Confidence/Αυτοπεποίθηση

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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ “ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Conflict/Σύγκρουση

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I called the photos ‘conflict’ because the drops of oil look like rockets or nuclear missiles, and the red looks of course like blood that was spilled and the blue is our earth, the yellow colour seems weak and is trying to keep the peace; to stop the conflict that is happening.

This is a continuation from an experiment where I used oil, water a glass dish, sunlight, but this time I added food colouring . I added food colouring  to my oil and water photography experiment as suggested by fellow blogger ‘washekoda’. He suggested I put the glass dish on a speaker to create movement in the water, but I decided to wait for an earthquake instead;) But, no earthquake though. The drops of oil reflected a lot of light, but I liked the result.

 

Oil & Water/ Λαδι και Νερο

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Oil and water may not mix, but for a photograph, they make a perfect combination.

Το  λάδι  και το νερό μπορεί να μην αναμειγνύονται, αλλά για μια φωτογραφία, κάνουν έναν τέλειο συνδυασμό.

“Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.” Miguel de Cervantes

 

Happy Easter!/ Καλο Πασχα!

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The Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter a week after the Catholic Easter. It depends on the calendar; in the past their respective Easters were celebrated on the same week.

On Thursday before Easter Sunday, some eggs are dyed red and they  represent the blood that was spilled by Jesus on the cross. The large white candle is called a ‘labada’, and they can be decorated with toys and ribbons. It is brought to church on Saturday night to receive the holy light. After the ceremony there are fireworks and people kiss each other on the cheek and they say ‘Christos Anesti’ meaning ‘Christ has risen’. The lit ‘labada’  is then brought home and before entering the home, the sign of the cross is made three times with the flame from the candle at the front door.

On Easter Sunday most Greeks will spit a lamb and visitors will greet the host and random people on the street by saying ‘Christos Anesti’, Christ has risen. the person will reply by saying ‘Alithos o Kyrios’ which means ‘it is true he has risen’.

For those who observed the 40 day lent, which is strict like a vegan diet, Easter Sunday is a day to eat, drink and be merry..until you fall into a coma!

O Επιταφιος/Epitaphios

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On Friday evening, before Easter Sunday,  Greek Orthodox Christians arrive in droves to church to mourn Christ.  ‘Epitaphios’ in Greek means ‘on the tomb’ and it is a religious icon embroidered on a cloth with an image of the dead body of Christ. It is placed on the holy table that is adorned with beautiful flowers early in the morning. In the evening the ‘Epitaphio’ is carried outside, and the funeral procession begins.  At the end of the procession the clergy, who are carrying the ‘Epitaphio’, stand at the door of the church. The worshipers then pass underneath it. It symbolizes entering the tomb of Christ. These rituals symbolize the death and resurrection of Jesus. On Saturday night close to midnight people will receive the holy light from Jerusalem and praise Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into the heavens.

Delphinium Flower/Δελφίνιο Λουλούδι

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Spring is here and the rain is going to pour, well it already has! Luckily, it didn’t rain on any parades today.  Set my clock an hour ahead because of day light saving time. It’s great for conserving energy but, it sucks to lose an hour of sleep.

Happy Greek Independence Day!

Η άνοιξη είναι εδώ, και θα βρέξει πολύ, καλά έχει ήδη βρέξει πολύ!  Ευτυχώς δεν εβρεξε  σε καμία παρέλαση σήμερα. Ρυθμίσα το ρολόι μου μια ώρα μπροστά λόγω της θερινής ώρας. Είναι καλό για τη διατήρηση της ενέργειας, αλλά δυστυχώς χάνεις μια ώρα ύπνου.

ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΜΑΣ ΠΟΛΛΑ! ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑ Η ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ!

Smooth Cala Lily

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Cala lilies are perennial flowers that can spread all over a garden. They are  very easy to maintain. I love the smooth texture of the lily. The word ‘cala’ comes from the Greek for beautiful, although in Greece if you say ‘kala’ it means good. The flower is poisonous, so pets and children should be kept away from the flower as to avoid the flower from being eaten.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Marigolds/ Κατιφέδες

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The “herb of the sun’ as it is also called, is symbolic of passion and creativity.

The Marigold flower is said to be used by the early Christians to be placed on the altar of The Virgin Mary instead of gold coins, hence the name ‘Mary’s gold’.

The flower can be used to ease the pain of wasp or bee stings and even burns and skin infections.

Clear Skies/Kαθαροι Oυρανοι

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While the rest of Europe is still in the ice age, Athens is enjoying some great early spring weather. I’m not bragging 😉

Ενώ η υπόλοιπη Ευρώπη βρίσκεται ακόμα στην  εποχή των παγετώνων, η Αθήνα απολαμβάνει εξαιρετικές πρώιμες ανοιξιάτικες καιρικές συνθήκες.