Crimson Sky/Κοκκινος Ουρανος

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The red sky of this past November..

Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning: Red sky at night, sailors delight.

The sky was red at night, so I guess the sailors were delighted 🙂

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Beautiful Sunset/Ομορφο Ηλιοβασίλεμα

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The sun sets once again

Gratefulness and appreciation pour out from the soul

Fear and disappointment are concealed

As fires burn in the west

And snow falls in the east

 A Life comes to an end

And a new one begins.

Ο ήλιος δύει και πάλι

Η ευγνωμοσύνη και η εκτίμηση εκχέονται από την ψυχή

Ο φόβος και η απογοήτευση αποκρύπτονται

Καθώς οι φωτιές καίγονται στα δυτικά

Και το χιόνι πέφτει στα ανατολικά

Μια Ζωή έρχεται στο τέλος της

Και αρχίζει ένα νέο.

‘Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.’    Lucy Maud Montgomery

Bee Happy/Μια μέλισσουλα

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It’s these little things, like a bee resting on a leaf, that we should all appreciate. It made me smile that day. 🙂

Είναι αυτά τα μικρά πράγματα, όπως μια μέλισσα που στηρίζεται σε ένα φύλλο που όλοι πρέπει να εκτιμήσουμε. Με έκανε να χαμογελάσω εκείνη την ημέρα. 🙂

 

CARNATIONS & PANSIES/ Γαρύφαλλα & Πανσέδες

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“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” Aeschylus

“Grief is never something you get over. You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that; now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honour the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity.” Terri Irwin

Basil Flowers/λουλούδια βασιλικού

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The ‘basil’ plant from the Greek βασιλικόν φυτόν (basilikón phutón) and from Latin, basilius, means “royal/kingly plant”.

It is a plant that is used in many cuisines all over the world.  It plays a big role in many religions and ceremonies for the dead in different culutres. In the Greek Orthodox religion, and other Orthodox churches in the Balkins, basil is used to sprinkle holy water to cleanse a home. In India it is place in the mouth to help the deceased person reach God. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks believed it would open the gates of heaven for a person passing on.

When the plant flowers you can collect the seeds and plant them in the spring.

Shoot For The Moon/Πυροβολείτε το Φεγγάρι

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Shoot for the moon = to ask for the best or most you could hope for.
Τραβήξτε (Πυροβολείτε) για το φεγγάρι = να ζητήσετε το καλύτερο ή το μεγαλύτερο που θα μπορούσατε να ελπίζετε.
‘It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.’ Aristotle
«Κατά τις πιο σκοτεινές στιγμές μας πρέπει να επικεντρωθούμε να βλέπουμε το φως». Αριστοτέλης

Pomegranate Harvest/Συγκομιδή του Ροδιού

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It’s October which means it’s time for some pomegranate picking. This delicious fruit originated in Iran and Northern India and has been cultivated in Greece since ancient times. It is a fruit that is very significant in Greek culture and mythology. In ancient Greece the fruit was called  the ‘fruit of the dead’. It is the fruit of Persephone, who was trapped in the underworld was only allowed to eat Pomegranate seeds.  Interesting enough the pomegranate is still associated with the dead. In Greece today the seeds are  included in a dish called ‘Kolliva’. This dish is served on the day of the memorials of the deceased or on religious events like ‘Soul Saturday.’ It contains ingredients such as wheat, flour, sugar, raisins, walnuts etc.

The pomegranate fruit is also symbolic of abundance, fertility and good luck. It is categorized as a berry and it has anti-inflammatory effects, it can lower blood pressure and many other ailments. You can drink it as a juice or just eat the seeds.