The Wrath of Zeus/Η Οργη του Δια

I like how the blurry lights mimic the lightning bolt.

After the fires a bizare electrical storm lit up the Athenian skies. A highly unusual weather occurence for the Attiki region for the month of August.

Fires are still raging in some parts of Greece…

Μετά τις πυρκαγιές μια παράξενη ηλεκτρική καταιγίδα φώτισε τον αθηναϊκό ουρανό. Ένα εξαιρετικά ασυνήθιστο καιρικό φαινόμενο για την περιοχή της Αττικής για τον μήνα Αύγουστο.

Οι φωτιές εξακολουθούν να μαίνονται σε ορισμένα μέρη της Ελλάδας …

Varibobi Fires (Athens wildfires)

A terrible disaster unfolded yesterday in the north east area of Athens. It is an area with a beautiful forest. The ‘lungs of Athens’ as it is called. In Greece we have wildfires every summer and we’ve had numerous fires this summer, but the Varibobi fire is huge and unusual. The area is a refuge for those living in the concrete jungle and who want to quickly escape the city.

This summer has been an unprecdented hot one for Greece. We are into our second heatwave of the summer and yesterday was the 7th day of the heatwave with temperatures reaching a high of 47° C in some regions. We couldn’t go outside because it is just unbearably hot, and we are advised not to. Heat exhaustion and/or sun stroke are things that you don’t want to ever experience.

The southern Meditteranean is suffering from excessive heat and fires everything made worse by climate change. I am afraid that it is only going to get worse if the worlds’ (corrupt) leaders don’t finally take REAL and DRASTIC measures.

Varibobi the following day

Other areas of Greece suffering from wildfires include Elia (where the town of Ancient Olympia is located), Northern Evia (biblical catatastrophe), Messinia, Arcadia.

The air quality in Athens is so terrible we are advised to stay in doors. And it is ‘raining’ ashes.

Pray for Greece and the whole world, because I’m afraid that wrath of mother nature is not over.

A Mockery of Democracy

‘A Mockery of Democracy’ illustration by Angela Zafiris

In my drawing the ghost of Cleisthenes (the father of democracy) visits a modern ‘democratic’ leader to give him a lesson on what democracy truly is. Demokratia, or “rule by the people” from demos, “the people,” and kratos, or “power”.

Many of the worlds’ leaders have made a mess of things from their handling of the pandemic to their lax attitube toward tackling climate change. They have divided the people and created an apartheid. The vaccinated vs unvaccinated. And to make matters worse leaders of countries like France and Greece want to enforce mandatory vaccinations. These totalitarian actions are only adding more fuel to the fire that was been burning for years. People are suffering financially due to the lockdowns and they are being told that heir wages will be cut or that they will be fired if they don’t get vaccinated. This is completely unexpectable and unconstitiutional. Also, IT IS agaisnt the Nuremberg code, and I beg to differ for anyone that disagrees. There will be major outbreaks if this abuse of power doesn’t end as people are waking up and becoming increasingly fed up with their leaders.

So, more power to the people as these governments are only bringing us closer to war and to our extinction!

Big Butterfly/Μεγαλη Πεταλουδα

A big butterfly-the largest I’ve ever seen- landed in my garden yesterday.

Μια μεγάλη πεταλούδα – η μεγαλύτερη που έχω δει ποτέ – προσγειώθηκε χθες στον κήπο μου.

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Strawberry Supermoon

Yesterdays’ strawberry supermoon is the last supermoon of 2021, and the first full moon of the summer. It is named the strawberry moon because it coincides with the strawberry harvesting season.

The moon was too far away. I needed a larger lens or a telescope to capture a clearer shot! It was still pretty from a distance though.

My strawberries are looking great and they taste delicious too. They need a lot of water and are persevering with the crazy, hot Greek heat.

Beauty in the Minor Things

Καλο Μηνα! Happy new month!

I’m feeling a lot better. My arm has improved just in time because I have new creative ideas. You can’t stop me world!!

The world can be a very negative place and sometimes you can get caught up in it’s negativity. I think it’s crucial, for the sake of inner peace, to tune out some times and get closer to nature. And just notice even the small beautiful things that we normally don’t pay attention too.

When you are more peaceful inside you see a lot clearer and you do attract better things into your life. And you are much more equipped to handle anything that may come your way. 🙂

Νιώθω πολύ καλύτερα. Το χέρι μου έχει βελτιωθεί πάνω στην ώρα γιατί έχω νέες δημιουργικές ιδέες.:)

Ο κόσμος μπορεί να είναι ένα πολύ αρνητικό μέρος και μερικές φορές μπορείτε να εμπλακούμε στην αρνητικότητα. Νομίζω ότι είναι ζωτικής σημασίας, για χάρη της εσωτερικής γαλήνης, να συντονιστείτε και να έρθουμε πιο κοντά στη φύση. Και παρατηρήστε ακόμη και τα μικρά όμορφα πράγματα που συνήθως δεν προσέχουμε.

Όταν είσαι πιο ήρεμη εσωτερικα, βλέπεις πολύ πιο καθαρά και προσελκύεις καλύτερα πράγματα στη ζωή σου. Και είστε πολύ πιο εξοπλισμένοι για να χειριστείτε οτιδήποτε έρθει στη ζωη σου.

Gazanias/Γκαζανία

I love the sunny gazania flower, and I make sure to add it to my garden every year. It is native to South Africa and is named after the 15th century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza. It needs full sun and can handle drought conditions-perfect for Athenian summers and is very low maintenance.

Λατρεύω το ηλιόλουστο λουλούδι Γκαζανία, και φροντίζω να το προσθέτω στον κήπο μου κάθε χρόνο. Είναι εγγενές στη Νότια Αφρική και πήρε το όνομά του από τον Ελληνο-Ιταλό μελετητή του 15ου αιώνα Θεόδωρος της Γάζας. Χρειάζεται πλήρη ήλιο και μπορεί να χειριστεί τις συνθήκες ξηρασίας-ιδανικό για τα αθηναϊκά καλοκαίρια και δεν θελει πολύ συντήρηση.