families and quiet couples descended (probably from the taverna on the road) to sit in the sunshine. Such a lovely day. And it brought the summer closer, somehow. Bliss.

SEE THESE GREEN PLANTS BY MY FEET? A GREEK GOD BLESSED THEM ONCE TO BRING PEOPLE LUCK AND GOOD FORTUNE. THE GREEKS HAVE A YEARLY CUSTOM THAT INVOLVES IT TO THIS DAY! FIND OUT MORE IN MY NEWSLETTER! YOU’LL ALSO GAIN ACCESS TO A MULTITUDE OF FREE BOOKS!

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