Wherever you are in the world spring is always an exciting time. Here on Lesvos the 1st of May is a holiday. Our village friends always celebrate leaving the cold winter months behind and who can blame them. Family and friends gather together and share delicious food and mark the start of a new season. To acknowledge the beginning of the season there is a tradition of hanging wreaths or bunches of spring flowers on the front gates and doors of the village houses. Bunches of wildflowers are also tied to the front of cars. It really is very charming. This year one of our neighbours, Mary had gathered with a couple of friends, Despina and Yanoula in her front garden and together they made beautiful wreaths. Matthew and I went along with part of our family, 4 dogs to watch the women as they worked. One of the local men arrived laden with rosemary, this was used as a base and decorated with thistles, roses and hydrangers. The result was stunning. A few hours later we got a big surprise when we found a wreath had been hung on our gate. This stunning piece had been made especially for us. We were overwhelmed. There is so much generosity here in our village and on our Greek Island home.

Untitled-1 I just love the colour of these thistles

Untitled-17 The arrival of the rosemary and Yanoula gets to work

Untitled-16 Trixie watches on as Mary weaves in the flowers

Untitled-18 The combination of the hydrangeas and the rosemary looks stunning

Untitled-19 Despina proudly shows off her wreath which is crowned with bulb of garlic

Untitled-12 Roses are added into the mix and Yanoula is taking instructions from her sister Despina

Untitled-13 The smile says it all, pure enjoyment

Untitled-15 Needless to say the smell of these wreaths are divine

Untitled-14 This is the divine gift which was left hanging on our front gate made by Yanoula