The earth here is ridiculously generous and abundant. The unlimited supply of water that helps to fertilise the steep slopes come from the fairyland of mountain rivers and streams that source from the melting snows of Pelion mountains each spring season. There are 2 delicious rock pools with waterfalls within walking distance. Our taps offer the purest cool water but I most like to fill my water bottle from the drinking fountain in the ancient village square a mere 2 minute walk from Kalikalos.
There are no water restrictions, meaning our veggie gardens are, after a mere 3 weeks of planting, already full of every kind of herb and budding vegies. It is hard to imagine the variety of fruit trees and vines in the ‘hood. Cherries, pears, plums, kiwi, grapes, apples, quince, apricots, oranges, lemons, chestnuts, walnuts, you name it, not to mention the hundreds of roses. OhmyGod the roses. They bloom 3 times a year, even left unattended. We have jasmine, hydrangeas everywhere, fuchsias, chamomile, geraniums, the list goes on and on. I’ve been properly introduced to and how have a relationship with stinging mettles which grow everywhere. Nettles and nettle tea each day clear heavy metals from the system and are highly nutritious.
Then there is the sea, and the beaches. Say no more. In terms of the beauty, it’s a ‘pinch me’ situation.
Photo of the strawberry picker – Courtesy photographer Carmen Klemmer