Sunday, September 5, 2010


About a month ago I took a trip to Lamia it is a city about 3 hours north of Athens , the purpose of the trip was to rent out the bottom floor of a home that we have there. MY mom had built this home in the 80's for the purpose of retiring there ,but fate didn't go her way ,she remarried and now lives in Oregon near the boarder of Idaho , actually her home is up on a hill that overlooks the boarder which is the snake river. She does visit  often and stays in it for for the time that she visits with her husband Joe.

I arrived there the renters were waiting for me they have two little girls and as soon as they got out of the car they ran and picked some grapes and I just had to snap a photo they were so cute ,I am so happy that is will be inhabited again.
This photo is the rear of the yard , it has vineyards and fruit trees  all around the property not to mention a huge fig tree which I forgot to take a photo of.  I am so HAPPY that a family with children will be able to bear the fruits of this house and the huge yard that they can play ball and ride bikes around it for it is paved all around.

I quickly took care of the lease agreement , and proceeded to look around and noted some things that need repairing and then I left.

I started walking towards the train station which is a 15 min walk , I started thinking I can't wait to retire and to live here , maybe I will make it a quilting retreat and put some life into it with a purpose instead of enjoying it alone, it is centrally located near many wonder full places to visit mountain villages, Delphi, there is a town with a port to visit the Aegean Islands  ,there is a hot springs resort nearby  ,I can plan various fun excursions , I am planning what to do when I retire as you can see, but I have to wait I am still to young to retire darn it.

As I took the long road down to the train station some Gypsy women asked me for the time and then they asked me if I wanted them to tell me my future I quickly said no and proceeded my way they were a bit insistent ,but I refused !! the last thing I wanted was that !! I don't believe in anything they wanted to say to me.

I snapped a photo as they walked away fearing that they would turn and look .I arrived at the train station and left on time to be home in time for dinner I was so tiered I went to bed early .  I will be going again in a couple of weeks now since its been over a month to check out how everything is .


Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

I have such wonderful memories of the time I once spent in Greece. Your house sounds perfect...How nice to have some place to look forward to.

Laura said...

Good Morning Theodora,

I'm so sorry that I haven't visited in awhile...looks like you have some wonderful new posts on your blog. I love your idea about retiring here...and the grapes! I am so jealous! To live in a place so close to so much culture and must be amazing at times.
Have a blessed day, friend,

Nifty Quilts said...

Your country is so beautiful! I will have to visit someday.

kheli said...

How beautiful! But why didn't you let the Gypsy women tell your future? (No Gypsies here, so I was just curious).

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Sammy said...

Γεια σου Θεοδώρα, Αυτή είναι η πρώτη φορά που γράφω για να σας στην ελληνική γλώσσα. Πραγματικά εγώ μεταφραστεί αγγλικά μου. Λατρεύω το ιστολόγιό σας, και είμαι πολύ χαρούμενος που γνωρίζετε. Η αγάπη,
I love it-!!

Sammy said...

Αγαπώ πολύ τη θέση σας, ειδικά αυτών των δύο κοριτσάκια με τα σταφύλια. Ο τόπος φαίνεται καλή. Αγάπη.

Samya :-)

Cyndi said...

Hi Theodora! What beautiful countryside! I can see why you'd like to retire there and live so comfortably, sewing and enjoying the fresh air and quiet! You do have a ways to go, though. You are still young...too bad you couldn't have a frame and art shop there! But then that would defeat the purpose of being retired! LOL!!!



Micki said...

The house looks wonderful! It did also remind me of our trip to Greece years ago. We do want to return. We saw Paros, Naxos, Mikonis, and Santorini. I loved it all!

GerryART said...

Is Greece not beautiful ! ! !
Hubby and I vacationed there a couple of time in the late 70's.

Great food! great wine! great people!


ria vogelzang said...

I sure understand why you would like to retire!! ;)) What a lovely house and such beautiful surroundings!
Maybe it could be a real thing to do quilt-weekends or anything like that...... Anyway, it is also real nice to dream about those things... ;))

Valentina said...

What a gorgeous place, Theodora, oh, I would be the first to sign up for a quilt retreat with you, there!
I had to laugh at the gypsies: I know what you mean!
I also ran the other way!