My landlady’s village

Not so long ago Zacharenia, my landlady lived in a little village in Eastern Crete.

Here time stood still, for nothing was new and nothing moved fast

…. yet the daily grind continued ….from harvesting peaches

…. to picking artichokes in the early morning light…….

….. to collecting firewood by donkey

( for they were far more reliable than the truck!)

….  to tending the sheep

…. and to baking bread.

Too many of these precious little villages are dying out ….
as are the people who made them so wonderful.

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  • Jackie and Joel Smith November 15, 2012   Reply →

    Oh my, this one is absolutely beautiful and so perfectly captures the magic of my favorite place on earth.

  • Mum November 15, 2012   Reply →

    Yes indeed and I mourn the loss too. Love

  • Francesca Muir November 15, 2012   Reply →

    Thank you J and J – unfortunately this aspect of Crete is dying out fast and the little villages are just empty shells for tourists to buy up and westernise – though there are excellent architects who work tirelessly to retain the Cretan traditional home and spirit.

  • Malyss November 16, 2012   Reply →

    I love this post! I find it very poetic. Your first pic is the kind I'd like to have on my wall and dream about.The light is fantastic, the place seems to be out of time. Thank you for that beautiful moment!

  • Francesca Muir November 22, 2012   Reply →

    A pleasure Malyss – it was late in the day and it just glowed pink.
    F x

  • I realise I've never seen an artichoke plant. And they are one of my favourite vegetables! Beautiful photos. Makes me want to run away! Xcat

  • Francesca Muir March 29, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you xx

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